• Review: London City X From Aerosoft

    London City Airport X

    Publisher: Aerosoft

    Review Author:
    Bill Stack

    Suggested Price:
    $16.99

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    London City Airport (EGLC) is a small yet important commercial airport near the financial district of London, England. Advertised as the only commercial airport within the city limits, London City's presence in the midst of urban London and only six nautical miles (11 kilometers) east of central London makes it perfect and popular for local use. The airport served 3 million passengers and handled 70,000 aircraft operations in 2012.

    Several airlines provide service between London City Airport and numerous cities throughout Europe and the British Isles. The airport has one trans-Atlantic flight to New York City by British Airways. The eastbound flights are nonstop. The westbound flights refuel in Shannon, Ireland, because they cannot take-off from London City with enough fuel.

    SCENERY LOCATION
    London City Airport by Aerosoft
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    Nearby Airports
    London City Airport by Aerosoft
    Airport Diagram
    (UK CAA)

    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    The airport's confined location between navigable waterways and shipping docks precludes taxiways and maintenance hangars, and it limits expansion. In lieu of taxiways, aircraft to taxi up and down the airport's only runway, which causes traffic congestion and ground-control headaches during peak hours. Routine maintenance is done elsewhere.

    While most urban airports preceded the urban developments around them, London City was conceived and designed within an established urban area in the 1980s as part of urban renewal.

    Operations are sharply limited because of the densely populated urban area around the airport. It is closed to all traffic overnight, and strict noise-abatement rules apply.

    The types of aircraft that can use London City are limited to short take-off and landing (STOL) because the lone runway is only 4,948 feet (1,508 meters) long. The largest airliners that can use London City are the BAE 146, the Embraer 190, and the Airbus A318, which is the smallest Airbus. Corporate aircraft such as the Beechcraft Super King Air and various business jets use London City frequently.

    The United Kingdom National Aeronautical Information Service says: "The [London City] aerodrome is not available for use by single-engine aircraft. Available to fixed-wing aircraft only. Recreational flying is not permitted. Single pilot operations are not permitted."

    Despite this airport's cramped quarters and unusual procedures, I found no mention of facility-related crashes here. The nose wheel of a British Airways Avro RJ-100 collapsed upon landing in February 2009, but officials said it resulted from poor aircraft maintenance. Some news reports call it a crash, while others others call it an emergency landing.

    On 31 July 2013, some passengers were removed from an aircraft headed to Geneva because it was deemed too heavy to take off from London City's short runway. Officials say this is a recurring problem "exacerbated by the recent heat wave." (Travel Agent Central)

    LONDON'S COMMERCIAL AIRPORTS

    Airport

    Runways

    Operations

    Passengers

    Heathrow

    2

    475,176

    70,037,417

    Gatwick

    2

    256,987

    34,235,982

    Stansted

    1

    143,511

    17,472,699

    London City

    1

    70,781

    3,016,664

    Source: Wikipedia
    Notes: Operations and passenger numbers are 2012

    6 Comments
    1. repaid22's Avatar
      repaid22 -
      Nice review.. however you state at the beginning that the SRP is 50 dollars when its around 15 dollars.

      Also having purchased London VFR, this airport is included. Anyone that has stuttering problems around this airport should turn EGLC_lights.BGL off in the scenery folder. Unless of course its been updated since then, which I doubt. I Have version 1.1 which seems current.
    1. flightman's Avatar
      flightman -
      Good review, though I'm not sure what Bill Stack's comment about what United Kingdom National Aeronautical Information Service does not say about incidents there has to do with an FSX product review. Just showing off your knowledge Bill?

      One major problem I can see from the screenshots, the AI aircraft are parked facing the wrong direction, 180 deg out in fact. The taxi markings look correct but aircraft alignment to them is wrong. Worse than the default FSX scenery which has them facing nose in. At least that's how the parking manoeuvre begins. In fact, aircraft taxi in at 90 deg to the terminal then turn right thru 135 deg to park facing approx north west, pointing away from the terminal. It seems a small point but will affect all AI aircraft movements. UK2000 London City scenery models does this properly, so probably worth the small extra cost.
    1. flyon's Avatar
      flyon -
      I kind of liked the background info provided, little factoids that I never knew about London City -like the daytime only operations and the info on the eastbound-westbound flights- but that's just me.

      The framerates for London in FSX are terrible, just like JFK New York. Do they improve in this version? Just curious...
    1. Woogey's Avatar
      Woogey -
      Quote Originally Posted by flightman View Post
      Good review, though I'm not sure what Bill Stack's comment about what United Kingdom National Aeronautical Information Service does not say about incidents there has to do with an FSX product review. Just showing off your knowledge Bill?
      I'm not sure what this real world airport has to do with this fake world airport? Everything. Bill gave us a very thorough description of the real world experience. Your above statement is necessary only in your own head, to fulfill your superiority complex. So you get my statement to you. I should have come up with a more clever name to call you, but that will do. Saying something like that, is almost like asking what the relevance a dangerous Airport approach briefing is..........before flying to Kai Tak.
    1. cosmicsync's Avatar
      cosmicsync -
      I had a pretty severe case of "sticker shock" when I saw the $49.99 suggested retail price. After reading repaid22's comment, I clicked the Buy link and saw that it is currently going to the A2A C172. That would explain the price. I suspect the forum software gets the price from whatever pilotshop page you link to.

      If you search for London City Airport X in the pilotshop you'll be taken to the proper page which shows a price of $16.99. If someone would correct that link in the review the price should be corrected and will not scare away potential buyers.
    1. flightman's Avatar
      flightman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Woogey View Post
      I'm not sure what this real world airport has to do with this fake world airport? Everything. Bill gave us a very thorough description of the real world experience. Your above statement is necessary only in your own head, to fulfill your superiority complex. So you get my statement to you. I should have come up with a more clever name to call you, but that will do. Saying something like that, is almost like asking what the relevance a dangerous Airport approach briefing is..........before flying to Kai Tak.
      Bill Stack complaining about the lack of special information in UK NAIS documents has nothing to do with this product review. If he was criticising Aerosoft's documentation then I could understand the comment. If UK NAIS don't see fit to include this specific incident information then it isn't relevant to real world operations, let alone simulator use. Is Bill reviewing London City X scenery or UK NAIS documents? I wouldn't expect a scenery review to contain airport briefing information. Maybe you would?

      I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just not a fan of Bill Stack's writing style.
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