Which Version of Windows will PBLink run on?
PBLink will run on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
PBLink will not run on the following operating Systems: Windows RT - Apple IOS - Android OS
Unfortunately we are no longer able to support Windows XP and download instructions will not be supplied for new installations. Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and we have taken the decision that we can no longer support new installations on this operating system due to the numerous problems now encountered during installation. More details can be found on the Microsoft website http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/end-support-help
I have been told to read the PBLink manual - where is it?
The manual can normally be found in the PlaneBase folder on your hard drive (c:\planebase)
If it is not present then you can download the latest manual from PBLink. From the Main menu select Help>Download Manual.This manual will download to your PC.
The manual is in Microsoft Word Format so Microsoft Office needs to be installed on your PC. If you do not have Microsoft Office then a Word document viewer can be downloaded here.
The official IATA type codes are not being used?
Mainly for SBS and the PB link but also for some print routines and flight tracking needs lists, we have made a decis
ion that we will use ICAO codes in most cases, but not all.In our opinion some of them serve PlaneBase better if we alter them.
The prime example of having some of our own codes against ICAO code is the G550. The official ICAO code for the G550 is GLF5. So G550 registration N1911W files his flight plan as a GLF5. If we enter GLF5 in the ICAO box in the PlaneBase files, when this aircraft then pings on SBS/PB link it would show as a GLF5.
However the aircraft type is of course the G550 so we are actually showing the user using PB Link that the aircraft is a G550 and not a G5. Does that make sense?
We think so and so similar criterias are used for the G4/G450, some of the Falcon types and some airliners. When using some of the print functions, you have the choice to show aircraft type as the four letter code. So you bring your log up and post online, sticking to ICAO codes N1911W would show in your log as a GLF5 when aircraft type is a G550.
Similarly Air Europa E195s file as ICAO code E190, yet to us all in the spotting world we know them as E195s. Therefore on PB Link and on your printed or posted logs they will show correctly as E195s.
At the end of the day this is a hobby and Planebase is trying to roll everything out in a way that caters for all tastes. We have people on the editorial team that think we should stick to the official ICAO codes and I know many users do. But at the same time just as many like the boldness shown in being different. When you ask those that prefer to use ICAO codes would they like to see N1911W presented as a GLF5 or G550, they do see the latter as the better choice from purely the spotting point of view.