MyFsLocator is not updated any more!
Its functions were moved to and were enhanced in MyFsTools, freely available at http://www.elbiah.de/flusi/
MyFsLocator is an external program for Flight Simulator 2004 which lists nearby cities, mountains and lakes or guides you to a wanted place.
MyFsLocator only comes with some small example databases (some cities and mountains per country, Hawaii and Gibraltar in detail) but you can easily add additional areas of the world (see "Database import" below for details).
Most current versions of MyFsLocator and example databases can be found at:
FDSConnection.dll" into the "
Modules" folder of Flight Simulator - this file is used to "talk" to Flight Simulator 2004 (see "Credits" below for details). If there is already a file with this name, it's suggested not to overwrite the existing one as MyFsLocatorr should work with older/newer versions as well.
Whenever you want to use MyFsLocator, you have to start it, either manually or by adding an appropriate menu item in Flight Simulator (can for example be added with MyFsMenu from http://www.elbiah.de/flusi/).
If you enter some text, MyFsLocator will only show places which contain the given text in their name. It may for example be used to locate places that are currently too far away to be contained in the list.
If you mark this checkbox, the upper part of the screen expands to access all other items.
If checked, the list is updated in the given interval based on aircraft's current position and heading.
If a value below 180° is given, the list will only contain items that are located within the given number of degrees to the left or to the right of aircraft's current heading.
This value gives the height of the items in the list. Just increase it to get a larger graphic or reduce it to see more items in the list.
This value gives the number of most nearest items to be listed.
If marked, the MyFsLocator window will always stay on top of other windows.
All items in the list are shown with an arrow which points to it - just follow the arrow to get there.
First line of text shows the name of the location.
Second line shows the distance (nautical miles and kilometers), the course towards location (magnetic heading) and a comment (e. g. country or type of location).
If you double-click a location in the list, that location is shown in detail in the upper part of the window:
If the location is an airport with runway information[*], you can additionally mark one of the listed runways to get an additional, smaller arrow in the graphic showing the relative direction of the runway.
[*] Airports and runways of FS- 2004 are available as separate downloads.
Covering the whole world would require a really huge database, so there are only some examples included or are available as separate downloads.
To add the countries you are interested in, you have to download raw data for this country and convert it to MyFsLocator's data format.
There are two sources of raw data that are directly supported by MyFsLocator which together cover the whole world:
The "National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGS)" provides the "GEOnet Names Server (GNS)" that covers all (?) countries of the world except U.S. states:
Just download the wanted country files and unzip them.
The "U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)" provides the "Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)" that covers all U.S. states:
Please note that only the files below "Delimited Format Files using pipe
symbol" are supported, i. e. the files ending with "
The files below "Columnar Format Files" are NOT supported!
Just download the wanted state files and (if you have chosen the .zip version) unzip them.
The raw data files from above sources are text files with extension "
Just copy these files to the folder where "
ConvertToGeo.exe" are stored.
Then start "
ConvertToGeo.exe" (just double-click it in
explorer windows) and wait for it to finish, that's all.
.txt" data files are not needed any more. If you are not low on disk space, it is suggested to keep them, so you can convert it again later with modified settings (see below).
By default, ConvertToGeo only converts a subset of contained data to keep the number of data files and locations small. In most cases there are much more detailed items in the raw files that you might be interested in, though it is not very helpful for flying in FS to list details such as single buildings.
Another problem is, that I didn't know for sure what some items in the raw data files are, so I just added those which looked promising for my own, well known local area. I may have missed some significant land marks this way, though I've added a few that I got aware of (e. g. craters).
Every item in the raw files has an (undocumented) type designator that describes what the item is. Most of these designators are recognizable abbreviations like "MTN" for "mountain" or "LK" for "lake".
The items to be converted are defined in files "
for NGA-GNS data and "
ConvertUsgsToGeo.ini" for USGS-GNIS
data. These files are automatically created with default settings, but after
that you can modify these files and repeat conversion with your modifications.
If you open these files with an editor, you will see lines that look like:
<designator>" is the classification as
contained in the raw data files, "
<description>" are the values which ConvertToGeo
uses to convert such items.
<type>" values are:
0 = ignore such items
4 = populated place (city, town, village)
5 = hypsographic location (mountain, hill, valley)
6 = hydrographic location (lake, reservoir)
7 = spot feature (airport, tower, building).
<description>" is a short description for the
item to be shown in MyFsLocator.
The database files used by MyFsLocator are plain text files with the pattern "
db-*.geo". Whenever the program is started, it
will look for and use files with this extension in the folder containing the "
Data lines in such a "
.geo" file start with the
uppercase letter "
P", all other lines are in fact ignored,
though character "
#" is intended to mark comments.
Each data line contains 6 values separated by a "
4"=populated places (city, town, village)
5"=hypsographic (hill, mountain, valley)
6"=hydrographic (lake, reservoir)
7"=spot feature (airport, tower, building)
0" if unknown.
# 4=city, name=Berlin (*="large"), lon=E 13,400000, lat=N
# 5=hill, name=Matterhorn, lon=E 7,658680, lat=N 45,976400, alt=4477m
The index file "
db-index.ini" contains longitude and
latitude ranges of every "
db-*.geo" data file together
with a time stamp of every file.
Like the scenery database of FS, this file is updated automatically whenever MyFsLocator is started, so there is no need to bother with it.
The communication between MyFsLocator and Flight Simulator is done with FDSConnect
by Michael DeFeyter, copyright by "Flight Deck Software" (