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Aircraft Carrier Group - Worldwide Locations

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V 3.1

Adds the USS Midway in three locations, two of them new. It's added to ACYS Yankee Station in Vietnam to go with the Enterprise. Has its own location at ACDS Dixie Station in SE Vietnam and is hanging out with the Enterprise again near Guam ACGU. 

I've also stuck it next to the photogrammetry version in San Diego for some confusion. 

In addition I've added a parking spot to almost all runways if you want to start yourself and do your checklists and stuff. They're very close to the runway start so you'll need to hover your mouse to choose it. 

The Charles de Gaulle and the newer supercarrier now have catapult rails on the decks where there wasn't much before. 

The Charles de Gaulle has also been added to ACLS La Spezia and ACSM Sicily if you find the Cavour eats your plane. I still can't figure that one out. 

The unstarred version isn't updated yet. It takes bloody ages to upload. I'll do it soon. 

 

 

It's  aircraft carrier time. This is a carrier group placed in locations around the world. 

For proper carrier operations there is a freeware third party program that will give you arrestor and catapult functions at the link below. It works great. 

https://msfs.touching.cloud/mods/cloud-assistant/

These carriers are nothing more than lumps of terraformed and dried out sea with a model on top. The irritations are down to making them usable airports that'll show up in the map. A dumb surface to land on would look better and be easier to do but would be less usable. 

You need to turn off crashes to use these. 

For helicopter fans every single ship, carrier or not, has landable helipads but I may have forgotten a few. 


There are three different carriers in most locations, some have more. To make things clearer each ship has the same runway number at each location. If the ships are different the runway numbers start with 04 onwards. 

Runway 01 - A HMS Queen Elizabeth at 280 metres. 

Runway 02 - A Nimitez-esque carrier at around 340 metres. 

Runway 03 - An Admiral Kuznetsov at 304 metres. 

Why would Russians be trundling around with Americans and Brits? Kaiju of course. 

Runway 10 - Is a helipad on a non carrier such as a frigate or replenishment ship. If there's a helipad on any other ship you can land on it, but this is one you can spawn on. 

ATC is present. ILS appears in the guts of the file but probably doesn't work. It never does for me. I really need to figure that one out.

 

Compromises

There is no pushback and no fuel apart from the oceans carriers. It won't place items outside official terrain, so once you're parked up you might be there for good if you're on the large side. 

Certain planes such as the Cessna Citation and, very annoyingly, the T45 Goshawk can't handle the transition from the solidified surface to the air without 'catching' on something and plunging to the ground with certain ships. Dunno why. I'm trying to solve this. If you pull up as hard as you can you might get away with it. 

These seem to often run a bit choppily for me. This actually starts before I even install a model so there's something going on with the sim either with open water or terraforming in it. Not sure why.

Most of the models do have a hard surface to land on, but the rest of them is not a collision object. Making an entire model collidable is very, very hit and miss so I gave up for now. 

The ATC often seems to be rather confused, can't blame them.

 Model credits - The Stuc 71, Mandun, Hunter_3ddd, Nikos D, Masahiro M, 

 

Current locations - 


Google map here thanks to scls - https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1MQGSSJNxE3B5I-qhkUMC-8Du9lB9LdbJ

And a CSV file for Little Navmap also by scls - https://gist.github.com/scls19fr/9f89cf49c8169b700862c6cb62428427

 

All locations are starred unless otherwise stated. If you don't want a world map completely filled with these there is an unstarred version which is the second download from this page. All names begin with 'carrier' so type that in the map screen and a list of them will appear. 


Americas

San Francisco in the bay near Alcatraz. ICAO - ACSF. Coordinates -      37.853931, -122.403854

New York in Manhattan. ICAO - ACNY. Coordinates - 40.602660, -74.043143  

Carribbean somewhere between the Britsh and American Virgin Islands. ICAO - ACVI. Coordinates -    18.08908, -65.0524

Rio de Janeiro outside the bay but not too far away if you want to pop in to town. ICAO - ACRJ. Coordinates -    -23.029428, -43.002231

Norfolk Virginia  Out to sea a few miles from Virginia Beach. ICAO - ACNV. Coordinates -    36.858646,    -75.814215. Mindless carrier models that aren't runways have been left in the dockyard.  

San Diego  Close to town and the naval yard. One has an approach between some sky scrapers. The others are more sensibly parked. This is partially on photogrammetry terrain which really, really doesn't like being terraformed. ICAO - ACSD.  Coordinates -     32.652786, -117.194432

Falklands This is a full blown extravaganza. One regular carrier group . ICAO - ACFM. Coordinates -    -51.467110, -61.036887.  One HMS Hermes in San Carlos Water. ICAO - ACSC. Coordinates -      -51.523275, -59.076374

There are also three ships to find East and North East of Stanley, another HMS Hermes - how odd, HMS Invincible and the, or a, Atlantic Conveyor type thing. They are not airports but they are landable. The models and textures aren't A1. Can't be bothered to correct that right now. I would love to have stuck in a ARA 25 de Mayo and proper period escort ships but there's not much out there. 

Hawaii - A few miles out to sea East of Kaho'olawe. ICAO - ACHW.   Coordinates -       20.605938     -157.002000

Also included is a mystery location somewhere in the correct historical vicinity of where Japan launched their attack on Pearl Harbour.

There are two carrier groups 25 miles part ish made up of three Shinano class carriers with Kagero class destroyer escorts. You can land on these but they're not airports so can't be found unless you stumble across them. 

Newfoundland   A Charles de Gaulle and Mistral on the SE side of Newfoundland to protect the people of St Pierre et Miquelon from those evil Canadians. ICAO - ACNF. Coordinates -      46.758681    -55.250254

Amazon   A lone NAe Sao Paolo 70km east of Manaus. ICAO - ACAM. Coordinates -    -3.176956   -59.351552

Galapagos A lone NAe  Sao Paolo close to the Galapagos Islands. ICAO - ACGP.   Coordinates -      -0.039483,  -90.313862

Pensecola. Not far from the Naval Air Station. ICAO - ACPC   Coordinates -        30.240462      -87.152378

 

Europe

North Sea not too far from Heligoland. Equidistant to the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. ICAO - ACNS. Coordinates -     54.72167, 6.995314

Cyprus. The perfect location to play out your nationalist grudges whatever they may be. ICAO - ACCY. Coordinates -      34.80485, 34.24877

French Riviera  Just off Cap Ferrat and Nice. Perfect for those want to take class war that little bit further. ICAO - ACFR. Coordinates -    43.581394, 7.419341

Isle of Wight. ICAO - ACIW.  Coordinates -      50.595319, -1.443976  

There is a mod by Aviationeh to go with this location adding ships to the area - https://flightsim.to/file/5073/isle-of-wight-solent-southampton-ships

Near London - ICAO - ACLD. Coordinates -     51.496942, 0.663018  

Central Liverpool, in the water obviously. ICAO - ACLV. Coordinates -      53.404951, -3.007382 A lone Nimitz.

Norway  At the end of Sognefjord down in the depths with some very silly landing and takeoff possibilities. ICAO - ACFJ. Coordinates -    60.920062   6.874819

Biarritz  A Charles de Gaulle and a Mistral not too far from Biarritz. ICAO - ACBI. Coordinates -     43.596506     -1.613186

La Spezia. A lone Cavour in La Spezia naval yard. The yard has also been filled out with boats. ICAO - ACLS. Coordinates -      44.091390    9.830466

Sicily half way to Tunisia. A lone Cavour. ICAO - ACSM   Coordinates-        37.212523     11.787013

Outer Hebrides  between Uist and St Kilda. ICAO - ACOH.  Coordinates    57.689256      -8.042390


Africa

Cape Town. Close to shore with an approach over the hills. ICAO - ACCT. Coordinates -     -33.947850, 18.341212

Lagos. I should've put this further out to sea. My arse hurts. So no. ICAO - ACLG. Coordinates -    6.390989, 3.426891

Casablanca. Too close AGAIN. It's late. ICAO - ACCB. Coordinates -     33.646526, -7.707354

Gulf of Suez. This is much more nautical. In the Red Sea about 120km from Suez. ICAO - ACSZ. Coordinates -      28.866822, 32.913080



Australasia/ Asia

Sydney Just outside the harbour. ICAO - ACSY. Coordinates -      -33.870341, 151.327391

New Zealand In the Cook Strait not too far from Wellington. ICAO - ACWN. Coordinates -         -41.346701  174.450741

Black Sea  Near Istanbul. ICAO - ACBS. Coordinates -      41.331980, 29.340734

Straits of Hormuz  ICAO - ACHZ. Coordinates -      26.662936, 56.395895

North Korea  A few miles from Wonsan. Best to get an Ambition Haircut before departing just in case. ICAO - ACNK. Coordinates -        39.269835, 128.655586

Vietnam 
A USS Enterprise CVN 65 planted at Yankee Station 90 miles off the North Vietnamese coast. ICAO - ACYS. Coordinates -     17.499047, 108.500273

Hong Kong

In the middle of town. Three carriers, the Liaoning and Shandong and a Kuznetsov. Ramp city. ICAO - ACHK. Coordinates -      22.293898   114.150829

I was so sickened by the state of the port at Hong Kong I've done an upgrade of the second carrier's surrounds here - https://flightsim.to/file/8424/port-of-hong-kong-upgrade 

China/Taiwan

The Liaoning and Shandong in the Taiwan strait cos you feel like a bit of sabre rattling. ICAO - ACTW. Coordinates -         25.710148, 120.696830

Vietnam

Dixie Station. A lone USS Midway SE of Vietnam. ICAO - ACDS. Coordinates   10.994253   110.000096



Oceans

Middle of the North Atlantic below Greenland. ICAO - ACAN. Coordinates -      59.387623, -33.654331.  This is a lone Nimitz with a fuel bay for your lengthy hopping. 

Tristan da Cunha. ICAO - ACTC. Coordinates -      -37.239954, -12.435205. The Nimitz here also a fuel bay cos there really aren't too many other places to get some in that part of the world. Trust me. 

South of Iceland   ICAO - ACBA.  Coordinates -  59.517396  -19.760918    A WW2 Atlantic Convoy. You will be taking off from the HMS Illustrious which is runway 04, or the Ark Royal what is 05. There's also a dumb carrier somewhere in the middle that's landable but not an offical runway. 

Antarctica   ICAO - ACAC. Coordinates -      -62.855206, -58.196414    A carrier group with a fuel bay in the Bransfield Strait. 

Guam

A USS Enterprise and Midway near Guam. ICAO - ACGU. Coordinates -               13.799816   144.8693


Pretty empty over here.


Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 3.1 April 14, 2021

    Added the USS Midway with Vietnam era aircraft.

    Two new locations for it - ACDS Dixie Station off SE Vietnam and ACGU Guam and it's added to ACYS Yankee Station.

    Added parking spots on each runway so you can start cold and dark.

  • Version 3.0 April 05, 2021

    Cured the ship twitching.

    Added a helipad on a non carrier at most locations.

    New escort ship models.

    New location in the Outer Hebrides.

  • Version 2.9 March 12, 2021

    Added the Cavour carrier from the Italian Navy. This has two airport locations in La Spezia and between Sicily and Tunisia. Also a non airport in Lake Garda and Venice.

    Another carrier group added outside the naval air station at Pensecola.

  • Version 2.8 March 05, 2021

    Adds a NAe Sao Paolo carrier.

    Two new locations for this. One in the Amazon. One near the Galapagos Islands.



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352 Comments
  • flightsimthree
    8 hour(s) ago
    Are you sure you are just one person?
    I don't know if there is a single more prolific creator out there, and great work too!
    • superspud
      8 hour(s) ago
      I just checked. Yes. There's no one else here. I'm sure when the world opens up again I'll be a lot less productive/ obsessive. Until then there isn't much else to do really.
  • paulhannover
    3 day(s) ago
    I found an aircraft carrier in the harbour of venice... is this one also from your pack? since i didnt see it in the list 😀
    • superspud
      3 day(s) ago
      That is a trade secret.

      Since I'm forcing people to haul around all this data you may as well get some more use out of it.
  • G8V8S
    3 day(s) ago
    Seems like ACSD is broken after 3.0. RWY02 on the water and the ramp carrier is missing collision/hard surface on most of it.
    • superspud
      3 day(s) ago
      Noted. Odd that the Kuznetsov's surface has failed but little surprises me any more.

      This will be updated again in the next 1-3 days. Let me know if you spot anything else.
  • Osvaldo
    4 day(s) ago
    magnifico.
  • dirocris
    6 day(s) ago
    Amazing mod Congratulations and thanks for share and improve it.
    I share with all this video with my fisrt landing with F-15 near Biarritz.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKPLveJGamE
    • superspud
      6 day(s) ago
      That's an immaculate landing. I usually fall out of the sky at a 90 degree angle and hope for the best.

      It looks like the Charles de Gaulle has a broken texture that I'd better sort out.
  • Olli
    8 day(s) ago
    Superb work!
    But, for example, La Spezia, runway 4 (40m) does not work, aircraft fell down...
    Can you fix it? Because you're doing some updates actually?
    Thanks very much!!!
    • superspud
      8 day(s) ago
      I can't fix that problem with the Cavour at the moment. I have tried 7-8 different versions but they all do the same thing. I really don't understand why.

      It will work fine with certain planes, but not others so you could try another plane. I will add another runway and ship at the locations that only have the Cavour if I can't fix it.
    • Olli
      8 day(s) ago
      Vielen Dank, dass du dir die Mühe machst!
      Meinen größten Respekt!
  • Upsilon
    8 day(s) ago
    Good news : carriers which disappear few days ago within my MSFS2020 are now available again with this new release.
    • superspud
      8 day(s) ago
      Cool. Looks like I've made quite a few mistakes so I'll update this again soon and I'll also add parking spots on top of or near the runway starts for those cold and dark fans.
  • Nemec
    9 day(s) ago
    all the parking slots are gone, is that what we should expect to happen?
    • superspud
      9 day(s) ago
      Yes. The only thing now is the one runway start so you'll spawn at the start of the ship. I had to shorten the runways to stop the ships from twitching so there's no space for parking now.

      If you really want a parking slot I could probably put them back in by adding an extra terraformed column of terrain to put it on top of, but it depends on the area as terraforming small areas is unworkable in 30-50% of the locations.

      In other news I've figured why certain planes are plunging into the water at the end of certain runways. I'll change the problem ships shortly.
    • Nemec
      9 day(s) ago
      well.. actually not necessarily. And it is nice to hear that you've found out the reason
    • superspud
      8 day(s) ago
      I uploaded a tweak so redownload and try the Hong Kong carriers if you want. They worked for me with the most annoying planes. Also the Charles de Gaulle should be cured.

      I still can't get the Cavour or HMS Hermes to behave with the T45. The Citation is a bit better than before.
  • volanta
    9 day(s) ago
    Where should i put this file. I putted it in community folder but they don't appear in the game, help me.
    • superspud
      9 day(s) ago
      Put the folder with this name - 'Aircraft Carrier Group - Superspud' in the community folder.
    • volanta
      7 day(s) ago
      thank you so much
    • volanta
      7 day(s) ago
      it still doesn't work, they don't exist in the game...😞
    • superspud
      7 day(s) ago
      There are two other versions you can try that can be downloaded from this page, the previous version and the previous unstarred version. They are more annoying but they might work for you.
    • volanta
      7 day(s) ago
      let's see...
  • theking15232
    12 day(s) ago
    this is really great although i would reccomend using kinetic assistant or kinetic assistant plus which is a payed upgrade to the free kinetic assistant https://msfs.touching.cloud/mods/kinetic-assistant/ to simulate being capulated and using an aresstor in the carrier(also in different places)also im not sponsered by them
  • Nemec
    12 day(s) ago
    Overall, this is an amazing addon. However i found it pretty hard to takeoff successfully from the carrier that is parked in Hong Kong (with a ski-jump). At most of the time, my aircraft will just get tripped over, go upside down and dive into the sea when I'm leaving the deck ;(

    btw im using Kinetic Assistant
    • superspud
      12 day(s) ago
      I know. I also don't know why this is happening.

      It seems to vary between ship models and also planes. So far the F15 takes off fine. The T45 and Citation do what you described from most ships and I assume others do as well.

      You could try changing plane but a carrier launch in a Cirrus isn't very sexy.

      I assume it must be a variance in the model's geometry, solidified surface behaviour is erratic in the sim, and maybe each plane's design as well, but there are so many variables I'm not sure I'll be able to solve it. I will continue to experiment.
    • Nemec
      12 day(s) ago
      thank you for explaining
  • BeeKay
    13 day(s) ago
    Just downloaded it and jumped in to the Middle of the Atlantic and then Antarctica. What shall I say, my Navy heart nearly stopped beating. It was so immersive in my helicopter to take off from a carrier and then land on another carrier or some supply ship. Everything worked well and smooth in VR in MSFS version 1.14.6.0 I still can't believe what I have seen during my flights in different weather settings. You have done a wonderful job and I can't thank you enough.
    • superspud
      11 day(s) ago
      Great to read that you enjoyed it.

      There's no prospect of it letting it up any time soon.

      Next up is more escort ships and what I'm hoping is an end to the carriers twitching from a distance. It should be done in a day or three.


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