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Piaggio
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:59 am    Post subject: 4 Monitor "Console" Reply with quote

I have built myself a 4-monitor setup along the lines of an Australian TAAATS sector console, including overhead back-lit map display. The main screen is a 21" used high-end graphics CRT that I picked up for AU$80 at an office computer disposal store. This thing weighs a ton at 35kg (77lbs), and I've rotated it onto its side. Lower left is an 8" touch screen running my own GG Comms touch panel plus all the other Tool panels. Upper left is a 15" LCD running VATPAC's ATC Assist which provides sid and star charts as well as route info and weather. Right hand monitor is an old 17" CRT which has Serv-Info and the Flight Strip bays.

All of this is running on one single PC. An old 1.4Ghz Athlon with 512 mb RAM, and 2 Nvidia dual head graphics cards (1 x PCI, and 1 x AGP). I simply have DVI to D-sub adapters to plug 2 of the monitors into the DVI outlets. In the overhead map display are specially ordered charts that have been printed single-sided only, so that there is no back side printing to show through. The square black thing on the left of the desk is a USB foot switch for PTT. I have even colour coded the main short-cut keys on my keyboard and added my own labels to them.









Peter.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I'm at a loss for words, that's amazing. Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is an incredible setup! Ever think of working for the DoD? Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great console - you already know most of us in the VATPAC forums are drooling over your setup and your voice comm panel Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And view this post for a pic of the real thing.
http://www.metacraft.com/VRC/forums/viewtopic.php?p=4997

The only thing missing is a true to life TAAATS radar mode. (hint hint Ross).
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've received lots of nice compliments - thank you all very much.

One thing I've had a few queries about is the overhead map display. This is just a large "light box" with fluro tubes mounted inside, all painted white inside for reflecting light, and then white translucent acrylic plastic mounted on top. I made a frame - not unlike a simple picture frame - from wood, with a rebated inside edge to mount the clear front plastic into. Hinged it onto the "light box", put 2 ball-type latches at the top and a piece of picture wire at the side to prevent it opening too far or placing too much strain on the hinges when open.

Cheers,
Peter.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I am wondering about the comm.pannel i saw on the 7th picture from above at the left of the screen. Cannot find anything about it in the manual. How did you get it there ? Looks like the intercom screen at ASRC.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G'day Andre,

That panel is my own little program, which I call GGComms. It works nicely with VRC, and it is soley for activating Ground to Ground communications such as Monitor, Intercom and Override, all at the touch of a button. I am still working on it (Beta testing) to make it 100% user friendly, and may very soon make it available to anyone interested.

I also have a cut down version, which has a single horizontal row of 6 small buttons for those who don't have a touch screen. I call this "GGComms Lite", and it can be positioned nicely at the very top of your main VRC screen without obscuring anything.



Thanks for looking,
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:17 am    Post subject: comm.pannel Reply with quote

Hi Peter,

Well goodwork, compliments. I can tell you already that at the EHAA-FIR we are very interested in the pannel. Because it looks very much like the comm.pannel which is used in the real ATC at the Netherlands.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Peter,

great app, looks really nice Smile -> Interested Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, i could use that Very Happy

Too many clever people around here methinks Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter,

Would it be possible to have a copy of ggcoms lite please?

Kevin
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or better yet, have it build into VRC???
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it would be nice to have something like GGComms built into VRC, and interestingly I can think of 2 reasons why not;

1. No work on Ross' part Smile

2. This panel of mine can actually be dragged to the very top of the VRC window and on top of the "title bar", so putting it above any of the VRC display - saves valuable scope space.

You can see more about it and download a copy from my personal website from 12th October 2006;
http://www.ggcomms.sagarair.com.au/

Peter.

Edited 10th January 2011 to correct the URL.
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