Hey everyone :)
In this topic, I want to introduce you to a less known part of the airport editing: navigation data editing. Lots of people don’t know what we do or that we even exist, so I hope you’ll understand better our objective and role.
What do we do?
We are responsible for all the navigation data in Infinite Flight. More precisly, these are the things we edit:
- ILS approaches (LOC and glideslope)
- Marker beacons
Most of them are pretty self-explanatory, but we’ll go further into one of our most common tasks: handling ILS approaches.
You probably saw many edited airports in the giant tracking thread. When the airport editors redesign these airport to bring them as close to reality as possible, they sometimes have to adjust the runway’s position and height. If the airport has at least one ILS equipped runway, they have to let us know by creating an issue on GitHub. We then adjust the ILS files accordingly to make sure everything will work properly. However, we are not responsible for GPS approaches, as these are generated automatically by Infinite Flight.
We basically make sure you don’t end up landing on the tarmac when using APPR.
Who are we?
We are a small team of 15 people who decided to voluntarily spend their spare time for contributing to Infinite Flight.
I found a missing waypoint, what can I do?
It’s easy! We can add it into Infinite Flight if you PM any of the members above with the following information:
- Waypoint name
- Reliable source
In the future, we may offer the possibility to request waypoints through a dedicated form on our website.
An ILS approach isn’t working properly, what should I do?
Create a #support topic and we’ll fix it for you. Alternatively, you can also PM us.
Do you get paid for all of this?
Nope, we do not earn anything. Our team is a 100% voluntary organization.
Are you associated with Infinite Flight or Flying Development Studio?
Apart from Cameron, which is now an Infinite Flight developer, none of us is affiliated with them.
How do you edit navigation data?
To edit the data, you’ll need a text editor (Notepad++ is recommended) which is capable of opening JSON files. Here is a screenshot of my setup when editing an ILS approach. All of this data seems a bit scary, especially at the beginning, but I’m sure pretty much everyone which is willing to learn something new is able to edit it with some training.
I want to help you all. How can I join the team?
As you probably noticed by now, our objective is to make Infinite Flight as realistic as possible.
I hope I answered every question of yours. If not, feel free to ask below and I, or another member listed above, would love to answer! :)