Welcome to Chester!
EGNR - Hawarden (also known as Chester due to its proximity) is one of the most unique airports in Wales. It is located in the north of Wales, just south of Liverpool. Originally built as a WW2 factory for Avro Lancasters, it is now the home of Airbus Broughton. Airbus uses this facility to manufacture nearly all of its wings for their linup of aircraft, including the A320, A350, and A380. The wings made here are transported across Europe using the Beluga and Beluga ST large cargo aircraft, which operate out of a very unique hangar called the Beluga Line Station (BLS). This scenery brings you the entire airport to a high quality and accuracy, including the BLS and all of the beluga loading areas. The scenery has been designed alongside the iniBuilds Beluga and if fully compatible with the aircraft. With a comparatively short 6700ft runway it is quite a challenging approach for the Beluga, and even more so when approaching runway 04 which only features an offset ILS approach and a steeper-than-usual 3.5° glideslope. Once on the ground it's no walk in the park either. Chester is the tightest airport the beluga operates into, with very narrow taxiways and tight turns. Flying into this airport will be a challenge for any Beluga captain. If the Beluga isn't your thing, Chester is home to several smaller operations, including a private flying school, the North Wales Military Air Service, and National Police Air Service. Although not a commercial airport, there is one regular commercial flight (pre-covid) operated with a BMI ERJ135, refered to as the Filton Shuttle. This flight operates between Chester and Filton, and then on to other Airbus destinations, providing a quick link between the various Airbus facilities in Europe.
For those who prefer to fly online we've included an optional variation which adds a fictional ramp to increase airport capacity. The airport typically cannot handle more than one beluga arrival every 30 minutes, so for online flying we have worked with VATSIM and IVAO to implement this fictional apron area which greatly improves airport capacity. Included in the download (located in the "Scenery Variants" sub folder) is this optional version, along with custom charts made by iniBuilds to allow accurate taxiing and parking.
In addition we have made custom ortho imagery, which includes a custom mesh for the airport. We suggest using this ortho if you are looking for the most accurate runway contour. If you are not using our ortho provided, there is also compatibility with orbx TE, as well as a version of the scenery which is flattened if you choose to use no ortho at all. Optional: Download Ortho and Overlay [2.9GB]
If you haven't gotten it yet, the iniBuilds Beluga is the perfect compliment to this beautifully quirky airport.
Fully custom buildings
Custom ground markings with accurate dirt and grunge
Fully modeled Beluga Line Station (BLS), completely compatible with the iniBuilds Beluga
AI traffic network, compaible with WT3 and Traffic Global
SAM marshallers and SAM integration with the BLS
Optional ortho and mesh
Optional fictional version for use with online networks
Download and move "egnr-hawarden-1.x.x" (and if you are installing the optional ortho, also "yEGNR-Hawarden-Overlay" and "zEGNR-Hawarden-Ortho") folder(s) into your custom scenery folder
Use xOrganizer, or delete your scenery_packs.ini to adjust your scenery load order if using our provided ortho. If you have issues with the scenery loading, most likely your load order is wrong or you are missing the RA library.
How to use the Beluga Line Station (BLS)
Upon landing, taxi to either the the beluga apron (diamond shaped area) or holding point 1 just in front of the BLS.
Show down your engines
Open the SAM menu and under the "controls" page, open both sets of BLS doors
Call Better Pushback and direct it to tow you into the building. Note: there are alignment markers where your main gear goes in the red striped area outside the BLS.
Get towed into the BLS and disconnect the tow.
Close the BLS doors. You only need to close the ST doors, but you can close both if you want since the fuselage of the ST is smaller than the XL.
To leave the BLS, perform the same steps in reverse. Command better pushback to put you on the beluga apron for startup.
Better Pushback Position
Better Pushback Reference Markers
Standard - This is the most realistc version and is the default version installed
Standard Flattened - This is the same as standard, except the terrain is flattened. This is helpful if you are not using ortho to avoid floating buildings due to mesh issues.
Online Network - This version includes the fictional victor ramp. This ramp adds 10 parking positions for the Beluga and is useful if you are flying on VATSIM/IVAO/etc. with high traffic. The real airport only has enough capcity for 1 beluga arrival every 30 minutes, this apron allows for more aircraft movements.
Online Network Flattened - This is the same as the Online Network version, but with the airport terrain flattened for use without ortho or if your mesh is bad.
How to change scenery versions
Make sure xplane is closed
Go to the "Scenery Variants" folder and open the version you want to install
Copy the "Earth nav data" folder into the main EGNR-Hawarden folder. Select "yes" when prompted to overwrite the existing files.
World Imagery (orthophotos)
Esri. "Imagery" [basemap]. Scale Not Given. "World Imagery". January 21, 2021. https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=10df2279f9684e4a9f6a7f08febac2a9. (February 18, 2021).
ZDP Developers: StableSystem, awfsiu, TJ
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Gitlab Repository in the event you want to download a older release
Download Size: 1.4GB