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This airport is the destination of many US Air Force recruits on their way to bootcamp at Lackland AFB.

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Ah yes...I thought I might spice things up a bit with some military traffic - there are "Mil Cargo" parking places everywhere!

What are the likely visitors?

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My understanding is the recruits arrive on commercial flights and are placed on busses for the trip to Lackland. Someone with a better working knowledge of the process may be able to add a sharper focus though.

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Looks good but I just wonder if anyone else feels like me about the price of this addon? It retails for EUR 29.74 (about US$ 40) at SImmarket, which seems a little steep for what would certainly not be considered a mega-airport by any means, and the FSX version has to be bought separately, adding significantly to the cost if you run both platforms!

 

Great however to see new products being developed for FS9 but I suspect this one, because of it's price, may be a niche offering.

 

Bill

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Looks good but I just wonder if anyone else feels like me about the price of this addon? It retails for EUR 29.74 (about US$ 40) at SImmarket, 

 

 

 

That's the "taxable" price; without VAT it's more like $31.50 USD, which is high but not uncommon for other new release sceneries from them, like Shanghai, which is still the same price as Austin.  I'll probably get it, as there's not a lot of payware stuff available for the Central time zone.  

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That's the "taxable" price; without VAT it's more like $31.50 USD, which is high but not uncommon for other new release sceneries from them, like Shanghai, which is still the same price as Austin.  I'll probably get it, as there's not a lot of payware stuff available for the Central time zone.

 

Unfortunately many of us have to pay VAT!!

 

I can accept that Shanghai might be more expensive as it is a much larger airport than KAUS and therefore would require more development effort, but it does seem to me that recently there has been significant increase in asking prices by a number of developers, not always seemingly justified by the size of the airport they are selling.

 

Bill

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but it does seem to me that recently there has been significant increase in asking prices by a number of developers, not always seemingly justified by the size of the airport they are selling.

 

Perhaps it is not up to them.  Maybe simMarket et al sets the price ... remember they need to get their pound of flesh as well.

 

I agree however greed appears to be a motivator today.

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ImagineSim's products aren't bad, but I think they're asking too much.  There's other designers who give you a lot more detail and quality for your money.  I'm glad we have the freedom to choose.

 

Mike

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Hi fellow simmers, I just wanted to chime in about KAUS, I live about 30 miles from this airport and will probably get this one when it comes down in price. I wanted to add why Austin is a destination for some people.

 

Its the Capital of Texas

 

U.T. football--Hookem horns lol

 

South by Southwest Music event

 

Music Capital, ie 6th street, 

 

Austin city limits tv show, and many more things to do, but i don't want to seem like i am bragging lol.

 

 

 

 

 

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It looks nice.  I hope they make KPHX being as there is nothing good available of payware quality.

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It looks nice.  I hope they make KPHX being as there is nothing good available of payware quality.

 

Me too, especially since their predecessor outfit made a scenery for PHX long ago.  I have the FlightBeam version for FSX, which is great, but unfortunately that's not my heavy-iron sim at the moment.  I do enjoy the Mach1 scenery for FS9 however, as that's one of their best efforts, and very nearly payware quality.

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I thought I might spice things up a bit with some military traffic
...and so I did, by butchering one of the MAIW packs.

The PC-12s are called U28A in USAF parlance, apparently.

 

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The somewhat austere look of the place is somewhat explained: until 20 years ago, it was called Bergstrom Air Force Base. It was closed down, and and so was Austin's civilian airport Robert Mueller Municipal Airport.

The civvies came to the made-over Austin–Bergstrom International Airport KAUS (if I understand Wikipedia correctly)

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I took the plunge, and it's pretty competently done.

Can't think why you'd want to go to this airport, other than to (virtually) see the Lewis 'n Nico show next weekend!

 

I have not bought the scenery but I'll be there to witness the Nico and Lewis battle. Hoping Lewis wins the WDC.

 

Sorry for the off topic.  ^_^

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Odds are he will.

He's pumped up, totally motivated, and on a roll.

 

Back at the airport, I removed the sneaky little GA traffic file

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator 9\Imagine Simulation\KAUS Austin 2014 FS2004\scenery\traffic_imaginesimKAUS.bgl"

since the Mooneys and C172's were taking up too many arrival slots.

Also removed every second GA parking row to make room for my UGA Gulfstreams, and the like.

 

Also, a few helipads for the Flight1 AI helos (small altitude tweak needed I see)

 

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Much better.

Add a little live KAUS ATC from LiveATC.net... quite a nice little play, with the arsenal of toys available to the casual FS9 simmer.

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I have not bought the scenery but I'll be there to witness the Nico and Lewis battle. Hoping Lewis wins the WDC.

 

Sorry for the off topic.  ^_^

I am flying in on Friday.  Just did GA passes this year but think I have some pit passes coming :)  Let's go Lewis!  

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This airport is the destination of many US Air Force recruits on their way to bootcamp at Lackland AFB.

Lackland is in San Antonio. I flew into San Antonio when I went. Don't know why they would bus them all that distance when the airport in San Antonio is so close. I think you are incorrect.

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Lackland is in San Antonio. I flew into San Antonio when I went. Don't know why they would bus them all that distance when the airport in San Antonio is so close. I think you are incorrect.

Then I stand corrected.

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Just a couple more - there's quite a nice B737 hop to be made from Taxi2gate's Orlando to here.

Now that my TDS panel is fixed, the Boeing MAX looks good on the ground as well.

On which topic, the docking system is unusual and nicely done, with green/amber/red getting you exactly on the spot.

 

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And, from a cockpit perspective, very convincing apron drainage channels!

 

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I'm torn.  I lived 35 years in Texas and have a Sister-in-Law living in the Austin area.  I've traveled dozens of times between Dallas and Austin.  The airport looks well-done ...... but $30 U.S. well-done?  I just don't know.  That's a lot of money at this stage of my life to spend on a secondary airport.  I just can't pull the trigger on it yet.

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I just can't pull the trigger on it yet.

 

I'm in the same boat gwillmot.  

 

I have a feeling Cal and several other developers will be nervously awaiting the sales figures and possibly drawing the conclusion that FS9 is dead; whereas the truth is the price asked for the lesser airport they elected to develop, is the main culprit.  :mad:

 

In the same vein I wonder whether the forthcoming Prestwick will be successful for Gary outside the UK?

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Maybe the higher price is because it's for FS9? I have heard other developers say that it cost more to make scenery for FS9 and that's why they stopped making FS9 scenery.

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I have a feeling Cal and several other developers will be nervously awaiting the sales figures and possibly drawing the conclusion that FS9 is dead; whereas the truth is the price asked for the lesser airport they elected to develop, is the main culprit. :mad:

 

Why is Austin a "lesser airport"?  Not a major hub, sure, but "lesser"?  There are some of us who really, really appreciate having more well done regional airports and who are willing to pay for them if they're good.

 

Good regional airports are always going to attract a smaller audience than a major hub will, so they're going to require somewhat higher prices.  I'm OK with that in order to get more and better regionals, which are the airports I'm more interested in.

 

Will give this one a serious look.

 

Scott

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Not a major hub, sure, but "lesser"?

 

Scott you have answered your own question, by definition.

 

I have most of the payware airports developed for FS9,  Major, minor/lesser/regional ... most of them.   Now on a fixed income I have to be more selective on what I purchase for my hobby/pastime/obsession.  At the moment I am hanging out for Beijing, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur and Warsaw,  all majors and the last remaining for FS9; since I am a world flyer rather than a regional/country/continental one.  

 

My wish list at simMarket presently includes a smattering of lesser airports at lesser prices, I would add, than Cal is charging for Austin.  Now I realise Cal, and Gary,  are essentially one man bands and entitled to a fair return on their investment in time and effort.  So are many other developers.

 

In the case of the forthcoming Prestwick, for example,  UK2000 normally charge a little less for regionals ... fair enough.  But why would I buy that when Ryanair, Prestwick's sole airline, is moving its operations to Glasgow in preference following the recent nationalisation of Prestwick?  It's going to be a cargo-only airport shortly and therefore less attractive to acquire unless cargo is your sole interest.

 

Also all things are relative.  Austin's 'measly' 10 million passengers see it 36th in the USA but would place it as the 5th busiest airport in the UK.   :rolleyes:

 

In the end, as ever,  "you pays your money,  you make your choice."

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