New Feature Requests

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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby N953RC » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:50 am

Hi Peter,
I'm wondering how feasible it would be to add server (Hosting) side options? Just a couple of things that might be nice.
1. Have an option for the host to set all clients time to their current times zone based on the server date and time. We are always trying to match each others time, why not let the hosting server automatically set each client to their current location time zone based on current time and date of the server. That way the host can set the time and season for all clients during any event.

2. The ability for the client or server to block the "Follow" option. I was flying last night with a friend and did my follow thing to catch up. I didn't think anything of it until it totally ruined his flight experience when it set off his proximity alerts on approach. JoinFS is a great online tool for those serious minded hobbyists that cant fly their expensive planes on most conventionally hosted community servers. I fell in love with JoinFS for it's ability to let the client ignore those trolls that live to disrupt our hobby. I unintentionally caught my friend by surprise during a very critical time in his flight. I can see trolls intentionally doing this.


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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby picnic » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:01 pm

I quite like the idea of a time sync, in the BFSG we specify a flight sim time that all pilots should have. Being able to sync all the times across all the pilots would be great. I guess the problem is who has the master time from which all others are synced. Can't easily use the server as we can't guarantee that someone has access to it. Then it potentially becomes a free for all. Needs a little thinking about.

If there was a time sync system in place I also think there should be a TimeOK button (like CAVOK) where someone can opt out as I know some people don't like landing when it's too dark. I'd rather have someone take part and fly rather than not turn up as they object to the requested time settings.

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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby ATC Roo » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:32 pm

Love it :lol: :lol:

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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby Peter » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:51 pm

1. The time sync is on the to do list, I was thinking of doing it in a similar way to the copy weather function. So you select an aircraft (or probably a user actually) and select copy time/date. That way you're not forced into having your time updated and everyone can still very easily agree on who's time to use. The time could also be copied from the hub user, which would effectively be server time.

2. That's quite a tricky one. I think in this particular case he needed to be in a controlled environment and session in order to avoid having people drop in like that. Perhaps follows could be enabled/disabled in the session, or in a hub session. The same thing will also apply to joining. Someone could have joined while in the same position as the follow which would have caused the same problem. So maybe the ability to temporarily disable joins to provide a controlled environment. Interesting, any thoughts on that?


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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby blue_ice » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:47 am

Regarding having a controlled enviroment. Whilst maybe having a box to disable new joins might work, my concern would be if you want to allow somemore people into the session. It would mean unchecking the box, allowing the user to join then locking the session down again, I know password protected sessions has tried to be avoided. But for this scenario would it be the simplest answer?
As Joinfs continues to grow, I suspect a troll situation will raise its ugly head at some point. Could being able to temporarily lockdown a session with a password be the answer should the situation arise?



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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby Peter » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:36 am

blue_ice wrote:I know password protected sessions has tried to be avoided. But for this scenario would it be the simplest answer?

But in the case as described in the previous post, this wasn't a malicious act but accidental. Even with a password protected session their friend could still have joined at that critical moment.

Rick, at what distance does the proximity alert get activated?


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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby Grumpy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:32 am

Good afternoon, Peter.
Thinking about the time idea.

Love it. If its possible.
For most group flights, like we and the nice gentlemen at BFSG, do,have it so the copy time function picks up LOCAL time where the flight starts.
Ie, departing EGBJ at 0900 hrs LOCAL time.
We all gather, and the flight coordinator say, OK, line up and wait, or what ever, Synchronize your Sundials. and the keen young fellows select the time from the Coordinator or ATCs Aircraft, and presses Sync Time. done.

Someone coming in late to the session, can now easily do the same thing. from ANYBODY at this time.
The beauty of this is, nobody will ever get old!!!

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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby Mozart » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:37 pm

i am currently exploring using FSJoin for a new Virtual Group. From what i have read, this looks very promising. congratulations to all the Dev's.
i had run a search for "weather" but have not found the topic.
I had read in the manual that weather is(?) included in FSJoin. "Weather Click on the cell to get regular weather updates from that aircraft."
Is this also synchronized between ALL a/c?
who or what generates the weather for synchronizing? or am i reading this wrong. what should the weather setting be on all clients PC's?
thank you in advance for all your dedication to a wonderful hobby.

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Re: New Feature Requests

Postby Peter » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:14 pm

Hi Mozart,

thanks for your kind comments.

The idea of synchronizing the weather is that each pilot can choose to get weather updates from another aircraft. So in a group scenario you might all agree that you are going to tick the box in the weather column for pilot A, or on a server it could be that you all choose the server's aircraft which can be permanently parked at any airport. If pilot A is getting regular weather updates from a weather engine then this will propagate the weather METAR to the group, so long as they've ticked that box for pilot A.

If you want to do a single one-off weather update, select the user and click the Copy Weather button at the bottom.

I should add that there are some issues with the weather that need looking at. For example getting updates when one pilot is on the ground and the other is at a high flight level can give unrealistic wind speeds and cross winds. I'll be looking into that next year.


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