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MyTraffic Editor 2006 Manual
Written and Compiled by Husain Bengali

Introduction
The Editor is a powerful tool which allows you to manage AI traffic through a database driven
mechanism. The main databases within the Editor are the aircraft database and the airports database.
Based on the data in the preceding two, combined with the parameters of user preferences and
geographical logic, the flightsim world is filled with automatically generated, yet realistic, AI routes.
The Editor is recommended for users who wish to make substantial modifications such as the addition
of a new aircraft model (or Series, as known within the editor), a new airline or a
combination/culmination of several smaller factors such as the addition of a new airport and
customization of local traffic.
A specific new feature is that the editor, by maintaining only one database, can also create schedules
for past years. You can go back in time and simulate any year from a century of flight – MyTraffic
2006 version 4.0 includes aircraft dating back to the 1960s.
Due to the complex nature of the software, a minimum level of understanding is required before one
can make meaningful changes to their AI traffic within FS. For this reason, we strongly recommend
that you read this manual before embarking on this rewarding experience.
Aircraft Database
The aircraft database consists of ‘My Planes’ entries in which aircraft are identified by their registration
numbers. Each My Plane entry falls into a My Type category. A My Type is an aircraft with a specific
paint scheme. A Lufthansa B747-400 with a Lufthansa’s standard livery would be an example of a My
Type. Every My Type falls under an airline and a ‘Series’ which is a profile of an aircraft type (e.g.
B747-400) containing performance data (such as range , cruise speed and parking specifications) used
in the generation of AI flight plans . Airlines can be configured with appropriate hub data to result in
realistic operations.
Airports Database
The Airports database consists of data such as the type of airfield (military, civil or mixed), capacity,
calculated using the number of gates available at the airport. You can import airports data based on the
active AFCAD files in your specific flight simulator setup using the Traffictoolbox SDK. More details
can be found in a later section of the manual.
[introduction continued]
By changing the data in these two databases and by specifying airline preferences, it is possible to
customize the AI traffic generated by the Editor. Whatever you intend to do, the vast majority of all
flights will be automatically generated by the editor. A set of internal logic is used to generate these

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realistic flight plans. For example, amphibian aircrafts are strongly preferred to make Seaplane port ot
seaplane port operation and suppress land port to land port ops. Military aircraft cross national borders
less frequentlythan their civil counterparts, and flights between countries on war- like terms are
forbidden.
It is possible to configure specific individual routes by creating MySchedules, or by using a new, fast
manual algorithm compromising between configuration complexity and realism. Troubleshooting
MySchedules is a lengthy procedure requiring a fair degree of insight into the workings of AI traffic.
Users who have used Ttools based utilities in the past often find that it is easier to program a handful of
specific routes in such a program and then using the compiled bgl in conjunction with the MyTraffic
files by placing it in the Flight Simulator 9\Scenery\World\scenery folder, until they discover the real
power of the database driven approach..

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This manual has been laid out in a question and answer format based upon the feedback of users.
1) How do I add a new plane to the editor?

Finding a registration associated with a particular aircraft type

2) How do I add a new airport to the editor?
3) How do I add a new airline to the editor?
4) How do I tell the Editor to use my new aircraft? (Includes information for programming a
MySchedule)
5) How do I make certain aircraft and/or airlines go to particular airports? (Creating Hubs)
6) How Do I find an ICAO code for a particular airport?
7) Is there a way to specify a "region" containing airports that I want populated by specific
airlines?
8) How do I use Ttools flightplans with MyTraffic?
9) What are preferences and how/when/why would I use them?
10) Schedule My Plane s, Schedule preferences, Schedule global. What do each of these mean?
When would I use them? Do I have to run all three every time I run the Editor?
11) What do the different options in the Create menu do? Why would I use anything but Create
All Files and Traffic?
12) How can I prevent particular aircraft/airlines from going to certain airports?
13) In the preferences area, there is a checkbox called "Reroute to (hidden) airport". What is a
hidden airport? Under what circumstances would I check it? Would I leave it unchecked?
14) In the preferences area, when and why would I use the forbidden button?
15) In the preferences area, what is the difference between all the frequency radio buttons?
16) In the Series Properties screen, what is the best source of information for filling it out? Is
there any source of aircraft info that does not require me to perform conversions before entering
the data?
17) In the Aircraft Type Properties, there is a checkbox labelled "Use in MyTraffic". When
would I not want this checked?

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18) Explain the three checkboxes in the My Plane s Properties window. When would I use or not
use them?
19) In the Aircraft menu, there are two options called "Create MyAircraft.dat" and "Export
aircraft". What's the difference between them and why would I use one over the other?
20) In the Airport menu, what do the various options do?
21) In the Airline Properties windows, what are hubs? How do I use them? What is touristic?
Domestic? International? When/why would I use them? Can I select all three of them?
22) Could you explain all the options in the Maintenance Dialog box?
23) How do I reduce the amount of GA traffic?
24) I’m confused about the many files used by MyTraffic, can you explain?
25) How do I tell FS to use the traffic I created, and not any other one?
26) The Editor does not generate enough flight plans (Includes description of the set ini dialogue)
27) Can you please explain the Create >Schedule, Files and Traffic command?
28) Can you please explain the Create >Create all files and traffic command?
29) Addon airports and AFCAD2
30) How do I add traffic to a ‘dead’ airport?
31) How can I program Touch and Go closed traffic?
32) What is the AI Time Machine and how can I use it?

The model should not be too complex else it will have a huge impact on performance. 3. Note the title= parameter for the aircraft on a piece of paper or leave this file open in the background. and must be programmed for AI traffic in multiple Levels of Detail (LOD). there a few things that are worth checking about the aircraft: 1.0 1) How do I add a new plane to the editor? Before you add an aircraft into the MyTraffic database. This is not so much of an issue for aircraft designed specifically for FS2004. go to the: [FS2004]\aircraft\[the aircraft you want to add] directory Open the aircraft. . Once you are convinced that the aircraft is suitable for AI traffic.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 5 of 44 Version 4. The textures must be a relatively low resolution else frame-rates will take a hit. Aircraft designers usually specify whether an aircraft has been designed using GMax or FSDS2. it should be designed using GMax or FSDS2.cfg file. Ideally.. 2. else you will see the aircraft floating without wheels when on the ground.

The name of this file varies with the actual version of MyTraffic.0 Start MyTraffic Editor. Go to Aircraft>My Type s and click on [Add New]. . Click on File>Open and find your database file.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 6 of 44 Version 4.

. to properly reflect changes of paint schemes many aircrafts see within their life in an airline.0 The first field is a [Type key] field.cfg file in this field e. Select the aircraft series type and the airline. if adding a My Type entry for a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400. The [Comment] field can either be left blank or you can enter any reminders here. etc. This is the unique id through which MyTraffic recognizes each aircraft.g. The year fields indicate the years (inclusive) between which this type existed for usage in the AI time machine. While MyTraffic can use one aircraft multiple times by having different registration numbers. As long as the years do not overlap. a suitable type key would be: B747-400SIA2 Since B747-400SIA1 is already used. The next field is the [Title field]. If the airline you want is not listed. Type or paste the title you found in the aircraft. The number at the end allows you to add more than 1 Singapore Airlines 747-400. You can choose to name your aircraft using a system you remember (the field cannot have any spaces or commas) or choose this naming scheme: [Aircraft Type]+[Airline]+[number] For example. mixtures of old and new schemes. you will have to add the airline through the Airline>Edit function. this numbering allows you to use different paint schemes. Due to trafficdatabasebuilder standards.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 7 of 44 Version 4. Boeing747 MyPaint 03. the same type key may exist twice. the title may not contain commas.

Make sure to select the right My Type to ensure you assign the registration and properties to the aircraft you have just added.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 8 of 44 Version 4. to reflect that the aircraft get ‘recycled’ in the real world. associated to different types.0 The next step is to create a registration for the aircraft. You can do this either by selecting the newly created type in the MyTypes dialog and clicking [Registration]. you can type in a realistic registration for your aircraft. As long as the times do not overlap. or go to Aircraft>My Plane s and click on [Add New]. Here. the Type key may exist twice. .

upto 4 hubs. Here you can specify the Airline’s country of origin. international and/or touristic.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 9 of 44 Version 4. For example.0 The three checkboxes determine whether the aircraft is used for My Plane Auto scheduling (making sure this aircraft is always in operation). more touristic airlines will fly to the airport. and whether the airline is domestic. . This option determines the types of airports which the airline appears at. This is mainly for GA aircraft and those cargo and wet or dry charter airlines found around the globe). if an airport is marked as touristic. used in preferred generated traffic (the aircraft is used to bring airports to full capacity) or used as general traffic (used at airports across the globe regardless of airline restrictions. 2) How do I add a new airport to the editor? Please see this discussion 3) How do I add a new airline to the editor? Go to Airline>Edit and click on [Add new].

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MySchedule requires you to enter the registration by which it recognizes the aircraft. you might want to find the registration of a particular aircraft you want to use. For example.0 Finding a registration associated with a particular aircraft type For creating a MySchedule. you are creating a MySchedule for a flight to from EDDF to KJFK and you want a Lufthansa B747-400 to fly the route. You can find a Lufthansa 747-400 by going to Aircraft>My Plane s and clicking on [Search Reg].MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 11 of 44 Version 4. .

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the best way to do so is the following: Open the Edit airline dialog by going to Airline > Manage. This will list all My Planes associated with that particular My Type. you can simply select any entry in the box and start typing so that the entries are filtered. Alternatively. it will be considered for scheduling by the editor and used in any subsequent automatic scheduling. If you want to make schedules by hand for a specific airline route. Now click [Search] A results box will be displayed and you can randomly pick any registration and use it in your MySchedule. . 4) How do I tell the Editor to use my new aircraft? As soon as you select one of check boxes in the MyPlane s dialogue. selecting the airline and then clicking ‘Edit’. this could done by going to Aircraft>My Types and then selecting a particular type such as B7 47-400SIA1 and then clicking on the [Registrations] button. So select any entry in the airline box and start typing l…u…f…t until Lufthansa is selected.0 Remember.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 13 of 44 Version 4.

0 Select an aircraft type and click ‘Schedule’. On long range routes. the editor will create a complete schedule and add it to the forks section of the database. a flight number and the departure time. a potential intermediate stop (in which case do not forget to tick the ‘Use intermediate stop’ checkbox). destination. From this information. it may assign the aircraft to fly this route between one to six times per day. it will be automatically assigned by the editor and hence all you have to do is to enter departure airport. you will get a new dialog asking for the day of the week on which the schedule should start and if one aircrafts should be used to perform 3 flights per week or two aircraft should be assigned to fly a total of six flight per week.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 14 of 44 Version 4. If a registration for the simulated year exists. Depending on the time the flight needs. that cannot be flown daily. .

0 Since all times used in these schedules are calculated in accordance with the internals of FS9 as far as known to us. To create a MySchedule. do the following: Go to Schedule>MySchedule: . these flights are very likely to show up. Since debugging of this is very time consuming.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 15 of 44 Version 4. we recommend that you create a copy of the database first where you have deleted all other flights. Most needs of manual scheduling can be satisfied with this simple mechanism. it may still be necessary to go the hard way to create schedules completely manually (using the MySchedule meachanism). so that you can verify your work step by step. In very rare cases.

Enter the flight number [Flight#] as 328. .MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 16 of 44 Version 4.0 Click on [Add Schedule]. Enter the departure time (GMT) in 24 hour format.

the result may be a complete freeze in the flow of AI traffic. If you choose to route your aircraft via another airport. the flight time should be less than 11 hours. and only a few hours on ground. you have to program a complete weekly schedule for the aircraft. If this is not possible. add a suitable turnaround time and display the departure time for the return leg. Clicking [OK and continue] will allow you to continue the same schedule and program more destinations. Careful: A common mistake is to schedule a flight daily when the flight-time each way is greater than 12 hours so the aircraft cannot make it back in time for its next circuit. . The Editor will also automatically calculate an estimated arrival time at Sydney. Aircraft that are on the ground for extended periods occupy valuable parking space.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 17 of 44 Version 4. You can use the [Find registration and propose times] button to find the registration of a Singapore Airlines B747-400. The use of the first/back flight checkboxes and the two fields between them are associated with the via section of the flight plan. and where there are several schedules like this at the same airport. Ideally. This will lead you through a simple 3 step process of selecting an aircraft (identified by its registration no. let’s configure this aircraft to fly that route. you can check one or both of these checkboxes to determine if the via airport is used in one or both directions of the flight. the fast algorithm explained above is much more likely to be successful than the pain of manually counting days.0 Since Singapore Airlines regularly flies B747-400s to Sydney from Singapore. In such a case.). Schedule it in a way that the aircraft is in the air every day.

running for several hours while you are asleep or at work. A easy way to fill up all world with lots of traffic is to use the menu Create>Schedules. Schedule My Planes is also the second method through which aircraft can be used by the Editor. This will create all files for you. files and traffic. Each airline can have up to four hubs. selecting the respective airline and clicking on the [Edit] button. we can autoshedule flight plans for the other available aircraft (My Planes which are not utilized in MySchedules) by going to Schedule>Schedule My Plane s.generates the flight plans. . You will be shown a progress bar while the editor auto. go to Create>Create All Files and Traffic. you can make it a hub by going to Airline>Edit.0 Now. you can create a manual schedule. See also Q26 5) How do I make certain aircraft and/or airlines go to particular airports? (Creating Hubs) To make a particular aircraft fly between two chosen airports. filling the airports to their capacities.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 18 of 44 Version 4. To make an airline go to a particular airport. Once complete. Configuring an airport as a Hub for a particular airline will increase the number of flights belonging to that airline out of that airport.

To do this. spelled slightly different.0 For example. and you give them their realistic home. Another way of increasing traffic to an airport is to create a preference. you could configure it as a second Hub. but will also increase the number of SIA flights to EDDF.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 19 of 44 Version 4. simply type the ICAO code (Q6) of the airport. For example. To do so. UNited for example. rerouting Singapore Airlines from Erfurt to Frankfurt will not only ensure SIA never to flies into EDDE. In addition to these options. the airport and then one of the 5 radio buttons to dictate the level of traffic for that airline for that particular airport. Do so by creating a new airline. if you want to increase the number of United Airlines flights into KDEN (Denver International). . you also use reroute to increase the chance of finding an aircraft at a given airport. Note though that the number of flights departing from other airports may decrease as more flights will be directed to these hubs. go to Airline>Preferences and click the [Add New] button. Hint: Sometimes it may be useful to have a specific aircraft model of a huge airline based in a hub. This can be done for up to four airports for each airline. This opens a huge world of new possibilities. Select the airline. associate a type and some of the planes to this new airline.

simply read the 4 letter ICAO code. A dialogue will be displayed with two columns. Once you see the airport you want. The right column will appear blank. For example. Go to Airport>Edit. Click your mouse anywhere in this right-hand column and begin typing the name of the airport.2 Less Traffic 0.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 20 of 44 Version 4.5 Normal 1 More Traffic 3 Frequent 5 6) How Do I find an ICAO code for a particular airport? There are several other ways to do this but this one requires nothing else but the Editor. if you want to find the ICAO code of Tokyo Narita airport. begin typing T…O…K…Y…O. On the left are the ICAO codes. .0 The table below shows the constant the traffic is multiplied by with each option. Traffic Le vel Multiplication Constant Forbidden 0 Rare 0.

To increase or decrease the level of traffic go to Airline>Preferences and hit the [Country] button Now select the respective airline and country.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 21 of 44 Version 4. . but if you use the country name.0 It is also possible to do the reverse and find which airport a particular ICAO code relates to. click on the [View by Code] button. If you use the code (the upper box). click on the [View by Name ] button. You can either select the country by typing in the 2 letter code or alternatively the country name. this is possible but the regions are in fact countries. 7) Is there a way to specify a "region" containing airports that I want populated by specific airlines? Yes.

00 will mean 5 times the current traffic level in that country.00 will forbid any flight.00. 0.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 22 of 44 Version 4.00 and 10. desired traffic level. This value is the constant which the ‘normal’ traffic level is multiplied by to achieve the new.50 will mean half the current traffic level. . Beware that using too many such Ttools compiled flight plans may overload certain airports as the Editor already generates enough traffic to fill most major airports to their ‘virtual’ capacity. you can change the [Value ].0 In the dialogue that is displayed. whereas typing 0. along with the MyTraffic bgl files. which is 1. like CUBANA is forbidden to fly into the US.00 by default to any real number between 0. For example. 8) How do I use Ttools flightplans with MyTraffic? The easiest way to do this is to compile the flightplans using Ttools and place it in the [Flight Simulator 9\ Scenery\World \Scenery\] directory. typing in 5.

The example above shows that all Singapore Airlines traffic into EDDF is being rerouted to ED2F. rerouting Southwest from KORD to KMDY will reflect that Southwest does not use O’Hare.0 9) What are preferences and how/when/why would I use them? Preferences can be used to control traffic levels (see table in Q5) or to reroute traffic to hidden airports. you can reroute all traffic for a particular airline to one of the overlays (This applies to FS2002 only) .MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 23 of 44 Version 4. For example. While there are no overlay airports in FS2004. if you have multiple overlays for a particular airport. you may be able to direct airlines to their correct terminals. but Midway in Chicago. . this still may be useful. Using this method. For example.

AutoSchedule Preferences This feature generates additional flight plans until all airports are near their capacity. What do each of these mean? When would I use them? Do I have to run all three every time I run the Editor? Using these is recommended for advanced users only. mostly GA. even if this means using one individual aircraft twice at the same time. MySchedule or My Planes schedule. you will not see two aircraft with the same registration flying around at the same time. aircraft in MySchedules will not be used when generating flightplans. If you use only this option. However. it is recommended that you use the following order: • • • AutoSchedule My Plane s AutoSchedule Preferences (can be run twice to increase traffic density) Random AutoSchedule . in which case aircraft from such airlines can be replicated to increase traffic density. using the Create > Schedule. Summary When auto-generating flight plans.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 24 of 44 Version 4. AutoSchedule My Plane s Clicking this will automatically generate thousands of flight plans making sure all individual aircraft (registrations) are used only once every 24h. t his will mean that you will see too little traffic due to the fact that not yet all real world aircraft are included with MyTraffic. This is especially useful when some areas only have a few local airlines. Therefore the normal order will be to create the My Planes schedule first and then the preferred schedule once or twice. i. without respecting airport assciation. Rando m AutoSchedule Fills the remaining capacity of airports with traffic using aircraft allowed for this.0 10) Schedule My Planes. All flight plans created here still obey the rules set up in airline preferences. Schedule global.e. than there will not be 2 aircraft with the same registration flying at one point of time. This type of schedule will only be created at airports not yet filled with traffic from the Forks. This is why AutoSchedule Preferences and Random AutoSchedule are necessary. are very small. The odds of you seeing both of them though. For most users. Files and Traffic (see Q27) command will be much more intuitive. Using this option. The loss of realism due to 2 or more aircraft with the same registration flying at once is negligible as the likelihood of you seeing those two aircraft together is extremely low. there might be two aircraft with the same registration being used at the same time. This is needed for countries for which there are few or no aircrafts in the database. Schedule preferences. For this reason.

Examples include: Addition/Change of Airports Addition/Change of Aircraft Addition/Change of Airlines Addition/Change of Preferences. It is recommended that you save your . 12) How can I prevent particular aircraft/airlines from going to certain airports? This can be done by using Airline>Preferences and then selecting [Edit] or [Add new]. edit those manually and import them as forks. For example. 14) In the Airline>Preferences area. all boxes checked? The other functions could be used to compile the different components of the MyTraffic. and a strong advantage on airports with docks You need to go through these steps (or schedule using the Create>Schedules method) every time you modify the . This is helpful in debugging the schedules. What is a hidden airport? Under what circumstances would I check it? Would I leave it unchecked? The answer can be found here (Q9). Also save the database after the autoscheduling has completed. Another application is to create a MyRoutes. you could click ‘create Preferred Traffic’. This ensures that the changes you have made are being taken into account when the autoscheduling is done.0 Note: Auto-scheduling gives aircrafts enabled for dock parking a strong disadvantage on airports without docks.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 25 of 44 Version 4. for example. 11) What do the dialog options in the Create>Create all files and traffic menu do? Why would I use anything but the default. cut a (few) flight(s) out of it.myt database. Select the [Forbidden] option when configuring the preference. there is a checkbox called [Reroute to (hidden) airport]. before running these three autoschedule functions. if you want to have a look at all the flights generated by the AutoSchedule MyPreferences routine.dat. when and why would I use the forbidden button? . 13) In the Airline>Preferences area. This function would then compile all the flightplans created using the AutoSchedule MyPreferences routine as the MyRoutes.myt database without merging them into one file. You can find more details about the numerical fields in this dialogue here.myt file every time you make a modification.dat file and exclude flightplans added as My Schedules. More details can be found here (Q9).

what is the difference between all the frequency radio buttons? Answer can be found here (table in Q5).htm 17) In the Aircraft>My Types Properties. you can use this option to prevent it.0 The forbidden button is to be used to stop an airline from flying to a particular airport.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 26 of 44 Version 4. It is possible that the Editor might schedule flights for a particular airline to a destination which isn’t serviced in real-life. There are books available which document these statistics and a number of web sites. More details on preferences can be found here (Q9). what is the best source of information for filling it out? Is there any source of aircraft info that does not require me to perform conversions before entering the data? After selecting Aircraft>Series and choosing [Edit] or [Add New] a number of boxes for the entering the aircrafts performance data will be seen. See also Q12. 16) In the Aircraft>Series Properties screen. but be aware that any two sources might not have identical info. A good online resource is http://www. When would I not want this checked? .scanliners.com/first. there is a checkbox labelled "Use in MyTraffic". If this bothers you. 15) In the Airline>Preferences area.

for example. used in preferred generated traffic (the aircraft is used to bring airports to full capacity) or used as general traffic (used at airports across the globe regardless of airline restrictions. the aircraft will not show up in the contemporary schedules. . for example. say.0 You might want to disable an aircraft type if its service in the real world has been terminated (e. Lufthansa sold all its 737-400). Following this change. 18) Explain the three checkboxes in the My Planes Properties window. With the advent of the AI time machine. 1996. but will still appear if you choose to compile schedule for 1990. This is mainly for GA aircraft and those cargo lines found around the globe). Disabling it using this method is safer than deleting since it is reversible.g. it is more beneficial to leave the box checked and instead set the last year to. This function overrides the individual selections in the aircraft’s properties such as “use for preferred traffic”. When would I use or not use them? The three checkboxes determine whether the aircraft is used for My Plane Auto scheduling (making sure this aircraft is always in operation).MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 27 of 44 Version 4.

com/games/flightsimulator/fs2004_downloads_sdk. Import Airports. this is the duty of the next file.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 28 of 44 Version 4. It gets created every time you select Create>Create all files and traffic.dat – Imports the MyAirports.txt – The Airports. but you may want to see it alone.dat file into the . For usage in FS2004.asp Before you start any major project using the Editor.microsoft.bgl file.dat is the file used by the TrafficbuilderSDK to compile the MyTraffic. there are two options called "Create MyAircraft. The export aircraft. 20) In the Airport menu. it may be a good idea to study the SDK documentation too. Import MyAirports. on the other hand. What's the difference between them and why would I use one over the other? MyAircraft. . what do the various options do? Edit – Allows you to edit the parameters of an airport.dat" and "Export aircraft".txt file is a file generated by the Traffictoolbox from within FS2004. Changes of the runways and parkings in this file will not be forwarded. its main usage is to have a way to add the names and countries of the airports outside of the editor.myt database currently opened in the Editor. go in FS2004 to the Tools >Traffic Toolbox >Dump Airport List Note: the Traffictoolbox SDK which includes the Dump Airport List tool can be downloaded from Microsoft’s FS2004 web site at: http://www.0 19) In the Aircraft menu. creates the database extraction of the Series. To create it. Types and Planes structures that can be modified and imported again.

The file is exported to the same directory in which the Editor is located.dat unless you have a backup. Export MyAirports.txt C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator 9\MyTraffic\airportslog.txt Once you have entered the paths. When the process is complete. In most cases this should not be a problem but if the data being exported is invalid for any particular reason. It is not required when creating trafficbgl files as it is exported automatically during the process. what are hubs? How do I use them? What is touristic? Domestic? International? When/why would I use them? Can I select all three of them? .txt file must be imported into the Editor using the Airport >Import Airports. then you will not be able to restore the old MyAirports. The Airports. 21) In the Airline>Edit Properties windows. Warning: Executing this command will overwrite the MyAirports.txt command.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 29 of 44 Version 4.dat – This command is only needed if you want to backup or share this file.0 Enter the following paths in the respective boxes as shown above (path will depend on the location where you have installed MyTraffic) C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator 9\MyTraffic\airports.dat file currently in the MyTraffic folder. you can close FS2004. click on the [Begin] button.

International allows the airline two operate between two destinations in across international borders. Domestic allows the airline to operate between two destinations within the same country (its home country).0 Selecting an airport as a hub will increase the airline’s traffic to that airport. 22) Could you explain all the options in the Info>Maintenance Dialog box? Sure: .MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 30 of 44 Version 4. Touristic increases the probability that the airline will fly to airports which are configured as touristic. all three can be selected at once. Yes.

it was necessary to speed up many processes significantly. such a back pointer may point to a wrong object resulting in an Alitalia A321 in Korea. for instance. mainly when you delete objects. . in rare cases.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 31 of 44 Version 4. Case you have such an obscurity. The drawback of this is that. We recommend that you do not delete any objects but disable them instead. the best way to do so is to create permanent and volatile back pointers. The editor will be slower for a short while until all pointers are set up again. storing whatever is found. Reset Pointers Since the magnitude and complexity of MyTraffic and its complexity grew much faster than the power of computers. press Reset Pointers. In any database application.0 Uncheck all preferred checks Disables all aircraft from being used in preferred autosheduling Uncheck all random checks Disables all aircraft from being used in random autosheduling. making this reset function redundant.

Decreasing this number by disabling the GA entries will reduce the amount of GA Traffic. 23) How do I reduce the amount of GA traffic? The amount of GA traffic you create depe nds on the number of GA planes and types you have registered and enabled. the GA Traffic is removed first. Set all Country Preferences to 1 This resets the value of country preferences to 1. More details found here (Q7). refer to this section. To read more about how this can be done.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 32 of 44 Version 4. Usage Ranking Calculates an index value for how busy an airport is. .0 Set all runways to 1 All airports only use one runway. You can also compile traffic such that when you reduce the traffic density slider.

They are indented for modifications of the data that you want to do outside of the MyTraffic editor.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 33 of 44 Version 4. the diagram below was created to represent their inter-relations and roles. You can modify them in any external editor such as Notepad or WordPad.myt extension contains all the data of the traffic project.0 this is MT2005V40.. and also for your own archiving purposes. The Import and Export Files These files can be imported and exported as pure ASCII fixed format text files.0 24) I’m confused about the many files. The Database The database with the .myt. can you explain? Since there has been quite some concern about the importance of the different files. and use the import and export files to move information between the projects. for updates provided. Each version of the MyTraffic scenery product comes with the exact database which was used to create it. You can work on many traffic projects. in case of Version 4. for exchange with other users. .

The files are as follows: MyTrafficown. please post at the support forum found here: http://www.txt file. the compiler will not create the . FS2004 will use all traffic files it finds there to create traffic.bgl – Contains airliner flightplans MyTrafficcargo. Airports When you modify or add airports (AFCAD2 files) to FS2004.bgl – Contains Military flightplans MyTrafficglobal. Users who used the program ttools will see that the files (including MyAirports.com/viewforum. More details can be found here (Q20). It is provided for the layouts delivered with MyTraffic. General Notes: If you find that you need any further help. The MyTraffic BGL Files These are the files which are compiled by the Editor.dat.dat. If you want to search for a specific flight.txt file. it may be a good idea to search for it in the respective My****Routes.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 34 of 44 Version 4. please remove this. the code generated by the compiler may have errors. More details can be found here (Q20).0 MyAirports. you must create a new copy of the Airports. and will change when you import the Airports.simflight.bgl from a previous version of MyTraffic. If the definition of the airports in the database is severely different to the definition in MyAirports. only that they are formatted and readable.bgl – Contains flightplans added through forks and MySchedules MyTrafficline.bgl file. If you have generated a flight into an airport that is not defined in MyAirports.bgl or MyTraffic2. It is recommended that you update this data by creating a new Airports.bgl file in the world \scenery directory. You should have only one instance of the above MyTraffic*.dat) are similar in contents to the files used by that program.bgl – Contains touch and Go schedules. The Intermediate Files These files are of interest only in certain cases.txt file using the Traffic Toolbox Utility. FS2004\scenery\world\scenery directory.forums. They are files which the Editor creates for the compiler to use.bgl – Contains general aviation flightplans MyTrafficClosed. The addition of any new airports will be defined in this file by the Editor once you import the Airports.dat This is a very important file.php?f=4 .bgl – Contains cargo flightplans MyTrafficmil.dat file.txt file using the Traffic Toolbox utility and importing it into the Editor. If you have a MyTraffic.

A dialog with the following options will be shown: If you want all flights to be displayed. if in the airline list you are looking for United. simply click on any entry in the list at start typing u…n…i. uncheck the last three. For example.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 35 of 44 Version 4. and not any other one? To affect any changes you have made. More details can be found here. The fields on the right have to do with how the scenery will react to the ATC density slider. This is done using the menu Create>Create all files and traffic. MyTraffic Editor allows you to search by typing the first few letters of the entry into the list box. leave all boxes on the left checked. the database has to be compiled and be converted into an MSFS scenery file. The results will automatically be filtered 25) How do I tell FS to use the traffic I created.0 Tip To save you scrolling through a whole list of options. If you want to test your own forks or manually programmed schedules. .

passive.0 There are some differences between FS2002 and FS2004 to be kept in mind here. This is a very long computing process. FS2002 only supports one traffic bgl. with MyTraffic installed. and tries to use them all. files and traffic ” option.bgl files are compiled. it is best to start this process just before going to bed or going off to work. To make the procedure more convenient. If you create scenery based on the random global schedule only. then the preferred schedule 10 times. This executes the auto-schedule. followed by global scheduling 10 times. there is now a “Create>Schedules. Carefully change the numbers until you find the combination which works for you. They are located in scenery\world\scenery.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 36 of 44 Version 4. disable all others there by renaming them to have an extension . To fill out every corner of the world. the MyTraffic***. The numbers represent the following: . FS2004 allows several traffic scenery files. the preferred and the global schedule have to be applied several times.bgl. The formula for calculation of the capacities of airports can be influenced by the user. The parameters can be adjusted through the Info > Set ini file dialogue . Using this file in conjunction with others will allow you to easily combine MyTraffic’s GA traffic with other traffic from other sources. 26) The Editor does not generate enough flight plans MyTraffic Editor tries to create as many possible flights as MSFS can handle. this will be almost pure GA traffic. Since the computation takes about 8 hours on an average system by today’s standards. Once the aforementioned processes have terminated. To make sure that you are using the scenery file you created. the location of this is: scenedb\MyTrafficATC\scenery.

txt file. Since the computation takes about 5 hours on an average system by today’s standards. it is best to start this process just before going to bed or work. followed by global scheduling 10 times (Click here (Q10) for an explanation of what the different scheduling routines mean). plus a small offset.myt database and quite MyTraffic. The ini shipped with MyTraffic 2004 V2. save the . Reopen MyTraffic and reload the database before recompiling the traffic. increase the slots per runway variable by 20 to 30%.1 are set to ensure the traffic runs smoothly on most airports (even those with more complex layouts where aircrafts that taxi have to cross active runways) at 100% traffic density. You should also save the . Important Note: After making changes to the ini variables. Simulated year The year for which the traffic is generated. If you want to increase the number of aircraft at the main hubs (potentially causing over-congestion). The actual capacity will be the smaller of the number generated through parking and runways. Before you begin though. Slots per gate Every gate will generate the specified number of flights per day.bgl files are compiled. A 0 would indicate "Leave as soon as possible" to all planes. This will ensure that the changes you have made to the ini variables take effect. the MyTraffic***. then the preferred schedule 20 times. Slots per ramp Every ramp will generate the specified number of flights per day. Ensure that the database contains enough aircraft in service during this year to ensure sufficient traffic. Note that at the end of the process. Once the aforementioned processes have terminated. Files and Traffic command? This executes the auto-schedule. The shorter the flights and the smaller the aircraft. you will see this screen: .myt the database before you click on this command. the more often this value gets added to the time they stay on the ground (the 45 minutes required by MSFS).MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 37 of 44 Version 4. Slots per runway Number of departures every runway will generate per day. The default value is set low as possible as parking space is a valuable resource in FS2004. 27) Can you please explain the Create > Schedule.0 Delay This should be as small a value as possible. make sure that you have made all the changes you want to have made and that you have imported a recently created version of the Airport.

MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 38 of 44 Version 4. GA. you will see 50% of all programmed Airliner. The traffic density % setting allows you to configure the distribution of traffic along the traffic density slider within FS.0 At this point the schedules have been created and the checkboxes allow you to choose which schedules will be compiled into the bgl files. Cargo and Military traffic. By changing this value. each component of traffic reduces proportionally. For example. By default. this value is 0 for all four fields and hence means that as you reduce the traffic density. The table below quantifies the results of the possible settings: AI Density Slider 1 10 20 30 40 50 MyTraffic die out point entered in the create files dialog 80 50 25 0 -50 -99 1 1 1 1 34 50 1 1 1 10 40 55 1 1 1 20 47 60 1 1 7 30 53 65 1 1 20 40 60 70 1 1 33 50 67 75 . you can achieve different patterns of reduction for the different types of traffic. at 50% traffic density in FS.

This command is to be used when you have already scheduled all your flightplans either using individual scheduling routines (Q10) or you are opening . In any other case. The FS Live Traffic compatibility checkbox should be ticked if you intend to use MyTraffic along with FS Live Traffic by AirNav Systems. as well as enhanced visual appearance. the priority of the scenery libraries plays no role. whe re the AI behaviour was created with invisible AFD layout files. match the intended AI density slider level with the entry in the traffic density field in the MyTraffic editor compilation menu. These airports get installed into the scenery directory Addon Scenery\MyWorldAirports\scenery. the AI behaviour under FS2004 is part of each airport. If you select an airline and click on the ‘For this airline only button’. if you set the die out point at 80 in the Airliners field and the AI density slider at 90% within FS. 28) Can you please explain the Create > Create All Files and Traffic command? This compiles the MyTraffic bgl files and also creates all the files required to do so.0 comes with 1750 add-on airports. For instance. you will see 50% of all airliner traffic programmed. This process will take a maximum of 10 minutes. which have an enhanced AI performance compared to the stock airports. the level of airliner traffic will drop to 1% of the programmed schedules. MyTraffic 2004 Version 2.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual 60 70 80 90 100 Page 39 of 44 Version 4.0 1 1 1 50 100 20 40 60 80 100 47 60 73 87 100 60 70 80 90 100 73 80 87 93 100 80 85 90 95 100 To interpret the table above.myt database with the flightplans already generated. the logic is that the airport version that FS2004 uses is the one . As long as you do not alter other airports yourself using AFCAD2 or another program. Checking this box will reduce the traffic volume in the regions covered by FS Live Traffic and hence prevent artificial over congestion of airports. or download AFCAD2 files from the internet. 29) Addon airports and AFCAD2 Contrary to FS2002. By configuring the die out points based on your virtual flying preferences. You will see this screen (Q27) before the process begins. or install third party FS2004 airports. only schedules pertaining to that airline will be compiled. At 80% on the AI traffic density slider. you can use the slider to show the traffic most relevant to your flight situation and hence eliminate performance loss due to unnecessary traffic.

From point of view of Traffic programming. and import the Airports. If you use AFCAD2 or install another version of an airport contained in MyTraffic. leave MyTraffic Editor without overwriting our database. Touch and Go training flights are very usual at many small airfields. First. Let it start at 0800 in the morning.0 you find nearest to the top in the scenery library dialog of FS2004. Therefore a setting directly below “Addon Scenery” should be best in most cases.txt file created to your database.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 40 of 44 Version 4. and edit MyOwnRoutes. add military parking using a program like AFCAD2 by choosing the appropriate radii.VFR . select “Dump airport list” from the traffictoolbox tool. First. Next. Of course. please check TrafficlogClosed. just change the time to fly back to 2000. Refer to this manual to learn how to tell MyTraffic Editor about the properties of the new airport. and comes back home late night. we create an ordinary MySchedule flight from EDFE to EDFZ with an appropriate aircraft. (Not all airports in FS2004 can be used for touch and go flights.0 compared to earlier versions or all other AI products. we select “Create all files and traffic”. the other version will be used only if it is above the MyWorldAirports section. You can easily fix the largest military aircraft to appear. At this point. if you do not find your programmed flight. At its bottom.htm) Once you have added enough military parking with AFCAD2 or any other program. The method to add military traffic is simple. (Details in AirportTutorial. please refer to the enclosed file AirportTutorial. Programming of these flights requires a bit of manual intervention and understanding of the format of the schedules sent to Trafficdatabasebuilder2004. If you want to adjust an add-on airport or create a new one.htm. they can add much life to airfields without using much system resources.D-CSMK . use the editor to edit the airport and add the name and the country of the air force that is using it – often not the national one – next time you create all schedules the airfield will be filled. you should have suitable aircrafts registered for this air force.dat with an editor like Notepad. it seems to be much more reliable to program T&G at airports which are not the origin of the flight. 31) How can I program Touch and Go closed traffic? This is another extension of MyTraffic 2004 Version 2. and it will look like C172-GA10 { . we will find the new flight. Let us go through an example that has an aircraft departing from EDFE.log.ONE_DAY.) After some experiments . select “MySchedules” only. doing many Touch and Goes at nearby EDFZ. let’s say there is a military airbase in FS2004 that contains no parking – and therefore looks dead. 92. 30) How do I add traffic to a ‘dead’ airport? As an example. start FS2004.

70. Save closed. . the new training flight will be added. depart daily from EDFE at 0800 (GMT) to EDFZ.0020 } This now reads as: “Cessna 172 with paint scheme 10.EDFE. perform Touch and Go training until 1800 (GMT). depart daily from EDFE at 0800 (GMT) to EDFZ.ONE_DAY.EDFZ.1800 2000 .MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 41 of 44 Version 4.0010. Next time you perform a new compilation (either from the editor or by double clicking to FS9\MyTraffic\trafficbat.D-CSMK .dat.0 0800 . we make a very small change to add a closed traffic ending time: C172-GA10 . park there until 2000 and come back than”. registration D-CSMK. Than. 70.VFR { 0800 .dat”. registration D-CSMK. 92.EDFZ.0010 } This flight simply reads as “Cessna 172 with paint scheme 10.EDFE.0010 2000 . 70.bat. We copy and paste this flight over to the file “Closed. 70. park there until 2000 and come back than”.

Use the Info > Set ini file dialogue and set in the year you want to simulate. After reading the database the corresponding pointers are set correctly. for example. Save your database.0 32) What is the AI Time Machine and how can I use it? The AI Time Machine is a unique feature introduced in MyTraffic Editor 2005 V3. was a Lufthansa B707 in the 70s and is a Air Berlin B738 nowadays. files and traffic. since it quarantees that after a year change the correct objects are associated. As easy as that! . Once you have restarted the Editor. The best way to use it is the following. preventing the Editor from accidentally referencing one aircraft instead of the other.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 42 of 44 Version 4. and all the aircraft in service during that year will be included in the auto generated flight plans. for example. This is strongly recommended. Aircraft DABED. create new schedules. close the editor. start it again and open the database again. the ‘First Year’ and ‘Last Year’ fields in the My Planes and My Types dialogues must be correctly filled. Year 2005. In order for this feature to work effectively.0 that allows the user to choose the year which the flight plans in the compiled traffic bgl files simulate.

MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 43 of 44 Version 4. MyTraffic 2006 can only use aircrafts allowed in the currently set year. . If you try to use an aircraft and it fails to show up. check that it is available in the selected year. you can prohibit usage of single aircrafts by just setting the first or last year.0 The time machine has some noteworthy consequences. As a welcome by product.

for his continual feedback.0 Credits Burkhard Renk. explanations. . Additionally. we express our gratitude to Tony Smith who helped with the proof-reading and formatting of the manual. the programmer of the Editor.MyTraffic 2006 Editor Manual Page 44 of 44 Version 4. additions and diagrammatic illustrations. Special Thanks to Ron Williams (known as Argenfarkle in the forums) for suggesting the new format for the manual.