In this document, you will be instructed how to use IvAp (IVAOs’ pilots tool) properly. This is just a short overview of the basics required for the PP exam.
Pay attention that this document is designed using an IvAp version which works only with FS9, FSX or Prepar3d simulators.
For a full explanation and list of all commands and functions, and for any further setup instructions, please refer to the latest IvAp manual.
In the picture above you can see the pilots’ client after start-up - version 1.9.8.
By clicking on the button next to MAIN>, you will find the main display that is used for several entries and output. By clicking MAIN> again, you are back to the first menu.
The screen you are looking at can be divided into several parts:
On the right hand side of the client, four status lights providing information about important factors can be found:
Below the status lights is the transponder section which includes:
Be aware that when flying, you must set this toggle switch to:
In the bottom right of the IvAp windows, there are three action buttons:
Above these three buttons there is a black window that shows the status of the connection in the IVAO Network. There are only two possibilities ONLINE or OFFLINE.
This display shown is the MAIN page of the IvAp window.
The upper part includes:
The middle part between the two dashed lines is a log and chat window for several messages, such as:
All messages displayed in red are private chat messages. They do not originate from any frequency.
The lower part is an input area for text, also called the ‘scratchpad’.
There are many possibilities to use this area:
Be aware that your call sign is automatically inserted before your message by IvAp.
Here are the most important and most used commands for the IVAP scratchpad:
On the MAIN IvAp window, you will find radio communication buttons and relevant feedback:
If you left click on the button with your mouse, you can change the active frequency from VHF1 to VHF2.
If you right click on the button with your mouse, you can change the frequency value using the ATC ONLINE selection window.
If you left click on the button with your mouse in front of the chosen ATC position and frequency, the frequency is changed automatically in the VHF channel in the MAIN panel.
Definition: ACARS is Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System.
By clicking on the button next to ACARS> in the MAIN screen, a new menu with several options appears:
You can obtain your departure and arrival airports’ METAR by clicking on the first or second button next to the corresponding ICAO code of these airports.
Another method is:
Pay attention that TAF and SHORTTAF are available only at some large airfields.
You can get the ATIS from an active ATC position:
The SEND FLIGHTPLAN> button will open a new window in which the flight plan must be completed.
The figure below shows an empty flight plan to fill (consult the flight plan documentation for further details).
A traffic collision avoidance system or traffic alert and collision avoidance system, both abbreviated as TCAS (pronounced tee-kas), is an aircraft collision avoidance system which monitors the airspace around an aircraft for other aircraft equipped with a corresponding active transponder, independent of air traffic control, and warns pilots of the presence of other transponder-equipped aircraft which may present a threat of mid-air collision.
In IvAp, TCAS can be activated using the TCAS button on the interface
A new window opens and shows a deactivated TCAS with message “TCAS OFF” like the image below. In this window, there are 4 button activation zones where the user can click using the mouse in order to change TCAS parameters highlighted in the picture below with orange rectangles
This zone can change the horizontal range of the TCAS. Possible values are: 3, 5, 10, 20 or 40 NM
This representation shows traffic in range. The value is the difference in altitude divided by 100 (+ is above – is below)
The representation of your aircraft position is the yellow symbol in the middle.
This zone can change the state of the TCAS system: STBY=OFF, TA=ON (traffic advisory), RA=ON (resolution advisory)
This zone can change the vertical visibility range of the TCAS. Possible values are: ALL, NORM, BLW, ABV NORM= all traffic from your current altitude ± 2700ft is displayed ALL = all traffic is displayed ABV = all traffic from your current altitude -2700ft to +9000ft is displayed BLW = all traffic from your current altitude -9000ft to +2700ft is displayed
This zone can change the sound STATUS, sound ON or OFF.
In the IvAp interface you can find a simple push-back tool.
In the IvAp window, the Push-back module can be activated using the PUSH-BACK button on the interface
A new window opens and shows: