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Military AI Works RAAF Williamtown PC-9A Package

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Version: 1

For FS 2004 / FS9

Project Manager: Mark Campbell

 

 

 

This package, from Military AI Works, features all of the PC-9A of 4Sqn based at RAAF Williamtown airbase. No. 4 Squadron was re-formed on 3 July 2009 at RAAF Base Williamtown to train forward air controllers. The Forward Air Control Development Unit (which operated PC-9s) (FACDU) was merged into the new unit, along with the RAAF's special tactics project team. This continued the FAC presence at Williamtown which had been maintained by FACDU and Flight. The squadron provides forward air controllers to support Special Operations Command. Personnel trained by No. 4 Squadron will accompany Special Forces patrols in order to accurately direct air strikes. Included in this package are 4 KRMG Pilatus PC-9A Turbo prop trainers. These brand new AI models debut here at MAIW RAAF Williamtown, produced by the very talented AI modeller’s Kevin Reed and Mark Griggs, with realistic FDE produced by Mike MacIntyre. Also included in this package is the complete custom scenery of RAAF Williamtown and Newcastle airport, produced in outstanding realism and quality by Mark Griggs. All the usual voicepacks, AFD’s and effects are supplied to MAIW standard.

This package is designed to be installed directly over the top of the MAIW RAAF Williamtown Hornet package, released in 2012.

 

 

Table of Contents

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1. About MAIW

 

2. Credits

 

3. Units Included in This Package

 

4. Installation

 

5. Troubleshooting

 

6. Notes and Resources

 

7. Permissions and Disclaimers

 

 

1. About MAIW

 

Military AI Works (MAIW) is a loosely affiliated, international group of flightsim enthusiasts who share the common goal of seeing realistic military AI traffic in MS Flightsim.  Our goals:

 

1) Produce only high-quality, freeware packages and products

2) Create military AI traffic accurately within the bounds of MS Flightsim

3) Promote new freeware military AI models, scenery and products

4) Advance military AI modeling of countries around the globe

5) Respect the rights of designers and contributors

 

To learn more about MAIW or to become a contributor, visit our website at http://www.militaryaiworks.com.

 

2. Credits

Models:

·         Kevin Reed

 

FDE & Effects Design

·         Mike MacIntyre

 

Textures:

·         Andrew Hall

 

AFD’s:

·         Mark Griggs

 

Flightplans:

·         Mark Campbell

 

Callsigns:

·         Mark Campbell

 

Scenery Objects:

·         Mark Griggs

 

 

 

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3. Units Included in this Package

 

Unit: 4 Squadron     Description: 13bs.gif

Callsign: Blue

Aircraft: 4 de Havilland Australia PC-9A

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Installation

 

Step 1) Install this package

 

1a) Install the package in accordance with the on-screen prompts

 

 

Step 2) Remove duplicate AFD files

 

Open your “Flight Simulator 9/Addon Scenery/scenery” folder and remove any previously installed AFD’s for the following airports (e.g. “AF2_XXXX.bgl,” “AF2_XXXX_DEFAULT_XX.bgl” or “PAI_AF2_XXXX_DEFAULT.bgl”) NOTE: LEAVE ALL AFCADS BEGINNING WITH “MAIW” as they were installed with step 1:

 

YWLM

YEV1

YPW1

YPW2

YPW3

YWL2

 

NOTE:  Failure to remove these duplicate files may result in problems with AI aircraft parking and operation.  It is recommended you move these to a temporary folder instead of deleting them; however, you should not need them again as the AFDs included in this package are thoroughly researched and highly detailed.  If you are using add-on scenery for one of the above airfields, it is recommended you do NOT remove the AFD for the add-on scenery, but instead remove the MAIW AFD file (e.g. MAIW_XXXX_DEFAULT.bgl) after installation.

 

 

Step 3) Install callsign voicepacks

 

3a) If you don’t have the EditVoicepack 3.1 freeware installed, download it and install it by clicking here.

 

3b) Run EditVoicepack and import all vcpmod files included in with this installation

 

3c) Choose “Import” from the “File” menu

 

 

3d) Find the folder “Flight Simulator 9/Military AI Works/Australia/RAAF/RAAF Williamtown PC9A/Voicepack Callsigns in the “Look in:” window

 

 

3e) Click “open” for each file

 

BLUE, EVANS HEAD RANGE, SALT ASH RANGE, WOOMERA RANGE 1, WOOMERA RANGE 2, WOOMERA RANGE 3, YEV1, YPW1, YPW2, YPW3, YWL2

 

3f) Update the Voicepack for FS9 by choosing “Update Voicepack” from the “File” menu--ensure the “Custom/Callsigns” box is checked in the left hand window.  (note: the update may take a few minutes—do not attempt to start FS9 until the update is complete.  Look for “Ready” in the lower left corner)

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3g) When ready press save to keep the modifications

 

 

Step 4) Activate MAIW Scenery

 

Included in this package is the excellent freeware scenery for RAAF Williamtown. This scenery will be automatically placed into the correct directory for installation when you install this package.

1)  The folder “MAIW RAAF Bases” and “MAIW Scenery Library Objects” have already been installed into the “Addon Scenery” folder of your FS directory.  In order to activate this scenery you must start FS9, go to Settings and find the Scenery Library.

2)  Click on “ADD AREA” and navigate to the “MAIW RAAF Bases” and “MAIW Scenery Library Objects” folders which should be, by default after installation, located in “Flight Simulator 9\Addon Scenery”. ***Note it is important that you place the “MAIW Scenery Library Objects” folder as far down your addon scenery list as possible by using the Move Down button.  Ideally they should be lower than any other scenery you may have added and just above the default FS9 scenery libraries. This will assure that you do not have any missing scenery.

 

3)   Shut down FS and then when you restart the scenery will be installed and ready to use.

 

That’s it!  You’ve successfully installed this package.  Your AI traffic files will be automatically updated the next time you run FS9

 

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5. Troubleshooting

 

Problems addressed:

“I’ve installed the package, but there are no Military AI aircraft at the airports”

“When I go to an airport, there are AI planes parked on top of one another”

“I can’t find the aircraft in the aircraft selection menu”

“When the Military AI planes talk to ATC, they use only numbers, not callsigns”

“I’m following the Military AI aircraft, and they won’t come back for touch-and-gos”

 

 

Problem:  “I’ve installed the package, but there are no Military AI aircraft at the airports”

 

Potential issue:  FS9 AI traffic density set too low

Fix action:  In FS9, set the AI traffic density slider to at least 10%.

 

Problem:  “When I go to an airport, there are AI planes parked on top of one another”

 

Potential issue:  Multiple AFDs active for the same airport

Fix action:  Using Windows Explorer, open the folder “Flight Simulator 9/Addon scenery/scenery.”  Look for duplicate entries for the following airport identifier:

 

YWLM

 

Files may be named in several ways.  The most common are “AF2_KXXX.bgl,” “AF2_KXXX_DEFAULT_XX.bgl” and “PAI_AF2_DEFAULT.bgl.”  Keep the file names starting with MAIW and remove all others with duplicate airport identifiers.

 

Problem:  “I can’t find the aircraft in the aircraft selection menu”

 

Issue:  These are AI aircraft and have been programmed to not show up in the flyable aircraft selection menu

Fix action:  If you simply must select these aircraft, use an editing program such as AirEd and change the Aircraft type from “2” to “0”

 

 

Problem:  “When the Military AI planes talk to ATC, they use only numbers, not callsigns”

 

Potential issue:  Callsign Voicepacks were not installed correctly

Fix action:  Run the EditVoicepack software.  Look for the following callsigns in the “custom modifications/callsigns” section of the program:

 

BLUE, EVANS HEAD RANGE, SALT ASH RANGE, WOOMERA RANGE 1, WOOMERA RANGE 2, WOOMERA RANGE 3, YEV1, YPW1, YPW2, YPW3, YWL2

 

If any of these are missing, choose “File/import” and open the appropriate .vcpmod file in the folder:-

“Flight Simulator 9/Military AI Works/Australia/RAAF/RAAF Williamtown PC9A/Voicepack Callsigns” 

 

Once this is complete, or if all callsigns are present, ensure the “Custom/Callsigns” box is checked in the left hand window and choose “File/Update Voicepack” to install them into FS9 (this may take a few minutes, do not open FS9 until the lower left of the EditVoicepack screen says “Ready.”)

 

 

Problem:  “I’m following the Military AI aircraft, and they won’t come back for touch-and-gos”

 

Potential issue:  You’re following your AI aircraft

Fix action:  Stop following your AI aircraft.  For some reason, a watched AI aircraft does not always behave the way it is programmed to.  If you wait for the aircraft at the airport, it will arrive on schedule

 

 

 

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6. Notes and Resources

 

This package was built by the Military AI Works online community.  If you are interested in making Military AI traffic more realistic, visit this site!

 

Flightplans:

The Flightplans are fictional, but have been researched via Internet and message forums.   We have tried to make the plans as “realistic” as possible and have had to use our own judgment.  Aircraft in this package fly to bases that may need you to download a separate AFCAD for the aircraft to show up there, AFCADs may be found at Avsim.com, Flightsim.com and the Project AI Afcad site

 

All Flightplans were created using Notepad.

Flightplans were installed using Lee Swordy’s TrafficTools freeware traffic compiler.

 

Callsigns:

The callsigns used in this package are actual callsigns used by these units, based on information obtained in manuals and on internet. 

 

All callsigns were created using the ingenious EditVoicepack freeware.  This program is extremely simple and fun to use—if you need a new AI callsign, give it a try!

 

AFDs:

All AFDs were created using Flight 1’s Airport Facilitator XNote please only open AFX formatted AFD with Flight 1 Airport Facilitator X, opening the AFX formatted AFD with any other AFD program will lose important and needed data.

 

 

 

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7. Permissions and Disclaimers

 

Adverse Effects:

The contents of this package should not adversely affect your FS9 or computer operation if installed according to the instructions. The authors make no guarantee and bear no responsibility for adverse operation or lost/overwritten files on your computer.

 

Use of Contents:

THESE FILES MAY ONLY BE UPLOADED TO AVSIM or FLIGHTSIM.COM BY THE AUTHOR(s)

 

THESE FILES MAY NOT BE UPLOADED TO ANY OTHER SITE WITHOUT THE AUTHOR'S WRITTEN PERMISSION. THESE MODELS, REPAINTS AND FLIGHTPLANS ARE FREEWARE AND MAY NOT BE SOLD, OR PUT ON ANY SITE THAT CHARGES FOR DOWNLOADING FREE FILES. THE FILES FOUND IN THIS ARCHIVE MAY NOT BE DISTRIBUTED ON CD OR ANY MEDIUM FOR ANY KIND OF FEE, INCLUDING THE COST OF PRODUCTION, MATERIALS OR POSTAGE.  THE MODELS, REPAINTS AND FLIGHTPLANS OWNERSHIP REMAIN WITH THE AUTHORS AS MENTIONED IN THE PACKAGE

 

Upload to FSPLANET.com will never be allowed by Military AI Works.

 

Any questions, suggestions and feedback on the contents may be directed to the forums at www.militaryaiworks.com

 

 

Sources:

All information used to create this package was obtained via online, open-source research.  All flight plans and schedules, while reasonable for military units, are fictional.

 

Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

Hello Jackie

 

 

 

 

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