Dillingham is located on the north shore of the island of Oahu near the unincorporated town of Waialua. Most flights to Dillingham Airfield (IATA: HDH / ICAO: PHDH) are general aviation, originating at Dillingham Airfield for skydiving or glider operations. It is primarily used as a recreation facility, a base for glider soaring, hang-gliding, parachuting and sky jumping. Military operations consist largely of night operations for night vision training.
That is a nice introduction, but did you have any idea of the existence of this airfield?
I didn't have any idea and probably not many other flight simmers either. Nonetheless, the Aerosoft scenery is awesome. When you’re able to add it to MegaSceneryX of Hawaii, I can tell you (and you will see it in this review), the result is so realistic that before you know it, you'll be buying a ticket to Hawaii to see it with your own eyes.
Let us have a closer look into Hawaii. The State of Hawaii is an archipelegic U.S. state located in the Central Pacific, south of Alaska, north of Tahiti, and 2,300 miles (3,700 km) from the continental United States. The state encompasses nearly the entirety of the volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which is made up of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). Of these, the eight largest islands are considered the "main islands" and are located at the southeastern end of the archipelago. In order from the northwest to southeast, they are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and Hawaii. The last is by far the largest, and is very often called the "Big Island" or "Big Isle" to avoid confusion with the state.
The state was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959, making it the 50th state. Its capital is located in its largest city, Honolulu. The most recent census puts its population at 1,211,537
Installation and Documentation
Known from Aerosoft, the installation process is straightforward and doesn’t need any additional information. Guided via several windows, you easily install the DillinghamX scenery and at the end, it is added to the scenery library. In other words, you don’t need to do anything!
Since it is only available as a download, we do not have any additional booklets but we do have an Acrobat file. It contains 9 pages, but all the relevant information needed for this airfield is there. It seems that Aerosoft has a new small scenery/airport developer – Bill Womack- who is responsible for the making of this product. Apart from the fact that it is a very small unknown airfield, the quality it incredible!
Ok, back to the manual. It contains the usual things like the history of this airfield, actual airfield information but probably more important, on page 7 is “Settings & Frame rates”.
Aerosoft give us the following advices to get the best result.
More in the manual is not really needed, since the airfield is simple and uncomplicated. There is no large traffic operation, no huge passenger terminal or other stuff. So, let's check out how it really looks and how it was before ….
Before going into depth, let us first have a look to several screenshots of what you can expect in this scenery.
Although it is a local glider airfield which, under certain conditions is also used by the US Air Force, it is full of details ranging from static airplanes, gliders, buildings, trees, bushes, lost history parts and so on. Probably more important is what effect does this have on the FPS. Of course, there is an impact since it contains so much more then the default FSX version but with an average FSX setting, those FPS's are not bad. I reached between 15-18 FPS on the ground but that depends of course on your actual FSX settings and your PC.
This gives us an impression of what Aerosoft’s airport scenery is offering. Of course, on their detailed Dillingham website, other pictures are available as well as pictures in combination with MegaSceneryX Hawaii.
By closely looking at all of the above pictures, I am impressed about certain details. The cars in picture II and IX look very realistic. Ok, not from one-meter distance but that is not fair. We do not do that even with airplanes.
Although looking at public toilets is not my favorite activity, picture XII shows very clearly what you are looking at, a highly digital picture of a toilet building. What do you think about the real FSX Piper Cub in front of the hangar (picture IV), which meets a virtual Piper Cub sitting in the hangar? This time even the virtual, non AI Piper Cub looks very realistic and the differences are minor. One last specific detail is the fuel station. It is so sharp and accurate that it could be a real picture.
Default airfield Dillingham?
So how does DillinghamX look compared to the default FSX scenery? Oops, that is shocking when looking at the default FSX pictures.
We have seen that Microsoft’s default scenery is far from reality. That is not new because it was already like that in FS2004 and even before. In addition, FSX is far from that. It depends a little where you are on this globe, but generally it has nothing to do with the real world. Mountains are missing, landscapes sometimes looks odd and airports are very far from the reality. That is the same as we have seen from the ground with the default airfield Dillingham.
As every flight simmer has done; when you bought the software, you directly install it. In other words, you did not have any idea how Dillingham was before as default FSX scenery and believe me, that is shocking! That is what we have seen before but how is it during flight conditions and what about when we add MegaSceneryX Hawaii to it?
Ok, MegaSceneryX Hawaii has nothing to do with this review, but I would like to give you an idea what will be different when you have this package as well. I can tell you already, if you intend to purchase Aerosoft DillinghamX airfield scenery, think seriously about adding it to MegaSceneryX Hawaii (if you have it). It makes it all complete!
Be aware that the following pictures are taken with a double screen setup. That means the original pictures are 3200x1200 pixels.
Google Earth versus Aerosoft’s DillinghamX
Let us see or compare, if you wish, this Aerosoft scenery with actual Google Earth pictures.
I can tell you
and you can see it for yourself, that a lot of work and effort
has been put into this scenery to get it as
real as possible.
Better than Google Earth is not possible unless you want to make your own picture but still, it is not an easy job. Using Google Earth is something we see more and more when it covers a complete scenery area. That is what Aerosoft is writing as well; DillinghamX not only covers the airport/airfield itself, but also the particular area around it.
Summary / Closing Remarks
When comparing the default FSX Dillingham airfield with Aerosoft’s DillinghamX scenery, we can only conclude that it is a worthy product. However, comparing sceneries or objects like these are generally a struggle. When we are honest, we need to ask ourselves if we really need an add-on scenery in relation to a specific quality.
When you are a favorite of the Hawaiian area or are living there, then I can tell you it is absolutely worth your money and especially in combination with MegaSceneryX Hawaii. When you just want to have it for fun, it’s up to you to decide.
What Aerosoft has created is awesome, and let's be honest with that. Although it is a very small, simple airfield without any jetways, passenger busses and carts driving around etc, it looks very realistic, with lots of details, nice looking trees and bushes and perfect looking cars. With all of that in mind, it makes it a good product.
I hope that there will soon be an offered package/bundle, which includes Aerosoft’s DillinghamX and MegaSceneryX Hawaii. That would be great!
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