Modifying the localizer feather when the Localizer Feather geometric effect is applied

The Localizer Feather geometric effect, along with an appropriate representation rule, allows you to customize the localizer feather while retaining the size, shape, scale, fill pattern, and line weight. You can edit the default size of the generated symbol and stretch it to the length needed for a chart by using the representation editing tools. This eliminates problems such as the dots in the fill becoming exponentially larger and the line weight increasing, as may happen when glyphs from fonts converted to a representation marker rule are stretched or skewed. The geometric effect controls the shape of the outer polygons with regard to their angles.

There are four default localizer feather symbols included with the Aeronautical Solution in the PLTS_ICAO style as representation rules: fill on the top half, fill on the bottom half, fill in the whole feather, and no fill.

Fill options for the localizer feather

To be able to use the localizer feather symbols, you need to have data that you want to symbolize as the localizer feather.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Representation.
  3. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Aeronautical Editing.
  4. Click the Production Start Editing button Production Start Editing on the Aeronautical Editing toolbar.

    The Manage Features and Create Attributes, Update Attributes, or Metadata Attributes windows automatically appear when you start an edit session using the Production Start Editing tool.


    If the Create Attributes, Update Attributes, or Metadata Attributes window does not appear when you start an edit session, click the Show/Hide Attributes button Show/Hide Attributes on the Manage Features window.

  5. Click the Select tool Select Tool on the Representation toolbar.
  6. Click to select the localizer feather you want to modify.
    Example of a selected localizer feather
  7. Right-click the representation and click Attributes.
    Context menu for a localizer feather

    The Attributes dialog box appears.

  8. Click the representation attributes tab.
    The representation attributes tab
  9. Manually modify the attributes of the representation marker as needed.

    You can also modify the symbol angle, width, size, and color of each of the representation components in this dialog box.

  10. Click the Save Edits button Save Edits.
  11. Click the Stop Editing button Stop Editing on the Production Editing toolbar.

    The geodatabase becomes uneditable. If you have made edits, you will be prompted to save the changes if you want.