BVAI
« on: January 07, 2018, 07:09:20 am »
As many BVA members know, Boston Virtual ARTCC has been proud to offer the community an integrated and easy-to-install set of models that are used to depict the other aircraft you see while flying online.

Clearly, the aircraft, scenery, ATC, and all the other awesome stuff about VATSIM is enhanced even further with realistic aircraft depiction. When you are flying, nothing is worse than seeing a default FSX A321 in place of what should be a British Airways 747. Where’s the immersion in that? Although numerous freeware AI packages have become available to the public, most are complicated to install, or are limited in the models they support. There has also not been a model matching package we are aware of that has models supported by Prepar3D v4. Until now.

Boston Virtual ARTCC is proud to announce BVAI, a new, free model matching solution that supports FSX, Prepar3D v4, and other Microsoft-based simulation platforms. The package will be available for free.

BVAI is a complete AI package featuring your favorite aircraft and airlines for VATSIM. Those invisible AI aircraft you see flying around within your simulator are a thing of the past. In addition to providing the AI, we have also developed a model matching ruleset that uses the three letter callsign and aircraft type to model match, instead of matching a specific airline to a specific livery. This method is exactly what vPilot was designed to do, and produces the best results within your sim when connected to Vatsim. With BVAI, you can expect:
  • 30+ aircraft models and 5,000+ aircraft liveries from all over the world
  • A top of the line model matching system.
  • An installer that will ensure your BVAI is installed correctly depending on your simulator, with a manual installation option for people who prefer control over their setup.
  • Regional airline support that model matches based on callsign and flight number.
  • A responsive support system.
  • A feedback system that allows for livery requests.
  • Frequent updates. This is will not be a ‘one and done’ project. As Flight Sim AI continues to improve and evolve, we will provide updates and hotfixes.
Why BVAI? Our goal from the beginning was to make a freeware AI package that has working aircraft for FSX and P3D v4, and is supported by the creators of freeware modelers and repainters. Nowadays there are different resources to make your own AI package. We have done the leg work to ensure that every single aircraft type will be depicted in your sim, regardless if you are using FSX or P3D v4.

So where do we stand now? We are almost ready for release. Last night, we sent a close-to-final beta version BVAI to our testers with overwhelming success. We are developing the installer, and running through the last stages of testing before we release.

We are grateful that the AI community has been very supportive of this effort. We’ve been reaching out to modelers and painters to get permission and approval to use their files in this package. With just one exception, everyone has been willing to allow us to use their freeware work in this project, resulting in such an all-encompassing package.

As a final note, we would like to stress the freeware aspect of this package. Currently freeware AI aircraft are scattered around the internet for download. The individuals that have created and painted these aircraft have been more than generous to allow us to use them within BVAI. We have worked extremely hard to compile everything into one easy to install package that works with Vpilot and Vatsim. We recognize the importance of a package such as this as it is an aspect of flight sim that is missing. We do realize there has been quite a bit of hype and questions around this product since it was previewed. Hopefully this answers your questions. It has been quite the journey making this package, and we can’t wait for it to go live!

And now for the pictures:


































« Last Edit: January 07, 2018, 12:31:34 pm by Evan Reiter »
Matthew Miller
C1 Controller
Retired DATM and EC

Re: BVAI
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 09:25:22 am »
BVAI sound great.  Will there be any GA and/or helicopter AI models?

Thanks

Danny
Regards,

Danny

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Evan Reiter

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Re: BVAI
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 02:16:59 pm »
Yes, we will continue to have support for both.


Evan Reiter
Training Administrator

Re: BVAI
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2018, 08:53:22 pm »
WoW!   Just WoW!  Gentlemen, you have outdone yourselves.  Just outstanding work.  Thank you doesn't seem like enough, but it's all we have. So thank you.

Re: BVAI
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 06:36:59 pm »
This sounds absolutely fantastic.  I can't wait.  And I can't imagine the amount of time I currently spend maintaining my AI library and tweaking the model matching rules suddenly being freed up.

Next, a comprehensive scenery update for the whole US, right?  (Hey, a guy can dream, LOL...)

Re: BVAI
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 12:11:39 pm »
Do we have an expected release date or quarter


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Camden Bruno

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Re: BVAI
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 12:35:16 pm »
Do we have an expected release date or quarter
Likely within a few weeks.


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Re: BVAI
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2018, 07:25:45 am »
Some more pictures from testing today.

























« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 07:43:06 am by Matthew Miller »
Matthew Miller
C1 Controller
Retired DATM and EC

Re: BVAI
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2018, 08:56:58 am »
Sounds great. Can't wait to get started.

Re: BVAI
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 12:37:48 pm »
Question -- does the library contain support for legacy airlines, such as Pan Am, Continental, Eastern, etcetera?

Re: BVAI
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2018, 03:26:11 pm »
Question -- does the library contain support for legacy airlines, such as Pan Am, Continental, Eastern, etcetera?

Good question. Currently we do not have support for legacy airlines. We wanted to keep the filesize down as best as we could to improve load times. If there is a need for them then we will definitely reconsider. This being said, you are more than welcome to add them yourself. All you have to do is create a texture folder within the specific aircraft type for that livery called callsign - airline name (i.e. PAA - Panam). Once this is accomplished you can add the entry to the aircraft.cfg like normal, and the model matching code we have written will automatically recognize the addition.
Matthew Miller
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Retired DATM and EC

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Evan Reiter

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Re: BVAI
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2018, 09:46:09 pm »
Question -- does the library contain support for legacy airlines, such as Pan Am, Continental, Eastern, etcetera?
If you have a few that specifically you'd like to see, I think we could add those in. Right MR?


Evan Reiter
Training Administrator

Re: BVAI
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2018, 10:57:27 pm »
Question -- does the library contain support for legacy airlines, such as Pan Am, Continental, Eastern, etcetera?
If you have a few that specifically you'd like to see, I think we could add those in. Right MR?
I definitely recommend the exact three I mentioned, in that case.  :-)   And, it's not just for myself -- I definitely notice there are PAA, COA, and EAL callsigns tooling around the US on VAT-Spy from time to time.  Moreso Pan Am and Continental, really, and even TWA every now and then, now that I think of it.  So you could start with those and work in others as you decide it's worth it.

I also understand it might not be top priority -- but, a worthwhile suggestion, I hope, for enhancing the project!

Re: BVAI
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2018, 04:36:55 pm »
I will definitely try to implement it in future versions. What we believe is the final release candidate was sent to the beta testers last night. I was able to include model matching for COA, NWA, AWE, and TRS. The issue with the Panam an Eastern Airlines flying is that we don't have the aircraft models for them. The AI aircraft developer who does have the 707, 717, 727, and A310 refused to give us permission to use their models a while ago. Although we developed workarounds, we don't have the aircraft for the full fleet of retro airlines. I will definitely keep this in mind though, and try to implement it in future versions!
Matthew Miller
C1 Controller
Retired DATM and EC

Re: BVAI
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2018, 08:49:05 pm »
Yah, no worries -- I'm sure you're dealing with a vast web of licensing nightmares, LOL!

If it helps, if I had to guess, the majority of the time I see a PAA callsign online (myself included), it's a 744.  (I guess the slight catch is that Pan Am's 747s were properly -100s and -200s.  I'm not sure how much you're bending reality with these, but, that might end up posing an impass as well.)