• Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    Review: Aerosoft Mega Airport Helsinki

    By Michael Hayward

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    In October 2012, developers A-Flight released their Mega Airport Helsinki package published under Aerosoft. At the time of release, this was their first mainstream scenery released for sale for FSX and P3D.

    In mid-July, I went on a week-long holiday to Finland, flying into Helsinki Vantaa before taking a train to the city and onwards to Lappeenranta. Losing my passport days before flying however meant that I was stuck in the city and the airport for a few extra days before making my way back to the UK.

    In the light of my recent trip to Finland, I thought that now would be a perfect opportunity to review this airport, comparing it to the real world and seeing how true-to-life Mega Airport Helsinki is.

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    What/Where Is It?

    Mega Airport Helsinki includes Helsinki Airport and some bordering buildings.

    Constructed and opening in 1952, it was made for the Summer Olympics that year in order to lessen the traffic flying to Helsinki-Malmi Airport which was struggling to cope with the sudden increase in traffic.

    The airport itself is situated in the town of Vantaa, which is 10 miles north of Helsinki city center, and only 3 miles west of Tikkurila. It was built on the Mottisuo, a large flat boggy marshland that once stretched out for miles north from the capital before being developed on.

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    Installation

    Installing the Mega Airport Helsinki scenery was simple, as with any other Aerosoft install.

    Once you have downloaded the installer, run the program and select your chosen simulator. You then input your activation key and the installer does the rest.

    When running the simulator, it's good practice to also check if the scenery has been activated in your scenery library, as on some occasions it will not do this automatically. Once the airport is added, you are ready to go.

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    You get three documents with this add-on. A 16-page manual in German and English explaining the add-on and the features it includes, as well as a 51-page color charts book showing all of the approaches and departures from Vantaa (in-date to when this scenery was released).

    You also get a tweaking tool that lets you adjust the airport scenery depending on what visuals you want to see within the airport and surrounding areas, as well as texture resolutions depending on your system. The tweaking tool also lets you toggle winter and summer trees and snowbanks - meaning this does not appear to be automated which is a shame, but fair for the time that this scenery was released.

    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki


    1 Comment
    1. CRJ_simpilot's Avatar
      CRJ_simpilot -
      Looks good. May check this out.

      Your passport, if found may in fact get sold on the black market. LOL
  • Recent Forum Activity

    alberto.zanot

    Free CRJ700, B747 and Learjet45 addons i developed

    Thread Starter: alberto.zanot

    Hello simmers, I would like to share the free airplanes addons i developed, for Prepar3D v4.3. They are complete reworks of default FSX airplanes...

    Last Post By: alberto.zanot Today, 03:13 AM Go to last post
    Flyguy1998

    Latin VFR : Tobago TTCP HELP!

    Thread Starter: Flyguy1998

    Hello simmers! Ive been using flight sim for around 10 years now and although i am confident at flying i am not so good when things go wrong with...

    Last Post By: PhantomTweak Today, 03:01 AM Go to last post
    adamb

    Santa Barbara, California

    Thread Starter: adamb

    V4.4 Orbx REXSF Milviz - Cessna T-50 Bobcat

    Last Post By: PhantomTweak Today, 02:58 AM Go to last post
    BigT-65

    Adding New Event To FSX Controller Settings

    Thread Starter: BigT-65

    There are lots of events in the Controller settings of FSX that I will never use. And there are a few settings I would like to have that are not on...

    Last Post By: PhantomTweak Today, 02:52 AM Go to last post