Feature Request – Indicating Whether or not an Airport has been Edited in the Airport Info Tab
There are often posts on IFC indicating that “XXXX airport is out of date” or that “XXXX airport runway XXR” doesn’t exist anymore. Our airport editing team is constantly working very hard behind the scenes updating airports. The issue is that it’s not very well known for those not on IFC and even some on IFC if the airport has been edited or not.
I have had some discussions with mods and airport editing staff about this idea. We have discussed as well potentially what can/can’t be pulled from the .dat files and/or the repo into the sim.
This is a request to add fields to the Airport Info tab that indicates whether or not an airport has been edited.
There are a couple different options that I’ve discussed with the aforementioned groups of people.
The main questions that have been asked are:
• What can be pulled from the .dat?
• Can info be pulled from the repo?”
Indicate only if airport has been edited.
A field would be added field to the airport info tab below the airport class that says “Edited?:” with a ‘yes/no’ response.
How could this be incorporated? FDS could look at info in line #2 of the .dat file.
Here is a non-edited Airport:
If line 2 = ‘1000 Generated by WorldEditor’ then the “Edited?” field would default to ‘No.’
Here is an edited airport:
If line 2 = ‘1000 Generated by Infinite Flight Airport Editing (World Parser)/AB’
If Line 2 is not equal to ‘1000 Generated by Infinite Flight Airport Editing (World Parser)/AB’ then the “Edited?” field would default to ‘Yes.’
If we wanted to delve deeper, there may also be a way to incorporate the date the airport was edited into this as well from the repo.
For example, here is a file in the repo. The upload date is incorporated on Github. It may be important to note that the default date for non-edited airports is Feb 11, 2016:
I am not a developer and would require legwork, but if this data could be pulled into a ‘Date Updated’ field below the ‘Updated?: Yes/No’ field on the airport info tab, it would show when the file was last updated.
The ‘date updated’ field should also be set to be populated if the condition of “Updated: Yes/No” is Yes. Otherwise, to have the condition set as….
Date Updated: 2/11/2016
…could be confusing.
Again, I am not a developer. The general idea is thinking of ways to make it easier for users to indicate within the sim whether or not an airport has been edited or not.
Thoughts and feedback appreciated.