In case you haven’t heard, a new and much improved version of World Traffic has been released, v3.07 as of this post. There are a number of new features, but from what I gather, the most important of these is the plugin’s ability to auto generate ground routes associated with either generated or actual flight schedules, from the WED ground routes and traffic flows built in to X-Plane and some well designed custom scenery. <- That was a mouthful, but what does it mean?
Most of the default scenery in X-plane have WED (World Editor) designed ground routes built in. Also, some, but not all custom scenery have these WED ground routes added. If the scenery that you are using has WED ground routes in the design, then WT3 will be able to create flights, including SIDs/STARs and pushback/taxi routes to bring your scenery to life. There is also a simulated radar to track current flights near your departure and arrival airports. One can select an aircraft on radar and view the flight, which is quite addictive. The AI aircraft use flaps. spoilers, and reverse thrusters/beta. They also use a tug at pushback.
If your chosen custom scenery does not have WED ground routes added, WT3 will start generated flights on the runway.
Optionally, you could open up World Editor and add them. I haven’t actually done this, but it is said to not be difficult. YMMV
BTW, once you’ve got WT3 installed and configured, it takes a lot less time to generate air and ground traffic near your departure and destination airports than it did to write the preceding paragraphs.
The arrivals and depatutes information screen is quite handy. Green: scheduled flight, Amber: pushback within 10 mins, Blue: active flight
I am only a few days into Wt3 and by no means an expert. But here are a few things that I would recommend to make the installation and configuration process as painless as possible.
- Watch this tutorial video. Well worth the time investment.
- Download the latest build, AI aircraft, and Real Routes from this page:
- Read the very thorough “review” here:
Cool python script that analyzes your Custom Scenery folder for WT3 compatibility: