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Member
Registered: May 2012
Posts: 158
Location: Farnborough, UK
Hi Guys,

As you may have seen in Britjets videos and on our simfest streams we have developed an addon for PSX with the aim of simulating all of BA's ACARS functions within our simulator.

Several members of the forum have been testing it and we think it is in good enough shape to pass on to other users.

Please remember it is a work in progress and for windows only and for now will require a registered version of TopCat to Calculate V1 Figures.

There are some additional features such as a "Sim" page you can enable and a rough SATCOM menu to allow you to control Skype from PSX which you may or may not want to use.

The main features are around the BA CARD system which reads from TopCat and our own performance tables to calculate performance figures for a given runway.

I have also made headway in intefacing to Hoppies Acars network.

Please feel free to report back any issues and I will try and get round to fixing them, or ask any questions here as the manual is a little lacking... sorry about that!

All menus in Small font will be added as time goes on.

The link is http://www.psxaddons.com/bacars

Requires .NET 4.5.1 available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=40773

Hope some of you find this useful.

Cheers
Gary
Simfest Technology Centre
« Last edit by Gary Oliver on Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:20:15 +0000. »
Member
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 334
Location: KTPA
Brilliant- Ta!

Will grab it tonight- so glad to see this!

Carl
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Registered: May 2009
Posts: 5140
Hi Gary,

can I list your add-on here? http://aerowinx.com/html/addons.html

Or do you fear there'll be too many questions and requests? :-)

Thank you for your contributions!


Cheers,

|-|ardy
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Registered: May 2012
Posts: 158
Location: Farnborough, UK
Hardy,

No worries at all.

Cheers
Gary
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Registered: Aug 2014
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Hardy Heinlin wrote
Thank you for your contributions!


Have you tried it? Maybe a little presumptuous ;)
Member
Registered: May 2012
Posts: 158
Location: Farnborough, UK
Please refer any QA issues to the Testing Team Lead 'Triple7' :-)
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I can't try it as I'm a Mac user :-)
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Who has developed this add-on?

I need some names: by ...
Member
Registered: May 2012
Posts: 158
Location: Farnborough, UK
Gary Oliver

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(throughly tested by BritJet/Triple7)
Member
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 334
Location: KTPA
Hardy Heinlin wrote
I can't try it as I'm a Mac user :-)


Oh no!

Will get it for my networked sim install- but please consider a port for Mac if at all possible!

Best- Carl
Member
Registered: May 2012
Posts: 158
Location: Farnborough, UK
Hi Carl,

Reasons for windows only are :-

1) I am comfortable with c# from my non sim life
2) My Sim Runs on Windows and so i developed on windows.

A Mac version is out of the question I am afraid. Unless Mono Develop allows me to import the project and compile it.

I am a mac user myself but my sim world is all windows. Sorry

Gary
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Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 334
Location: KTPA
Gary-

Most grateful, and understood! Should the compiler work, no one would be happier than I. If not, beggars... etc.

Either way- ta!

C
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Registered: May 2009
Posts: 202
Location: Sydney, Australia
Awesome work Garry, testing it now
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Registered: Sep 2014
Posts: 165
Location: Near Paris
Just ran a quick test...just awesome !
Thanks a lot for sharing this with us !
Member
Registered: Jun 2014
Posts: 317
Thanks for this :D Would a Mac version work anyway as Topcat does not run on a Mac?
Member
Registered: Feb 2011
Posts: 190
Location: 2nm from rwy 06 EGLF
Perhaps you overlooked Gary's words: "...and for now will require a registered version of TopCat to Calculate V1 Figures."

(My added emphasis). ;)

Given some slightly dubious TOPCAT figures from time to time, I for one will be extremely happy if a TOPCAT-free version can be developed! :D

Cheers,

Brian
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(Author of "The Big Tutorial" for PS1, and "Getting started with PSX" Parts 1 and 2).
Member
Registered: May 2012
Posts: 158
Location: Farnborough, UK
Brian,

That is the medium term plan.

Triple7 has been working on performance data from some BA tables he found.

There are still some questions around these figures, especially with regard to the figures from the PSX FMC calculated speeds but they seem pretty accurate to some real CARD figure samples we have.

Once we iron these out and have a catch up with hardy after his post 1.0.0.3 break we will transition to use these figures and retire TOPCAT from the solution.

All of these figures for RB211G or was it H engines... Triple7 may chime in shortly.

Cheers
Gary
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Member
Registered: Jul 2014
Posts: 170
Location: Antwerp
hi,
I have a question here,
I run PSX BACARS, PSX connected, ACARS Connected
when requesting the performance after entering the data and clicking send the debug section of
PSX BACARS shows TOPCAT Found/ C:\TOPCAT\TOPCAT.exe
PushBack changed: 110150
Starting Card Creation
AC Number 12
The calculation progress bar hangs, loadsheet in 300s ,it stays that way .
I must do something wrong or overlook something.
Any help would be appreciated.
is there a special aircraft template to be used in TOPCAT maybe,?
thanks for any help
ivo
Member
Registered: Feb 2011
Posts: 190
Location: 2nm from rwy 06 EGLF
@Gary

> "That is the medium term plan..."

:) Understood, and thank you (and Triple7).

Cheers,

Brian
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(Author of "The Big Tutorial" for PS1, and "Getting started with PSX" Parts 1 and 2).
Member
Registered: May 2012
Posts: 158
Location: Farnborough, UK
Ivo,

I just tested it without an aircraft configured in TOPCAT and it still works, as it looks for the aircraft in the main TOPCAT database.

Can you send me a screen of your 2 pages you filled in on the PERF REQ pages.?
goliver1984[at]gmail.com if you cant upload here.

Also do you have the latest Version of TOPCAT? I am running V2.7.4.

Which Windows version?

I would expect to see the following :-

Starting Card Creation
ACNumber: Xxx (mines 12)
Runway Number: x
Start Card Generate Header
etc...

Did you not see this? It does take a minute or so to run the calculation.

The loadsheet countdown will start after you have received your CARD data, and started engines... This is the final loadsheet that is sent out during the taxi once the dispatcher has entered the final load data and it gets sent via ACARS from the central BA computers for whatever region of the world you are in.

Hopefully we can sort this easily.

Cheers
Gary
« Last edit by Gary Oliver on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:17:08 +0000. »
Member
Registered: Jul 2014
Posts: 170
Location: Antwerp
Hi Gary,
thanks for your quick response, and most of all , thanks for making this available to us.

I run topcat version 2.73 and windows 8.1.
Will install 2.74 beta and try again, and make the 2 screenshots if it does not work.
ivo
Member
Registered: Jul 2014
Posts: 170
Location: Antwerp
hi Gary,
have Topcat 2.74 but it did not help.
here are the 2 screenshots.
thanks
ivo
http://www.hoppie.nl/forum/var/page_1.jpg
http://www.hoppie.nl/forum/var/page2.jpg
Member
Registered: May 2012
Posts: 158
Location: Farnborough, UK
Hi Ivo,

Can you please try the version here :-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ix2t91cot6uxqtt/PSXBACARS_IVO_DEBUG.zip?dl=0

And send me a copy of the debug.txt file it creates.

Cheers
Gary
« Last edit by Gary Oliver on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:15:14 +0000. »
Member
Registered: Jul 2014
Posts: 170
Location: Antwerp
Hi Gary,
tried the ivo debug version.
here is the link to the debug txt file.
Again thanks for your kindness to help me out.
http://www.hoppie.nl/forum/var/debug.txt
ivo

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