• Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Ben Gurion P3D

    Mega Airport Ben Gurion

    Publisher: Aerosoft

    Review Author:
    Alex Dickinson

    Suggested Price:
    $24.99

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    Aerosoft - Mega Airport Ben Gurion For P3D     Aerosoft - Mega Airport Ben Gurion For P3D

    Introduction

    Ben Gurion Airport (LLBG), commonly known by its Hebrew acronym as Natbag, is the main international airport of Israel and the busiest one in the country. The airport is located on the northern outskirts of the city of Lod, about 45 km northwest of Jerusalem and 20 km southeast of Tel Aviv.

    The main runway (12/30) is the oldest surviving runway at the airport, with the quiet (08/26) and short (03/21) runways having been built in the late 1960s and 1970s. Since very little commercial traffic could operate on the short runway, it meant that for approximately forty years, the airport mostly relied on runways 12/30 and 08/26. This presented a problem; however, the fact that these two runways intersect near their western end creates a crisscross pattern between aircraft landing and taking off. This pattern reduces the number of aircraft which can arrive to and depart from the airport and has detrimental safety implications as well.

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    The airport serves as a hub for El Al, Israir Airlines, Arkia, and Sun D'Or and is operated by the Israel Airports Authority - a government-owned corporation that manages all public airports and border crossings in Israel.

    Regarding this P3D rendition of Ben Gurion, I was surprised to learn that it was made by a single developer 'David Rosenfield' who originally published this scenery for FSX. Regrettably I never experienced this version, so I was excited to try it in P3D.

    Installation

    The installation process was quick, simple, and pain free. However, please be mindful that online activation is required.

    After the product was installed the config tool popped up. Naturally it contained several options for adjusting the scenery. This included, static aircraft, ground vehicles and SODE. However, an issue with the SODE section became apparent when I selected SODE 'on', and it removed all the jetways. It turns out there were options specific for SODE with VDGS and SODE without VDGS. I don't have VDGS, so you need to watch out for this as it was a bit misleading.

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    Documentation

    Included in the main file location was a link to the scenery's manual. This was just one document which was accessed online and had both English and German formats. The manual included a detailed history about the airport, what the features of the scenery were, as well as potential compatibility issues and ways of resolving them.

    The recommended settings to be used within P3D were also included, but unlike most other manuals which show this via written text, here it was simply a screen shot of P3D V5's display and lighting settings panel.