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  1. G'day everyone, After four months of development, I am very excited to reveal to you all my latest scenery project, KEGE Eagle County Regional Airport in Colorado! Designed to blend seamlessly with FTX Global Base, Eagle follows on from the recent Sedona and Palm Springs packages, venturing further north into the heart of the Colorado Rockies and the true American West. This product not only includes a highly-detailed rendition of Eagle-Vail Airport (to use one of its alternate monikers), but also an enormous 1500km2 coverage area, encompassing the towns of Vail, Eagle, Gypsum, Avon, Beaver Creek, Eagle-Vail and Walcott, as well as a fair portion of the Sawatch Mountain Range, including Mount of the Holy Cross (14,011ft ) and Gold Dust Peak (13,380ft). Aside from KEGE, there are three other locations to fly to around Eagle County - "lite" renditions of Gypsum Creek Ranch Airstrip (CO47), Avon STOLPort (WHR) and Vail Medical Center. Avon STOLport is of particular note, as locals may recognise that this airstrip has been shut for many years - this depiction shows it in mid-1980s configuration, although for those seeking a truly authentic experience, this can be disabled via the CP in lieu of the present-day layout. In addition to these landing areas, there are plenty of landmarks and points of interest, including schools, shopping malls, gas stations, factories and others. A couple of bonus extras have been included, such as an animated AI helicopter near Beaver Creek and a train operating out of Gypsum. Finally, expect to find a swathe of different landscapes - from the high altitude rocky outcrops of the Sawatch Ranges to the lush valley floors around the ski resort towns, and from the semi-arid scrublands northeast of KEGE to the rural farmlands surrounding Gypsum - there is an enormous amount to explore within this scenery. KEGE itself is a regional airport located several miles east of Gypsum, Colorado, and hosts five airlines serving destinations across the US and Canada. As much of the airline traffic caters to ski-season tourist, Eagle County is the second busiest airport (behind Denver Intl) during the winter months. In addition to the airline terminal, KEGE lays claim to one of the largest FBOs in the country - Vail Valley Jet Center, which caters to an enormous amount of corporate charter and GA traffic. Lastly, and I believe possibly a first for any of our North American HD airports, is the designated military base - the Army National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site. Recently receiving a massive upgrade to its facilities, HAATS is used to prepare ANG helicopter pilots for mountain and high-altitude training experienced in various theatres of operation. These guys have Chinooks, Blackhawks and Kiowas based on-site; the surrounding mountains provide some great terrain to test your helicopter skills. One of the most famous aspects of Eagle County Airport is its dangerous approach and departure procedures - a combination of close-proximity terrain and severe weather phenomena ensure that flights into the airport will test even the most experienced pilots. In particular, the nearby Red Hill mesa almost totally precludes landings from the west - as a result the majority of both arrivals and departures are via rwy25. In addition to the offset ILS (requiring a small turn on late finals), the highly unusual Gypsum Five and Meeker Two departures require careful attention during all aspects of flight into and out of the airport. To add a further consideration to flying characteristics is the airport's high elevation at 6500ft, though the extra length of the runway allows operations for aircraft up to B757 in size. Located a short flight away from Denver Intl and Salt Lake City Intl airports, Eagle County is ideally situated for GA flights into the heart of the Rockies, short commuter flights to other well-known Colorado destinations, and also short-medium regional flights to well known ORBX destinations such as Jackson Hole, Palm Springs and Sedona. As always, I have spent a huge portion of the development process tweaking the scenery for maximum performance, in expectation that it will be used with your favourite resource-heavy airliner or bizjet. I hope these screenshots provide a good idea of what to expect - stay tuned for more updates in the coming week. FEATURES - Ultra-detailed rendition of KEGE Eagle County Airport - Huge 1500km2 coverage area at 30cm and 1m - including the towns of Vail, Eagle, Avon, Beaver Creek, Gypsum and Eagle-Vail, portions of the Sawatch Ranges and several prominent mountain passes and valleys. - Twenty-five unique static aircraft designed for KEGE, including new bizjet, airliner and army helicopter types and variants. - Three additional "lite" landing areas included: Avon STOLport (WHR), Gypsum Creek Ranch (CO47) and Vail Medical Center helipad. - New, updated and unique GSE fleet unique to KEGE - Advanced rendering, ambient occlusion and night-lighting methods used for maximum realism - Custom landclass, vector data, custom seasons file and 10m Holgermesh to ensure maximum fidelity. - Plenty of VFR landmarks and POI to explore including schools, shops, factories, custom bridges and others. - Animated AI helicopter over Beaver Creek and animated train near Gypsum - Full suite of ObjectFlow, PeopleFlow2, TextureFlow and more included - Extensive control panel with options for alternative APX/AI configurations - General Aviation AI Flight Plans included (requires free FTX NA AI to be installed) - Strongly optimised for good performance with complex aircraft types - Designed to blend seamlessly with FTX GLOBAL (Base) in both P3Dv2 and FSX/FSX:SE If you are considering purchasing a copy of KEGE when it is released, it is vital that you update your ORBXlibs to the latest version. Whilst it always important to ensure you have the latest ORBXlibs installed, it is even more so with KEGE as new custom autogen groupings are included - a vital component of the scenery package. As such, if you are looking forward to purchasing KEGE I'd recommend running the following steps: 1. Go to fullterrain,com/support and download the latest version of the ORBX Libraries 2. Once installed, open FTX-Central via the shortcut on your desktop, select a region and press apply. This will cycle and update core autogen files to the latest versions. COVERAGE AREA Enjoy! Jarrad Lastly, these two animated gif's show some of the unique seasonal variations. I was able to have access to two NAIP 1m imagery sources for the mountain areas, so the spring variant shown here utilises actual snowlines from the source material. The airport valley PR shows a slightly different approach to the winter season - whilst snow still blankets the slightly higher elevations quite late into March/April, the valley floor has less (though still noticeable) coverage. A higher-detail shot of the airport during this "late winter" season can be seen in the above shots.
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