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Following the update to NZAA after the NZ World Update, NZWN Wellington Airport has now also been updated to fix some of the big issues caused by World Update 12. The biggest issue encountered was the new NZ TIN and Terrain mesh applied by WU12, which creeped into the NZWN surrounding and caused some jarring lines along the coast. This essentially broke our hand painted watermask and caused the water color to change drastically.

The TIN exclusion was re-balanced, allowing some areas to show photogrammetry, and some of the weaker TIN areas to be excluded, showing sim-generated homes/buildings instead.

The more complex fixes were related to the custom terrain, which quite literally had to be re-done. The NZ mesh supplied by the WU12 update caused some significant terrain issues, which made the runway bumping and uneven. A lot of work was involved to re-do our custom terrain which accurately depicts the slope of the runway, from north to south. Significant work was also done at the south end of the runway, where the road tunnel going under runway 34 was essentially re-done. Note that some rough spots may be seen, this will be improved as future patches arrive.

Lastly we've implemented a custom ILS solution, so the scenery no longer relies on default sim data. This should help with many advanced addon aircraft which are either already out, or coming soon.

The update is now available through Contrail if you purchased NZWN through the Flightbeam webstore, Contrail or Simmarket.

For MSFS Marketplace customers, expect the update to arrive around the end of this month.

Happy flying!

We'd love your opinion. Please vote on which features are an absolute must. In a perfect world we'd love all of these features, but please only choose things you look for when purchasing an addon airport.

What features MUST be included in an airport product?

  • 0%High quality, realistic visuals (textures, models, etc)

  • 0%High accuracy compared to the real airport

  • 0%Interactive features such as VDGS

  • 0%Interior modeling: Simply but effective (ex: NZAA)

You can vote for more than one answer.

The MSFS World Update brings a host of new visuals, photogrammetry, landmarks.... and unfortunately some very complex bugs for a couple of our airports. This NZAA update addresses those bugs and also brings some improvements. Full change log:

- Photogrammetry/TIN correction, which caused harsh, unblended lines in the water/land

- Numerous stray auto-generated objects removed

- Re-flattened terrain logic due to conflicting NZ World Update mesh

- Gate corrections and Jetway attachment improvements

- Runway re-alignment

- Removed static aircraft per numerous customer feedback

- Plus many more minor fixes.

Known issues/updates:

- The current World Update NZ has caused our custom satellite imagery to become blurry if Auckland/World Photogrammetry is enabled/installed. We're reaching out to Asobo to have this issue addressed.

- The ILS deviation issue has been resolved by Navigraph. This was caused by incorrect data used by Navigraph. If you use Navigraph, please update to the latest airac cycle to avoid this issue.

Release schedule:

Flightbeam/Contrail webstore customers: The release is now live.

MSFS Marketplace: 2-6 weeks per Microsoft validation pass

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