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Airport Beacon on Custom Object

I have created a beacon tower object to attach an airport beacon to the top using the "Has Beacon" option in the scenery editor. I am using Blender. I added an "Empty" to the top of my object and gave it the name of beacon_dummy to use as my attach point. I added the object to the scenery and clicked "Has Beacon" and used the beacon_dummy name as the attach point. I then re-build the package and re-start the simulator.

My issue is that at this point I do not see the beacon unless I teleport to another airport where I can see a beacon and then when I teleport back to my project airport the beacon is visible and it's in the correct location. I have also tried moving my created package to the community folder and when I load the simulator with my package in the community folder I do not see my airport beacon flashing no matter what I do.

I don't understand what is going on here? The beacon seems to be attached to my object correctly but isn't visible unless I am in dev mode and teleport back and forth.

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thetford569 answered

Bueller? Anyone??

I gave up on this for now for my current project and modeled my own beacon but of course at a distance you can't see the light because the simulator culls the light on my custom object.

Anyone want to post the steps on getting a default airport beacon working with a custom object using "Has Beacon" in the scenery editor? In my experience I got it to work once and then it never showed in the sim even with the project in the community folder.

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FlyingRaccoon answered

Hello

Sorry for the delay in our answer.
I was able to reproduce your issue. I'll create a ticket and our scenery editor dev will have a look at it.
Thank you for reporting the issue.

Regards,
Sylvain

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thetford569 answered

thank you. I'm glad to know that this was a bug and not something I was doing on my end. I placed my own animated rotating beacon however the light is not visible from a distance which kinda defeats the purpose of an airport beacon. Gaya Simulations though did this same thing with their Block Island KBID airpot scenery and it also does not have an airport beacon that is visible unless you are pretty much on the airport.

I would probably rather stick a default beacon on an object in the future vs. making my own because of this limitation. Most users are going to want to see the beacon from a distance vs having an animated one that you can really only see close up on the airfield.

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