Hello, Currently in development for some airports and I am having issues
grasping the logic of airport parking as compared to the real world.
Basically, it seems that there is an issue with the maximum radius ruling. The
maximum radius does not seem to correspond to the radius set when building the
airport. For example, I set the radius at a parking=32m. However, when looking
at the debug, it shows closer to 36m in radius with the dashed lines. However,
I cannot park an airplane with a wingspan larger than a 32m radius at that
parking spot. Does this mean that the maximum radius is actually the “minimum
area” as defined in the “Aircraft Parking Spots” section of the SDK document
under the “Airports” tab? In general from what I understand from the Airport
behaviour tests I have been doing and using the airport debug feature:
- Inner circle minimum area = Is a circle whose radius is the maximum permissible aircraft wingspan defined by the 1/2 wingspan from the aircraft.cfg, that can park in that spot.
- Outer circle maximum wingspan permitted = Is a circle whose radius cannot impede any other outer circle or else parking spots are not usable.
If that is the case then this creates a bit of an issue when trying to
determine gate sizes for operations at airports with ICAO type E gates. This
behaviour certainly does not align with any of my real-world airport and
flying experiences. For example, if a user wants to operate the default 747-8,
I must choose a parking spot radius equal to or greater than 34m. If I set the
radius=28m (In this case the maximum wingspan permitted as defined under the
SDK documentation is around 34m) the parking spot will not activate when you
request a gate from ATC. On the other hand, if I set the parking radius as
34m, then effectively, the spot radius is effectively 38-39m and the parking
spots beside them cannot be used. That is, two gates are rendered useless,
which is a huge waste of space and counterintuitive/inaccurate to real-world
airport design. So the question becomes, is there a way to disable the “outer
circle maximum wingspan permitted” and just use the “inner circle minimum
area” when the sim determines which airplanes can fit into parking spots?
Since it seems more like the “inner circle minimum area” is what is
determining which airplanes can park at a given parking spot and the outer
circle does not seem to have any use.