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Airport Review : UUEE Sheremetyevo Airport XP by Drzewiecki Design

 

UUEE Sheremetyevo Airport XP is a conversion of Drzewiecki Design's UUEE Sheremetyevo Airport X that was created for FSX and P3D. This Moscow scenery is the second released for X-Plane after EETN Tallinn XP (Available at the X-Plane.OrgStore) that was released in October 2014. Drzewiecki Design was founded by Drzewiecki Stanisław and has been a design house since 2003 and is Polish based and situated just outside of Warsaw. FS scenery conversions for X-Plane can come in many different forms from the exceedingly good and better that the original publication or as low as a dire copy with poor FS2004 graphics. Most scenery usually conversions sit right in the middle as a good FS conversion but still don't use all of the X-Plane10 features that most X-Plane platform designers use (mostly in HDR lighting, animations and autogate functionality). The FS scenery also leans more heavily towards the online VATSIM flying users than the single simulator user.

 

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Sheremetyevo International Airport (IATA: SVO, ICAO: UUEE) is an international airport located in Khimki, Moscow Oblast, Russia, 29 km (18 mi) northwest of central Moscow. pronounced "Shĕ-rĕ-mĕt-yĕ-vō", It is a hub for passenger operations of the Russian international airline Aeroflot, and is one of the three major airports that serve Moscow, along with Domodedovo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport (the IATA city code for Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo is also MOW). It is now the second-largest airport in Russia, after UUDD - Domodedovo. In 2013, the airport handled 29,256,000 passengers and 243,858 aircraft movements.

 

Sheremetyevo was opened on 11 August 1959; the first international flight was on 1 June 1960 to Berlin (Schönefeld Airport). The new airport received its name for two nearby venues: the village of Sheremetyevsky and the Savelov station on the railway of the same name. Sheremetyevo-1 (used by domestic flights) was opened on 3 September 1964. On 12 September 1967, the first scheduled passenger flight of the Tupolev Tu-134 departed from Sheremetyevo (to Stockholm), followed by the first scheduled flight of the Ilyushin Il-62 (to Montreal) on 15 September.

 

Sheremetyevo-2, the larger of the two terminal complexes, opened on 1 January 1980 for the 1980 Summer Olympics. It was built according to the principles of design of Hannover-Langenhagen Airport, and was the arrival and departure point for international flights. Flights to cities in Russia and charter flights arrived and departed from Sheremetyevo-1.

In the 2000s, Sheremetyevo saw growing competition from a newer and more comfortable Domodedovo International Airport. With major airlines leaving Sheremetyevo (most notably, Lufthansa, British Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and Swiss International Air Lines), the need for reconstruction had become evermore evident. Terminal E was opened in 2010.

 

Since 3 July 2010, a walkway opened between Terminals D, E, F, and the Aeroexpress railway terminal on the public access side. Since 2 November 2010, a was also walkway opened between Terminals D, E, and F on the security side. Both of these simplify transfer between transit flights. After the reconstruction, the southern complex of the airport (terminals D, E and F) will be able to receive up to 25 million passengers annually. Ultimately, after the northern part of the airport is reconstructed, the airport will have the capacity to receive 40 million passengers annually. Since December 25, 2009, all terminals have been identified by letters (Latin characters) as opposed to numbers. In December 2011, a new Area control center (ACC) was opened. It consolidates the gathering, monitoring, and control of the airport's different control centres across all of the organizations that have an impact on its efficient operation. The Situational Center also forms part of the airport control center. SC is intended for joint work of top-managers, heads of state bodies, and partners of Sheremetyevo. (wikipedia)

 

First Impressions

To get the full impact of going to Russia, my departure point is EGCC - Manchester, and the flight time was just over 3 hours and 1400nm to Moscow depending on the wind direction. The flight is almost directly east and mostly across the lower stretches of the Baltic Sea.

 

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Aircraft used is Peter's (Aircraft) excellent A321-214 with CFM engines.

 

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My arrival was to the north of Sheremetyevo (5500ft) to which I would circuit to turn 180º to land on runway 25L. There is a set of charts with the airport package, two charts give you an excellent set of the airport layout and stand (gate) positions of UUEE airport. There are two other pages for the ILS approaches to Sheremetyevo, but there no included SID/STAR pages? (there is a good set of Jepp charts to download here) I wanted the VOR radius for a distance to UUEE and that was not available either? (for the record it is Sheremetyevo VOR-DME MR 114.60). First view through the first officers window of UUEE-Sheremetyevo was very favorable, it was blended in very well into the X-Plane landscape and looked very complete. There is a full set of photo/ortho plates below the scenery but I really like the way they were really well blended into the default surrounding scenery.

 

On finals I lined up to RWY 25L (110.50) and aligned the ILS correctly and the aircraft directed itself to the correct landing position. ( a note that if you have marginal's ferry route plugin installed you get a lot of water traffic in liners on approach to 25R/25L that was pleasing to the eye). On final approach the airport loomed expansive to both the left and the right with buildings

 

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Once down on RWY25L and the aircraft cleaned up, I turned off the runway at Taxiway (TWY) A3 and that put the aircraft directly in front of the original iconic Sheremetyevo-2 terminal (now Terminal F) which was very imposing from the cockpit. Then I was directed right onto the main TWY A, overall I found the runways and taxiways very well designed and laid out, the yellow central guidence lines are a little on the thick side but clear and sharp...   In some areas the taxiway lineage can get a little too complex and confusing as like in front of Terminal B, so you have to study the layout to find the correct lines to your stand. Airport taxiway signage is quite motley, but it is designed to look old and worn, but it is still highly readable.

 

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My gate parking was gate 33 on the E Terminal, and the huge complexes of set out terminals and buildings around the aircraft were highly impressive. There is a choice of having a "static" aircraft or no static aircraft option. However the "static" aircraft are supplied at all points but not at any of the terminal gates?, The FS use towards the online flying users is evident here, but it makes the airport look quite empty because it is so big? At the gate there is excellent equipment and even personal to receive me, there are also good ramp markings if set a little bit away from the actual autogate position, which don't move. A check on few gate placements shows that the aircraft are only placed at the gates but not directly in the right position.  But overall the arrival at UUEE was very stimulating and very realistic...  very Russian.

 

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It is important to note that when installing this Drzewiecki Design's Sheremetyevo scenery and their other scenery packages that you have to reset the Nav-Aid/ILS alignments and placement. To not do so will give you wrong NDB and ILS landing angles that are completely out of alignment with the scenery. (Instructions are detailed below in "Installation").

 

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(uncorrected runway alighment and ILS tower placement)

 

UUEE - Sheremetyevo

In reality Sheremetyevo is really two airports (North and South) that are only connected by using the same runways. There is not even a connection or transit loop between them. So for the basis of this review we will note the two areas as "North" and "South".

 

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Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport
Междунаро́дный аэропо́рт Шереме́тьево

Mezhdunarodnyĭ aėroport Sheremet'evo

    IATA: SVO - ICAO: UUEE - LID: ШРМ

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07R/25L  3,700m  (12,139ft)  Concrete

07L/25R  3,550m  (11,647ft)  Concrete

Elevation AMSL  622 ft / 190 m

 

A total overview of UUEE - Sheremetyevo is quite impressive, it is a big if not huge scenery and the layouts are as noted very well intergrated into the X-Plane scenery. I was certainly impressed by the overall view and layouts.

 

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Sheremetyevo North

In parts the northern area is the older of the two sections of the airport. It is mostly dedicated to local and internal Russian flights and Low Cost Carriers (LCC) and the large Aeroflot base. Over the last few years there has been a lot changes in position and numbering or re-assigning the names of the terminals.

 

Terminal A

Terminal A is quite new as being only opened 2012 and is situated right at the (north) eastern boundary as a small airport and ramp area in itself and the area was known as the "Western Sector" of Terminal B.  Terminal A is mostly used for the servicing of business and private aviation with Twenty-two remote stands (My guess it is also used as a VIP reception centre as well, and yes I mean you Mr President Putin).

 

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The building is excellent and extremely well designed and with the expansive ramp parking would make great scenery just by itself. There is an excellent helicopter pad and reception crew waiting and a very good old Russian airliner park (museum) set out behind the terminal.

 

Terminal B

Terminal B is the old "Sheremetyevo-1" or the original first terminal built at Sheremetyevo in 1964. The unique terminal has 64 remote aircraft stands, including 8 stands used for the maintenance of Aeroflot aircraft, and five in the 'Eastern Sector' which are used to service cargo flights. Terminal B divided into two buildings in the arrival hall zone and departures area. Terminal B is remarkable for its architecturally unique and unusual spaceship-like gate area or a design on the US fashion of Spaceport terminals like at New York's Pam Am's Worldport, which is connected to the main building by a passenger footbridge. The terminal's design was masterminded by a project team working under the guidance of architects and G Elkin Yu Kryukov.

 

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The saucer terminal is certainly striking. It gives you that unique 60's feel, old yes, but now very special in a now lost to the past sort of way, I loved it. The main building is very good, but a bit blank on the groundside as the under photo is flat and not very descriptive (in other words blurry).

 

The excellent new Control Tower (opened February 15, 2013) is part of the Terminal B complex area. Again this control tower is very well designed and very distinctive to the north side area.

 

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The tower view works well with an expansive view of the airfield and the inside is well fitted out with consoles and screens...  but the glass somehow does not let your aircraft show (even on the replay) from the inside view here, it is all just a blank and so your takeoff or landings are just a space of nothing?

 

Terminal C

Sheremetyevo opened its first entirely new-build terminal for the servicing of international flights on March 12, 2007, this is Terminal C which has a capacity of 5 million passengers per year. The terminal at this point now tends to handle flights of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) carriers and charter airline routes. Terminal C is located adjacent to Terminal B, and has 36 boarding gates and six air bridges.

 

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Terminal C is of the newer terminal block design that has been built around the original legacy terminal buildings. It is very striking to the eye as it is very modern. There is very good design work here and there is a lot of objects related to the surroundings, the airside parking areas are very good as well. Terminal C is also connected by way of an elevated pedestrian gallery with a multistory parking facility for 1,000 vehicles.

 

Aeroflot Maintenance base and Offices

Going west from the central terminal area is the huge Aeroflot maintenance base as the airline is based at Sheremetyevo. The Aeroflot complex is excellent with the inclusion of not only the huge engineering hangars, but the airline's offices as well.

 

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Considering the size of the airline, there is not much activity on the ramps? there are a few statics, but in reality this area could have been filled with aircraft and equipment. The Aeroflot buildings however are imposing.

 

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To the east of Terminal B is first a small in my guess an old airport administration building (control tower?) and small cargo area. Then next is a huge hangar that is highly impressive and usable if you want to park even a large airliner easily inside. Again it is a wasted opportunity with no statics around the area. Then completing the north section to the far eastern side is a large set of airport maintenance buildings and vehicles.

 

Sheremetyevo South

The southern area was developed out mostly from the middle 70's to cater for the Moscow Summer Olympics in 1980. And the iconic terminal building was built as Sheremetyevo-2. This is now terminal F

 

Terminal F

The terminal was designed to service 6 million passengers per year, and until the completion of Terminal C (north) it was Sheremetyevo's only terminal that was capable of adequately servicing international flights. The design is a larger version of the one at Hannover-Langenhagen Airport which was by the same architects and so it has that Germanic Bauhaus architecture feeling. A major reconstruction of the terminal and its interior space was completed by late 2009.

 

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The terminal itself is highly imposing and very well recreated. Again it reflects a period of time and architecture. The are 15 jetways and 21 remote aircraft stands and the jetways look great in that blood red colour and the remote stand area is expansive and well laid out. On the groundside there is a network of ramps that connect to the two levels of the terminal.

 

Terminal D

Terminal D, opened in November 2009, is a huge complex of a 172,000 m2 (1,850,000 sq ft) building which is the main hub for Aeroflot and its SkyTeam partners, with capacity for 12 million passengers per year. Aeroflot had been trying to implement the project of a new terminal (Sheremetyevo-3) since January 2001. However, construction only began in 2005, with commissioning of the complex finally taking place on 15 November 2009. The acquisition of its own terminal was a condition of Aeroflot's entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance, thus necessitating the construction. Terminal D has 22 jetways and 11 remote stands. On November 15, 2009 at 9:15 am, the first flight from Terminal D (the new official name of Sheremetyevo-3) departed for the southern resort city of Sochi. Despite this, Aeroflot took a number of months (due to unexpected administrative delays) to transfer all of its international flights from Terminal F to D. Whilst previous Terminal D had remained a separate legal entity from the rest of Sheremetyevo Airport, and in the spring of 2012 it became an integrated unit of "Sheremetyevo International Airport" JSC. The basis for the architectural and artistic image of Terminal D is that of a giant swan with outstretched wings which is very creative.

 

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Such an expansive and architecturally challenging design has been well done here. It is when you get close quite complex in design but Drzewiecki Design have done a very good job. And the ramp tower is a highlight.

 

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There is huge carpark is set out behind, but the gap between the terminal and parking facility is like Terminal B in that it looks more of a river with cars on it with the photo underlay than that of a road system. But this is overall great scenery.

 

Terminal E

Terminal E opened in 2010 as a capacity expansion project, and is set out  and connects terminals D and F as well as the railway station, and combines them all into a single south terminal complex. The terminals of this complex are connected by a number of pedestrian walkways with travelators, thus allowing for passengers to move freely between all the constituent facilities.

 

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Terminal E has 8 jetway equipped gates and the V-Express Transit Hotel between security/passport check-ins provides short-term accommodations for passengers changing planes without having to present a visa for entering Russia. As a note the hotel drew international attention in June 2013 when Edward Snowden checked into the hotel while seeking asylum while still being in an international zone.

 

The railway station caled the "Aeroexpress" is a design standout and has been particularly well done, red trains sit at the platforms and the whole thing looks very imposing from any view of the airport from above.

 

Hotels

There are two other hotels in both being European hotels in a Park Inn and a Novotel.

 

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North Cargo Terminal Complex

The main Sheremetyevo cargo area is on the (south) east section of the airport.

 

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By major airport standards the Cargo base it is not that large, but the ramp areas are excellent and there is some nice details including some K-Loaders. AirBridgeCargo Airlines is the big operator here with the rest being - Korean Air Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Polet Airlines  and TNT Airways.

 

Behind the cargo area is a very nice Greek Orthodox Church and by the cargo ramp a small Fire Station.

 

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The east area of the south is also has a large fuel depot, and numerous warehouses and small barrack style buildings.

 

UUEE-Sheremetyevo Lighting

You are given two lighting options with the Sheremetyevo scenery from Drzewiecki Design. One is the X-Plane10 feature "HDR" system and a standard "Flood" lighting. These different lighting systems can be changed easily by changing the different dsf files provided (see installation notes below). All earlier images shown first are in the HDR mode.

 

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From above in low light Sheremetyevo is a mixture of the X-Plane softer colours and the FS scenery solid colours. But somehow it all works quite well. mainly because the X-Plane HDR breaks up the harder shades.

 

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The runways are well lit but not overly marked, so it is good but not great. Approach lighting is very good with RAIL approach guidance, and the runway/taxiway signage has that worn old look as noted before.

 

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The HDR lighting is surprisingly excellent with a combination of different sets colours to create a realistic effects. So the ramp parking areas are very good. The terminal lighting is however to a certain taste.

 

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It is quite obvious that the original night FS textures have not been revised for the inclusion into the X-Plane scenery, so they all have that bright solid colour palette effect. Many users will certainly like this, and overall the palette of colour is not that bad, but they are a bit over bright, and some objects are so bright I am sure you could see them at night from space. At bit of subtlety would have gone a long way here. The HDR lighting does however soften them a bit. The windows on close inspection are well detailed and some are quite good in showing the insides of the buildings, just all a bit too bright more than anything.

 

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But what works against in some areas can also work for you in other like with the amazing spaceship Terminal B dish building. Which looks brilliant at night with the less is more carousel lighting.

 

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In other spaces like around the hotels and carpark lighting it works very well, as the spaces are filled out nicely. As a welcoming sign from God the Greek Orthodox Church glows quite nicely at night.

 

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In "flood" mode, the lighting is really just a lot of spot lighting. Workable but you really miss that HDR fill and soft glow. The lighting masts however are well done and stand out.

 

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Without the HDR to fill in the shadow areas the solid colours are more well...   solid and brighter and the ramp areas more darker.

 

A side note is that the FS version of UUEE comes with the four seasons in ground textures. X-Plane does not do seasons , but we do now have a very good winter texture conversion that would certainly benefit from having winter textures included within this airport package...  this is Moscow after all, winter is usually months long here and usually deep in white snow, it would be a realistic feature to add in.

 

Summary

Get close up to UUEE-Sheremetyevo and there is no doubt this is a big complex scenery. Modeling and design of the buildings and architecture is certainly very good, detailing in a high "texture resolution" setting will give you really great detail, but I kept it in a "high" setting here and it was fine with that. And with that the frame-rate was very good considering the high object count there is in here. There is no doubt that Sheremetyevo is an FS conversion for X-Plane, but it is a good one. Drzewiecki Design do understand how to intergrate the scenery correctly into the X-Plane environment and that is very important, their handling of HDR lighting is also very good so they understand that as well. But there are few points that are really easy to cover but were missed....

 

Why the scenery was released with the Nav-Aid/ILS alignments way out is a little bewildering? Yes there are instructions and Nav data to fix the placements, but we don't have to do this with any other X-Plane scenery. Statics? why have a static feature with only a few actual static aircraft and why so many empty gates? Yes we know this is FS feature, but you have the option to actually change the static requirement for that by changing over the dsf file...  so why not go the whole hog and just fill UUEE to the brim with ruscenery (russian scenery) static aircraft...  North and South? and a few X-Plane animations would look good here as well. These simple tweeks would take no time in a release situation but the common mistakes in FS scenery conversions are usually the most simple and usually the most easiest to translate over to the X-Plane simulator.

 

Is UUEE-Sheremetyevo by Drzewiecki Design a good investment? Overall overwhelmingly yes it is. As it is really well built realistic scenery, but your investment will require you a little investment of yourself. You will need to fix the Nav-Aid/ILS alignments and it is a little bit tedious. You will also need to spend a few moments to fill up your "static" dsf file with a lot more static aircraft to bring the airport more alive and if you are really talented I would desaturate the original building night textures a little and that would make the scenery almost perfect. And why would you do this?  Because you are not going to get a better Sheremetyevo as an investment and as a good piece of scenery that is more highly usable than what you actually think it is. I really enjoyed flying to Moscow, and would certainly in the future use this scenery more within my network of flying. So with that "chtoby nado idti seychas"

 

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 UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo XP by Drzewiecki Design is now available from the New X-Plane.Org Store here :  UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo XP and is priced at only US$22.00

 

Installation : Download is 721.40mb that is unzipped in to to a main folder that includes the three files "ZZZ DD UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo XP Terrain" (21.10mb) - "DD UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo XP" (1.09gb) and the "000 Drzewiecki Design Library" (35k) and they are all placed in your Custom Scenery folder.

 

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Installation instructions to fix the Nav-Aid/ILS placement is noted in the "UUEE_SHEREMETYEVO_XP_MacLinuxInstall" pdf. Basically you have to replace the Nav-Aid/ILS data with the newer data in the text-edit file (arrowed). This data is in your X-Plane10/Resources/default data folders as the "earth_fix.dat" file. Which can opened also with any text-editor. You have to remove any data that has attached to it the name "Sheremetyevo" or "UUEE" and it is quite easy as they are all blocked together under the numbers 2 (NDB), 4 (ILS) and 6 (GS) as the assigned data...  but be careful as the instructions note to remove all "Sheremetyevo" or "UUEE" data?  this is not correct as there is under 12 (VOR) "MR SHEREMETYEVO VOR-DME" (as highlighted above), which is the VOR placement and should not be or needed to be removed. When done just resave your earth_fix.dat file.

This way of fixing Nav/ILS data is also problematic? If Laminar Research decide to at any time to replace the earth_fix.dat with an update, the changed data will be lost or eased? So you will have to re-edit it all over again, that is if you don't forget to do so in the first place?

 

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You can change your "Static" and "lighting" preferences by changing or copy and pasting the relevant option that you want in the main scenery "Earth Nav data" folder and replacing the dsf file. There are four options.

 

Flood-static (which is - Flood Lighting and minus static objects)

Flood+static (which is - Flood Lighting and plus static objects)

HDR-static (which is - HDR Lighting and minus static objects)

HDR+static (which is - HDR Lighting and plus static objects)

 

The Installation instructions notes that HDR+static is the default, but I found it actually was HDR-static and without static objects?

 

Documents : The scenery comes with UUEE Charts in two airport pages of UUEE's layout and stands (gates) and two pages for the ILS approaches

 

The manual consists of 4 pages of Moscow history and one page of UUEE's background and one for copyright.

 

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Developer Site : Drzewiecki Design

 

Features :

  • Compatible with X-Plane 10
  • Highest level of accuracy in geographic positioning, modeling and texturing
  • Removable high quality static aircraft
  • Up-to-date scenery including newly constructed terminals, aprons and taxiways
  • HDR or 2D apron lights
  • Navaids and mesh for the whole area
  • Product includes custom-made charts in PDF format

Requirements:

X-Plane 10.30+. Windows, Mac Linux

4Gb RAM. 1Gb+ VRAM Video card
X-Plane Compatibility : X-Plane 10
 
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Review by Stephen Dutton

28th February 2015

Copyright©2015: X-Plane Reviews

 

Review System Specifications:

Computer System:     

- 2.66 Ghz Intel Core i5 iMac 27”

- 6 Gb 1067 Mhz DDR3

- ATI Radeon HD 6970M 2048 mb

- Seagate 256gb SSD 

Software:     

- Mac OS Yosemite 10.10.1

- X-Plane 10 Global ver 10.35 (final)

Addons

- Saitek x52 Pro system Joystick and Throttle

- Bose - Soundlink Mini

Aircraft

- Airbus A320-214 CFM Engine by Peters Aircraft (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$54.90

 

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