I promise this will be the last time I cover anything related to Bristol Airport for the foreseeable future. I have already reviewed Pilot Plus’ Bristol Airport on X-Plane and also UK2000 Scenery’s rendition on Prepar3D. Suffice to say neither really blew me out of the water, but both provided a solid experience for their respective platforms. Now, we have the airport on the same platform by both developers. When this happened, I had a huge number of requests to make a head to head comparison of them both. These requests have brought me back to my home airport yet again, pitting relatively new developer Pilot Plus against the established UK2000 Scenery on Prepar3D only.
Release date: 15th May 2020
Price: $34.95 AUD (approximately £19.24)
Release date: December 4th 2019
Store: UK2000 Scenery
Both airports are fully compatible with Prepar3D v5 through their installer. However, as Pilot Plus is now a partner of Orbx, you get the advantage of using their incredible Orbx Central to download, update and install the product. It’s a huge breath of fresh air compared to the archaic process of installing UK2000 Scenery. With Orbx Central, you can simply install with one-click, UK2000 Scenery on the other hand, requires you to install the airport, along with a common objects library and other files.
In normal circumstances, the tried and tested method of installing products isn’t all that bad, but when directly comparing it to the system Orbx has in place for their partner products, it just reminds you how good it could be. This makes me hope that more developers join the Orbx partnership program just to pass on the ease of installation to the customer.