Adds the NAe Sao Paolo for the Brazilians, and indeed you. If you're not Brazilian. It has been pulled out of retirement to finally defeat the Piranha fish and you are tasked with attacking them with every bullet, bomb and missile in all of South America.
It has two of its own new locations. One in the Amazon about 70km East of Manaus. The other is off the Galapagos Islands. It has also been added to the Rio carrier group.
It's aircraft carrier time. This is a carrier group placed in locations around the world.
Think I'm going to class these as a 'stunt' location as there are some, erm, compromises. There are carrier mentions in the developer documentation but nothing else so there are no steam catapults or arrestor cables, just your own boring old engines and brakes to rely on.
There are however now two programs that do give carrier functionality made by people much cleverer than me that can be used with these so check them out here -
https://harddecksimulations.com which also has its own carriers.
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.
There are three different models in most locations. 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.
Runway 01 - A HMS Queen Elizabeth at 280 metres. This has no visble runway lights. No parking and one start point. Does the new model twitch in an intensely irritating manner less than the old one? You are not permitted to ask me this.
Runway 02 - A Nimitez-esque carrier at around 340 metres. This is the only carrier to have a parking space. Not sure why you'd want one, but you get it anyway. Two runway starts, one at the start of the ship, one closer to a real catapult launch location.
Runway 03 - An Admiral Kuznetsov at 304 metres. No parking and two starts arranged similarly to the above.
Why would Russians be trundling around with Americans and Brits? Kaiju of course.
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. The Kuznetsov and Nimitz have one strip of runway lights and one PAPI light in a possibly stupid place but it might come in handy.
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. If you start off in the parking spaces it is pointing in the right direction out towards the runway.
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 and hopefully it's not the same for you. Some are full on slide shows. Bummer.
The airports seem to be rather confused, can't blame them, so you may end up being sent to the wrong runway. Dunno why. Or care all that much. ATC often refuses to favour the primary ends of the runways.
The models have pop in and levelling problems and glitches viewing them from a distance. I think this is a terrain LOD issue due to the terrain they sit on top of. It also seems to affect the visibility of Papi lights from a distance too. I can't see this changing soon.
Is there loads of other broken stuff? Probably. I'm getting seriously befuddled. Let me know if you find something egregious.
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.
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 unstarred 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. Both models are a bit... sensitive. ICAO - ACNF. Coordinates - 46.758681 -55.250254
Amazon A lone Sao Paolo 70km east of Manaus. ICAO - ACAM. Coordinates - -3.176956 -59.351552
Galapagos A lone Sao Paolo close to the Galapagos Islands. ICAO - ACGP. Coordinates - -0.039483, -90.313862
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
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
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
A USS Enterprise CVN 65 planted at Yankee Station 90 miles off the North Vietnamese coast. ICAO - ACYS. Coordinates - 17.499047, 108.500273
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
The Liaoning and Shandong in the Taiwan strait cos you feel like a bit of sabre rattling. ICAO - ACTW. Coordinates - 25.710148, 120.696830
Middle of the North Atlantic below Greenland. ICAO - ACAN. Coordinates - 59.387623, -33.654331. This is a lone Nimitz scaled up and with a fuel bay for your lengthy hopping.
Tristan da Cunha. ICAO - ACTC. Coordinates - -37.239954, -12.435205. The Nimitz has been scaled up to accommodate 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.