What is Acars?
Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (or Acars) is a
digital datalink system for transmission of small messages between
aircraft and ground stations via radio or satellite. The protocol was
defined in the 1970s and uses telex formats. It will be superseded by
the Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN) protocol.
XAcars is a plugin for X-Plane that emulates the real world Acars system. The flight data sent by the XAcars system can be used to plot a pilots position on Google Maps and Google Earth.
Download and install Google Earth.
XAcars can also be used to send your flight report (PIREP) to CalAir.
Download the XAcars plugin
Windows users must copy the files from BASEDIR to x-planes root folder (that's the folder where your X-Plane.exe is).
Download the XAcars.ini file
Entering XACARS Preferences
Preferences should be set as follows:
ACARS Server URL: http://www.californiaair.net/acars/liveacars.php
ACARS PIREP URL: http://www.californiaair.net/acars/CAXpirep.php
FlightInfoServer URL: http://www.californiaair.net/acars/flightdata.php
ACARS Server User: Your California Air username.
Acars Server Password: Your California Air password.
Time Interval for PosReports (minutes): Please enter 1.
Enable LiveACARS: Ensure this is checked.
Enable PIREP: Ensure this is checked.
Send PIREP at end of flight automatically: If not checked, you will have to open the ACARS window to file your PIREP at the end of your flight. You should check this.
Preparing for your flight
Enter a valid flight number from the schedules, or, if not a scheduled flight, you may include any alphanumeric characters with these flight number prefixes.
FLY = Flyin Event
The route for the flight must be entered. Please refer to our flight planning links for details of how to obtain valid routes. If flying VFR, DCT is acceptable as a route. If flying IFR, please limit DCT as much as possible, you should plan your flight correctly. Chief Pilots have the discretion to delete DCT flights from the pilots log, particularly where it relates to long haul flights.
The Aircraft must be a valid California Airlines Aircraft ICAO code.
If the type of flight is a Test Flight, enter a valid California Airlines Aircraft ICAO code. If the ICAO is not found the aircraft will be changed to R and D Aircraft and the text entered for the aircraft will be saved as Type of Test when the PIREP is saved in the database.
When you are ready to make your flight click Start Acars.
When you finish your flight
Note: DO NOT click exit until you have saved or sent your PIREP. You may NOT be able to view it again.