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Pacific Islands Simulation Salt Lake City (KSLC) : The FSElite Review

Developer
Pacsim
Publisher
Pacsim
Price
$35
Version
1.0.0.0
Provided by
Pacsim
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Salt Lake City International Airport is the largest airport situated within the state of Utah. It primarily serves the population of Salt Lake City but is used by much of Utah outside of Salt Lake City. It is very much Utah’s gateway to the world. In total, the airport serves 2.5 million people within a 30 minute drive from the airport. The airport handles vast amounts of traffic with roughly 900 flights operating into and out of the airport everyday. In the year of 2015 the airport handled some 22.1 million passengers. The vast amount is vastly aided by the fact that the airport is a hub for both Delta Airlines and Delta Connection carrier, SkyWest Airlines. Salt Lake City serves as the 4th largest hub for Delta following behind airports such as Atlanta and New York’s JFK. The airport in relation to other airports within the US ranks it at the 15th busiest.

Pacific Islands Simulation (Pacsim) are a well known developer who have created multiple high quality sceneries for P3D and FSX. They have brought to us products including Manila and Taipei. Both airports that I have had the pleasure of being able to use within my sim and was very impressed. When I heard that Pacsim were developing Salt Lake City I was rather excited I have to admit. I am a big fan of flying within the United States so any opportunity to pick up a new airport is great for me. Even better when you can expect a high quality scenery from a great developer.

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Just Flight PA-28R Arrow III: The FSElite Review

Developer
Just Flight
Publisher
Just Flight
Price
€34.95
Version
1.10
Provided by
Just Flight
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Piper’s PA-28 Arrow III is part of the the iconic Cherokee family, battling the GA sky’s against its rival Cessnas 172. When I heard the team at Just Flight were working on the Ferrari of Cherokee’s, with it’s 200 hp fuel injected Lycoming engine humming at a maximum cruise speed 146 ktas over a range of 697 nm up to 15,000 feet, I couldn’t wait to trade up to something a little more sporty. I still held my reservations though, was this just another GA aircraft that will hold my attention for one or two flights? Or have the team at Just Flight done enough to make a permanent spot in my virtual hangar?

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Aerosoft Menorca X Evolution: The FSElite Review

Developer
Sim-wings
Publisher
Aerosoft
Price
€16.77
Version
1.04
Provided by
FSElite
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Recently we’ve seen a lot of new exciting scenery released for various islands across Europe. One that caught our attention is Aerosoft’s Menorca X Evolution. Aerosoft have always been well known in the European scenery development and rule the market when it comes to small islands and holiday destinations such as Madeira, Gibraltar and more. Today we take an in depth look in to the Sim-Wings/Aerosoft Menorca X scenery, available on the Aerosoft Store.

Don’t forget Menorca is now part of the Balearic Islands package enabling you to have access to all the islands for a reduced cost.

As the northern hemisphere leaves winter and approaches summer, there’s no better than short hops across the southern Europe to visit extraordinary holiday destination such as Ibiza, Madeira and more. Plan your flight, fire up your sim, sit back and relax because Aerosoft and its developers have you covered.

Menorca X Evolution is the successor to the original Menorca scenery released by Aerosoft. The “Evolution” part boasts improved performance, visuals and redefined photoscenery. Located within the Balearic Islands, a couple hundred kilometres off of the coast of Spain, Menorca is popular among tourists for its incredible beaches, serenity and peacefulness. Several airlines operate in and out of Menorca daily, ranging from small turboprops to 737s and A321s. Menorca airport (LEMH) has been dealing with increased traffic over the past years and has upgraded its runway to a  brand new 2550m (8370ft) runway, equipped with full Runway Approach Lighting, PAPIs as well as a CAT1 Instrument Landing System. So if the weather is bad, there’s no trouble getting in to the airport during low visibility. The small ramp area is modernised with jetways and large parking spaces fitting aircraft up to Boeing 747s. Approaching the airport from either side is stunning: from the south you fly over the marina and city, from the north you experience cliffs and lazure like water.

 

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Vidan Design Billund X (EKBI): The FSElite Review

Developer
Vidan Designs
Publisher
Vidan Designs
Price
€18.19
Version
1
Provided by
Vidan Designs
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Danish airports are some of the most popular in the flight sim community. Thanks to the beautiful terrain, challenging and varied weather as well as a huge variety of routes available. Various developers have created some masterpieces for some of Denmark’s biggest airports, yet some of the more mid-range airports have been left relatively untouched. Billund is one of those airports, and lucky for us, Vidan Designs have stepped up to the plate to create the Lego-founded airport.

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REX Worldwide Airports HD: The FSElite Review

Developer
REX Game Studios
Publisher
REX Game Studios
Price
$29.95
Version
5.1.2016.1212
Provided by
REX Game Studios
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REX Studios released an interesting product not long ago. Worldwide Airports HD! The goal of this product was to improve the textures of Default Airports. Now they have improved textures of airports before, Mostly in the surface and marking department. This addon however set out to improve the building textures of default airports. To quote their own feature list, “Give all default airports the payware treatment.” A very ambitious project indeed, and a really good idea. Since it was 10 years ago some of you may not remember that moving from FS9 to FSX, airport buildings saw a massive texture upgrade. But now those textures do feel a bit lacking when compared to dedicated scenery addons. So if this addon truly accomplishes what it sets out to do; Then it will surely be a must have addon.
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Airline2Sim PMDG 777 Cadet Program: The FSElite Review

Developer
Airline2Sim
Publisher
Airline2Sim
Price
$39.99
Version
Initial Release
Provided by
Airline2Sim
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The PMDG 777 is on the best aircraft available for flightsim. Without a doubt, it’s got excellent features, a stellar virtual cockpit and it performs extremely well. One of the best features of it is how easy it is to get to grips with. You can be on the runway one minute and cruising at FL350 before you know it. It’s a great aircraft for those long hauls, and airlines even use them for short hops. Whilst this is great, the depth that PMDG have covered is often overlooked. And it’s not a surprise when the manual is as large as it is (not the introduction manual, the FCOM itself). Quite simply, as a study level sim, this documentation will tell you everything you need to know, however, as everyone learns at different paces in a variety of ways, this is where Airline2Sim steps in. This review will be a little different as instead of reviewing something designed to be used in the sim, this has been designed to used alongside as a tool to not only get to grips with the PMDG 777, but to master it.

Some of you may know Airline2Sim from their brilliant Dash 8 Q400 Package programs. Both of them covered absolutely everything you needed to know about the excellent plane by Majestic. It was delivered in a way unique to the flightsim community and put you in the shoes of a real pilot taking you through various situations to really test your skills. The PMDG 777 Cadet Program is the same. Throughout the 20+ hours of content over 24 videos, you’ll shown challenging approaches, short hops, night flying and even dealing with a rejected take off. Each scenario you’re put in is different, and you’ll exploring the world as you go. This is important as it keeps the content varied and allows simmers from all around the world to have their own territory covered.

Each episode is narrated by Ben. Throughout your journey from cadet to full-fledged pilot, Ben plays the role of you – the simmer. As I watched, I found myself wondering the reason why the plane did something or why that was a specific procedure. The problem of course with pre-recorded video is that you can’t ask those questions. However, it felt like Ben was right there in the room with me as he was asking those questions on my behalf. It sounds odd, but then I realised: this is the point. This is why Ben is there – to be you; the viewer. His inquisitive nature and passion for learning is a perfect fit for this type of production. Instead of a single person talk you through the procedures, Ben is there to put the speed brakes on and ensure that not only you know WHAT is happening, but also asking the questions so you understand WHY it is the way it is. Any trainer will tell you the why is just as important as ‘the what’ for people to fully understand and comprehend what is going on.

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Taxi2Gate Charles de Gaulle: The FSElite Review

Developer
Taxi2Gate
Publisher
Taxi2Gate
Price
EUR26.99 (+VAT)
Version
Initial Release
Provided by
FSElite
We want to ensure that you make the most informed decision you can. We will always put the Simmer First as per our Community Charter. When reading, please use of Review Guidelines to help you understand how we review products.

We are aware there have been some updates to the scenery and are currently testing them.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in France, the worlds eighth-busiest airport handling 65,766,986 passengers in 2015. It is also Europe’s second-busiest airport after London Heathrow in terms of passenger numbers. Charles de Gaulle is located 25 km to the northeast of Paris among several communes. It was named after Charles de Gaulle the leader of the Free French Forces during World War II and serves as the principal hub for Air France as well as a European hub for Delta Air Lines. The airport its self is huge covering 32.38 square kilometres (12.50 sq mi), which includes 6 communities in France. Daily departures and arrivals include France, Sweden, Germany, Asia, Brazil and the US. Charles de Gaulle airport offers four runways from 2,700m to 4,200m to accommodate aircraft ranging from GA to Boeing 777.

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RFSceneryBuilding Turin-Caselle Airport (LIMF): The FSElite Review

Turin Caselle Airport is one of their latest scenery packs to be developed for the Flight Sim community by RFscenerybuilding. The airport is located 16km north-northwest of the city of Turin in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. The airfield opened in 1953 on the site of a WWII air base and has seen many renovations in preparation for several major sporting events which thrust the Turin into the limelight. In both 2007 and 2008 the airport won the ACI Europe Best Airport Awards in the category 1-5 million passengers. The airfield has one runway designated as 18/36 with a total length of 10,827ft. Runway 36 is equipped with Cat III-B ILS to help with those low visibility approaches.

The airport caters for many airlines including cargo operators. To name but a few Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, easyJet, KLM and Lufthansa respectively. You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding a carrier for your simulated flights.

Passenger figures through the past five years have been steadily increasing, in 2015 the airport was visited by 3,666,582 people from all over Europe. All of this ensures that many people will benefit from flying here within the Sim.


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Jetstream Designs Milano Linate: The FSElite Review

Developer
Jetstream Designs
Publisher
Jetstream Designs
Price
€20
Version
1.0.0
Provided by
FSElite
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On 7 km from the city of Milan lies an airport officially named Airport Enrico Forlanini, more commonly known as Milano Linate (LIML). Developer Jetstream Designs have recently released their rendition of this relatively small airport. So let’s take a look at it with this FSElite review.

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UK2000 Manchester V2: The FSElite Review

Developer
UK2000 Scenery
Publisher
UK2000 Scenery
Price
£16.99
Version
1.0.0
Provided by
UK2000 Scenery
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It hasn’t been too long ago since UK2000, known for making amazing British scenery packages, released their Manchester addon. This addon is a complete overhaul from the previous version and is thus appropriately named version 2. So was this the overhaul Manchester deserved? And does it stack up to its competitors? Let’s find out!

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