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GA Traffic Maker update 1.1.6. available.

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GA Traffic Maker has now been updated to version 1.1.6. Thanks to those of you from this forum who offered suggestions and reported bugs. This version fixes several bugs, and as a new feature will only generate flight plans to towered airports by default. You can still generate flight plans to ALL airports with a simple toggle key. The update has been uploaded to the major FS libraries, where it should be available shortly. It can also be downloaded from my website below. (Hit refresh if you don't see a January 7 entry.)- Mike Hollandhttp://caphollands.fsgateway.comhttp://jdtllc.com/images/RCsupporter.jpg

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Just had to thank you for this util, Mike! Between it and Project AI, I've now got my local airspace sounding and feeling roughly like it does when I fly it in real life!Taxiing to the active at CYYJ (my real home airport) last night, I had a 172 in front of me, a Westjet 737 (PAI) just behind me, and the Flying Club's parking area filled just like in real life. (the last courtesy of the AFCAD rebuild I've done for Victoria Int'l!)I only started playing with AI stuff last week, and your util came along at exactly the right time. One question: I assume that as I use AFCAD to add Tower freqs to airports, I can just plug them into ga_tower.txt? The format seems pretty simple: IACO code; Lat/Long; Elevation.Thanks again,Brian.

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The best way to add airports to the GA_TOWER.TXT file is to copy the line directly from the Airports.txt file, and paste it into GA_TOWER.TXT. Just don't leave any blank lines between entries. That can screw things up.Oh, and by the way, update 1.1.6. (and apparently version 1.1 as well) contains a bug that, under some circumstances, produces a 48-hour flight plan instead of a 24-hour one. Thanks to John Glossop for catching that. I'll be working on a fix for that anomaly soon, and will package up a new version with updated documentation for upload when it's ready.- Caphollandhttp://caphollands.fsgateway.comhttp://jdtllc.com/images/RCsupporter.jpg

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Let us know here when it is ready.You probably have no idea what I'm doing with this program, clever devil that I am! :-wink2 Since it builds flight plans off what aircraft is in the GA_craft.txt and GA_airports.txt files, I created "special purpose" versions of these for military aircraft and airports in the region where I'm flying, and generated AI traffic for the military airports. I plan to do the same with some regional liveried jets. So despite the moniker, I'm finding I can use it not just for GA traffic.Wherein lies a request, and a question. The maximum distance the program allows is 999 nm. Is it possible for you to bump this up, or would that be asking a lot?The question has to do with the field where tail numbers are generated. When I was generating the traffic for the military aircraft, the program would not let me use any pattern other than the N123AB pattern. Later, when I was doing GA traffic, I found that the only patterns available were N### and N123AB. Is this supposed to be the way it works? I think I would have used a pattern of ### for my military a/c if available.IAC, thanks for a great program!

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Hi Basil. Version 1.2 is currently undergoing beta testing. The maximum range is now 500nm max. The tail number section DID have a bug in it that should now be fixed. The tail number pattern is a different issue. By default the program uses the US format (ie N123AB) as the "swap" format. At any time, with any tail format, you can switch it to N123AB. If your airport is already detected as being a US airport, then it swaps between N123AB and N123AB. Writing a routine to enter a customized tail number format would be very complex, considering how they are generated within the program, so I don't think I'll be able to offer that as a feature. Using GA Traffic Maker for military traffic was an idea in the back of my mind. If you know of a specific military tail number format that you'd like an option for, I might be able to include it somehow. Let me know.- Caphollandhttp://caphollands.fsgateway.comhttp://jdtllc.com/images/RCsupporter.jpg

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