Is this a realistic airport?

Posted by Eevee on 10 November 2017 in English (English)


I made my first airport a few days ago. I know almost nothing about airports, so I'd like to get some feedback. Is it realistic at all? What would you change? If the airport is realistic, I will add more details to it (grass, some buildings, parking areas, ref codes...).

The airport is the main airport of Suursaari (the capital of Eelanti).

Thanks for your feedback!

Location: Suursaari, Eelanti

Comment from geoboi on 10 November 2017 at 22:33

I really love the concept. I feel like the leftmost runway should run almost straight up and down, because it would give the leftmost terminal easier access to the runway. Great Job!!!

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Comment from Sarepava on 11 November 2017 at 00:31

Not a bad effort, here is how to improve it:

  • Parallel taxiways are too far away from runways. 200m is plenty.

  • The whole airport could be much more space-efficient. 'Big Island' is the capital city and land is at a premium. Move the runways to either side of the terminal to avoid a plane going 6km or more to reach the ends.

  • The terminal needs to be bigger if this is your main capital city airport.

  • You need separate arrivals and departure roads, parking and other landside facilities.

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Comment from zhenkang on 11 November 2017 at 03:35

Oh wow. It is not bad! However, I don't totally agree with the location of the airport, as I will find it inconvenient for people travelling to and fro form the city.

If you want some reference, read this. You can also look at Khaiwoon's and my own country's Singkangia's airport, which is my masterpiece (so far) by using JOSM.

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Comment from Eevee on 11 November 2017 at 14:17

Thanks for your feedback! I will edit the airport to be more realistic.

I still think the location is ok. It takes 21 minutes to drive from city center to airport by car. There is also a fast train connection from the terminal to the central railway station. In my home town Helsinki (the capital of Finland) it takes longer to get from city center to the airport even though the airport is a little closer to the city center. I kind of don't want the airport to be in the middle of the city.

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Comment from Eevee on 11 November 2017 at 16:49

I rebuilt part of the airport. What do you think? (I edited only few minutes ago so you may not see all the changes)

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Comment from Sarepava on 11 November 2017 at 21:47

Better, but you can still move taxiways closer to runways. Having two parallel runways makes more sense if they are either side of the terminal and far enough apart to allow simultaneous take-off and landing (viz. London Heathrow, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson). At present they are too close to do this but far enough apart to waste land, and aircraft will have to wait for the first to be clear to cross it to reach the arrangement that is no more efficient than just using a single runway but incurs twice the cost.

I strongly urge you to make some aircraft silhouettes - feel free to copy-paste mine from Santjana Tougu airport - and arrange them in front of your terminal with sufficient space in between and reversing room. You might be surprised how much more gate room you need - I would estimate this airport can handle fewer than thirty aircraft outside the building.

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Comment from Eevee on 13 November 2017 at 19:05

I made more changes to the airport. Now it's a bit bigger but there's also more room for the planes. Thanks for the idea to use aircraft silhouettes! I think it really helped me.

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Comment from Eevee on 13 November 2017 at 19:09

I still may have to add a little more room there though.

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Comment from Tito_zz on 17 November 2017 at 17:19

It is a bit unrealistic that you made the planes but the rest is cool

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Comment from Sarepava on 17 November 2017 at 19:12

As I hope I made clear, the aircraft silhouettes are not mapped as permanent objects - and you can delete them once the airport is complete, should you wish. They are there to assist getting the correct scale of terminal facilities and taxiways, something that is harder to guess then roadways and civic buildings.

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Comment from Eevee on 17 November 2017 at 21:40

Yes, I will remove them when the airport is complete. I still think I will still make some changes so I haven't removed them yet.

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