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Chicago Midway Airport (KMDW) - USA

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United States Drag and Drop

Version 2 : updated Control Tower, fixed an apron bug, optimized for best FPS, added more GA static aircraft around parking ramps. 

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Chicago Midway airport is the second largest airport serving the Chicago area, in the state of illinois, USA. Originally named Chicago Air Park, it was originally built in 1923. In July 1949, the airport was renamed after the battle of Midway. 
Midway airport covers one square mile ( one whole city block) and has five runways. Midway is tightly surrounded by buildings and other mainly residential development, so the landing thresholds of the runways are displaced to provide obstacle clearance. The FAA and the airlines ensure safety by adhering to calculated load limits and various weather minimums. Because of the displaced landing thresholds, the runways have shorter distances available for landings than for takeoffs. 13C/31C, the longest runway, only has an available landing distance of 6,059 feet (1,847 m) in the southeast direction, and 5,826 feet (1,776 m) to the northwest. 
It is a big midwestern hub for Southwest Airlines. 
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Default MSFS 2020 only showed this as a very drab, generic airport, even though this is the second busiest airport in Chicago, and is great fun to fly out of and land into, because it is locked into residential areas on all 4 sides. It requires a precision approach, and also approach from the east or northeast  can take you over the city of Chicago's beautiful downtown. 
I have used the SDK to edit the default airport and really bring it to life. Even though i do not know how to make 3D buildings in blender yet, I have used the default SDK buildings and scenery tools to recreate all the hangars and buildings of Midway airport. 
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Main features : 
1. Properly named and numbered Terminals and Gates. Pilots, tarmac workers at various locations working around the airport add to a sense of incredible realism. 
2. Hand created aprons / taxiways, runway textures, with textures specially matched to actual photographs of the airport. new , properly scaled control tower and also, the boundary wall around the airport has been added in. 
3. The roads around the airport and the city blocks have also added , moving buses and cars, and lighting to re-create what it feels like to come in to land and to take off from this airport , locked in between dense city blocks. 
4. New night lighting for all terminal amd apron buildings; atmospheric and true to real life. 
5. Added accurate night lighting for taxiway edges and paths / centerlines . 
6. All taxiways have their original names, as in real life. 
7. All the buildings , parking areas that are a part of the airport or around the periphery are recreated with incredible, time-staking detail, with working street lamps, parking areas, parking gates, airport vehicles, airport service roads, trees, cars, boundary fences/ walls/ gates. 
8. AIRPORT RUNWAY DIAGRAM for KMDW included, so you can Taxi around the airport more easily. 

9.  Incredibly small file size, since this uses all stock, default  SDK library objects for the redesign of KMDW.  (No new 3d objects that take up precious HDD space) 

Limitations :

1.The exact building designs are not included, as i do not yet know how to use blender to make custom 3d buildings. But very similar looking buildings for the most part.  All buildings are stock buildings from the SDK scenery library

2.The actual airlines that fly out of Midway Airport cannot be shown yet ( Mainly southwest airlines), because i do not think MSFS2020 is set up to show actual aircraft livery yet) 

3. Some taxiway assist lines direct you to the extra pavement part of the runway, rather than the Runway Threshold itself.  
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INSTALLATION : 
Drop the 'CHICAGO-MIDWAY' folder into your MSFS2020 Community folder. Thats it! 

I spent a huge number of days and weeks on perfecting this airport as much as i could, to the quality level of the bigger studios ; and if you like it, i would greatly appreciate you donating $9 to my paypal account. If you feel that is too much, any amount will be much appreciated:

paypal link (to copy and paste) : 
https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/my/settings?flow=cmV0dXJuVXJsPS9teWFjY291bnQvdHJhbnNmZXIvaG9tZXBhZ2UvcmVxdWVzdCZjYW5jZWxVcmw9L215YWNjb3VudC90cmFuc2Zlci9ob21lcGFnZS9yZXF1ZXN0

Thank you !
Adnan Arif
[email protected]


Pretty empty over here.


Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 2.5 April 15, 2021

  • Version 2.0 April 07, 2021

    -control tower updated
    -3rd part objects removed (inadvertently placed)
    -FPS maximized by removing some unnecessary objects
    -more static GA traffic placed around the GA hangars
    -fixed bug (checkerboard concrete apron) on the NW side right next to Control tower

  • Version 1.6 March 31, 2021

    Installed a new , more accurate control tower.
    Also fixed some of the airplanes not showing up in the airport

  • Version 1.5 January 07, 2021

  • Launched January 06, 2021

    Initial release of this file just launched. Welcome aboard!


Pretty empty over here.

GPS Coordinates 41.786767, -87.754024


54 Comments
  • manny
    25 day(s) ago
    😃

    Very good. Very detailed Airport. Nice 😊

    I wish, Someone would do KDAL Dallas like this.
  • lagnaf
    1 month(s) ago
    Just downloaded your new version 2.0 and installed (removed your pervious version first). No control tower.
    I replaced your version 1.5 that did have a control tower
    Thanks
    John in NC, USA
    • kingnothing75
      28 day(s) ago
      I updated it. Can you please try V2.5 and tell me if the control tower is visible ? thank you
    • lagnaf
      21 day(s) ago
      Yes, V2.5 has a control tower!
      Thanks a bunch,
      John in North Carolina, USA
  • manny
    1 month(s) ago
    I installed this but I am not seeing the airport tower for some reason

    https://i.ibb.co/ZgkjHRX/KMDW.png
    • kingnothing75
      1 month(s) ago
      What!? Let me investigate this further. Thanks for the screenshot. If you shoot me your email Ican mail you the project with the old control tower , while I try to figure out a fix. I chose a 'generic twr' object that seemed to be a new default addition to the SDK library, but if this is actually a third party object, it won't show up in your version ,unless you have the same project.

      Problem is, this control tower is just named 'generic twr', and should be a asobo creation.
      .the biggest bug in the SDK is that they allow u to put 3rd party addons into ones project without us being able to realize that. And then they don't show up in your sim cos u don't have that particular pay ware scenery involved. !
    • manny
      1 month(s) ago
      I gotcha.

      I sent you my e-mail id

      Manny
    • kingnothing75
      28 day(s) ago
      I just uploaded a V2.5 The control tower should be visible now
    • kingnothing75
      26 day(s) ago
      Try downloading this.new version 2.5 .The CT should be visible. Please let me know if it is in your sim
    • manny
      25 day(s) ago
      Sorry Bud

      I'll let you know soon. And Thanks for the fix 😊

      Manny
    • manny
      25 day(s) ago
      Yes. Confirmed. It looks good now.

      Thank you sir! 😊

      Manny
  • Keirtt
    2 month(s) ago
    Great scenery; however, I noticed there is a checked texture now over by Atlantic FBO and near 31C. This popped up after one of the recent updates. Any thoughts on correcting? Thanks!
    • kingnothing75
      2 month(s) ago
      Would you mind posting a screenshot ?
    • Keirtt
      2 month(s) ago
      Sure! Here is a link to the image. It's two sections that I can see with this checkered pattern. https://i.ibb.co/rsjxrcY/Untitled.png
    • kingnothing75
      1 month(s) ago
      Thanks for posting! I will have a look at this in the next few days. For now i just released a new version with a more accurate Control Tower, but later i will have a look at that checkerboard apron . Does not happen in my version , interestingly. Thanks for pointing it out!
    • kingnothing75
      1 month(s) ago
      I fixed the apron bug. It was because i had inadvertently added a 3rd party apron texture. (The SDK calls up 3rd party scenery objects to place into a project!) . BUt now i know to use stock asobo assets only. I also updated the Control Tower too and a few more things around the airport.
    • Keirtt
      1 month(s) ago
      Awesome! Thank you and greet scenery by the way!
    • kingnothing75
      1 month(s) ago
      can you check in your version of KMDW if that checkered apron is fixed, and also if you can see the new control tower i put in ? thanks
    • Keirtt
      1 month(s) ago
      Sorry, I've been working for the last couple days. The apron is fixed over by the FBO, but the texture is still messed up just below 31R (Checkered pattern). https://imgur.com/0hPok8r

      I also don't see the tower in my version either. Hope that helps!
    • Keirtt
      27 day(s) ago
      I see the tower now with the most recent update. The texture bug with the ramp area just behind 31R is still there. See previous screenshot. Thanks for all of the great work!
  • edpatino
    3 month(s) ago
    The airport is nice modeled with default objects, but together with other scenery available in the Chicago area it's noticeable heavy in frames. Probably it needs some sort of optimization
    • sbucknerbcs
      2 month(s) ago
      I agree....Getting heavy fps hit. Need ops.
    • kingnothing75
      1 month(s) ago
      Try Version 2. I tried to optimize for FPS. But it is a detailed airport project and i added a lot of detailing. I hooe you do notice an FPS increase. thnx
    • edpatino
      1 month(s) ago
      Thanks, will try it. Good work!
  • KubaySimulations
    4 month(s) ago
    hi the airport looks great but the bizjets are not showing please help
    • kingnothing75
      4 month(s) ago
      Are you talking about the 3 biz jets that are on the west side of the airport , parked together next to the small car park ( SIgnature Lounge area) ?

      If so, there is a weird issue in the SDK, where it pulls in objects and scenery , even from 3rd party add-ons, that can be added in to a project. But if you, do not have those same 3rd party add-ons as i havem you wont be able to see some objects. I will have to go back and put in stock Asobo bizjets, if they are available to put in.
    • kingnothing75
      4 month(s) ago
      Are you talking about the 3 biz jets that are on the west side of the airport , parked together next to the small car park ( SIgnature Lounge area) ?

      If so, there is a weird issue in the SDK, where it pulls in objects and scenery , even from 3rd party add-ons, that can be added in to a project. But if you, do not have those same 3rd party add-ons as i havem you wont be able to see some objects. I will have to go back and put in stock Asobo bizjets, if they are available to put in.
    • KubaySimulations
      4 month(s) ago
      yee the bizjets are not there i know one pack with static planes that are working but all downloanders must download this pack but the pack is great so you can use it if you want.
      link:http://www.jpfil.com/quebec-fs2020/collections.htm
      !!!if you want to use this all people who download version with this planes must download the collection (if they not the planes will ot shown)!!!

      and I think that the problem with planes is that are in bigger pack and no one download this pack so it can not work but I hope you will update the airport with these planes they are free to use you can use sdr pack or dave3Dpeople for even more realistic airport but if you do this the airport looks better that some payware 😊) but good luck with airport
      yep and msfs will shown livery if you use some how a320 with cocpit that will look like it is your plane but idk how to use this so contact the person who made oslo for msfs. and other way to show soutwest is to use 3D models from internet i know some
      link:https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/boeing-737-7h4-southwest-airlines-4b5e4a8e5ed74639bb4352e8439c981c
      link:https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/boeing-737-southwest-lone-star-one-7e7d2cae2c1744608b54ec86743181a1
      link:https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/southwest-airlines-boeing-737-73d0cd0c03594c5d9c53235d74b429bf
      link:https://sketchfab.com/quid/collections/commercial_aircraft

      i think this way is better but if you dont know how to use it contact person who made helsinki vantaa with static planes he uses models from same website

      good luck
      kubay
    • kingnothing75
      1 month(s) ago
      i fixed this. the Biz Jets should show up now in your sim
    • kingnothing75
      1 month(s) ago
      Do you know where i can get the SDR pack or the othe pack with free 3d models ? Would appreciate a link if you have it . Im working on KPWK ( Chicago Executive Airport ) now , north of Chicago O'Hare, and would love to add some objects from these freeware packs. thanks!
    • KubaySimulations
      1 month(s) ago
      i have one library and you can find it under scenary->libraries
  • Bill2910
    4 month(s) ago
    Thank you.
  • GhostbusterJeffrey
    4 month(s) ago
    This is very cool and useful
  • kingnothing75
    4 month(s) ago
    Really ? I never experienced this on testing, but i will investigate this. thanks for letting me know.
  • kingnothing75
    4 month(s) ago
    I do not know how to edit the xml. Would this be in the project folder ? And can it be edited with a text file ?
    I would love to see the actual southwest airline 737's lined up at the KMDW terminal, that will really add to the realism. I will have to investigate manipulating xml files
  • foxquakes
    4 month(s) ago
    "2.The actual airlines that fly out of Midway Airport cannot be shown yet ( Mainly southwest airlines), because i do not think MSFS2020 is set up to show actual aircraft livery yet) "

    Question, have you tried editing the XML to include "parkingCodes" on each parking spot such as SWA in B and C, and DAL, VOI, and POE in A?

    It won't make much difference in a stock setup even if you install the liveries megapack, but my theory is that adding parkingCodes to liveries may result in better AI/flightaware parking at the airport. I've not yet confirmed if this is properly implemented in FS2020.
    • kingnothing75
      4 month(s) ago
      Which xml are you talking about ? The scenery package as made in the SDK does not seem to have an xml file with parking codes.
    • foxquakes
      4 month(s) ago
      Maybe under MyFSProjects\PackageDefinitions the xml files there. I never did a deep dive into this but I saw some forum posters mention things that could only be edited there, among them COM frequencies for example. I found in one of the schema files for MSFS there's parkingCodes under taxiwayparking objects.
    • kingnothing75
      4 month(s) ago
      I went into the SDK also, but cannot find where to place and specify certain airlines for certain parking codes
    • foxquakes
      4 month(s) ago
      That's the problem, the SDK doesn't document everything that is supported. I may experiment with this myself when I have some spare time (but that is a rare thing) and see if I can define a parkingCode and get AI to park there.

      Here's a link about editing the XML file, anyway: https://www.fsdeveloper.com/forum/threads/creation-of-a-new-airport-with-frequencies-and-ils.450620/#post-868326
  • Camargo24
    4 month(s) ago
    I’m confused.... there’s a payware scenery for MDW on simmarket.com with these same images.... ummmmmmm....
    • kingnothing75
      4 month(s) ago
      i deleted that payware and am just offering it back as freeware.
    • Camargo24
      4 month(s) ago
      That's so nice of you. I didn't know it was yours. Any reason why you're giving it back as freeware?


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