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Title: An-225/An-124 parking radius
Post by: csturdiv on April 15, 2008, 10:30:25 PM
What is the parking radius for the recently released AI An-225 from (I know I am going to butcher this) Mehlin (I think that is the spelling)?  Also, until a better model comes along, I am using the An-124 mentioned in the RATS Polet flightplans, what is the radius for that?  I have some plans for the An-225 from AVSIM (uploaded sometime within the past few months, right after the An-225 came out) but I have not seen it in the ground yet.  But then again, I have not looked too hard.  But I do not like those plans, as it has the An-225 at another airport in Kiev rather than the Antonov airport, unless that is correct.  I just thought it would be there when in the Ukraine.
Title: Re: An-225/An-124 parking radius
Post by: Per Ardua Ad Ars on April 16, 2008, 02:08:40 PM
I guess the 225 will be in the region occupied by the A380? There was a discussion on PAI about this (I just went there to look around earlier in the week) and the consensus was, I think, about 44 meters?

The An124's span is 73.3M (according to Wiki) so a radius of maybe 39 meters would assure wingtip clearances, since half 73.3 is 36.4M.

The An-225 span is 88.4M (Wiki), so maybe 45 meters would work (44.2 half-span) - maybe a bit wider so it doesn't squeeze between other airplanes and get "hangar rash".

The A380 span is 79.8M, so you'd be looking at about 42 meters there to get the airplane sitting comfortably at a gate. I think the A380 might cause a problem at many airports because the GATE HEAVY accomodates it as well as the 777/747/A340 etc, but A380 gates are often not picked at real airports for their available real estate, but for the special arrangement of jetbridges, ease of access, wider taxiways etc etc. In that case it might actually be smart to supersize A380 radius to be sure not to get it parking at "ordinary" heavy gates - maybe even 45 meters like the An-225, but with GATE HEAVY rather than CARGO.

Also, while I was at PAI I looked at FPs and saw an interesting thing put together by Matthew Ministry which I'm going to try out. It follows my idea of having random flightplans per week and a small program to change the plans every week. That package has 52 flightplans for the An-225 (and the An-22), which get swapped in and out each week so the airplane never visits the same airport every week (which is why I never made my own plans for the airplane, a repetitive C-40 is one thing, a repetitive An-225 is something else). I also think they go from the correct airport?

The annoyance about that is that I'll have to decompile the plans for a particular week if I want to see where the An-225 will show up. It may be a geek too far, but I'm giving it a shot. Well, after I've tried out the 757(s) that mysteriously appeared while I was away.
Title: Re: An-225/An-124 parking radius
Post by: DanielFall on April 16, 2008, 03:08:43 PM
If you have those aircraft installed you can easily check the parking radius yourself using the aircraft editor that is part of the AFCAD program.
Title: Re: An-225/An-124 parking radius
Post by: Per Ardua Ad Ars on April 16, 2008, 04:38:59 PM
Ah yes, if you mean the current radius for the models rather than "what radius to give the models" they're

A380 - 44M
An22 - 33M
An225 - 48M

HTH
Title: Re: An-225/An-124 parking radius
Post by: csturdiv on April 17, 2008, 01:04:52 AM
Thanks for the info.  I just loaded up the aircraft editor in AFCAD and those were the exact settings that I had.
Title: Re: An-225/An-124 parking radius
Post by: Per Ardua Ad Ars on April 17, 2008, 08:42:30 AM
I just checked the AIA 744 and that sits at 42/43 meters, so the A380 gates at 44 meters would keep the beasts away from"ordinary" heavy gates anyhow. Trouble is that I have so many AFCADs with 52 meter gates for the heavies (the AFCAD default for those gates, I think?) that the modifications will take a while .. hmm.