SID and STAR generator – a brief user guide

by Felix Musselmann

Overview

Project page: http://ssg.codeplex.com/

Main tab

Source / Destination directories:
Input file location (in PMDG FMC format) and output file location.

Filename pattern: Here you can define the filename of the output files. When you go with your mouse curser over the menu label, you can see all available name placeholders.

You can create airport groups. With a right click on an airport and "add to group" you can create a new group. To add an airport to a group select the group with a right click and select first. Thereafter add the Airports from the left side with a right click and "add to selected group". Groups will be saved and you click all airports of a group at once.

Console

Here you can find information if an error occurs.

Content settings

This is the central tab for defining your output settings. In the first three lines (SIDs/STARs/Transitions) you can decide, whether you want to make the procedures selectable in the Client by airport (for that select "no order), by runway or by procedure.

For the SIDs and STARs you define if you want to have a start point by the end of the runway or the first point of the procedure.

Some SIDs and STARs have sub tracks (aka runway track) which links the runway with the first fix (SID) or last fix (STAR). While the fix is the same for all runways, the track to this fix varies. Here you can set whether you want to include these runway track fixes in the output or ignore them.

For transitions you can decide whether you want approach transitions and/or SID transitions and / or STAR transitions.

The name filter allows excluding name patterns, e.g. to exclude standard approaches. Examples:

  1. Names with runway = NAMUG26R
  2. Names with number = LANDU26

You can exclude the matching parts, include the matching parts only, or ignore the filter settings at all.

With "filtered elements as comment" you can decide whether you want to have your excluded parts as comment in the output file or not at all. Having them as comments allows you to check what has been excluded.

With include/exclude/ignore you can decide whether you want to include or exclude the options you have selected above (names with runway/number).

SCT header pattern: Here you can define the procedure name in the clients. When you go with your mouse curser over the menu label, you can see all available name placeholders.

Written Files: Here you can define which formats you want to get:

  1. ESE = for EuroScope
  2. SCT = Sector File
  3. KML = Google earth

Miscellaneous:

  1. NDB DB string removal: In the PMDG data files NDBs have an appendix "NB". In the sector file the string does not exist. Here you can remove the "NB" string that the procedures get drawn correctly in the Client.
  2. No spaces in the track name: With space = GIVMI 5W, without space = GIVMI5W

Blacklist: Sometimes the PMDG procedure includes waypoints which don't exist in the sector file database causing corrupted procedures in the client. Here you can exclude such FIX/NDB/VORs. The points on that list are ignored in the whole program.

Debug Info: Here you can activate extended comment and information in the files.

Applies to: Not all settings apply to all target formats, clarifies which formats are affected by certain settings.

Layout settings

  1. SCT: Here you can define a special color for each procedure type. When you leave it empty, no special color gets defined. You can use "BLUE" (but the color has to be defined in your sector file) or a number.
    The requirements for the format of the number you can find here at color definitions.
  2. KML: Specify the colors for the KML output.

Hints

  1. Double click on the directory labels to open the directories
  2. Use the file name pattern to control the generated file names
  3. Check the console in case of trouble, use any provided stack trace for error reporting
  4. Type (quickly) the name of an airport (ICAO) in the combo box, and the airport will be selected.

Last edited Jan 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM by KWB, version 5

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