Software Revisions

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Version 5.1.0.103
Mar 16, 2017
  • Made alterations to Rotate OBS process to speed up execution.

Version 5.1.0.102
Jan 14, 2017
  • Increased the processor allocations for IYP Tours and Fly Around The World facilities.


Version 5.1.0.101
Feb 6, 2016
  • IYP Version 5.1.0.101 for Prepar3D Version 3

    Please read the Newsletter information HERE.

 
Version 5.1.0.100
Jun 5, 2015
  • FSX Steam Edition.

    Please read the set up information under the IMPORTANT area of the IYP site.

  • Fixed a problem where city names containing certain phrases were either mispronounced or caused the system to CRASH!

    IMPORTANT NOTE: ATC functions do NOT work with Prepar3D Version 3. Until this is addressesd, ATC facilities need to be handled manually.

 
Version 5.1.0.023

Jan 30, 2015
  • Fixed a problem when computing Av-Gas vs. Jet A Fuel. This is a MANDATORY UPDATE for those who fly prop-jet aircraft. (e.g. Beechcraft Kingair, Duke Turbine, etc.) Thanks for bringing this to my attention Mike.

  • Fixed a problem where the approaching airport announcement with jetliners was not operating in the offline mode. Thanks for the heads-up Jordan.

Version 5.1.0.022

Nov 8, 2014
  • Added support for 96, 120 and 144 DPI settings.

Version 5.1.0.021

Sept 16, 2014
  • Improved airspeed control for GA aircraft.

Version 5.1.0.020

July 13, 2014
  • Added IVONA female voice fonts Salli and Raveena to the system.

Version 5.1.0.019

June 30, 2014
Version 5.1.0.018

June 6, 2014
  • Fixed a VERY SERIOUS ERROR when using IYP with Prepar3D V2, where the IYP application was throwing an error when a flight was created WITHOUT a flight PLAN being created via the Flight Planner. Mea culpa )-:

Version 5.1.0.017

May 30, 2014
  • Add a feature to delete all AI traffic in the immediate area so as to avoid collisions on approach, or when a specific parking location is desired. You can use either of the commands shown below...

      "Delete all AI traffic"
      "Zap all AI traffic"

    See and hear how this works.

Version 5.1.0.016

May 26, 2014
  • Fixed a VERY SERIOUS ERROR when using IYP with Prepar3D V2, where the IYP application was repeatedly announcing an alert message about the Flight Plan being missing, thus rendering the application inoperative.

  • Modified the "Get the Weather for [ICAO]" routine, such that that it no longer requires the involvement of the IYP servers and as a result, will now will operate in the OFFLINE MODE.

Version 5.1.0.015

May 21, 2014
  • Fixed a problem where requesting "What runways exist" on ILS equipped runways where the runway contained Left, Right or Centre declarations, caused an error. Mea culpa :-(

  • Voice command interface for aircraft equipped with the Garmin 500 GPS unit.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: These New GPS functions do NOT work on XP platforms.

        GPS SINGULAR BUTTON COMMANDS

      "GPS activate"
      "GPS clear"
      "GPS cursor"
      "GPS direct to"
      "GPS enter"
      "GPS flight plan"
      "GPS group decrease"
      "GPS group increase"
      "GPS menu"
      "GPS message"
      "GPS message down"
      "GPS message up"
      "GPS nearest"
      "GPS OBS"
      "GPS page decrease"
      "GPS page increase"
      "GPS procedure"
      "GPS set up"
      "GPS terrain"
      "GPS V nav"

        GPS PROCEDURE COMMANDS

      "GPS aircraft orientation"   Display current heading up.
      "GPS magnetic orientation"   Display magnetic North up.
      "Michelle (Mike) lets fly direct to airport [3-4 CHARACTER ICAO]"
      "Michelle (Mike) lets fly direct to Intersection [2-5 CHARACTERS]"
      "Michelle (Mike) lets fly direct to NDB [2-3 CHARACTERS]"
      "Michelle (Mike) lets fly direct to VOR [2-3 CHARACTERS]"
      "GPS zoom [MILES]"

        [MILES] 500,350,200,150,100,50,35,20,15,10,5,2,1



Version 5.1.0.014

May 2, 2014
Version 5.1.0.013

April 25, 2014
  • Fixed a HASHING error on the IYP servers.

Version 5.1.0.012

April 23, 2014
Version 5.1.0.011

April 19, 2014
  • Fixed a problem where perforrming a VISUAL APPROACH on ILS equipped runways where the runway contained Left, Right or Centre declarations, caused an error. Mea culpa :-(

Version 5.1.0.010

April 4, 2014
  • Added a start of session notification of Auto Pilot Disconnect status, if DISABLED.

  • Add IYP interfaces for numerous Virtual United aircraft with FSX.

Version 5.1.0.009

March 31, 2014

  • Door Operations Added to support GSX facilities
    As of this release, you can say...

      "Open doors" - "Close doors"   (Door#1, Door#2, Door#3, Door#4)

      "Open passenger doors" - "Close passenger doors"   (Door#1)

      "Open cargo doors" - "Close cargo doors"   (Door#2)

      "Open catering doors" - "Close catering doors"   (Door#3)

      "Open emergency doors" - "Close emergency doors"   (Door#3)

      "Open service doors" - "Close service doors"   (Door#3)

      "Open auxiliary doors" - "Close auxiliary doors"   (Door#4)


  • Performing Visual Approaches on NON-NUMERIC runways!
    Up until this release, making visual approaches has been limited to airports with NUMERIC runway assignments (e.g. 09, 27, etc). As of this version, you can now perform visual approaches to the following runways:

    North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West and Northwest.

    Example syntax:

      "Expect vectors for runway Southwest"
      "Prepare to make a Visual Approach on runway Southwest"

    You can use the expression, "What runways exist?" to receive an enumeration from Michelle, and she will provide the appropriate runway for departure, using the phrase... "Announce Taxi intentions".

    NOTE: Only available with the REGISTERED version of IYP.


  • Automatic Auto-Pilot Disengagement
    As is the case in the real world when flying commercial jet aircraft, if you have asked Michelle to perform an ILS or Visual Approach, and any time thereafter during the approach and landing phase you move the ELEVATOR or ALIERONS via the Yoke, the Auto-Pilot will be DISENGAGED. Michelle will convey the DISENGAGEMENT and say...

      "Captain. It's Your Plane!"

    Michelle will continue to make AGL call outs, extend the flaps at the appropriate times and lower the gear (if necessary). In the case of a commercial aircraft, Michelle will still apply reverse thrust and landing brakes (if needed).

    NOTE: Only available with the REGISTERED version of IYP.


  • Interfaced the Microsoft F/A-18 Hornet.

    NOTE: Only available with the REGISTERED version of IYP.


Version 5.1.0.008

March 9, 2014
  • Made changes to the software to improve running in the OFFLINE mode.

Version 5.1.0.007

March 5, 2014
  • Added an IYP interface to ProFlight Emulator (PFE) ATC.

    You can watch a video of this interface on the...

    Youtube site. In this video, we are using ProFlight Emulator for ATC communications on this VFR flight from Rygge to Hamar, Norway in a Mooney M20J Bravo. We depart from a Towered airport and land at a Non-Towered airport.

    NOTE: This PFE interface remains in the BETA TESTING stage and the documentation entitled IYP - ProFlight Emulator Manual located in the Resources area has yet to be finalized.

Version 5.1.0.004/005/006
January 26, 2014
  • Added code to have Michelle confirm to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) captain, that they are about to exit the runway.

Version 5.1.0.003
January 24, 2014
  • Added additional code to ensure that the Speech Recognition is not only turned ON, but is also in the "Listening" mode when Michelle says, "Captain, it's your plane. We're ready to go". This modification has been primarily made to assist our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots who cannot "see" the current Speech Recognition status in the speech panel.

    NOTE: This modification does not affect XP users.

Version 5.1.0.002
January 14, 2014
  • Those IYP users who had (have) BOTH Prepar3D and Preapr3D v2 installed, the IYP system got really confused! LOL. This has been resolved.

Version 5.1.0.001
January 5, 2014
  • It's Your Plane Version 5.1 is finally released!

    Click here for details.


NOTE: IYP Version 4 is no longer supported.
Version 4.1.0.351
October 1, 2013
  • Resolved DHTML problems when accessing IYP forms containing Browser objects in response to recent Microsoft Dot.Net updates.

  • Michelle will provide periodic navigational data reports while cruising. Phrases added...

      "Provide Navigational Reports"
      "Suppress Navigational Reports"

    NOTE: This state is "remembered" session-to-session.

  • For clarity while on approach to the destination airport, I have changed the phrase...

      "Captain, I am no longer controlling the airspeed. It's your plane."

    to...

      "Captain, you have control of the airspeed. It's your plane."

  • Pursuant to feedback from Mitchel, BVI (Pilot #17973), I have added code that PROHIBITS Michelle from executing a VISUAL APPROACH with a jet aircraft, if the plane is farther than 25 miles from the destination airport, or above 5,000 feet AGL. Thank you for the valuable feedback Mitchel.

  • Added the American Virtual Airlines Boeing 737-800 to the hanger.

  • Added the American Virtual Airlines Boeing 757-200 to the hanger.

  • Added the American Virtual Airlines Boeing 767-300ER to the hanger.

  • Added the American Virtual Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD83 to the hanger.

  • Added the Carenado PA46 Malibu Mirage PA46 to the hanger.


Version 4.1.0.350
September 15, 2013
  • Fixed a problem where the Zulu time was being spoken incorrectly by Michelle when issuing a Get Weather METAR report, e.g.,

      "Get the weather for Charlie, Yankee, Victor, Romeo"

    when using the ALTERNATE METAR reporting service. Thank you Noel (Pilot Number 18550) for bringing this to my attention.


Version 4.1.0.349
September 9, 2013
  • Included the following two phrases for pilots who want to have Flight Following announcements with cargo jet aircraft:

      "Activate Cargo Flight Following"
      "Deactivate Cargo Flight Following"

  • Made modifications to improve speed control into high-altitude airport approaches when using Radar Contact.


Version 4.1.0.348
September 2, 2013
  • Included software that will have the IYP application switch over to a secondary (backup) METAR data service when the main METAR service is down.

  • Added the Fly UK Virtual Airways Boeing 777-200LR to the hanger.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The Auto-Pilot for this aircraft was developed in an "Open-Loop" design, meaning neither changes made to FSX via FSUIPC4 / Simconnect are reflected in the Auto-Pilot panel, nor are changes made to the Altitude Hold and Heading Hold reflected. Thus, the Auto-Pilot can only be operated MANUALLY and as a consequence, Michelle CANNOT operate the Auto-Pilot.

  • IYP Pilot # 17973 reported an error when executing the voice command...

      "Get current time"

    This has been fixed. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Mitchel.


Version 4.1.0.346/347
August 23, 2013
  • Made improvements to the air speed management of the Beech Duke60 Turbo.

  • IYP pilot number 15044 reported to me that the manual operation of the Pitot Heater switch in the Baron 58, did not satisfy Michelle's query during the shut down checklist. This has been resolved. Merci Jacques!

Version 4.1.0.345
August 17, 2013
  • Made significant improvements to the non-jet airspeed management system.

Version 4.1.0.344
August 14, 2013
  • The interface for the latest update (Version 3) of the DC-4 has been added to the IYP Hanger! Checklists for this aircraft can be found HERE. Requires IYP version 4.1.0.344.

Version 4.1.0.343
August 13, 2013
  • Made significant improvements to the jet airspeed management system.

Version 4.1.0.341/342
August 10, 2013
  • The spectacular ATR-72 has been added to the IYP Hanger! Checklists for this aircraft can be found HERE. Requires IYP version 4.1.0.341.

    Please refer to the Newsletter for details.

Version 4.1.0.340
July 31, 2013
Version 4.1.0.339
July 31, 2013
Version 4.1.0.338
July 20, 2013
  • Added fuel loading facilities for the Prepar3D simulator.

      "Perform Fuel Loading Operations"

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure that folder sharing and rights are properly set. Refer to the document located HERE.

Version 4.1.0.336/337
July 15, 2013
  • Fixed a problem where the Microsoft default ATC window was erroneously popping up in the LiveATC.and Radar Contact modes.

  • At the request of a few Blind (BVI) pilots, we have added the ability for Michelle to perform rudimentary water landings with amphibian aircraft like the DeHavilland DHC2, Grumman Goose, etc. When we say rudimentary, we mean rudimentary! Please do not expect Michelle to land the aircraft on a lake, 8,500 feet down a ravene! Please post your experiences on the IYP Support Forum in the BVI section. Thanks. Robert

  • It is more than common for your filed IFR flight plan to be cancelled because you failed to respond to the ATC controller in a timely manner. We have added a voice command to resolve this aggravating issue. Simply ask Michelle to...

      "Refile IFR Flight Plan"

  • Made significant improvements to the General Aviation aircraft airspeed, climbout and descent capabilities.

Version 4.1.0.332/333/334/335
June 27, 2013
  • Made a modification so that when flying in the LiveATC mode (e.g. using Vatsim, IVAO, etc.), Michelle will report when the Start of Descent should be made in the event that no live ATC controller is handling traffic at the destination airport. This feature is particularly needed by Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots.

  • Fixed a problem with maximum flaps extensions on certain aircraft

  • Added Noise Abatement takeoff procedures for jet aircraft.
    (see IYP Flight Deck Doc in the Resources area for details)

Version 4.1.0.330/331
June 5, 2013
  • Major software modifications were made to improve Michelle's ability to perform the complete Take Off and Climb Out procedures for both Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) and sighted users.

    NOTE: Please refer to the May 25, 2013 Newsletter for details.

    A number of sighted users have volunteered to assist me with testing aircraft performance; converting AT column entries from "blank" to "Yes".

  • Added start up and initialisation phase data in Speech Bar. (sighted users only)

  • Fixed a problem with the BAE-B461 Kneeboard Checklist generator.

  • Prior to this version, when descending through FL180 with Auto-Altimeter activated, Michelle simply stated, "Captain. I have set the altimeter to Q N H." She now follows that with (e.g.), "The current Q N H is 30.01. 1042 millibars".

  • Prior to this release, when a user loaded a flight and subsequently changed the aircraft, the ACARS data erroneously retained the original aircraft's ICAO code and Tail Number. This has been fixed.

  • Prior to this release, if a user loaded a Flight and Flight Plan with a supported aircraft like a Boeing 738, then changed the aircraft to one that is not supported, the ACARS data erroneously remained in tact. This has been fixed.

  • Fixed an error where Michelle would state, "Don't forget to contact the Tower", even after contact with the Tower had been made. This was caused by Tower frequencies not being properly recognised.

  • Lengthened the delay after Michelle says, "Captain. I am waiting for the Exhaust Gas Temperature to rise. I'll continue with the checklist shortly", by about 15 seconds.

  • The delay after Michelle stated that she was waiting for the fuel truck to arrive was ridiculously too short. This delay has been lengthened by about 45 seconds to make it more realistic.

  • Prior to this release, the fuel truck would load the fuel and Michelle would simply state that the operation was successfully completed. The user then needed to ask for, "Fuel Weight", or "Fuel Quantity" to get the data in order to answer the following checklist question to verify the load. As of this release, the fuel weight and quantity values are automatically reported after the load.

  • Added AGL (Above Ground Level) call outs on Final Approach for BVI pilots ONLY in hundreds of feet. e.g., 1,800, 1,700, 1,600, 1,500, etc.

  • Disabled "Maintain Tax Speed" for BVI users. It was causing some very bad accidents on the tarmac! (SMILES)

  • Fixed a parsing error in the Fuel Loading operation. Thank you Neil (Pilot #:17247) for all your help in tracking down this error.

Version 4.1.0.329
May 6, 2013
Version 4.1.0.327/328
April 22, 2013
  • Fixed a problem with "Perform Fuel Loading Operations" for certain European versions of FSX.

Version 4.1.0.326
April 21, 2013
  • Fixed a reported problem where Ground operations were inadvertently performing, or not performing a push-back, effectively ignoring the Captain response to Michelle's query... "Do we require a push-back?"

Version 4.1.0.324/325
April 16, 2013
  • Fixed a reported problem where IYP was inadvertently switching ATC modes during both checklist procedures and in flight. This problem would likely manifest itself by the speech recognition system misunderstanding phrases because of excessive microphone gain. In order to significantly lessen the possibility of this happening again, we have made the ATC switching voice commands more complex.

    Before these modifications, the ATC mode switching commands were...

      "Select Simple ATC"
      "Select Radar Contact 4 ATC"
      "Select Super ATC"
      "Select Live ATC"

    The voice commands have been changed to...

      "Switch to Simple ATC Plus mode"
      "Switch to Radar Contact 4 ATC mode"
      "Switch to Super ATC mode"
      "Switch to Live ATC mode"

    These ATC modes can also be selected via the IYP Control Panel by minimising the simulator.

Version 4.1.0.322/323
April 9, 2013
  • Fixed a reported problem with the Checklist installation procedures when alias references were adopted. Thanks Graham for reporting this error!

  • At the request of one of our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots, I have modified the code so as to append the word "even" to the vertical rate of climb or descent when hundreds are missing. For example, while descending, the BVI pilot hears Michelle calling out the Altitude, Rate of Descent, followed by the Indicated Airspeed. For example, before this modification, they would have heard...

      "Twenty Three Thousand, Minus Two Thousand One Hundred, Two Six Five"
      "Twenty Three Thousand, Minus Two Thousand, Two Six Five"

    As a result of this modification, BVI pilots will now hear...

      "Twenty Three Thousand, Minus Two Thousand One Hundred, Two Six Five"
      "Twenty Three Thousand, Minus Two Thousand Even, Two Six Five"

    This alteraton helps to keep the cadence symetrical and far easier to process audibly.
Version 4.1.0.321
April 2, 2013
  • Added a feature where the IYP application automatically creates the SquawkBox 3 SFP FILE as part of the Pre-Flight checklist. Please see the IYP Flight Deck Doc for details.

Version 4.1.0.318/319/320
March 26, 2013
  • Michelle has been test piloting the Antonov A124, by Thomas Ruth, and she's ready to fly this outstanding aircraft with you!   The checklists can be found HERE.

  • Up until this version, when our Blind and/or Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots were performing a climb out or a descent, Michelle reported in this fashion...

      "Fourteen thousand, seventeen hundred" and,
      "Twenty three thousand, minus one thousand eight hundred"

    repectively. This information is meant to rapidly convey to the BVI pilot, the aircraft's disposition. In the first instance, it reports that the aircraft is climbing through 14,000 at a 1,700 feet-per-minute vertical rate of climb, and similarly in the second case, that the aircraft is descending through Flight Level 230 at an 1,800 feet-per-minute vertical rate of descent.

    As of this release, the aircraft's Indicated Airspeed (KIAS) is appended to the attitude information. Using the above climb out example, the BVI pilot now hears...

      "Fourteen thousand, seventeen hundred, two five six"

    Indicated airspeed (IAS) is the airspeed read directly from the airspeed indicator, driven by the pitot-static system.   For those pilots who are not intimately familiar with the indespensible value of the KIAS data, please refer to this fine document.




Version 4.1.0.316/317
March 18, 2013
  • Without aircraft checklists, you'd have to commit directly to memory all of the steps required to start, take off and land an aircraft. A VERY BAD IDEA!

    As you know, the IYP application uses extensive and sophisticated checklists to ensure that the aircraft is properly set up for each stage of flight. Comprehensive checklists for each of the supported aircraft are available on the IYP web site under the section entitled:

      Supported Aircraft

    by clicking on the aircraft’s ICAO code, under the column entitled AC.

    Integrated Checklists:
    Effective IYP Version 4.1.0.316, users can now view/hide the same checklists while in flight by launching the aircraft’s Kneeboard. To do this in FS9 and FSX, simultaneously press the SHIFT and F10 keys, or simply use the phrases…

      “Bring up checklists” and “Kill checklists”

    respectively.

    Prepar3D users will need to use the mouse to select Kneeboard > Checklists from the simulator's main menu, or use the associated shortcut keystrokes.

    NOTE: This facility is only available with the REGISTERED version of IYP.

    NOTE: This facility is not available with the BVI mode enabled.

    For more details, please refer to the IYP Flight Deck Doc in the Resources area.


Version 4.1.0.315
March 15, 2013
  • As part of the Pre-Flight checklist procedure, we have deployed a new fuel verification routine to ensure that an optimum amount of fuel is loaded before engine start up. The reference fuel consumption data is automatically derived from user flights conducted using the ACARS logging system. We encourage all IYP users to activate the ACARS system as ofter as possible, so as to continually refine the accuracy of the fuel consumption data. You can read more information about these new procedures in the IYP Flight Deck Doc. Thank you.

  • Fixed a problem where erroneous ATC menu switching activity was being randomly generated by noise.

  • Fixed a problem where with some aircraft, the ACARS logging system could not be started.

  • Added the Fly UK Virtual Airways Boeing 737-700 to the hanger.

  • Added the Virtual American Airlines Boeing 737-800 to the hanger.

  • Added the Virtual American Airlines Boeing 757-200 to the hanger.

  • Added the Virtual American Airlines Boeing 767-300 to the hanger.

  • Added the Virtual American Airlines Boeing 777-233ER to the hanger.

  • Added the Southwest Boeing 737-700 to the hanger.

  • Added the AirTrans Boeing 737-800 to the hanger.

  • Added the Alegiant Virtual Boeing 777-300ER to the hanger.

  • Added the Alegiant Virtual Boeing 757-200 to the hanger.

  • Added the Alegiant Virtual De Havilland DHC8 to the hanger.

  • Added the Alegiant Virtual Embrear E120 to the hanger.

  • Added the Alegiant Virtual Embrear E170 to the hanger.

  • Added the Alegiant Virtual McDonnell Douglas MD-83 to the hanger.


Version 4.1.0.314
February 20, 2013
  • Substantive changes made to the General Aviation (G/A) Air Speed control servo.

    NOTE: If you routinely fly G/A type aircraft, then this is an IMPORTANT UPDATE!


Version 4.1.0.313
February 12, 2013
  • Mitchel, IYP Pilot Number 17973, a Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilot from the Nederlands, suggested that Michelle should side-step the "Adjust the throttle to 10%", and "Adjust the throttle to a reading of 1,000 RPM", since both of these checklist items (by definition) can only be readily performed by sighted pilots. This change has been made in this release. Thank you Mitchel for this logical IYP improvement for our BVI pilots.


Version 4.1.0.312
February 9, 2013


Version 4.1.0.311
February 5, 2013
  • Michelle has been test piloting the Port-Over DeHavilland Dash 7 DeHavilland Dash 7 (DHC7) (file name: dash7pkgx.zip on FlightSim.com), and she says she's ready to fly this remarkable aircraft with you!

    The checklists are HERE.


Version 4.1.0.310
January 17, 2013
  • You should see a noticable increase in simulator frame rates and a general step-up in overall IYP performance with this version. Forum comments welcomed!


Version 4.1.0.308/309
January 17, 2013
  • Effective this version, Pacific Feelings Media has reverted to its original policy of providing a 15-day IYP Trial Period of the IYP software. Beyond the 15-day period, the user will be required to purchase a REGISTRATION KEY by clicking HERE, or by going to the IYP Home Page and clicking on the link entitled:

      Purchase a Registration Key

    Pacific Feelings Media continues to offer a no nonsense 30-day money back guarantee. Please review our License Agreement.


Version 4.1.0.307
January 10, 2013
  • Added additional capabilities and support for the Embrear-E120 by Eric Cantu.


Version 4.1.0.306
January 10, 2013
  • Added additional DEBUGGING capabilities and support.


Version 4.1.0.304/305
January 2, 2013


Version 4.1.0.302/303
December 29, 2012
  • I was actually strangely relieved to learn that I am not the only pilot who sometimes forgets to Contact the Tower after getting approach clearance. I find myself all tied up running through the approach and landing checklists with Michelle, that I periodically forget to ask her to contact the Tower for landing clearance. Resolution:

    Michelle now reminds me by saying...

      Captain, don't forget to contact the Tower!

    I have fallen in love with Michelle. (Pst... keep that between you and me!)


Version 4.1.0.300/301
December 21, 2012
  • Fixed a problem that was inhibiting the downloading of IYP Tours.


Version 4.1.0.299
December 20, 2012
  • Fixed an Auto-Lift Off problem for our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) users with the Embrear E100 PHENOM aircraft, where aircraft was screaming all the way down the runway... "No take off... Trim!", over and over.

  • Prior to this version of IYP, the Text-To-Speech Volume (TTS) has always been set to the maximum of 100% on FSX, 70% with FS9, and all other simulator sounds adjusted to perfect a natural balance. However, some TTS voice fonts are simply too loud, and a method was needed to reduce their volume. Please refer to the section entitled...

      Setting Text-To-Speech Volume

    in the IYP Flight Deck Doc located in the Resources area of our web site.


Version 4.1.0.298
December 13, 2012


Version 4.1.0.295/296/297
December 12, 2012
  • Made modifications to permit FS2004 NON-STANDARD flight plans (PLN) to be loaded into FSX.

  • Jeroen, Pilot # 13266, reported that when asking Michelle to taxi to the General Aviation (GA) parking area, at an airport that does not support GA parking, the IYP system blew up! [NOT GOOD] This has been fixed... thanks Jeroen.

  • Fixed a problem that was precluding the recognition of the MAAM DC-3 and C-47 aircraft with FSX.

    IMPORTANT NOTE Change the value...

      normalized_starter_torque=.6

    to

      normalized_starter_torque=1.5

    in the aircraft.cfg files for these aircraft in order to perfect engine start up.

  • Michelle has been test piloting the Carenado Kingair 200 aircraft, and she says she's ready to fly with you! Check out the Newsletter!

    IMPORTANT NOTE Change the value...

      elevator_trim_effectiveness=1

    to

      elevator_trim_effectiveness=1.5

    in the aircraft.cfg file if you plan to have Michelle auto-land the aircraft!

    PS. You may want to do this for the default Microsoft Kingair 350 as well.


Version 4.1.0.294
October 27, 2012
  • Michelle has been test piloting the Carenado CT128T aircraft, and she says she's ready to fly with you! Check out the Newsletter!


Version 4.1.0.293
October 5, 2012
  • New Windows 7 Servers installation.

    The migration to our new servers required changes be made to the IYP application code. These code modification principally affect the Come Fly With Me service, and other IYP Web-based facilities.



Version 4.1.0.292
September 17, 2012
  • When the IYP application informs you that a newer version is available for installation, the programme now automatically creates a Windows System Restore point. The entry takes the form of:

      Before installing IYP Version 4.?.?.???

    NOTE: The restoration affect will not take effect until Version 4.1.0.293; the next release after this one.

  • Added additional error messaging for the installation process.

  • Fixed a problem in the Cowl Open/Closed detection procedure.

  • Recalibrated the Mooney Bravo Maintain Taxi Speed rate.

  • Eliminated the "Negative" phrase detection for the Project Magenta environment.


Version 4.1.0.291
September 5, 2012
  • Michelle will remind you to contact the Tower on approach if you forgot to do so. NOTE: Exceptions are Level-D, PMDG and Project Magenta.


Version 4.1.0.290
September 2, 2012
  • Fixed a problem with the Kingair 350 nose-diving on the performance of an "Execute Going Around" call out.

  • Lengthened the "I guess you've left me" time-out delay.

  • Michelle will suggest turning the "Marker Ident On" if needed during the approach towards final. NOTE: Exceptions are Level-D, PMDG and Project Magenta.

  • Made further enhancements to the IYP Virtual Air environment.


Version 4.1.0.288/289
August 21, 2012
  • Substantive changes made to General Aviation (GA) aircraft airspeed control.

  • Checklist alterations made to the Project Magenta interface.

  • Further enhancements made to the IYP Virtual Air interface.


Version 4.1.0.286/287
July 19, 2012


Version 4.1.0.283/284/285
July 15, 2012
  • Made significant improvements to the Fuel Loading Operations based upon valuable feedback from Tom, IYP Pilot #16236. Thank you Tom.

  • You can now ask your trusty Co-Pilot... "What is the current QNH?" Michelle will respond with somehting like... "ATC reports that the current Q N H is 3036; 1018 millibars."

  • Replaced the Public/Private KEY for the IYP application.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    Depending upon the Microsoft DotNet framework you have installed on your machine, you may be required to COMPLETELY REMOVE the previous IYP version using the...

      Control Panel > Add and Remove Programs

    facility, then install the NEW version from the IYP Website. This process may require you to RE-REGISTER your IYP software.

    NOTE: It may also be necessary to remove the 2.0 folder. Please read the documentation located here:


Version 4.1.0.282
July 6, 2012
  • I inadvertently disabled the Altitude Call Outs for our Blind and Visually Imapired (BVI) pilots while testing the previous release. It has been reinstated in this release.
    Mea culpa. Sorry (:


Version 4.1.0.281
July 3, 2012
  • Added a significant enhancement to the SimpleATC "Contact Next Controller" protocol. For details, please read this newsletter.


Version 4.1.0.278/279/280
June 25 2012
  • Made improvements to the "This would be a good time to do the descent checklist" and "This would be a good time to do the approach checklist" routines, primarily for our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) users.

  • Added yet more features to the IYP-VA Environment... check 'em out!.

  • Added more features to the Cessna C208B checklist sequence.

Version 4.1.0.276/277
June 22 2012

*** URGENT UPDATE ***
  • Fixed a problem where the Course setting was being REVERSED 180 DEGREES on certain runway approaches after issuing the command...

      "Load the ILS Approach Frequency for Runway [RUNWAY]".

    Mea culpa (:
Version 4.1.0.275
June 18 2012
  • Added yet more features to the IYP-VA Environment... check 'em out!.

  • Addressed a problem with the NAG delays.

  • Addressed a problem with the Push Back prompt delays.

  • Addressed a problem with the V1 VR V2 prompt delay.

  • Fixed a problem where Michelle's suggestion to perform the Approach checklist was being expressed AFTER the checklist procedure was in progress.

  • Michelle now tells the Captain to ensure that the altimeter is set to QNH below the Transition Level.


Version 4.1.0.273/274
June 8 2012
Version 4.1.0.272
June 3 2012
  • Fixed a problem with Michelle performing fuel calculations for FSX commercial aircraft on XP platforms. Mea culpa (:


Version 4.1.0.271
May 30 2012
  • Added code to automatically switch to the Cockpit View when a Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI) pilot loads an IYP-VA flight.

  • IYP users with slower PCs have expressed that they are experiening problems loading IYP-VA flights. Therefore, I have inserted a delay mechanism to ensure that the aircraft is completely loaded before commencing the initialisation phase of an IYP-VA flight. You will now hear the Co-Pilot say...

      "I am ensuring that the aircraft is fully loaded in the simulator. Please wait."

    at the start of a flight. This code addition is of particular import to our BVI pilots who cannot visualise the FSX flight loading progress bar.

Version 4.1.0.270
May 22, 2012
  • EXTREMELY IMPORTANT UPDATE
    When a user builds a Local Database via the IYP Options panel, it has recently been discovered that there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of ATIS, Multicomm, Unicomm, CTAF, Ground, Tower, Clearance, Approach, Departure, FSS and Automated Weather frequency and assignment errors within the Microsoft FS9 and FSX systems. These errors having been impeding the proper operation of both SimpleATC+ and
    SuperATC from the outset.

    As of this version, the data required for proper ATC communications is now downloaded from our servers. That is to say, the IYP application will from now on use a centralised database that can be constantly fixed when errors are detected and thereby made available to ALL IYP users.

    If during the operation of SimpleATC+ or SuperATC you discover that a particular ATC function fails to operate properly, please drop me a note so that I can determine if the problem is related to a Microsoft database error, and if so, I can fix it for all IYP members.

    I thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

Version 4.1.0.269
May 16, 2012
  • MANDATORY UPDATE FOR IYP-VA MEMBERS
    Changes were made to the IYP-VA processing system that requires the adoption of this release for users who fly for IYP-VA.

  • Made changes and additions to the new SimpleATC+ system.



Version 4.1.0.268
May 5, 2012

  • Added the Voice Command...

      "Get top of climb altitude"

    for our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots.

  • Fixed a problem where the BVI Auto-Pilot Insurance is active in non-BVI mode.



Version 4.1.0.266/267
May 2, 2012
  • Awesome improvements have been made to Michelle's Visual Approach capabilites. She took a refresher course at flight school. Check it out... you'll be amazed!

  • Simple ATC has been dramatically enhanced over previous versions of IYP in order to make communicating with ATC far easier for our Special BVI flyers! No longer will they need to concern themselves as to whether or not the ATC menu is opened or closed. They will no longer need to figure out what keys to press - Michelle will do it for them! It will also make it far simpler for sighted members to handle ATC communications as well.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: These new SimpleATC facilites are only provided for IFR flights at this time. ATC communications on VFR flights must be carried out as they have been in the past.

  • Fixed a problem where Michelle was not moving the aircraft far enough off of the runway after landing for Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots when using FS9.

  • Added the following voice commands to assist our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) users...

      "Unify Affinity ON"
      "Unify Affinity OFF"

    to operate the Unify Affinity feature. Details are on page 44 of the IYP Users' Manual.

  • Fixed a problem where SuperATC was not loading the Call Sign with Non-Supported aircraft.

  • Fixed a problem where Altitude Hold was intermittently turning off with some GA aircraft.

  • Added the voice commands, "Open V A panel", and "Close V A panel" to make accessing the panel far easier for BVI users.

  • Fixed a problem where the Microsoft A321 aircraft APU controls were not operational in the Blind Pilot (BVI) mode.

  • Fixed a problem where calling for the fuel truck was creating an error due to improper UNC pathing.

  • Added a reminder from Michelle to the Captain to Check the Altimiter when dropping below the Transition Level. NOTE: This feature neither operates when Auto-Altimeter is Activated, nor when using the Project Magenta 737 interface.

  • Changes were made to the SSL security and public key to once again permit IYP users to downloaded the IYP Tour files. These MANDATORY SECURITY CHANGES on the server were made due to HACKERS attacking our servers! We apologise for the inconvenience.


Version 4.1.0.265
March 2, 2012
  • Replaced the Public/Private KEY for the IYP application.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    You may be required to ROLL-BACK to a previous version, or COMPLETELY REMOVE the previous IYP version using the...

      Control Panel > Add and Remove Programs

    facility, then install Version 4.1.0.265 from the IYP Website. This process may mandate that you RE-REGISTER your IYP software if you have a much older version.


  • Added an Auto Altimeter feature.

      Auto Altimeter {ON/OFF}
      Auto QNH {ON/OFF}

    When this feature is active, the IYP system automatically resets the baromatric pressure when flying below the transition altitude. This feature was developed for our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots who cannot see rapid altitude changes while in flight. NOTE: This state is "remembered" from session-to-session.

  • Implemented code that moves the simulator window to the foreground and gives the simulator the focus whenever one issues a command to open or close doors, or start engines and other commands that require keyboard activation. NOTE: This facilty is NOT available in the WideFS mode.

  • Added a significant number of enhancements to the IYP Virtual Air system including Karen (our IYP-VA Lead Executive Assistant) welcoming passengers on board, and making a number of new in-flight announcements.

  • Implemented a facility for Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots to Taxi to the Gate. This now permits BVI users to easily and more realistically complete all of the checklists and file their ACARS and PIREPs. The documentation for this new facility can be found in the Flight Deck Doc under the heading... Blind Pilots Taxiing to Gate or Parking Areas... on PAGE 56.

    Hereis a sample recording of a landing and subsequent taxi to General Aviation parking.




Version 4.1.0.263/264
January 27, 2012
  • Interfaced the Carenado P46T Malibu Jetprop aircraft for use with FSX.

  • Interfaced the Southwest Virtial Boeing 737-700 aircraft for use with FSX.

  • Added the Voice Command...

      "Get winds aloft"

    for our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots.

  • Lowered the altitude of the Crosswind Component call out, from 950 feet AGL to 500 feet AGL, to better support short finals.

  • Improved the angular attack towards the entry point on Visual Approaches in order to provide much smoother line ups on final.

    NOTE: Version 4.1.0.264 fixes a problem involved with the microphone switching while in the Come Fly With Me mode only.




Version 4.1.0.262
January 18, 2012
  • Fixed a problem with the ACARS Logging for the IYP-Virtual Air Beech KingAir 350 where the PIREP verification process was inadvertently deducting pilot compensation for failure to conduct the Start Up Checklist, when it fact they had done so. Thanks Rocky (Pilot #16770) for catching this problem. Robert

  • I hope I have fixed a problem where the Auto-Taxiing facility was intermittently initialising when not desirable... like when taking off! [SMILES]



Version 4.1.0.259/260/261
January 13, 2012
  • Added support for the IYP-VA Beech KingAir 350New aircraft!

  • Pursuant to a wonderful suggestion by Darren (IYP Pilot# 12433)...

    I've updated the Microphone Switch processing to provide a facility that turns the Speech Recognition system ON/OFF when pressing a button on the yoke. Please refer to PAGE 162 of the IYP Users' Manual for details on how to set up the Microphone Switch using the IYP Listen On and IYP Listen Off in the Button + Switches section FSUIPC.

    Thank you Darren.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure that you are running the latest versions of FSUIPC and WideClient.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure that you have your Firewall and other programme settings set up properly.




Version 4.1.0.258
December 23, 2011
  • Removed the Eyepoint Down feature in FS9 as part of the takeoff process.

  • Made changes in order to display the time to departure for IYP-VA flights in the IYP Status Bar.

  • Deployed additional capabilities to the IYP SmartStart system. You can review the enhancements in the Flight Deck Doc - Version 258 in the Resource Centre.




Version 4.1.0.257
December 15, 2011



Version 4.1.0.256
December 7, 2011



Version 4.1.0.255
November 18, 2011
  • Made improvements to the flight status reporting on the IYP Flight Tracker.

  • Removed the phrases...

      "Nav On"
      "Nav Off"

    because these phrases are too easily activated by simple breathing noise with an overly sensitive microphone set up. The acceptable phrases are now restricted to...

      "Nav Hold On"
      "Nav Hiold Off"




Version 4.1.0.254
November 11, 2011
  • Added a Parking Checklist to the Cessna 208B to facilitate passenger disembarkation.

  • Added additional crew announcements for IYP-VA 208B flights.



Version 4.1.0.253
November 5, 2011
  • *** EXTREMELY IMPORTANT UPDATE ***

    Made changes to the FTP transmission system due to hacker attacks. ACARS data will NOT be trnasmitted to the IYP servers with previous versions of IYP.

    PLEASE UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE.

  • Added the voice command...

      "Prepare to make a short visual approach on runway [number]"

    This permits you to make an approach to a specific runway in a General Aviation type aircraft between 1,000 and 1,500 feet AGL... much like one would do as part of a "circuit pattern".



Version 4.1.0.252
November 3, 2011
  • Added code to help avoid having Executive Assistants making cabin announcements while Co-Pilot Michelle is making a passenger annoucement from the cockpit.

  • In an effort to help our blind and visually impaired pilots, Michelle will now provide a countdown to the scheduled departure time for IYP-VA flights.




Version 4.1.0.250/251
October 10, 2011
  • For those users who take advantage of the feature that automatically sets the time to ZULU when starting any flight, NOTE: see Voice Command:

      "Begin each session using ZULU time"

    I've added code that will temporarily DISABLE this feature when flying an:

    1. IYP-Virtual Air flight
    2. IYP Tour flight
    3. IYP Fly Around The World flight

    since these flight need to retain their preset times.

  • Addressed a problem when parsing FS2000 flight plans, vs. FS2004 flight plans that was adversely affecting the proper loading of Fly Around The World flights.




Version 4.1.0.249
September 11, 2011
  • "Fly the VOR Heading"

    Before the addition of this new facility, it was virtually impossible for our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots to fly towards a VOR navaid, since all of the readouts are graphical gauges and cannot be read with a screen reader. The following describes how a BVI pilot (as well as sighted pilots incidentally) can have Michelle fly to and from a VOR navaid.

      Here are the steps:

    1. Set the NAV1 to the frequency of the VOR marker. For example, say to Michelle... "Set Nav 1 to 117.2".

    2. Next say to Michelle... "Rotate NAV1 OBS TO Center". She will rotate the OBS knob/control on the CDI until the needle indicates a lock on the VOR.

    3. Once Michelle has confirmed the rotation was successfully conmpleted, ask Michelle to... "Fly the VOR heading". She will set NAV/GPS on NAV, set NAV1 VOR ON, turn the aircraft towards to VOR, and periodically report the distance to the VOR.

    NOTE: The same process can be used in reverse in order to fly AWAY from a VOR, by asking Michelle to... "Rotate NAV1 OBS FROM Center".




Version 4.1.0.248
September 8, 2011
  • Add the voice command, "Resume GPS Navigation" which accomplishes the same things as saying, "Set NAV-GPS on GPS", followed by, "Set NAV-VOR On".

  • Modified the Loading Procedures for the It's Your Plane Virtual Air system.



Version 4.1.0.247
September 7, 2011
  • *** IMPORTANT UPDATE ***

    Changed where the system obtains METAR DATA for the Weather Forecasts.




Version 4.1.0.246
September 5, 2011



Version 4.1.0.244/245
September 2, 2011

  • A couple of blind pilots requested that we include the Waypoint Name when asking Michelle for information about same. Asking Michelle to...

      "Get distance to next waypoint"

    will now hear her respond with (e.g.)...

      "Distance to Golf Echo Novermber Sierra, thirty four miles"

    etc.

  • Added provisions to Activate/Deactivate the Keyboard Interface. As of this version, when launching the IYP application, the Keyboard Interface is ACTIVE for sighted pilots, and INACTIVE for Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots. This permits BVI pilots to more readily use their screen readers to read the computer's screen data.

    If the BVI member wishes to participate in a Come Fly With Me session, or communicate with other pilots via the IYP Central system, the Microphone Switching mechanism is needed. BVI pilots can then issue the following voice command...

      "Activate Keyboard Interface"

    to enable the use of the LEFT SHIFT KEY. (Please refer to PAGE 168 of the IYP Users' Manual for details)

    At the end of their session, they can once again deactivate the Keyboard Interface by issuing the voice command...

      "Deactivate Keyboard Interface"

  • Added a new start up sequence for the It's Your Plane Virtual Air system.

  • Added additional crew announcements for the It's Your Plane Virtual Air system.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be periodically receiving messages when you launch IYP that the system is being upgraded. This will continue to be the case for the next short while, until all of the IYP-VA resources are installed. Thank you for your patience.




Version 4.1.0.243
August 30, 2011

  • Added New Crew Announcements for the IYP Virtual Air system.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be periodically receiving messages when you launch IYP that the system is being upgraded. This will continue to be the case for the next short while, until all of the IYP-VA resources are installed. Thank you for your patience.



Version 4.1.0.241/242
August 25, 2011

  • When issuing the command, "Deactivate the System", the Green Speech Bar now continuously displays the text ... SYSTEM DEACTIVATED... to let you see the IYP application state at a glance. Thanks for the suggestion Mike!

  • When chaging aircraft in the Come Fly With Me or IYP Central modes, the system will NO LONGER disconnect and re-initialise TeamSpeak as it has in the past. Your Teamspeak session remains in tact.



Version 4.1.0.240
August 19, 2011

  • As I indicated, I made substantive improvements to the commercial aircraft Interactive Push Back performance as described on PAGE 143 of the IYP Users' Manual, except... your truly (Mr. Cezar) made a boo-boo in Version 4.1.0.239!

    It has been fixed... mea culpa (:



Version 4.1.0.239
August 18, 2011
  • Fixed a problem I created in the prior release that adversely affected the Radar Contact 4 interface during descent mode. Mea Culpa :(

  • Made substantive improvements to the commercial aircraft Interactive Push Back performance as described on PAGE 143 of the IYP Users' Manual. The prior version of this operation relied upon "Timers", whereas this new approach uses GPS coordiates, yielding far greater accuracy.

    NOTE: Please refer to the Flight Deck Doc for a complete description. Thanks.



Version 4.1.0.238
August 16, 2011
  • Fixed a problem where Michelle would not switch to the Com Frequency of 119.43.

  • Added code to ensure that the aircraft's control surfaces are properly set before taking off in the Blind Pilot Mode.

  • Added the ability for blind and/or visually impaired pilots to obtain the winds aloft by saying... "Get winds aloft". Michelle will repond with something like... "Three two seven at five eight".

  • Fixed a Project Magenta Interface problem when starting IYP in the WideFS mode.

  • The ILS Approaches for CYQQ (Comox, British Columbia) and CYQB (Lasaga Intl, Quebec City, Quebec) that are part of the IYP-VA Scheduled Flights, are problematic. Tom, IYP Pilot #16236 has provided us with a solution to these (and other Canadian) ILS Approaches. Please refer to the Approach Fixes section in the Resource Centre for details.

  • The FSX ILS Approaches into Geneva, Switzerland (LSGG), are beyond problematic... they're a mess! I have provided a fix for this. Please refer to the Approach Fixes section in the Resource Centre for details.

  • Changes to the Descent Checklist Procedures
    Modified the code such that Michelle/Mike will NO LONGER automatically call for the Descent checklist when leaving your Cruising Altitude. This modification to the code ensures that the Descent checklist query does not get inadvertently called during rapid descents caused by Clear Air Turbulence (CAT).

    This change does NOT however, diminish the IMPORTANCE that you execute the Descent checklist as soon as possible after starting your final descent to the destination airport. Say the phrase, "Descent checklist" as soon as possible after starting your descent.

    This is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT so that Michelle/Mike can continue to optimise the rate-of-descent and airspeeds. Remember, in the IYP application, your Co-Pilot is perfoming all of the functions typically carried out by a Flight Management Computer (FMC) found in expensive payway aircraft.

  • Chasing the Localizer
    In some instances, Microsoft's ATC (and far more often Radar Contact 4's ATC) will vector you towards the assigned destination runway 30 to 40 miles out; well outside the aircraft's ability to grab the Localizer. Then, when the Localizer finally comes alive, you've already passed the point where the aircraft can LOCK onto the Localizer.

    Well, I told Michelle (and Mike) that they had to "chase" the Localizer when this happens! That is to say, if we have over-shot the Localizer, turn the aircraft back towards the Localizer so that we can LOCK onto it. They agreed! [lol]





Version 4.1.0.237
August 9, 2011
  • Fixed a problem where the ACARS Passenger Count (PAX) was not being calculated properly for all aircraft.

  • Fixed a problem where the Fly Around The World Status was not being reset when changing to another flight.

  • Fixed a problem where the suffix "Heavy" was not being included in the SuperATC call sign properly for all aircraft.



Version 4.1.0.236
August 7, 2011
  • Added the voice commands, "Get distance to Entry Point". Michelle will report the distance to the Entry Point when she has been asked to execute a Visual Approach to a given runway.

  • Addressed the situation where, when the IYP application was loaded BEFORE the simulator, some users with slower computers were complaining that IYP was starting too quickly before all of the necessary aircraft data was in place, and received an IYP error message indicating that the aircraft data could not be read. This has been fixed.

  • Added additional code to support the IYP Virtual Air programme.

  • Added the following voice commands to perfect a Fuel Dump...

    • Execute emergency fuel dump
    • Terminate emergency fuel dump

    NOTE: Fuel dumpong is only available inder the following conditions:

    • You are flying a Boeing 727, 737 or 747.
    • The aircraft's Total Gross Weight exceeds the aircraft's Maximum Landing Weight
    • The aircraft os at least 4,000 feet AGL (in the real world this varies based upon operators and governmets)

    Michelle will report on the estimated time to complete the fuel dump, and report when it has been completed. Naturally, you can watch the fuel gauges drop at real-time.

  • Modified the code so that the singular use of the phrase... "Execute Going Around" will work in BOTH the ILS and Visual Approach modes. It is no longer necessary to subsequently say, "Cancel Landing Intentions" in the Visual Approach mode.

  • Made substantive improvements to the FSUIPC throughout rate.





Version 4.1.0.234/235
July 30, 2011
  • Created a facility to Store and Retrieve all IYP Settings during a complete uninstall and reinstall scenario. Put in other terms, this means you will not be required to re-enter your User Name, E-Mail Address and REGKEY. In addition, ALL of your previous settings are "remembered". Thanks for the suggestion Pete - Pilot 10988.

  • This version contains BETA software for the IYP Virtual Air (IYP-VA) system. Those users interested in participating in the BETA testing to help us DEBUG the software, are asked to carefully READ all of the information about...

    BEFORE experimenting with the system. Yeah I know... you HaTe reading... (LOL)

    We will be adding considerably more flights over the coming weeks and months. We'll be setting up a forum entitled... It's Your Plane Virtual Air... in the Support Forums area. Any suggestions for IYP-VA routes would be appreciated.

    Official Release of IYP-VA:
    The official release of the software is slated for August 15, 2011 (we hope), so the more people we can get helping us debug the software - the better. I thank you in advance. Regards, Robert Cezar.



Version 4.1.0.232/233
July 17, 2011
  • Replaced the Public/Private KEY for the IYP application.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    You may be required to COMPLETELY REMOVE the previous IYP version using the...

      Control Panel > Add and Remove Programs

    facility, then install Version 4.1.0.232 from the IYP Website. This process will mandate that you RE-REGISTER your IYP software.

  • Made changes to further optimize checklist execution and in-flight performance characteristics.

  • Permitted to use of "Select one" through "Select zero" in the SuperATC mode at the request of one of our blind pilots.




Version 4.1.0.231
June 26, 2011
  • Added support for the... Beechcraft B1900D.

  • Added a feature to permit you to EXPORT ROUTE DATA through the use of the voice command:

      "Export route data"

    Michelle/Mike responds with...

      "Your route data has been exported to a file called, IYPROUTEDATA.TXT
      which can be found in the root folder of your simulator."

    NOTE: See IYP Voice Commands for more details

  • Added support for the...




Version 4.1.0.230
June 18, 2011
  • Added additional support for the Realair Beechcraft B60T Turbine startup and shutdown checklist procedures.




Version 4.1.0.228/229
June 7, 2011
  • Added support for:

    • Overland - Fly Into The Sky - 777-200 (B722) for FSX

    • RealAir Beech 60 Duke Turbine (B60T) for FSX

      NOTE: For those of you who have previously built your own checklists for this aircraft, please delete them from your local IYPDB installation.



Version 4.1.0.227
May 25, 2011
  • Added support for:

    • Overland - Fly Into The Sky - 737-700 (B737) for FSX
    • Overland - Fly Into The Sky - 737-800 (B738) for FSX
    • Overland - Fly Into The Sky - 737-900 (B739) for FSX
    • Overland - Fly Into The Sky - 747-400 (B744) for FSX


    VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:

    In each of the aircraft's AIRCRAFT.CFG files, you need to change...

      ui_manufacturer=Boeing

    to...
      ui_manufacturer=Overland

    This is required due to a conflict with another manuafacturer's naming conventions who uses the same naming conventions as Overland. Ensure that you change ALL instances of the ui_manufacturer in the AIRCRAFT.CFG files.



Version 4.1.0.226
May 22, 2011
  • Added the checklist item..."Are the fuel selectors set to main?"

Version 4.1.0.225
May 21, 2011
  • Added the capability to break out of the Ground Pushback sequence by saying the phrase...

      "Stop Pushback"

    Specifically, if you inadvertently responded with "Affirmative" to the query, "Captain, do we require a pushback?", and Michelle is asking for the pushback distance or direction of pushback, you can say, "Stop Pushback" to cancel the Ground pushback sequence and exit the checklist.

  • Added code to inhibit Michelle from reporting on temperatures in cities as part of the Flight-following Announcements to passengers, unless the Flight Date = Actual Date. The weather conditions Michelle reports on, are derived from the actual real-time METAR data from the cities in the area. So, if the Flight Date is December, 15 and the plane is passing over Chicago, but the Actual Date is July, 15, we don't want her saying that the temperature is 100 degrees farenheit in the shade, when there's snow on the ground!

  • Fixed a problem where blind and visually impaired (BVI) pilots could not ask Michelle to taxi to a runway at an airport with a LOCAL 3-LETTER ICAO.

  • Fixed an inconsistency in the UTC vs. LOCAL time in the ACARS window. They are now both formatted as [yyyy/mm/dd HH:MM:SS]. Thanks Mike.

  • Added the necessary code to support the Fly Around The World sessions.




Version 4.1.0.224
May 5, 2011


Version 4.1.0.223
May 2, 2011
  • Interfaced the Carenado Baron 58 aircraft for use with FSX.

  • Fixed a problem with the end of file marker in the aircraft.cfg parser.

  • Fixed a problem with SuperATC Non-Towered approach syntax recognition.

  • Fixed a problem computing some complex Magnetic Variations.



Version 4.1.0.222
April 15, 2011
  • Fixed a problem where erroneous characters in METAR data was returning improper weather reports. Thanks for the "catch" Laurie.

  • Fixed a problem where the releasing of the Push-To-Talk button after calling for a METAR report, was being held off during the read back, causing the read back audio to be fed back into the microphone input in environments where loudspeaks are employed. Thanks a lot for the "catch" Pete.

  • Added code to prohibit the execution of a Visual Approach with non-supported aircraft.

  • When asking Michelle, 'What runways exist?", she begins to rattle off all of the destination airport runways, their length, surface composition and indicates whether or not ILS facilities exist for the respective runway. In the case of an airport like O'hare, Vancouver, etc., this report gets VERY LENGTHY, and one had to wait for the completion on the report in order to carry on. As of this version, the utterance of any phrase, e.g., "Thank you", will immediately stop the reading of the report.

  • Suppressed the sending of ACARS upload confirmations, unless an error exists.

  • Added "phrase guarding" to SuperATC mode.

  • If you pulled up in front of a Filling Station, then during the Parking or Shut Down checklists, when you shut down the engines, the FS simulator would (as expected) automatically fill the fuel tanks. This caused a problem for the ACARS system that would garner the newly loaded fuel as the Ending Fuel, which of course was WRONG! This has been fixed. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Mike!

  • Added software to write the IYP APPLICATION PATH information to a TEXT file entitled:

      apppath.txt

    located in the simulator's root folder (e.g.)

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\navlogpath.txt

    The information in this file can be used to launch the IYP application from another programme. The information will look something like this:

    C:\Documents and Settings\MyPC\Local Settings\
    Apps\2.0\GKTGOA72.AML\THYHEEMA.PK9\
    itsy..tion_58cc786c2f246916_0004.0001_ab8bf347c688d347\ItsYourPlane.exe

    NOTE: In a WideFS environment, the navlogpath.txt file is located in the IYP folder on the CLIENT PC.



Version 4.1.0.221
February 16, 2011
  • Interfaced the Carenado C206 Stationair aircraft for use with FS9.

  • Interfaced the MAAM C-47 aircraft for use with FS9.

  • Interfaced the MAAM DC-3 aircraft for use with FS9.

    NOTE: Neither of the MAAM aircraft listed above yet have the cargo version interfaced.



Version 4.1.0.220
February 10, 2011
  • Fixed a problem with the IYP Tour Designer, where some Negative Latitudes where causing an overload.

  • Added the voice command..."Get Crosswind Component".

  • Fixed a Flight-Following problem of constantly repeating in the Blind Pilot mode.

  • Fixed a problem where the "On the Ground Welcome" message was not working for all General Aviation type aircraft.

  • Further optimized the Visual Approach algorithms.

  • Fixed Minimum Throttle pronlem for the Realair Cessna 172.




Version 4.1.0.219
February 5, 2011
  • Reduced the IYP Tour Designer RADIUS window below 1 nautical mile, to permit the use of a fraction of a mile; namely:

      .5 of a Mile (3,030 feet)
      .25 of a Mile (1,519 feet)
      .1 of a Mile (303 feet)
      .01 of a Mile (30 feet)

  • Moved the IYP Tour Designer After Touchdown routine out of the Approach and Landing checklist area, and have permitted the use of an After Touchdown phrase available upon landing, irrespective of whether checklists are being executed or not.

  • Pursuant to another customer's request, I have added another after landing destination greeting for General Aviation (GA) aircraft... not just commercial aircraft.

    NOTE: This aforementioned greeting is suppressed when flying an IYP Tour, since the Tour Designer provides facilities to create a customized greeting.

  • Made changes to improve Michelle's approach " Crosswind Crabbing Technique".

  • If you are running the Approach and Landing checklists, Michelle now reports on the Crosswind Component when descending below 900 feet AGL on approach."


Version 4.1.0.218
February 2, 2011
  • Visual Approaches
    Until now, our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots have had to land their aircraft on runways equipped with an ILS (Instrument Landing System). However, difficulties arise when ATC sometimes instructs pilots to land on runways that are not so equipped, and they are told to make a Visual Approach. Obviously, this has been an impossible manoeuvre for BVI pilots.

    As of the release of this version of IYP, Co-Pilots Michelle or Mike, sitting next to their BVI captain, can now perform a visual approach on any runway. Naturally, our sighted users can also use this new IYP facility.

    Please refer to the Flight Deck Doc for usage details.

    NOTE: This feature is NOT available in the FREE IYP version.

  • Interfaced the Project Airbus A320-200 (A322) for both FS9 and FSX.

  • Relaxed the Throttle Closed parameters for the RealAir Cessna C172 Skyhawk.

  • Fixed a problem where the ROUTE data was not being loaded into the ACARS window with Flight Plans created in FS9.

  • Interfaced the Carenado C340 aircraft for use with FSX.

  • Interfaced the Florida Air Express POSKY CRJ-900 aircraft for use with FS9.

  • Added code to suppress Flight-Following Announcements while in the process of developing an IYP Tour in the IYP Tour Designer.

  • Modified the code to pull the aircraft's Flight Number from the ROUTE.BIN CALLSIGN declaration, instead of the AIRCRAFT.CFG file for the Project Magenta interface.

  • A senior IYP user suggested that Michelle should automatically set the Course to the runway heading after being asked to "Load the ILS Approch Frequency" for a given runway. That seemed to make a lot of sense... so it's been implemented. Thanks John.

  • Added the female voice font "Emma" to be recognised as "Michelle" NOT "Mike".

  • A user wrote... "It would be nice to here a welcome to your destination announcement either during or after the taxi to the gate checklist." This has been implemented in this release. Thanks for the suggestion Jeff.



Version 4.1.0.217
January 9, 2011
  • Fixed a problem where the "Comment Filtering" of CFG files was failing.

  • Added additional variations of the Co-Pilot (First Officer) passenger announcements for commercial aircraft.

  • Interfaced the Aerosoft DHC-2 Beaver for FS9. Added special voice commands to address both Early and Modern panel configurations.

    Asking Michelle...

      "What are the window names?"

    with an aircraft of the Early panel configuration, will have her respond with...

      "The window names are:"

        "Early full panel"
        "Early VFR panel"
        "Modern full panel"
        "Modern VFR panel"
        "Radio stack"
        "RPM panel"
        "GPS"

    Asking Michelle...

      "What are the window names?"

    with an aircraft of the Modern panel configuration, will have her respond with...

      "The window names are:"

        "Full panel"
        "VFR panel"
        "Radio stack"
        "RPM panel"
        "GPS"

    Therefore, with an aircraft of the Early panel configuration, you'd say something like:

      "Bring up the Early VFR panel"

    whereas, with an aircraft of the Modern panel configuration, you'd simply say:

      "Bring up the VFR panel"



Version 4.1.0.216
January 4, 2011
  • Added variations of the Co-Pilot (First Officer) passenger announcements for commercial aircraft.


Version 4.1.0.215
January 1, 2011
  • Turn-Arounds and Continuing Flights
    Let's say you're the Captain piloting Pacifica, Flight Number 1123, (Call Sign Pacifica 1123) and you've just arrived at Vancouver International airport (CYVR) from Seattle's SEATAC airport (KSEA). After touch-down, you've contacted Vancouver Ground and they've assigned you a gate number. Your trusty IYP Co-Pilot works with you to execute the Taxi-to-the-Gate checklist, and upon reaching the gate, you call for the Parking checklist. After executing the Parking checklist with your Co-Pilot (First Officer), the doors are now open, and after waiting a few minutes, you'll note by the lack of cabin chatter that all of the passengers have successfully disembarked. The APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) is still running, the Cabin Music is still playing, the Navigation lights are still on, etc.

    How do you perform a Turn-Around or Continue to another airport? This can now be done with this new IYP version. For information please refer to the IYP Flight Deck Doc.

  • Interfaced the Airbus A380 by AFS-Design
  • Interfaced the Airbus A380 Cargo by AFS-Design

    AFS-Design Airbus A380 LOUD Sounds:
    Since the sounds for the Airbus A380 are pre-recorded background sound files, there's no easy way to lower the volume via the Flight Simulator application and/or the Windows volume mixer. So to normalize a few of these WAV files so that the volume level would not interfere with other sound volume levels (like IYP and the Microsoft ATC), one of our Senior IYP pilots (#12423) has re-mixed them. NOTE: All of the sound files are duplicated in every sound folder of very aircraft variation, so the WAV files contained in this ZIP file should be copied to the aircraft\sound folder of the A380 for each variation of the AFS-Design Airbus A380.

    We suggest making a copy of the original files first in case something goes wrong :)

    It's always a good idea to extract any ZIP file to a temporary folder before copying the results to the destination folder just to be safe and to see exactly what is being copied!

    Good luck and enjoy! Remi, IYP Pilot #12423

  • Interfaced the Boeing 757-200 for FSX by Pacific Airways



Version 4.1.0.214
December 11, 2010
  • When the aircraft's airspeed drops below the aircraft manufacturer's specifications, Michelle begins repeating the phrase

      "Captain, our airspeed is below aircraft specifications"

    To acknowledge the Warning condition and have Michelle stop NAGGING you, you can say...

      "The warning has been acknowledged"

    NOTES: This state is NOT "remembered" session-to-session, or flight-to-flight.

  • Finished addressing the application of the brake upon landing in version 4.1.0.213. Ooppssss!!!

  • Interfaced the Southwest Boeing 737-700 by Project Opensky



Version 4.1.0.213
November 30, 2010
  • When Michelle is AUTO-LANDING an aircraft, she automatically taps the brakes to slow the aircraft after touchdown. Pursuant to a customer request that Michelle NOT tap the brakes, I have implemented the following voice commands:

      "Apply landing brakes ON"
      "Apply landing brakes OFF"

    NOTES: The default setting is set to ON. Changes made to this mode of operation are "remembered" session-to-session.

  • We have interfaced the Carenado:

    • FSX Cessna C206 Stationair Amphibian plane by Carenado
    • FSX Cessna C206 Stationair Cargo plane by Carenado
    • FSX Cessna C206 Stationair Passenger plane by Carenado

    Please see the Supported Aircraft section.


Version 4.1.0.212
November 27, 2010

  • As of this release, when the It's Your Plane programme launches, and any of the following conditions prevail while using SuperATC:

    1. You're flying Free-Flight without a filed flight plan and there is no airport Tower
    2. You have created and filed a VFR flight plan and there is no airport Tower
    3. You are departing from a Water based airport, even with a filed IFR flight plan

    then Michelle will tell you how to address the local traffic by saying something like...

      "Captain. You can reference the local traffic with, 'Chilliwack traffic', or, 'Charlie, Yankee, Charlie, Whiskey, traffic' "

    If you missed the announcement, you can get her to repeat it at any time by asking her...

      "How do i reference the local traffic?"


  • When approaching the destination airport while flying in the "Free-Form", or "VFR Flight plan" modes with SuperATC, about 40 miles out, Michelle will say...

      "I need to do some calculations. I'll be with you shortly"

    Michelle is actually mapping all of the airports in a 50-miles radius of the aircraft, looking for information relative to the destination airport. If you need Michelle to repeat this process, simply say...

      "Michelle, map the local airports"

    CAUTIONARY NOTE: This procedure can take up to a few minutes to complete with slower PCs. During this time, Michelle will neither respond to any commands, nor make any reports.
  • Fixed a SuperATC problem where the wrong airport was being accessed when only FSS communications prevailed when flying Free-Form or VFR.


  • The system now DISABLES the Speech Engine during the period of time when Michelle is perfoming calculations as the aircraft approaches the destination airport in the Free-Flight and VFR modes using SuperATC.



Version 4.1.0.211 - LATEST RELEASE
November 19, 2010
  • Fixed a problem when using the SuperATC mode of ATC communications, where the ATC window was not popping up to accept commands with the Pop Ups active when issuing the command:

      "Repeat command confirmation"



Version 4.1.0.210
November 11, 2010
  • Fixed a SuperATC problem where the system was not automatically picking up the correct origination airport when two (or more) airports were in very close proximity on a Latitude/Longitude basis. With this fix, when the system cannot automatically and positively determine the origination airport, the system will ask that you specify the origination airport by ICAO code upon start up.



Version 4.1.0.209
November 9, 2010
  • Provided the ability to set the Heading in flight WITHOUT automatically and simutaneously engaging the Auto-Pilot, through the use of the command:

      "Preset heading to [HEADING]"

  • Further reduced the time when Michelle says...

      "Captain, I need to do some calculations."

    from less than 40 miles from the destination airport, to less than 30 miles from the destination airport when using SuperATC in the non-IFR mode of ATC to accomodate slower PCs.

  • Fixed a problem where waypoints callouts were being pronounced as literal words, instead of NATO phonetic expressions.

  • Fixed a problem where throttle ganging was failing when Michelle is asked to "Maintain Taxi Speed".



Version 4.1.0.208
November 4, 2010
  • Fixed a problem where IFR generated Flight Plans created with FS9, where incorrectly setting the ATC mode to VFR when loaded into FSX.

  • Interfaced the Quest Kodiak aircraft (see Supported Aircraft and Checklists)

  • Fixed the pronouciation of Lima (Lie Ma), to (Lee Ma).

  • Added a facility for our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots, where Michelle will report the "Current Heading" after a command to change heading has been executed. For example, if the current heading is 060, and the Captain says, 'Turn right heading 150", then when the aircraft stabilizes on a heading of 150, Michelle will say, "Current heading 150".

  • Added the ability to alter the SuperATC Call Sign by placing an entry in the aircraft's configuaration file. Please refer to the section entitled:

      Call Sign Alteration

    on PAGE 33 of the Flight Deck Doc located here:



Version 4.1.0.207
October 29, 2010
  • Updated Public/Private Key... AGAIN!!!

    NOTE: You MAY be required to download IYP via this website and RE-REGISTER in order to upgrade to this new version. This may result in you being unable to upgrade to this new version by simply clicking on the desktop icon... you will need go HERE, download the application, and re-register. If you see 2 versions of IYP (It's Your Plane and Ir's Your Plane -1) under Start > All Programs > Robert Cezar, then please use the Unistall a program in your computer's Control Panel and DELETE BOTH before re-installing IYP. sorry :(

  • Created an inter-character delay when reading back the aircraft's Call Sign upon asking Michelle, "What is our call sign?"

  • Changed the...

      "Captain, I need to do some calculations."

    from less than 50 miles from the destination airport, to less than 40 miles from the destination airport when using SuperATC in the non-IFR mode of ATC.

  • Changed the...

      "Captain, you may wish to switch to the [ICAO Name] tower at this time."

    from less than 25 miles out, to less then 22 miles out for those users whose PCs are a tad slower than the norm, when using SuperATC in the non-IFR mode of ATC.

  • Added new facilities to specifically declare the aircraft manufacturer's name in accordance with ICAO naming conventions.

  • Removed the cruising altitude restrictions on Michelle conducting SuperATC airport distance calculations when the Altitude Hold is disabled.

  • Fixed Progressive Taxi ON/OFF commands after landing.



Version 4.1.0.206
October 22, 2010
  • Updated Public/Private Key.

    NOTE: You MAY be required that you completely UN-INSTALL and RE-INSTALL IYP in order to upgrade to this new version... sorry :(

  • Added the ability for Michelle to report on the aircraft's Center of Gravity through the use of the voice commands:

      What's our C of G?
      What's our Center of Gravity?

  • Michelle announces the ATC mode at startup, except for PMDG and Level-D aircraft, and the Project Magenta interface. This change was made at the request of some users who failed to realize that they were in the wrong ATC mode.

  • Reduce the airport collection range from 50 miles to 40 miles in the SuperATC mode.

Version 4.1.0.205
October 17, 2010

Version 4.1.0.204
October 13, 2010

Version 4.1.0.203
October 8, 2010
  • Interfaced the RealAir Citabria for FSX.

  • Interfaced the RealAir Decathlon for FSX.

  • Interfaced the RealAir Scout for FSX.

  • In response to a reoccuring request by numerous users, I have removed the item in the checklist that used to turn off Cabin Music and Ambient Cabin Chatter as part of the Takeoff and Climb Out checklists. Naturally you can still turn the Cabin Music on/off by saying, "Cabin music on" and "Cabin music off" respectively, and you can turn on/off the Ambient Cabin Chatter by saying "Cabin effects on" and "Cabin effects off" respectively at any time after you're airborne.

  • Fixed a SuperATC problem, where contacting the Destination Tower in Free-Flight or VFR modes, failed to accept the commands.



Version 4.1.0.202
October 4, 2010
  • Interfaced the Learjet 45 Friendly Panel for both FS9 and FSX.

  • Interfaced the Bombardier CRJ700 Friendly Panel

  • Made further improvements to the Auto-Fuel Loading process.

  • Added the phrase "Hold short of runway", e.g., "Hold short of runway 7" to the SuperATC dialog library.

  • Added the phrases "Position and hold", "Taxi into position and hold", as well as the alternative phrase, "Line up and wait" to the SuperATC dialog library.

  • Added Gear Down Confirmation. e.g., "Gear down and locked... 3 green."

  • Fixed a problem when detecting non-standard located Flight Plans in WideFS mode.

  • Added a facility to ensure that you are communicating with ATC in the Simple ATC mode when connecting to a Come Fly With Me session.



Version 4.1.0.201
September 9, 2010
  • Fixed a problem where cities with "St" as an abbreviation for "Saint", were being pronounced as "Street" during the Flight-Following announcements.

  • Pursuant to a request by Pilot#12464 in the Support Forum post:

    Michelle no longer turns the Landing Lights ON when climbing through 10,000 feet AGL, rather she simply issues the notification...

      "Check landing lights"

    It's up to you to then say,

      "Landing lights on"

    or simply flip the switch manually. Similarly, when descending below 10,000 feet AGL, Michelle will issue the same notification.

  • FSX Fuel Calculations Cannot be Performed - Some users install their simulators in a non-standard configuration which can result in restricting access to certain files necessary for Michelle to compute fuel consumption and/or to properly load information into the ACARS template. In these cases, the user needs to create a small text file that will provide the path to these files. Please refer to the section entitled:

      FSX Fuel Calculations Cannot be Performed

    in the Flight Deck Doc for details. Thank you.



Version 4.1.0.200 - MAJOR RELEASE
September 2, 2010

I've been very busy working my way down the TO DO list:

  • Perform Fuel Loading Operations! I've added the ability to have Michelle/Mike auto-load the requisite fuel for the trip. This feature has been designed specifically to assist our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots, however sighted pilots can obviously take advantage of this new feature as well. The Microsoft Flight Simulators were clearly not designed for BVI pilots. Trying to properly set the values in the Payload area is a real nightmare for sighted pilots - it's nearly impossible for our BVI crew because of the limitations of their screen readers. The algorithms involved needed to address such things as taxiing delays, un-planned headwinds, diversions to an Alternate airport, Go-Arounds, etc. The system "learns" your set up and adjusts the values over time in order to optimize its performance and accuracy.

  • Maintaining an Optimised Airspeed - As part of the Takeoff and Climbout checklists with jetliners, Michelle will ask if you'd like her to maintain an optimised airspeed throughout the flight. If you answer in the affirmative, she will maintain 250 knots below 10,000 feet at the aircraft's default rate-of-climb...typically 1,800 feet per minute. Once the aircraft climbs above 10,000 feet AGL, she will gradually begin to increase the airspeed, and contempoaneously increase the rate of ascent, in order to climb to the planned cruising level as quickly as possible so as to maximize fuel efficiency. As the aircraft climbs to higher levels, she'll maintain an airspeed of approximately 11% below the "barberpole" while she maintains the optimum engine thrust by monitoring N1. She'll automatically decrease the rate of climb as needed. This feature controls for simpler aircraft designs, what an FMC manages on more sophisticated payware aircraft with its Level Change function. NOTE: If you alter the rate of climb, Michelle will state that she's no longer controlling the airspeed. To have her take control once again, say... "I'd like you to control the speed".

  • Controlling the Rate of Descent - If Michelle is controlling the airspeed (see above), then during descent she will automatically control the rate of descent by using the current ground speed, the distance to the destination airport, and a targeted altitude of 2,000 feet AGL, to calculate the optimum rate of descent. As the ground speed decreases, the rate of descent will also decrease. This facility is part of the procedures needed in order to optimise fuel efficiency. NOTE: If you alter the rate of descent, Michelle will state that she's no longer controlling the airspeed. To have her take control once again, say... "I'd like you to control the speed".

  • In response to a user request, we've implemented a new voice command:

    • Get miles flown

    This facility provides an absolutely accurate distance of the actual nautical miles flown by the aircraft, as compared to a typical GPS unit that simply provides waypoint to waypoint distances. For example, if you take off from Seattle, WA (KSEA) from Runway 16L en route to Bellingham, WA (KBLI), you need to fly "runway heading" until ATC instructs you to turn to a heading of 340. To fly this maneuver adds about 35 miles to the trip. Then, ATC may instruct you to land on Runway 16 at KBLI. You need to fly downwind, then base, then onto final. Here again, this adds about 35 miles to the overall trip. Depending upon the aircraft being flown, this can be significant when calculating fuel consumption. Naturally, this also takes into account diversons from a planned course.

    Incidentally, this method of accumulative mileage is the Distance that IYP uses in the ACARS and PIREP files.

  • Removed the in-flight messages from Michelle reporting GPS waypoints:

    "Crossing over SALAD. Distance to next waypoint......"

    when flying in NAV/VOR mode of flight; i.e. now only works when flying GPS mode!

  • In response to another user request, we've implemented as part of the... "Folks, we've reached our cruising altitude...", the following information: e.g.

    "Our current ground speed is 729 kilometers per hour, or 453 miles per hour."

  • In response to a user request, we've implemented a new feature that when you ask Michelle to control the air speed in an aircraft that does not have an auto-throttle (e.g. Cessna Skyhawk, Baron 58, Cessna Caravan, etc.), Michelle will automatically control the Rate of Climb in order to maintain the optimal airspeed during ascent... just as she does with the jetliners.   NOTE: This feature is only available in the REGISTERED versions of IYP... NOT the FREE version.

  • Another user requested that we eliminate the Flight-Following announcements IF the descent checklist is being performed, and the altitude above ground (AGL) is less then 10,000 feet. The rationale for this change is that it's far too busy a time for the First Officer to be making announcements to the passengers!

  • Yet another user suggested that the phrase Michelle makes while on approach, "Auto-Landing procedures in effect" is far too formal. He suggested Michelle would actually say,..."Captain, I'll handle the landing. It's my plane." And, so it has become. Great suggestion by the way! Thanks Randy.

  • We were asked by another user to add a feature where he could ask Michelle for directions to the airport. So, being the good citizens that we are, we've added the voice command:

      "Get directions to the airport."

    Michelle responds with (e.g.):

      "The airport's at our three o'clock - ten miles."

    Another nice addition. Thanks Bill.

  • We were asked by yet another user to add a feature where he could extend or retract the jetway in FSX! That sounded like a wonderful idea, so we've added the voice commands:

      "Extend Jetway."
      "Retract Jetway."

    Thank you Peter.

  • Fixed a problem where Michelle was offering to land the aircraft on NON-ILS approaches. Yikes!

  • If you pulled up in front of a Filling Station, then during the Parking Checklist when you shut down the engines, the FS simulator would (as expected) automatically fill the fuel tanks. This caused a problem for the ACARS system that would garner the newly loaded fuel as the Ending Fuel, which of course was WRONG! This has been fixed. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Mike!

  • Added a feature that automatically loads the Passenger Count (PAX) in the ACARS form, based upon using the average weight of 170 pounds per person in the payload areas of the aircraft.

    NOTE: This ACARS value can still be over-written through the use of the phrase... "Passenger count equals...", followed by a 3 digit number. e.g., "Passenger count equals zero, zero, four", for 4 PAX in a Learjet.

  • Added Set Com2 to the Emergency Frequency of 121.5 to the checklists.

  • Prohibited the phrase "Climb and maintain ????" to a lower altitude.

  • Prohibited the phrase "Descend and maintain ????" to a higher altitude.

  • Flight-Following Announcements - In response to numerous requests from our Blind Pilots, Michelle now follows the City name with the State name during the Flight-Following Announcements, when crossing over state lines. Similarly, Nichelle now follows the City name with the Country name when crossing over country borders. I also increased the frequency of the Flight-Following announcements in the Blind Pilot mode.

  • Fixed a problem where the First Officer Seat Belts ON/OFF callouts, where interrupting Flight-Following announcements.

  • Added the constraint that the First Office will only say... "If you tune to channel 7 on your headset, I will be pointing out places of interest throughout our flight" on jetliners, if the top of climb (cruising) altitude is greater than 20,000' (FL200).

  • In the past, IYP executed a number of Descent Checklist items when the aircraft was descending below 10,000 feet in preparation for landing, like Landing Lights, Auto-Spoilers, Verifying Fuel Quantity, etc. This became problematic when descending into an airport at higher alititudes, because it conflicted with the execution of the Approach and Landing checklists. Therefore, these items are now executed at an altitude AGL, which is the greater of 10,000 feet, or 8,000 feet AGL. So, for example, when approaching Colorado Springs, CO, USA, where the airport elevation is 6,148 feet, these prepatory descent checklist items will be called out a approximately (6,148 + 8,000), or... 14,148 feet.

  • Thanks to a suggestion made by Mike, Pilot# 11339, when Michelle says, "Locked on the Localizer" during Approach and Landing, she sets the HDG (heading) to that of the Runway's Course. This better facilitates the process of issuing the "Execute Going Around" command, by keeping the aircraft flying the Runway Heading until ATC provides a new bearing. Thanks Mike.

  • Added the restriction that only permits the "Execute Going Around" command to be issued during Approach and Landing. Thanks again Mike.


Version 4.1.0.199
July 29, 2010
  • We've fixed a problem that existed when a user employs two yoke buttons; one as an IYP Microphone Switch, and the other to communicate with fellow pilots on the Come Fly With Me system via TeamSpeak.

  • In response to a user request, we've implemented two new voice commands:

    • Deactivate Heading Control
    • Activate Heading Control

    This particular IYP user has an MCP that is neither configured to work with normal FSUIPC nor Project Magenta offsets for the MCP Heading. The user enjoys using SuperATC and wants to continue saying instructions like:

    • "Turn right heading 250"
    • "American 5114 Heavy"

    but only have the foregoing acknowledge ATC instructions - NOT actually attempt to change the heading.

Version 4.1.0.198
July 27, 2010
  • In response to a user suggestion, we have moved the Safety Announcements from the Before Tax checklist, to the end of the Start Up checklists.

  • In response to a user request, we've implemented two new voice commands:

    • Activate General Aviation Flight Following
    • Deactivate General Aviation Flight Following

    Michelle normally communicates only with you (the Captain) when making Flight Following announcements during a flight in a General Aviation (GA) aircraft. This of course presumes that only the two of you are in the aircraft. If however, you have passengers sitting in the back with headsets (tuned to channel 7 [LOL]), you may want Michelle explaining to them what they can see from the left and right sides of the aircraft. This facility accomplishes this task.

Version 4.1.0.197
July 23, 2010
Version 4.1.0.196
July 13, 2010
  • There was a DIGITAL SIGNING issue with Version 4.1.0.195 that caused some users problems. Users running operating systems with Dot Net versions below 3.x, may be required to uninstall and reinstall IYP. Sorry... this is a Microsoftism! :(

Version 4.1.0.195
July 8, 2010
  • Disabled the Pop-Up windows facilty when running in the WideFS mode.

  • Added facilities to accommodate the Office "Microsoft English ASR Version 5 Engine" speech recognition engine for XP platforms.
Version 4.1.0.194
June 25, 2010
Version 4.1.0.193
  • Project Magenta:

    • Removed no flight plan loaded report before FMC has been programmed.
Version 4.1.0.192
  • Added the phrases "Activate door operations" and "Deactivate door operations" to handle situations where users are running applications like FSPassengers in parallel with IYP. Prior to this implementation, IYP automatically opens the doors when the pre-flight checklist is called for, or when executing a restart with the phrase, "Restart cold and dark". By saying, "Deactivate door operations", IYP will NOT open the doors. NOTE: This state is "remembered" and remains in effects during subsequent restarts of the IYP programme.

  • Added code to address the inability for some users to have their speech recognition system detect the word... "Zulu".

  • Removed the automatic issuance of the "Acknowledge" to Radar Contact after saying, "We have IFR Clearance", "We have Taxi Clearance", "We have Takeoff Clearance" so as to provide more flexibility in a less structured environment. NOTE: The IYP User Manual has been updated to reflect these changes.

  • Project Magenta:

    • Removed auto-cruise level detection.
    • Removed auto-descent detection.

    These modifications permit the execution of the After Takeoff, Cruise and Descent checklists at any time during the flight without restrictions. NOTE: After making these changes, the system does not automatically sequence the checklist procedures. i.e., they are to be invoked at will by the Captain. In addition, all F/O announcements to the passengers during the various in-flight activities have been removed as well.

Version 4.1.0.191
  • In response to customer requests, a new Manage Settings facility is available for REGISTERED IYP USERS ONLY. This permits the management of the IYP system settings without the need to have the simulator running.

Version 4.1.0.190
  • Added additional features to the IYP Tours system.

Version 4.1.0.189
  • Added the Speech Recognition selection "Microsoft English (U.S.) v6.1 Recognizer" that is bundled in the Microsoft Office package for XP, as an acceptable alternative to the typical Microsoft SDK version, "Microsoft English Recognizer v5.1".

  • Added support for a fantastic NEW aircraft... the Sensational Seabird Seeker!

  • Per user requests, we've added the Outside Temperature announcement as part of the Top of Climb announcement.

Version 4.1.0.188
  • I've had a number of users request that I have Michelle automatically set the Course to the GPS bearing when flying in the with the NAV/GPS switch set to GSP and the NAV/VOR ACTIVE. This has been implemented.

Version 4.1.0.187
  • Added the phrases "It's Your Plane" and "It's My Plane" in order to pass control to, and take control from Michelle during takeoff and landing respectively. (see Flight Deck Doc for details)

  • Add the option "LiveATC" in the ATC mode selector on the IYP Control panel to accommodate Vatsim, IVAO, etc. ATC communications. (see Flight Deck Doc for details)

  • Added the phrases "Use Alternate RC Commands" and "Use Regular RC Commands" in order change the keys used to operate Radar Contact in order to co-exist with FSFlyingSchool. (see Flight Deck Doc for details)

  • Added the phrases "ATC COMMUNICATIONS" and "INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS" to the IYP Speech Bar when changing Push-To-Talk modes through the use of the phrase "Toggle ATC". Please see PAGE 162 of the IYP User Manual for complete details.

  • Added support for the FSX version of the Carenado Arrow.

Version 4.1.0.186
Version 4.1.0.185
  • Fixed a problem where both the Auto-Throttle and Auto-Brakes failed to operate with the Level-D 767-300, with the "Command Confirmations OFF" option in effect.

  • Fixed a condition where the "Switching to ILS Mode" was sometimes being re-triggered on approach, even after the Auto-Pilot had been disengaged.

  • Project Magenta:

    • Removed elevator trim auto-adjust feature.
    • Removed Engine Throttle combining feature.
    • Removed the "Please Wait" feature.
    • Fixed Descent Reminder feature.
    • Removed 1X1 simulation rate restriction when using ACARS.
    • Redesigned the Landing Lights On/Off call-out system when climbing above and descending below 10,000 feet.
    • Added Seat Belts On reminder during the Approach and Landing checklists.

Version 4.1.0.184
  • Fixed Radar Contact Altitude vs Flight Level readbacks based on Transition Altitudes.

Version 4.1.0.183
  • Fixed throttle sensitivity detection on General Aviation aircraft with Windows 7.

Version 4.1.0.181/182
  • Fixed a problem with some users receiving the message "Aircraft not supported" when flying the Level-D 767-300ER.

  • Made changes to have Michelle speak the Come Fly With Me FSHost Password more slowly.

  • Made SUBSTANTIVE changes to the system in order to support different Transition Altitudes when using Radar Contact, Vatsim, IVAO, etc., outside North America. Additonal and SIGNIFICANT changes were made to the facility where Michelle (Mike) controls a jetliner's airspeed.

    The complete documentation can be found in the section entitled:

      Transition Altitudes and Airspeeds

    in the IYP supplemental manual:

Version 4.1.0.180
  • Fixed the intermittent Level-D 767-300 Squawk Code voice entry problem.

  • Shortened the Flight-Following inter-session delay period from 20 minutes to 10 minutes

  • Interfaced the De Havilland Dash 7 aircraft for FS9.

  • Interfaced the North American CV-10T aircraft for FS9.

Version 4.1.0.179
  • Level-D 767-300 Comm1 and Comm2 frequencies can now be properly loaded.

  • Fixed "Captain, I'm waiting for the exhaust gas temperature to rise..."

  • Interfaced the MAAM - Convair CV-240 aircraft for FS9.

Version 4.1.0.178
  • Fixed the reported problems with the Aerosoft De Havilland DHC-2. IYP now properly supports the amphibean version of the Beaver in...

    • Land to Land
    • Land to Water
    • Water to Land
    • Water to Water

    configurations. The checklists change dynamically based upon the airport.

Version 4.1.0.177
Version 4.1.0.176
Version 4.1.0.175
  • Project Magenta:

    • Removed elevator takeoff trim call out in the Pre-Flight checklist.
    • Removed APU generator and bleed call outs in the Parking and Shutdown checklists if APU not running.
    • Modified the Request Takeoff Clearance logic in the Before Takeoff checklist.

Version 4.1.0.174
Version 4.1.0.173
  • Fixed a problem where IFR flight plans were being recognised as VFR flight plans in certain modes, with certain aircraft.

  • Added the ability to append "heavy" to the call sign... to wit,

      "Portland clearance delivery"
      "Pacifica 1123 heavy"
      "IFR clearance to Charlie Yankee Victor Romeo"
      "Ready to copy"

Version 4.1.0.172
  • Added Audible Feedback of the IYP and simulator status when using the phrases, "Open Settings Panel" and "Close Settings Panel" for our Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots. Upon opening the Settings Panel via the foregoing voice command, the system reports, "The simulator has been minimized. The settings panel has been opened, and is now in view." When closing the Settings Panel through the use of a voice command, the system reports, "The settings panel has been closed, the simulator has been restored and is now in view."

Version 4.1.0.171
  • ERRATA: Reconfigured additional phrases for the Radar Contact ATC communications. Using an example where the Call sign is Speedbird 239, the new phrases are:

      EMITS CTRL+SHIFT+7
      "two three niner"
      "speedbird two three niner"
      "copy two three niner"
      "copy speedbird two three niner"

      EMITS CTRL+SHIFT+1
      "two three niner is with you"
      "speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "control two three niner is with you"
      "control speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "ground two three niner"
      "ground speedbird two three niner"
      "ground two three niner is with you"
      "ground speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "tower two three niner"
      "tower speedbird two three niner"
      "tower two three niner is with you"
      "tower speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "delivery two three niner"
      "delivery speedbird two three niner"
      "delivery two three niner is with you"
      "delivery speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "departure two three niner"
      "departure speedbird two three niner"
      "departure two three niner is with you"
      "departurespeedbird two three niner is with you"
      "approach two three niner"
      "approach speedbird two three niner"
      "approach two three niner is with you"
      "approach speedbird two three niner is with you"

  • Changed the pronounciation of the word "Winds" for both the ATT DTNV1.4 Crystal16 and the ScanSoft Daniel_Full_22kHz voice font.

  • Extended the Microphone Switch release delay slightly.

  • Added suppression of the Passenger Greeting announcement by First Officer when Suppress Sound Effects is activated.

  • NEW FEATURE:
    At the request and suggestion of Pilot # 11339, we have added a new panel to the Registered Version of IYP, called the Settings Panel. This new panel provides a quick overview of your various IYP settings. You can modify your settings in this panel by speaking the phrase as shown on the screen and you can pass your mouse over an item in the list for an overview of its purpose. You can use the voice commands... "Open Settings Panel" and "Close Settings Panel" or click on the new Settings button on the IYP Control Panel. Thank you Mike for a great suggestion, and as always, IYP customers design the system... we just hack the code. Enjoy this new feature.

Settings

Settings Panel

Version 4.1.0.170
  • Added additional phrases for the Radar Contact ATC communications. Using an example where the Call sign is Speedbird 239, the new phrases are:

      "two three niner"
      "speedbird two three niner"
      "copy two three niner"
      "copy speedbird two three niner"
      "two three niner is with you"
      "speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "control two three niner"
      "control speedbird two three niner"
      "control two three niner is with you"
      "control speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "ground two three niner"
      "ground speedbird two three niner"
      "ground two three niner is with you"
      "ground speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "tower two three niner"
      "tower speedbird two three niner"
      "tower two three niner is with you"
      "tower speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "delivery two three niner"
      "delivery speedbird two three niner"
      "delivery two three niner is with you"
      "delivery speedbird two three niner is with you"
      "departure two three niner"
      "departure speedbird two three niner"
      "departure two three niner is with you"
      "departurespeedbird two three niner is with you"
      "approach two three niner"
      "approach speedbird two three niner"
      "approach two three niner is with you"
      "approach speedbird two three niner is with you"


    All of these commands emit CTRIL+SHIFT+7 to the Radar Contact 4 system.

  • Added a warning message when the weather (METAR) services are offline and unreachable.

  • Changed the pronounciation of the word "Winds" for the ATT DTNV1.4 Charles16 voice font.

Version 4.1.0.169
  • Fixed a reported problem where the bearing declaration after passing over a waypoint was improper. For example, if the bearing was 5 degrees, Michelle would say, "Bearing 5", instead of "Bearing 005".

  • Made some small modifications to increase IYP performance.

  • Project Magenta:

    • Disabled the automatic execution of the Taxi to the Gate/Ramp Checklist.
    • Fixed a problem with executing the After Takeoff Checklist, if the Before Taxkeoff Checklist was not completed.
    • Sidestepped the "Are the engine areas clear?" and "Have you received the Salute-Release signal?" checklist items in the Startup Checklist if the engines are already running.
    • Placed DEBUG code in the Call Sign generation code.

Version 4.1.0.168
  • Fixed a reported problem where the system was not automatically resetting after enabling and.or disabling the Microphone Switch in the Options panel. Thank you Pilot #11339 for catching this bug!

  • Changed the pronounciation of the word "Winds" for the default Microsoft Anna - English (United States) voice font.

Version 4.1.0.167
  • Shift Key for Come Fly With Me and IYP Central - Made changes to the SHIFT KEY detection sytem to avoid interference with other key combinations when not in either of the aforementioned modes.

  • Added "Transponder on Standby" and "Transponder on Auto" items to the checklists per suggestions put forth by Pilot #13352. Thank you "Oggieman".

  • Added to the checklists... "Waiting for Exhaust Gas Temperature to rise"... after starting the APU to all aircraft so equipped.

  • Fixed a METAR type NSC (No Significant Cloud Cover) that was not being reported properly.

  • Project Magenta:

    • Made substantive changes to the Startup sequence.
    • Fixed a problem detecting the Seat Belts status bit.
    • Added a seat belts reminder to the end of the descent checklist.

Version 4.1.0.165/166
  • Westjet Boeing 737-700:

    • Add Macro support for the Seat Belt signs
    • Add Macro support for the No Smoking signs
    • Added Wait for EGT facilities.
    • Added "Transponder on Standby?" query to both the Pre-Flight and Taxi to the Gate/Ramp checklists.
    • Added "Transponder Set?" query to Takeoff and Climbout checklist.

  • Changed the phrase... "Attention FLIGHT crew. You can begin passenger boarding at this time" to... "Attention CABIN crew. You can begin passenger boarding at this time". This issue was brought to our attention by Pilot#: 13352. We thank you.

  • Made a change that permits the parking brakes to be applied as part of the Taxi to the Gate/Ramp checklist, without provoking Michelle to say, "You may wish to say your ACARS data at this time." Rather, she now waits until the brakes are applied and the Parking checklist has been performed.

  • Added support for the Carenado Piper Arrow IV for FSX.

  • Suppress and Permit Sound Effects - At the request of one of our users, we have implemented a facility where you can suppress or permit sound effects, either by voice command, by saying:

    • Suppress sound effects
    • Permit sound effects

    or by placing/removing the checkmark in the checkbox entitled: Suppress FX on the IYP Control Panel. When suppression is in effect, all communications with the Passengers are suppressed, leaving Michelle or Mike speaking to you and the cabin crew only. This mode remains in effect even when IYP is closed and restarted.

Version 4.1.0.164
  • REGISTERED USERS ONLY: I recently had an avid IYP user ask that I increase the number of Cabin Music background melodies. There are currently 15 songs in the library that get downloaded with the Registered Version. These melodies can be found in the /sound folder, under the root folder of your simulator and they are named... iyp01.wma through iyp15.wma. You can increase the number of Cabin Music background melodies to 46 by downloading this 62 megabyte ZIP file, unzipping the contents, and installing these additional files in the /sound folder.

    NOTE: These files will not play until you have upgraded to Version 4.1.0.164.

  • Project Magenta: Fixed a night time switching logic problem for Logo Lights.

  • Project Magenta: Changed the poling rate of the ROUTE.BIN from 120 seconds to 30 seconds, and implemented facilities to recognise a change in the Flight Number via the FMC as reflected in the ROUTE.BIN file, and when changed, automatically rebuild the Speech Recognition Library to recognise the new Call Sign for ATC communications.

Version 4.1.0.163

    *** IMPORTANT NOTE ***

    The Auto-Update was inadvertently turned off in Version 4.1.0.161 by yours truly. As a result, running the application by clicking on the desktop icon, or from your Start > Robert Cezar > It's Your Plane will NOT update your software... mea culpa :)

    You will need to click on the INSTALL SYSTEM icon on the Home Page to upgrade your software to this revision. If after installing Version 4.1.0.163 you do not have an IYP icon on your desktop, then I'm afraid that you'll need to remove the IYP programme via the Control Panel > Add or Remove programs, then reinstall IYP. The Auto-Update has been turned back on, so this will not be an issue in subsequent revisions. Sorry... my bad!


  • Added the voice commands:

    • "Audible command confirmations on", and
    • "Audible command confirmations off".

    When active, it emits an audible beep to indicate that a command has been properly accepted by the IYP system.

  • Added the phrase "ACARS INCOMPLETE" to the print out when ACARS does not finish logging the entire flight due to a crash or your spouse calling you for dinner!

  • Project Magenta: Fixed a problem with the aircraft call sign not being loaded into the speech recognition assembly.

  • Project Magenta: Fixed a problem where a decimal or point was inadvertently being expressed in the middle of millibars readbacks. e.g., "Altimeter one zero decimal one three", instead of "Altimeter one zero one three".

Version 4.1.0.162
  • Modifications made to add support for the Douglas DC-4.

    Please see the Douglas DC-4 Checklist for additional voice commands.

    This remarkable FREEWARE aircraft is available for download for both FS9 and FSX. This base package includes 14 aircraft, dating from the 1942 until today: You can fly planes from Pan American, USAAF, Delta, SAS, South African Airways, Air France, Qantas, Avianca, Canadian Pacific, Loftleidir, Royal Danish Air Force, and Buffalo Airways - one of a few companies still flying DC-4's in 2006!

    You really ought to check out this puppy!

Version 4.1.0.161
  • Modifications made to support the P-51 Mustang. Please see the North American P-51 Mustang Checklist for additional voice commands. Incidentally, for those of you who are using FS9, you really ought to take this puppy for a spin... it's quite a remarkable aircraft.

  • Added notification of Internet Communications Failures in the Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcript log files along with the Retry Number.

  • Added a facility that automatically saves INCOMPLETE ACARS logging information to the ACARS folder under the IYPLogs folder, in the event of a CRASH!

  • Project Magenta: Fixed the failure for the Request IFR Clearance query to be called out during the Pre-Flight checklist.

  • Project Magenta: Fixed a QNH error in the STD mode.
Version 4.1.0.160
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Changed the Control Key Assignments of CTRL+SHIFT+TAB+A that has been used for the Auto-Feather, to CTRL+SHIFT+TAB+F to avoid conflict with the general assignment of CTRL+SHIFT+TAB+A for the APU.

  • Fixed the problem where the confirmation of the ACARS logging system being started at the commencement of the Before Startup checklist, happens immediately after affirmation. For an overview of the ACARS system, click here.

  • Fixed a problem where the read back of Call Sign information for Beechcraft aircraft was using Beechcraft instead of simply Beech in the SuperATC mode.

  • Added distance to airport callout for 18 miles on approach.

  • Added test to ensure a Tail Number exists, else a warning is issued.

  • Added test to ensure a Flight Number exists for commercial flights, else a warning is issued.

  • Introducing IYP Central - For those of you who have been asking for this facility for some time now, I have some good news! I have finally added the IYP Central feature. Please excuse the delay.

    IYP Central is much like the Come Fly With Me feature in many respects. The primary difference is that in this configuration, non IYP users can send an Instant Message to pilots in flight, requesting that the pilot connect to IYP Central to converse. Naturally, this facility can also be used by IYPers who are in flight to contact another pilot without having to invoke the Multiplayer mode. This means that you can continue flying your IFR flight plan and converse with others... both on the ground, and in the air. In addition, IYP pilots can now use IYP Central to contact Robert, Lars, and other avid IYPers while in flight, to ask questions... that is, if we're awake and online! The IYP Central facility is ON by default with new installations and upgrades, but can be turned ON/OFF with new voice commands... (see below).

    Please click on the Flight Tracker icon on the IYP Website for more details. Thanks.

  • Added the voice commands, "Activate Selective Calling" and "Deactivate Selective Calling" to support activating and deactivating the IYP Central facility.

  • Added SelCall checkbox on the IYP Control Panel which performs the same function as the voice commands shown above.

Version 4.1.0.159
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Based upon a consensus of IYPers, I have removed the automatic querying by the Co-Pilot for the invocation of the Approach and Landing checklists when nearing the airport for jetliners. Rather, the checklists now must be invoked by you (the Captain) by saying, "Approach and Landing Checklists". It is highly recommended that you wait until the aircraft is on BASE, then upon hearing, "20 miles... 11 O'clock", or "20 miles... 1 O'clock", etc., you then ask Michelle/Mike to execute the checklists.

  • IYP Realism: In an effort to add yet more IYP realism, and in response to a number of customer requests, I have added cockpit ambient noise to the First Officer's announcements to the passengers and crew during flight.

  • Flight-Following Announcements: The First Officer (FO) Flight-Following Announcements start when the aircraft climbs above Flight Level 200 and the FO ceased making announcements when the aircraft descended below 6,500' AGL. The cessation point has been changed to have the FO stop making announcements when the aircraft descends below 13,000' AGL as of this version. The rationale for this change is that the flight deck gets far too busy below 10,000' AGL.

  • 787-800: As of this version we have interfaced IYP with both the FS9 and FSX versions of the Abacus Boeing 787-800.

  • A380: We have also interfaced IYP with the FS9 A380 by Robert Versluys.

  • Crew Announcements: Fixed a problem where the crew announcments to prepare the passengers for landing was being issued during merely a descent in altitude en route, and NOT on approach to the destination airport.

  • METAR: Fixed a problem when parsing "Showers of Snow" (SHSN) in the METAR data for the "Get the weather for [ICAO]" voice command.

  • Microphone Switch: Fixed an intermittent problem with the switching logic when operating in the keyboard assigment mode.

  • Taxi Lights: Moved Taxi Lights OFF prior to takeoff, to the Before Startup Checklists for commerical aircraft.

  • Airport Proximity Callouts: Blind pilots reported that some of the airport proximity callouts (e.g., "20 miles... 11 O'clock") were not being expressed when using PCs with lower CPU rates. This has been fixed. Airport Proximity Callouts are:

    • 25 miles
    • 22 miles
    • 20 miles
    • 15 miles
    • 12 miles
    • 10 miles
    • 8 miles
    • 6 miles
    • 4 miles
    • 2 miles

  • Engine Start: Changed the First Officer (Co-Pilot) "Start Number 1", "Start Number 2"., etc., the "Fire up Number 1", "Fire up Number 2", etc., when operating in a Vista or Windows 7 environment, as a reminder to use these commands to avoid conflict with the Microsoft "Start" command. XP platforms remain as they were.

  • Auto-Landing: Changed the phrase, "Auto-Landing actviated" to "Auto-Landing Procedures in Effect" when dropping below 1,000' AGL on final, because it was confusing some IYPers who interpretted the original phrase as an INSTRUCTION. Thanks for the feedback!

  • ACARS: The request by Michelle/Mike... "Captain, do you wish to start the A Cars logging system at this time?" is now automatically asked before engine startup as part of the Before Startup Checklist. The conditons for this query are:

    1. ACARS system Activatated
    2. Origination airport defined
    3. Destination airport defined
    4. Flight Plan with Route filed and loaded in GPS
    5. Top of Climb Altitude (Cruise Altitude) declared
    6. All engines shut down with Fuel Flow = 0

    Project Magenta:

  • Added the First Officer announcement...

      "Our estimated flying time to [DESTINATION] will be approximately [HOURS/MINUTES]."

    upon reaching cruising level like other IYP aircraft interfaces.

  • Changed the automatic seat belts ON/OFF and associated First Officer Announcements to the passengers, to First Officer seat belt reccomendations to the Captain.

  • Fixed the "After takeoff checklist" being improperly named.

Version 4.1.0.158
  • We had one of our blind pilots request that we add a voice command that permit the aircraft to be moved (slewed) to the assigned departure runway, and hold short. The commands are now, as an example...

      "Michelle let's taxi to runway 34 right."
      "Mike let's taxi to runway 34 right."

    and/or,

      "Michelle let's taxi to and hold short of runway 34 right."
      "Mike let's taxi to and hold short of runway 34 right."

    NOTE: The "hold short" voice commands pulls the aircraft short of the runway on the apron. This ensures that we don't drop the aircraft on top of another on the taxiway. In this apron position, it is NOT on the runway as far as ATC in concerned.

  • Made modifications that now preclude the CoPilot from barging in with a Flight Following Announcement during any checklist that is then being executed.

  • Project Magenta:

    • Implemented a facility to strip the 3-character IATA code (if present) and retain only the Flight Number from the ROOT.BIN file. The airline information continues to be pulled from the drop down list on the Cockpit Control panel.

    • Implemented the CoPilot offering to execute the ACARS system, if ACARS is active and all of the requisite conditions prevail at the start of the Before Startup Checklist.

    • Fixed a problem that was failing to operate properly on the issuance of the alternative to the "Acknowledge" voice command, namely... "Copy"... followed by the Long or Short form Callsign. e.g., "Copy, Speedbird 152", "Copy, 152" respectively.

  • Radar Contact:

    • If "Acknowledge ATC Responses" feature is active, then in response to an ATC instruction to ascend or descend to a specific altitude, the speaking of, for example, "Climb and maintain eight thousand", or "Decend and maintain five thousand", etc., will also send an acknowledgement to RC.

    • If "Acknowledge ATC Responses" feature is active, then in response to an ATC instruction to change to a new heading, the speaking of, for example, "Turn right heading 150", or "Making the heading 265", etc., will also send an acknowledgement to RC.

    • If "Acknowledge ATC Responses" feature is active, then in response to an ATC instruction to change to the frequency of a different controller, the speaking of, for example, "Going to 127 decimal 25", or "Going to 121 point 75", will change the frequency of NAV1, send an acknowledgement to RC, then automatically contact the next controller.

Version 4.1.0.157
  • Fixed a problem where the Cabin Music and PAX chatter was not being turned off when execting the Takeoff checklist under certain conditions.

  • The checklist queries "Captain, are the engine areas clear?" and "Have you received the Salute-Release signal?" are now side-stepped for aircraft where a push back sequence is in effect. If the aircraft is not performing a push back sequence, then the queries are called for during the checklist call outs as normal.

  • Moved the "Get weather" and "Request IFR Clearance" queries ahead of the FMC programming in the Pre-Flight checklist for the Project Magenta edition.

  • Removed the test to confirm that the aircraft's GPS location is within a 5-mile distance of the Departure airport to satisfy the prerequisite conditions for starting the ACARS logging process with aircraft that do not support the Garmin GPS system.

Version 4.1.0.156
  • Improved the detection of "Descend and Maintain" in the speech processing.

  • Made improvements in the IYP Tours message handling.

Version 4.1.0.155
  • Adopted... "After takeoff checklist" over "Climbout checklist" and fixed inconsistencies for the Project Magenta version.

  • Added the phrase... "Fly heading { DIGIT } { DIGIT } { DIGIT }", (e.g., "Fly heading zero niner five")

  • When using the ADVANCED MODE to speed up checklist procdures, we've added the ability for you to say "Resume checklist" in the midst of a checklist to continue. This has the same effect as saying, "Say again", or "Please continue".

  • Added the voice commands:

      "Reset Gyro"
      "Reset Heading Indicator"

    both of which reset the Gyro.

  • Made changes so that the gyro is automatically reset after Michelle slews into position and hold.

Version 4.1.0.153/154
  • Radar Contact ATC - Changed "Monitor tower" to emit CTRL+SHIFT+7, instead of CTRL+SHIFT+1. This alteration permits you to say, "Monitor tower" followed by, "Tune to the tower" as a more natural sequence.

  • Radar Contact ATC - Added the phrase, "Over to next controller" which emits CTRL+SHIFT+O (letter O). This will send an acknowledge hand off, then tune to new frequency and make contact. For those users who wish to do the procedure in two steps, we can now say, "Acknowledge hand off" which emits CTRL+SHIT+7, followed by the existing voice command "Contact next control", which emits CTRL+SHIT+1 that will then tune to the new frequency and make contact.

  • Radar Contact ATC - A number of users have been experiencing problems with the singular phrase, "Acknowledge" being properly interpretted by the speech recognition server. In addition, it is not a terribly realistic ATC command. Therefore, we have implemented the same acknowledgement functionality by issuing the phrases...

    COMMERCIAL: Speedbird 1123

      "Copy {FLIGHTNUMBER}"   (e.g. "Copy 1123")
      "Copy {AIRLINEATC} {FLIGHTNUMBER}"   (e.g. "Copy Speedbird 1123")

    GENERAL AVIATION: Cessna C-IYPT

      "Copy {MANUFACTURER} {SHORTTAILNUMBER}"   (e.g. "Copy Cessna YPT")
      "Copy {MANUFACTURER} {TAILNUMBER}"   (e.g. "Copy Cessna CIYPT")

    NOTE: To get callsign information, ask of Michelle, "What is our callsign?"

    NOTE: The callsign information is derived from the simulator's aircraft data... NOT from Radar Contact.   In Project Magenta installations, the information is pulled from the External Cockpit panel settings.

  • Fixed a problem where clicking the X (top right corner) of the Waiting for Simulator window, left an instance of the IYP / SuperATC application running in the background.

  • Added OBS voice confirmations (see Version 4.1.0.149)

  • Modified the IYP system such that CoPilot checklist commands are not repeated in the Advanced Mode. In this case, saying the phrase, "Say again" to Michelle / Mike will cause her/him to restate the checklist item.

  • Project Magenta - Added facilities to have the ROUTE.BIN data periodically re-read during flight.

Version 4.1.0.152
  • Added exciting new functionality to the Radar Contact interface. Click HERE for details.

  • Fixed the problem with the PMDG throwing Error 1561 in WideFS mode.

  • Fixed the problem with the FSX Views and the PopUp checkbox cross-coupling in WideFS mode.

  • Fixed a Timer1 error being thrown due to null value in certain Climbout checklists.

  • Added a voice command to permit setting the Alternate Destination ICAO for ACARS.
  • Added a voice command to permit setting the Passenger (PAX) count for ACARS.
  • Added a facility that automatically loads the values "RC" or "SuperATC" in the ACARS ATC dropdown list, based upon the ATC system being used. The ATC dropdown list can still be set manually when flying Vatsim, IVAO, etc.

Version 4.1.0.151
  • Made changes to permit the application to operate in both 96 DPI and 120 DPI modes.

  • Changed the "Takeoff and Climbout checklists" nominclature to "Climbout checklist" for Project Magenta version.

  • Fixed another parsing problem in METAR data for the "Get the weather for [ICAO]" command.

  • Extended default nag delay during the start up checklist for "Confirming oil pressure number X" for the Level-D 767-300ER.

  • Changes made to the ACARS system, such that the ACARS window no longer automatically appear upon the command "Start ACARS logging". To view your ACARS data, simply say, "Bring up ACARS window." To close the ACARS window say, "Kill ACARS window."

Version 4.1.0.150
  • Fixed a parsing problem in METAR data for the "Get the weather for [ICAO]" command.

Version 4.1.0.149
  • Added the following voice commands for controlling OBS:

    • Set nav 1 O B S to {DEGREES}
    • Set nav 2 O B S to {DEGREES}

    • Rotate nav 1 O B S to center
    • Rotate nav 1 O B S from center

    • Rotate nav 2 O B S to center
    • Rotate nav 2 O B S from center
Version 4.1.0.148
  • Fixed waiting for EGT delay for Project Magenta version.

  • Fixed Timer1 error on Startup Checklist for certain types of aircraft.

Version 4.1.0.147
  • Fixed an error in "Resume Checklists" that bypassed the Takeoff and Climbout checklists for Project Magenta version.

  • Fixed the Nag Delay being overwritten in checklist queries.

  • Improper top of climb altitude passenger announcement being reached with step-climbing has been addressed.

Version 4.1.0.146
  • Fixed an error in the Before Startup checklist when Top of Climb Altitude was not specified.

Version 4.1.0.144/145
  • Added a new facility where your Co-Pilot will now ask you if you'd like to start ACARS LOGGING at the commencement of the Startup Checklist... as in:

          "Captain, do you wish to start the ACARS logging system at this time?"

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you install this version and you typically run IYP in the OFFLINE mode, please ensure that you switch to the ONLINE mode at least once to download the new checklists.

  • Fixed FMC route data errors in ACARS for Project Magenta version.

Version 4.1.0.143
Version 4.1.0.142
  • Added the FMC and ACARS interface for the Project Magenta version.

  • Maintain Taxi Speed:
    As you likely know, IYP was designed to slow down the taxi speed when making turns during taxi. However, this reduction in engine thrust really only happens as the turning is perfected. As you are also aware, touching the brakes serves to cancel the Auto-Taxi facility. IYP Pilot # 10988 suggested that I adopt a nominal delay before cancelling the Auto-Taxi facility upon braking. This permits the tapping of the brakes inbound to a turn while taxiing, without cancelling the Auto-Taxi facility.
    Whew... I hope this is clear.

  • Made changes to the Engine Ignition routine for the Project Magenta version.
Version 4.1.0.141
Version 4.1.0.140
  • During checklist call outs by your Co-Pilot, the default delay has historically been set to 10 seconds before he/she repeats the question. The DEFAULT value of 10 seconds remains. However, we have added a facility that allows you to alter the delay time before the Co-Pilot repeats the checklist query:

      "Make the nag delay 10 seconds"
      "Make the nag delay 15 seconds"
      "Make the nag delay 20 seconds"
      "Make the nag delay 30 seconds"
      "Make the nag delay 45 seconds"
      "Make the nag delay 60 seconds"

    This values is "remembered" on subsequent re-starts of the IYP application.

  • Removed Captain's the view change during the Taxi Checklist in the Project Magenta version.
  • Removed Captain's the view change during the Taxi Checklist unless in 2-D cockpit mode.
  • Blocked "Verify Fuel Quantity" command in the Project Magenta version.
  • The Co-Pilot callout "flare" removed for all but General Aviation aircraft during approach and landing.
Version 4.1.0.139
  • Made more substantive improvements to the Radar Contact voice commands thanks to the valuable feedback from Andreas - Pilot Number 11327.

    Please refer to the documentation under Commands > Radar Contact Specific

  • Added the following voice commands for non-supported aircraft to allow for flap control...

      "Flaps down one notch"
      "Flaps up one notch"
      "Give me full flaps"
      "Retract flaps"

  • Made wholesale changes to the Project Magenta Boeing 737 checklists.
Version 4.1.0.138
  • Make significant improvements in SuperATC and the Radar Contact 4 setup procedures.

Version 4.1.0.137
  • Fixed a problem with the local database construction facility arguing with SuperATC.

  • Changed the IYP desktop icon to this:

                   
Version 4.1.0.133,134,135,136
  • This version supports SuperATC which has been released in a PUBLIC BETA form. Your comments and suggestions are welcome at our SuperATC Support Forum. Thank you.

  • Fixed a problem with speech recognition randomly failing to respond.

Version 4.1.0.132
  • Added adaptive routines to optimize speech recognition CPU consumption based upon the number of processors in the system, and available memory heap.

Version 4.1.0.131
  • Fixed a problem with the Cockpit Voice Recorder transcript files in the WideFS mode.

Version 4.1.0.130
  • Pursuant to a customer suggestion, I've changed the system such that when running in the ONLINE and the system is placed in an inactive state for an extended length of time, or the system loses communications with our servers, it now simply switches to the OFFLINE mode, instead of closing the application.

  • Made further tweaks to the taxiing algorithms for the CRJ-700.

Version 4.1.0.129
  • There appears to have been an error in compiling Version 4.1.0.128... mea culpa (:

Version 4.1.0.128
  • Added Voice Font Serena to become Michelle; not Mike. Kind'a like a sex change!

  • Fixed the Throttle fluctuations thereby once again enabling the use of GA aircraft airspeed control and taxi capabilities.
    I have my fingers, toes, legs, feet and even eyes crossed that this is now FIXED!

Version 4.1.0.127
  • Temporary FSUIPC "Work Around" for the problem with Fuel Condition Levers.

Version 4.1.0.126
  • Temporary FSUIPC "Work Around" for the problem with Throttle fluctuations.

Version 4.1.0.125
  • Fixed a problem with Throttle fluctuations.
  • Make substantive changes to the Project Magenta Interface (PMI)

Version 4.1.0.124
  • There was a problem brought to our attention involving the Flight-Following system not working after some local databases were constructed. This has been resolved. Mea culpa... (:

  • There was a problem with the application that constructs the local database files. This manifested itself by having the system crash at startup for some users. Pete Dowson has since fixed the error and the problem has been resolved.

Version 4.1.0.123
  • We have added a CAT IIIc Auto-Landing system. When using this system, the IYP flight control computer will continue to accept deviations from the localizer and use the rudder to maintain the aircraft on the localizer. For aircraft so equipped, upon landing, the spoilers will deploy automatically and the aircraft's auto-brake system will apply the brakes. Otherwise, differential braking is applied by the IYP flight control computer. Also if so equipped, reverse thrust will be applied to quickly decelerate the aircraft and the anti-skid system will modulate brake pressure to keep all wheels turning. As the speed decreases, the rudder will lose effectiveness and you will need to control the direction of the airplane using the yoke once the auto-pilot is disengaged.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    • Please refer to the Aircraft Section (link in menu bar above) for the current aircraft that support the CAT IIIc system.

    • To activate/deactivate the IYP CAT IIIc Auto-Landing system, say... "Activate Auto-Landing", "Deactivate Auto-Landing" respectively. This is a "remembered" state and will remain in this mode for all flights and on a complete re-start of IYP.

    • The runway being approached must be equipped with full ILS facilities.

    • Inform Michelle of the destination airport by saying, "Make the destination airport...", followed by the ICAO. Then ask Michelle to load the ILS approach frquency for the assigned runway by saying, for example, "Load the ILS approach frequency for runway 26 left." Next, have Michelle call out the Approach and Landing checklists by saying, "Let's do the Approach and Landing checklists". When Michelle asks, "Would you like me to assist you?", respond in the affirmative... then let her do her thing!

    • If you are flyng a General Aviation (GA) type aircraft (e.g. Cessna Skyhawk), by sure to ask Michelle to control the airspeed by saying, for example, "Airspeed one zero five.". She will respond with, "Roger. Airspeed one zero five. I will maintain this airspeed until you touch the brakes, or say, 'I'll control the speed'."

    • As in the real world, when performing a CAT IIIc approach, the crew MUST be prepared to intervene in the event of wind shear, sudden cross winds, etc.

    • The faithful performance of the IYP Auto-Landing system is highly dependent upon the user's PC performance. Slower CPUs and/or machines with limited memory may not be responsive enough to exeute these procedures.

    • For those with slower PCs and/or slower Internet connections, it is recommended that you use the IYP Auto-Landing system in the OFFLINE MODE.

    • If you have a multi-processor, then set the Affinity of the ItsYourPlane.exe to a single processor using the Task Manager.

Version 4.1.0.122
  • We have implemented a completely new approach to control the Radar Contact Menu system to address slower computers systems that possess latency issues. In addition, we have had a couple of IYP users complain that by using simply SHIFT + NUMERICS, was causing problems with other key assignments in other addon products, and suggested that we go back to CRTL + SHIFT + NUMERIC. And, since we ALWAYS listen to our customers, as of this release we're back to using (as we did originally), CRTL + SHIFT + NUMERIC. Therefore, you need to reconfigure your Radar Contact Assignments... sorry... (:

  • Before this revision, sound effects are automatically triggered when running through the IYP checklists. For example, the sound of passengers boarding is triggered as part of the Pre-Flight checklist. However, some pilots prefer to use their own checklists, but would still like to have the effects. Ergo, I have added the following voice commands to control these functions:

      Perform passenger boarding announcement   (use during Pre-Flight)
      Perform cross-check announcement   (use during Before Start-Up)
      Perform passenger safety announcement   (use during Before-Taxi)
      Perform prepare for landing announcement   (use during Descent, below 10,000 feet)
      Perform landing and taxi effects   (used after touchdown after reverse thrust off)
      Perform parking announcement   (use during Parking)
      Turn sound effects off

  • Added the following voice commands at the suggestion of one of our blind pilots:

      Switch to the ONLINE MODE
      Switch to the OFFLINE MODE

      Funny prompts ON
      Funny prompts OFF

  • Added the following voice commands at the suggestion of one of our blind pilots:

      Begin each session using ZULU time
      Begin each session using FLIGHT time

Version 4.1.0.121
  • Fixed a problem with Restart Cold and Dark routine that snuck through a crack in the floor... mea culpa!
Version 4.1.0.120
  • You will now notice that a Desktop Icon will be created when you download and install this new version. Please uninstall the previous version using the Control Panel > Add and Remove Programs facility and install Version 4.1.0.120. Thereafter, all updates will be automatically delivered (see below)

  • We've implemented a new Auto-Update process for software revisions, making it no longer necessary to go to the IYP website for updates. By simply clicking on the new Desktop Icon, you will be notified of updates when and as they are published.
    (Please refer to the IYP User Manual Version 4.1.0.120 for details.)

  • Added a new facility called SmartStart that permits users to have IYP launch other applications, like their simulator(s), Radar Contact, WideClient, SquawkBox, etc. This facility will be especially helpful for our blind and visually impaired pilots.
    (Please refer to the IYP User Manual Version 4.1.0.120 for details.)

  • Added a new facility to SmartStart that "remembers" SmartStart entires on a complete reinstall of the IYP application.
    (Please refer to the IYP User Manual Version 4.1.0.120 for details.)

  • Added a series of new voice commands for our blind and visually impaired pilots. These new voice commands permit the blind and visually impaired (as well as all other users) to use voice prompts to control the most commonly used IYP Control panel, Options panel, and Smart Start panel functions.
    (Please refer to the IYP User Manual Version 4.1.0.120 and the Commands section of the Website for details.)

  • Added a new feature for our blind and visually impaired pilots. This new voice command permits users to SLEW the aircraft to the ATC assigned runway from a gate or general parking area by saying, for example:

    • "Michelle, let's taxi to Runway 28 left", or
    • "Mike, let's taxi to Runway 08 right", etc.

    Once the aircraft is moved, the Co-Pilot taxis into Position and Hold.
    (Please refer to the IYP User Manual Version 4.1.0.120 and the Commands section of the Website for details.)

  • Added " What runways exist", in this case at CYVR Vancouver ...a new voice command for our blind and visually impaired pilots that has the First Officer call out the available runways; the runway name, its length, bearing, surface and indicates if the runway has ILS approach facilites.
    (Please refer to the IYP User Manual and the Commands section of the Website for details.)

  • Added a new event handler for the Microphone switch that permits the assignment of Yoke buttons to operate the Microphone Switch (i.e., Push to Talk to Michelle), Come Fly With Me, and/or in parallel with other applications such as Squawk Box, etc.
    (Please refer to the IYP User Manual Version 4.1.0.120 for details.)

  • Because of recent abuse of the Come Fly With Me FSHost server, a Password is now required to join a session. When you say, "Connect to Come Fly With Me" and Michelle asks you for the Channel you will be using, TeamSpeak gets auto-launched as per normal, but now Michelle says, "Please connect to FSHost", followed by (for example), "The password is 123" The 3-digit password gets automatically updated randomly.
    (Please refer to the IYP User Manual Version 4.1.0.120 for details.)

  • Removed Unsupported Aircraft Error Messages 5348, 5349, 5350 and 5351, that used to pop up messages that read like... "We are unable to load this aircraft model. Manufacturer information not found." Instead, the aircraft loads and then Michelle simply indicates that it aircraft is not fully supported. There errors are still reported to the IYP servers to help us diagnose issues.

  • Fixed a problem with the last three characters of the Tail (Registraion) Number being follow by the phrase "is with you." e,g, Tail Number N176CM, you can say in response to ATC, "Six Charlie Mike is with you".

  • Added a slight delay when releasing the Microphone Switch button, to allow time for the speech recognition system to complete the parsing of the phrase.

  • Fixed the problem with the IYP startup failing with Vista and Windows 7, when the Speech Recognition system was in the OFF mode.

  • Automatically turns OFF the Speech Recognition system at IYP startup, so that random speech and noise does not adversely affect the entry of User Name, E-Mail and REGKEY information. The system then turns the Speech Recognition system back on, just before the phrase, "Captain - It's Your Plane - We're ready to go!"

Version 4.1.0.119
  • Added the capabilities to permit users to say, "Activate the microphone switch", and "Deactivate the microphone switch".
    This facility will be especially helpful for our blind pilots.
  • Add a new event handler for the Microphone switch and Come Fly With Me (SPACEBAR) activatation thereby improving the response time.
  • Added yet more error trapping and debugging information to better assist customers with problems.
  • Added the create Local Database feature in the Options panel. This long-awaited feature ensures that ALL airports within the user's simulator environment are included in the IYP Airport Database.

Version 4.1.0.118
  • Added additional error trapping and debugging information to better assist customers with problems.

Version 4.1.0.117
  • Made changes to the Radar Contact Key Assignments.

    Please refer to the Commands section for details. Please pay particular attention to the NOTE displayed in RED.

Version 4.1.0.116
  • Some new users were experiencing problems setting up IYP due to a race condition based upon CPU speed. This problem has been addressed.

Version 4.1.0.115 - CRITICAL UPDATE
  • Starting ACARS Logging by saying, "Start ACARS Logging" performed properly. However, clicking on the "Start ACARS Logging" button on the ACARS panel, failed to make critical set-up tests. This has been resolved.
  • Fuel Boost ON/OFF has been fixed.

Version 4.1.0.114 - CRITICAL UPDATE
  • Resolved a nasty problem involving a "race condition" that rendered the Options button non-functional and the Speech Recognition server intermittent. This problem was not evident in the development environment and only manifested itself on certain computers. In any case, it has been resolved.

Version 4.1.0.113
  • Added support for the FSX version of the Aerosoft DeHavilland Beaver DHC-2 - both land and water versions.
  • Added support for the FSX version of the Aerosoft DeHavilland Twin Otter DHC-6.
  • Added 'Software updates available' notification on IYP application start up.
  • Addressed a problem with the phrases 'Affirm' and 'Affirmative' conflicting outside Radar Contact mode.
  • Addressed a problem with the battery charging voltage level criteria not being met for the C182 RG.
  • Addressed a problem with the Microsoft ATC Pop-Ups appearing during the execution of checklists with Radar Contact enabled.
  • Addressed a problem with the Water Rudder Up/Down test within checklists to accommodate changes made to FSUIPC.

Version 4.1.0.112 - MAJOR RELEASE

Version 4.1.0.111
  • Addressed a problem with the Key Assignments facility in the Options Panel.
  • Added support for the FSX Douglas/Boeing MD-81.
  • Added support for Radar Contact 4. See Voice Commands - section Radar Contact Specific.

Version 4.1.0.110
  • Added support for the new It's Your Plane... Come Fly With Me... facilities.
  • Modifications to permit PMDG 737-600/700 Macro file to be downloaded to FSX and well as FS9.

Version 4.1.0.109
  • Made changes to the WideFS UNC mapping.

Version 4.1.0.108
  • Added support for the Delta Airlines (2008 NC) Boeing 777-232ER with FS9.
  • Extended the Optional Voice Commands from 50 to 75 entries.
  • If the fuel in the Center Fuel Tank(s) is less than 10%, then the Number 1 and 2 Center Fuel Pumps are asked to be OFF in the checklists, else, they are asked to be set to ON.

Version 4.1.0.107
  • Added support for the MP3 files..
  • Added more Co-Pilot announcements!

Version 4.1.0.106
  • Added support for the EMB-120 in FSX..
  • Added Co-Pilot announcements!

Version 4.1.0.105
  • Added support for the EMB-120 in FS9..
  • Added additional Voice Commands for the EMB-120.

Version 4.1.0.104
  • Added Overhead Panel support for the Airbus A321 in FSX.
  • Added additional Voice Commands for the Airbus A321 in FSX.
  • Added considerably more checklist items for the Airbus A321 in FSX.
  • Fixed reported in Passenger Seatbelts auto-activate above 10,000 feet, but below 13,500 feet.
  • Fixed reported error for Flight Number / Tail Number conflict.

Version 4.1.0.103
  • Fixed reported error that Tours were not loading.
  • Fixed side-stepping the Pushback routine when your response is, "Negative", or "No thanks".
  • Fixed ANSII escape character function when parsing User Name entry in the IYP Control Panel during Registration.
  • Fixed Cabin effects being turned off during Pushback.
  • Added Generator #1 and Generator #2 ON during Startup checklist for the A321.
  • Added Generator #1 and Generator #2 OFF during Parking checklist for the A321.
  • Added the Cessna C182S FS9 version to the aircraft to the system for use with FSX.
  • Made FURTHER CHANGES to the gathering of Origination and Destination ICAO codes and Climb to Altitude values for ACARS.

Version 4.1.0.102
  • Support for the Fokker F-100 aircraft. Please see the Fokker Aircraft page for details.

Version 4.1.0.101
  • Fixed problem with new Push Back facility.


Version 4.1.0.100 - MAJOR RELEASE
It's Your Plane releases IYP Version 4.1 – a complete rewrite designed to be able to more easily incorporate the many new aircraft designs that IYP users have been requesting.

  • New Start Up Mode!
    The launching of It's Your Plane no longer requires that you first have a simulator running. Rather, you can launch IYP before starting your simulator. Here's what you will see:

    Once the Progress Bar gets to 100%, the IYP programme proceeds as normal.

  • Shut Down Mode! - You are no longer required to shut down IYP before you shut down your simulator. In this new version, IYP closes automatically when you close your simulator.
  • Saving and Loading Flights - you are no longer requried to SAVE and LOAD a flight plan as was the case in earlier versions of IYP. This was a major source of confusion for users and has been eliminated.
  • Origination ICAO Code - is automatically pulled from the GPS Flight Plan.
  • Destination ICAO Code - Your co-pilot will prompt you for the destination ICAO code whenever it is required and has not yet been established.
  • BETA RELEASE of the Level-D 767-300ER interface! - Click HERE for details
  • FREE IYP Cessna C-172 Version!
  • Discontinued the Cessna C-172 Lite Version.
  • Discontinued the Boeing 737 Lite Version.
  • Added Auto-Liftoff for Blind Pilots' Mode.
  • Added new voice commands:

    • "Distance Reporting ON/OFF". (default value is ON). When on, the Co-Pilot reports the distance and direction to the destination airport. e.g., "Distance 22 miles, at our 3 o'clock."

    • Added new commands to have the Co-Pilot report aircraft vitals:

        "Maximum gross weight?"
        "Gross weight?"
        "Zero fuel weight?"
        "Payload weight?"
        "Fuel weight?"
        "Fuel quantity?"

    • "Adjust elevator for take off."

  • Interactive Pushback - The First Officer now calls ground operations to execute pushbacks.
  • More Natural Taxiing speed - When making a turn while taxiing, the co-pilot slows the aircraft speed.


Version 3.1.4.102
  • Fixed the problem of having double quotation marks in the aircfaft.cfg panel declarations (e.g., panel="")
  • Fixed the problem of aircraft variation information located below the [General] area (as in the Level-D)
  • Added the following features, particularly for the Blind Pilots' Mode:

      "Sound Effects Volume Up"
      "Sound Effects Volume Down"
      "Music Volume Up"
      "Music Volume Down"
      "Increase Speech Rate"
      "Decrease Speech Rate"

    This feature provides the abailty to move the sliders left and right by voice commands.

Version 3.1.4.101
  • Fixed Full Screen On/Off in WideFS mode
  • Added Flight Tracker capabilities to flights without filed flight plans
  • Installed aircraft panel subfolder error trapping
  • Fixed Level-D window Pop-Up system getting locked up


Version 3.1.4.100 - MAJOR REVISION
  • BETA RELEASE of the Level-D 767-300ER interface!
  • FREE IYP Cessna C-172 Version!
  • Discontinued the Cessna C-172 Lite Version.
  • Discontinued the Boeing 737 Lite Version.
  • Added Auto-Liftoff for Blind Pilots' Mode.
  • Added new voice commands:

    • "Bring up the It's Your Plane Website", which launches a browser and loads the IYP Home page.

    • "Distance Reporting ON/OFF". (default value is OFF). When on, the Co-Pilot reports the distance and direction to the destination airport. e.g., "Distance 22 miles, at our 3 o'clock."

    • Added new commands to have the Co-Pilot report aircraft vitals:

        "What is our maximum gross weight?"
        "What is our gross weight?"
        "What is our zero fuel weight?"
        "What is our payload weight?"
        "What is our fuel weight?"
        "What is our fuel quantity?"

    • "Adjust elevator for take off."


Version 3.1.4.084
  • Added new voice commands for blind or visually impaired pilots:

      "Get current ground speed"
      "Get current air speed"
      "Get current heading"
      "Get current altitude"
      "Get current vertical rate"

  • Added a facility for blind and/or visually impaired pilots that has the Co-Pilot calling out Waypoint Names, for example, "We're passing over Hotel, Alpha, Romeo, Alpha, Sierra", then shortly thereafter calling out the distance to the next Waypoint.

  • Added a facility for blind and/or visually impaired pilots that has the Co-Pilot calling out the altitude and vertical rate of climb or descent, at 500 feet, and every 1,000 feet thereafter.

  • Added a facility for blind and/or visually impaired pilots that has the Co-Pilot calling out the distance to the destination airport, once the aircraft is less than 20 miles out.

Version 3.1.4.083
  • Added It's Your Plane support for FS2002.
  • Added a new mode for visually impaired and/or blind people. The mode can be switched on or off by saying,

      "Blind Pilots Mode On"
      "Blind Pilots Mode Off"

    With the mode turned on, an audible beep is heard after a complete phrase has been detected by the Speech Recognition system. This feature ostensibly does for the blind, what the green speech bar does for those who can see.

  • Added the ability for users to retrieve their Pilot Number with the phrase... "What is my Pilot Number?"

Version 3.1.4.082

Version 3.1.4.081
  • Added auto-installer for the PMDG macro and 737kbd.ini files.

Version 3.1.4.080
  • Added support for the Carenado Mooney M20J

Version 3.1.4.079
  • Added support for the Carenado Piper Cherokee

Version 3.1.4.078
  • Added the ability to assign RANK to the pilot in the left seat... namely:
    • Captain
    • First Officer
    • Master Captain
    • Second Officer
    • Senior Captain
    • Squadron Leader
    • Wing Commander

    The DEFAULT setting is Captain unless changed via the IYP Options Panel.

Version 3.1.4.077
Version 3.1.4.076
  • This revision of IYP constitutes a complete re-design of the PMDG-737-600/700 interface based upon a newly released version of FSUIPC (Version 3.8.4.9) by Pete Dowson. This new version features improved and more powerful FSUIPC MACRO functions which have enabled the design of a new IYP interface that is far simpler to install, and significantly more efficient.

    You can download the new version from Pete Dowson's site by clicking this link:

    http://fsuipc.simflight.com/beta/FSUIPC3849.zip

    Only the DLL is provided there. The full 3.82 package including documentation is available from http://www.schiratti.com/dowson

Version 3.1.4.075
  • Provided the ability to hide the User E-Mail Address and Registration Key with the Hide Key checkbox. This feature became particularly important for people who wanted to demonstrate the It's Your Plane application in a forum, and/or make videos to be uploaded to U-Tube.
  • Improved upon the "Maintain Taxi Speed" capabilities in the FS9-PMDG 737-600 series.
  • Fixed a problem with the max_gross_weight calculations on certain aircraft.
  • Changed "Activate Expert Mode" and "Deactivate Expert Mode", to "Activate Advanced Mode" and "Deactivate Advanced Mode", and changed the documentation under the Commands section of the Website. This resolved the issue some users were experiencing wherein "Activate Expert Mode" was getting interpretted as, "Activate Quick Start Mode".
Version 3.1.4.074
  • Fixed a problem with the propeller ANTI-ICE checklist recognition.
  • Fixed a problem with KingAir 350 engine shutdown.
  • Fixed "Display IFR panel" and "Display Normal panel" in KingAir 350 cockpit view.
  • Fixed a problem with the FSX Kneeboard views (see Kneeboard FSX in Commands - http://www.ItsYourPlane.com/commands.asp ).
  • Changed landing gear to properly interact with nose gear on the KingAir 350.
  • Shutdown checklist on the KingAir 350 was missing the Yaw Dampers Off command - fixed!
Version 3.1.4.073
  • Fixed a problem that caused the IAS to disengage when executing a descent instruction.
  • Fixed the execution of "Run the simulator" which did not work with FSX.
Version 3.1.4.072
  • Fixed problems with WideFS interface.
  • More improvements made to General Aviation (GA) aircraft AIRSPEED CONTROL, including the Kingair 350.
Version 3.1.4.071
  • This version supports the first release of the PMDG 737-600/700 for FS9.
  • Substantive improvements made to General Aviation (GA) aircraft AIRSPEED CONTROL, including the Kingair 350.
Version 3.1.4.070
  • This version of IYP supports the operation of It's Your Plane across a Network through the use of Pete Dowson's WideFS.
Version 3.1.4.069
  • Expert Mode: Add the commands, "Activate Expert Mode" and "Deactivate Expert Mode". When activated, the IYP Help system is futher reduced during operation. This mode should only be use if you are intimately familiar with the IYP Checklist system.
  • Start Number 1, Start Number 2, has been changed to, Start Number 2, Start Number 1 for the PMDG series 737.
  • Fixed an Altimeter error in Millibar setting confirmation by Michelle/Mike.
Version 3.1.4.068
  • Added Funny Prompts checkbox on the Options panel. When UNCHECKED (default), an error tone is played when illogical commands are given to the First Officer; when CHECKED, your First Officer will make a non-flattering remark!
  • If your First Officer is rambling on with an EXTENDED HELP phrase and you've got the point, just say, "Thank you."
    This will cause the First Officer to STOP TALKING!
Version 3.1.4.067
  • This version of It's Your Plane will work with Pete Dowson's WideFS Client/Server environments.
Version 3.1.4.066
  • As was the case with a few IYP users, their PC's core FileSystemObject facilities were not properly registered. This caused problems downloading and installing IYP and other applications, as well as some Internet sites that use Active-X components. The IYP code has been modified in this version, to look for, and create subfolders, using a different set of functions that do not rely upon the Microsoft FileSystemObject object.
Version 3.1.4.065
  • This version contains the BETA FS9, PMDG Boeing 737-600/700
Version 3.1.4.064
  • Fixed a problem when executing the Tour message in the Before Startup checklist procedure.
  • Fixed a problem where the Co-Pilot would say, "Locked on the Localizer", where there wasn't one!
Version 3.1.4.063
  • In previous versions, the Captain was required to say to the F/O (Michelle/Mike), "Load the ILS Approach Frequency for Runway XX" in order to tell the F/O which runway to look for. After this command, the F/O would say, "Set the Course to XXX." This procedure still works as previously implemented. However, if the Captain sets the NAV1 frequency to that of an ILS Approach, but did NOT execute the aforememntioned procedure, but simply said, "Let's do the Approach Checklist", the F/O had no idea what to look for. As a result, the F/O would NOT turn on the APP when the Localizer was detected. This has been addressed in this revision. That is to say, when the Captain asks the F/O to execute the Approach and Landing checklists, the F/O looks to see if the NAV1 frequency is in range, and IF the current bearing suggests an ILS approach, will turn on the APP switch when the Localizer is captured.

  • Significant improvements to the Glideslope detection were also made in the revision.
Version 3.1.4.062
  • Added a number of new voice commands in preparation for NEW aircraft soon to come online!
Version 3.1.4.061
  • Michelle was previously designed to automatically execute certain key commands in the ATC window to preselect modes. However, this feature adversely affected those who run in the Push-To-Talk Mode by bringing up the ATC window when not desired. Hence, these aitomatic features have been removed.
Version 3.1.4.060
  • There was a problem when making an approach and landing to a NON-ILS runway, where Michelle would pick up an ILS Approach Frequency from an adjacant Runway, and say, "Locked on the Localizer", and/or, "The Glideslope's Alive".   This nasty problem has been fixed.   Opsss!!!
  • Michelle automatically looks left rear, left, left front and front upon the query, "Are we clear on the left?"
  • Include the voice command... "Goodbye Michelle (or Mike) and thank you", to close the IYP programme.
Version 3.1.4.059
  • Duplicate phrases in the Cockpit Voice Recorder on "Make the heading ???", has been fixed.
  • The last character in the Cockpit Voice Recorder was being truncated. This has been fixed.
Version 3.1.4.058
  • Substantive improvements made to the ACARS and PIREP reporting systems.
Version 3.1.4.057
  • Add the voice commands:

    • "Get the distance to the next waypoint."
    • "Get the flying time to the next waypoint."
    • "Get the flying time to the destination."
    • "Get the distance to the destination."
    • "Get the current ground speed."

    to supplement and parse the "Get the flight data" command.
Version 3.1.4.055
  • Some users were experiencing errors when attempting to set the Flaps to 40 degrees because the IYP system erroreously interpretted the value 14. This has been resolved.
Version 3.1.4.054
Version 3.1.4.053
  • Added interface for the Boeing 737-700.
  • Added significant local debugging capabilities.
Version 3.1.4.052
  • Skipped
Version 3.1.4.051
  • Improvements to Approach and Landing functionality.
  • Improvements to Checklist performance.
Version 3.1.4.050
  • Fixed a serious problem in Date conversions with Pete Dowson's updated version of FSUIPC4 for FSX.
Version 3.1.4.049
  • Fixed the problem of random restarts of the IYP application, that manifested itself by the Co-Pilot periodically saying, "It appears as though we have changed the aircraft and/or flight plan."
  • Employed Audio Level decrease of My Music, when Co-Pilot or Captain speaks.
  • Substantial improvements to the Carenado C182Q subclassing methods.
  • Added additional DEBUGGING facilities for MyMusic routines.
  • Addressed a date error on certain Tour flight start ups.
  • Made modications to permit the bringing up of the ACARS window before ACARS Logging has been started.
  • Fixed the problem with the Hiding of the Speech Bar.
Version 3.1.4.048
  • Substantive improvements in Approach mode.
  • Changed "retard" to "flare" when < 20 feet AGL on landing.
  • Fixed Auto-ACARS lockup when Origination and Destination airports were undefined.
  • Included "80 knots" upon landing with jetliners.
Version 3.1.4.047
  • Substantive improvements in controlling airspeeds for GA type aircraft - especially on approach.
  • Added support for the Australian Simulation - Glasair III.
Version 3.1.4.046
  • Fixed a problem with the Glideslope Approach being intermittent with jetliners.
  • Added the voice commands, "Activate Flight Following" and "Deactivate Flight Following". The Flight Following feature has the First Officer making flight following announcements to the passengers in jetliners, or the pilot in GA aicraft, and includes the nearest METAR weather information, if available.
Version 3.1.4.045
  • PROBLEM: With ACARS running, when user resets time to ZULU a system error occured.
    RESOLVED: The ACARS is temporarily STOPPED, Michelle reports, 'ACARS logging has been stopped', the aircraft reloads the flight with the new flight time, and the ACARS restarts.
  • Added additional "pilot speak" phraseology for GA aircraft.
Version 3.1.4.044
  • Additional improvements in simulator Frame Rates.
Version 3.1.4.043
  • The Beacon/Recognition Lights were inadvertently being turned off during the Taxi to the Gate Checklist. This has been fixed.
Version 3.1.4.042
  • Improvements in simulator Frame Rates.
  • Fixed Upload ACARS data error.
  • Now, aircraft MUST be at the Departure Gate with Parking Brakes set before ACARS Logging can be started.
  • ACARS Logging WILL NOT Auto-Start unless aircraft is at the Departure Gate with Parking Brakes set.
  • Fiexd "What are the window names?" error.
  • Improvements in jetliner Auto-Speed above FL180.
  • Improvements in jetliner Auto-Land procedures.
  • Michelle now offers to do Approach and Landing checklists "on base" only.

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