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Luke posted a topic in Virtual Airlines News and DiscussionMARIETTA, GA -- Delta Virtual Airlines is pleased to announce that it is the lead integration partner for simFDR, the world's most advanced simulator Flight Data Recorder software. Effective immediately, simFDR users can use this product to submit flight reports to Delta Virtual Airline and Air France / KLM Virtual. simFDR is an evolution of the world's most advanced ACARS software, which has logged over 2,000,000 flight hours in over 750,000 flights since introduction in 2004. It is designed to allow simulator pilots to log any flight, on any aircraft - on any simulator. simFDR currently supports Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Flight Simulator X, Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition and Lockheed-Martin Prepar3D v2.5 and v3.x. simFDR logs over 100 flight parameters every second, condensing them into a single logbook entry that is securely transmitted to their cloud servers for permanent storage in multiple redundant locations. simFDR can optionally send an authenticated copy to a Virtual Airline or other third party. simFDR is currently in an OPEN BETA period where participants can have unlimited use of the simFDR software and cloud logbook service. For more information about simFDR, please visit https://www.simfdr.com/ or our AVSIM support from at http://www.avsim.com/forum/754-simfdr-general-support-forum/ For more information about integration simFDR with your virtual airline, please visit https://www.simfdr.com/va_api.do For more information about Delta Virtual Airlines, please visit https://www.deltava.org/
simFDR is currently in an open beta. We want to get our service in front of as many people as possible to test it out and get feedback from our users. We encourage you to sign up at simFDR and try things out. Break things, if you can! It’s an exciting phase because you, our initial users, get to shape the future direction of this service. Writing digital software is an evolutionary process - it depends on engaged, passionate users who can make a truly awesome product. I’m confident that you’ll find simFDR’s data and logbook as amazing as I do. Many of its features were suggested to me by other simulator pilots and virtual airline members - I’m confident that future revisions of simFDR are going to have even more great ideas from people like yourself. Purchasing simFDR is done through our web site. We handle transactions ourselves for two reasons - first, to minimize costs we don’t go through a third-party publisher. Second, we’re passionate about all aspects of the experience and we wanted to ensure that our store was convenient, functional and secure. We don’t store (or even see) your credit card numbers. Our transaction processing goes through Stripe, which provides an advanced and secure interface for credit card transactions around the world. Our store front is fully functional in beta - with one major exception. It won’t take a real credit card number. We’ve provided you with a large number of test credit cards to validate our store front and all aspects of the purchase experience. Enjoy simFDR. It’s still going to be a little rough around the edges, but we hope you’ll see the promise, be delighted and work together to create something fantastic. One other nice part about our own store front is that we can provide all sorts of goodies and discounts to beta testers who log the most valid bugs, fly the most flights, etc. Again, we depend on our users to create value and we want to give back to those of you who do.
About a dozen years ago, Virtual Airlines started introducing ACARS systems. In the real-world, an ACARS allows aircraft to send and receive data messages. While some virtual airline systems duplicate this functionality, the vast majority are nothing more than glorified flight data recorders, tracking some basic events in the progression of a flight. I’ve done all of my simulator flying for a virtual airline, and because of this I have a logbook stretching back to 2001. Since I started writing and using Delta Virtual’s ACARS package, I’ve had a really comprehensive logbook with a tremendous amount of flight data, tracking my flight tracks, fuel consumption, autopilot usage and a lot more. It’s been a great flight planning and analysis tool, both for myself and the thousands of other pilots who have used it. It’s a trusted and reliable flight tool - it’s recorded over 750,000 flights totaling over 2 MILLION flight hours. It’s the world’s oldest, most comprehensive and most popular flight data recorder. However, over time I started asking myself - why can’t I take the same features I’ve grown so used to at Delta Virtual and expand them? I want to log ALL of my flights, in ALL of my aircraft, ANYWHERE - then store them in a logbook that will survive different simulators, different computers and some catastrophic disk crashes along the way. (Ever owned a Vertex 2 SSD? I have.) That’s why we have simFDR. simFDR is not another “virtual airline flight logger” package. It is designed and built from the ground up as the world’s best simulator flight data recorder. It logs almost 100 flight parameters several times a second, tracking aircraft position and status. Unlike all other flight data recorders, it seamlessly integrates with some of the world’s most popular airliner simulations to record autopilot and systems status. It combines this data with ambient weather conditions to provide the most comprehensive record of your flight. This data is then uploaded into a secure cloud service, providing a permanent record of all of your flights. You can export your flight data into Microsoft Excel or Google Earth to examine, analyze and visualize your flights. You can always get your data, in a variety of different formats. Because it’s a cloud service, simFDR can also provide additional services such as runway usage and takeoff/landing position. There’s no more relying on inaccurate single values such as vertical speed at touchdown - simFDR combines its data with cloud-based analytics to provide a more complete analysis than a client-based package alone could ever provide.