Orbx Announces Detroit Airport for XPL12 and MSFS

Detroit Airport will be Orbx's biggest airport project to date.

A new group of indie developers at Orbx have banded together in order to create Detroit Metropolitan Airport (KDTW) which will be released in the new year for X-Plane 12.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport has 6 runways, spreads across 4,850 acres and features a huge amount of terminal structure, which makes it the biggest airport ever developed for Orbx. The airport will initially release in the new year for X-Plane 12 and then come to Microsoft Flight Simulator afterwards.

The airport will come with custom mesh, detailed hangar interiors, high-definition ground service equipment, accurate night lighting and more. Through the use of the SAM plug-in for X-Plane, hangar doors will be openable, jetways will be implemented and lighting effects will be toggleable.

Below are some previews from the X-Plane 12 version of the airport.

Orbx also announced that alongside the Microsoft Flight Simulator version, a Detroit City Pack is in the works, alongside Coleman A. Young International Airport (KDET).


  • Detailed and accurate hangar interiors
  • Custom mesh for XP and MSFS
  • Fully custom and high-definition GSE and static elements.
    • All liveries and vehicle types are IRL, and not from a “generic” library.
  • Toggleable hangar lighting effects in XP through SAM plug-in.
  • Openable hangar doors in XP through SAM plug-in.
  • Hangar door animations in MSFS relating to weather and date/time.
  • Highly accurate terminal interiors 100% custom airport lighting
  • Custom SAM jetways (XPlane)

You can read more about it over on the Orbx forums.

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