Kinetic SBS Utilities

Flag, Logo, Waypoint and
Outline sets descriptions


Country Flag sets

Improved Civil/Military Flags sets

The flag sets are designed to replace the default Kinetic country flags in the BMPFlags folder. They provide both updated data and additional country and military flags.

There are two sets available with for standard (20 x 20) or wide (40 x 20) bitmaps, with additional optional sets for a registration prefixes and dark backgrounds for the military roundels.

The flag sets will not display correctly in BaseStation unless the updated Countries.dat file is also installed.


Do not have BaseStation running when installing these sets.

Using Active Display Lite installation is automatic on selecting the set you require.

If you download the zips files from my Utilities page use Explorer to navigate to your Kinetic BMPFlags folder and delete all the existing bitmaps. This will ensure the redundant and misspelt bitmaps are removed. Unzip the sets you require and copy the contents to the BMPFlags folder. Once the file sets are copied also ensure the revised Countries.dat file is copied to your Kinetic folder - without this the new file sets will not work.

Wide bitmaps

The wide country flags feature a colour coded background behind the registration prefix which highlights different continental regions. This gives a visual clue to aircraft from other continents.

  The colours are:

Dark Red
Dark Blue
  North America
Dark Green
Light Red
Dark Yellow
  Middle East
Light Green
  Far East
  Central America
  South America
Light Blue

The display will therefore show one predominant colour for any region - for example dark red flags within Europe. Any aircraft from a different region will be more obvious purely from the background colour :


Airline Logos

Since the release of BaseStation 1.1.130 it is now possible to show operator logos in the Aircraft List.

To display the logos you must install a set of bitmaps in the OperatorFlags folder. To trigger the bitmap you must edit the aircraft record by adding the ICAO Operator code (like BAW for British Airways) in the OprFlagCode field - or use a utility like ActiveDisplayLite to do this automatically.


Do not have BaseStation running when installing these sets.

Use Explorer to navigate to your Kinetic OperatorFlags folder. Unzip the set and copy the contents into the folder. The logos will only display in BaseStation after restart and only for aircraft records that have the OprFlagCode field populated.


The starter set presently contains just over 1350 logos but new logos are added regularly. The set contains most of the frequently seen operators flying within Europe whether airlines, executive aircraft, business aircraft or even flying club - provided they use an approved ICAO Operator code.


In addition to the ICAO logos a full set of world-wide military logos are provided. I have assigned these four digit codes to indicate they are not ICAO standard using the convention of a two digit UN country code/hyphen/M.

Examples are US-M for USA Mil and DE-M for Germany Mil.

Logo Size

Note that this logo set was originally designed for displaying a logo in the Aircraft Details window and therefore the bitmaps are quite large - 85 x 20 pixels. This is approximately twice the width of other logo sets so they may not appeal to everyone. If you prefer smaller bitmaps I suggest looking at the excellent bitmap sets from:

Andy (FlyingArt) at or
Mark Coles at

Users who would prefer individual military unit markings may also wish to look at Jack Ford's logo collection at Jack has created a wealth of logos for airlines and military units which do not have ICAO codes thus extending the potential of the display considerably. Jack's logos are also 85 x 20 format.


Logos require activating before they will display in BaseStation.

This is done by adding the three digit Operator code into the OperatorFlagCode field in BaseStation (or in Reporter). If using BaseStation:

Double click on the aircraft to bring up the Aircraft Details box. Click the Edit button to bring up the Edit Record window. The code needs to be added to the Operator Flag Code field.

In Reporter the Operator field can be edited directly.

If users have SBSPopulate or ActiveDisplayLite these includes ICAO codes and will write these to the aircraft records automatically. Although manual input is mostly unnecessary GAS are still populating their own database and not every ICAO code is available. Some manual work is still required for now.

The military codes I have provided may still require adding manually.

Code Sets

The bulk of included codes are ICAO 3 digit standard. If an airline callsign is EZY3116 then EZY should be added to the Op Flag Code box to trigger the EZY bitmap. Some airlines sub charter aircraft so the callsign may not match the aircraft's true operator. Here users should enter what suits them best for their display.

If a military aircraft appears on SBS you can trigger a military roundel by typing in a four digit code. For these I have used the United Nations ISO 3166 two letter country codes followed by -M to signify it is a military (non ICAO) code. For example IT-M will trigger the Italian AF roundel and US-M will trigger the USA emblem. Users can check the UN page at for the codes used.

A few military units have obtained ICAO codes - mostly European air forces, RAF stations and a few US units. For example RCH (Reach) will also trigger a US Mil bitmap and codes like RRR, RFR, VYT, LOS, NVY and AAC trigger a UK roundel (and several more - the RAF have quite a number of ICAO codes).

I have included several other non standard bitmaps:

UKP will trigger a Police bitmap
@CODE will trigger a MISCODE bitmap
@NOLOG will trigger a blank (No Logo) bitmap
@RADAR will trigger a radar bitmap - suitable for ground radar codes
@VEHICLE will trigger a vehicle bitmap - suitable for ground vehicles
@FIRE will trigger a fire engine bitmap

For aircraft not allocated an ICAO or military code Ian Kirby (IANK in the Kinetic forum) has produced a set of complementary aircraft silhouettes for most aircraft types. Most of these are for light aircraft and executive jets which rarely have an ICAO Operator code. To trigger Ian's bitmaps users should enter the ICAO Aircraft code in the ICAOOprCode field



Waypoint files comprise of standard data sets and naming conventions for each country.

Files are named with a two letter country code followed by the layer number and then the full waypoint description.

Using the UK as an example which uses the UK prefix, the file sets are:

UK_02_Major_Airfield_Code.wpt UK Major Airports. Displays ICAO code only e.g. EGLL
UK_02_Major_Airfield_Name.wpt UK Major Airports. Displays name and code e.g. Leeds EGNM
Note that the layers above are provided to give a choice and only one should be installed.
Some other layers below may also be available as code only or full name files.
UK_03_VOR.wpt UK VOR's. Displays VOR ident only e.g. BNN
UK_04_NDB.wpt UK NDB's. Displays NDB ident only e.g. LPL
UK_05_Intersection.wpt UK Intersections (fixes). Displays five digit code e.g. BANBA
UK_06_TACAN.wpt UK TACAN's. Displays ident only e.g. MAM
UK_07_Minor_Airfield.wpt Minor UK airports. Displays name and code. e.g. Jura X9JR
UK_08_ANO.wpt Air Navigation obstructions. Height shown is AMSL. e.g 573'
UK_09_Disused_Airfield.wpt Disused airfields. Displayed with a (D) suffix. E.g. Ansty(D)
UK_10_Parachute_Site.wpt Parachute sites. Displayed with a (FF) suffix. E.g. Beccles(FF)
UK_11_Gliding_Site.wpt Gliding sites. Displayed with a (GL) suffix. E.g. Jurby(GL)
UK_12_Helipad.wpt Helipads. Displayed with a (H) suffix. E.g. Heysham(H)
UK_13_Hang_Gliding_Site.wpt Hang gliding sites. Displayed with a (HG) suffix. E.g. Chetwynd(HG)
UK_14_Microlight_Site.wpt Microlight sites. Displayed with a (ML) suffix. e.g Arclid(ML)
UK_15_Visual_Reporting_Point.wpt Visual Reporting points. Displayed with VRP suffix e.g. Bagshot VRP
UK_17_Seaplane_Name.wpt Seaplane sites. No suffix
UK_18_Balloon_Name.wpt Balloon sites. No suffix

To avoid screen clutter the waypoints have been set to activate at different zoom settings.

Zoom Level
Major airfields
Level 1
Minor airfields
Level 2
Zoom level 150nm or less
Private strips
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Level 1
Level 2
Zoom level 150nm or less
Level 1
Level 4
Zoom level 15nm or less
Disused airfields
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Parachute sites
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Gliding sites
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Hang Gliding sites
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Microlight sites
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Seaplane sites
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less
Balloon sites
Level 3
Zoom level 50nm or less


WPT files should be copied to the Waypoints folder. The files will be available next time you start BaseStation or you can activate them immediately by selecting Settings, Reload, Waypoints from the BaseStation menu.

For ActiveDisplay users the installation is automatic on selecting the file you require.


By default all new files will be active after installation. Files can be turned off individually or by layer. In the Display Settings, Data Files menu tab you can activate or deactivate each file. In the Display Settings, Waypoint tab you can turn off individual layers.

If you install both the CODE and NAME files for a layer you must turn off one of the other in the Data Files tab. Do not activate both.

In the Display Settings, Waypoints menu the labels may not match the waypoint sections correctly at first but these can be changed - see the Display Settings section below.

If you are unsure about what to do then read through these instructions again so you are clear as to how to proceed. If in doubt don't do anything. Either drop me an email or post a question on the Kinetic forum.

If you install some country sets you may need to disable the Kinetic default country files (mostly limited data files for Europe) as they will only duplicate data.

 Display Clutter

The amount of information available in these files is considerable and can result in severe radar screen clutter. I do not recommend all the data be turned on at the same time - except for curiosity maybe <g>.. Just enable the sections you consider necessary.

Display Settings

The Waypoint files should appear in the BaseStation Settings, Waypoints tab as follows:

1 - General
2 - Major Airfields
3 - VOR
4 - NDB
5 - Intersections
7 - Minor Airfields
8 - ANO (Air Navigation Obstructions)
9 - Disused A/D
10 - Parachute
11 - Gliding
12 - Heliports
13 - Hang Gliding
14 - Microlights
15 - VRP (Visual Reporting Points)
16 - Locations
17 - Seaplane Sites
18 - Balloon Sites

Only a few of these labels appear by default but label names can be edited.

To change the values I assume that users are familiar with Notepad and with editing information in INI files. Before making these changes I recommend making a backup of the BaseStation.ini file.

1. Open the BaseStation.ini file in Notepad/Wordpad (NOT in Word).

2. Scroll down the page until you come to a section that begins with [DrawingSettings]

3. Add the following lines to this section - or edit them if they already exist:

WaypointTypes-2=Major Airfields
WaypointTypes-7=Minor Airfields
WaypointTypes-9=Disused A/D
WaypointTypes-16=Location (This a default Kinetic layer for showing locations in Location Manager)

WaypointTypes-17=Seaplane Sites
WaypointTypes-18=Balloon Sites

Save and exit. The labels will change next time you restart BaseStation.




Outline information is extremely comprehensive and can include a great range of data types. These may include:

1. Coastlines
2. Final approach centrelines
3. Upper and Lower airways centrelines.
4. Lower Airway edges (less visually complex than centrelines).
5. Airfield ATZ's and MATZ's (Aerodrome Traffic Zones).
6. Control Area, TMA and Control Zone outlines.
7. Danger, Restricted and Prohibited Areas.
8. FIR boundaries and ATSDA airspace.
9. Military airspace including AIAA, AARA, ATA, MTA, TRA, ARA and E3D Orbit areas. TACAN routes.
10. VOR roses.
11. Airport layouts.

Each country may have differing names for airspace types so some of the above are specific to the UK.

There is a huge amount of information in outline files. Although BaseStation will happily run with all loaded and active it need not be said that you can end up with a very cluttered display. It would be wiser for users to be selective about the files they wish to have active on their systems. Most files are logically marked so it should not be too difficult to disable those not needed.

Data Structure

A full list of the file types supplied is as follows. Naming convention is standard for each country with the filename showing Country Code, Descriptor, Airspace Type. Examples below are based on the UK data set.

UK_AFP Airfield_Plans
High resolution/low detail airfield diagrams
UK_FA Final_Approach_Tracks
These runway centrelines run to 10nm for precision approach runways and to 6nm for non precision approaches.
UK_FA20 Optional 20nm centrelines for some major airfields.
Range marks are at 1nm intervals with deeper indents every 5nm.
UK_AWY_L Airways_Lower_CL
A single file providing all Lower Airway centrelines
UK_AWY_U Airways_Upper_CL
A single file providing all Upper Airway centrelines.
UK_ATZ Aerodrome Traffic Zones
Files for ATZ (separate civil and mil files) and MATZ airspace.
UK_CTA Control Areas
Control Area (CTA) and Terminal Control Area (TMA) airspace files. Includes a lower airways boundary file (less clutter than using centrelines).
UK_CTR Control Zones
Control Zone files.
UK_DA Danger Areas

All Danger Areas greater than 2nm radius are included. Separate files show Prohibited and Restricted Areas.

Files provide FIR, ATSDA and HUACA_CTA airspace.
UK_LARS Lower Airspace Radar Service
Files provide Lower Airspace Radar services areas of coverage.
UK_MIL Military data
Military AIAA, MTA, RTA, AARA, ATA, E3D and ARA areas.
VOR roses for all UK VORs.
Cxx_COAST_ Coastline files
High resolution coastlines.

Military Areas Descriptions

AIAA - Area of Intense Aerial Activity
AARA - Air to Air Refuelling Area
ARA - Advisory Radio Area
ATA - Aerial Tactics Area
MTA - Military Training Area
TRA - Temporary Reserved Area
E3AOA - E3A Orbit Area
FIR - FIR Boundary (GL - FL245)
UIR - UIR Boundary (FL245 - FL660)
ATSDA - ATS Delegated Area
HUACA - Highlands Upper Area Control Area


OUT files should be copied to the Outlines folder. The files will be available next time you start BaseStation or you can activate them immediately by selecting Settings, Reload, Outlines from the BaseStation menu.

For ActiveDisplay users the installation is automatic on selecting the files you require.

Setting up BaseStation

Go to the BaseStation Display Settings, Data Files menu option. Here you will see all installed Outline files - and they will initially default to ON (ticked). Decide which files you do not want active and untick them. For example if you live in Kent it isn't really necessary to have BaseStation load the airfield plans for Sumburgh (UK_AFP_Sumburgh_EGPB.out), Kirkwall (UK_AFP_Kirkwall_EGPA.out) or other northerly stations.

In this list you will also find both 10nm and 20nm centrelines for Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton active. CHOOSE THE SET YOU PREFER and untick the other files. The choice is between:

UK_FA_EGLL and UK_FA20_EGLL (Heathrow)
UK_FA_EGKK and UK_FA20_EGKK (Gatwick)
UK_FA_EGSS and UK_FA20_EGSS (Stansted)
UK_FA_EGGW and UK_FA20_EGGW (Luton)

Go to the Display Settings, Outlines menu to activate or deactivate each of the 30 Outline layers as required. To label the outline sections correctly see the Display Settings section below.

If you are unsure about what to do then read through the instructions again so you are clear as to how to proceed. If in doubt don't do anything. Either drop me an email or post a question on the Kinetic forum.

Display Settings

The default BaseStation Outline titles do not show all the airspace types I have provided here - but these can be added.

To change the values I assume that users are familiar with Notepad and with altering information in INI files. Before making these changes I recommend making a backup of the BaseStation.ini file.

Changing the BaseStation field names

1. Open the BaseStation.ini file.

2. Scroll down the page until you come to a section that begins with [DrawingSettings]

3. Add the following lines to this section:

OutlineTypes-5=Final Apr
OutlineTypes-6=Lwr Awy C/L
OutlineTypes-7=Upr Awy C/L
OutlineTypes-11=Danger Area
OutlineTypes-13=TACAN Rte
OutlineTypes-14=Field 14
OutlineTypes-15=VOR Roses
OutlineTypes-16=Field 16
OutlineTypes-19=Lwr Awy Bdy


SID, STAR, IAP's and Hold procedures are not included in this data set. These are procedures rather than airspace boundaries and as such they are outside the scope of this work.