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  1. Hello and happy new year to everyone! Three months after the release of LGSA scenery from AEROSOFT for P3D and two updates for fixing some bugs, it was time for a major update of the scenery! This update is not for fixing bugs but rather to bring the scenery to the PBR ERA (after a first attempt during second update). So, 22 files of the existing scenery have been modified and 65 more added so that a full PBR update takes place. This update includes: PBR textures and normal maps to the ground textures and lines. PRB textures to the Main Terminal building, apron objects and vehicles, animated objects, gas stations, apron signs, objects close to the runway and most of the other 3d objects of the scenery. Some of the objects also have normal maps. Corrections to some night textures to become more realistic after applying PBR. Some images: The update will be available by the end of this week through AS updater. Happy new year! -=Manwlo=-
  2. Hi Mike, For Chania scenery, If the version downloaded from the purchase is V. install it and then run AS Updater to upgrade it to This update resolves the issue with the autogen. It will also correct some other minor issues and upgrade ground textures to PBR, adding a rain effect. -=Manwlo=-
  3. Good day, Update released including the solution of this issue along with some other corrections and interesting additions! -=Manwlo=-
  4. Hi, After doing some troubleshooting with thomas_1975 we managed to find out a way to make the autogen visible. I will so, re-make a part of the autogen so that it does not conflict with other sceneries. This will be included in an update along with some other interesting additions. :-) -=Manwlo=-
  5. P3DV4.5 does not need this tool to merge the autogen (this is what is also mentioned in this tool's manual). I have uninstalled the tool from my P3D since the developer (Arno) says it is not required anymore. However, I checked it with the beta tester mentioned before as a potential solution and it did not resolve the issue. -=Manwlo=-
  6. Good day Thomas and thank you for your kind words, What Mathijs said seems to be true. Adding a custom autogen folder with default.xml and autogendescriptions.spb into a scenery is a normal method for P3D V4.5. However, it seems to create a conflict with other sceneries. Another user did not see the autogen from LGSA instead of losing it from another area(s). He was one of my beta testers and did not face this problem during testing but after installing it from the installer (however it is not a problem caused by the installer). Problem disappeared by disabling one of his other sceneries installed before LGSA. We are in touch and troubleshooting. I have recently read a discussion at FSDeveloper where a developer faced a similar issue (his scenery was conflicting with other sceneries' autogen) in New Zealand. This discussion leads to the conclusion that the most possible files to conflict with each other are the multiple default.xml (you will see that my scenery also has a file like that). Not loosing all your autogen from Fly Tampa but rather some of it strengthens this assumption. I know also that Fly Tampa uses it's own default.xml file at least in their library files. I don't know if EHAM has another file like that. Concluding: Please re-install LGSA and move default.xml file that is in it's autogen folder, outside P3D (i.e on desktop) and check if your EHAM trees are back. This action will make all LGSA autogen dissapear but will help me clarifying that the problem is with default.xml I 'm already preparing an update for the scenery (including PBR ground textures and some other stuff). If we do confirm that this is the issue I will also edit the autogen of the scenery so that no custom default.xml is needed. If not, I still checking for solutions with my beta tester I mentioned before and any solution will be announced or included in an update. Kind regards, -=Manwlo=-
  7. Sorry, did not see this part of the post. No this is not a solution. Both files are needed for the scenery to work correctly. Let me check a possible solution and get back to you later today. Regards, -=Manwlo=-
  8. Hi, The three files generated from ADE are LGSA_NIM011.bgl, LGSA_NIM011_CVX.bgl and LGSA_NIM011_ALT.bgl (in scenery/world/scenery folder for altitude correction) The three files creation comes from the ADE option to separate airport data from 3d objects while exporting. It is a common export for many airports. Does this separation creates a problem or is it the name? Or both? Regards, -=Manwlo=-
  9. Hi, As promised the last photo. The black label that was hidden writes: "WARNING. TAKE OFF IN 100M FM NET BARRIERS". The airport is equipped with an ARRESTOR BARRIER SYSTEM on runway 29. The label warns the pilots that they must taxi at least 100 meters on the runway before powering their aircraft for take off. This will prevent the engine exhaust gases to damage the system which is placed on the threshold of runway. Another small label which writes "100 METERS" indicates the conceivable line beyond which full power can be set. This label lies on the left of runway 29 and is also depicted in the scenery. Some last details: Apart from the Arrestor Barrier System there are a few more objects along the path of the main runway. So, remaining runway distance labels, the old Ground Control Approach system and two arresting systems are present. Finally, an ILS system has been recently installed on the airport for runway 29. However, this system is not operational yet. That is the reason why you will find the objects there but not an ILS frequency. When it becomes operational, it will certainly lead to an update for this scenery which will be released in a few hours!! -=Manwlo=-
  10. True story! However, the aircrafts flying back then were not F-16s 🙂 -=Manwlo=-
  11. Hi there, The fourth photo has to do with two of the oldest buildings that are still in the area. I could not find any historical data for the one on the right but the large one on the left is in fact connected to the beginning of this airport. The small building on the right has a Shell label on top. This had probably been used by this company in the past. The building on the left is the first terminal of the airport. It was built in 1967 and served the airport since 1996. It is located to the west of the new terminal and apron area opposite to the threshold of runway 11. This building is still being partially used by Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. The most characteristic part of it are the letters that still stand on the front top, faded from the time that has passed. During the period of its operation the apron area was in front of this building and it's capacity was very low (2-3 aircraft). This area is still being used today mostly for cargo and special arrivals (i.e firefighting helicopters). Before the renovation of the current apron it had been also used for long parking commercial airliners especially in summer. It has three parking positions L1, L2 and L3. A few more buildings exist in the surrounding area and they are too depicted in the scenery. We are going to take a break and come back with the last photo a few hours before the release. Thanks for reading! -=Manwlo=-
  12. Hi, Next photo to be revealed is the photo of the terminal building. When you get closer to the windows you will see an artificially created reflection of the area opposite to the building. This reflection was created combining photos of the area. Moreover, all the signs on the doors and windows naming the gate numbers and the extra or intra Schengen are present. Some more details about the terminal. This is the third terminal serving the airport and was created by extending the previous one both to the east and west. It has two floors. The entrance is on the first floor and the exit to the gates on the second floor. This is why you will notice that the apron is higher than the vehicles parking area. After the extension of the building new areas were created (i.e restaurant) along with a glass roof on the outside. The gates of the terminal were increased from eight to fourteen. The entire building is covered with red square plaques which are very characteristic. You will also find similar plaques on the new Control Tower on the east of Terminal which is still under construction. As you may see from the photo the windows and doors are not the same in every gate and this is how the real terminal is built up. This building, is the newest building of the airport The next image will reveal two of the oldest that are still in the area. Thanks for reading! -=Manwlo=-
  13. True story! Not the hardest part of the design though 🙂 -=Manwlo=-
  14. Hi, Today is time to reveal photo2 and answer the relevant question. A large "E" was hidden under the pixels. This is the name of the taxiway on the left. Some details: The apron of the airport was redesigned in 2018 to fit more aircrafts. The old and new layout are presented in the following image. The changes included: Change of the parking positions facing. The aircrafts are no longer facing southwest or southeast but to the north and a pushback is required. Due to this fact the blastfences were no longer required and they have been removed. Those actions gave more available space in the apron increasing the available parking positions from nine to twenty five. New markings and lines were added for the parking positions the vehicle parking spaces and moving areas. This chain of events created the need for more lighting . So, two new light poles were installed one close to parking position 1A and one close to S2. There are four different kind of lightpoles in this apron. The space arrangement forced some container buildings to change place, moving from the west of the apron to the north close to parking positions 8 to 10. Finally, for the first time taxiway labels were installed in the apron (two of them are shown in the image). Despite that fact, the painted I, J, and E taxi signs on taxiway's N surface remain from the apron's old era close to the entrance of the relevant taxiways. All the above details are depicted in the scenery in very high detail and accuracy. Next will be the new terminal windows with some interesting details. Thanks for reading! -=Manwlo=-
  15. Good day, As promised the first clear photo. What was guessed is correct, however this was the easiest one :-). Of course the questions are hard to be answered. My point of course is not to give a hard time to anyone. My intention is to reveal some "sweet spots" of the scenery explaining what is there why is it there and why it is was very important for me to be depicted in the scenery. Some details: The main airport runway has been renovated many times. During these periods new markings were drawn to show the non-used areas, the new threshold and touch down zones or the not used runway. In such cases where main runway was closed, south (29L/11R) taxiway was used as runway. After completion of the renovation works the lines were drawn on top with black color. This color fades through time giving a "strange" outcome. In this image taken facing west you can see an X that was drawn for closed runway. Just in front of it a "deleted" runway start is visible. The horizontal line is shown black while the vertical lines are white but less visible. About in the middle of the photo two more "runway starts" are visible. You will find similar lines while taxiing from runway 11. Some deleted markings are also present on the north taxiway. Another runway renovation is probable to happen again in future. An ILS is already installed in the airport (depicted in the scenery) but is not yet functional. Depending on the ILS category a renovation of the runway lighting may be mandatory. Thank you for reading, see you tomorrow with image No 2 and answer of the respective question. -=Manwlo=-
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