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How do you keep track of all the payware airports you have ?

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Hi would like to know how you guys keep track of all the payware airport you guys have? I myself have a lot of payware airports that i have bought but sometimes i even forget i have them . Because i bought so many sometime it is hard to keep track an i came to notice the other day that i had few payware airports that i haven't even visit yet. What are some of the ways to best keep track of your payware scenery or airport?

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Well, that's actually a pretty good question.

 

I too sometimes forget I even have certain payware airports/sceneries. Although I always take a look around them in the trike after I get them installed to check them out, make sure everything looks good, everything works, etc.

 

I also have a ton of airports I never fly into anymore mostly because the VA I belong to is cargo based and we don't fly into say, Chicago Midway...

 

When I do a new route or something the first time I always check to see if I have a payware version of the destination installed in FSX somewhere and if I don't I look to see if one is available and if not I come here and grab a freeware version.

 

Maybe a simple text file of the ICAO codes of my payware stuff in alphabetical order or something might be in order...

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Yeah, I know that problem, too. Especially in those areas where I have mostly/only freeware aiports I lost track of them myself, sometimes, if I find some interesting looking free airports, I install them, and after having them installed, I don*t even remember it's name.

But with the payware airports, I try to vsit those, that I might forget more once in a while, just often enough to remember thei're there.

The funny thing is, something similar happened to me a few days ago with aircraft: When viewing my old screenshots, I found out that I've actually bought a Cessna with retractable gear from Carenado (a 182RG?), but I didn't even see her till then in my select aircraft menu.

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First I have two folders, payware and freeware (don't know why I make a difference between them though...) and in there I simply have folders named according to the country. In those folders I then have a folder like 'KBOS - BOSTON' where i have the installation files and the serials. i also have an excel list where I have all the sceneries documented.

 

Actually I also have an excel list where I document in which order I install everything into the simulator.

 

Finally I placed most of the airports on google maps and created a kmz-file.

 

Best way? Don't know but it works for me!

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Finally I placed most of the airports on google maps and created a kmz-file.

 

That's an interesting idea. I'll try that, too.

 

Cheers,

Flo

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Maybe we need an addon to keep track of our addons then?

 

As far as "finding" aircraft though I once found out there is a limit to the number of aircraft that will show in the selection screen.

You can have as many as you want installed but only 250 (IIRC) will show up. I have since gotten a lot more picky about what aircraft I use and have trimmed many many GBs off my FSX install by leaving out all the aircraft I never really used including the default.

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Maybe we need an addon to keep track of our addons then?

Great idea. :LMAO:

You can have as many as you want installed but only 250 will show up.

Maybe that's the problem, but anyways, I just cleaned up my virtual hangar, so there's a lot less of unused aircraft around, and there she was again.

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Not sure it's the 'best' way, but I keep a list of saved flights with the airport name.

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I have everything put in an excel file, FSX settings, tweaks and addons. For every addon i have noted the complete name, manufacturer and version number, this way its easy to find out if a new version of a particular addon has been released. I also print out the invoice, and if needed note down the serialnr on it, of every purchase i make and store those in a map.

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Use the spreadsheet of your choice if so inclined. I keep one with separate tabs for airports, aircraft, airlines, etc. Airports tab shows name, IATA/ICAO codes, publisher, version, and hyperlinks to the airport's Wiki entry and official home page. I also color-code their names by region so I can get a quick glimpse of regional groupings for flight planning. Aircraft tab groups by type (prop, jet, etc), publisher, version, pax/cargo weights, etc. And the airline tab shows who flies which aircraft types, hubs, IATA/ICAO codes and call sign, etc. Final tab tracks flights with airports across both axes and a simple color-code to show flights completed, planned, or range-limited. I'm a quant by training, so no big deal to be a little anal. ;-)

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I use google docs spreadsheet to track all the detail, and then googlemaps to track all th elocations.

 

Just like Stephanovic I record on a spreadsheet where and when purchased, developer, serial number and version installed. If it's an airport I list which country it belongs in as well as any additional notes (eg "place below scenery x" or #don't forget latest version of Orbx library when finish all Orbx installs") - that helps me get everyting installed when starting from scratch. It also helps me to a sort based on developer or location so I can do installs in chunks.

 

I also use googlemaps and simply created a new map that had all my airport locations mapped out, as well as scenery areas indicated. I found that was the best way to help me think about what route I wanted to fly, and it helped me work out what other areas I wanted to poulate.

 

Cheers, Danny

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Hello mr340,

 

I use Google Maps also, and have all my payware airports marked. It's easy to visually reference and gives me an idea of the distances involved between airports.

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I have a flash drive to back up all my installers. I have folders containing developer names and inside each developer folder I have folders with each ICAO. I'm amazed how much I've accumulated in 2 1/2 years. I just don't want to know how much I have paid. :)

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First I have two folders, payware and freeware (don't know why I make a difference between them though...) and in there I simply have folders named according to the country. In those folders I then have a folder like 'KBOS - BOSTON' where i have the installation files and the serials. i also have an excel list where I have all the sceneries documented.

 

Actually I also have an excel list where I document in which order I install everything into the simulator.

 

Finally I placed most of the airports on google maps and created a kmz-file.

 

Best way? Don't know but it works for me!

First I have two folders, payware and freeware (don't know why I make a difference between them though...) and in there I simply have folders named according to the country. In those folders I then have a folder like 'KBOS - BOSTON' where i have the installation files and the serials. i also have an excel list where I have all the sceneries documented.

 

Actually I also have an excel list where I document in which order I install everything into the simulator.

 

Finally I placed most of the airports on google maps and created a kmz-file.

 

Best way? Don't know but it works for me!

 

Wawoooo i always wanted to do that placing most of the airports on google earth. But i don't know how to create a kmz-file. The reason for creating something like this in google earth i would say it is because before flying into an airport i can see how far the are from each other. Not like the last time i have never visit Ronald Reagan National Airport an i created such a short flight plan without even noticing from New York to Washington DC in a 757. I forgot which payware site i got it from . I think is latinvfr really can't remember . But if i could just create a map pinpointing all the payware scenery or airport that i have.

Ronald Reagan National Airport

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Hello mr340,

 

I use Google Maps also, and have all my payware airports marked. It's easy to visually reference and gives me an idea of the distances involved between airports.

 

Thanks i really want to try that with google maps. Now i will know how far away i am from the destination payware airport that i am flying into . Those are some great idea guys

 

Not sure it's the 'best' way, but I keep a list of saved flights with the airport name.

 

Thanks Tim, i have a list of saved flights but now what am going to do is look into my fsx addon scenery folder which i think most of the payware scenery goes into . An i will create a list of all the payware i have then set it up in google earth just as my fellow simmers said. :smile:

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rm340,

it's very easy to create the kmz-files since you just save the set of places you created in google earth as a .kmz-file.

In the left list you have "My places" (I guess, I have a Swedish version myself). Right click on it and choose to create a folder. Personally I have named the folder as FS9 and another one as FSX. I then created sub-folders Europe, NA etc.

 

Then you start adding places. You can use the search function and enter eg Ronald Reagan airport and you will zoom there. To put a marker use ctrl+shift+P and give it an appropriate name. You can also choose another icon - personally I use the.... drumroll... aircraft marker. You can of course also just zoom in wherever you want on the map and put the marker there. As long as the marker has a yellow blinking rectangle around it, you can grab it and move it to pinpoint the position.

 

Once you've created a marker you will find it somewhere in the list on the left under "Places", depending on which folder you had active when you put the marker on the map. You can now just drag the saved marker to any other folder at your heart's consent.

 

Now, to create the kmz-file, just chose the topmost folder you created, head up to the Archive menu and and choose "Save" and "Save place as" and then you can choose the .kmz-format.

 

As I said, I have a Swedish Google Earth so I just guessed how some terms probably are translated.

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If I'm flying VFR, I have a list I write down on a post it note, so I can search for nearby airports in the GPS and fly to them.

 

If it's IFR I remember the airports, and search on flightaware for scheduled flights that use a departing and arriving airport I have paid for.

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I mark then up on plan-g using the custom waypoint markers. Then use the range rings to get my to or from airport. Easy as!

 

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I mark then up on plan-g using the custom waypoint markers. Then use the range rings to get my to or from airport. Easy as!

 

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Thanks am sure going to try it right now . I will used this laptop for the google earth maping an stuff . An my desktop with FSX .So i think this will be very nice way to keep track of my payware scenery .

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Every time I purchase an addon.. scenery or aircraft or whatever, I forward the purchase e-mail to myself with additional information about the CCard used or Paypay info, Srl#, activation code etc and then save that e-mail to a separate e-mail folder called "Online FSX addon purchase".

 

Then I save that e-mail in txt file along with the downloaded file in folders titiled /FSX_Purchase/DVD1, DVD2, DVD3 .....

 

Such that each DVDx folder does not exceed the size of a DVD-R capacity. I have slowly backed up into DVDs.... after a while I stopped making these DVDs..but I have these folders copied over into seperate HD's on separate PCs for backups instead.

 

Its easier to purchase HDs that I could use one of those Docking stations where I can swap in and swap out SATA HDs.

 

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I used to do it with my AVSIM Forum sig ( :blink: ) but now I just organize them in my software key file. I keep all the downloads of my purchases on a portable hard drive (or 2) and on that drive I have a text file with all my keys and software listed. It's a pain but has saved my the couple of times I have had to rebuild.

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That's an interesting idea. I'll try that, too.

 

Cheers,

Flo

 

I do this as well, google earth is my first step in flight planning even if I'm going to use FSBuild I checkout where I want to fly first.

 

I also keep a document with a list split into regions where I can write notes about each one. For example some packages come with several airports so I list the codes and details etc. But this doc won't be needed anymore once I copy all the details into google earth

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That's an interesting idea. I'll try that, too.

 

Cheers,

Flo

 

I do the same thing. If you do a Google search, there are a couple .kmz/.kml files out there that have most of the World's airports organized by country and listed by ICAO code. When I install a new scenery, I activate it in GE. It works well and the weather overlay is a plus. Also, if you are trying to get a rough idea of flight times, you can measure distance in GE.

 

This pic has a mixture of freeware and payware. I could symbolize them based on free/pay but I have not gotten around to it.

GE.jpg

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Not sure it's the 'best' way, but I keep a list of saved flights with the airport name.

 

I did the same and it also works for scenerys. If you are careful with naming you can even get the saves sorted by type, region etc.

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