How do I Change the Airport IDENT?
Airports change their Idents (ICAO) in the real world so how can we change them in FS? Actually we can't Microsoft did not give us any way to change this. It is a critical key to the airport data so it is not changeable.
The first thing you should do is to open the stock airport in ADE and delete everything. This article explains how
Load the stock airport
This is the stock KHUT and I have centered the display so that I can see the airport reference point
Check the current airport properties
The ID is KHUT which is what we would expect. We can't edit it in the normal property dialog but we can change it via the Raw Data View. This is a tool available with the ProKey which enables us to change many things in the project file.There is no safety net though and no undo so if we make a mistake we could mess up the project file.
Open the airport properties in the raw data view
To do this in version 1.66 or later
- Select the airport reference point and use Ctrl+Enter to open the RDV
- Scroll down the properties list a bit until you can see the ICAO property. We can change this here
Edit the airport Ident
- Edit the ident to the new value. Be aware that this should be four characters. You could enter more here but this will not get properly reflected in the results
- Close the RDV. Changes in the RDV happen in the project file as soon as you make them. If you make a mistake then you will need to go back and correct it. There is no undo available.