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The Acars system

In order to register your flights in greater detail than the samples over the network allow us to do, we have a so called ACARS-system available. ACARS stands for: Aircraft Communications And Reporting System and it is a peace of software that runs parallel to your flightsimulator on your flightsimulator computer-configuration. You start it after you have started the flightsimulator and you stop it at the end of your flight and then you submit the gathered information to the network, where also your flightlog is stored.
KLM-VA uses a general-purpose Acars-system that is customized for the KLM-VA system.
You can download the Acars-system from the KLM-VA download-pages (Main Menu - Resources & Benefits - Pilot Library - under Utilities).
You unpack the package and move the map (fsacars) to the C: drive. If you move it to C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files(X86) then you have to start fsacars in Administrator-mode.
After you have put the fsacars-map in place, you only have to adjust the userconfig.txt file. This file should contain your KLM-VA userid (=callsign) on line 1 and your KLM-VA website password on line 2. Nothing more or less.
Now Acars is ready for use.
Start your flightsimulator, logon to the network and start fsacars.
You now see the window below.


Check whether the FSUIPC-indicator left-below in the acars-window is green. This will be the case when you are online on the network.
Now press the acars-START-button (thereafter you can minimize the acars-window) and do your flight.
At the end of your flight press the acars-STOP-button and thereafter the acars-SEND-button (send will take only a few seconds).
Now you can view the acars-report in your flight-details on the website. And if you participate in the PQI-program you can see how your report has contributed to your PQI.

Good luck with Acars!
The KLM-VA team