As noted in our last blog, work is progressing on IVAC2, adding some additional small features and improvements. However, we recognise that many of the “big” features we want to add are impracticable or impossible to add without changes to the underlying server infrastructure. So that is what we are now working on!
Since the first IVAC2 public beta release on 02-Jun-2017, many of the Terminal2 staff have been taking a much needed break from coding, documenting, testing, planning, and the myriad of other duties that goes on behind the scenes. We recently had a full team meeting, to make plans for the next phase of development.
As we continue our countdown to the public beta release of IVAC2, two more tutorial videos have been added:
In anticipation of the imminent launch of IVAC2, we have made available a few short tutorial video’s on YouTube.
Installation – a brief guide to installing IVAC2 on Windows10 (other Operating Systems are available!).
Launching – short introduction to using the IVAC2 launcher to setup for controlling.
Connecting – how to connect to the network, including use of integrated voice.
Track States – guide to different track states. Compulsory viewing for all potential IVAC2 controllers!
More video’s will be added over the coming weeks…
Regular readers will note that we previously advised that the first public beta version of IVAC2 would be “around the end of May”. As today is the last day of May we wanted to bring you another update!
After another week of busy coding and testing, we provided a “Release Candidate” for our data-preparation teams this morning. So far, the feedback has been very positive, with only one minor bug which has already been corrected. We therefore expect the first public release to be within the next week. To mark the occasion, we will be hosting a live “Twitch” session on Friday 02 Jun 2017 at 18:00z, during which users will be able to post questions on Twitch, Twitter or Facebook for the T2 team to answer.
Over the last week we have been working hard to make the final preparations for both the release of IVAC2, and to enable DataPrep teams to be opened-up to new members.
Today we have released a new version of the software for members of the DataPrep teams to test. It includes a number of bug-fixes and improvements, including display of flight-plan routes with support for SIDs and STARs.
A couple of weeks has flown by since our last Facebook post, during which time we’ve all been hard at work making preparations for the release of the IVAC2 public beta version. Well, actually a few of the T2 team took a short break to squeeze in a visit to the German Flight Simulation Conference in Paderborn last weekend. Here is a quick update on how the data-preparation is progressing…
The Vital Statistics
At the time of writing, the DP portal has registered members from 161 FIRs in 62 different countries. A few countries have a very large number of FIRs, including USA/Canada (31 FIRs combined), Russian Federation (28 FIRs) and China (16 FIRs)… and they have a very large job in preparing their data!
For more than a year, teams of hard-working individuals have been preparing data to be used in IVAC2. Today marks one step closer to them being able to submit their creations to the Terminal2 server. Here is a sneak-peak of the DataPrep Portal that they will use to access the system.
We often have people asking us why IVAC2 has been taking so long to release. Today we have decided to share some of the things we are currently working on in order to get ready for the imminent beta release… but first a little insight as to why we need to do it.
Instead of “sector files”, IVAC2 uses a structured set of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) files, each of which has a particular type of data in it. XML files are made up of a series of tags (which can be nested as sub-tags inside other tags) and each tag can have a number of fields (each of which has a name and a piece of data).