by Jordan Krushen
As subscribers to AviatorPro (our ongoing IFR training series) know, we’re nearing the end of our VATSIM training, and we’re planning regular VATSIM fly-ins to increase everybody’s confidence while flying online, to have some fun, and to build our sense of community.
As such, it was perfect timing when we were approached recently by Todd Lear of DigitalThemePark. Created in 2002, DigitalThemePark is a multi-gaming community of virtual citizens. It provides organization and congregation of gamers centered around the use of Voice over IP (TeamSpeak 3), while promoting the interests of gaming, software, and hardware—all at no cost to the citizen.
Instead of a place to simply connect for a quick game or fly-in, DigitalThemePark is there for all to use at all hours of the day, simply to hang out and chat with other gamers and simmers, in realtime. Todd has graciously offered to host a set of Angle of Attack flight channels on his well-administered community server, for the use of all AoA members and the public alike.
We have also, to celebrate the upcoming release of the PMDG 737 NGX, created a channel specifically to chat about this wonderful new aircraft. Come hang out in the AoA PMDG NGX Discussion channel in the Flight Division and meet other 737 NGX owners, chat about the details that you love, and ask for help from other NGX pilots.
It is thus with pleasure that we invite the public and all AoA members (including future PMDG 737 NGX training members) to join us at DigitalThemePark’s TeamSpeak 3 community, ts3.digitalthemepark.com. You’ll be placed into the Welcome… channel by default, and you can scroll down through the list of channels to see the various games and communities that are supported there. Once you are granted “citizenship”—don’t worry, no paperwork or forms to fill out—you will be able to peruse the various channels. In the Flight Division, you’ll find a pilot’s lounge, events channel and AoA classrooms, as well as staff offices, in case you’d like to chat privately with any of the Angle of Attack staff.
Todd has been very welcoming and very active on the server, so if you’re not sure what to do on the server, he’ll likely be around shortly to welcome you and help you out. He can often be found toward the bottom of the list, in his virtual office, under the nickname Zoolander64.
We encourage all AoA members, especially those who would like to join us on our first VATSIM fly-in, to connect, sort out any issues that might crop up, check that your audio config is working, hang out and enjoy what the server offers, and get to know everybody. Don’t think of this as a server just for official AoA use—use it anytime you’d like to fly with each other, chat with each other, provide community support, or anything else you’d like.
We’d like to thank Todd for offering us this service, and are very keen to increase our presence here and host some other events we’ve been discussing internally. We’re looking forward to getting to know you all on TeamSpeak!
Download and install Teamspeak, then follow the config instructions below.
Go to the Settings | Options page, select the Capture item in the list on the left, and be sure to configure Push-To-Talk as the means of transmitting. Select a PTT key that is not the same as your VATSIM PTT key—this way you can choose to transmit to ATC or to TeamSpeak and keep things separate.
Click the Begin Test button and use your PTT key to test out your audio configuration. You can adjust playback levels by selecting the Playback item in the list on the left.
You can also add the ts3.digitalthemepark.com address to your TeamSpeak bookmarks via the Bookmarks menu to save it for future use.
Angle of Attack Crew
Do you have any questions about how to setup TS3 and get talking in our channel? Are you excited for this feature of AviatorPro?