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Prudhoe Bay area on Alaska North Slope US ZipDive!  Download

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The Prudhoe Bay area of the Alaska north slope is dominated by all the equipment and machinery that is necessary for the extraction of oil and its transfer by the pipeline that reaches south to Valdez. Prudhoe Bay airport is now closed, and its replacement just to the south is Deadhorse PASC, with numerous storage, maintenance, and accomodation areas immediately to the north of the apron, and others adjacent to the road between the two. The runway is just under 6,500 feet with approach lights at both ends and ILS on 04 (true heading of 75 degrees). This scenery reflects the overall situation in 2011 and oil production facilities and buildings are included here. The airport buildings and those close to the airport are replicas of the real life buildings; while as distance increases the accuracy fades somewhat there are everywhere replica trucks and cross country vehicles that are true to life. Deadhorse handles around 7,000 passengers per month as staff are rotated in and out on Alaska Air and ERA flights and by oil company private flights. There are also freight flights to complement the trucking effort up the Dalton Highway. The Alaska Airlines terminal building and ERA (the red buildings nearby) are at one end of the apron, while at the other end is a very large and new green terminal, storage, hangar building built by the airport authority. All of the airport components, runways, taxiways, and aprons, are built up on a gravel base to raise them above the surrounding terrain that floods with melting snow, freezes, or dries out, according to the seasons. There are other new airstrips included here that serve the oil industry. Around 33 miles to the east is Badami PABP airport servicing a subsiduary oil producing area, with 5,000 feet of gravel runway. Some 28 miles to the west of Deadhorse is Ugnu-Kuparuk UBW with just over 6,000 feet of gravel (gravel in 2011, it is now asphalted) servicing oil production by Conoco Phillips, which uses 737's to fly staff in and out. A further 32 miles west is Alpine AK15 with 5,400 feet of gravel and also served by the Conoco Phillips 737's. To the south of Alpine and connected by road is the village of Nuiqsut. To the north of Alpine and reachable only by air in the delta of the Sagavanirktok River is CD-3, an oil collection and pump station area with another gravel runway of 3,000 feet. Other airstrips that were prviously posted are now updated, Nuiqsut and Oliktok. I experimented, but decided against trying to reproduce the several hundred miles of pipelines. The are new AI aircraft, and there are notes regarding downloading. There is a new "cement" texture (not its name, but used as that by SBuilder) for the built up gravel bases. It is slightly darker than the original but not so much that any previous use will be spoilt. You may wish to download my "Alaska Frozen Rivers and Lakes" which freezes lakes and the northern sea and makes them landable on wheels.


Filename: prudhoe_bay_alaska.zip
License: Freeware, limited distribution
Added: 19th December 2017, 00:38:06
Downloads: 352
Author: Roger Wensley
Size: 30174kb


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