Hi Peter, Roo,
I've had a ton of success with creating video maps (sector files) for Euroscope with the Seattle Virtual ATC community.
The only major problem that I'm having before we can utilize the ES / JFS functionality is that the secondary beacon (squawk) codes don't seem to transfer into Euroscope properly, therefore, I'm unable to correlate the radar targets and am limited to primary radar identification methods.Update: just noticed the discussion between Roo and Peter here http://pmem.uk/joinfs/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=452
Additionally, when there are more than approx 10 aircraft, the playback feature on Euroscope stops after just a couple seconds. I'm not sure if this is an ES issue, or a problem with Roo's software. I'm trying to run a simulation with 30 aircraft played back, recorded via JoinFS. I've discovered that ES can use plugins, so instead of Roo's external software, could we write a plugin which allows ES to interpret the JFS output directly without that third link in the chain?
Finally, I'm developing a web-based (PHP / AJAX) air traffic control system to manage flight plans, flight progress strips, and other ATC functionality. As a long term project, I plan on developing a simple flow management system. In order for this to work, the website would have to analyze data such as flight plans, filed and actual altitudes and speeds, and current aircraft position in order to forecast collision hazards, and alert the controllers.
I'm still very far from this level of automation, but when I get there, I would need a way for data from my JoinFS hub server to get to the web server, which is under a separate hosting provider. Maybe by writing a script on the webserver which writes to a file or updates a database table?
What are your thoughts on beacon codes in ES, and this ATC project?
Director of Air Traffic Control
Seattle Virtual ATC.