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AI Monthly AI MONTHLY March 2013 KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE WITH EVERYTHING AI Edition 5 May 2013 We will be continuing to look at the features of AI Tools. This month we will be looking at some further features of AIFP by Don Grovestine. AIFP has become one of the most useful tools available to those users who manually install flightplans. Back in the March 2013 edition, it was mentioned that there would be a series of articles on useful AI tools to promote their use amongst AI enthusiasts. Don Grovestine has put a lot of hard work and effort into AIFP and the results are impressive. The program itself is lightweight and fast, meaning that it can accomplish a lot for any user. As a utility, AIFP has many benefits that some users might not even be aware off. The configuration file that AIFP uses in order to install complete flightplan packages, from downloading the textures, through to compiling the flightplan has a lot of flexibility giving the flightplanners much more freedom when it comes to creating flightplans. By setting up the file correctly, users can do less to achieve the same results. By setting airline callsigns and parking codes, AIFP will overwrite any existing callsign or parking code lines within the fltsim sections to the ones predetermined for the flightplans. This is useful in situations where an airline may be leasing an aircraft from somewhere else, or if the painter has entered the wrong details in the fltsim entry. AIFP has recently gone through an overhaul to the repaints unpacking stage, whereby on large repaint archives, AIFP may struggle slightly due to the sheer size of the task ahead! After some work by Don, AIFP can handle these large repaint files with ease, and seems to literally fly through the installation process. A good example is the recent AIG Norwegian Air Shuttle plans whereby the 737800’s are all in one download file. During internal AIG beta testing, some users reported additional data of multiple GB’s appearing on their hard drives! Furthermore, alongside this complete overhaul, Don added a feature to AIFP that could select the texture types that users could install, providing that AIFP could “find” these texture types in the repaint files. Last year Don added the “Traffic and Parking Analyser” feature to AIFP. This feature can provide fantastic information to users on how FS assigns parking spots, and why some aircraft appear where they shouldn’t or don’t appear at all! By selecting all your traffic files and waiting for AIFP to analyse these files, you’ll get a detailed report on any missing a/c (useful if you need to be reminded about any *missing* paints when you installed the plans), but also the ability to scan any airport and get a log file with all the parking *problems*, and also a graphic representation of the parking at any airport over the course of a week. Furthermore to this, flightplanners can also setup AIFP to install a/c with differing callsigns and/or parking codes. Take the recent AIG British Airways plans for example. Some aircraft use the “Shuttle” callsign, whereas others use the “SpeedBird” callsign. AIFP can install aircraft like this, depending on the setting. 1

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