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  1. @ConstVoid Ian, thanks for that. As is always the case when a clearer thinker points stuff out, it's obvious now. 🙂 @Ray Proudfoot Thanks for your patience Ray, especially given that none of this is really causing a problem, only frustrating my curiosity. Copying the expanded csv files into \data\ and adding a row to a4.csv works well but with 2000+ runways between 1000 and 1500 feet, and mostly at uncontrolled airfields, I can see me resorting to simply requesting clearance once I'm up... D
  2. Hi Ray. I believe the two versions work in a similar fashion. While I had P3d I was using RC (and MakeRwys) with that sim too. I have a couple of tangential questions while I work out whether or not I've got this short-runway thing right. What is the second term in each row of m4.csv? I can see the airport ICAO and the transition altitude but I can't find anything that matches the bit between them. EGCC , 1515 , 5000 What is indicated by the letters B, D and G in the ILS term in r4.csv (or r5 depending on where you look)? The 180° error in runway heading in this example is the developer's fault. I've never flown there and can't be bothered to investigate... EGCJ , 0240 , 53.786304 , -1.223475 , 26 , 62.800 , 2598 , 109.30BG , 59 , -4.000 , 53.788151 , -1.218316 , 0 , CT , CL Alright, three then: What are CT and CL, the last two terms in r4.csv? Finally, for FS9 the MakeRwys.bat launched by clicking Rebuild Scenery DB copies r5.csv from \FS2004\ to \RCV4\data\ and renames it. Copying r4.csv (the logical & obvious action) causes a runtime error to do with departure information. A small historical window upon development problems? D
  3. Thanks again Ray. Using SAYJ as an example, what I've found is this: I run C:\fs2004\MakeRwys with no switch. That creates C:\fs2004\r4.csv for only runways longer than 1500 feet, which excludes SAYJ. I then run it again with the />1000 switch. That updates C:\fs2004\r4.csv with entries for shorter runways so now it includes SAYJ. The files in C:\RCV4\data\ are so far untouched. I launch RC and click Rebuild Scenery DB, going through standard responses. That updates a4.csv, c4.csv and r4.csv in C:\RCV4\data\ but still with no SAYJ. The other data files in there still have a 2006 date. It has also overwritten C:\fs2004\r4.csv with the normal >1500' entries so SAYJ has disappeared again. At this point, can I redo the manual run with switch and then copy the custom files from C:\fs2004\ into C:\RCV4\data\ ? Would I also need to add SAYJ manually to C:\RCV4\data\a4.csv ? The question has arisen only because I've just filled in some more of the gaps in my UK2000 collection and I wanted to clean a few things up before installing the new airports. It's largely academic as I'm only doing short VFR flights but that half-memory has been niggling for a couple of days. D
  4. Thanks Ray. I'd assumed that clicking Rebuild Scenery DB in RC4 copied the /FS2004/ files into /RCV4/data/ but by watching the timestamps change, I see it's actually overwriting the /FS2004/ files. I guess that means I just have to rerun MakeRwys manually with the />1000 parameter after finishing Rebuild Scenery DB. Should I copy the correct csv files into /RCV4/data/ and will I need to add the appropriate lines to a4.csv or to any other files? D
  5. Hello from breezy Mid-Wales. Many years ago I had a problem with RC not picking up a short runway at my departure airfield. In my memory there's a hint of something about modifying a parameter or adding a switch, possibly to makerwys or maybe in one of the csv files, in order to allow shorter runways down to 1000' or so into RC's database but I can't find it in the suspect thread (or in my memory). https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/374050-airfield-doesnt-show-in-rc-plan/ Am I only imagining that there was such a simple solution? It may have been in Ronzie's second link but that one goes nowhere now. I'll just add, a propos of nothing, that I'm enjoying some fantastic early spring weather today: sunshine, hail and a seriously fresh breeze. D
  6. Can I take it from this that the disappearance of two posts was not caused by a hardware fault at my end?
  7. My thanks Dominique. I suppose then it's not a French spur. My battered OED gives this derivation for apron: an apron from the middle english a napron from the old French naperon, the diminutive of nape (used in English as nap on a billiard table and as nappe in geology) from the Latin mappa meaning a napkin. -kin being a diminutive suffix means that napkins are just small tablecloths. I spend far too much time on my own. I'm off now to have a bath in the gin.
  8. Hi. In case you haven't found it yet... There are two texture files and one lightmap for each livery. One texture file is specific to the 800, the other contains parts that are common to all versions of the AIA 737 Max series. The horizontal stabilisers are in AIA_737_MAX_t.psd and not in the file with 800 in its name. D
  9. I wouldn't be surprised to find a streaming website with that name...
  10. Returning to a couple of earlier questions, I first thought that apron might have come from the French "éperon" as in the part that sticks out from the piste d'atterrissage. Then I recalled the naval origin of many aviation words (captain, tiller, rudder, navigation, aeronaut et c.) and decided that apron is also naval in origin. A dock apron is the manoeuvring area for the loading and unloading machinery. The construction of dock aprons led me on to the dam wall, which has an apron spread out before its foot, suggesting that 'apron' has been in use for a long time in the context of a flat hardstanding adjacent to something else. @Dominique_K could remind me of the French for a concrete apron, which would deal with a large part of my waffle. The word origiates in the Latin "mappa" meaning a small cloth and the foregoing examples may have no more obscure an origin than a similarity to a cloak spread over a muddy puddle... In the UK, ramps are inclined and lead smoothly from one level to another. Can you have (other) horizontal ramps in the US? Concerning biscuits and gravy... in the UK the dish would be called savoury scones with a meat-based white sauce. It doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily. Just reading through a couple of online recipies is making me hungry. Coming obscurely back to aviation, the sauce looks less like a bechamel base and more like a vol-au-vent filling. UK gravy is the thickened juices from the bottom of a roasting tin. I first encountered the Canadian version of that wonderful staple, chips & gravy (which answers the question of what to have with your fries...), only a fortnight ago. It seems a bit rich but worth a try. Regarding the original post, tubeliner makes me imagine a construction method like pipework, where short lengths of tube are attached end to end. I think some large aircraft are built that way. My biology teacher once pointed out during a lesson on digestion that humans are also just a funny-shaped tube. Does anyone else here call chocolate digestives "half-coated"? D
  11. Hi Chris. Thanks for your reply. My order's placed. 🙂
  12. Hi. I have three questions before ordering a yoke... I'm using FS9 with a registered copy of FSUIPC on 64 bit Win 10. Although FS9 is not included in the list of compatible sims on the Compatibility tab of your support page, you do state that the yoke will work with any software that accepts a USB joystick input. I don't imagine that I'll encounter any problems but could you confirm it please? When would you forsee despatching a yoke if I ordered it this evening? I'm not looking for a specific date, but an indication of the number of weeks or months will give me something to look forward to. What courier do you use in the UK or can I request a particular courier? (I'd rather not as it would probably complicate things for you) I have nowhere a parcel can be left so once the order was despatched I'd need to track it or know the delivery date in order to be at home to meet the van. Thanks very much. D
  13. For those of you who are aware of the hardly-missed Cummings' recent history, I found this by Fortissimo in a PPRuNe thread from May last year: "As for why this man decided to land at Valley, perhaps he didn't see the "This is a prohibited place..." signs from the air. Having allegedly had the virus, perhaps he just flew there to test his vision? That would explain everything, and would make it a very reasonable and legal action too." He also mentions that the AOC Ops' decision not to block the departure was probably correct as it would only have led to more trouble. Only for the pilot, surely?
  14. The pilot's name is here, and his annual income (£375 000). The plane was a PC12, reg N412MD previously G-ILMD, previously N412MD. He apparently has 2000+ hours, a US and a Canadian licence. The possible convenience registration -- change of reg and back again -- suggests something suspect about his UK qualification. The incident occurred in May last year, the court heard the case earlier this week. RAF Valley does accept civilian flights but only by PPR, and not on public holidays. And not when work is being carried out on RY19... And not during the May 2020 lockdown... And not when a Notam has been issued indicating that the airfield is closed... He apparently chose Valley as a destination after dumping a plan to visit his mother in Yorkshire, having found RAF Valley on Google Earth and Wikipedia. MPs told him he couldn't depart until he had clearance, which would have meant the following day, but he ignored them and left anyway. Perhaps they didn't stop him because they were glad to be shot of him. In any case, they'd already informed North Wales Police by that point and must have decided that the entire problem (bad airmanship & breach of covid laws) belonged to civilians. The CAA prosecuted and I don't understand why they accepted his drivel: "He described himself as 'an experienced pilot who sees flying as a great privilege to be taken seriously.' " nor why the magistrate at court decided that a couple of days' income was sufficient punishment. With that many hours and flying a PC12 he obviously wasn't a newly-fledged numpty and must have known exactly what he was doing, and almost certainly done it deliberately. If I'd done it, would I receive a fine under £300? Both the magistrate and the CAA's solicitor must have been hopelessly word not allowed of aviation. * the WNA was the adjective derived from 'ignore'
  15. Exactly how I was taught. "Me and Bill went for a couple of beers last night." "Thanks for giving Ben and I a ride home." Eww.
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