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Rocky Mountain High: Welcome to Eagle County Airport, Colorado!

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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.

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.



































































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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Verofs has a beautiful photoscenery with season variation and autogen for a vert large area including the one photosrea in your scenery. I know you cant possibly try all addons for compatibility :) but in theory if one would add you scenery above the Vero-fs scenery in the scenery library, could that work. Of couse beeing a Global owner I could add that one as well in the mix. Any thoughts?


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Well, there goes the budget for whenever this one is released. Thanks Jarrad.  What a fabulous piece of scenery.. I used to fly Vail a lot in FS9, but have not flown there in many years now.. Looks like I will be doing so again soon. Teecee.

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Yeah, FINALLY one of those high altitude airports in Colorado!!! For me personally this is one of your best choices (alongside with KPSP and KSEZ) - mid-sized, scenic airports near/between the big hubs! And suitable for all aircraft but heavies which ORBX customers fly: GA, Bizjets, Regional Props and Jets and even for the airliners up to 757s. Now pleeeeeeease continue that line with something like Telluride (KTEX), Page (KPGA), Grand Canyon Airport (KGCN), or even Colorado Springs (KCOS) or Aspen (KASE). What a nice location and what a nice work this is!! Thank you very much for making it! :)


And even better: OpenLC NA and the Aerosoft CRJ are on their way, too!

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Damn brotha.....you never cease to amaze me. Not only did you do a phenomenal job recreating the airport itself, but you somehow bottled up the essence of it to give it life....from the iron gate at the jet center to the old rusty coke machine behind the service building in the rental car park lot. It's magical! And if that wasn't enough, you venturned off deep into the valley to bring the entire vail experience to life. Simply amazing.

By the way.....I was surprised to see my falcon 50 (192RS) on the tarmac......great job recreating it for the sim.....but for future reference, I typically drive a black Range Rover in vail.....and not a red wrangler.

Keep up the great work.....I always love the art you bestow on the flight sim community. It's awe-inspiring

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I too live in Colorado and am looking forward to this airport and surrounding scenery.  One quick question though; how will this be in terms of compatibility with the Colorado photo real scenery I have installed from Megascenery Earth?  I know yours will have autogen and 3D objects throughout the landclass, but will your simply overlay on top of the other (which would be fine for me) or will there possibly be other conflicts (such as elevation, etc)?


Thanks - looks amazing!

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Wow Wow Wow... you don't rest long on your laurels Jarrad! Jackson Hole triple installer is just out and now this to look forward to! Outstanding^N where N is very very large!  Now this looks like an ideal flight from Jackson Hole or indeed up from Sedona, Monument Valley, you name it. Denver Intl. itself is only an hour or so away! In the above comments I only miss one, "my last shots" from Iain. Looking forward.

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RLSinCO, do yourself a favour and get the Vero-FS Heart of Colorado scenery that covers the area of Thos Orbx scenery plus a lot more. In addition to the MegasceneryEarth feature the Vero-FS addon also use seasons so you will see snow in winter as well as autogen so much better than Megascenery in my opinion. Hopefully though it will be compatible or at least not look terrible at the borders of the Orbx Eagle County photoarea.



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