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Hi Bryan,

Would it be possible for the user to state the default gate assignment for each airport and UGCX to cause the gate assignment text message to be received in the cockpit some-when towards landing?

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Would it be possible for the user to state the default gate assignment for each airport and UGCX to cause the gate assignment text message to be received in the cockpit some-when towards landing?

 

I'm not sure I follow.

 

Can you pls elaborate.

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Hi Bryan,

 

Sorry to not have explained further.

 

I usually fly B77W in a British Airways livery. When deciding on an appropriate arrival gate, I use Wikipedia to decide which terminal BA use, then Navigraph for a suitable gate. This can be very repetitive over time.

 

CPDLC could have the capacity to receive gate assignments in the cockpit. If a user had the ability to set up a default gate for the destination airport, then UGCX could use this to send a CPDLC message advising the arrival gate.

 

HTH

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Alas, the PMDG SDK doesn't allow anything like that.

 

The PMDG SDK basically allows you to flip switches and read the position of the switches.

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Hi Bryan,

 

I like Richard's idea, even if it weren't to include something like CPDLC.

 

One aspect of "the other ground equipment software" that I don't like is that after I land and exit the runway, I have to stop the airplane and then go through several menus trying to find the gate that I'm supposed to go to.  While I include gate assignments as part of flight planning (FlightStats.com has this info for US flights), finding the gate I need in the menus is often cumbersome.  Would it be possible to include this step as part of the pre-flight config, or allow us to choose an arrival gate while still in the air?  I'd like to be able to land, clear the active, taxi in and have the ground crew waiting for me at the gate (or stand) without having to stop the airplane on a taxiway or go through pop-up menus.

 

Looking forward to it!

 

Ben

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A correct AFCAD and aircraft repaint should have accurate parking codes. If you're able to read these, plus the gate size and aircraft size you could make an attempt to select one and then tell the pilot which he's been assigned (no menu pop-ups)

But then if you're on VATSIM and someone's already in that spot you'll need to be able to change it.

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Hi Bryan,

 

I accept that at present the PMDG SDK may not allow it, but surely many additional facilities could be added if you were enabled to access/update all relevant items within PMDG products. Detecting changes as well as being able to set them would turn rather unintelligent functions in intelligent ones.

 

When are you going to be allowed to do such things?

Cheers, R

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Would it be possible to include this step as part of the pre-flight config, or allow us to choose an arrival gate while still in the air?

 

I would very much like that option as well!

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Well see what we can, but that may come in a future update.

 

We have to lock everything or UGCX will never see the light of day!

 

It's very hard as a developer to force yourself sometimes to stop adding stuff.  Trust me on this!
 

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Sounds good to me Bryan, I think that a basic, well put together ground services program first, then bells and whistles as future releases (when and if practical) at later dates is a good idea.

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Second the this idea, for initial release or future update!!!!! Thnx Bryan!!

 

 

 

 

Richard Bansa

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I think it may have to come in a future upgrade.

 

We've basically locked everything down for the initial release.

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