• X-Plane 9 Freeware Focus - Richard Nilsson

    X-Plane 9 Freeware Focus - Richard Nilsson

    By Dominic Smith

    Up until quite recently, landing at a default airport in X-Plane meant landing in what can only be described as a nuclear wasteland. Yes, there are runways and parking areas, but buildings? Not that many if I'm honest with you. With the release of X-Plane 10.30, we are now starting to see airports populated by buildings and other common airport objects. These airports have been created (with default X-Plane objects) by numerous authors who then upload their work to the X-Plane Airport portal. Once uploaded, they are then vetted, and if approved, are included in the next update.

    Flying Tom     Flying Tom     Flying Tom

    Flying Tom     Flying Tom     Flying Tom

    This of course is with X-Plane 10. For X-Plane 9 users, this isn't the case and if an airport is missing, then it's up to your good self, or another talented individual to create it.

    If you're an X-Plane 9 user (I still use both) then there is one freeware scenery designer who excels at creating airports and airfields located in the PNW. His name is Richard Nilsson, and FlightSim.com interviewed him some time ago (read interview).

    Richard is a true master at creating atmospheric airports and airfields and what I would like to do in this article is showcase three of his incredible sceneries by taking you on a short flight that begins at OR39 Flying Tom Airport. From there, we will fly to KCVO Corvallis Muni, and our journey will come to an end at KONP Newport Muni. These three airports are geographically very close to each other and are an ideal selection for those of you who are looking to create a nice flight with upgraded airport scenery packages.

    Flying Tom     Flying Tom     Flying Tom

    Flying Tom     Flying Tom     Flying Tom

    The aircraft we'll be using is the ever-popular X-Plane 9 freeware version of the Staggerwing by Heinz Dziurowitz, who also was interviewed by FlightSim.Com (read interview).

    This is a great aircraft to use for this flight as it performs well and despite its age, is still pleasing to the eye.

    The tanks have been filled, the instrumentation checked, so let's make a start.

    Flying Tom     Corvallis     Corvallis

    Corvallis     Corvallis     Corvallis

    OR39 Flying Tom Airport is a private airport situated 6 miles northwest of Corvallis in Benton County, Oregon. It has a 1600 foot (488x12 m) turf/gravel strip which sits about 300 feet above sea level. Richard has done a remarkable job at recreating the scenery as not only are the buildings extremely well placed, but other objects, like the Douglas C47 parked in the yard, go a long way in populating the airport so it doesn't feel deserted. You'll also find old barrels lying about, bits of wood, and if you look hard enough, a small pool with bikini clad girls tempting you with a quick swim of sin! Good job we have a flight to do; they don't stand a chance! All of these objects sit nicely on a satellite image of the area which Richard has processed in Gimp. Together, they finish the scenery like a hand in a glove.


    5 Comments
    1. bigwierdguy86's Avatar
      bigwierdguy86 -
      I really liked your article and the airports look great. Do you think they would be compatible with xp10, though?
    1. Ragtopjohnny's Avatar
      Ragtopjohnny -
      I always keep thinking this says "Richard Nixon" for some reason when I read the name all the time. LOL. Awesome scenery man, keep up your good work, though I am an fsx user.
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigwierdguy86 View Post
      I really liked your article and the airports look great. Do you think they would be compatible with xp10, though?
      Hi there,

      Glad you liked the article

      I've just checked out the three airports mentioned and they do indeed seem to work fine in X-Plane 10.

      You might find the odd anomaly, but on the whole they look great!

      Regards

      Dominic
    1. W33's Avatar
      W33 -
      Extremely impressive scenery!

      Without these freeware scenery and aircraft designers, where would this hobby be?
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by W33 View Post

      Without these freeware scenery and aircraft designers, where would this hobby be?
      Hi W33,

      Agree with your sentiments entirely. Sometimes I think the recognition shown to these developers is severely lacking, but that's just my opinion.

      Cheers

      Dom
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