Most of you by now will be aware of the outstanding products that Orbx have produced, and if you don’t what rock have you been hiding under? Orbx have focused on Australia to start with, but they are branching out to other parts of the world, With USA’s Pacific Northwest next in line for the Orbx treatment.
For those of you not familiar with the Orbx products, they comprise of four different areas of Australia and specific airports which are being added all the time. The four specific areas cover the ground texture and autogen for FSX, and the airports focus on the airports and their surrounds. I will be covering four of Orbx’s latest released airports.
Installation and Documentation
Orbx have used a rather unobtrusive copy protection system that helps to minimize piracy without being too much of a pain for the user. When you purchase the product, you get the download links for the installer and an email which has your registration details. When the installer has finished downloading, it is a simple matter of running the installer, it will check the download file, and start the installation process.
As you work your way through the various screens you will be asked to enter the registration details included in your email, this is only time you will be asked for these when installing, and as long as the details are correct the installer will continue and install the product. I have Flight Sim installed in a different location to the default, and the Orbx installer found the non default location without any prompting from me.
Once installed you will have the configuration panel for the airport and the manual installed on your desktop. If you have purchased the regions (Red, Blue, Gold, Yellow, all highly recommend) and installed the service pack 3, you will have the orb control panel, through this you can run the airport configuration and view the manual.
The manual includes a brief history of the airport, some tips on settings and usage to get the best performance out of your computer and airport.
Also included with Cessnock is the Orbx Aero utility; this is a little utility that changes the texture options at airports for all of FSX. I won’t go any further into this as James Culleton’s Tamworth Review covers this very well.
Caloundra airport is located on the east coast of Australia, about an hour’s drive from Brisbane, South East Queensland. Caloundra airport is a small GA field which has a thriving aero motive industry based on the airport.
Included is the full town of Caloundra, which having done lots of deliveries in the town with my real world job, I can attest it is spot on. The airport ground texture is rendered in 15/60cm per pixel, also included is a GA traffic file which adds some nice local traffic. And to top it off there is 120kms of photo real ground texture, water mapping and a sound pack.
Cessnock is situated in the Central Coast of New South Wales a short flight to Warnervale and Aeropelican. This airport covers 120sq km of photo real ground work at 60cm/pixel it also includes custom sounds of the township of Cessnock.
Avalon is set in Melbourne, Victoria, and is Melbourne’s second major passenger airport. It is also home to Qantas’s secondary training and maintenance base. Avalon air show is held at this airport every two years, and is the major event for Australia; this air show attracts visiting aircraft from around the world. This airport includes 30sq km of photo real ground texture.
Avalon Air show mode is included in this product, you activate the air show mode by using the control panel, and this must be done before FSX is running. Once you have activated the air show mode, the airport will be depicted as it would be with an air show in progress.
Warnervale airport is locates in native bush land on the central coast of New South Wales and is within a short flight of Aeropelican, Cessnock and Coffs Harbour.
The airport includes 57sq km of photo real ground textures sampled at 15/30/60cm/pixel, it also has its own traffic that uses the airport, the local township of Wyong and VFR landmarks to aid navigation in the area. It also has custom night lighting for the airport.
Summary / Closing Remarks
It is hard to write words to describe scenery products, I feel that pictures do much more to portray the product; this is why this review is light on words. One thing I will say is that these airports really do need to have the Orbx base packs installed to get the best out of the entire area, and these pictures are taken with the SP3 DVD (which contains all the base packs) installed.
It is hard to find anything negative to say about these airports as everything is well placed, they look accurate and gives you a real feel of being there.
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