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mamudesign asked rhumbaflappy edited

How to Start cold and dark from Helipads?

As per above question,

Helipads start locations spawn the helicopters "ready for liftoff" with engines up and running. I supposed because it's a "start location", so maybe like runway starts locations is usinng the runway.flt configuration by defaul.

Is there a way to add a start location for helipads with the engines off?

(Would avoid using taxiway parkings, they spawn airport services- that we have no control over- and ai planes -unless changing the type to military or reducing the size)

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Misfit79 avatar image Misfit79 commented ·

That would potentially cause issues though as you could then start virtually any aircraft on the pad?

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rhumbaflappy answered mamudesign commented

I believe type DOCK_GA supresses all AI parking and all services to that parking spot.

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mamudesign avatar image mamudesign commented ·
Thanks Dick,

Does that parking doesn't spawn the airport related services too? (Bus, fuel trucks, elevators?)

And anyway, it will likely spawn AI Airplanes, not really suitable over a helipad)

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rhumbaflappy avatar image rhumbaflappy mamudesign commented ·
I tried it at KMKE as a test, replacing everything with DOCK_GA, and the place became a ghost town. No AI.
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mamudesign avatar image mamudesign rhumbaflappy commented ·
Thanks, good news then! for applications like small airfields dock_ga are going to be the go to choice
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rhumbaflappy answered rhumbaflappy edited

There is also a hack. Using a hex editor, you can change the type to NONE. This can't be compiled, but it runs just fine. DOCK_GA is xB hex... with x representing the number. Change it to x0 and the type is now NONE, and the world map shows it as type Unknown.

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I know Asobo wouldn't like this, but perhaps they should give us back NONE. The bglcomp.xml shows it as valid, but the compiler shows it as an error. DevMode doesn't have NONE as an option.

I see that a mashaller appears with this hack... so perhaps not what we want?


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