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May 2018 Update

10 May 2018

In the past month, we have worked to release a new flight briefing alpha and we have also expanded our tours.

Flight Briefing Alpha

Today we have released the alpha of our new and expanded flight briefing page, which includes route information. More features will be introduced in the coming weeks, such as gate and weather information. We will also be releasing the other flight plan downloads options during that time period. To the right, you will find a quick preview of our the new layout.

Flight Briefing Alpha

Try now: You can try this alpha now by going to this page or clicking on your name in the top-right hand corner, selecting My Settings and then navigating to Labs. You can then enable the Briefing Alpha.

Since our last preview in February, the route finder has been updated to also select SIDs and STARs, which hopefully helps you to plan your flight. Please do keep in mind that, as this is an early alpha, the routes will not be 100% accurate. I would therefore recommend to check the routes carefully. If you find any that are unrealistic or just wrong, please feel free to contact me and I will look into it.

New tours

We have also added more tours pertaining to specific aircraft types, which include older aircraft. To support this, we have added old aircraft to our fleet which you can now fly. If you have any suggestions for tours using older aircraft or older routes, feel free to contact either Pascal or me.

VAS-ACARS

We have also started on improving the stability of VAS-ACARS. This includes recognizing some add-ons which did not work before.

Hello pilots,

Since the previous update we have added the last SkyTeam subsidiary airlines: China United Airlines, Flyadeal, Hebei Airlines, Jambo Jet, Jangxi Air, Pobeda and Tigerair Taiwan. As of April we have moved to the SkyTeam summer schedule, this has opened up numerous new destinations and routes which can be flown. However, if you find any other discrepancies, please report them to a staff member or post it in the forum.

The website has seen some improvements as well, with an event feed, which shows current events of partners, and the current monthly tour, statistics and your current booking now displayed on the homepage. Furthermore your pilot profile page now has a graphical breakdown of the various aircraft types and airlines you have flown. Hub airports now feature a map with all of the possible destinations and the recent flights performed from this hub. Airlines have received their own homepage showcasing their fleet and hubs, as well as a short summary to provide some background information on the airline.

VAS-ACARS has been improved to provide better compatibility with XPUIPC, as well as other general improvements in the detection of aircraft lights. We are aware of intermittent issues when uploading a flight report and we are currently working on a fix. However should your flight report fail to upload please contact Pascal, and your flight report will be uploaded manually.

To round off the update if you have any feedback, problems or suggestions please let us know and we will do our best to help.

Regards,

SkyTeam Virtual Staff

As of last month some optimizations and changes have been made based upon feedback from the community. You can check progress on the 2018 roadmap.

To start off with, the homepage has been made slightly transparent to better integrate the background image. Furthermore tours have been reordered to create a more logical lay-out. Tour legs have also been made expandable, with the first one being expanded by default. To expand or collapse legs you can click anywhere on the header. More tours have been added specific to certain narrowbody aircraft types.

VAS-ACARS and its respective back-end system has been updated to increase stability. The VAS-ACARS update now also includes a check to see if doors are closed, and this has been integrated in the scoring system. Images have been moved to a new hosting provider which will automatically resize images, this has improved website loading times. Over the coming days and weeks we will be adding more improvements to the website.

The new flight briefing page has seen continuing development, and all hubs have had their respective gate and apron information added. North Atlantic and Pacific tracks are updated to always provide the most accurate route. Winds aloft data is updated four times per day to aid in route finding, and to provide the most efficient route.

As always we have updated our airline fleets to represent their current real-world state though if you find any deviances please let us know. All of the preparations have been made to switch to the summer schedule from April 1st. To close off, if you have any feedback or problems, please let us know and we will do our best to help.

Regards,

SkyTeam Virtual Staff

Since the first of January, we have made quite a few changes to our systems and more are upcoming in the near future.

One of the most prominent changes is the Recent Activity box on the homepage, which displays when a pilot has completed their first flight, when someone has been awarded a badge and when a pilot has ranked up. We may add more events in the future.

It is now also possible for us to restart our back-end (ACARS) server without any visible downtime. You will only be disconnected from the chat, but VAS-ACARS will automatically reconnect.

We have also been working on a new flight briefing page, which will contain a complete flight plan. As preparation for that, we've added the cost index to all aircraft (at least those for which it is applicable). We are currently testing a pre-alpha in a select group of testers. The screenshot on the right is an old screenshot of the updated flight briefing page with a flight plan included.

We also recognized the website was lacking in providing some information, so we've added a lot more information to our website. For example, airport and route pages now display the route graphically in a map, flight analysis links are now visible on the homepage, there are more statistics available, tours now show the pilots who have completed the tour and there are now more icons available for us to show on the live flights page.

Of course, we've also been updating our airline fleets to represent their current state, and the routes have also been updated to match the current real-world schedules.

Regards,

SkyTeam Virtual Staff

The updated Flight Briefing page

First of all happy new year and we wish you all the best in 2018!

In the last month the final SkyTeam subsidiary airline Jin Air has been added. The fleets and routes of the other airlines have been updated to reflect their current real-world state.

VAS-ACARS has been updated with our current logo, and the flight processor has been changed to make flight scoring more realistic and fair. We have also been entered into the VATSIM Associates Program ,and we will gain full membership after we meet all of the requirments. Besides this we have started testing a new flight briefing page.

Keep an eye out for our 2018 Roadmap which will follow in the coming days and will be posted on the forum.

Regards,

Skyteam Virtual Staff

This month we welcome four new SkyTeam subsidiary airlines, HOP!, Joon, Aurora and Citilink. The fleets of all the other airlines have been updated to reflect their current real-world state. The route network has been updated continously however if you find any discrepancies, please report them to the staff.

On the 18th of November we released version 1.4.0 of VAS-ACARS which hopefully brings more stability to our flight recorder. It also has an updated chat UI which clearly shows other online users, so you always know when a staff member is online. The recording and reporting frequency of VAS-ACARS are now also remotely configurable, would we need to make changes to support future changes.

We improved the website in numerous ways by splitting up more functionality, improving future maintainibility. This means we have also updated our live flights system, which will improve the speed of the live flights and in particular it will improve the loading speed of the homepage. This new functionality has been live for over two weeks now and no major problems have been found. We will now also show the flight analysis button on the flights page if you have access to view them, such as when it is one of your own reports. Previously you would have had to visit your logbook to get access to your flight analysis. To prepare for the future, we have also started working on some livestreaming tools, such as a flight information overlay. If you like to get access to these tools, please contact one of the staff members.

In the flight processor back-end we have also made some improvements. The flight simulator version will now also be stored with a flight analysis, such that it is now also visible on the website. We now have a better algorithm for filtering out invalid points, which previously led to some errors reported by the flight processor. Lastly, flight reports will now be denied when they don't meet the minimum flight score requirement of 70%, per our flight policy.

We are also looking for tour suggestions. If you have any route or region suggestions, please post them in the forum.

Regards,

Skyteam Virtual Staff

We have released a new update for VAS-ACARS, which includes a complete range of stability fixes, as well as a new user interface showing users that are online in our Operations and Support Chat!

Additionally, we have altered some routes that had not been imported correctly. For example, Air France and Alitalia A320 family routes have been corrected to fit real-world scheduling. If you find any other discrepancies, please report it to Pascal.

Moreover, we have updated our career ladder to more accurately reflect pilot progression.

We are also looking for tour suggestions. If you have any route or region suggestions, please post them in the forum.

Regards,

SkyTeam Virtual Staff

Timetable Update

25 Oct 2017

In the past week, we have updated our routes to reflect the real-world schedules of SkyTeam. In the process, we have added about 20,000 routes, bringing our total number of routes to over 48,000.

We have also changed our route booking system to show all routes when booking a route. Previously, we only showed the routes for which there were aircraft available, sometimes causing confusion to new pilots. This change has hopefully made our flight booking system more user friendly.

If you have any feedback please let us know on the forum.

Regards, Skyteam Virtual Staff

October Update

7 Oct 2017

Over the last few weeks we have made some notable changes to Skyteam Virtual. Flights made in FS2004 are now properly recorded and scored. The website has a new UI to make navigation easier. Badges you have earned can be managed using the settings page on your profile. And finally we have started publishing monthly tours. Tours can be flown in any order, however we recommend the order as described on each tour page, and legs will be scored separately. After completing all legs you will receive a badge. As always feel free to leave any comments and suggestions on the forum.

Regards,

SkyTeam Virtual Staff

Platform Updates

17 Sep 2017

In the last few days, we have added various new features to our platform.

First of all, bookings will now expire. There were many aircraft being occupied by bookings which had been made more than a month ago. From now on, bookings will expire 24 hours after the booking has been made. The 24 hours will start again when you are flying, so it will only expire 24 hours after you have exited VAS-ACARS.

Second, you can now request an aircraft relocation. This will make it possible to fly routes where there are no aircraft available for your route. Visit the Book Flight page to request your first aircraft relocation.

If there are any features you would like to see, post them in the forum or contact Koen Vlaswinkel.

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