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Creating a basic airport database (merged)

Peter wrote:

Is this one
https://www.you-fly.com/airport/
any good?

In principle yes. But I had a quick look at the last ten airfields/airports I flew to. The latest information was two years old, some haven’t been updated since ten years and three out of my ten samples had zero information. So I would consider this site to be dead.

EDDS - Stuttgart

At a first glance, no. It doesn’t even know my home field EBZH though it has an ICAO code – and most fields in Europe even haven’t one.

Finding info about hard runways of at least 1500 m and preferrably with instrument approaches published is not a major issue – there are not that many, and the data are generally stable. Keeping up a list of the smaller fields or even airstrips is a lot more challenging. I spent a fair deal of effort at it over the last few years but it is an ungrateful job – certain to be never perfect at one point in time and never to be complete.

For the sheer fact of “what aerodromes are there near lat x.xxx lon y.yyyy” www.openstreetmap.org is remarkably complete; but it uses one and the same icon for heliports as for hang-glider sites as for major airports, so care is needed in the interpretation. Tip: zoom factor 13 works best.

Last Edited by at 19 Apr 20:40
EBZH Kiewit, Belgium

Its as good as pilots’ own PIREPs.

LGMG Megara, Greece

It doesn’t even know my home field EBZH though it has an ICAO code – and most fields in Europe even haven’t one.

Most farm strips, maybe… but people who fly to farm strips will have their own ways of finding them. An most of the owners don’t want to be in an airport directory anyway.

Administrator
Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

In use that one and the German one: Eddh.de

Vie
EBAW/EBZW

Hello Euroga,

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a convenient way to browse and pick “GA adventures”? Starting with on-field restaurants, with reviews and aviation tips on how to get there, and following up with more complex missions like visiting a museum farther away or completing a multi-day trip to a remote island ..

I started by prototyping a listing of restaurants. The prototype is available at https://accret.io. It’s a bit empty for now but you should see a suggestion if you use LFBT as your homebase. It’s easy to add a destination via https://accret.io/suggestDestination and if you want to get fancier the whole code is open source (https://github.com/accretio/platform/tree/master/lab).

Any thoughts :) ?

William

Tried to add “La Table de Juliette” at LFJY, but since it does not know that airfield, it does not let me.

ELLX

Great idea. Just messaged you a few suggestions using the ‘chat’ app on your site. Look forward to seeing it develop!

jgmusic
North Weald, United Kingdom

Love the idea. Definitely a good idea if it gets a critical mass

jfw
Belgium: EBGB (Grimbergen, Brussels) - EBAW (Antwerp) - EBCI (Charleroi), Belgium

Great idea if you can gain critical mass, otherwise doomed to failure. Lelystad has been added.

EHLE / Lelystad, Netherlands, Netherlands
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