LanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 9 Posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5595 times:
Hi, I am working on building a small international airport, I am wondering if 18 gates would be enough. I am confused on what dimension to use it is in a 1:400 scale and I want to make it capable of handling the A380. An drawings, plans, afvise is much appreciated.
Sushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5552 times:
Hmm. I think you are only going to be able to make a peice of the airport unless the room is really big. I think the runways need to be at least 15 long. I am making an airport in 1:500 and I all I can fit in my room is one runway and about 8 gates.
Woodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5517 times:
This webpage has some good info for measurements...
Also, 1:400 means that 400 inches in real life = 1 inch in your model, so a runway is usually 150ft wide 150 x 12 (12 inches/ft) = 1800 inches wide (real life) / 400 = 4.5 inches wide in your model.
so 12,000ft runway = 144,000 inches / 400 = 360 inches / 12 = 30ft long in your model.
The website also gives references to the FAA website for Advisory Circulars (ACs), the ACs governing airport construction in the real world are the AC 150 series which give design guidelines for terminals, gates, runways, runway markings, runway lighting, etc...
Basically, designers used three different size "gates" for aircraft, based on the airplane's wingspan. The largest size gates are designed for A380/747 size aircraft, down to the 737/CRJ-sized aircraft for the smallest gates..