What is a story with 1000's of Plane icons all over the country - is any way to clear the map from it?

asked 20 Sep '12, 16:22

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(20 Sep '12, 17:28) SomeoneElse ♦

Here's an example permalink - you can see Wellington (proper big airport) to the west, Martinborough (named node with little other information) in the middle, and also a bunch of LINZ-imported nodes to the east.

(21 Sep '12, 11:40) SomeoneElse ♦

I think the example gives a few hints. The airstrips have been imported from LINZ data. Click on the username and then the wiki link to find out more about what has been/will be imported.

Just think of it as airstrips currently being better mapped than everything else, perhaps?

It might be that you think they should only appear when you zoom in closer - if so then there used to be a trac ticket for that, but without some standard way of distinguishing large airports from small airports it looks like the ticket is currently closed.

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answered 20 Sep '12, 19:43

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Hey, just off the phone with http://data.linz.govt.nz/ - so they see it first time (at least that very helpful person I've spoken with) so he said that he will send to to their Cartographic (?) department to have a closer look. So we might get a better map one day...

(21 Sep '12, 02:24) itravelNZ

The data is probably sound. But the tagging needs to be improved so that renderers can distinguish those "landing on grass" airstrips and only render those at failry high zoom.

(21 Sep '12, 10:40) Vincent de P... ♦

I'm sure that the data is "correct" as far as it goes - as I understand it, these small "airports" are basically farm paddocks that can be used by the farmer to get from A to B. It's an issue that's been raised before. What's missing, I think, is the next step - actual surveying to figure out which are "real" airports that the public use and which spend most of their time as a bovine toilet.

Also, as the trac ticket says, until there's a consensus about how to distinguish the former from the latter there's not a lot that renderers can do - but even a "note" against an airport saying "just a paddock, not really an airport" could be brought into a future tagging scheme.

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