Taxiway signs add a great deal of realism and information to an airport. Through them you will be able to navigate the airport easier even with a sometimes complicated taxi clearance.
Users interested in helping to improve the scenery are extremely welcome to add signs using the WorldEditor (WED). Prior to November 2013 FlightGear signs was not part of the airport layout and was instead added through the scenery object database.
Explanation of signs
There are many types of signs on airfields. The following table explains the used syntax.
Signs should be placed using the WorldEditor (WED) so that they are included in the
apt.dat file. Note that unless you create custom scenery it may take some time before they get added to the scenery, as the it have to be rebuilt to add changes to an airport layout.
Prior to that the FlightGear World Scenery 2.0 was made available through TerraSync in November 2013 signs was added as individual scenery models by hand, using an ASCII format based on an FAA specification to describe the content of the signs. With the newer
apt.dat version 8.50 format signs are part of the airport layout, and signs no longer need or should be placed by hand as if they would be regular scenery objects.
- See this and this post by f-ojac in the forum topic FGSignMaker: A new tool for creating taxiway signs
- FGSignMaker - Obsolete since November 2013
- Sign Specification Proposal
- Howto:Modeling Ground Signs with Blender
- Legacy Signs