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When I'm flying, a very unrealistic airport kind of hurts my whole realism experience in the sim. And nearly every P3D/FSX streamer or youtuber, channels big or small, seem to have payware scenery for every flight. I only have one payware airport and it seems slightly unreasonable to spend the $20 to 30$ per airport on each flight. Now using REX helps with the unrealistic taxiways or runways at the airport but the buildings are a very big part in this and they are usually extremely blurry for me. Of course this is an investment in the hobby but is it often that people buy new sceneries?

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I've spent about $1000 on various FSX related equipment (peripherals and add-ons) and I've yet to buy a single airport scenery program. I do have a very full hangar of planes I enjoy flying and I have spent a fair amount of money with ORBX and Rex but never on just an airport.

Disclaimer - I did buy REX's Airport HD scenery add-on which included a free KSLC.

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I believe I bought one or two, years ago.  Just not worth it to me when I can spend money on other software and toys.  After all, taxiing in and out is limited funr.  I do buy texture programs such as REX HD to get runways, taxiways,  etc looking good along with terrain.  They do make and sell a lot of them, so it is worthwhile to many.

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i don't buy an airport for every flight, although i might if i had more $$$.

i probably have around 20-30 freewares and another 20-30 payware airports installed at the moment.. i do generally plan my flights to either start or end at one of those but i also fly to default ones quite a bit.

i do tend to buy ones that are in places i like to fly frequently already, and/or ones that just look amazing (the jarrad marshall orbx ones are a particular favorite). i also tend to get them on sale, you can get a lot cheaper than $20-30 if you keep an eye on the specials. i think most of my orbx stuff was bought during their holiday sales over the years..

some of the freewares are of very high quality, there's a lot of solid airports in russia on avsim.ru and the airports of norway package is great too. http://www.freewarescenery.com/ has an insane amount of links.

i tend to avoid the huge, super polished airports as my machine is pretty old and doesn't perform so well with them, plus it invites OOM problems.

cheers,

-andy crosby

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I have literally hundreds of them accumulated, all over the world.  For me, flying a finely crafted add-on airplane from/to a fuzzy default airport is like having a steak dinner served on the lid of a garbage can. 

Regards

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More often than I thought I would.

When I restarted flight simming last year I didn't think I'd be buying any airports. (flying is the thing, right?) Then I purchased REX Airports HD. It resurfaces and pretties up all the airports. Very nice.

Then, I thought: wouldn't it be nice to have a base airport to fly out of? Proper gates and airport markings and so on. This led to needing a base to fly in to.

Then I wanted to do some island hopping and FlyTampa's Maarten Complete filled that. (very nice indeed)

Anyway, it has kept on that way and now I have quite a few payware airports and enjoy them all. It really completes the experience, for me.

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This is actually a topic I know something about (probably the only one...lol).

So ir's been my experience that seasoned online pilots often have a ton of airport scenery.  It's important for the over all immersion level and interaction with other pilots/controllers.  Scenery purchases seem to go up in the weeks prior to a large event.  Offline guys seem to usually start off purchasing scenery for their home or favorite airports, and they slowly branch out after they get a little bored flying between what they already have. By comparison, the online guys seem to buy the most airport scenery. Of course there are always exceptions to this.

Personally, I have a gazillion airport sceneries (as do the guys I've flown with for years) as I truly love flying VATSIM events, and like you I'm a nut for immersion.

Now, something which may have passed under your radar is the somewhat new product from REX called REX Worldwide Airports HD.  It's a TERRIFIC product that provides HD replacement textures for default airport textures. Update your AFCAD for the airport, and use the REX WWA HD textures and you'll increase your immersion level substantially.  REX is also slowly producing replacement textures for 40 FSX Enhanced Airports - the first was Salt Lake and it rivals (or may even be better) than the recently released PACSIM KSLC.

My very best wishes to you!

 

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I also have a whole lot of add on airport scenery (FSDT, Flight Beam, FlyTampa, Taxi2Gate, Tropical Sim, Latin VFR, ImagineSim, and others that I just can't recall at the moment.) and I enjoy the immersion.  I don't fly into stock airports, well, maybe I do on a rare occasion. 

I am definitely anxious to see how REX's Worldwide Airports HD - 40 FSX Enhanced Airports look, and I am hoping they will be P3D compatible.

Prices for payware airports are not bad, at all, considering what you get. 

To OP - be careful if you buy one, as this reminds me of the old Lays Potato Chip commercial which says, "Bet you can't eat just one!"  I'll bet you won't be satisfied with just one, or two, heck or even 3 good airports. :laugh:

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39 minutes ago, w6kd said:

I have literally hundreds of them accumulated, all over the world.  For me, flying a finely crafted add-on airplane from/to a fuzzy default airport is like having a steak dinner served on the lid of a garbage can. 

Regards

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I think many people buy tons of airports, especially at the beginning, then taper off and become increasingly more selective as they begin to realize how many of them they only fly to a few times and then pretty much forget they even have them. :laugh:

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I have more payware airports than I thought I did.

 

I love the sight of a complex airport and it really deepens the immersion (for me). So far I have all FB and several of FSDT stuff as well as T2G and LatinVFR. The airport sceneries are pricey (for what you get), but I'm in it for immersion and therefore I have to pony up.

 

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Not really sure I get the point of this question...

 

How often do people buy beer? Shirts? Games? Baseball cards?

 

You will probably find as many answers as people there are...

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Save your money by finding an aircraft you enjoy flying, and routes you enjoy flying and stick to it. Say buy the PMDG NGX and fly Southwest routes in the west of America with FSDT/Flightbeam airports. That can keep you entertained for a while.

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I probably buy too much, maybe 3-5 payware airports per month!.

Cheers, Ed

 

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I've had days when i bought 20 in one day. The sale seasons...

But now i'm much more picky. Now, that i nearly have them all. %)

Flightsimming can become an addiction.

Like anything else.

And is it the worst, most painfull addiction?

No.

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If I fly into that airport in real life, then I will see if a reputable seller has developed it, then usually wait for it to go on sale.

 

If not, there are some good free AFCAD on this site.

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I only have 2 payware airports.They are Imaginesim Pudong and Bridge ZGGG. I'm a Beijing-based guy and I have a free AFCAD for ZBAA.Buying payware airports is not necessary since there's a lot of good AFCADs for free.Don't forget to buy REX worldwide airports HD,which enhances all default airports and AFCAD airports.

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I think like most folk, when I started simming 19 years ago, I went over the top buying Airports to go with the Scenery.  Becomes a bit of a "money pit" if you aren't careful.

Rarely purchase any nowadays outside of the UK.  Happy with my UK2000 collection, alongside Scotflight offerings. 

Only use ORBX for US and Aus/NZ.  Stopped buying their airports as they got more complex.  Great creations that they are, I am not really interested in watching the grass grow or Butterflies dance around.

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Buying payware airports is not necessary since there's a lot of good AFCADs for free.

AFCAD files do not improve the number/quality of buildings/textures/markings/clutter objects/miscellaneous details at airports. If you want a virtual airport to look like a real world airport, then you need to buy payware airports (or install very good quality freeware versions).

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Nothing like having proper airport scenery with the correct markings, gates, and features clearly defined. As was mentioned by many, I really agree it ruins a flight when you land and those distinctions are missing or are inaccurate. 

That said though, 20-30$ airports while may not seem much at first, if you get a few it really adds up fast. If they were even cheaper Id probably be sucked into buying even more which would probably supercede previous sum totals. 

But at least its an aspect of simming that keeps some devs in business, and grows the hobby further. Not a requirement to buy them, but as with any hobby it really enhances your main purpose.

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In all my simmer life I bought 7 scenery add-ons, two for fs5 and 4 for MSFS / P3D starting with fs9.

Presently I only have ORBX FTX Global installed and plan to upgrade my Madeira X to the recently released upgrade.

Reason is not other than avoiding lower fps or OOMs in my old rig and in the still 32 bit platform that P3D is.

When I was using X-Plane 10 and 11, I used a lot more of airport sceneries, all for free :-)

I bought one scenery area for AEFS2.

I bought Nevada for DCS World.

If those also count, I bought BoM and BoK for IL2 Battle of - The Best Flight Simulator I ever used :-)

 

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I collect several airports for a certain region, I like to fly in, ending up with several routes I can fly in that region with like 7 or 8 airports. I've got quite a few in PNW, but that's my first go-to place for VFR. Then I got a rounte from England, over the Netherlands, north of Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Vidan's Denmark airports are around 10-15 bucks each and Dutch airports are free, from NL2000. Then I've got several bigger airports I use with the Dash8, Boeings and Concorde.

And not everything has to be payware, there are plenty of very nice freeware airports to get. Like I said NL2000 and OZx has some great airports for Australia, I've also found several or Canada.

It's like a growing collection. When I land at some place once, I'm not going to buy an airport for it, but if it turns out I like the route, over time I will likely buy one or more airports.

Or like with ORBX, if you buy a region, a lot of smaller airports already have been customised. Then there are the Global freeware airports that fill in quite a few already and on top of that, if you buy an airport every now and then, you end up with a nice collection for a reasonable amount of money.

And everyone does this in their own way, some are active collectors, while others just get a few important airports along their steady routes.

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I find that certain iconic airports that I have flown into numerous times IRL really need to be payware for me to maintain the realsim. I say iconic on a subjective basis because of course everyone's opinion is different. For example, flying into Dubai just wouldn't be the same to me without the Burj Khalifa and world islands, plus of course the distinctive shaped terminals, whereas others could care less I suppose. I don't just buy every release, there needs to be a reason or personal interest in that airport. Otherwise P3D default and REX world airports suits me fine. 

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I have Hundreds invested in pay ware airports but have stopped using the heavy drag ones mostly COUTI powered. True defaults textures may not be pretty but neither are single digit FPS, missing runway and taxiway markings, and building textures because my system is over loaded with excess scenery. With default plus REX Wide World OF Airports I can move my scenery sliders up and get just as impressive eye candy. As others have said there are plenty of good free ware works. I now use that airport money for other things.   

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I'm afraid to count!  I rarely fly into a default destination.

payware airports fall into two categories for me:

1) major hubs or airports that I will otherwise fly into a lot.  These are usually day one, full price purchases.

2) Airports that are interesting, somewhere I will fly into occasionally, but don't otherwise fall into the above category.  These airports I buy on sale.  That's why I think it's really important for developers to have sales, otherwise there's a whole swath of airports i'll never buy, and they'll never get my money for.  Flytampa KBUF is a great example for me in this category 

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