Category Archives: Air Traffic Control

Airport Authoring: Ramp Starts and Static Aircraft

One of the top 5 bug reports I see: two AI airplanes starting in the same ramp start position, or worse, an AI airplane starting on top of the user’s plane.  The pictures are often quite spectacular, if not what … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Scenery | 19 Comments

Airport Authoring: Taxi Routes Help

Now that we have user-contributed airports with buildings in X-Plane 10.25, I have a few topics to cover regarding airport authoring.  The first is taxi routes.  (I will get to the contribution and sharing process in a few posts – … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Scenery | 9 Comments

Screencast: Creating ATC Airport Flows in WorldEditor v1.2

I’ve just uploaded some new videos to the official X-Plane YouTube video channel. These videos are screencast tutorials for airport authors to help them understand the ATC Airport Flow feature in X-Plane v10. ATC Airport Flows are essentially a set … Continue reading

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Screencast: Creating ATC Taxi Networks in WorldEditor v1.2

Well as I promised (11 months ago), here’s a tutorial on making ATC Taxi Networks in WorldEditor v1.2. Hopefully this clears up some misunderstandings about how the pieces of the system work and how they’re meant to be used. Perhaps … Continue reading

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New X-Plane Beta, new WED Developer Preview

Announcements on the plethora of betas that went up this weekend. Edit: beta 5 is temporarily offline while we resolve a missing scenery texture.  So you’ll get beta 4 if you update. X-Plane 10.04 beta 5 is now available.  Release … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Development, News, Scenery, Tools | 51 Comments

ATC Taxi Layouts

One of the major components of the new ATC system in X-Plane v10 are the taxi layouts. We sometimes internally refer to this as the “taxi network” because what it’s REALLY comprised of is a network of taxi segments attached … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Development | 51 Comments

Notes about the ATC system

Many of you have taken the time to tinker around with the new ATC system. Many of you have had a good experience, others have found yourselves frustrated for various reasons. My goal here is to try and explain what … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Development | 106 Comments

ATC: Description of a System Pt 1

I’ve always been into photography as just one of my many expensive hobbies. A very respected Photographer Jerry Ghionis always says “You don’t have to be the best, you just have to be better than last week.” I’ve tried to … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control | 115 Comments

Mommy where do baby airplanes come from?

“Well little Johnny, when a KC-10 and a 747 love each other very much…” On a more serious (kinda) note, this is a shot of what happens when ATC fails at spacing its aircraft properly. These two planes flew all … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, Blooper Reel | 42 Comments

ATC And Airports – Where Does All of the Data Go?

This post is going to be a bit of a brain dump: I will explain where the various new types of data go for the new airports and ATC system. First: everything lives in scenery packs.  Since X-Plane 9, every … Continue reading

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Posted in Air Traffic Control, File Formats, Scenery | 26 Comments