Tuesday, December 23, 2014

vLSO is ready

Ok, guys,
Here's a Christmas gift for you - the beta. Hope you will thoroughly enjoy it.
What's new?
  • Prepar3D support (v1 and v2)
  • CV63 Kitty Hawk (Aerosoft) support
  • A history window of LSO text messages
  • New aicraft types supported by default
  • The AUTO and LOG options moved from the .ini file  to the settings window
  • CASE3 'BRC' calls replaced with 'Expected final bearing' calls
  • A window for manual ball calls is extended up to 0.5 NM
  • Eased IW waveoff restrictions
  • A number of other minor tweaks and fixes
This version is backward compatible with previous 0.8 and 0.7 versions and vLSO 0.8.2 can read logbooks written with previous versions, but not the opposite.

Also, please first read the manual (p.6) on possible SimConnect issues with Prepar3D installs.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your families!

There was a bug crawled into the final release, which garbled LSO comments to something unreadable and caused range errors when trying to debrief them.
Please re-download the 0.8.2 beta now free of this bug.
You can e-mail me your garbled logbook and I will convert it back to a readable form. My apologies for this inconvenience...

Monday, December 22, 2014

vLSO integration pack for FSX NAS Lemoore

I'm happy to share my vLSO integration pack for uchi's NAS Lemoore scenery.

Please download the pack from the sidebar and read the included readme file prior to unzipping.
Be advised that the KNLC_SceneryConfigurator.exe utility, bundled with the Lemoore scenery, does not add or remove Mk14 trailers. This is done by the two .cmd files included in my pack.

Happy bouncing!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Some thoughts...

As you know, in FSX we have a number of similar aircraft created by different authors. Example: the Acceleration F/A-18A and the FSXBA F/A-18C. Another example: the Aerosoft F14A/B and Dino's F14D... Despite these are different aircraft they all have the same FSX designation (namely the atc_model parameter). By the way, vLSO relies on that atc_model parameter, so in logbooks you can see both Hornets as F18, and all three Tomcats as F14. The only good exception to this 'rule' is the VRS F/A-18E Super Hornet, whose atc_model is F18E.

What to do? How to tell one model from another? Well, my suggestion is to manually modify the atc_model parameter as follows:

F18C = FSXBA F/A-18C
F14A = Aerosoft F14A
F14B = Aerosoft F14B
F14D = Dino's F14D

I'm going to integrate these models into the upcoming 0.8.2 beta and all you'll have to do is to edit the above mentioned parameters. It's easy - open the relevant aircraft.cfg file in an editor (e.g.Notepad), find the [General] section, edit the atc_model parameter and save the file.

Of course, the old F18 and F14 parameters will remain as default, too.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

FSX Oceana FCLP add-on now vLSO compatible

I'm happy to share my vLSO integration pack for uchi's NAS Oceana scenery.

Please download the pack from the sidebar and read the included readme file prior to unzipping.

Happy bouncing!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Prepar3D and FSX registry issues

These days I've been working on a very strange problem (please first read its not lenghty discussion on FSDT forum to get into details). To help solve this problem I'd like to get more information from a wider simmers community, especially from those of you who have both sims installed.

Please download the FSchecker 3 program from the sidebar, run and see what it finds. If its output matches to what you have then it's ok. If not, please report what it finds and what you have in fact (screenshots of the relevant registry keys would be just fine).

Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Couple of words about FCLP packs

As an example, I'll list my KNMM_Mk14 pack files and explain how it all works. There are seven files and one folder in the KNMM_Mk14.zip:


Unzip the pack to your KNMM folder. You should now have there the KNMM_Mk14 folder with five files inside it and two .cmd files. These command files are there to help you manage vLSO compatible stuff.

The KNMM_Mk14_Add.cmd copies files from the KNMM_Mk14 folder to their destinations as follows:
to the KNMM scenery folder

to the KNMM texture folder

From now on your KNMM scenery becomes vLSO compatible - there are three Mk14 IFLOLS at runways 01L, 19L and 28, and you can choose either of them via vLSO add-on menu (provided you are within a 6 nm range from NAS Meridian).

The KNMM_Mk14_Remove.cmd reverts i.e. removes the above mentioned files.

The key part of any of my FCLP packs are .tag files. vLSO reads a .tag file to find all the necessary info on a given FCLP site (the number of Mk14s, their locations, their glideslope settings etc.)

It should be noted that during its startup the program browses scenery folders of all active sceneries and tries to read any .tag file found there. This means that if a .tag file has the wrong format (it was created by another application, for example, or somehow corrupted) then most likely there will be errors when loading that file. My sceneries' .tag files follow this simple naming format: [ICAO]_FCLP.tag, where ICAO is the ICAO code for a given airfield. For example, KNMM_FCLP.tag for NAS Meridian, KNFJ_FCLP.tag for NOLF Choctaw, KNFE_FCLP.tag for NALF Fentress etc.
Please make sure all .tag files in all your active sceneries meet this format at least.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FSX Meridian FCLP add-on now vLSO compatible

Ok, guys
At last uchi's FCLP add-on to FSX NAS Meridian now gets its Mk14 IFLOLS and becomes vLSO compatible.

First, visit uchi's page and follow his instructions on downloading and installing the mod.
Then download my small pack from the sidebar and unzip it to the scenery folder. For your convenience I've created two command files to add and remove the IFLOLS. Just double-click the KNMM_Mk14_Add.cmd and go bouncing!
When you decide to get rid of the Mk14 IFLOLS, double-click the KNMM_Mk14_Remove.cmd...

Monday, September 1, 2014

vLSO is ready

Ok guys,
This time nothing special, just some small cosmetic changes and a 'Range check error' correction. People would experience this error only when approaching a FCLP area with a carrier (or two) present within a 50nm range.

Happy bouncing!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

vLSO is ready

Ok guys,
This time just a few new features:

  • The S-3B by Dino Cattaneo is now supported by default
  • LSO radio channel
  • Even more randomized LSO calls
  • An add-on menu option to repeat last LSO text message

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Windows 7 theme pack

Ok guys,
Those of you using Windows 7 can customize its desktop by using my Navy theme pack. Download it from the sidebar and save to a place of your choice, then double-click and it's done.
This pack is optimized for 1920x1080 resolution.


EDIT. I've added more background images, now it totals 31. Please re-download the pack.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New S-3B soundpack (preview)

Ok guys,
This here is my preview of a new soundpack for Dino's new S-3B Viking. Enjoy watching!..

Sunday, May 11, 2014

vLSO is ready

Ok guys,
As usually, there are a number of new features in this beta, as well as some minor tweaks and bugfixes:
  • New marshal/tower calls
  • New LSO comments and voice calls
  • A dynamic burble behind the ship
  • A bunch of new columns in the CSV
Also, I recommend to (re)move the original Sound folder and its Marshal subfolder prior to unzipping this package.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

vLSO is ready

Ok guys,
Finally my work on this beta is done... It's a major update, with a number of new features and with some minor tweaks and bugfixes... What's new?
  • A rollback option (after a successful trap)
  • A NATOPS option (to follow CQ/FCLP requirements)
  • Tracking pilot's currency
  • A new logbook file format
  • Export and import of logbook records in various formats (XML, CSV, LXF)
  • New LSO comments - TWA, TCA, LIG
  • New LSO grade - WOP
  • Colored CQ/FCLP logbook records
  • Color icons for different CASE approaches
  • New LSO voice calls
Don't worry about the new logbook format - the program will automatically convert your logbook to the new format, the LDF, provided the logbook was created by vLSO of the 0.7 series. The original DAT file will be renamed to Logbook.old.

Also, I'd suggest to move (not just copy) the Sound folder to a safe place and replace it with a new one from the package.

Well... Download, unzip and have a good weekend flying with the new program! )))

Monday, January 27, 2014

beta 0.8 WIP [3]

Just a couple of tiny changes...

As per Scott Gray's requests I've added one more export format to the program, the CSV, so CO/LSOs will have another option when parsing pilots' logbooks and filling their greenieboard DBs.

A sample of output CSV file would be like this:

Busy B;2014-01-05;D;WO;1;SLO(H)X FIM F(H)IC ;
Busy B;2014-01-05;D;OK;4;F(LO)AR ;
Busy B;2014-01-07;D;(OK);3;(LO)X (LO)IM (H)AR ;
Busy B;2014-01-07;D; OK ;5;;
Busy B;2014-01-07;D;(OK);3;;
Busy B;2014-01-11;D;OK;4;(LO)X FIM (LO)AR ;

Also, the number two column now displays the AC model instead of the AC number. It seems to be more reasonable when tracking pilot's currency...

Friday, January 24, 2014

beta 0.8 WIP [2]

Ok guys, this time I'd like to show you my latest changes to the GUI.

Honestly, I was never happy with that cluttered 'Date, CASE' column and finally I decided to move all CASE info into a separate column and switch to graphical CASE presentation. I believe, that graphic form is far better and easier to read, than the old text one. A 'blue sky with a number' represents Day CASE approach, a 'dark sky with a moon' represents Night approach respectively:

Perhaps the only thing to discuss here is those icons ;-) And I'm open for that...

Guys from the FSDT forums are suggesting a more consistent form of CASE presentation. Got rid of graphic, only numbers now, also added different backgrounds for all possible CASE day approaches (the more severe the conditions the darker background):

Also, note that another new column has been added to the Stat board - currency of a pilot . This one shows all the necessary information concerning pilot's qualification and practice state and follows (in general) LSO NATOPS. This feature is under your control and if you are a casual pilot and all you want to do is fly a couple of passes around the boat, just turn it off.

And finally, two new buttons appeared below the Stat board - the Export and Import buttons - in place of that dummy Greenieboard button, hanging there for a long, long time... The two corresponding functions will allow pilots to exchange their logbooks with each other, as well as with their CO/LSO (or other person in charge with their squadron's greenieboard).

Saturday, January 18, 2014

beta 0.8 WIP

This video demonstrates a roll back feature of the vLSO new version:

What's more?
  • Export/import of logbook records in vLSO binary format, so you will be able to show your passes to your friends and vice versa.
  • Export logbook records to a XML file.
  • Qualification procedures and field practice support, however the original NATOPS requirements were slightly adopted to FSX and programming limitations.
  •  GPA stat board now shows your currency as well.
  • More LSO logbook comments - TWA, TCA, LIG
  • and other minor changes...