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Tutorial: How do I Remove a Stock Airport from the Sim?


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There are a couple of reasons why you might want to remove a stock airport. Perhaps the airport no longer exists or more likely the ICAO for the airport has been changed since the sim was released.

There is no good absolute way to remove a stock airport completely. It could be done by opening the stock Bgl file containing the airport, removing the airport and recompiling. This is not a good idea.

The method in this tutorial will remove everything about the airport except that it will remain in the airport listing in the sim. This article links with the one on how to change an airport Ident and the two should be used together in that situation.


Note that if you use the stub file technique you can change the name of the airport in the GoTo Airport listing to something like Airport Deleted or Do Not Use. Tools/Change Airport Reference Data/Airport Name. Also, removing the terrain polygon is FSX and later only; you need to use a tool like SBuilder to do that in FS9.
Thanks Tom. Good points. I had intended to use the change name etc for the airport but forgot. I will add that and also the reference to FS9.
I have updated this with Tom's advice.
Glad to help. I like your Not in Use name. I'm torn about editing the City/Country names, in case someone searches for this airport by the city name and then can't find it (but doesn't know why). I'm not sure which would be better...
Thanks Tom. In the end I think what you put in the name files is going to be personal choice