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Connect to an online flight simulator network (VATSIM, FSD login page)
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Before a connection to an online flight simulation network is made, several configuration parameters need to be set. Most of them will already be pre-filled and do not need to be touched. Only very few parameters need a one off configuration. The following two sections explain how to connect to VATSIM or any other private FSD network.

Generally all changes you make are automatically saved and restored next time you launch the application.

1. Network Configuration

Server Selection:
In order to connect to a VATSIM server, make sure to select the VATSIM tab. The combobox shows a list of active VATSIM servers. This list is updated automatically on a regular basis. Select the server of your choice. The selection is saved while connecting.

In order to connect to another custom FSD server, change to Other servers tab and select the server from the combobox. By default, swift does not offer any preconfigured custom FSD server. Go to Settings->Servers or use the shortcut button goto settings to add and edit custom servers.
One typical scenario for a custom FSD connection would be to connect to Euroscope to setup a Tower View. See Tower view for more details.

Mode Selection
As a regular pilot, you want to use Normal connection mode. The second mode is offered for shared cockpit users, further details swift in a shared cockpit (co-pilot observer OBS mode) .

FSD Details
The default values are fine for regular usage. See advanced section for more information.

Voice
The default values are fine for regular usage. See advanced section for more information.

Matching log
The default values are fine for regular usage. See advanced section and Matching log/messages (which model is displayed?) for more information.

2. Pilots Info

This section requires you to enter your CID, password, real name and home base. Use the binoculars to get a helper dialog to select the airport ICAO code or just type it into the field - a completer will help you.

3. Own aircraft

This section configures the details of your used aircraft. If a simulator is connected already and the used aircraft model was known to swift (the Model name has a green border), then all parameters are expected to be filled correctly. Use the blue circle to refresh it, if the model name does not seem to be correct. Also correct any wrong items.

  • Red: Aircraft information missing, simulator not connected If your simulator is connected, but the model not picked up, use the reload button next to the "red box".
  • Yellow: This aircraft can be used, but it is not know in the DB yet. You need to fill in the aircraft data manually
  • Green: Model known in DB, all filled in automatically

Finally enter your selected callsign.. If you need help here, see Choosing a callsign.

4. Advanced Settings, FSD Details

Different flight simulator networks offer different features. Those can be enabled and disabled for this specific network.
Parts
Aircraft parts are a VATSIM specific extension of the FSD protocol to synchronize aircraft parts (gear, flaps, engines, lights, etc.). Using the extension on other private FSD networks other than VATSIM might work. Consult the network responsible in case of doubts.
Gnd.Flag
This flag configures whether the ground flag is sent as part of a pilot position update. On VATSIM, this is not the case. IVAO and other FSD networks make use of it.
Fast pos.
A flag that controls whether fast position updates are in use in this FSD network. This generally works only between swift clients.
Text codec
FSD protocol is pure ASCII. Most FSD networks do not define which minimum string encoding is supported by the server and clients. If another string encoding is required, it can be changed here.

Voice


VATSIM only: This setting allows to change the default VATSIM Voice UDP port, in case the default port is already in use or the user would like to change it.

Matching log
The two check boxes enable or disable the creation of matching logs. Those are helpful to understand why a particular remote aircraft is displayed (as for example A320 DLH). The matching log is a very verbose trace of what information was available which decisions have been taken to select the visible aircraft model. See Matching log/messages (which model is displayed?).

5. Advanced login popup

In order to set a partner callsign and/or modify the send network data you can use the advanced login popup, see Advanced login popup (since 0.9.2).

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