Welcome to my first tutorial. I was messing around with bumping up the numbers on the total number of fire trucks per station and decided the fire landing strip (FLS) could use some updating. For this tutorial you only need the Lot Editor (LE) and Reader programs. First I opened the original FLS file in LE and as you can see below I did some personal modifications but the most important is to duplicate the prop "0x2c5a0000 Tag 1x1x3 Fireplane Gnome" which will put a second plane prop on the FLS. You can find it easily by hovering the mouse over the original prop on the tarmac.
Once the lot is set up to how you like (with the extra plane prop of course) save the file and exit the LE program. From this point you will need the Reader program.
Open your SimCity Deluxe file in the Maxis folder and open the SimCity_1 dat file. Make sure you are looking in the C: Program Files/SimCity 4 folder. Depending on your computer speed it may take a few moments for Reader to open the dat file, but when it does it will look ver similiar to this. (Keep in mind this dat file is critical to proper operation of the game, if you are going to proceed then make a copy at this point. This way, if you make any serious mistakes to the file you will not have to reinstall the game.)
From the top bar click Analyser which will open a new window. In this new window click Search located in the top left. When the program is done loading click the Tree button, if you have done it correctly your screen will look like this.
Scroll down to Civic buildings and click on it, then click on the building drop down menu. From this list you will find the "Fire Department Landing Strip" like below,
I like to maximize this window for ease of use. On the right side of the screen click on the "Fire Station Total Plane Dispatches" this will open the property screen for this function of the lot. At the bottom of the screen under "Values as text" change the value 0x00000001 to 0x00000002. Click "apply" to the right THEN click "Apply" at the bottom. Like so
Close the property window and then close the analyser window. At this point you must click "Save" at the top left of the window. You may then close Reader.
As you can see below the modification in LE and Reader worked.
In the event of a fire during the game you can go ahead and click the fire plane dispatch paddle and see you have 2 available. Sometimes dispatching both at the same time will work but not always. In the event u dispatch both but only one takes off, when the first plane is in the air the UDI Mission Indicator will pop up over the second plane on the ground, click it and accept and now you have control over the second plane and the first will respond to where ever you have placed the dispatch paddle. Or open the UDI menu for fixed wing aircraft and accept the mission and you will have control of the plane still on the ground. There are times when the second plane will not respond at all and that is just a tweek of the game being modified I suppose. But for the most part as you see below, it works. Enjoy!
Please PM STomnibus if you have any questions about this article.