Below you can follow a short flight from Seattle-Tacoma to Payne Field, Snohomish and view the parameters Flight Tracker reports during your flight.
For the purposes of this test flight:
To start logging your flight details click the [ON] link to start ACARS. After turning the ACARS reporting option on, FS Flight Tracker logs the following:
Date, Aircraft ID, Aircraft Type, Zero Fuel Weight, Origin (departure airport) ICAO code (airport designator) and name.
Depending upon the weather reporting options you selected, Flight Tracker will report the current weather at your departure airport (Origin).
If you selected Report Weather from FS, then Flight Tracker will simply report the weather you are currently seeing within Flight Simulator.
However, If you selected one of the weather reporting servers then Flight Tracker will attempt to connect to that server and return the most recent METAR for you departure airport. If the connection fails (because you are currently offline) then Flight Tracker will report "Unable to connect to WX server or ICAO not found"
Having done all your cockpit checks and received your clearance from ATC you are now ready to taxi to the active runway.
Release the Parking Brake.
Flight Tracker takes this as the signal that you are starting your flight and logs the following immediately:
After your clearance, proceed to take off from the active runway. As soon as your wheels leave the ground Flight Tracker records the following data:
At take-off, Flight Tracker also logs other information:
FS Flight Tracker now sits in the background and waits for you to land. This step is not required, but now is a good opportunity to fill out the additional data such as
At touchdown, Flight Tracker records the following data immediately:
Taxi to the Ramp or Gate.
All we need to do now is taxi to your chosen parking position. When you are in the correct position apply the parking brake. This signifies the end of the flight and FS Flight Tracker will shut down ACARS.
It will log the following details
In addition, Flight Tracker also logs the following:
We've done with ACARS now, although we still need to log our flight. But before we do, there is one last option you must set. On the last page of the ACARS is a drop-down menu box. You must select an option from this menu before logging your flight. The options match the types of flight on offer at Air SeaTac Virtual, as follows:
Any flight report received without one of these options set, will be rejected.
Once you have selected an option for the Flight Type, click "Log Flight" to record your flight in Flight Tracker's personal logbook and save your pirep.