vATIS is an intuitive and easy to use ATIS client for the VATSIM network. vATIS was created to simulate the Digital ATIS (D-ATIS) system used by the FAA with the intent to reduce controller workload. Never again will you be interrupted while recording an ATIS; vATIS will automatically update it for you.
After you download the vATIS installer file, double-click the executable to launch the installer. You will be prompted to choose an installation location. It is recommended that you leave the default location selected as the local application data folder to avoid any file permission problems.
The Empty Config File option will reset your vATIS configuration file to the default settings. You will lose all configured settings.
When the installation is complete, you will have the option of launching vATIS.
For successful ATIS streaming, you may need to forward port 3293 (UDP) through your router.
Before using vATIS, you should familiarize yourself with a few basic terms and concepts.
A facility is the geographical location of the ATIS (e.g. KLAX).
Configuration Profiles are used to save ATIS free text and settings, allowing you to quickly populate vATIS. You can create an unlimited number of configuration profiles per facility. For example, you could create a profile for "West Ops", "East Ops", "Night Ops", etc.
To start vATIS, double-click the desktop icon (if you chose to create one during the installation process) or locate vATIS in your programs list.
Each time you launch vATIS, a window with a list of facilities (if you created or imported any) will show. See the Facilities section for details on how to create a facility.
Each time you launch vATIS, a facilities list will show (see screenshot below). The first time you run vATIS, the list will be empty. Most users will download and import a facility configuration file created by their ARTCC.Create a New Facility
To create a new facility, click the New button at the top right of the facility list. You will be prompted to enter a facility ICAO identifier (e.g. KLAX) and a name for the facility (e.g. Los Angeles). After you save the facility, it will be added to the facility list.Import a Facility Configuration File
To import a pre-configured facility configuration file, click the Import button. A file browser dialog will show allowing you to browse to the location of the facility file (.gz file). Importing a facility configuration file will also import all configuration profiles associated with each facility within the import file.Export a Facility
You can export a configured facility by highlighting the facility name in the list and clicking the Export button. This is useful if you want to make a backup copy of your facility configurations.
ARTCC Facility Engineers: To export a facility and its configuration profiles to share with your ARTCC, highlight the facility name in the facility listand click the Export button. Choose a location to save the exported file.Select a Facility
To select a facility, double-click the facility name in the list. The facility and its profile configurations will be loaded and the main vATIS window will become active.
The Information Status Bar across the top of the main vATIS window gives an at-a-glance look at the current ATIS situation. From left to right is the current ATIS code (dropdown list with letters A-Z), ZULU clock, wind and altimeter (parsed from the facility's METAR report).
The Active Facility shows the facility that is currently loaded into vATIS. You can change the facility at any time by clicking the facility identifier button which will open the facilities list. If you choose a difference facility, you will be disconnected from the VATSIM network and the current ATIS you have broadcasting will stop.
The Arrival/Departure/Other free text field is used to include information pertaining to arrivals, departures or other important information that you want broadcasted in the ATIS. For example, departure runways, approaches in use, etc. You can click the Preview option at the top right of the text field to listen to the voice synthesized version as it would be heard in the ATIS broadcast. This text field allows use of the Text Parsing Rules.
The Notams free text field is used to include special notices in the ATIS (e.g. runway closures, etc.). You can click the Preview option at the top right of the text field to listen to the voice synthesized version as it would be heard in the ATIS broadcast. This text field allows use of the Text Parsing Rules.
The METAR Report bar shows the current METAR report for the loaded facility. The METAR report is only visible when an ATIS code is selected, a configuration profile is loaded and you are connected to the VATSIM network.
The Voice Server Configuration area is used to configure the voice server URL and ATIS frequency. These settings are defined per facility and are global to each associated configuration profile.
The ATIS Output field shows the text version of the ATIS as it would be received by other network clients who may request the text version of the ATIS.
The Function Control Bar at the bottom of the main vATIS window contain several functions.
The Configuration Profile dropdown list shows all configuration profiles that are created within the loaded facility. To select a configuration profile, click the dropdown list and choose a configuration profile by clicking its name. vATIS will populate with the configuration profile data. See the Configuration Profiles section to learn more about creating profiles.
The Connect to VATSIM button is used to connect vATIS to the VATSIM network. When clicked, a connection dialog will display. See the Connecting to VATSIM section for information on connecting to the network. When vATIS is connected to the network, the button will turn green and the button text will read "Disconnect". See the Disconnecting from VATSIM section for information on disconnecting from the network.
To connect vATIS to the VATSIM network, click the Connect to VATSIM button at the lower right of the main vATIS screen. After you click the button, a connection dialog will appear (see screenshot below).
Enter your full name that is associated with your VATSIM account.
Select your VATSIM rating from the dropdown list.
Enter your VATSIM Certificate Identification Number (CID).
Enter your VATSIM network password.
Select a VATSIM server from the list. It is recommended you choose a server that is geographically closest to you.
After you click the Connect button, the Connect to VATSIM button on the main vATIS screen will turn green and read "Disconnect". See the Disconnecting from VATSIM section for more information on how to disconnect from the network.
To begin broadcasting an ATIS on the VATSIM network you must first select a configuration profile from the dropdown list at the bottom of the main vATIS screen. If you do not have any configuration profiles created, please read the Configuration Profiles section for information on how to create a configuration profile.
After you have configured the ATIS to your liking (i.e. arrival and departure information, notams, etc), choose an ATIS code from the dropdown list at the top left of the vATIS screen. When you choose an ATIS code, the METAR report for the facility will populate and the synthesized ATIS text will populate in the ATIS output box (just below the METAR report).
You can listen to the synthesized ATIS before broadcasting it on the network by clicking the Preview ATIS button. The button will turn green and the ATIS playback will begin. Click the button again to stop the ATIS playback.
Once you are satisfied with the ATIS, you can begin broadcasting the ATIS by clicking the Connect ATIS button at the bottom left of the vATIS screen. This button will turn green and read "Disconnect" after the button is clicked. The ATIS will start broadcasting and can be received when tuned to the ATIS frequency on the network (if the client is within range of the ATIS).
It is suggested that you toggle the Auto Update button which will enable automatic ATIS updates. When a new METAR report is received, vATIS will notify you of an ATIS update with an audible "ding" sound and the vATIS icon in the taskbar will begin to flash. When you activate the vATIS window, a popup dialog will show with the new ATIS code with a button to acknowledge the update (see notification screenshot). You can disable the popup dialog in the facility configuration settings.
VATSIM controllers may subscribe to a vATIS connection to receive notification of a new ATIS.
To subscribe to ATIS updates, send a private chat message to the ATIS connection with the command SUBSCRIBE. vATIS will acknowledge your subscription request and add you to the subscribers list. You will receive a private message from the vATIS connection when a new ATIS is published.
You can unsubscribe from the ATIS notifications by sending a private chat message to the vATIS connection with the command UNSUBSCRIBE
The "track" command is used to subscribe to ATIS updates. Refer to the vSTARS or vERAM documentation for more information on how to use the track command.
EuroScope users will be notified of an ATIS update with an audible notification sound. The ATIS letter within EuroScope will automatically update.
The Facility Configuration window contains additional options for configuring the ATIS facility. To open the facility configuration window, use the key combination CTRL + F.
The ATIS Template tab has a text field with a template used to format the ATIS. Clicking the Default Template button will restore the ATIS template to the default template. The following variables can be used in the template, in any order.
|$FACILITY||The ATIS facility name (i.e. the airport name)|
|$ID||The current ATIS letter code|
|$WX||Recommended Variable Inserts the full translated METAR report into the ATIS|
|$OBSTIME||Inserts the observation time as reported in the current METAR report|
|$WIND||The wind, if reported in the current METAR report|
|$RVR||The RVR (runway visibility range), if reported in the current METAR report|
|$VIS||The visibility, if reported in the current METAR report|
|$PHENOMENA||The reported weather phenomena (e.g. rain, snow, hail, etc.), if reported in the current METAR report|
|$SKY||The reported sky conditions, if reported in the current METAR report|
|$TEMP||The reported temperature, if reported in the current METAR report|
|$DEW||The reported dewpoint, if reported in the current METAR report|
|$ALTIM||The reported altimeter, if reported in the current METAR report|
|$ARRDEP||Inserts the text in the Arrival/Departure/Other text field|
|$NOTAMS||Inserts the text in the Notams text field|
Configuration Profiles are used to store ATIS options without having to redefine them each time you use vATIS.
To create a Configuration Profile, click the New Profile button at the bottom left of the facility configuration window. A popup dialog to specify a name for the profile will show. When you create a profile, it will automatically become active. You can delete or rename a configuration profile using the respective buttons at the bottom of the facility configuration window.
Any changes you make to vATIS when a configuration profile is selected will be saved to that configuration profile. For example, you could create a configuration profile for "east operations" and input the appropriate information. Then, each time you choose the "east operations" configuration profile, vATIS will automatically populate with the "east operations" data.
The second tab in the facility configuration window is where you can define contractions. If you specify a contraction that already exists in the Contraction List, then it will be overridden with the contraction you insert.
Contractions are useful for tricking the voice synthesizer to pronounce words or acronyms the way you want. For example, by default RNAV is synthesized as "area navigation", but you can make vATIS pronounce it as "are-nav".
The third tab in the facility configuration window contains miscellaneous configuration options. These options are global to the active facility and are shared with each configuration profile within the facility.
Specify the normal METAR observation time. For example, if the METAR normal updates at 53 minutes past the hour, then type 53 in the box. If the number in the box does not match the METAR observation time minutes, then the word "special" will be appended after the observation time in the ATIS broadcast.
If specified, the wind in the ATIS broadcast will be adjusted according to the number of degrees (plus or minus) to accommodate magnetic variation. For example, if the wind in the METAR report reads 25015 and you enter -10 in the magnetic variation box, then the voice synthesizer will read the wind as "two four zero at one five".
If this option is checked, you will have the ability to manually record a voice ATIS. This option is useful if you want to use vATIS at a facility that does not use a digital ATIS in the real-world. This option is helpful if you are using a radar client that does not have a built-in ATIS maker (like vERAM or vSTARS).
See the Voice Recorded ATIS section for more information.
These global settings are vATIS specific and will be applied to every facility and configuration profile.
If this option is checked, the new ATIS notification dialog will not display when a new ATIS update is available. However, you will still receive the audible "ding" sound.
If checked, when you minimize vATIS, it will minimize to your system taskbar tray instead of the taskbar. To restore vATIS, double-click the icon in the system tray.
To disconnect vATIS from the VATSIM network, click the green Disconnect button at the bottom right of the vATIS main window. All text fields will be cleared and if there was an active ATIS being broadcasted, it will be disconnected, too.
Closing the entire vATIS application (without clicking the Disconnect button) will also properly disconnect you from the VATSIM network.
vATIS allows you to manually record an ATIS for siutations where the facility does not use a digitalized ATIS in the real world. Using vATIS for this would be especially beneficial if you are using a radar client that does not have a built-in ATIS maker (e.g. vERAM or vSTARS).
To manually record an ATIS you must first configure the facility to allow recorded ATISes. Open the facility configuration settings (see Facility Configuration for more information), go to the Configuration tab and check the Enable voice recorded ATIS option. Then save and close the configuration settings.
You may toggle the Auto Update option to automatically notify you of a METAR change to prompt you to record a new ATIS.
Each time you launch vATIS, it will check if there is a newer version available. If there is, you will be prompted to download the update.
If you choose to download the update, vATIS will download the updated installer. When the download is complete, vATIS will close and the installer will open to begin the installation of the new version.
You can use the following text parsing rules in the Arrival/Departure/Other free text field and the Notams free text fieldTaxiways
To parse taxiway names, append an asterisk (*), followed by the taxiway identifier. For example, *E16 would be read as "echo sixteen" by the voice synthesizer.Numbers
To correctly pronounce numbers, append an asterisk (*) followed by the number. For example, *5058 would be read as "five thousand, fifty-eight" by the voice synthesizer. If the number should be pronounced as a negative value, append a dash after the asterisk. For example, *-8 would be read as "minus eight".Frequencies
To correctly read frequencies, they must be typed in the full MHz format. Only frequencies 100.000 to 199.999 MHz will be parsed correctly. For example, 127.65 would be read as "one two seven point six five" by the voice synthesizer.Airport Names
To parse airport identifiers to the airport name, append a plus sign (+) to the ICAO identifier. For example, +KLAX would be read as "Los Angeles International Airport" by the voice synthesizer.Navaids
To parse navaid identifiers to their name, append a plus sign (+) to the navaid identifier. For example, +GBN would be read as "Gila Bend" by the voice synthesizer.
vATIS is preconfigured to translate and synthesize the following FAA contractions if used in the Arrival/Departure/Other free text field or the Notams free text field.
|ALS||APPROACH LIGHTING SYSTEM|
|BAA||BRAKING ACTION ADVISORIES|
|HAZ WX INFO||HAZARDOUS WEATHER INFORMATION|
|INVOF||IN VICINITY OF|
|LAHSO||LAND AND HOLD SHORT OPERATIONS|
|LLWS||LOW LEVEL WIND SHEAR|
|NOTAM||NOTICE TO AIRMEN|
|NOTAMS||NOTICES TO AIRMEN|
|OAT||OUTSIDE AIR TEMPERATURE|
|OTS||OUT OF SERVICE|
|PAPI||PRECISION APPROACH PATH INDICATOR|
|PIREP||PILOT WEATHER REPORT|
|PRM||PRECISION RUNWAY MONITOR|
|TFR||TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION|
|TODA||TAKE OFF DISTANCE AVAILABLE|
|UFN||UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE|
|VASI||VISUAL APPROACH SLOPE INDICATOR|
If you're having trouble configuring or using vATIS, please post your message in the vATIS Support Forum.