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Command_References

Alias Command Reference

How to Read the Command Reference Page

The following will explain the commands available to you via ZLC Alias file. For more information about how the software built-in commands work, refer to the manual of your particular software (such as VRC) or consult the training department. By default, all commands works with VRC, the Works-With column will show other software that the command works with. EuroScope is not supported at all by ZLC.


Unless otherwise stated, to complete a command, the user is to press their "ENTER" button on their keyboard. If the term ASEL is present after the command, the user is to complete the command by selecting the aircraft, then pressing their designated "Aircraft Select" key on their keyboard. For more info on what the ASEL key is, consult the software manual or training department.


Unless otherwise stated, airport codes are the 3 letter FAA codes, not the 4 letter ICAO.


Text within this type of monospace is to convey the info that needs to be put in place there.


Text that is BLUE indicates that it is optional information and is not required.


An _UNDERSCORE_ within the Command Syntax means to hit the space-bar at that point.


WIP Indicates that this command is not yet included in the alias file and therefore not available via in-scope command. "Work In Progress"


Partial Indicates that this command(s) is(are) not complete. Some commands may work, some may not due to lack of data to be provided yet.


In the command description, there will sometimes be a note to reference a certain note number. These notes can be found listed at the bottom of this page. It is vital that one reads these notes in order to properly utilize the command.


NOTE: Practical training resources for these commands can be found on the Resource Center > Training Courses > Computer Based Training > Supplemental Training > ZLC Commands Practice










ZLC SITE REFERENCE COMMANDS

Command SyntaxReturnExample CommandWorks With
.COMMANDSOpens the Command Reference page for ZLC.COMMANDSvSTARS - vERAM
.FEEDBACKOpens the official ZLC Feedback from Controllers page. You use this when you find issues with anything relating to ZLC ARTCC..FEEDBACKvSTARS - vERAM
.CHANGELOGOpen the Resource Center Change Log of for ease of access for ATC prior to them priming their frequency.CHANGELOGvSTARS - vERAM
. airport codeQROpens specified airport Facility Directives Local Quick Reference in default browswer.slcqrvSTARS - vERAM
. airport or facility codeAPPQROpens specified airport/facility Facility Directives Terminal Quick Reference in default browswer.s56appqrvSTARS - vERAM
. airport codeFDOpens specified airport Facility Directives in default browswer.slcfdvSTARS - vERAM
. primary airport or facility codeAPPFDOpens specified Terminal Facility Directives in default browswer.s56appfdvSTARS - vERAM
.HOLDTRACKINGOpens the Google Sheets Hold Tracking sheet in default browser.HOLDTRACKINGvSTARS - vERAM










EXTERNAL SITE REFERENCE COMMANDS

Command SyntaxActionWorks With
.ICAOOpens Default browser to ICAO search site for aircraft typesvSTARS - vERAM
.SEEACOpens google images of the selected aircraft filed aircraft codevSTARS - vERAM
.REGISTRATIONOpens FAA site concerning the acceptable format of a US N-NumbervSTARS - vERAM
.ROFOpens skyvector and draws line from departure to arrival field of selected aircraft filed flight plan. Reference note #5vSTARS - vERAM
.ROFFAOpens FlightAware page to help find an acceptable route for selected aircraft departure and arrival airportsvSTARS - vERAM
.SKYOpens SkyVector main pagevSTARS - vERAM
.NAVAID_ NAVAID Code Opens MyFSim NAVAID page for specified NAVAIDvSTARS - vERAM
.GOOGLE_ Free TextOpens google with a search of all the text after the google commandvSTARS - vERAM
.EQUIPOpens Tips for Pilots section concerning Equipment Suffix Codes. There is a table included for referencevSTARS - vERAM
.65Opens the HTML version of the FAA Order JO 7110.65vSTARS - vERAM
.65POpens the PDF version of the FAA Order JO 7110.65vSTARS - vERAM











IN-SCOPE REFERENCE COMMANDS

DP & STAR In-Scope Reference

Note - These commands are available for uncontrolled fields too. Click HERE for the Computer Based Training for In-Scope Reference

Also, CTR and APP commands will give ATC the altimeter of the arrival field when that weather station is loaded into the Wx panel.

Command SyntaxReturnExample CommandExample ReturnWorks With
. DP CodeDELInfo pertinent to the DEL controller for given DP.RUGGDDEL*** RUGGD 1 ::: RNAV-Hybrid ::: RWY All except 14/32 ::: HOLTR_EKR_MTU_PERTY_OCS ::: Maint 10K ::: CRZ-10Kmin(Listed) ::: DEP FREQ 135.5vSTARS - vERAM
. DP CodeGNDInfo pertinent to the GND controller for given DP.RUGGDGND*** RUGGD 1 ::: RWY All except 14/32 ::: PREF-16R/34LvSTARS - vERAM
. DP CodeTWRInfo pertinent to the TWR controller for given DP.RUGGDTWR*** RUGGD 1 ::: RNAV-Hybrid ::: (NORTH)-H340 __ (SOUTH)-H280 ::: DEP FREQ 135.5vSTARS - vERAM
. DP CodeDEPInfo pertinent to the DEP controller for given DP.RUGGDDEP*** RUGGD 1 ::: RNAV-Hybrid ::: Maint 10K issued by DEL ::: CRZ-10Kmin(Listed) ::: TopAlt FL230 ::: Vector to BUBBY / CVS / "Resume Normal SPD"vSTARS - vERAM
. DP CodeCTRInfo pertinent to the CTR controller for given DP.RUGGDCTR*** RUGGD 1 ::: CRZ-10Kmin(Listed) ::: TopAlt FL230vSTARS - vERAM
. STAR CodeCTRInfo pertinent to the CTR controller for given STAR.LEEHYCTR*** LEEHY 5 ::: RNAV ::: [SOUTH OPS] SPANE @ FL190(J) ::: [NORTH OPS] SPANE @ 16k(J). ::: A2992vSTARS - vERAM
. STAR CodeAPPInfo pertinent to the APP controller for given STAR.LEEHYAPP*** LEEHY 5 ::: RNAV ::: [SOUTH OPS] Descend via/Expt 16R (210kts midfield prior to HO to Final) [NORTH OPS] Descend via/@ PLAGE Clrd ILS 34R ::: A2992vSTARS - vERAM





FAA Charts Recall

Note - These commands are available for uncontrolled fields too.
Command SyntaxReturnExample CommandWorks With
. Airport 4 Letter CodeCOpens Default browser to the designated airport Airport Diagram.KSLCCvSTARS - vERAM
. DP/STAR Code without version #COpens Default browser to the designated DP/STAR diagram. Reference note #3.ARCHZCvSTARS - vERAM
. Airport Code Approach ScratchPad Code COpens Default browser to the designated approach chart. Reference note #13 and 14.SLCi6LCvSTARS - vERAM
.CHARTS_ Airport 4 Letter CodeOpens Default browser to designated airport AirNav webpage.CHARTS KSLCvSTARS - vERAM
.CHARTSAOpens Default browser to selected aircraft filed arrival airport AirNav webpage.CHARTSAvSTARS - vERAM
.CHARTSDOpens Default browser to selected aircraft filed departure airport AirNav webpage.CHARTSDvSTARS - vERAM
. Airport Code ODPOpens Default browser to the "Takeoff Minimums, ODP & Diverse Vector Area" page that will have the designated airport information on it. Reference note #19.U42ODPvSTARS - vERAM




Phraseology & General Help

CommandReturnExampleWorks With
.PRCGeneral statement to a troubling pilot with a general lack of knowledgeWith all due respect, it appears that there is a significant amount of knowledge that is still required on your part to complete flights like this on the network per the VATSIM Expectations and Requirements for Pilots. Please navigate to the VATSIM Pilot Resource Center site and start there.vSTARS - vERAM
.TIPSUse this command in a private message to a pilot that would benefit from the ZLC Tips for Pilots pageThere has been 1 or more encounters with you that would make us think you might benefit from some resources we have posted on our site to help pilots with misc procedures. It is our Tips for Pilots section. Take a look at it sometime. Have a great day! rc.zlcartcc.comvSTARS - vERAM
.OVERHEADGeneral Handling of a military aircraft in the overhead pattern/approachOverhead_Manuever_Phraseology*** WIND ### @ ##. PATTERN ALTITUDE ###. (Right/Left) TURNS. REPORT INITIAL RUNWAY ##. [[Initial Report]] BREAK AT (numbers/midfield/departure end). REPORT BREAK. [[Break Report]] CHECK GEAR DOWN. RWY ## CLEARED TO LAND.vSTARS - vERAM
.MILCTGeneral takeoff clearance for military aircraftMilitary Takeoff Clearance*** Military aircraft (except Cargo and Transport types) CHANGE TO DEPARTURE, WIND-@ RWY-- CLEARED FOR TAKEOFFvSTARS - vERAM
.MILCLMilitary landing clearanceWind WIND-@. Check Wheels Down. RWY ## Cleared to Land.vSTARS - vERAM
.RFDProvides the ATC a guide to issue a Release for Departure clearance to an aircraft with a clearance void time of 10min from the time the command is issued.N123AB Released for departure. Clearance void if not off by 0230 zulu. If not of by that time, advise on this frequency no later than 0235 zulu of intentions. Time now- 0220 Zulu. Frequency change approved.vSTARS - vERAM
.HOLDINGBasic template for a full holding clearance.HOLD (direction) OF (waypoint). ON THE (radial, course, bearing, track, azimuth, airway, or route). (leg length of hold if applicable). (state Left Turns, if right turns are not to be assumed). MAINTAIN (altitude). EXPECT FURTHER CLEARANCE (time).vSTARS - vERAM
.OTPISR command to help with phraseology with VFR ON TOP requests from pilots.*** CLIMB TO AND REPORT REACHING VFR ON TOP, TOPS REPORTED (altitude, if none "NO TOPS REPORTED"), IF NOT ON TOP AT (altitude), MAINTAIN (altitude), AND ADVISE. MAINTAIN VFR ON TOP. Reference note #24vSTARS - vERAM
.WHATRWYProvides pilot a reason why they will not receive their RWY assignment before calling for taxi.After you get your clearance, it is standard for pilots to program their main route and leave off the SID portion in the FMS because they do not get their RWY assignment until they notify the ATC of their position on the field and request taxi. Then during taxi, the pilot then programs the rest of the SID portion. So you will get that information when you call for taxi.vSTARS - vERAM
.NAV NAVAID CodeReturns ISR text with the NAVAID Code, Frequency/Channel, and Name.NAVFFU
Would Return:
ZLC_ISR *** FFU 116.60 FAIRFIELD VORTAC
.NAVFAIRFIELD would return the same thing.
vSTARS - vERAM
.id 3LD or Telephony without spacesReturns with the 3LD and Telephony of entered carrier as per the FAA JO Order 7340.2. Reference note #22.idCanadianExpress would return:
ZLC_ISR *** 3LD: CXA ___ TELEPHONY: XIAMEN AIR (Virtual: Canadian Express)
.idCXA would return the same thing.
vSTARS - vERAM









GROUND TO GROUND COMMUNICATION

Command SyntaxMessage ContentsExample CommandExample Sent MessageWorks With
.DNM_ Controller Sector ID _ departure infoSends selected aircraft Departure Field, Callsign, Aircraft Type, Additional free text info, Route and Temp/CRZ altitude to designated controller as a Departure Notification Message.DNM 1A H160*** KSLC_SKW1234_E170_H160_ TWF BROPH SPUUD2 _ FL280vSTARS - vERAM
.ANM_ Controller Sector ID _ any additional infoSends selected aircraft Callsign, Aircraft Type, and any additional free text info to designated controller as an Arrival Notification Message.ANM 1T i6r*** KSLC_SKW1234_i6rvSTARS - vERAM
.RC_ Controller Sector ID _ any additional infoSends selected aircraft Callsign and Rolling Call message to designated controller as a Private Notification Message..RC 1S rwy 18***KIDA_DAL1234 Rolling_rwy 18vSTARS - vERAM
.RT_ Controller Sector ID _ any additional infoSends selected aircraft Callsign and Rejected Takeoff message to designated controller as a Private Notification Message..RT 1S rwy 18***KIDA_DAL1234 Rejected Takeoff_rwy 18vSTARS - vERAM
.RR_ Controller Sector ID _ departure infoSends selected aircraft Departure Field, Callsign, Aircraft Type, Additional free text info, Route and Temp/CRZ altitude to designated controller as a Release Request message.RR 1A H210*** RELEASE REQUEST- KOGD_N123AB_BE33_ H210 TWF BROPH SPUUD2 _ 9000vSTARS - vERAM
.RA_ Controller Sector ID _ # of min from now for releaseSends release authorization message to designated controller with a time (either current or authorized release time). Reference note #1.RA 2G 5*** RELEASE APPROVED for N123AB @ 2133zvSTARS - vERAM
.LT_ Controller Sector IDSends the current time as the "Landed Time" for an aircraft to the selected controller. Reference note #1.LT 2G*** N123AB LANDED @ 2133zvSTARS - vERAM
.M_ Controller Sector ID _ Free text messageSends a general message to the designated controller following the aircraft callsign (if selected). Reference note #2..M 1G is planning to go missed approach*** N123AB is planning to go missed approachvSTARS - vERAM
.MISSED_ Controller Sector ID _ Any additional infoSends a message to specified controller, alerting them that the selected aircraft is executing a missed approach, along with any additional info ATC placed after the command..MISSED AF H120 3K*** DAL1234 ***Missed Approach*** coming to you now. H120 3KvSTARS - vERAM
.PO_ Controller Sector ID _ Location Reference (NAVIAD/AIRPORT/Fix) Any additional infoSends a pointout message to specified controller with the aircraft callsign, position in relation to the given reference location and optional general message..PO AF FFU Stay with SLC_LC for single pilot heli VFR approach to SLC. *** POINTOUT *** 7 miles north west of FFU N123AB ::: Stay with SLC_LC for single pilot heli VFR approach to SLC.vSTARS - vERAM
.HO_ Controller Sector ID _ Location Reference (NAVIAD/AIRPORT/Fix) Any additional infoSends a handoff alert/reminder message to specified controller with the aircraft beacon code, callsign, position in relation to the given reference location and optional general message..HO AF OGD Wake up and take the handoff please. *** HANDOFF *** 5 miles south west of OGD, Beacon 7382 is N123AB ::: Wake up and take the handoff please.vSTARS - vERAM
.APREQ_ Controller Sector ID Any additional infoSends an APREQ message to the specified controller with the callsign of the selected aircraft, plus any free-type message afterwards..APREQ AF After FFU DCT KPVU *** APREQ *** N123AB ::: After FFU DCT KPVUvSTARS - vERAM
.MSORLSSends correct phraseology message releasing control of Missoula Delegated Airspace. Reference note #23.MSORLS***Missoula airspace released as requested.vSTARS - vERAM
.MSOMCSends correct phraseology message assuming control of Missoula Delegated Airspace. Reference note #23.MSOMC***Missoula airspace is my control.vSTARS - vERAM










SCOPE SOFTWARE TRICKS

General Commands

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.WHERE ASELDraws a line from DBL VOR to selected aircraft via Anchor feature. See note #7.WHERE ASEL
.NOANDeletes any assigned anchors.NOAN
.DOFReturns the direction of flight (heading/bearing) to/from Dep/Arr field of selected aircraft. See note #9.DOF
.METAR_ weather station/airport codeReturns specified METAR in frequency chat box..METAR KSLCvSTARS - vERAM
.W_ weather station/airport codeReturns specified wind and altimeter information.W SLCvSTARS - vERAM
.WWReturns the wind and altimeter settings for the departure and arrival fields of the selected aircraft. See note #10..WWvSTARS - vERAM
.OBSVISSets all official OBSERVER visibility points on scope. Reference note #12..OBSVIS
.CTRVISSets all official Center visibility points on scope. Reference note #12..CTRVIS
. TRACON or airport codeVISSets visibility setpoints for specified facility. Reference note #12..S56VIS
.SECTORReloads Sector File from currently set directory. Helpful when actively updating the file..SECTOR
.ALIASReloads Alias File from currently set directory. Helpful when actively updating the file..ALIAS
.POFReloads POF File from currently set directory. Helpful when actively updating the file..POF





View Commands

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.C_ NAVAID, Fix, or 4 Letter Airport CodeCenters primary window over specified Navaid or airport.C OCS
or
.C KJAC
.CDCenters primary window over selected aircraft departure airport.CD
.CACenters primary window over selected aircraft arrival airport.CA
.SDDraws a temporary circle around the selected aircraft's departure airport.SD
.SADraws a temporary circle around the selected aircraft's arrival airport.SA
.G_ 3 Letter airport codeCenters /2 (ground) window over the designated airport. Reference note #6.G JAC
.T_ 3 Letter airport codeCenters /3 (tower) window over the designated airport. Reference note #6.T JAC
.DGCenters /2 (ground) window over the selected aircraft departure airport Reference note #6.DG
.GDCenters /2 (ground) window over the selected aircraft departure airport. Reference note #6.GD
.DTCenters /3 (tower/terminal) window over the selected aircraft departure airport. Reference note #6.DT
.TDCenters /3 (tower/terminal) window over the selected aircraft departure airport. Reference note #6.TD
.AGCenters /2 (ground) window over the selected aircraft arrival airport Reference note #6.AG
.GACenters /2 (ground) window over the selected aircraft arrival airport Reference note #6.GA
.ATCenters /3 (tower/terminal) window over the selected aircraft arrival airport. Reference note #6.AT
.TACenters /3 (tower/terminal) window over the selected aircraft arrival airport. Reference note #6.TA





Flight Strip/Data Tag Commands

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.A ASELAdds selected aircraft's flight strip to flight strip bay.A ASEL
.D ASELDeletes selected aircraft's flight strip from flight strip bay.D ASEL
.RS ASELResets selected aircraft's assigned squawk code back to 0000.RS ASEL
.SV ASELAssigns selected aircraft a squawk code of 1200 to help with force-radar track on VFR aircraft.SV ASEL
.S_ ScratchPad data ASELAssigns scratchpad data to selected aircraft's scratchpad.S NFF ASEL
.H_ 3 Digit Heading ASELAssigns heading in scratchpad of selected aircraft per the ScratchPad Directive format..H 210 ASEL
.RH ASELAssigns RH as scratchpad entry for selected aircraft.RH ASEL
.DP_ Runway ASELAssigns Departure Procedure and runway scratchpad data per the ScratchPad Directive to selected aircraft.DP 30 ASEL
.FFF ASELAssigns FF for flight following as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive. See note #11..FFF ASEL
.FFN ASELAssigns FFN flight following northbound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.FFN ASEL
.FFS ASELAssigns FFS flight following southbound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.FFS ASEL
.FFE ASELAssigns FFE flight following eastbound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.FFE ASEL
.FFW ASELAssigns FFW flight following westbound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.FFW ASEL
.FFNE ASELAssigns FFNE flight following northeast-bound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.FFNE ASEL
.FFSE ASELAssigns FFSE flight following southeast-bound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.FFSE ASEL
.FFSW ASELAssigns FFSW flight following southwest-bound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.FFSW ASEL
.FFNW ASELAssigns FFNW flight following northwest-bound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.FFNW ASEL
.NFF ASELAssigns NFF for no flight following as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.NFF ASEL
.NFFN ASELAssigns NFFN for no flight following northbound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.NFFN ASEL
.NFFS ASELAssigns NFFS for no flight following southbound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.NFFS ASEL
.NFFE ASELAssigns NFFE for no flight following eastbound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.NFFE ASEL
.NFFW ASELAssigns NFFW for no flight following westbound as a scratchpad per the ScratchPad Directive.NFFW ASEL






Scope De-Clutter/Diagram Setup

Note - The DP/STAR commands are available for uncontrolled fields too.
Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
. DP/STAR Code without version #Draws specified DP/STAR lines on scope. Reference note #8..ARCHZ
. DP/STAR Code without version #FDraws specified DP/STAR fixes on scope. Reference note #8 and #15..ARCHZFvSTARS - vERAM
. Airport Code Approach ScratchPad CodeDraws specified approach lines on scope. Reference note #8..SLCi6R
. Airport Code Approach ScratchPad CodeFDraws specified approach fixes lines on scope. Reference note #8..SLCi6RFvSTARS - vERAM
. Airway type prefix Number 1-999Draws specified airway on scope. Reference note #8..V200
.FIELDSDraws all ICAO codes and locations on scope for controlled fields within ZLC. Reference note #8.FIELDS
.VORSDraws all ZLC VOR Codes and locations on scope. It also draws commonly used High-VORs in neighboring ARTCCs. Reference note #8..VORS
.ASDraws all Class B, C and D airspace lines and altitudes. Reference note #8.AS
.RESTRICTEDDraws all ZLC restricted airspace on scope. Reference note #8..RESTRICTED
.MVADraws all Minimum Vectoring Altitudes on scope. Reference note #8..MVA
.RVMDraws all radar video maps on scope. Reference note #8..RVM
.MIADraws ZLC MIA/MVA diagram on scope. Reference note #8..MIA
.VFRDraws VFR Landmarks and transitions video map on scope. Reference note #8..VFR
.METERDraws Metering Lines for S56 and to ZOA Reference note #8..METER









ATC TO PILOT TEXT

In order to maintain uniformity, all ATC To Pilot Text commands will prefix with a "T". For example: .TPRC is the .PRC command as above, but the command with the T prefix will be sent out to the pilot.

General

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TSQInstructs pilot to squawk their assigned code.TSQvSTARS - vERAM
.TCON _ Next controller SECID Instructs pilot to contact the next controller.TCON 1AvSTARS - vERAM
.TMON _ Next controller SECID Instructs pilot to monitor the next controller.TMON TvSTARS - vERAM
.TCLOSING _ Number of min from now Broadcasts a message notifying all that you are closing in a certain number of minutes..TCLOSING 5vSTARS - vERAM
.TCLOSEDBroadcasts a message that you are now closed.TCLOSEDvSTARS - vERAM
.TPRCSends the troubling pilot a professional message describing that services cannot be provided to them and where to find help via the VATSIM PRC site..TPRCvSTARS - vERAM
.THOTMICBroadcasts a general message notifying all that someone has a hotmic.THOTMICvSTARS - vERAM
.TTIPSDoes the same thing as the .TIPS command but broadcasts it to the pilot over the text frequency.TTIPSvSTARS - vERAM
.TWHATRWYProvides pilot a reason why they will not receive their RWY assignment before calling for taxi..TWHATRWYvSTARS - vERAM
.TEQUIPSends a message to the pilot asking for their equipment suffix, also provides a link explaining what an equipment suffix is..TEQUIPvSTARS - vERAM

Clearance Delivery

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TRBCsends a general message notifying pilot that their readback was correct.TRBCvSTARS - vERAM
.TCRAFT _ Heading to fly _ Altitude to maintain _ departure controller SECIDIssues basic CRAFT clearance that doesn't involve a DP. Reference note #16.TCRAFT 130 10k 1SvSTARS - vERAM
.TCRAFTUIssues basic "Cleared as Filed" clearance that doesn't involve a DP when no departure services are provided..TCRAFTUvSTARS - vERAM
.TCRAFT DP Code _ departure controller SECIDIssues a CRAFT clearance with the information pertinent to that DP. Reference note #16.TCRAFTARCHZ A1vSTARS - vERAM
.TPDC DP Code without version # _ departure controller SECID ASELIssues a PDC clearance via private message to the aircraft that is selected with the information pertinent to that DP. Reference note #16.TPDCARCHZ A1 ASELvSTARS - vERAM
.TPDC DP Code without version #U ASELIssues a PDC clearance via private message to the aircraft that is selected with the information pertinent to that DP with an advisory that DEP will be with UNICOM 122.8..TPDCARCHZU ASELvSTARS - vERAM
.TNOPDCSends private message to selected pilot informing them that there is an issue with their flight plan and no PDC can be issued, along with an instruction to contact the controller responsible for their clearance..TNOPDCvSTARS - vERAM

Ground

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TRTV _ RWY Assignment _ Taxi path and any special instructions Issues taxi instructions to pilot to the runway assignment.TRTV 20R@K A H C Hold short hotelvSTARS - vERAM
.TTPV _ Taxi path and any special instructions Issues taxi instructions to pilot to the parking area.TTPV A H Hold short RWY 16RvSTARS - vERAM

Tower

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TCL _ RWY Issues winds and landing clearance to selected pilot.TCL 16RvSTARS - vERAM
.TCT _ RWY Issues winds and takeoff clearance to selected pilot.TCT 16RvSTARS - vERAM

Radar-General

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TSQIInstructs pilot to squawk their assigned code and ident.TSQIvSTARS - vERAM
.TRCInforms the pilot that they are Radar Contact.TRCvSTARS - vERAM
.TFH _ Heading Instructs pilot to fly a heading.TFH 130vSTARS - vERAM
.TTL _ Heading Instructs pilot to turn left to a head heading.TTL 090vSTARS - vERAM
.TTR _ Heading Instructs pilot to turn right to a head heading.TTR 010vSTARS - vERAM
.TRSTInforms pilot that their radar services are terminated.TRSTvSTARS - vERAM
.TCM_ altitude Instructs pilot to Climb and Maintain the altitude given.TCM 10kvSTARS - vERAM
.TDM_ altitude Instructs pilot to Descend and Maintain the altitude given.TDM 8kvSTARS - vERAM

Departure

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.THFRInstructs pilot to Hold for Release.THFRvSTARS - vERAM
.TRFDIssues a release for departure to the pilot giving a clearance void time 10min from now and to advise of intentions if not off by 15min from now with a frequency change approval.TRFDvSTARS - vERAM

Approach

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TPTAC _ Reference fix _ Heading _ Altitude to maintain _ Approach type _ Runway assignment Issues PTAC instructions for general approach.TPTAC UFEMY 130 7.5k ILS 16RvSTARS - vERAM
.TPTACILS _ Reference fix _ Heading _ Altitude to maintain _ Runway assignment Issues PTAC instructions for an ILS approach.TPTAC UFEMY 130 7.5k ILS 16RvSTARS - vERAM
.TRFISIssues the selected aircraft the destination airport o’clock position and distance and then asks the pilot to report in sight..TRFISvSTARS - vERAM
.TCVA _ Runway assignment Informs pilot they are cleared for the visual approach to a certain runway..TCVA 16RvSTARS - vERAM
.T STAR ARRIVAL CODE APP N/S/E/W for Landing directionProvides the pilot standard instructions for that arrival and sets the pilot up for the ILS approach. Reference note #20.TBVLAPPSvSTARS - vERAM

En-Route

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TRCDB _ NAVAID,FIX,AIRPORT Informs pilot that they are Radar Contact with distance and bearing info from certain NAVAID,FIX,AIRPORT.TRCDB FFUvSTARS - vERAM
.TLMAInforms pilot that they are leaving the airspace and that there is no further ATC services available. Terminate radar services and freq change..TLMAvSTARS - vERAM
.T STAR ARRIVAL CODE CTR N/S/E/W for Landing directionGives crossing waypoint and altitude to pilot, along with SLC Altimeter. Reference note #20.TDELTACTRSvSTARS - vERAM


















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***NOTES***


The following notes are not meant to be read straight through. In the above "return" column, there will sometimes be an advisory to "Reference note #(#)" to provide further information about that particular command, the following will serve as that note library.


1) If no "min after departure" is given, the message will be sent with the current time automatically. In the example, the scenario shows as the current time is 2128z and the message automatically adds the 5 min that the controller put after the command.

2) If there was no selected aircraft at the time of sending this message, the aircraft callsign would have been omitted automatically.

3) If the chart has a 2nd page to it and the controller wishes to view the second page, the controller needs to place a number 2 before the "C". Example .LEETZ2C

4) If the airport doesn't have VFR Departure instructions, this command will just return as an In-Scope Reference to display the frequency to issue for VFR Radar Services.

5) Limitations of the basic SkyVector URL format does not allow the selected aircraft flight route to also be added but if the ATC first copies the route of the selected aircraft to the computer clipboard first (highlight route in flight plan window, then CTRL+C), the ATC can then do the .ROF command, then paste (CTRL+V) the route into the skyvector flight route box once opened.

6) These commands assume a control stations setup where the secondary window (designated as /2 in the upper left corner) is zoomed into a ground level and the third window (designated as /3 in the upper left corner) is zoomed to a tower/terminal level.

7) This is helpful for when ATC needs to break realism to find and aircraft on the scope in order to not disrupt others on the network.

8) Repeat these commands when done with needed reference to declutter your scope.

9) This command only works if the DEP/ARR fields are within the used sector file data. This is helpful when determining altitude for direction of flight.

10) This command only works if the weather station is programmed into the radar software.

11) This command could not work as just .FF because the .FF command is a built in command in VRC to draw a specified fix on the scope.

12) Ensure software main visibility range is set per ZLC directive or max per VASTIM standards.

13) If the chart has two pages and ATC needs the 2nd page, the ATC needs to run the command again but place a number 2 after the C. Example: .LEETZC2

14) Special approaches such as Back-course SA, CAT I/II/III, and Hi-ILS are not available via these commands. But approach variants such as X/Y/Z are. Place the letter after the approach type/before the runway number or letter. Example: .BILRY0L = Billings RNAV Y 10L Approach.

15) These commands will only draw the fixes/intersection waypoints. It will not draw other published waypoints/NAVAIDs such as NDB or VORs.

16) If the departure controller is the one issuing the clearance, leave the departure frequency/controller SECID off.

17) These commands are only available if the clearance aspects such as "Climb instructions" change with certain transitions.

18) These commands are only available if the clearance aspects such as "Climb instructions" change with certain runway assignments.

19) Once the page opens, due to the nature of how the FAA groups data together, the ATC must then use CTRL+F and type the three character airport code to search the document for the desired airport information.

20) Suggested to practice these commands in sweatbox prior to controlling on the live network.

21) SLC SID is not included, as the initial waypoint is variable.

22) This command includes virtual airlines to a reasonable extent. When you notice an airline missing (including virtual), or any misinformation, submit the issue via the ZLC Feedback From Controllers form.

23) This command is intended to be used inside the private chat box with the ZSE controller who you are coordinating with.

24) When traffic is not a concern you may omit "IF NOT ON TOP AT (altitude), MAINTAIN (altitude), AND ADVISE." Reference the 7110.65 7-3-1. For more specifics on VFR ON TOP rules.