VATATIS Release Notes

  • v3.2
    • Additions
    • New backend job for managing database size
    • Changes
    • Upgraded backend software versions
    • Migrated backend assets to new format. Wide reaching effects on the website, but the ATIS maker itself was untouched with this change
    • Fixes
    • Fixed an issue with end of month dates causing METARs to be mis-identified as 1 month ahead of what they actually were
    • Fixed a small bug with the [for xxx contact xxx] parser
    • Fixed a rather large bug with the weather parser that would throw the application into an infinite loop in some cases
  • v3.1
    • Additions
    • #42 Added VATSIM SSO to the website
    • #7 Added support for control tokens to both the website and the parser
    • #10 Added control tokens to the urls on the docs page for logged in users
    • #44 Added persistant ATIS letters. ATIS letters are now stored in the database along side their metar and other ops info. ATIS letters are automatically updated when the metar is change or if ops info is changed. The exceptions are if ops info was already changed in the last 2 minutes, or if ops info didnt exist already for that metar
    • Changes
    • Seen notifications are now based on your control token in the url or your IP if you didnt pass a control token. They are no longer based on real names
    • Docs page has been updated with new info
    • Removals
    • The real name parameter is no longer required and has been removed from the url on the docs page
    • The info parameter is no longer required and has been removed from the url on the docs page
    • Fixes
    • A bug where app was accepted as a parameter instead of apptype has been fixed. Please use apptype in your URL if you were not already
  • v3.0.1
    • Changes
    • Updated the documentation page
  • v3.0
    • Additions
    • Added support for Audio for Vatsim
    • Added support for availabe controller parsing, I.E. "for delivery and ground contact tower 118.7"
    • Added breaks into the ATIS string to force the AFV text2speech to pause between segements
    • Changes
    • Changed on first contact with to "On first contact with XXXX ATC"
    • Changed the cloud parser to remove the extra Cloud string
    • Removals
    • Removed support for older ATIS versions as we no longer need it due to lack of voice files
    • Fixes
    • Fixed some styling issues with the website
  • v2.4.5
    • Additions
    • Added a new notification system. When you first request an ATIS you will get notifications. Further requests will give you the proper ATIS string
    • New Patreon page launched! Support our efforts to improve VATATIS at https://www.patreon.com/vatatis
  • v2.4.4
    • Additions
    • The parser will now report [wx][unavailable] when a METAR reports // for significant weather
    • Fixes
    • Fixed an issue where // for an unavailable weather station caused the parser to hang itself
  • v2.4.3
    • Additions
    • VAT-12: Added documentation page to the website
    • Fixes
    • VAT-30: Fixed the leading 0 being stripped from winds with directions less than 100 degrees
  • v2.4.2.1
    • Changes
    • Tidied up some of the navbar styling
  • v2.4.2
    • Additions
    • Added V2.4 for the actaul ATIS API code and updated HEAD to it
    • Added Google Analytics to both the frontend and the API
    • Website is now served from the CloudFlare CDN to improve performance
    • Changes
    • To use V2.3, you now need to use the historial URL
    • Optimized the delivery of most of the website to improve performance
    • Fixes
    • Fixed an issue with the CRON job that pulls the METARs
    • Fixed an issue with the Javascript which was causing the METAR search to not initilize properly
    • Fixed an infinite loop when the METAR reports // due to technical faults with the cloud sensor
  • v2.4.1
    • Additions
    • VAT-5: Added changes page
    • Changes
    • Re-did the website styling
    • Fixes
    • Fixed a bug where the parsing would break if a temp sensor was out of service, producing /// in the metar
  • v2.3.3
    • Additions
    • Added checking for Bay approach and Auckland Control on the first contact with sections
    • Added a public website available at https://www.vatatis.nz
    • Added a METARs page for checking current and previous METARs
    • Fixes
    • Fixed a bug in the weather parsing that was causing an infinite loop
  • v2.3.2
    • Additions
    • Added new code to pill for new METARS from VATSIM
    • Added new code to store the last 3 metars
    • Changes
    • Added a new script to use to update the ATIS voice files (See docs for details)
  • v2.3.1
    • Additions
    • Added beta URL
    • Added 2000ft winds parameter (See docs for details)
  • v2.2.6
    • Changes
    • VATATIS is now served over HTTPS only. There is a redirect in place for HTTP
  • v2.2.5
    • Changes
    • [CLD] will now be in the ATIS to denote the cloud section even if NSC, SKC or NCD are reported
    • Backend work done around controller parsing to make my life easier. Only affects V2.2 and above
  • v2.2.4
    • Changes
    • Winds are now displayed in Magnetic heading instead of true heading (Change flows backwards to previous versions as well)
  • v2.2.3
    • Changes
    • Backend work to help with maintainability
  • v2.2.2
    • Fixes
    • VAT-16: Fixed an issue where [wx] would get added multiple times instead of just once
  • v2.2.1
    • Additions
    • Users can now use old versions of the ATIS, down to v2.0, by changing the URL (See docs for details)
    • Using previous versions only supports down to the minor version (major.minor.patch)
    • Changes
    • Users who have the new files can now remove the &newfiles parameter
    • Users who do not have the new [approach] voice file are encouraged to remove the &newfiles parameter and use http://vatatis.nz/2.0/gen? instead
  • v2.1
    • Changes
    • TMA positions renamed from Control to Approach when using &newfiles=true in the url
    • Removals
    • Old newfiles code, anyone who uses the new url will now be given an ATIS that requires the new files Nick Botica provided
  • v2.0
    • Additions
    • Weather now has wx for text and present weather for voice
    • [.] added to the end of text to trigger and empty voice file for a slight pause
    • New voice files released for VATNZ
    • Changes
    • vicinity xxx weather conditions now reads xxx in the vicinity
    • Wind speeds changed from surface wind xxx at xx gust xx to surface wind xxx degress xx knots gusting xx knots
    • Surface conditions replaced with runway condition for voice and text
    • ILS approach replaced with ILSDME approach for voice and text
    • Showers of rain replaced with rain showers for voice only
  • v1.4.2
    • Changes
    • The URL has been changed
  • v1.4.1
    • Removals
    • Removed CAVOK as it's not actually reported by ATIS systems in NZ
  • v1.4
    • Additions
    • Added automatic parsing of ATC positions. This removes the need for the ATC parameter by pulling info from VATSIM
    • Removals
    • Removed the ATC parameter
  • v1.3
    • Additions
    • Added logging of requests to monitor useage of VATATIS and assist in debugging
  • v1.2
    • Additions
    • New user parameter added. This is used to check to see if someone is on the access list for alpha and beta versions
    • Fixes
    • Server has been given a static IP to prevent issues with the IP being switched
  • v1.1
    • Additions
    • New parameter option for ATC. CTRO will now put Ohakea Control instead of Christchurch Control
    • Windshear parsing is now in the code, but not enabled. Need new voice files first.
    • Changes
    • WND has been changed to Surface Wind
    • Removals
    • Zulu has been removed from the time
    • Fixes
    • NZHN now correctly provides the controllers
  • v1.0
    • Additions
    • First iteration of the new VATATIS system
    • All basic features of UniATIS are replicated
    • Using the ATC parameter you can control what controllers are reported in the ATIS. (Details on the VATNZ ATC policy page)
    • If the ATC parameter is missing, the maker defaults to the UniATIS ground or tower, but still adds the airport name to it
    • Surface condition has been added, only reports dry or wet
    • CAVOK is now repoted if conditions in NZAA, NZWN or NZCH meet thre requirements listed in AIP GEN 3.5
    • Fixes
    • Variable winds are not reported more reliably than UniATIS
    • Visibility noww correctly reported as more than 10km if the metar is 9999
    • Cloud is now reported correctly as per AIP GEN 3.5
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