AIGround is a MSFS simconnect utility designed to improve AI taxi characteristics at the airport the user’s aircraft is located at.
AIGround holds the AI stationary on the tarmac after pushback for a more realistic amount of time before the AI begins its taxi out.
The AI will also perform control surface checks as they begin their taxi out (if control surface animations are supported by the AI model in use).
AIGround can also optionally increase or decrease the AI’s taxi speed.
AIGround also prevents the AI from spinning while stationary at the threshold (a bug of the native AI control program).
The user can also optionally reduce or extend the AI landing and takeoff ground rolls.
AIGround enforces better spacing between the user's aircraft and AI (both aircraft and ground vehicles) when the user is performing a taxi-out or taxi-in. AIGround does this by commanding the AI to temporarily stop in situations that the normal MSFS AI control program would miss.
When the user’s parking brake is engaged, taxi incursion detection for AI aircraft is disabled because the user has signaled an intention to stop the aircraft’s movement longer term (e.g., the user’s aircraft is parked at the gate) (e.g., the user is holding short indefinitely at a hold short line). When the user’s taxi lights are OFF, taxi incursion detection for AI ground vehicles is disabled because the user has signaled an intention to not taxi so that ground service vehicles can closely approach the user’s aircraft to provide service (baggage, gpu, push-back vehicles, etc). Note however regardless as to whether user-AI separation is disabled, the native MSFS AI taxi control program may continue to stop AI independently of AIGround.
However, in situations where the user might want stopped AI to continue its taxi (e.g., giving way an intersection) (e.g., moving a backed up line of AI), the user can flash the landing lights or strobes (on certain aircraft flashing the strobes is much easier) off-on-off as a signal to the AI to continue the taxi. Note however that the native MSFS AI taxi control program may continue to stop AI independently of AIGround.
The user can also ZAP (remove) AI traffic (both aircraft and ground vehicles) that has become stationary (stuck) and is blocking the user’s path by turning the landing lights on, then flashing the strobes off-on-off.
AIGround does not require a configuration file to run, however the configuration file AIGround.ini is included, which contains several parameters that the user may change to suit personal preferences.
AIGround is designed to compliment the default MSFS AI program and thus is fully compatible with it. Thus, AIGround is compatible with any AI-related program that places AI mostly under control of the default AI program (SU11), such as MSFS live traffic, MSFS off-line traffic and external AI injection programs that mostly rely upon the default AI program after injection.
AIGround operates externally via simconnect and thus makes NO changes to the MSFS sim.
See the included readme.txt and readme.pdf for additional details.