News Archives 2020 Q1
had a minor update: I removed some duplicate code and improved error handling.
had another update: you can now add a local FAA database search feature by downloading the FAA's Releasable Aircraft Registry Database
and placing the files in the HTA's parent folder.
Since these local searches are extremely slow, the HTA will only use them if no results were found on Airport-Data.com
• Though Airport-Data.com
, the data source for AirReg.hta
, has an extensive database of aircrafts, I sometimes encounter registation numbers that it cannot find.
Most of these are rare vintage aircrafts with N-numbers, that can be found in the FAA's Releasable Aircraft Database
This database can be downloaded
I am writing a C# program to search these database files, but it still is slow
, whereas a quickly composed batch file AirRegNCmd.cmd
works about 20 times faster.
The batch file will prompt you to open the database download page if it cannot find the database files.
• Adam Yaakov Cohen reported that DropDownBox
didn't work in XP virtual machines.
The problem was caused by DropDownBox's use of .NET Framework 4.5 (
function), whereas XP virtual machines end at 4.0.
Though I had switched to 4.5 to decrease dependency on unmanaged code, DropDownBox still does
use some unmanaged code (to extract an icon from System32.dll), so reverting to .NET Framework 4.0 required only a minor change.
The resulting C# source code and compiled executable are available in dialogboxes.zip
.cs and DropDownBoxXP
I did not change the version number, because the change is already reflected in the file name.
works for you, just forget about DropDownBoxXP
• And another update of AirReg.hta
: it now allows airplane registration "numbers" of up to 8 characters, and input filtering is improved.
has been updated: it will now open external URLs in the default browser when links are clicked.
page last modified: 2020-04-14