This is the text communication window. This is a mandatory window to be displayed.
Current active text frequency tab when you control a position (to receive text messages from pilots)
Secondary text frequency tab in order to read out another position or UNICOM (optional)
Third text frequency tab in order to read out another position or UNICOM (optional)
METAR tab which displays programmable bank of METAR
GUARD tab to be used for emergency purposes only (DANGER)
ATC tab which can be used to communicate between all nearby ATC
BROADCAST tab which is a “receive only” TAB. In this tab you will receive general information sent by Supervisor and/or Administrator
MSG tab which receives the server information
Call Sign zone where the traffic call sign is shown after selection by mouse click
Scratch Pad zone where you type your message after tab selection
Receive Zone where you receive the text communication or information in function of the tab selection.
There is also a Chat tab (not shown) created at the right of the MSG tab, named chat1, chat2, chat3…..
These chat TABs are created when you receive a private message or if you want to create this chat tab in order to send a private message to someone connected to the network (ATC, Pilot, Observer, Supervisor).
You will have to keep an eye on the COMMBox window from now on and then during the entire controlling session.
In the PVD Options window you can change the visibility range and hide (partially or completely) the representation of traffic on the radar screen by using the vertical altitude filters.
PVD option windows
In this window you can find:
The visibility range filter. Click on the cursor and move it to the right or the left in order to increase or decrease your area of reception (outside this area you will not see any traffic). If you open a controlled position, we advise not to modify this value except in large areas of control (big CTR positions). If you increase the area of reception you will increase the IVAO server workload.
The Primary Low altitude filter filters traffic representation data (including call sign) and shows only traffic with altitude above this selected level. (click on cursor and move it using the mouse in order to change the selected altitude)
The Primary High altitude filter filters traffic representation data (including call sign) and shows only traffic altitude below this selected level. (click on cursor and move it using the mouse in order to change the selected altitude)
Secondary Low altitude filter hides any traffic representation below this selected level. (click on cursor and move it using the mouse in order to change the selected altitude)
Secondary High altitude filter hides any traffic representation above this selected level. (click on cursor and move it using the mouse in order to change the selected altitude)
The value of the secondary altitude filter may not be set below the primary filter’s one.
In case of an aircraft flying at a level above the level which you have set with your primary filter, it will be shown on your radar screen as follows:
In the COMMBox options window you can change some parameters useful for text communication between yourself and the other users connected to the IVAO Network:
1. Functionality tab: it is possible to set the number of frequency tabs in your COMMbox (the first tab only is the active frequency). The Show minutes box gives for each text message the current minute of the current hour
2. Auto-accept option for automatic acceptation procedure of IvAc after a transfer of traffic
3. Send text transfer message to the traffic for acknowledgement of transfer
4. Font used in the COMMBox
5. Opacity of the COMMBox
6. Define tab activation colour after receiving a new message
7. Unselect aircraft after sending a text message
8. Automatic selection when receiving text message from an aircraft
Move down the cursor to select the appropriate alert options. Should the separation between two aircraft be below the settings, then they will be displayed on your radar screen in red, meaning you should concentrate all of your efforts to fix up the conflict matter.
We advise you to use the following parameters:
Ignore Conflicts Below : choose a value between 1500ft and 1900ft, this value shall be above traffic aerodrome pattern altitude +500ft in order not to take the aerodrome circuit in the conflict setting
Vertical Separation: choose 900ft. If the minimum is 1000ft with the simulator precision and 100ft IFR tolerance, the minimum shall be 1000-100 = 900ft
Horizontal Separation: choose typical 5NM default lateral IFR separation. It can be 3NM in some approaches in reduced minimum separation rules.