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one other thing I noticed and not sure if you can fix this on your site. the E75L does not default to the E75. I don't think the game actually cares about the L. Might make scheduling easier. it is not hard to change but a airport like LA has a lot of those.

Finished a schedule for BOS and plan to test it tonight and working on one for LA now.

Great work! Love the site!

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Still working on some fixes. Help video is postponed by about a week.

On 3/30/2021 at 4:41 PM, calwxman said:

the E75L does not default to the E75

I'll look into it.

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Trying out your Schedule Creator, so far looks pretty good.   I believe I’m figuring most of it out but am waiting for your help video to see what I can also glean from it.  However, one thing I’ve noticed is that some regional carriers operating for major airlines are producing white tail aircraft in the game even though their color packs are in that T!3DP airport's RC texture pack (especially noticeable at SEA).  I think the problem may be how Flightradar24 data list their flight numbers (call signs) and how they are integrated into Schedule Creator.  For example, at SEA Horizon Airlines (QXE/QX) is a regional carrier for Alaska Airlines (ASA/AS).  The Flightradar24 screenshot I’ve included shows AS2423 flight’s 10:30 am arrival at SEA using a DH8D aircraft being operated by “Alaska Horizon” (Airlines) which uses (in RL) the “Horizon” call sign (i.e. “Horizon 2423” not "Alaska 2423”).  

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It would also be the “Horizon” call sign if used in T!3DP (using T!3DP's “QX” airline designator) in which case you would get a properly painted DH8D in ASA colors.  The same holds true for Delta Connection at SEA which operates under the SkyWest (SKW/OO) call sign (again white tails where in T!3DP they’d be painted).  I tried a one hour Schedule Creator schedule for SEA and in it the QXE flights used the ASA call sign and the SKW flights used the DAL call sign.  Each instance produced white tailed DH8D or E75 aircraft (neither ASA nor DAL have any DH8D or E75 color packs in T!3DP, at least that I could find).

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@Ron CYour post above is one of the reasons I've always used FlightAware for my custom schedules. @EliGrim might be able to determine the appropriate regional carrier by looking at the Airline column and then change the flight number accordingly. One gets this data right out of the box when using FlightAware.

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@Ron C if you click on the arrow in front of the flight number, you can expand the aliases (or whatever it's called). The schedule creator should then recognize each line as a separate flight. Then you would just have to delete the "superfluous" flights.

As for the Delta Connection issue, @crbascott's suggestion would be possible, but I won't implement it. The problem is, if I start with Delta Connection, where do I stop? I'm afraid this is where the users have to take action themselves, as it would be without the Schedule Creator. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to develop a system that detects and corrects such troublesome flights, within and outside of America. This is a task for a team of a paid product and not for a spare time project. Sorry for that.

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On 4/3/2021 at 4:48 PM, crbascott said:

One gets this data right out of the box when using FlightAware.

Thank you for pointing me in that direction.  I created an hour SEA schedule using FlightAware and it worked fine:  I got QXE and SKW colors for the DH8Ds and E75s.

14 hours ago, EliGrim said:

if you click on the arrow in front of the flight number, you can expand the aliases (or whatever it's called). The schedule creator should then recognize each line as a separate flight. Then you would just have to delete the "superfluous" flights.

Tried what you suggested and it did work.  However, I discovered an alternative method that seemed easier for me to use.  I created and downloaded the Schedule Creator schedule as is (didn’t change any call signs to “QX” or “OO”).  After I downloaded the schedule I used Notepad’s “Replace” feature to replace the ”AS” call sign with “QX” for all the “AS” flights that had either E75 or DH8D as the type of aircraft.  I also used the same method for the Delta Connection’s (SKW) E75s.  Everything worked fine in the schedule’s session including correct liveries and call signs.  Also, as a reminder to anyone using this method or @crbascott’s suggestion, you need to make sure that the new call sign's airline is in your schedule’s terminal and airline text files.  I use master airline, airplane and airport text files for all my airports’ main folders so all I usually have to do is copy and paste my airport's master terminal text file into the Scheduler Creator’s schedule I’m making.  Therefore, when I’m ready to use that schedule (or any other custom schedule) I usually only have to copy and paste the new schedule’s “xxxx_schedule.text” and GA schedule text files into that airport’s main folder and I'm set to go (I don't have to worry about copying and pasting the terminal, airplane or airport text files for that particular custom schedule I'm using).

14 hours ago, EliGrim said:

As for the Delta Connection issue, @crbascott's suggestion would be possible, but I won't implement it.

I totally understand where you are coming from and can’t say that I blame you.  I do appreciate all the voluntary work you've so far put into this project.  To start with I think I'm going to try using FlightAware as my primary schedule source and Flightradar24 with the above work around as a back-up.  I also have a couple questions about Schedule Creator but will wait until after your help video comes out before I ask them as they may be answered in the video.  

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On 4/5/2021 at 5:18 AM, Ron C said:

I also have a couple questions about Schedule Creator but will wait until after your help video comes out before I ask them as they may be answered in the video.

If you don't mind, I would be happy if you send me your questions via PM. Then I can answer them directly or if they might be interesting for others, make sure they are answered in the help video. Don't feel forced though, waiting for the help video is absolutely fine too.

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Update v0.9e

  • Compile section bug fix (The current date is now used for the name of the zip archive.)
  • Change to Compile section (Flight duration changed from 0 to 1 in the schedule. Cosmetic - not taken into account by the game.)
  • Addition to Terminal section (Possibility to rebuild the terminal file.)
  • Change to Import section (Back link at the buttom of the navigation changed to preserve inserted data.)
  • Addition to Import section (Processing FlightAware texts from an Enterprise Account. Initial setup, not yet ready to use.)
  • Change to Project section (Aircraft ICAO code E75L is automatically turned into E175.)
  • Placeholder for help video created. (Video not yet available, expected within the next 48 hours.)

The plan is to have the help video online tonight, but could be delayed by another couple of days.

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Update v0.9g

  • Livery Checkup added (Experimental feature to detect if a livery for used flights is included in any Real Color pack.)
  • Selection in case of non-identification of aircraft models revised.
  • Addition to Terminal section (Number of gates and a/c stands of the individual terminals and aprons are displayed, if known.)

Text for help video is written, but I haven't found time to record video and voiceover yet.

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Folks, I need your help!

With the last update the number of gates resp. a/c stands of the individual terminals or aprons are displayed in the Schedule Creator. I think especially with fantasy schedules but also for real schedules this is a helpful information.

However, this information is missing for the following airport:
- KEWR
- KIAD
- EGLL
- ZBAD

If you have RT installed and own one of these airports this airport, could you run the schedule linked below (you must be logged in to the forum to download), click on the arrivals one by one and count the available a/c stands (gates)? That would be awesome.

Please send me a list via PM afterwards, which should look like this (example; the numbers are not correct, of course):

ZBAD
Terminal_A: 15
Terminal_B: 30

etc.

To send me a PM, hold your mouse cursor over my profile picture and then click "Message".
Once I get the information on an airport, I will cross it off the list above.

I hope you can help me and I thank you in advance for your effort.

ZBAD_gates.zip

 

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Known bug in v0.9g: Flights with single digits (e.g. DAL6) are dropped when using FlightAware data.

I'm trying to make sure that the problem is fixed with the next update.

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