From the manual: Above the Winds Aloft and Active ATC lists is a Text Input field. On the left you will see the frequency of the currently selected ATC position. Anything you type in here will be sent to all pilots and controllers connected to that frequency. There are exceptions though. If you start by typing .msg followed by a callsign (eg .msg BA2047 I have visuals on you, parking on your right hand side) then your message will be seen only by the person whose callsign you have typed (BA2047 in the example). This is useful for private messaging or where you have "radio" failure. Paul -----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alex - Reheat.org Sent: 27 October 2006 10:50 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Wednesday Hi Bones, The chat facility works in a similar way to a radio frequency. When a pilot is handed over to an ATC station, or double clicks on one in the list his chat box also switches to that frequency. For example if I was on EGSS, frequency 123.80, and a pilot clicks my callsign then types a chat message without specifying a recipient the message can be read by all pilots and ATC using the frequency 123.80. The other night when I was approaching EGLL with John on ATC he was talking to someone via text, I could see all the pilots responses, I could not see John's as I assume he was prefixing the message with the pilots callsign, thus it would only be seen by them. I think that is in the manual but probably explained in a roundabout manner, it took some experimenting on FPI to find the above out! Alex Bones wrote: In that case I wonder how a pilot message gets distributed. In the ATC software you have to create a chat channel by double clicking the pilot or controller you want to text. This brings up a sort of chat box and any text here will go to the person concerned and nobody else. If a pilot types in a message in the text slot without specifying a recipient does this then go to every ATC position or just the one currently selected? Do other pilots see it? I know if a pilot wishes to talk to another pilot the format is (guessing here): .msg JHB123 message text and that message will only be read by JHB123. It makes me wonder what happens if ATC send a text without specifying a recipient. We must try this out - unless someone already has the answers. In the meantime I'll see if RTFM will give any clues. bones -----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of FrankTurley@xxxxxxx Sent: 27 October 2006 08:01 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Wednesday In a message dated 26/10/2006 22:27:52 GMT Daylight Time, gwinsk@xxxxxxx writes: There is. I was using it whilst trying to solve my comms problems. Just put the cursor in the slot on the pilot's popup window, type and press enter. It must work 'cos I got answers on screen, complete with warning (and frightening) beeps. Gerry Winskill Thanks Gerry I'll try that too. Frank T.