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Hi forum,


 


my simulator keeps loading the wrong runway texture at small airstrips like WS25 Shangrila Airport.


When I restart the sim and load the flight all textures are correct (see first screenshot). But when flying a traffic pattern and approaching the airstrip the runway texture changes erroneously to sand (see second screenshot) although WS25 has a turf runway. How can I fix this issue?


 


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Greetings,


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Hi Bermuda,


 


What you're seeing is the difference in seasonal variations of the "grass" runway.  The first screenshot looks like spring.  Change your season to spring and see if it doesn't stay the greener color. 


 


Cheers, Neil


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I've made some more testing on this and it seems the spring textures don't display correctly. Here are five screenshots to show you the rapid texture exchange I explained in the first post:


 


Date of the sim: May 1st, 2015, noon


 


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Suddenly the runway texture changes


 


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After restarting the sim I tried loading different seasons in the following order beginning with the original turf texture in spring on May 1st, 2015


 


aSpringMay1st.jpg


 


 


Summer, 2015


bSummer.jpg


 


 


Fall, 2015


cFall.jpg


 


 


Winter, 2015


dWinter.jpg


 


 


Spring on May 6th, 2015


eSpringMay6th.jpg


 


 


Spring on May 1st, 2015


fSpringMay1st.jpg


 


 


Winter, 2015


gWinter.jpg


 


 


Spring on May 1st, 2015


hSpringMay1st.jpg


 


 


Spring on May 6th, 2015


iSpringMay6th.jpg


 


 


As you can see the textures on May 1st and May 6th at the end vary from the original turf texture in spring on May 1st and also vary from each other, not depending on the specific day in spring. However, I didn't manage to load the original turf texture again without restarting FSX.


 


What's the problem here???


Greetings,


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To me it doesn't look like sand texture, it looks like abused dry grass texture which I guess you might expect at times other than the flush of spring.


 


The degree to which the grassiness of runways is displayed might be variable depending on textures used and graphics settings as well.  On my rig, although I don't see green grass, I don't see anything that I would call sand either.


 


If I get time I might grab some screenshots, in the meantime, this might have to be put in the vagaries of FSX basket.

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The textures are set when we design the airport but the actual seasonal texture displayed is coded into FSX and cannot be changed by the designer. If you load up FSX in a particular season the runway texture will remain if you change to a different season. Flying away from the airport and returning will change it to the correct season. The actual season displayed on a specific date can be assigned by designers but this will still not always fix the runway texture shown. Just one of the quirks of FSX.


Larry


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