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New feature: Pilot-Controlled Lighting (PCL)

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New feature: Pilot-Controlled Lighting (PCL)

Post by fsaerodata » Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:05 am

Pilot-Controlled Lighting (PCL) functionality has been added to the FSAerodata Navigation database.

A total of 4,000 airports are included, most of them located in North America, Australia, Scandinavia, and France. As with the rest of the FSAerodata navigation database, they keep regularly updated following the AIRAC cycles.

The system allows adjusting the lighting intensity to low, medium and high intensity, by pressing the mic key three, five, or seven times respectively. The lighting stays for 15 minutes following the activation.

Example of the system working:

How it works:

First of all, enable PCL in the options menu. To activate them on a PCL-enabled airport, tune to the airport’s PCL Unicom frequency and press the Transmit Voice key (by default Caps Lock / BLOQ MAYUS) a number of pulses within a five-second period:
- Three pulses: Low-intensity lights are activated,
- Five pulses: Medium intensity lights are activated,
- Seven pulses: High-intensity lights are activated.
The lighting is deactivated after 15 minutes.
This function is only available on Prepar3D v4 and higher.

A list of all PCL-enabled airport and its frequency is available in the Docs folder at the FSAerodata Files directory.
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Re: New feature: Pilot-Controlled Lighting (PCL)

Post by ftnet305 » Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:15 am

Hi, I am very happy to see this long awaited feature. Bought a new one year license right after reading this post. Could not get it to work at first, but it was easy.... just do the same as always and enable the new AIRAC. When P3D starts it will ask to activate the addon fsaerodata.
Important: Wait the 5 seconds before making a new light request and use the Capslock key. For whatever reason it will not work with my normal push to talk button on my yoke, but I will find out. Cool feature!

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Re: New feature: Pilot-Controlled Lighting (PCL)

Post by bthiago » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:51 pm

Wow. What an amazing job. Congrats

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