Rotate – Professional Virtual Aviation Network
Rotate is an MMO aviation platform for Flight Sim and Air Traffic Control enthusiasts.
Rotate – Professional Virtual Aviation Network
Rotate is an MMO aviation platform for Flight Sim and Air Traffic Control enthusiasts.
Rotate is an interface for all common flight simulators out there and its function is quite simple: the current position of the user and all aircraft information like lights and engines are transmitted multiple times per second to the rotate network. We then process all incoming data, filter it and send it back to the user.
This allows you to see other pilots within the flight simulation and even hear them if you are tuned to the right frequency. If you are waiting at your gate and look out your window, you can actually hear the sounds of the aircraft around you.
At the same time, there are air traffic controllers that also see aircrafts on their Rotate radar scope so that you can offer air traffic control service to the pilots. This is the core part of our network, but there is so much more we will implement to increase the simulation depth as much as possible.
We are veterans of the virtual aviation world who want to give our fellow pilots and controllers what they deserve: a modern network that is focused on innovation while supporting the community. In this and many other ways, Rotate is the future of virtual aviation.
Rotate Network connects virtual pilots and air traffic controllers. We bring you together to experience the joy of epic, massively multiplayer online aviation. Start your favourite flight simulator or use our built-in ATC software, and join us in ushering in the future of virtual aviation.
Our goal is to create a place where everyone is welcome. The only way any MMO experience can be epic is if the community welcomes you with open arms. The members of Rotate make us home to exactly that kind of community. No matter how deep you want your immersion to be, you can count on Rotate to expand the scope of your virtual aviation experience.
You could spend your time online as an airline manager, elbows deep in elaborate logistical planning, or become a talented pilot or controller, or even both. Each career path has challenging rewards to earn, and every new certification is proof of your skill as a pilot or a controller.
With your help, we want to build a network that goes beyond everything we have experienced in virtual aviation so far. Rotate is creating a gateway for all aviation enthusiasts, no matter their experience. We want to give everyone who is interested a place to learn about, enjoy and experience virtual aviation, together as a community.
To truly go beyond what came before us, we want to introduce features that make your life as a virtual pilot or air traffic controller not only more comfortable and enjoyable, but that also give you goals and progression for years to come.
Regularly updated missions will ensure you will always find something meaningful to do when flying. Having them available inside the network changes the game entirely. You will now be able to complete those missions together with your friends and as part of a global community.
Rotate provides fully-automated model matching with detailed and animated models of all major aircraft and their corresponding airline liveries. All our models and skins are created by a professional 3D artist and graphic designer. Once you're connected to Rotate, you have access to the full database. You never have to worry about creating and updating your database on your own again. Our livery database will grow over time as new models make it to the market, new airlines arise or the community decides it wants to fly a specific combination.
With our real-time synchronisation, the exact positions of planes around you in your flight-simulator are always accurate and up-to-date at any given time. Lagging aircraft, driving underground, or taxiing 20 feet up in the air will be a thing of the past.
You can now experience the fascination of a living, breathing airport by synchronising hundreds of parameters for every single plane, such as:
- the spin-up of the engines during take-off
- accurate and detailed aircraft lighting
- fully functioning flight control surfaces
- independently extending and retracting landing gear
- and much more
All of these parameters are synchronised multiple times per second, bringing you the smoothest simulation ever.
While your cargo is nice and quiet most of the time, your passengers make sure you get to challenge yourself while upping realism levels to new heights. Ever had a rough landing? Your passengers will take note for sure. Passenger satisfaction is also visible in your statistics and will play a significant role in the economy simulation.
This feature has full synchronisation of all activity on the Rotate Network, which lets you dig deep into active flights and ATC.
You can look for active controllers, as well as highlight the ACC or FIR regions. If you zoom in far enough, you can see the airports and runways in detail. If you decide to zoom out, you can display the airways as well.
Easily highlight all the friends you have on your friend list and check all of their flight information. For example, you can view the waypoints and the ETA for any flight. Selecting an aircraft also displays its colour-coded route with essential flight data. You can also see basics like the flight plan, the pilot’s callsign as well as their name. If you aren’t signed into Rotate, then you only see the call sign.
The Live Map is an important way of building up the community feeling. One part of that is showing you any current and upcoming Rotate events on the map. You can also select and participate in active missions. While viewing the map, you can also file a flight plan or book a slot for community events when needed.
Realistic Voice Transmission in virtual aviation means communication via VHF and HF frequencies, and realistically simulated signal strength variance. Your ears and your thirst for realism need good quality voice transmissions while you are in-game. Now, when we say good quality, we aren’t aiming for the clarity of Teamspeak or similar voice communication programs.
We are aiming for stable comms, with reduced bass and some artificially induced static meant to imitate real-world radio transmissions. Another focus is the reduced latency during calls, and the addition of a warning tone when speaking over each other.
Another major component of our voice transmissions is the difference between VHF and HF frequencies.VHF transmissions are influenced by obstacles, such as mountain ranges or the curve of the earth, so pilots have to be aware of which frequency to use based on where they are flying.
CPDLC is a text-based line of communication for pre-defined text messages or free text. It's used almost everywhere in the aviation world and we integrate this nifty tool into all our systems too. CPDLC makes communication for pilots, controllers and airline managers much more streamlined and realistic.
This interface integrates the input and output of your custom home cockpit with the Rotate Network.
The added depth of flying with Rotate lets you progress and gives you the option of improving as a pilot.
Your pilot training includes things such as phraseology, flight planning, meteorology, navigation, map reading, and flying with and without instruments.
You can go through a licensing process to prove your ability in all areas of flight. However, earning your license is not just about gaining knowledge. That is an important part, but having a license is a way to prove to yourself what you can do. It is a way of showing others how excellent you really are and helps make your time with Rotate worthwhile.
Earning your license will be challenging, but it is worth it, both for the sense of accomplishment, the enjoyment and for the added realism.
To be clear, you can still fly without a license or a type rating. There is no reason for you not to be able to fly as part of the Rotate Network.
Having a type rating for each aircraft you want to fly is a lot like the licensing process. By going through the necessary steps to reach a type rating, you prove to yourself and to the rest of Rotate Network that you can operate any aircraft you are certified for. Imagine having a hangar and filling that hangar with the aircraft you have type ratings for.
If you are educated on the specific aircraft you want to operate, it lets fellow pilots and Air Traffic Controllers know just how well you can fly whatever aircraft you are operating.
To be clear, you can still fly without a license or a type rating. There is no reason for you not to be able to fly as part of the Rotate Network. However, should you choose to push yourself to improve, that will be visible to yourself, your airline, and the rest of the Rotate Network, so do something for yourself and the community by getting certified.
No matter what stage of your controller career you are in, we want to support you with everything we have to achieve and maintain a global standard of excellence.
We put a lot of focus on gaining experience during training. You deserve to hop into the controller seat early on, with as few hurdles as possible. You won’t be alone on your journey through controller training. Mentors will guide you along your path, both for your sake and for the sake of the network.
Rotate’s goals for the controller community are twofold. We make it straightforward for new users to get into controlling. We also make our controllers prove that they are skilled enough for their stations, right from the start.
We want you to be challenged from the start and believe that you will grow faster by giving you controlling tasks during your training.
Training for advanced positions becomes more challenging later on in your ATC Career to ensure high-quality controlling at positions with increased responsibility. You have to pass exams for each level of certification, and once you are a tower controller, you can switch regions or even countries.
For new ATC trainees, we want to offer a streamlined process that gives everyone the opportunity to become a high-quality air traffic controller without sitting around in positions without enough traffic. If you are a veteran user, we want to challenge your skills and make you improve at your own pace. If you are a mentor, we want to offer you all the tools necessary for you to pass on your skills as efficiently as you control your airspace.
At Rotate we implement Air Control Centres for controllers to give you a better gateway to the community. The ACC is the organisational structure for every controller in the Rotate Network. It is your entrance into the ATC world and offers you events, support and organisation within our system.
You are welcome to organise yourselves independently, and we offer you a more straightforward approach to that organisation. Without an unnecessary excess of bureaucracy, there will be nothing getting in the way of your controlling. We want you to socialise and have fun while controlling on the network and take part in the process without first slogging through hours of management work.
Virtual Airlines are an essential part of any network. Deeply integrating them into an aviation network is something no one has ever done before. The virtual Airline Dashboard gives managers of virtual airlines a detailed overview of all flights and helps them communicate to active airline pilots via the network-wide CPDLC integration. Similar to the Live Map you can track every plane in your virtual airline, and get advanced statistics and time calculations, so you always stay up-to-date.
Getting a detailed view of all your virtual airline’s flights is essential if you want to compete in a global economy and rank yourself against other virtual airlines. The live map gets regular updates from the system and checks if the flight is still in the timeframe or deviating from its planned course. That way you will know immediately when problems such as delays occur.
With the Rotate ATC Client, we want to bring virtual air traffic control into the modern world. Our system is easy to learn but provides enormous depth to all air traffic control veterans. We feature many functions available to real-world air traffic controllers, designed to make your life as a controller easier and more rewarding.
The Flight Info Strip displays the most basic information about the origin, destination, callsign, route, squawk and can even contain additional Mode-S data of a selected aircraft.
Voice Triangulation uses incoming radar waves from different stations helping air traffic controllers quickly and reliably identify aircraft.
The Time-Based Separation Planner helps approach controllers to separate aircraft more conveniently by calculating and displaying optimal separation based on multiple factors.
Our Weather Radar visualises weather conditions on your radar screen, allowing for better flight direction. Want more proactive controlling? This feature is another way to get you what your controlling heart desires.
The Electronic Flight Strips help you stay on top of your airport operations and make sequencing and planning a charm.
The Monitoring Aids System (MONA) analyses the flight path of all aircraft. In case of a deviation from the planned trajectory, MONA provides you with helpful notifications right on the aircraft’s tag and giving you more information to keep you in charge.
Our SYSCO - System Supported Co-Ordination helps with silent coordination between multiple air traffic controller stations. Requests for other controllers can be set right on the aircraft's tag.
Using the Controller Intercom, you can communicate with other controllers with just a click of a button! No need to open Teamspeak, find out what their cell phone number is or to write them a letter.
VERA - Verification and Resolution Advisory is used for long-term planning and predictions. You as a controller can utilise it to calculate separations within a specific timeframe and conveniently see how two aircraft are going to behave in their flight path.
STCA stands for Short Term Conflict Alert, which monitors for loss of separation between two aircraft with a look-ahead time of two minutes. Once the system calculates a loss of separation within this timeframe, it automatically triggers an alert. It also shows a projection of the incident that is bound to happen after two minutes, giving you the time to react before it happens.
Area Proximity Warning works almost the same as STCA, but instead of looking for conflicts between aircraft, it monitors conflicts regarding airspaces. If a pilot is about to enter a restricted airspace within the next two minutes, it will trigger an alert. The System takes into account the current altitude of the aircraft, its flight rule and temporary airspace restrictions.
Runway Inclusion Monitoring and Collision-Avoidance System (RIMCAS) does what the name says. It keeps track of what clearances you give your aircraft. For example, if you clear a take-off from your airport’s runway, and you tell a different aircraft to cross that runway, RIMCAS gives you a warning. This feature also shows you where aircraft taxied from, and projects where they will taxi to.
METAR is a short, pre-formatted weather report. In the Rotate ATC Client, you can select from a short list or a more detailed full weather report.
The METAR data is based on real-life weather distributed to all controllers by our centralised weather system. The METAR also serves as a basis for setting up the ATIS of your airport and will influence the advanced calculations of the ATC client.
If we receive enough funding, we build an even deeper and more realistic simulation experience. We are talking about including features to make the experience on Rotate Network even more breathtaking and immersive. More money will allow us to reach our long-term goals way sooner.
Switching to the Rotate Network shouldn't be hard. Many controllers have already gained knowledge and ratings in the old networks, and we will make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. We believe that it's essential for you to be able to pick up where you left off. Let's say you’re already a qualified controller in your old network and want to switch over to Rotate. When you back us during our initial funding phase on Kickstarter, we will match your rating in accordance with the table below.
Risks and challenges
Let us state the obvious: all projects have some risk involved, and ours is no exception. We realise that if nobody shows up to the party, then our community won’t grow as planned. Delays in development could mean that we don’t release the alpha-, beta- or full version on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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