Googly scenery for Dabolim Navy Airport, Goa - a busy Indian military airport also used for
civilian flights which is poorly provided for in Flight Simulator 2004. These scenery
files add taxiways, aprons, buildings and other airport features, so that you and
your "AI" traffic can land, taxi, park and take off in a realistic manner.
Today Goa is a popular tourist destination, but it does not have its own civilian
airport. Instead the ever-increasing number of charter flights use the Indian
Navy's airport. But they may only land when the Navy's novice pilots are not
pretending the runway is a 11,000 foot aircraft carrier deck so civilian flights
have to be packed into short periods (before 9 am and 1 pm to 6 pm) and this leads
to the small terminal ramp being literally packed with aircraft at times. All kinds
of jets from around the world up to Boeing 747s call here, flown by European and
Asian operators like Air Deccan, Air India, Air Sahara, Arkefly, Condor Thomas Cook,
Go Air, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Monarch Airlines,
Spicejet, SriLankan Airlines, Thomsonfly, Tiger Airways, Transaero and XL Airways
along with ATR turboprops on shorter flights with Air Deccan. The
Indian Coast Guard has a base here for its aircraft, and the Indian Air Force
carry out exercises from time to time with their fighter bombers. The Navy's
three-aircraft aerobatic team is also based here.
To cope with the increasing traffic, the airport is currently under development
and enlargement but details of this are not currently available so this scenery has
been created showing the existing arrangements. This, combined with the limitations
of Flight Simulator and its parking and taxying arrangements, means that it isn't
possible to realistically pack the aircraft all in at busy times. Any overflow of traffic will
find itself diverted to the Navy's parking area or even the aircraft museum.
However, my observations are that many of the schedules prepared for Flight
Simulator do not recognise the limited landing times and the traffic is spread
fairly evenly throughout the day, so such overflows should be infrequent.
The scenery does not purport to be ultra-accurate. Based on high-detail satellite
imagery from Google Earth, the layout is proportionally correct but the added
airport features, such as buildings, are built from default Microsoft objects
and add-on libraries so will not look like the real thing.
You are not obliged to download and install any additional scenery libraries,
but to enjoy this scenery in its entirety, you may wish to. It will work fine,
with or without.
||8th August 2007, 23:14:21