Instant mapping (create a mapping before you fly - Quick mapping wizard)
Having your own flyable aircraft mapped in our database is a convenience item.
The difference between having your own aircraft in our database or not is:
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|in swiftGUI's Connect dialogue all aircraft data will be pre-filled correctly, you just choose and complete your callsign. Saves time and prevents mistakes|
|AIRCRAFT NOT MAPPED
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|in the Connect dialogue you will have to verify and correct all data-fields (ICAO aircraft type, type of aircraft, airline livery code), because swift does not know all details of your aircraft. Takes more time and mistakes are more likely|
Quick Mapping Wizard
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Model (= your own aircraft) being drawn in yellow indicates that swiftGUI was able to read the aircraft model from your simulator,but that it could not find it in your cached database:
Although you could also update swift Datastore with our Mapping Tool (swiftData), a quicker and easier way will be using swiftGUI's Quick Mapping izard!
Adding the aircraft model to the Datastore will make using swift more comfortable not only for you, but all other users will profit from this, as the data will shared through our database.
Let's assume we just installed the livery of "Garuda Indonesia" for our "Zibo Mod Boeing 737-800X" in X-Plane 11.
After loading the aircraft with its new livery, we start swiftGUI.
Connect dialogue does not fully recognize this combination of aircraft and airline and shows us this fact with the dreaded yellow frame:
Clearly, this is neither a Boeing 767-300 (B763), nor the livery of American Airlines (AAL). We need to correct these entries and also map them to have them correct the next time we want to use this aircraft and livery.
Let's add the aircraft to the database!
The following steps are always the same, no matter what flight simulator platform and aircraft you use.
- click on the green swift button to launch the Quick Mapping Wizard
- you should now see the start page of the Quick Mapping Wizard:
- the data field
Modelshows you the information of the aircraft file in your flight simulator
Aircraft ICAO code: fill in the ICAO code of the type of aircraft that you are mapping, in our case
B738, choose the correct sub-type from the list! If you are not sure about the correct code, you will be able to search it on the next page of the Wizard
Airline: here we have to fill in the correct ICAO code for the airline. If you do not know it, enter part of the name of the airline in the field
Airline nameand swift will show you all results. When choosing one, the field
Airline ICAOwill be completed automatically. If you are adding a general aviation aircraft that does not belong to an airline, choose the appropriate option and define an approximate livery (color for fuselage and tail)
- Aircraft Finder: the next page of the Quick Mapping Wizard will allow you to search for aircraft types and type codes in more detail. If you are sure that the data provided on the first page was correct, proceed to the next page of the Wizard
- Livery Finder: the next page of the Quick Mapping Wizard will allow you to search for airlines and liveries in more detail. If you are sure that the data provided on the first page was correct, proceed to the next page of the Wizard
- Distributor Finder: this is a rather important item! In swift-speak, a "distributor" is a person or an entity(organization) that has produced aircraft and/or liveries. If you do not know the distributor of your plane/livery/variant, or if you are not sure, choose ''ZZZZ''. Our database administrators will try to sort it out afterwards - this is better than submitting incorrect data! In our example the best choice would be to designate the livery as "Zibo", since we are using it with this aircraft model.
- Confirm Data: on the next page you have another chance to verify that all data is a) valid and b) correct.
- Valid data is data that is known to swift's database and it is marked with vertical green bars (red circles on the screenshots). Only if all fields contain "valid data", a change request can be sent!
- Correct data is what you consider as correct for the aircraft that you want to add to our database (red arrows)
- after one more confirmation page you will be presented with the login-dialogue for swift Datastore. Don't panic, simply use your VATSIM ID and VATSIM network password (VATSIM SSO). Should it not work, try the VATSIM SSO at swift Datastore, it will take a few seconds only. After you have successfully logged in there, you should be able to log in through the Quick Mapping Wizard as well. See here for more information about the datastore.
when you are logged in, confirm that you want to send your Change Request and a status-update will follow:
There will be no immediate results, because your Change Request will be queued in swift Datastore and then a database administrator has to verify your request and then either accept it, correct it or reject it. Only then will the mapped aircraft be recognized by swiftGUI when you want to use it for a flight.