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« on: December 23, 2004, 11:34:13 AM »

As we come to the end of the first full year of operation for LiveATC.net, I'd like to reflect a little on progress thus far and some of the things to look forward to.

LiveATC.net started out almost by accident.  I originally put a few feeds up in the Boston area to assist VATSIM (www.vatsim.net) students at the Virtual Boston ARTCC (www.bostonartcc.net) with learning ATC phraseology and local procedures.  I remember the few feeds I *could* find on the 'net - many of them were either always maxed out on listeners or weren't up very often.  Frustrating.  Then as I learned how to build scalable MP3 streaming (thanks to the great software from the Icecast folks - www.icecast.org) it occured to me that there might be a larger audience out there.

Being a pilot myself, I knew that part of this audience would be the students who are studying to be pilots, especially those who are pursuing their Instrument and Commercial ratings.  We haven't even begun to reach many of those students, though we have made progress with a blurb in the AOPA ePilot electronic newsletter recently.

I never anticipated that LiveACT.net would ever grow as it has.  The listeners and volunteer feed sites are to thank for that since they help fuel the growth.  A sincere thanks to all of you!

This year we have seen the average number of simultaneous listeners grow from under a hundred to 200-300 listeners at a time.  The system can handle more - we've seen a peak level of around 400 when the AOPA ePilot blurb came out.  Listeners continue to access the archives as well, especially those behind firewalls.  Many listeners ask why we can't put the service on port 80 (the standard HTTP port) - the reason we can't is that many of the slave servers run on machines that already run a web server.  Anyway, the only listeners who have trouble are those behind very restrictive firewalls, the type that block outbound connections to all but the web.  Surely those users have trouble doing much of anything other than visiting a basic web site.  smiley

Feeds! We've added several dozen feeds and the offers for feeds continue to pour in.  We've had feeds from every continent except Africa, though there is a rumor that a feed may be coming in from Johannesburg, South Africa soon.  Many others are coming soon, including Shanwick VHF and Shannon Centre in Ireland.  Stay tuned.

Sometimes people write in to ask when a particular feed is coming back online.  One thing you have to realize is that the feeds are provided on a volunteer basis.  Nobody is compensated for doing this and sometimes people are using their sole computer to do it.  So the reasons are many and varied as to why a feed may not be up at any given time.  If a feed is going to be down for an extended period of time we do our best to indicate that.

Another development is that I am starting to develop relationships with the vendors who produce flight tracking software - hopefully we will have a demo at some point of a combined audio/radar display for some of our feeds.

I also want to thank those who have made donations of money, equipment, time, posting to the forums, and personal time this year.  This is a community effort.  Every dime that comes in via advertising and donations (which isn't a lot) goes right back into the operation, development, and expansion of this site.

2005 should be an even bigger year...I hope we can continue at the same pace as we have.  The best thing you can do is spread the word about this great resource and donate whatever you can.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all,
Dave
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2004, 05:03:43 PM »

I would first like to say thanks to Dave for all his hard work, courage, and enthousiasm.  After setting up a popular feed (KBDR/ZBW/NY TRACON) I realized how hard you, Dave, really work for this place.  All the supporters and feeders (including me  wink ) deserve a big thanks as well for giving back to the aviation community.  Dave, your plans for the next year sound great and I cannot wait!!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New (successful) year to everyone involved, feeders or listeners.  My donation will be coming shortly to help out with any additional cost for this new year.  Smiley  wink

Great job, Dave  Cheesy  Cheesy .  Keep up the great work.

Jason H.
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2004, 08:20:02 PM »

Great work Dave, have a safe holiday season.
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2004, 09:00:07 PM »

All the best Dave... and all on LiveATC.  Thank you Dave for all you have done.  korf will be up soon.
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2004, 02:29:32 AM »

Great year everyone, I am still amazed how there is close to a new feed every week! Big thanks to Dave for running this joint, and giving us yet another community in which we can share insight and "Our traffic" with others grin.

Happy Holidays,
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2004, 06:30:02 AM »

Thanks to all feeders and to you Dave for all your efforts!!! This is really the best website on the web and i will donate some money in 2005 to keep this growing!  Cheesy  I even started to think about setting up a feed myself (I am able to cover Maastricht Control over Germany, Bremen Radar and Hannover ) but german laws are very restrictive their.. but i will try to get more info on what is possible...

Thanks again have nice holiday and merry x-mas!!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2004, 05:14:34 PM »

Dave, keep up the wonderful work.  Happy Holidays to all.
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2004, 08:23:05 PM »

Dave,

Happy first anniv. I've been listening in since those early Boston-only days and have recommended your site to many people. Just wished that I lived closer to Sydney Intl and could provide a live feed from there. The flight tracking/audio feed project sounds like a real goer. Look forward to seeing how it works out.

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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2005, 09:48:49 AM »

Dave, you mention that you haven't even begun to reach student pilots, but you might like to know your site is on the bulletin board in the lobby of Executive Flyers at KBED. I'm a private pilot and find great benefit in playing myself back after I go flying. I know I'm not alone.

Every instructor should let their students know about this site!
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2005, 09:53:45 AM »

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Dave, you mention that you haven't even begun to reach student pilots, but you might like to know your site is on the bulletin board in the lobby of Executive Flyers at KBED. I'm a private pilot and find great benefit in playing myself back after I go flying. I know I'm not alone.

Every instructor should let their students know about this site!


Thanks...that's right across the hall from where I often fly.  smiley  I fly out of ECAC.  Word is spreading, slowly but surely.

Happy New Year,
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2005, 07:56:22 AM »

you have a few irish fans as well, site is well know around vateir, irish division of vatsim.

If only the airport i fly out of was covered by EISN_V_CTR then I could listen to myself.
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