What is FS ACARS?
FSACARS is a software developed to emulate the real world ACARS system in
Microsoft Flight Simulator, and in adition to use that information to
create detailed pilot reports to VAs.
It is distributed in two
versions. The first, available to all FS pilots, will have all features
active and will serve as a flight analyser. The second version is for VA
pilots. It will have all features included in the first version, and it
can be used to automaticaly send pilot reports to the VAs and real-time
flight information to the VA website and make it available so that all
users can see it.
FSACARS is compatible with Reality XP Garmin
What is ACARS
anyway? (courtesy of
ACARS Online Homepage)
ACARS ([A]ircraft [C]ommunication [A]ddressing and [R]eporting [S]ystem)
is a digital data link system transmitted via VHF radio which allows
airline flight operations departments to communicate with the various
aircraft in their fleet.
This VHF digital transmission system, used by many civilian aircraft and
business jets, can be likened to "email for airplanes," as the
registration of each aircraft is it's unique address in the system
developed by aeronautical radio giant ARINC (Aeronautical Radio, Inc.).
Traffic is routed via ARINC computers to the proper company, relieving
some of the necessity for routine voice communication with the company.
With ACARS, such routine items as departure reports, arrival reports,
passenger loads, fuel data, engine performance data, and much more, can be
requested by the company and retrieved from the aircraft at automatic
intervals. Before the advent of ACARS, flight crews had to use VHF to
relay this data to their operations on the ground.
And how will this be
used in FS?
You can use the flight data information, and analyse it. It will be
something like a logbook, where you can not only see the flight time but
also the time of each event. In adition, you will be able to send that
data to your VA* replacing your regular flight report.
* Check PIREP System for
VAs and see if you VA is using it.