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  1. Greets, Roman, anything between 20 and 3 million euro from our Kickstarter Founders. Please, if you want to go over 3 million, break it up into separate smaller donations Seriously though, anything upwards of 20€ would be excellent and gets supporters a seat at the Founder table.
  2. Simon, you are absolutely right: "Better to have 1000 pilots in one network", that is exactly what we are trying to achieve. One thing is for certain, the rift between IVAO and VATSIM exists and does not show signs of going away. The appropriate answer for us is to unite the community with Rotate. Imagine the possibilities if this conflict between IVAO and VATSIM were a thing of the past? One big reason for our product is the technology used by current networks. We want to build a product that will last, that is built on modern software and is global. I invite you to think about all the people who are not currently part of any network because of issues and missing features in the old networks. We also want to make one thing clear: we will never discriminate against you or anyone for being part of another network.
  3. The egg-breeding whole-milk-making sow is exactly why we are building this network as a company. This is not a product that can be made a reality by private individuals working on it in their free time. An economy is planned as we hinted at in our Airline Manager feature post. To be honest, I don't think the virtual aviation community is small, and no matter its size, it is active
  4. We want to build a system that gives beginners and veterans what they need to grow as virtual aviators and controllers. Beginners enjoy a more stable communication medium, leading to a steeper learning curve. ATC users will benefit as well because both parties in a transmission can understand what is being said. Veteran users already know how to deal with the older transmission models, but we want you to have the richest simulation possible. No more unintended comms issues, only crisp and authentic radio chatter. We are moving on from an outdated modem basis and misplaced software, and aiming for good quality voice transmissions. Now, when we say good quality, we aren’t aiming for the clarity of Teamspeak or similar voice communication programs. We are aiming for stable comms, with reduced bass and some artificially induced static meant to imitate real-world radio transmissions. Another focus is the reduced latency during calls, and the addition of a warning tone when speaking over each other. VHF transmissions will be influenced by obstacles. The current voice system models of the old networks allow for VHF transmissions only, but we want to expand that and offer you both VHF and HF frequencies. As a special feature, service frequencies are available to airlines in support of our extended airline infrastructure. Additionally, pilots using Rotate’s Voice Transmission will be able to tune into two separate frequencies at the same time, which is useful while multi-tasking your communication operations. Signal strength varies depending on the distance to the transmission's source. In addition, signal strength varies and is influenced by altitude, line-of-sight with and distance from the transmission source, as well as weather and terrain. Including these variables is a good example of the amount of detail Rotate wants to offer you. You could be checking a pilot’s IFR clearance, or listening to your airline radio traffic. From signal strength variance to authentic radio transmissions, from the ability to listen to your controller and the ATIS at your destination at the same time, Rotate wants you to hear the virtual aviation world.
  5. In aviation today, CPDLC is especially useful for pilots in many areas including, but not limited to, IFR clearances, position reports and enroute services. It allows you to send predefined text messages or free text to controllers, other pilots or your airline. CPDLC can save pilots and controllers a lot of time, and it proves helpful in a specific situation typical for virtual aviation networks, if you choose to use text-only communication. You will also benefit from CPDLC when connected to overly congested communication channels, severe weather, or simply want to have a backup comm channel. Another benefit of CPDLC use as a pilot is being able to simply click one button when receiving instructions from an ATC. No need to type anything while trying to set up your systems, just one click. Connecting to ATC Simply connect to an ATC station via the LOG ON screen. Pilots can access CPDLC via the Pilot Client. Here you can connect to the appropriate station or send messages to others using the Telex system. CPDLC allows you to manage complicated clearances from air traffic controllers efficiently, by always being able to review the clearance you received. Communication is still possible with CPDLC even in the case of overcrowded frequencies, when you just can't make yourself heard. Our smartly integrated system can also determine where you are and where you are going and pre-fill position reports with data for extra convenience, so you won't have to worry about typing all your waypoints into the system. For supported aircraft, which allow us to synchronise the data from the FMC, this function will be the most accurate. There are also plans for the future to support CPDLC directly inside of your simulator in the FMC of your aircraft. Many entries of the position report are pre-filled with data. Talking to your airline and others Airlines and other pilots don't have individual stations, which you can log-on to, as you would do with ATC stations. Instead, you can use the Telex message system, which allows you also to send free text messages to individuals. Through Telex you have the opportunity to coordinate with your airline and other pilots, or simply say “hi” to them. CPDLC and its Telex variant will also work in the Rotate Manager and App, giving you the ability to communicate to all of your friends currently logged in to the system. Find out more about how CPDLC will help you:
  6. For air traffic controllers a simple text message can make all the difference when trying to handle a lot of traffic at the same time. CPDLC allows you to send and receive predefined text messages or free text from pilots. From the moment you decide to log-in as a controller you automatically offer CPDLC to pilots wanting to connect to your station. Aircraft connected to CPDLC will show an outline around their call sign. The network-wide integration of CPDLC is especially handy for controllers who handle overcrowded frequencies or complicated reroutings. No matter how busy, it helps all controllers maximize their efficiency and comfort on the job. CPDLC can even prove valuable when dealing with new or text-only pilots, as it provides all the necessary instructions your connected pilot needs without having to type anything. Your frequency will be less crowded by "say again(s)" and readbacks and this way you free up more time for traffic planning and pro-active controlling. Simply click on the appropriate buttons to compose your messages. The purpose of CPDLC is not to get rid of the traditional method of voice frequencies communication, but to provide a faster and easier way to deal with standard tasks. We want to achieve maximum realism and in specific scenarios, such as position reports over the Atlantic Ocean, CPDLC inevitably plays a central role in modern aviation. An overview of all your current messages. Find out more about how CPDLC will help you as a:
  7. As you manage your airline, you might feel the need to contact someone inside the cockpit. Pilots can pick up and respond to messages you send from the Airline Dashboard right in their Pilot Client. It's a convenient and realistic form of communication. CPDLC can be helpful to airline managers in many ways, such as when coordinating the next flight plan, managing possible in-flight diversions to other airports or re-routes because of weather changes. Indeed, if your airline is part of the in-game economy, you can use CPDLC to improve your pilots’ logistics, thus improving the aviation statistics of your airline, and by doing so improve your airline’s market value. As with most of our tools, CPDLC is just here to help you out in case you want to use it. It's not meant to get rid of other tools such as voice communications via airline owned frequencies, but it should make your life easier and give you more possibilities should you need them. Find out more about how CPDLC will help you:
  8. Since its first release in the late 90s, CPDLC (Controller – Pilot Data Link Communication) has changed the way we communicate in aviation. It has seen a steady rise in popularity and is now a widely accepted, standardised tool in the aviation industry. CPDLC has even found its way into the virtual aviation scene through plugins. However, the current integration in virtual aviation networks can be more of a hassle than a benefit. We are going to change this! Rotate Network will implement CPDLC network-wide. That means everyone using Rotate will have access. Pilots, air traffic controllers, and even airlines will be able to use it. CPDLC use varies for everyone. That's why we want to tell you more about it from the appropriate perspective:
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