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Getting ready for a flight at noon in ESSD Dala. Good that we are already sitting inside the plane. Fantastic snow effects - which make it quite difficult to find & follow the taxiway... And visibility on the runway ain´t much better. At least we can see the end where we have to turn. Do you see these red-white sticks near the lights? They will help the ground crew digging out these lights. Take off into a soup. The weather radar was right... At least there is an area above the clouds. But during descend into Kiruna the trouble returns... I see something! There must be an angel. Or a runway... OK, safe. Or not so much. I forgot to turn off AEC for ENSQ... it looked better after correcting this - but only for the next flight.
No fear, mates, this is neither a latin lesson nor a history one. This is "just" a flight between the two airports that come as a bonus in Magnus´ Kiruna scenery. An early morning start in Visby... ... where de-icing was requested by the ground crew. Taking off in southerly direction, ... ... yields a beautiful turn over the historical city of Visby. No too much to see from the swedish landscape... ... but the approach to Borlänge / Dala was even worse: Some might call this "whiteout"... Due to the wind direction we were guided into runway 14 - which does not have an ILS. And the visibility was not really good... Nevertheless, we found the runway, finally. The next challenge was finding a useable taxiway... Made it. A great flight, and two bonus airports that make Kiruna to a "must-have" scenery for me. And I did not even visit Kiruna itself yet...
Hello everyone, You may remember ages ago that we announced that developer Marcus Nyberg was creating two Swedish airports - ENSQ & ESSD - for FSX and P3D. I'm here to tell you that we lied... it's actually a triple pack, and the third one is a biggie! Not only does this airport pack feature ESNQ Kiruna Airport and ESSD Dala Airport, but ESSV Visby Airport as well. This is especially significant for those who fly in the area frequently due to the vast number of commercial flights to Stockholm, Malmö, and Gothenburg. This pack also features a unique 3D snow effect at ESSD & ESNQ, making these airports a great place to... chill. ESSV Visby Airport Visby is located in Gotland, an island located southeast of Stockholm in the Baltic sea. Sweden is normally a rainy place, however Gotland may be the exception! Famous for nice weather, beautiful landscapes and world heritage sites, it is a hugely popular destination for Swedish nature lovers, tan-seeking beach goers, party people, and the Swedish political elite. Famous Swedish director Ingmar Bermgan used to live here and a lot of his movies are set in the surrounding area. ESSV itself is a busy airport made up of three main areas: Swedish military operations run out of the northern part of the airport, a buzzing commercial airport takes up the majority of space in the middle, and there is also a GA area in the southern region with a cross-direction grass airstrip straight under the approach to the runway. Visby Airport has been developed with great care and is highly detailed featuring high res textures throughout the airport and advanced modeling to ensure maximum realism. Marcus spent a lot of time trying to make atmosphere as true-to-life as possible around the city of Visby, the harbour and the old town with custom objects and coloring, really capturing the unique Swedish vibe around the airports. He has even included custom vehicles that you would normally find in the area! ESSD Dala Airport Across the Baltic Sea and northwest of Visby is Dala Airport, located in Dalarna County just outside the city of Borlänge, and 25 minutes drive from where Marcus grew up in Falun. This county is famous for tourism as well, however as it is close to Stockholm, Dala Airport is primarily used for charter flights & general aviation - commercial traffic is very limited. It also hosts a model airplane club and has a very active glider community. Dala Airport is an important milestone for Marcus, as he once developed it for FS9 years ago as freeware - he is incredibly excited to bring ESSD up to date for the modern simulation market. This airport features a very cool approach with approach lights located in a nearby horse paddock as well as animated horses (I've never heard of a horse strike before but nevertheless, make sure you aren't coming in too low!) Another cool feature of Dala is the replication of the famous red houses in the surrounding area, which have been modelled in-sim. ESNQ Kiruna Airport For our final airport, we are taking you waaaaay up north - 1,200 kilometers north of Dalarna County - to ESNQ Kiruna Airport, a mining town towards the far tip of the Norwegian border. Kiruna is situated in the middle of the vast Swedish tundra, however it is vital to the Swedish economy. Kiruna is the key city in the northern inland part of Sweden and is an important source of iron ore as well as a popular tourist destination for hikers and climbers en route to the nearby Scandinavian Mountains which boasts the highest mountain in in Sweden, Kebnekeise. ESNQ Kiruna Airport has been developed with high detail, high resolution textures and even 3D-snow to create an immersive feeling that really captures the nordic spirit. As Kiruna is close to the Norwegian border, it has frequent links to Stockholm-Arlanda which feature primarily private jets and cargo traffic. A lot of work and precision has been put into details such as a whole new fleet of Swedish airport vehicles and flora unique to the surrounding area.The town has also been updated with 100,000's of handplaced houses and trees as well as the nearby mining area. Key Features: Ultra-detailed renditions of Dala Airport, Kiruna Airport, and Visby Airport Advanced baked ambient lighting PeopleFlow throughout the three main airports Custom vehicles and objects typical to Swedish aiports 30/50cm airport and approach coverage Introducing new unique 3D Snow effect at ESSD & ESNQ High resolution textures throughout the airports Towns of Visby & Kiruna For the best experience, FTX Global should be purchased and installed prior to using this airport pack. Coverage maps: The ESSV Visby Airport pack will be available to purchase from OrbxDirect soon for AUD $39.95 (approx. USD $28.80 / €24.60 / £21.95 ) Here are a few screenshots from Marcus and Emmsie. Don't forget to stay tuned here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for plenty more shots over the coming days!
Hi, Earlier this year we announced ESSD Dala Airport, a small regional airport in Dalarna, Sweden. Today we are happy to announce that it will be part of an airport bundle and I'm eager to also show you some screenshots of ESNQ Kiruna Airport. Kiruna is a mining town in the far north of Sweden, located beautifuly in the wild landscapes of Lappland. There are daily flights to Stockholm Arlanda and just across the border you'll find Narvik, so you will for sure be able use your Orbx-sceneries to commute. With this package I'm also very proud to announce snow as rarely seen before in the simulator. As a native Swede, snow is close to heart and we bring you 3D-snow that will make the airports really come to life during wintertime with hardly any performance hit. I hope you will enjoy the screenshots, remember it being work in progress and things might change. So, enough talking, here we have ESNQ Kiruna Airport and ESSD Dala Airport. Regards, Marcus