• Review: Aerosoft - Manchester Airport

    Manchester Airport

    Publisher: Aerosoft

    Review Author:
    Paul Mort

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    A Short History

    Manchester Airport is located in Manchester, England, and is the country's third busiest airport (after London Heathrow and Gatwick). Many of you have no doubt heard of this airport, perhaps even travelled from it, but are you aware of its rich history?

    Originally named Ringway Airport, construction started on the 28th November 1935, with the airport becoming partially open in June 1937. It opened fully the next year on the 25th June 1938. During the Second World War, Ringway Airport became an aircraft manufacturing center and acted as a parachutist training hub. During peacetime, passenger services resumed and in 1947 saw the number of travellers almost triple in size to thirty four thousand. By 1954, the airport was in operation twenty four hours a day and had extended the main runway. It was also during this time that the airport reached its one millionth passenger since the war. The hangar whose later number was 5, was removed, to allow a westerly extension of the main apron for domestic airline traffic. To this day, Manchester Airport has remained a fusion of the old and new, which makes it a highly interesting airport; even more so for myself, as this is my local airport and one I know well!


    • HD ground textures including PBR
    • Custom HDR night lighting
    • Custom static aircraft
    • HD vegetation
    • Animated service vehicles
    • Animated jetways/VDGS/marshaller (SAM plugin required)
    • Seasonal textures (TerraMaxx required)
    • Full Orbx compatibility (Orbx TrueEarth required)
    • Compatible with default AI traffic and World Traffic 3

    Note: As mentioned above, the scenery is compatible with Orbx TrueEarth, and as such, Orbx TrueEarth GB Central was used during my testing.


    Documentation consists of a single PDF in both German and English. It was short, but works well at helping you get the most out of the scenery.

    Special Textures

    Aerosoft's Manchester Airport comes with winter textures and color corrections for Orbx sceneries. As I don't use the winter texture mod, I was unable to test this feature.

    Buildings And Textures

    As you can see from the screen shots below, the airport is surrounded by greenery, with the concrete jungle of Manchester not too far away!

    Aerosoft - Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11     Aerosoft - Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11

    Starting my exploration at ground level, it became clear that the detail and quality of the structural models and textures was exceptional. I could easily make out the buildings I had seen so many times over the years, and there wasn't a single 'quick fix' fictitious structure in sight! Also visible were a good number of animated ground vehicles, which helped provide an additional sense of realism to the scenery.

    Aerosoft - Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11     Aerosoft - Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11

    Aerosoft - Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11     Aerosoft - Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11

    Aerosoft - Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11     Aerosoft - Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11

    Please note that the scenery shown outside the airport perimeter is Orbx True Earth UK, and is not included in this scenery package (they do however blend seamlessly together).

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