Flying Free in Microsoft Flight Simulator Part 2
By Adrian McCormick
Hello again and welcome to anotherFlying Free article for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
In this second piece, I am again sharing my thoughts on threesuperb items which I think you will thoroughly enjoy. Since my lastarticle here at FlightSim.Com, Microsoft Flight Simulator has beenthrough several changes, and I must say for the better. Like many inthe community, the updates were highly welcomed and gratefullyreceived. Not only was the world of Microsoft Flight Simulatorimproved upon, but performance was increased too. As with pastupdates, the latest features and enhancements installed without issueand worked faultlessly, so well done to the Asobo team for making thishappen. With that said, let's begin with the first of my recommendeddownloads.
Bahamas Final by Art Poole
Our first offering comes from Art Poole (no stranger to the worldof flight simulation) and is a wonderful collection of airportslocated in the Bahamas...a part of the world I have always wanted tovisit.
This package from Art includes Nassau's Lynden PindlingInternational Airport (MYNN) and all the other Bahamas airports servedby Bahamas Air. These include MYAB, MYAF, MYAK, MYAM, MYAN, MYAP,MYAT, MYBG, MYBS, MYCA, MYCB, MYCI, MYEF, MYEH, MYEM, MYER, MYGF,MYIG, MYLD, MYLS, MYMM and MYSM (that's some collection). Most of thecustom buildings in the scenery use objects from Art's previous FSXsceneries, but even though they are a few years old, they still workextremely well in the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Cardiff Airport By Stewart Haworth
Our second add-on is Cardiff Airport by Stewart Haworth. If thename seems familiar to you, then it is probably because Stewart wasmentioned in my previous article, with his excellent rendition ofCaernarfon Airport.
Contrary to its name, Cardiff Airport is not actually locatedwithin Cardiff, but several miles west, near the village of Rhoose inthe Vale of Glamorgan.
In the early 1940s, the Air Ministry requisitioned land in therural Vale of Glamorgan to set up a wartime satellite aerodrome andtraining base, named RAF Rhoose, for Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfirepilots. Construction started in 1941, and the airfield officiallybegan life on 7 April 1942 when it was taken over by No 53 OperationalTraining Unit. After WW2, the airfield fell into disuse and wasabandoned. The individual who would then decide that Rhoose could bethe site of a new airport was Lord Ogmore.
On inspecting the abandoned airfield, Ogmore found the location tobe in extremely poor condition. However, he considered Rhoose could besuitable for civil aviation if time and money were to be spent onit. The Government accepted his proposal, and the Ministry of Aviationpromptly began converting the abandoned airfield into a civilianairport. In October 1952, the new Rhoose Airport was opened with AerLingus offering flights to Dublin.
Today the airport is the busiest airport in Wales, with the airporthandling 1.66 million passengers in 2019.
Pevensey Castle By Christian Grimsel
Our final freeware offering comes by the way of Christian Grimseland is a wonderful recreation of Pevensey Castle.
Pevensey Castle is a medieval castle and former Roman Saxon Shorefort at Pevensey in the English county of East Sussex. Built around290 AD and known to the Romans as Anderitum, the fort appears to havebeen the base for a fleet called the Classis Anderidaensis. Anderitumfell into ruin following the end of the Roman occupation but wasreoccupied in 1066 by the Normans, for whom it became a key strategicbulwark.
The castle was occupied more or less continuously until the 16thcentury, apart from a possible break in the early 13th century when itwas slighted during the First Barons' War. It had been abandoned againby the late 16th century and remained a crumbling, partly overgrownruin until it was acquired by the state in 1925.
Pevensey Castle was reoccupied between 1940 and 1945, during theSecond World War, when it was garrisoned by units from the Home Guard,the British and Canadian armies and the United States Army AirCorps. In 1945 the castle was returned to civilian control and is nowmanaged by English Heritage and is open to the public.
So, there you have it, three amazing add-ons for Microsoft FlightSimulator which I feel you will get a lot of enjoyment from. ArtPoole's incredible collection of airports allows you to discover thewonders of the Bahamas, Stewart Haworth's rendition of Cardiffprovides both GA and commercial opportunities in which to explore theUK, and Christian Grimsel's interpretation of Pevensey Castle justmakes for great sightseeing. It really does not get much better thanthis...especially when you consider it's all given for free!
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