Heading to Germany’s south and why SODE had to be integrated
The last commercial scenery implementation of the Bavarian Nuremberg Airport was initially developed back in the early 2000s for FS9, afik. And because the cooperation with Lars from 29 Palms worked so well with EDBC, we decided to tackle EDDN as the next joint project. For project preparation, we met in autumn 2015 at the real airport. On that day, we took more than a 1,000 photos of almost all building facades, light poles and facilities. That was a perfect basis for an authentic replica of the airport. We did not expect that it would take about 2.5 years to complete the product but EDDN turned out to be a special challenge from a scenery design perspective, because the airport has grown continuously over decades and thus various building complexes in different architectural styles were added. The consequence was that we had to create individual facade textures for each single building. An effort that has paid off in the end, because the representation is actually very close to real world.
Another important aspect which came up during the development of the scenery was the implementation of the popular SODE framework. In addition to the really good jetway controlling system, I wanted to include the fully automatic seasonal textures change and a few weather dependent real-time effects, which – in 2015 – could only be acomplished with SODE.
Small side note: In 2013 I posted a message in the FSDeveloper forum on how to realize an automatic seasonal textures change in the FSX. Jeffrey Stähli responded in that post and later on he began the development of his SODE module which is pretty much one of the standard P3D extensions nowadays. So I think, I made a very small contribution to the existence of SODE. For that reason alone, it was clear that I had to integrate it in the product package ;-)
EDDN for Prepar3D eventually became an extraordinary success for us. Your feedback was overwhelming and the sales figures are in good proportion to the huge effort we put into the project. Many good reasons to start with the next project. See you in EDDV Hannover!