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 vSTARS vERAM or VRC) or consult the training department. 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 FAA (IATA) CODE, 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.


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 Training Department > Computer Based Training (CBTs) > Alias Command Reference Practice

ZLC SITE REFERENCE COMMANDS

Command SyntaxReturnExample CommandWorks With
.COMMANDSOpens the Command Reference page for ZLC.COMMANDSVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.FEEDBACKOpens the official ZLC Feedback from Controllers page. You use this when you find issues with anything relating to ZLC ARTCC..FEEDBACKVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.CHANGELOGOpen the Resource Center Change Log of for ease of access for ATC prior to them priming their frequency.CHANGELOGVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
airport codeQROpens specified airport Facility Directives Local Quick Reference in default browswer.slcqrVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
airport or facility codeAPPQROpens specified airport/facility Facility Directives Terminal Quick Reference in default browswer.s56appqrVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
airport codeFDOpens specified airport Facility Directives in default browswer.slcfdVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
primary airport or facility codeAPPFDOpens specified Terminal Facility Directives in default browswer.s56appfdVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.HOLDTRACKINGOpens the Google Sheets Hold Tracking sheet in default browser.HOLDTRACKINGVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.COORDOpens default browser to the ZLC ATC Coordination Page.COORDVRC
vSTARS
vERAM

EXTERNAL SITE REFERENCE COMMANDS

Command SyntaxActionWorks With
.ICAOOpens Default browser to ICAO search site for aircraft typesVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.SEEACOpens google images of the selected aircraft filed aircraft codeVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.REGISTRATIONOpens FAA site concerning the acceptable format of a US N-NumberVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.ROFOpens skyvector and draws line from departure to arrival field of selected aircraft filed flight plan. Reference note #5VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.ROFFAOpens FlightAware page to help find an acceptable route for selected aircraft departure and arrival airportsVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.SKYOpens SkyVector main pageVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.NAVAID_ NAVAID CodeOpens MyFSim NAVAID page for specified NAVAIDVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.GOOGLE_ Free TextOpens google with a search of all the text after the google commandVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.EQUIPOpens Tips for Pilots section concerning Equipment Suffix Codes. There is a table included for referenceVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.65Opens the HTML version of the FAA Order JO 7110.65VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.65POpens the PDF version of the FAA Order JO 7110.65VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.CID_ CID NumberOpens a webpage displaying the name of the CID.VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.ICAOEQUIPOpens default browser to the VATSIM Map Equipment Codes Converter pageVRC
vSTARS
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
. airport code DP Code DELInfo 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 135.5VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
. airport code DP Code GNDInfo pertinent to the GND controller for given DP.RUGGDGND*** RUGGD 1 ::: RWY All except 14/32 ::: PREF-16R/34LVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
. airport code DP Code TWRInfo pertinent to the TWR controller for given DP.RUGGDTWR*** RUGGD 1 ::: RNAV-Hybrid ::: (NORTH)-H340 __ (SOUTH)-H280 ::: DEP FREQ 135.5VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
. airport code DP Code DEPInfo 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”VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.airport code DP Code CTRInfo pertinent to the CTR controller for given DP.RUGGDCTR*** RUGGD 1 ::: CRZ-10Kmin(Listed) ::: TopAlt FL230VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
. airport code STAR Code CTRInfo pertinent to the CTR controller for given STAR.LEEHYCTR*** LEEHY 5 ::: RNAV ::: [SOUTH OPS] SPANE @ FL190(J) ::: [NORTH OPS] SPANE @ 16k(J). ::: A2992VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
. airport code STAR Code APPInfo 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 ::: A2992VRC
vSTARS
vERAM

FAA Charts Recall

Note – These commands are available for non-towered fields too.

Command SyntaxReturnExample CommandWorks With
Airport CodeAPDCOpens Default browser to the designated airport Airport Diagram..SLCAPDCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
. Airport Code DP/STAR Code COpens Default browser to the designated DP/STAR diagram. Reference note #3.SLCARCHZCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airport CodeTMCOpens Default browser to the “Takeoff Minimums, ODP & Diverse Vector Area” page that will have the designated airport information on it. Reference note #19.U42TMCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airport CodeDVACOpens Default browser to the “Takeoff Minimums, ODP & Diverse Vector Area” page that will have the designated airport information on it (usually the same as the TMC command). Reference note #19.SLCDVACVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airport CodeRMCOpens Default browser to the airports RADAR INSTRUMENT APPROACH MINIMUMS plate..NTURMCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airport CodeHSCOpens Default browser to the airports HOT SPOT plate..BTVHSCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airport Code Approach ScratchPad Code COpens Default browser to the designated approach chart. Charted Visual Approaches are a separate command. Reference note #3 and #14.SLCi6LCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airport Code V 1st character of each word in the name COpens Default browser to the designated Charted Visual approach chart..SFOVQBCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airport Code LASHOCOpends to the specified airports LAND AND HOLD SHORT OPERATIONS plate..BZNLAHSOCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.CHARTS_ Airport 4 Letter CodeOpens Default browser to designated airport AirNav webpage.CHARTS KSLCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.CHARTSAOpens Default browser to selected aircraft filed arrival airport AirNav webpage.CHARTSAVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.CHARTSDOpens Default browser to selected aircraft filed departure airport AirNav webpage.CHARTSDVRC
vSTARS
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.VRC
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! zlcartcc.comVRC
vSTARS
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.VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.MILCTGeneral takeoff clearance for military aircraftMilitary Takeoff Clearance*** Military aircraft (except Cargo and Transport types) CHANGE TO DEPARTURE, WIND-@ RWY– CLEARED FOR TAKEOFFVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.MILCLMilitary landing clearanceWind WIND-@. Check Wheels Down. RWY ## Cleared to Land.VRC
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.VRC
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).VRC
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 #24VRC
vSTARS
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.VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.NAV NAVAID CodeReturns ISR text with the NAVAID Code, Frequency/Channel, and Name.NAVFFU
Would Return:
FAA_ISR *** FFU 116.60 FAIRFIELD VORTAC
.NAVFAIRFIELD would return the same thing.
VRC
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.
VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.APT Airport CodeReturns ISR text with the Airport Code, Airport Name, Towered/Non-Towered, and Responsible ARTCC.APTSLC
Would Return:
FAA_ISR *** ICAO-KSLC _ SALT LAKE CITY INTL AIRPORT _ 4230′ MSL _Towered ZLC
VRC
vSTARS
vERAM

GROUND TO GROUND COMMUNICATION

Command SyntaxMessage ContentsExample CommandExample Sent MessageWorks With
.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 18VRC
vSTARS
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 18VRC
vSTARS
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 _ 9000VRC
vSTARS
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 @ 2133zVRC
vSTARS
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 @ 2133zVRC
vSTARS
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 approachVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.DT_ Controller Sector IDSends a “Down Time” message to the designated controller following the aircraft callsign (ensure the reference aircraft is selected prior to sending this message).DT Q1A*** N123AB _ Landed 1202zVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.MA_ 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..MA AF H120 3K*** DAL1234 ***Missed Approach*** H120 3KVRC
vSTARS
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.VRC
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 at 12500 feet::: Wake up and take the handoff please.VRC
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 KPVUVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.MSORLSSends correct phraseology message releasing control of Missoula Delegated Airspace. Reference note #23.MSORLS***Missoula airspace released as requested.VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.MSOMCSends correct phraseology message assuming control of Missoula Delegated Airspace. Reference note #23.MSOMC***Missoula airspace is my control.VRC
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 ASELVRC
.NOANDeletes any assigned anchors.NOANVRC
.DOFReturns the direction of flight (heading/bearing) to/from Dep/Arr field of selected aircraft. See note #9.DOFVRC
.METAR_ weather station/airport codeReturns specified METAR in frequency chat box..METAR KSLCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.W_ weather station/airport codeReturns specified wind and altimeter information.W SLCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.WWReturns the wind and altimeter settings for the departure and arrival fields of the selected aircraft. See note #10..WWVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.OBSVISSets all official OBSERVER visibility points on scope. Reference note #12..OBSVISVRC
.CTRVISSets all official Center visibility points on scope. Reference note #12..CTRVISVRC
TRACON or airport codeVISSets visibility setpoints for specified facility. Reference note #12..S56VISVRC
.SECTORReloads Sector File from currently set directory. Helpful when actively updating the file..SECTORVRC
.ALIASReloads Alias File from currently set directory. Helpful when actively updating the file..ALIASVRC
.POFReloads POF File from currently set directory. Helpful when actively updating the file..POFVRC
.ZLCATAuto track the following fields: KBIL KBOI KBZN KGPI KGTF KOGD KPVU KSLC KMSO Reference note #25..ZLCATvERAM

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
VRC

Flight Strip/Data Tag Commands

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

Scope De-Clutter/Diagram Setup

Note – The DP/STAR commands are available for uncontrolled fields too.

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.Airport Code DP/STAR Code FDraws specified DP/STAR fixes on scope. Reference note #8 and #15..SLCARCHZFVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airport Code Approach ScratchPad CodeFDraws specified approach fixes lines on scope. Reference note #8..SLCi6RFVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
Airway type prefix Number 1-999Draws specified airway on scope. Reference note #8..V200VRC
.FIELDSDraws all ICAO codes and locations on scope for controlled fields within ZLC. Reference note #8..FIELDSvERAM
.vFIELDSDraws all ICAO codes and locations on scope for controlled fields within ZLC. Reference note #8..vFIELDSVRC
.VORSDraws all ZLC VOR Codes and locations on scope. It also draws commonly used High-VORs in neighboring ARTCCs. Reference note #8..VORSvERAM
.vVORSSame as .VORS but for VRC..vVORSVRC
.ASDraws all Class B, C and D airspace lines and altitudes. Reference note #8.ASVRC
.RESTRICTEDDraws all ZLC restricted airspace on scope. Reference note #8..RESTRICTEDVRC
.MVADraws all Minimum Vectoring Altitudes on scope. Reference note #8..MVAVRC
.RVMDraws all radar video maps on scope. Reference note #8..RVMVRC
.MIADraws ZLC MIA/MVA diagram on scope. Reference note #8..MIAVRC
.VFRDraws VFR Landmarks and transitions video map on scope. Reference note #8..VFRVRC
.METERDraws Metering Lines for S56 and to ZOA Reference note #8..METERVRC
.ZLCSECDraws all ZLC Sectors.ZLCSECVRC
.AWYSDraws the ZLC AWYS/VORS diagram on scope. Reference note #8..AWYSVRC
Airway IDFDraws the ZLC Airway Waypoints. (Note: VRC will only draw 5 character waypoints) Reference note #8..V200FVRC-Partial
vERAM

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.TSQVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TCON _ Next controller SECIDInstructs pilot to contact the next controller.TCON 1AVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TMON _ Next controller SECIDInstructs pilot to monitor the next controller.TMON TVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TCLOSING _ Number of min from nowBroadcasts a message notifying all that you are closing in a certain number of minutes..TCLOSING 5VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TCLOSEDBroadcasts a message that you are now closed.TCLOSEDVRC
vSTARS
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..TPRCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.THOTMICBroadcasts a general message notifying all that someone has a hotmic.THOTMICVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TTIPSDoes the same thing as the .TIPS command but broadcasts it to the pilot over the text frequency.TTIPSVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TWHATRWYProvides pilot a reason why they will not receive their RWY assignment before calling for taxi..TWHATRWYVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TEQUIPSends a message to the pilot asking for their equipment suffix, also provides a link explaining what an equipment suffix is..TEQUIPVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TNEWSends a private “Welcome Newcomer” message to the selected aircraft..TNEWVRC
vSTARS
vERAM

Clearance Delivery

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TRBCsends a general message notifying pilot that their readback was correct.TRBCVRC
vSTARS
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 1SVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TCRAFTUIssues basic “Cleared as Filed” clearance that doesn’t involve a DP when no departure services are provided..TCRAFTUVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TCRAFT airport code DP Code _ departure controller SECIDIssues a CRAFT clearance with the information pertinent to that DP. Reference note #16.TCRAFTARCHZ A1VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TPDC airport code DP Code without version # _ departure controller SECIDIssues a PDC clearance via private message to the aircraft that is selected with the information pertinent to that DP. Reference note #16 and #26.TPDCARCHZ A1′VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TPDC airport code DP Code without version #UIssues 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. Reference note #26.TPDCARCHZUVRC
vSTARS
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..TNOPDCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM

Ground

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

Tower

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TCL _ RWYIssues winds and landing clearance to selected pilot.TCL 16RVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TCT _ RWYIssues winds and takeoff clearance to selected pilot.TCT 16RVRC
vSTARS
vERAM

Radar-General

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TSQIInstructs pilot to squawk their assigned code and ident.TSQIVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TRCInforms the pilot that they are Radar Contact.TRCVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TFH _ HeadingInstructs pilot to fly a heading.TFH 130VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TTL _ HeadingInstructs pilot to turn left to a head heading.TTL 090VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TTR _ HeadingInstructs pilot to turn right to a head heading.TTR 010VRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TRSTInforms pilot that their radar services are terminated.TRSTVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TCM_ altitudeInstructs pilot to Climb and Maintain the altitude given.TCM 10kVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TDM_ altitudeInstructs pilot to Descend and Maintain the altitude given.TDM 8kVRC
vSTARS
vERAM

Departure

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.THFRInstructs pilot to Hold for Release.THFRVRC
vSTARS
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.TRFDVRC
vSTARS
vERAM

Approach

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TPTAC _ Reference fix _ Heading _ Altitude to maintain _ Approach type _ Runway assignmentIssues PTAC instructions for general approach.TPTAC UFEMY 130 7.5k ILS 16RVRC
vSTARS
vERAM
.TPTACILS _ Reference fix _ Heading _ Altitude to maintain _ Runway assignmentIssues PTAC instructions for an ILS approach.TPTAC UFEMY 130 7.5k ILS 16RVRC
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.TRFISIssues the selected aircraft the destination airport o’clock position and distance and then asks the pilot to report in sight..TRFISVRC
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.TCVA _ Runway assignmentInforms pilot they are cleared for the visual approach to a certain runway..TCVA 16RVRC
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.T airport code 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.TBVLAPPSVRC
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En-Route

Command SyntaxActionExample CommandWorks With
.TRCDB _ NAVAID,FIX,AIRPORTInforms pilot that they are Radar Contact with distance and bearing info from certain NAVAID,FIX,AIRPORT.TRCDB FFUVRC
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.TLMAInforms pilot that they are leaving the airspace and that there is no further ATC services available. Terminate radar services and freq change..TLMAVRC
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.T airport code STAR ARRIVAL CODE CTR N/S/E/W for Landing directionGives crossing waypoint and altitude to pilot, along with SLC Altimeter. Reference note #20.TDELTACTRSVRC
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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”. 3rd or 4th page, follow the same syntax. Example .SLCRUGGD2C OR .DENAALLE3C

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.

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) For VRC users: 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.

25) These airports are under the jurisdiction of a TRACON. To remove one of these fields, utilize the route command:
.AUTOTRACK -(airport id)

26) If a PDC is required to be sent and ATC have changed any aspect of the flight plan from what the pilot had filed, complete the .TPDC command as usual except add “CHG” to the end of the root command without a space.
Examples:
-RUGGD Departure, Departure is Q1S
–.TPDCSLCRUGGDCHG Q1S
-RUGGD Departure, Departure is Offline
–.TPDCSLCRUGGDUCHG