It has been a while since we last had a product from Airline2Sim. In fact, I have been eagerly awaiting the 777 Cadet Plus Training Program, but those types of courses take an unbelievably long time to produce and create. In the stop-gap, Airline2Sim decided to instead release a new line of products: Airport2Sim. The idea behind it was to apply the same level of detail and production quality on giving people an opportunity to learn about specific airports. The first airport in a long-line to come in the future is one of Europe’s busiest hubs: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (EHAM).
With over 70 million passengers passing through the interconnected terminals each year, there’s always going to be a huge amount of traffic moving around the airport. Furthermore, the large number of runways, taxiways and noise abatement procedures mean that there’s always something to be mindful of. The number of procedures and scale of the airport often puts many people off from enjoying and understanding that a lot of the airport design is purely intended to make things as easy as possible. It’s also worth noting that Schiphol was designed as a “flower”, with the hub in the centre and then runways going in every different wind direction. Eventually, it was realised that this didn’t make for a cost effective and future proof design, so they decided to expand. As a result, multiple cities were removed just to be able to build the airport up.
The beauty of the Airport2Sim video collection is to try and give simmers, and to another extent pilots, a reason to try out Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and actually not feel so overwhelmed by the crazy taxi times, numerous routings and more.
The package is split into two parts: a 6-part video series and also a file package which contains GSX airport profile configurations settings and also a handy chart of which airlines park at which gate and with which aircraft. I’ll come onto the files shortly, but first I want to focus on the main attraction: the training videos.