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Aircraft carrier runway lights

Hello, my name is Enzo and I'm from Italy. I'm relatively new in scenery design, but in the last month i did a lot to improve my skills.
I modeled a Nimitz class aircraft carrier in Gmax and exported it to FS2004, it's all working except for the runway lights. I've created, using Airport for Windows, an invisible runway and placed it over the landing pad of the carrier, but the lights do not show up during the nigh. It seems that, regardless the correct altitude, the runway is covered by the bridge.
I tried to move the runway few feet up with the only result that the default Cessna now floats over the deck and the runway lights are still covered by the carrier bridge.
I sincerely do not know what to do, can any of you guys help me to solve this problem?

Best Regards

Enzo
 

nickw

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This may not be the answer, and I am sure someone will come up with another idea.

However, how about placing effects where you want the lights? Use the attachtool.
 

arno

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Hi Enzo,

I think the approach of Nick is indeed better. As your carrier is a 3D object it is almost impossible to get a runway display on it. These are designed to be displayed on the ground and 3D objects have a higher priority. So mixing them is very hard.

So adding the lights you want using the attachtool (effects) or maybe the LIGHT_NAV option looks like a better approach to me.
 
Thanks for your reply Nick.
I've already tried to use the attach tool to create the runway lightning, it works, but there's another problem...the lights show up perfectly over the runway but they dont go off during the day.
Maybe I'm using the wrong effect (fx_navwhi)... :(
 
Hi Arno, sorry I didn't see your post :p
Yes, I think you are both right, the only way to show up the runway lights is to insert an effect inside Gmax. Now I have to find out how to show up the lights only at night :rolleyes:
Thanks again for your help ;)
 
after you have created your attachment point for your FX files in Gmax, you can add this to the code section, the part in red is the code that shows only at Dusk, Dawn and Night but lights are Off in the Day !

this example was added to an Oilrig platform made in FSDS but you can see the code for the Day Night etc !

<!-- Deck Light -->
<SceneryObject lat="-38.5724428318428" lon="147.322872888886" alt="22.1"
altitudeIsAgl="TRUE" pitch="0.00" bank="0.00" heading="0.00"
imageComplexity="SPARSE">
<BiasXYZ
biasX="3.0"
biasY="0.1"
biasZ="8.0"/>
<Effect effectName="fx_deckwhi.fx"
effectParams="NIGHT=1;DAY=0;"/>
</SceneryObject>
<!-- Deck Light -->
<SceneryObject lat="-38.5724428318428" lon="147.322872888886" alt="22.1"
altitudeIsAgl="TRUE" pitch="0.00" bank="0.00" heading="0.00"
imageComplexity="SPARSE">
<BiasXYZ
biasX="3.0"
biasY="0.1"
biasZ="8.0"/>
<Effect effectName="fx_deckwhi.fx"
effectParams="DAWN=1;DUSK=1;"/>
</SceneryObject>

You need to create the same FX twice as the Parameter has to be in pairs !

rgds Jeff
 
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