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And Mikonos also.....Greece has plenty of airports to fly.Please keep it in mind (EG Kefallonia - Preveza- Kalamata- Mikonos- Santorini ) They make amazing destinations for summer period

 

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Hello Mathijs!

 

I'm very much looking forward to this release like many others!!

 

Any chance you can consider adding the famous lighthouse which is visible from the airport during take off and on arrival? I think it would be a great "extra" feature to include.

 

I might be able to provide you with some useful information if it can be considered.

 

Thank you!

 

Regards,

 

Alex

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6 hours ago, Petros said:

FSX compatible also?

 

 

Yes, it's working in FSX.

 

See post here (fifth post on first page)
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Hello to everyone, 

 

As we are getting very close to the release of Chania, Crete airport for P3D V4+ we would like to invite you to a “game” of hidden objects.

 

In the following five images we hid some details from specific spots of the airport, and we added a question. We will be revealing one image per day and answer the respective question, starting from tomorrow. The fifth image will be revealed just before the release.

Feel free to quess and answer if you like. 

Question/Image01

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What unusual markings are hidden under the pixels on the main runway?

 

Question/Image02

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The apron area of the airport has been changed, getting new parking positions, markings and taxiway signs.

What is left from the “old era” on the taxiway?

 

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The new apron layout leads the aircrafts to be parked facing the new Terminal Building.

What will you see if you get closer to the windows?

 

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Some old buildings that are partially or not used at all, are still present in the area.

Which are two of the oldest?
 

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A SAS 738 is lined up for take off on runway 29.

What does the hidden label inform the pilots about when they hold short on that runway?

 

Of course it would be unfair not to reveal anything today.  So, take a look at our short video below. “Lefka Ori”, the 8045ft mountain at the south of the airport goes from zero to full snow from September to February and back to no snow on June. This is the only area in western Crete that get “dressed in white” every single year during this year.

 

See you tomorrow 🙂

 

-=Manwlo=-

(The developer)

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I take a stab at question 1: Below the pixels are former threshold markings (including the runway number 29), either from a time when the runway was shorter than today or when parts of the runway had to be closed for renovation works.

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IMHO very hard to answer questions. The local authorities pixeled out all airports in Greece, due to the fact that they are also used by their Airforce. So Google want help at all, same applies to Apple maps or Bing and if not pixeled, they are really outdated. So only for those who are familiar with this aiport or visit it frequently since years might be able to answer the questions.

3 minutes ago, FWAviation said:

I take a stab at question 1: Below the pixels are former threshold markings (including the runway number 29), either from a time when the runway was shorter than today or when parts of the runway had to be closed for renovation works.

Exactly, Q1 was the easy one.

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vor 16 Minuten, mopperle sagte:

IMHO very hard to answer questions. The local authorities pixeled out all airports in Greece, due to the fact that they are also used by their Airforce. So Google want help at all, same applies to Apple maps or Bing and if not pixeled, they are really outdated. So only for those who are familiar with this aiport or visit it frequently since years might be able to answer the questions.

 

I agree, even if Apple maps seems to have a pretty up-to-date satellite picture of the airport - and Bing does have one, too, but sadly not with very good resolution. Google has the airport pixeled out. So while one can still see some small markings at the location of picture 02 in Bing, resolution is not sufficient to decipher what is written on them or what shape they have. I can only guess that they are two small arrows depicting the old parking position numbers to which that taxiway leads. In the Apple map, those markings already seem to be removed.

 

So yes, this is a game for true Chania airport insiders - or people with x-ray vision. :D

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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. 

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

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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=-

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5 hours ago, data63 said:

that new one is a nightmare for AI AFCAD design 😉

True story! Not the hardest part of the design though 🙂

 

-=Manwlo=-

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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.

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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=-

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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.

 

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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=-

 

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Just to add, that because the security rules were more lenient in the 1990s, the airport had open space on the 1st floor where people could wait for the arrival of the airplanes with clear unobstructed view of the apron and the airport.

 

I remember to love waiting there for the planes and the chance to see F16s ( not sure) taking off.

 

AKO

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