Micro Nav has launched a unique suite that is revolutionising the speed and cost of creating 3D visual and operational models of airports for design, planning, evaluation and testing.

The Fast Airport Builder (FAB) application is used to create the airfield and associated features. This includes runways, taxiways, 3D models of buildings, windsocks, hold points, stop bars and other items that add realism to the 3D scene. Once the airfield has been generated, a low resolution version can be sent to the 3D IG (Image Generator) for evaluation. A low resolution version is produced quickly but contains sufficient detail to establish whether or not a production version can be produced or whether further work is required.

A test airspace can be generated that is populated with aircraft and default circuits. This allows a quick evaluation of taxiing, approach, landing and take-off behaviours.

The IG allows the aircraft models, and some airfield features to be modified. Various aircraft features can be modified such as: flap positions, undercarriage, position and size of the aircraft lights. Various elements of the airfield can be modified such as: the size of the runway and taxiways lights, position of the floodlights that light the apron areas. It is also possible to set the cloud cover, visibility and precipitation factor to gauge the settings required for an exercise.