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2 hours ago, OneNothing said:

maybe have the toggle include airlines that have ceased operation?

I like the idea very much, but at this stage it will not be so easy to implement. I would have to rewrite a lot of the code and in the near future my spare time will be less rather than more.
Airports where there are several airlines that have stopped the operation, I could possibly add them as an additional airport, so that the airport appears twice. I will try to find a solution within the next weeks.

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13 hours ago, EliGrim said:

You use Google Chrome, right? In addition to the module based cache control I will now use meta-tags for the pages. I have no idea if this will help, but it's worth a try. If it has no effect, I would have to consult the hosting provider to possibly change the server configuration. I'm not sure that's possible, though. I have chosen an extremely inexpensive hosting package that actually excludes such changes in the conditions. So I can't make any promises.

That's an idea. I'll try to include it in the next update.

I'll do that. This tool is not gonna win any beauty pageant anyway. 😉

Could also be because I'm still running Windows 7 lol.  But I can always clear the cache.  We'll see next time you update I'll refresh first before trying to reuse the older page.  That may have also had something to do with it. 

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On 3/7/2020 at 1:33 AM, Ripskin said:

Could also be because I'm still running Windows 7 lol.

I would say still using Win 7, after MS has stopped supporting it, is a general problem. 😉 But it should not have anything to do with the fact that you had to refresh the site several times before the new files were loaded from the server. The new files should be fetched from the server daily. If you have visited the website shortly before the update, then this mechanism obviously couldn't work yet, because I don't overwrite all the files during the update and thus give them a new timestamp. But I will do this in the future and also announce updates with one day delay. Then this issue should hopefully no longer occur.

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I have only one thing to add to this overly long thread:

Thank you @EliGrimfor all your hard work, dedication and patience, giving of your free time to make playing this sim more enjoyable.

Regards,

Peter (BLB)

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Update v0.33b

  • Slider turned into a drop-down list to select the airport
  • Added realism/variety slider
  • With the variety option the tool can also process airlines that have ceased operations, as long as they are included in the respective Real Color Pack
  • Small bug fixes and changes that are not exciting enough to list them here

There is a small chance that I will not be able to be online for the next two days due to maintenance work by the cable provider. Therefore this post does not come as announced, with a one day delay. If the website does not show version 0.33b, please clear your browser cache and restart the browser.

If the realism/variety slider is set to realism, this does not mean that real flight data is loaded. This is about the selection and distribution of the airlines. The individual flights are still generated based on key data such as real destinations, credible flight numbers, and aircraft models that have liveries included in the RC Pack.

It is planned to add KLAX this weekend with the help of a few (few!!) community members. This is the plan, no promise, it depends on my time available! I will edit this post as soon as KLAX is available.

EDIT: KLAX should be online by tomorrow (Sunday). Especially this airport, which has a lot of airlines in the RC Pack, is extremely time-consuming to implement and currently turns out to be a bit bitchy concerning a reasonable distribution of the airlines. Now I need a break of a few hours and then I will get back to work.

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It is in the realm of the possible that I have tamed the beast.

Update v0.35b

  • KLAX added
  • KPHL bug fix

Please test KLAX to the limit and report on all inconsistencies. I am now taking a week off as far as working on the Schedule Builder is concerned. But of course I will continue to observe this thread closely.
It is planned that the tool will leave the beta next week and then to focus on the implementation of further airports.

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On 3/15/2020 at 9:47 PM, EliGrim said:

It is in the realm of the possible that I have tamed the beast.

Update v0.35b

  • KLAX added
  • KPHL bug fix

Please test KLAX to the limit and report on all inconsistencies. I am now taking a week off as far as working on the Schedule Builder is concerned. But of course I will continue to observe this thread closely.
It is planned that the tool will leave the beta next week and then to focus on the implementation of further airports.

I played KLAX by your Schedule Builder Tool. I have two AAL flights from RJAA in 2 minutes interval and one flight was with 738 plane. The next thing is with the same RJAA and now with Delta. Delta wanted flight with a 717 plane.  If you can fix that bugs.  

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4 hours ago, Zatris said:

If you can fix that bugs.

Thanks for your report, I appreciate that.

It is on my list for next week, not to have two close flights of one airline to the same destination. (Edit: This will not be possible for small airports like TIST.)

However, there will be no selection of aircraft models in correlation to the flight destination. The calculation of distances and fuel consumption is too time consuming for this leisure project. I can't do that in my spare time. Theoretically it would be possible to include it over a weekend, but only if I would not submit to the restrictions of the RC Packs. It would be extremely complex to integrate it with relatively few available models, if at the same time a freely selectable traffic volume per hour should remain allowed. That would be something for a paid full-time project.
Furthermore, since the basis for this schedule creation are the corresponding RC Packs, such restrictions would lead to the fact that not always new schedules would be created, but only variations of the same ones. I would like to prevent this at all costs.
If I start with the flight ranges, next, departure time frames would follow, then, to be realistic, aircraft models outside the RC Pack would have to be used for the airport, then periodic flight routes and seasonal destinations would have to be involved - and in the end we would basically end up with a database of real flights from which the schedules would be compiled. And this is exactly the path I don't want to go down, because it has already been done.
If possible, playable and entertaining schedules should be generated. For this purpose, in example, the Schedule Builder will always give priority to the reusability of aircraft models within a session, even at the expense of an accurate, percentage-based distribution of airlines.

There is no question that the automatic generation of schedules will be compromised if the random factor is to be maintained (within certain limits).
I would like to emphasize once again that this Schedule Builder does not aim to replace realistic, custom schedules. Neither should it, nor will it ever be able to do so.

Even though I would like to be as realistic as possible with the Schedule Builder, I have to disregard the flight ranges of the aircraft types.

Just imagine it would be a multi-stop flight. Of course the ATC would not have the final destination on its console but I think you understand what I'm trying to say. 😉

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Due to the current "situation" I spend more time at home than I would like to, to put it mildly. Thus the update comes earlier than planned.

Update v0.38b

  • The incidence of an airline going to (or coming from) the same destination in a row has been drastically reduced. (See notes.)
  • Intercontinental flights are now served by long-haul aircraft only, if possible. (See notes.)
  • Minor code changes that are not worth being specified.

Notes:
- The tool now checks, during the creation, if there are identical destinations directly after each other and replaces them accordingly. Especially for small airports such as TIST, where most airlines only fly to one or two destinations, the more flights per hour are created, the more identical destinations can (and will) continue to be used in a row. At larger airports and airports with airlines serving many destinations, it can still happen, even if only sporadically. Just look at it as if one (or more) of the flights is delayed due to a technical defect, weather or something similar, which in the real world, unfortunately, is not uncommon.
- Even if I now have unexpectedly more time, it will not happen, as mentioned in the previous post, that the Schedule Builder selects specific aircraft models for specific destinations based on target distances and aircraft ranges. But at least I can now provide you with a "light version". For this purpose, all, no matter if cargo or not, A300, A330, A340, A350, A380, MD11, B747, B767, B777 and B787 are designated as long-haul aircraft. If a flight crosses continental borders and there is one of these aircraft types in the RC Pack for the selected airport, for the airline in question, it will be used for the flight. If more than one model is available, the choice will be made randomly. To check if a continent is left, I have distributed approx. 2,800 of the most important destinations to 6 (!) continents. For a better result the Middle East has become a virtual continent of its own. The mechanism takes effect if the target (destination) is not found on the same continent where the operated airport is located, both for arrivals and departures. I try to include new local airports, that are possibly added with a release of a new DLC, as soon as possible.
It should be noted that the reusability of aircraft models for schedules with high traffic volume should continue to be ensured. Possibly more heavy jets (even for domestic destinations) will now be used in the schedules. It would be important to get a report from you to make sure that the playability of the schedules is not affected.

A further objective is the option to include local traffic if wanted. However, implementation is not planned within the next few weeks.

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Update v0.42

  • Selection of aircraft models for GA flights refined to prevent unwanted gaps on arriving flights.
  • The Schedule Builder has passed the beta phase.

No new features/options for the Schedule Builder are planned after leaving the beta. The only exception is the implementation of local air traffic, which is still on the agenda for a later date. In the course of this week the implementation of additional airports will be started. Which airports will come next and when exactly these are available, I don't dare to determine. The plan is that at least two more airports will be included this month.

From now on a contact form is available, where you can report praise, criticism and especially bugs, inconsistencies and abnormalities, which you have found playing the game. I am a private person and not a company - therefore there is no department for data protection available. The contact form can be used without providing any personal or private information such as name, email address, etc. and I encourage everyone not to disclose any personal information unless absolutely necessary. (E.g. an email address if an answer is absolutely needed).

At this point I would like to thank everyone who helped me create the tool, find bugs and collect information.
Especially I would like to thank @Ripskin for the many gameplay tests and @OneNothing, who did and still does a lot of the research on destinations, flight numbers, terminals, etc. so that I can focus on integrating the airports into the tool. But in general I want to thank everyone who was and is active in and outside of this thread. You all are truly awesome! 👍

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Happy to help, thank you for a fun and easy to use tool! 

Will be doing LAX for next weeks test.  (Did MCO for this week unrelated to this tool). 

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