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SLSN ATC Bot (07-14)

The "SLSN" air traffic control bot located at Second Norway Lufthavn (July 2014).

An Air Traffic Control Bot (or ATC Bot) is an avatar which is controlled by a machine, rather than by a human. Bots are used throughout Second Life for various reasons, mainly for automating repetitive or impractical tasks such as performing group invitations.

In the context of Second Life aviation, an ATC Bot interacts with pilots via the 119.200 MHz group (for continents connected to the Blake Sea) or 117.900 MHz group (for Sansara and Heterocera Atoll) and simulates the actions of real-life ATC personnel. The system can use both Second Life's built-in "group chat" system and GridTalkie for communication. ATC bots are named after their airport's respective ICAO code and are usually located in its control tower.

Active bots

ATC Bots

Map showing location of ATC bots in Second Life (October 2014).

As of January 26th 2016, there are a total of 4 ATC bots active across the Second Life grid (please note, not all bots will be active 24/7):

119.200 MHz group

117.900 MHz group

Interacting with bots

ATC bots function by responding to trigger words (eg. "takeoff" or "landing") in comments posted on a supported "group chat" or GridTalkie channel. When formulating a request for the bot, commas must be used between the bot's name, the pilot's call-sign and the request. If commas are not included, the bot will not be able to handle the request. If the pilot does not specify an call-sign in their request, the ATC will refer to them by their avatar name.

The following is a list of some of the requests that an ATC bot will respond to (including words which trigger the response and examples of possible dialogue):

Request Trigger words Pilot request example Bot response example
Submitting a flight plan. Any request containing the words "flightplan" or "flight plan". "SLSN, your call-sign is a Alpha Jet. T-3805 : VFR Flight Plan SLSN > SLHA. /ETD 5 Mins / ETA 10 Mins /1 Pax on Board." "Your call-sign, SLSN CONTROL. COPY FLIGHT PLAN SLSN SLHA."
Aircraft start-up. Any request containing the words "start", "startup" or "starting". "SLSN control, your call-sign, requesting start." "Your call-sign, SLSN ATC. START APPROVED. DEPARTURE IS 27 RIGHT, REPORT BACK FOR TAXI CLEARANCE."
Plane taxi. Any request containing the word "taxi'. "SLSN tower, your call-sign, request permission for taxi to runway 36L." "Your call-sign, SLSN TOWER, TAXI APPROVED. HOLD SHORT RUNWAY 36L. CONTACT TOWER FOR DEPARTURE."
Plane take off. Any request containing the words "takeoff" or "take off". "SLNH tower, your call-sign, request permission for take off via runway 36L." "Your call-sign, SLNH TOWER, CLEARED TO TAKE OFF RUNWAY 36L."

"Your call-sign, YOU'RE LEAVING MY AIRSPACE, CLIMB AND MAINTAIN 200m. CONTACT MULTICOM ON THIS FREQUENCY. GOOD DAY."

Plane approach. Any request containing an bot's name (eg. "SLHA") combined with "eta". "SLHA, your call-sign, enroute to Hollywood from Aleksandr, eta 5 minutes." "Your call-sign, SLHA APPROACH, COPY ETA 5 MINUTES, LANDING RUNWAY IS 36-L, CLEARANCE ON REQUEST."
Plane landing. Any request containing the words "land" or "landing". "SLNH tower, your call-sign, request permission for landing via runway 18." "Your call-sign, SLNH TOWER, REMAIN EAST OR WEST OF RUNWAY 18/36 AT ALL TIMES, LANDING APPROVED AT YOUR DISCRETION."
Helicopter approach. Any request containing the word "helipad". "SLNH tower, your call-sign, request approach to south helipad." "Your call-sign, SLNH TOWER, REMAIN EAST OR WEST OF RUNWAY 18/36 AT ALL TIMES, LANDING APPROVED AT YOUR DISCRETION."
Landing on helipad. Any reguest containing the word "helipad". "SLNH tower, your call-sign, request approach to north helipad." "Your call-sign, SLNH TOWER, REMAIN EAST OR WEST OF RUNWAY 18/36 AT ALL TIMES, LANDING APPROVED AT YOUR DISCRETION."
Take off from helipad. Any reguest containing the word "takeoff" combined with "helipad". "SLNH tower, your call-sign, request take off from north helipad." "Your call-sign, SLNH TOWER, FLIGHT PLAN IS FILED, LIFT OFF APPROVED. LEAVE SLNH AIR SPACE TO THE NORTH CONTACT MULTICOM ON SAME FREQUENCY."
Wind check. Any request containing the words "wind check" or "windcheck". "SLSN tower, your call-sign, request windcheck." "Your call-sign, SLSN TOWER. WIND 110 AT 4 KNOTS."

References

  • Explaining Flight Plans & ATC comms Feb/2014 notecard, 119.200 ATC Crew.

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