• Review: Drzewiecki Design - EPWA Chopin Airport XP

    EPWA Chopin Airport

    Publisher: Drzewiecki Design

    Review Author:
    Paul Mort

    Suggested Price:
    $27.00

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    The Airport

    Warsaw Chopin Airport is located in the Wlochy district of Warsaw, 10 kilometers southwest of Warsaw. It is the largest and busiest international airport in Poland, handling approximately 40-50% of Poland's air passenger traffic. Opened in 1934 (and rebuilt many times since), the airport was originally known as Warsaw - Okecie Airport until it was renamed in 2001, as a tribute to the Polish composer Frederic Chopin, but even today, the name 'Okecie Airport' is still being used in some cases.

    Having been entirely rebuilt in a construction project that stretched from 2008 to 2015, Warsaw Chopin now handles approximately 300 scheduled flights daily and a rising number of charters (up to 34 operations per hour). Currently it features two crossing runways (9160 feet/2800m and 12,080 feet/3690m), a number of hangars, a cargo terminal and a passenger terminal.

    The Company

    Drzewiecki Design are best known for their wide range of scenery products available for MSFS, P3D and X-Plane. The company has been developing flight simulation software since 2003 and were interviewed by FlightSim.Com in April of 2015.

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    Features

    Drzewiecki Design's Chopin airport contains the following features:

    • A high level of accuracy in geographic positioning, modelling and texturing.
    • Up-to-date scenery with new terminals, taxiways and aprons.
    • Internal modelling, animations, 3D people and static aircraft.
    • Auto Gate animated jetways with safe docks (VGDS).
    • Fully compatible with Warsaw City XP (from v1.2).
    • Custom navaids and XP-10 native HDR lights.
    • Includes airport charts in PDF format.

    Recommended Specifications:

    • X-Plane 10+ (any edition)
    • Windows, Mac or Linux
    • 1Gb VRAM Video card - 2Gb VRAM Recommended

    Reviewer's Specifications:

    • Intel i5 Processor
    • GeForce GTX 650
    • 8Gb RAM
    • Windows 10 64-Bit

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    Installation

    On receiving the package, installation was an easy business. After unzipping it, the installation divides itself into an executable file for Windows and a zipped folder for Mac and Linux systems. Having Windows 10, I ran the .exe which ran speedily, smoothly and without error.

    Having an installer is of a great benefit, as not everybody is familiar with X-Plane's ins and outs. For new users of X-Plane (with Windows), this works to their advantage as it means they can just get on with enjoying the scenery. It's a shame there wasn't an installer for Mac and Linux users too but I expect this will be rectified in later updates.

    The only slight niggle I had after the initial installation was the fact that Drzewiecki Design prefix the airport with 'DD'. Because of this, it is not found in the predicted alphabetic position, but that is a minor detail.


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