AIRLINE SIMULATOR NOTAM (v.1.15, 04/02/97) (Release Notes)
Available in your AS directory, after having installed the patch, OR in the AS 1.15 CD-ROM - please see the \AS_DOCS directory.
AS_APTS.TXT : list of the AS primary airports.
AS_FREQ.TXT : list of AS primary airports frequencies.
AS_IAPS.TXT : this file contains the new approaches: you need a registered version of Final Approach to print the included maps or you may consult the included AS_APTS.TXT and AS_FREQ.TXT files to get the same information.
AS_E_KEY.TXT : keyboard reference table - english.
AS_F_KEY.TXT : keyboard reference table - french.
AS_G_KEY.TXT : keyboard reference table - german.
AS_I_KEY.TXT : keyboard reference table - italian.
CAR_EURO.TXT : list of the European careers ( complete data ).
CAR_NATL.TXT : list of the North Atlantic careers ( complete data ).
CAREERS.TXT : list of the AS careers ( abbreviated version ).
NOTAM.TXT : this document.
TUTORIAL.TXT : tutorial to complete the first assignement.
I. WHAT IS NEW IN THIS VERSION?
A. SCENERY CHANGES
- Mountains are now green from March to September, brown in October and November and White from December to February. Mountains colors also depends on latitude.
- Water is now black at night.
- Runways markings and lights in the secondary airports are more accurate.
- Some taxiways were misaligned - now grass among the concrete should not appear anymore.
- Several primary airports are now implemented with a better taxiways scheme.
- All the ILSs have a greater range of reception.
- All the ILSs have correct glidepath angle values.
- Corrected magnetic variation on the ILS for compatibility with auto-land.
- All TACAN have a reduced range from 130 nm to ca. 50 nm. This to prevent any interferences between them ( not used for civilian navigation ) and regular VORs on the same frequency. An example of this problem could have been found between LWD ( a TACAN in Netherlands ) and ALS ( a VOR in Denmark ).
- It is now possible to use the SMS also if you are using AS under MS-DOS version 5.
- The SMS database now depicts more precisely different VOR classes.
- The SMS database includes COM frequencies for the primary airports.
- The SMS database includes elevation ( in feet MSL ) for all airports.
- The SMS/FMC databases contains data also for ILS in the NATL scenery.
- The SMS/FMC databases includes both IATA and ICAO codes for all airports.
You are now able to insert an airport ID in the FMS using either ICAO ( 4 letters ) or IATA ( 3 letters ) codes.
- The Elbe river now correctly runs north of Finkenwerder airport.
- All secondary airport's radios will have the same frequency ( 122.20 ) as they will *not* be used by the assignments.
- The default startup mode now includes the crash test.
- Career assignments now don't exceed the Maximum Take Off Weight anymore.
- When using other ATP planes with 3DAGS cockpits, the navaids symbols
are now correctly shown on the navigation display.
B. B747/400 CHANGES
- The Boeing 747/400 now has the wingtip lights correctly placed.
- The Boeing 747/400 fuselage strobe is now flashing red.
- On the engine cockpit of the Boeing 747/400 the EPR indicators will now remain within the instrument when you run out of the fuel ( but you have other problems to solve in this case... ).
- You can now set FL410 in the autopilot panel.
- The FMC has an improved waypoint selection logic.
C. AIRPORT MODIFICATIONS
( ordered alphabetically by airport name )
- Amsterdam ( AMS/EAM ): added the ILS for runway 1L. Frequency is: 108.75, heading 7 degrees, glideslope 3 degrees, ID is SA.
- Bergen ( BGO/ENBR ): airport is missing on the map however is present in the scenery at: 60 17 27 N, 5 13 36 E or 25856.0380N, 17599.5707E, altitude is 186 ft., ILS RWY 18, freq. 109.9 ID BR, heading 173 degrees.
- Bergen ( BGO/ENBR ): runway numbers have been repainted.
- Berlin Tegel ( TXL/EDDT ): the ATC is now informed about the ILS frequencies for runways 8L ( 109.10 ITLE ) and 8R ( 108.50 ITGE ).
- Boston, USA ( KBOS ): runway numbers have been repainted.
- Edinburgh ( EDI/EGPH ): the ATIS is now correctly tunable at 132.7.
- Frankfurt ( FRA/EDDF ): the original VOR is now replaced by a VOR/DME with frequency 114.2 and the same identifier ( FFM ). Attention: on the map this is still indicated as FFM, frq. 110.95.
- Gander ( CYQX ): has now an improved visual scenery for all Newfoundland.
- Gander ( CYQX ): runways have now an illumination system.
- Geneva ( GVA/LSGG ): corrected the problem with the approach to runway 5.
- Geneva ( GVA/LSGG ): added the ILS/DME for runway 5. Frequency is: 110.90, heading 47 degrees, glideslope 3 degrees, ID is INE.
- Innsbruck ( INN/LOWI ): localizer OEJ now does not have the glide, like in reality.
- Innsbruck ( INN/LOWI ): localizer OEV have a glideslope of 4 degrees. Attention: it is not reported on the map but it is available in reality.
- Innsbruck ( INN/LOWI ): runways have now an illumination system.
- Narsarsuaq ( UAK/BGBW ): airport is shown on the approach charts as UAK while inside ATPUTILS the ID is NAR.
- Paris, Charles De Gaulle ( CDG/LFPG ): runway 28 is now correctly depicted as 28 instead of 28R.
- Salzburg ( SZG/LOWS ): ATIS is correctly tunable at 125.7 ( unfortunately the real world frequency - 125.72 - is *not* tunable on the AS radio ).
- Vienna ( VIE/LOWW ): the airport is now at the correct altitude, 600 ft.
- Vienna ( VIE/LOWW ): added the ILS for runway 29. Frequency is: 109.7, heading 294 degrees, glideslope 3 degrees, ID is OEX.
II. THE "NORTH ATLANTIC PLOTTING CHART"
NATL(P)1: FFM VOR/DME frequency is now 114.20 ( Frankfurt )
FWE VOR/DME frequency is now 113.30 ( Furstenwalde )
ABT VOR/DME frequency is now 116.60 ( Abbeville ), ID is ABB
BLM VOR/DME frequency is now 117.45 ( Basle-Mulhouse )
HSD VOR/DME frequency is now 114.15 ( Haamstede )
MAG VOR/DME frequency is now 110.45 ( Magdeburg )
NOR VOR/DME frequency is now 116.20 ( Norvenich )
NATL(P)2: ALL approaches shown on this map are NOT VALID anymore!
You will NOT be able to land using data provided with that approaches.
Please see also APPROACH CHARTS chapter here below.
AIRPORTS: The map shows ALL the airports supplied with AS.
NAVAIDS : The map represents *ONLY* navaids used by the careers supplied with AS. The actual scenery contains much more data than what is shown on the map. To locate other needed information for your personal flights please consult the SMS database included in the FLIGHT PLANNING menu. To consult the SMS database press [F7], 
then follow on-screen instructions.
NOTE : Due to an internal AS limitation ( ATC needs to exactely identify the waypoints ) we were forced to add a progressive number to some IDs. For example the Brecon VOR in England was indicated as BCN2 and *NOT* BCN like in the real world. This is due to the fact that the internal AS database does not allow more than one entry with the same ID. We already used BCN for the Barcelona airport in Spain. We have now found a way to solve the problem so whenever you see ( on the map, from ATC clearances, using ATPUTIL, etc. ) an ID followed by a number ( IDnn ) please disregard the number.
Here is the list of navaids with a following number:
MAR2 ( VOR/DME ), KAS2 ( VOR/DME ), OMA2 ( NDB ), NIK2 ( NDB ),
ALB2 ( VOR/DME ), BGR2 ( VOR/DME ), BCN2 ( VOR/DME ), ARN2 ( NDB ).
This will effect only your route clearance and communications with ATC but in scenery and SMS files there will be proper IDs.
III. APPROACH CHARTS
* ATTENTION: We changed the approach charts in order to reflect scenery modifications. *
Included with the patch you will find a new set of approach charts. Charts are now supplied in .IAP format that will enable you to print them with with George Lorsche's Final Approach ( you can find the shareware version of Final Approach in the SIMGAMES and Flight Simulation Forums on Compuserve and in several web sites on the Internet - try at www.microwings.com or ftp.iup.edu).
The new charts contain all the correct frequencies as needed by AS, since some changes had to be made given the limitation of the original ATP program in the available radio channels. If you print them using Final Approach the print quality will also be much better - depending on the quality of your printer.
IV. OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION - so please read them :)
- The fuel consumption numbers as found in the careers lists files are calculated based on flight level 410 ( 41000 ft ), a very economical long-distance flight level. ATC may or may not grant you this level, so it is your own responsability to load enough fuel in case you have to travel at a lower flight level.
- During career flights do *NOT* take the FL given by ATC as the recommended FL. We tried to challenge your life a little so... sometimes it could be better to ask for a different FL!
- Be very careful when tuning ILS, expecially in the UK. Many of them ( London Heathrow just to give you the most obvious example ) use the same frequency for both directions. *Always* tune ILS by FMC ID: this way you will not need to set the "Left", "Right" or "Reciprocal" ILS Preference in the Flight Planning menu [F7].
- Use ATPUTIL to check your route before departure. This utility is also very useful when you need to calculate fuel quantity.
- If you are in doubt about a frequency during a flight, check the generic "Flight Service" ( contact them on frequency 122.20 ): they will give you the all the needed information about frequencies.
- You can find the ICAO 4 letter codes to be used in the FMC computer using the SMS ( press [F7] and then  ). We have also included the three letters ( IATA ) code, useful when using ATPUTIL. Remember that not all the airports have both codes.
- If you are going to use the B747-400 Trip Planning Sheet included in the manual you will also need to know runway lengths. You can obtain this information using SMS. Please note that runway lenghts obtained by SMS are expressed in feet. Here follows a table showing different runway lenghts ( expressed either in meters and in feet ) :
Runway length required for TO / LDG vs TOW
Weight ____ASDA____ ____TODA____ ____LDA_____ (lbs ) Mt Ft Mt Ft Mt Ft
400.000 1.100 3.609 1.200 3.937 1.500 4.921
480.000 1.720 5.643 1.516 4.973 1.800 5.905
560.000 2.340 7.677 1.832 6.010 2.100 6.890
640.000 2.960 9.711 2.148 7.047 2.400 7.874
800.000 4.200 13.780 2.780 9.121 3.000 9.843
- How to use AS together with subLOGIC's USA East/West sceneries.
The North American part of AS lies in the same coordinate systems as the European Scenery. This permits the seamless transition between the default AS Europe ( named F1 ) and the North Atlantic Scenery ( NATL.SCN ).
To change automatically from Europe and NATL scenery set simply activate the "Autoload" feature available in AS.
To activate the "Autoload" press [ALT][L] and when the Scenery Library menu appears, choose the option labeled with A ( simply press [A] ). Then you can start your assignment.
You must notice that it is *NOT* possible to fly directly from Europe to an USA East/West airport: you have have to fly to Boston or New York - and then manually change the scenery. To manually change the scenery: position the airplane on the same location ( Boston or New York ) using the USA East/West coordinates and then continue your flight from there to a different US location.
The provided CAREER.COM utility will help you in this, since it is not enough to load the US scenery: some crucial files in fact were altered in order to make flying long range flights with AS possible. CAREER.COM will properly restore *all* the files needed for a correct navigation in the USA East/West sceneries.
To switch from AS scenery system to USA East/West:
Migrate AS in an existing ATP directory using AS2ATP. Now you will have Europe available on request by loading EUROPE.SCN and your previous configuration ( most probably US, but it could be also Italy or Swiss ) inside a newly created directory named OLDATP ( and located under your ATP directory ).
1) Load EUROPE.SCN and activate the AutoLoad ( pressing [ALT][L] then [A] ).
2) Make your transatlantic flight to Boston or New York.
3) Exit to the DOS prompt ( [CTRL][BREAK] then  ), type: CAREER OLDATP and press [ENTER].
4) If you had the American ATC, it should now be restored.
5) Launch AS.
6) Position yourself at Boston or New York again using the normal ATP menu.
7) Start the next leg from there as usual.
8) When you want to switch to Europe again, return to DOS, type: CAREER EURO and press [ENTER]
The revised version of the migration utility will allow you to install AS into an existing ATP directory. The previous version of AS2ATP was able to migrate AS files only to ATP revision E directories: after many customer requests we decided to enable AS2ATP to migrate AS files also to ATP revision D, D1 and E.
* ATTENTION: If you have modified ATP using ATPUTILS, you will loose ALL your modifications while doing the migration! *
AS2ATP now runs from every directory and it detects your CD letter automatically. If you upgraded AS with the patch distribution file, you will need to insert the AS CD *before* starting AS2ATP. When you use AS2ATP, the program will create a backup of your existing ATP environment in the OLDATP subdirectory ( under your main ATP directory ).
To switch between different environments, use the CAREER utility.
to set the European only ATC system.
to set the European/North Atlantic ATC system.
to set the same ATC that was active before using AS2ATP.
VI. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I tuned a navaid (Example: TAR NDB, Tarva, Orland, located at N27609, E18399, frequency 349) but I have no indications at all in the ND.
A: This navaid, like some other ones included in our internal database extends outside the actual borders of the scenery. For your information the geographical limits of the AS scenery are:
Europe: N14844 to N27144, E12540 to E24800
North Atlantic: N15098 to N36996, E56873 to E13235
Q: After having positioned at Narsarsuaq ( North Atlantic scenery ) I tune VOR/DME NQ on frequency 111.85 but, on the ND I only have the DME reading and I am unable to get a bearing to the station. On the corner of the
ND I read: NQ /000
A: NQ is a DME *ONLY*. Due to an internal limitation of the SMS it is not possible to show the right type in the SMS list.
Q: The Airline Simulator Interactive Manual does not work. When I click on the icon the installer shows the message "Installing runtime components", but I cannot proceed.
A: Locate the AS.INI file in the Windows directory, delete it and try the installation again clicking on the AS Interactive Manual icon.
Q: I already deleted the AS.INI file from my Windows directory but I am still unable to start the manual.
A: Locate the WIN.INI file in your Windows directory. If present open it using Notepad ( or a similar program ). Locate all lines starting TBK and SBK ( i.e. TBK=c:\windows\asym\runtime\tbload.exe ^.tbk ), temporarily disable these lines putting a ";" ( semicolon ) character at the beginning of the line then save the file. Try again the installation of the Interactive Manual clicking on the AS Interactive Manual icon.
Q: Where can I find the Airline Simulator menu descriptions?
A: From the cockpit in the AS Interactive Manual click on the marshaller ( the guy in front of the nose of the aircraft ), then select "AS menu".
Q: Where can I find the AS flight controls description and the related keyboard reference?
A: From the second panel of the cockpit in the AS manual click on the "Flight controls position" screen, then click on the question mark button.
Q: I am unable to complete a career assignment in Airline Simulator.
A: To complete an assignment in Airline Simulator you must follow the right communications sequence with the Air Traffic Controller, just like in reality. You will find a complete description of this sequence clicking on the COM radio of the second panel in the ASIM cockpit, then click on the question mark button.
Q: How can I use the Flight Management Computer?
A: For a complete description of all the features of the FMC, select the cockpit while working with ASIM click on the FMC panel and then on the question mark button.
Q: When I try to print more than one approach plate from ASIM, the system repeats the first one continously.
A: Printing the approach plates can take several seconds; this depends on the printer model and resolution. If you have to print more than one map, before selecting the second one make sure the print run of the first one is completed and the print queue of your system is empty.
Q: Where can I find the complete keyboard reference for Airline Simulator?
A: From the main screen of the AS Interactive Manual click on the keyboard icon and then select the desired argument from the menu.
This release was possible ONLY for the constructive support we get from several users. A special thanks goes to (in alphabetical order):
If you will find any problem while using this product please send us a note and we will be happy to implement it, if possible, in the next release.
For further information please contact:
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