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FS2004 Locating/Changing airport with AIFP?

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Hello.

I'm hoping someone can answer a quick question for me regarding AIFP. I am trying to find out if this program can somehow search active flightplans in FS9 and locate specific airports and then change them to something else. For example, finding an airport in the plans that no longer exists and then change it to the correct one.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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You might be able to, I don't know. I just load the flightplan.txt files into Wordpad (after decompiling the BGL files) and use Find and Replace to change all instances of the old ICAO code to the new one. Do not use Notepad for this - it's horribly slow, while Wordpad is very fast. If you have a lot of flightplan files this does take a while, though.
 

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Carob, the feature you are looking for in AIFP is called Kill Airport. It doesn't actually change the flight plan, it redirects the aircraft to the newly-designated airport.

Ther3 is no feature to change airports in all traffic files. However, you can permanently change airports file-by-file using the find/replace feature.

Don
 
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How does it redirect the aircraft if the flight plan isn't changed?

If it's the feature I'm looking for then it will change the info in all files. But, you go on to say that there is no feature to change things in all files. A bit confusing. Do you think you could clarify things a little?
 

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As he said AFAIK there is no such feature in AIFP. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. I have done this many, many times, one by one...
 
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But he said there is a feature. It's called Kill Airport. My question was, what is that? How can the AI be redirected to a different location without modifying the file they use to know where to go and when to go there?
 

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The Kill Airport feature is described in the user manual. If that's not what you want, then the only ther way is to use the Find/Replace function on a file-by-file basis.

Don
 

Heretic

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Or use ADE to change the ICAO codes of the airport in question.
 

tgibson

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That can be difficult when you want to rename a new airport to the same ICAO code as a stock airport. AFAIK ADE won't let you do that, and having two airports with the same code will certainly confuse FS, if not crash it?
 

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I think FS9 (and FSX) rendering priority scheme is able to handle this. FS9 only used to crash when you had two add-on AFCADs for the exact same airport in the same layer in the scenery library.

And if you can add entire airports, you can as well move, rename and delete them. The only odd aspect about the result can be odd effects in the map and GPS screens.
 
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