FS2004 AFD update for

UK2000 Scenery Products

(All in one patch)
Version 2.0 

25th July 2004

 

DO NOT RUN THE SETUP FROM INSIDE THE ZIP FILE!

IT WILL NOT WORK THAT WAY!

 

THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE USED BY ‘BRITISH AIRPORT’ USERS. IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE PRODUCT THEN VISIT THE JUST FLIGHT WEBSITE

 

What does this Patch do?


The files contained in this ZIP will enable users of UK2000 Scenery to upgrade the AFCAD files to the latest standards, with straight through and/or turn around parking where this is appropriate This is now possible thanks to a tool called 'AFCAD2' made by Lee Swordy, and a technique, known as the “Plumbing Technique” first developed by John Strasser and further developed by Norman Dean and David Butler. This program is freeware and can be used by anyone. 

  

The patch is intended to be a living library of AFCAD files which will be constantly upgraded to bring the most realistic effects to AI aircraft used with UK2000 Scenery.

 

This Patch will not install any VFR AI flight plans, users will either use the default traffic available in FS9 or will include there own choice of AI upgrades from the various products and downloads available. The AFCADs are compatible with most of the commonly used AI traffic models, although if you are using ARNZ AIS then we recommend you alter the parking radius for the B767 to 34M.

Installation

 

There are two methods of installing this upgrade. The first is for those who do not have a detailed knowledge of the use of AFCAD files and the folders that contain them.

 

Extract the  compressed folder to anywhere you choose for temporary files, (like your desktop if it is easier) Then, after un-checking any part numbers that you do not want to copy AFCADs to, just run the setup.exe and follow any instructions

 

*DO NOT RUN FROM INSIDE THE ZIP FILE!*

 

This set-up is designed to detect where your FS2004 is located and what UK2000 Scenery products you have installed.

 

OR

 

If you are more knowledgeable about the use of AFCAD files and how to locate them into scenery folders First back up any files that you may have amended yourself and wish to keep. (You may wish to back up all your UK2000 AFCADs in case you want to re-use them again at some time). Then you can just use the AFCAD2 files manually by dragging them to where you’re other files are kept, e,g uk2000\af2_high\scenery, overwriting any previous files if asked. You need to understand scenery layering, the UK2000 AFCAD2_HIGH Level folder should come immediately below the uk2000scenery parts, but above any other AFCAD containing folder. Remember that if you run the part installer again you will need to re-install these updated AFCADs, and if you have a problem then please state you have not used the installer.

 

You will note that some of the AFCADs have a suffix after the name, e.g af2_egssSTAT. The suffix denotes the type of scenery that the file is intended for. If no suffix is used then the file is for general use.

 

Those file names ending in MAX are AFCADs for airports where no allowance is made for the static scenery. At the major airports (EGLL, EGLC, EGKK, EGSS, EGCC, EGGW, EGBB, EGNX, EGFF, EGGP, EGNS) no static aircraft files will have been loaded if you selected the “no static” option in the installer. At other airfields, if you wish to use the no static option, then you will have to either delete, or better cut and paste to a non scenery folder the files labeled eg??aircraft or eg??stat. To use the MAX files copy them to the folder where you keep your uk2000 AFCADs, delete or remove the current file in this folder for the airport you are copying, and then rename the MAX file leaving out the MAX suffix. e.g if using af2_egllMAX after copying it as above rename it af2_egll.

 

Files with names ending in STAT are for use with static aircraft available at airports; they do not have any designated parking. These files should be loaded to the file where you keep your UK2000 AFCAD files in exactly the same way as for the MAX files above. We recommend that for those who do not have a lot of AI traffic that they use these files.

 

Some files have the suffix PARK in the name. These files are the MAX files with designated parking (not included in this package). These files are intended for those who have a reasonable amount of AI traffic, but do not have designated parking at the airfields included, and are available to download separately. We recommend that users restrict the amount of AI traffic to a level that is compatible with their system. AI TRAFFIC EATS FRAME RATES!!

 

Uninstalling

 

If you remove one of the UK2000 scenery products then you will need to remove the associated AFCAD2 files. As these AFCAD files are not installed with the scenery, they will not be automatically removed.

 

 

If your remove ALL Uk2000 scenery products, using the uninstall option, then first delete the scenery areas from your FS2004 library, then you can remove the physical files (right click on UK2000 Scenery folder, then select delete).

 

If you just want to remove a specific AFCAD2 airport file, then you need to know the code for the airport. For example Bournemouth is ‘EGHH’, so delete the “af2_eghh.bgl” file from the uk2000scenery\af2_high\scenery folder. If you only remove one UK2000 scenery product but are keeping others, then you should remove all af2 files from the uk2000scenery\af2_high\scenery (or wherever you have stored your AFCAD files) which have ICAO codes for the part you have removed. (list them first!)

 

Modifications

 

AFCAD2 files are always being changed to improve them, this batch may not be perfect but files are getting better and better. If you’re an AFCAD designer and would like to alter and improve one of these files, then please do. If you want them to be included in a future release of this ZIP and all UK2000 Scenery products then just email them to us, saying what changes you have made and why.

 

This is the definitive library of AFCAD files for UK2000 Scenery. Eventually the main scenery product files will get updated and will include the files from here

 

Possible user questions:

 

Where do the AFCAD2 file go, when I use the patch?

The files are placed into a folder called FS9\uk2000 scenery\af2_high\scenery. IT IS NOT placed into the ‘add-on scenery’ folder otherwise it would overwrite any file you may have made or uploaded there.

 

What happens when I click apply changes using this set-up program?

The new UK2000 Set-up program will check your scenery.cfg file (scenery library) if you used the AFD fix installer and you have the folder containing the AFCAD files it will also modify your scenery.cfg so it has an entry

 

If you manually install the AFCAD2 files, it will not do this.

 

It will also re-order the layers to ensure both the product scenery areas and the new AFD areas are in the correct sequence.

What if I have this product installed for both FS2002 and FS2004?

Then you have to make sure that the FS2004 version product was installed last. If not then the set-up will not see the FS2004 version. If necessary re-install the main product for FS2004

 



What if I have made my own AFCAD2 files already?

Both this update and the set-up will use its own folders/areas to store the AFD files.  If you have placed your own versions in the af2_high\scenery folder then be sure to save it before using this update so that you can restore it afterwards. If you use a folder of your own then insure your AFD scenery area has a higher priority.

 

NOTE: Each time you run the uk2000setup program, it will auto arrange the UK2000 Scenery products and the UK2000 Scenery AFD layer in sequence,  therefore if you have your own AFCAD folder you need to move it back up between the UK2000 Scenery product layers and this UK20000 Scenery AFD layer. (for example the AFCAD default ‘addon scenery’ layer can moved up in this way

 

Remember if you overwrite the individual AFCAD file in the folder called ‘af2_high\scenery’ then re-installing this update at any point will copy back the UK2000 AFD file, overwriting your changes**

 

Why is this a separate patch? Will the main product files be updated to include these files

ADCAD files will probably change more frequently over time, so it is far easier to update one single patch than multiple product files. When a major upgrade is done these files will be incorporated into the main Product files.

 

Do these files use airline code parking slots?

All the files in this patch are generic AFCADs. Most of the MAX files are available with designated gates with airline parking codes in a separate download. If you do not have many AI aircraft then you should either use the STAT files or MAX files provided here.

 

What if I don’t want my scenery.cfg altered?

The ‘UK2000 setup.exe’ will always insure your scenery.cfg is configured correctly and the UK2000 AFCAD2 files HIGH Level folder is at the correct layer number. If you wish to skip this then untick the box on the setup program

 

If you don’t want to use it at all and prefer to manually install these scenery areas, then you have to be careful to place them at the correct layers. UK2000 AFCAD2_HIGH Level folder MUST go immediately below all UK2000 Scenery products Once you have this setup, you then copy all the af2_eg??.BGL files into the af2_high\scenery

 

What if things go wrong, can I recover my old scenery.cfg?

When you run the AFD update set-up a duplicate of your scenery.cfg is copied to the c:\ location before any alterations. If you copy this back to the FS folder all the changes are reversed. If you install the files manually we strongly recommend that you back up your AFCAD folder first.

 

Why are there still static aircraft models, AFTER I selected no static?

The ‘No static’ option in the installer is only meant for large airports like Gatwick, Birmingham etc. If you want to remove smaller airport static like Bournemouth and Norwich then you need to manually delete the file that generates them. For Bournemouth it would be “eghhstat.bgl”, or Norwich would be “egshaircraft.bgl

 

Credits

 

Lee Swordy , Mike Strasser, David Butler, Dave Chapman, Howard Curtis, Norman Dean, Gary Summons and anyone else we’ve missed.

 

 

Contacts

 

Any criticisms, problems using this folder or suggestions for improvements.

 

Please contact: -

 

For parts 1, 5 and 6

David Butler:  k.butler1@ntlworld.com

 

For parts 2,3,4 and 7

Norman Dean: norman_swardeston@hotmail.com