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How Do You Make Those FAA Airport Diagrams?  
User currently offlinemia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 12374 times:

Hi all!

I want to draw some fantasy airports (sometimes I shock myself with the nerdy things I like). We all know about those nice diagrams on the FAA website. What software do they use to make them?


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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12293 times:

I very much doubt that you'd be able to get hold of "the program" that makes them... I'm guessing that its custom built for the purpose

User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2514 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12227 times:

Chances are the FAA uses proprietary software to create the diagrams, or it's entirely possible it's a mix between CAD software and Adobe Illustrator.

Your best bet is to find a copy of Adobe Illustrator or something like it where you can work in vector format.

You could also find AFCAD, which is a program used to design/edit airports for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

[Edited 2010-08-18 12:42:26]

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12169 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12198 times:

I'd say your best bet is Google Sketchup. You can make them 3D that way too.


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