Tower View

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The Tower View

The tower view feature is inspired by the similar possibility of VRC by Ross Carlson. But actually the implementation is totally different in EuroScope. Due to the built in simulator there is already a small FSD server inside EuroScope. This server can be also used to be connected by an FSD pilot client like SB3 or FSInn. Using this idea the tower view implemented in EuroScope is based on the FSD protocol rather than an FS multiplayer connect.

After some test and support request we decided to us FSInn (FSInn main website is no more available, but you may find alternative ways to download it) as the FSD client for EuroScope tower view. There are some reasons why FSInn was selected and SB3 is dropped:

  • FSInn can be used in other networks not only on VATSIM. Because of that it did not need any kind of modifications to connect to the built-in FSD server. On the other hand SB2 tests if the server has a valid VATSIM ID and do not connect to other places (nor to EuroScope).
  • When I asked for technical assistance for the feature Benjamin Fells immediately responded to me and advised my all the information I needed. Unfortunately I have not receive even a negative answer from the SB3 team if we can work together.

Prepare EuroScope For Tower View

The only thing you should do before establishing a connection with FSInn, is to check if the ES's proxy is on (you can select the option to be started automatically from the button Quick Set -> Enable advanced proxy communication an on ES exit save that option). It automatically asks for the plane information that is necessary for the correct display. It is asked even if no tower view is started. All this information is also sent to the LOG files. It makes it possible to enable the tower view feature on online sessions and on playback sessions too.

In this way you really do not have to do anything. Just connect to VATSIM for an online session or start a playback session. In both cases EuroScope automatically starts the built in FSD server and waits for an incoming connection from FSInn. When the connection is established all plane information is sent to the FS client.

Prepare FSInn For Tower View

Be sure to download and install the following products from MDCU:

  • FSCopilot 1.6 (FSInn main website is no more available, but you may find alternative ways to download it),
  • FSInn 1.2 (FSInn main website is no more available, but you may find alternative ways to download it),
  • The appropriate VIP package for you FS.

In Flight Simulator start the Copilot/Inn Control Panel menu. Click on the SET button, and navigate to the Network settings. There are 5 slots (first is VATSIM but 4 are empty) that can be configured. Select a free one from there and fill in the fields:

image:InnSetup.gif

The ID and the Password fields here are not important, as you are already connected to VATSIM with EuroScope. We suggest to use a name something like "Tower" or "Tower View". The only really important is to select the server. If you are running FS on the same machine where EuroScope has been started just specify "localhost" here. But you are free to start the tower view client on another computer in your local network. The rest of the fields are once again not important.

When ready and EuroScope session is running (online or playback) just click on the newly named server and enjoy the view.

Notes:

  • If you disconnect from your EuroScope session the FSD server is also stopped. You need to reconnect after the new session is started.
  • You should not use PAUSE or SLEW mode in FS as in these cases the display of the moving aircrafts are really jerky.
  • Tower View is DISABLED in simulation sessions.

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