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Help us find our next default airport! [2017.3]

Postby Parnikkapore » Fri May 19, 2017 12:00 am

Do you know a nicely developed airport in a stunning scenery you'd like to make more popular? Do you want to draw FG attention to your country? Are you involved in scenery developments and want your work to be prominently visible? This is your chance to get involved!

Now that 2017.2 "Boston" is almost out, let's pick the airports we'll go to this August!

Note: For any future releases where nobody volunteers to organize a poll the next default airports will be chosen based on the order in this poll.

What's needed now?

If you have a good idea for a default airport, please post a short description along with two screenshots (airport terminal buildings and airport seen embedded into the surrounding scenery) below. Once we have a few options (in a week or so), we'll have a poll and pick the most popular result.

Desired features are:

* well developed terminal buildings (on par with KSFO or LSZH)
* suitable for airliner operations
* nice scenery for VFR flights in the vicinity, possibly also smaller airports, ideally developed
* usability (should not need a gaming computer to get usable framerates)
(* possibly working AI traffic)

What'll be needed later?

For the airport that gets picked as the next default, we'd like to see a Wiki page describing the airport and popular VFR activities in the surroundings. Feel free to also share other aviation fun facts of the country with FG enthusiasts.

A general effort by scenery developers to populate the surroundings even more is also not the worst of ideas

Will the development team create better terrain for location XXX if it gets picked?

Usually the holdup for more detailed scenery is not bad intention but just publicly available data - the scenery is usually as good as the data we have permits. So the answer in general is no - we can't do that easily.

However, we have the ability of ship a custom tile with a stable version (and have had more detailed KSFO scenery than on terrasync in the past), and I think if someone has manually created/improved GPL custom scenery for a proposed default airport, we can ship a tile of that around the chosen location.

I want to see my home airport featured!

If the airport is already developed, Just place it here!

If the airport is not developed yet, get involved! Just placing buildings in the right places is easy but will have a big impact!

So - let's all help to make FG more international by migrating around the world - show us what's to see in your region, or whatever you found elsewhere in the world!

Existing candidates for our poll
VHXX: Honk Kong Kai Tak, China (closed)
(needs to be imported from: https://gitlab.com/fgradi/custom_scenery_VHXX )
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VHHH: Honk Kong International, China
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VTSP: Phuket International, Thailand
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PANC: Ted Stevens Anchorage International, Alaska
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LKPR: Václav Havel Prague, Czech Republic
Last second runner
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ZBAA: Beijing Capital international airport, China
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EGKK:London Gatwick | London's second biggest airport, a nice and large gateway to London's OSM2city magic.
Last third runner
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EDDI: Berlin Tempelhof
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Re: Help us find our next default airport! [2017.3]

Postby Thorsten » Fri May 19, 2017 9:21 am

David Megginson threw in Cape Town (FACT) as a candidate on the mailing list.

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I've had the pleasure of having been there once, and the surrounding scenery is pretty close to reality - you have table mountain nearby, several other interesting ranges not so far, and with some love for the airport and the cities, this could be great.
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Re: Help us find our next default airport! [2017.3]

Postby sanhozay » Fri May 19, 2017 2:04 pm

I'm going to throw in a recently developed outsider ...

Glasgow (EGPF)
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It needs some WED work (to get the signs, etc).

The immediately surrounding scenery is not very inspiring but the scenery to the north and west is pretty good, especially with autumn colours.
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Re: Help us find our next default airport! [2017.3]

Postby Catalanoic » Thu May 25, 2017 6:11 pm

EGPF looks like a very promising proposal, but i'll let my support to Prague this time, just need some airport furniture to comple it as more buildings on the city.
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Re: Help us find our next default airport! [2017.3]

Postby Clive2670 » Thu May 25, 2017 6:45 pm

Yet again I'm voting for my "home" airport EGKK. Also if picked maybe things like signage can be "corrected" I am referencing heights, as some signs are buried in the the grass, and other appear actually right in the middle of taxiways! See attached picture:
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Re: Help us find our next default airport! [2017.3]

Postby legoboyvdlp » Sat May 27, 2017 8:18 am

I'd support Glasgow for this one. Marvelous little airport -- nice and small. The 3D model in FlightGear is fairly close to reality, and the layout is very nice (not like my Gatwick layout which would need some 3D model adjustments). I just wish the sattelite terminal (to the left) had a better texture. Let me check my photos from my trip there...
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Re: Help us find our next default airport! [2017.3]

Postby Parnikkapore » Sat May 27, 2017 8:53 am

And with this, seeking for new airports have ended (for now...) and voting has started!
Cast a vote here: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=32267
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