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  1. A New Project If you use Tim Arnot's Plan-G flight planning freeware… http://www.tasoftware.co.uk/planG.htm ...this may be of interest to you. What I'm proposing to do may help you benefit from what I'm doing without replicating all my leg work yourself. I'm slowly populating my Plan-G charts folder tree with terminal procedures. I have an old (2011) DVD copy of all of the US IAPs, STARs and SIDs. I will also add public domain, non-US terminal procedures as they become available and as time permits, however the primary focus for the time being will be US terminal procedures. What makes this possible is that Tim's software now allows the use of JPG, PDF and LNK files – the latter are Windows Shortcut files. Most terminal procedures are PDF files. My airport diagrams are JPGs and the LNK files are necessary to efficiently use STARs. To make the files display properly for the correct airports in Plan-G, it's necessary to rename each file so that its filename begins with the ICAO code. I'm taking that a step further, embedding some additional information within the filename so the entries will sort logically when displayed in Plan-G and give me and any other users some idea what is in each procedure without having to open it and look at it. A picture is worth a thousand words so here's what a fully populated airport looks like in Plan-G. It's necessary to right-click on the airport icon in Plan-G, then left-click “Charts” on the fly-out to get the menu of available documents to display like this. Selecting any one of them from the fly-out displays that file in whatever viewer you use for that document type. STARs are unique among terminal procedures in that they may be applicable to more than one airport. As a result they must be handled a little differently from IAPs, SIDs and the occasional Visual Approach plate. For STARs I put the parent STAR PDF in a separate STARs folder, then create Windows Shortcut files (LNK files) for each airport to which it applies. The shortcut files are much smaller than the parent STAR pdf and each one is named so that it will display for the appropriate airport. For example, the Dallas area STAR “FINGR THREE” applies to five airports in the Dallas area. I've created five Windows Shortcuts, one for each airport to which the STAR applies… KADS – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk KDAL – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk KHQZ – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk KLNC – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk KRBD – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk They're identical except for the filenames and each one points to the full PDF copy of the STAR in the separate STARs folder. With those in the Plan-G Charts folder, this STAR shows in the Charts fly-out menu for each airport to which it is applicable. WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU? Of course you could do what I'm doing but it's a long and tedious job and you'd only be duplicating my efforts. I propose to share the renamed files with others who are interested, via some kind of subscriber list much like what's available for my airport diagrams. I expect that the number of files and the volume of data will make e-mail attachments prohibitive, so am thinking of creating a shared Drop Box folder to which subscribers will have access for downloading my re-named files into their own Plan-G Charts folder. I haven't fully thought through all the bookkeeping and logistics of this, particularly given that I have a fairly large number of these done already, but am looking to gauge the interest level in this. If you think you might be interested in subscribing to this free service for re-named TPP files via DropBox, please e-mail me by clicking the link below and letting me know. allardjd@earthlink.net
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