How do I Start Airport Design Editor?
This article is about starting Airport Design Editor for the version of the simulator that you are using.
Desk Top Shortcut
If you don't have one then creating one is not too difficult and it is probably the easiest way to start ADE. To create a shortcut open Windows Explorer (or your favorite file manager) and navigate to the ADE main folder
- Right Click on the application file and the context menu should open. Click Create shortcut
After a short time a new file will be created which is the shortcut to ADE. Drag this onto your desktop. You might want to rename it to something less cumbersome - at least remove the - Shortcut
Choose the Simulator Version
IMPORTANT When you start ADE it checks for available versions of the simulator by checking the registry. It will only display versions that it can find. If only a single version is found then ADE will not display this selector window but just start for the version it found.
To select the version of ADE to start in:
- Select the version from the drop down menu.
- Click OK to start ADE.
So what has gone wrong? Well ADE is checking the registry entries for each version of the simulator. Sometimes these entries are missing or otherwise wrong. In this case ADE won't show the version. If it can't find the proper registry entries for any of the supported versions then it will show the red selector window.
What do you need to do. You will need to check that your simulator versions are properly installed.and have a correct and available registry entry. This is outside the scope of this article but we will cover it separately
ADE is Already Running
If this is the first time that you have run ADE for the simulator version you started then you will see the new user wizard. You can find out how to complete the settings here
Otherwise you will see a blank display and you can load an airport. You can find out all about loading an airport here.