I seem to have been burned more than most. To date i reckon I’ve dropped 250 quid since launch (not including premium edition of the game). Ive stopped buying games and thought I would invest in fleshing this game out to be as immersive as I can afford, and I really do love it if they can fix some issues.
Ok lets start.
Enhanced Airport Graphics - This is an essential purchase and pretty cheap. Adds in a lot of great textures to runways and airports in general, making it look a lot more diverse and realistic with dirty tire marks etc. its cheap too.
Spring N. & Fall S. Season Bijan Habashi
This adds in much more customised trees and honestly it gives the game a real lift compared to the defaults. You get the right types of trees in the right places and they look great. You also get varying colours. You can only install one set at a time so i tended to go with spring/fall.
Las vegas Airport and Landmarks by FlyTampa - This is a stunning pack and it seems to be run very well even with the updates lately. It doesn’t play nice with the 737 Max though. But you get a beautifully crafted airport with bespoke arrival traffic, working jetways and loads of Las vegas buildings. the lighting is magnificent
Airports by LVFR
I always look for airports from these guys because they give you such good content for the money.
You get a beautifully designed set of terminals and some nice branded static planes from Amazon, American airlines etc. Theres an animated train in the terminal too. You also get some new buildings in downtown Miami and fixes to bridges and a reworked port with cranes and cruise liners.
One con is the jetways sometimes don’t work but will do if you quit and reload again.
Fort lauderdale Miami
Again a really nice airport with nice statics and jetways that work. Also comes with some nearby custom buildings, the hard rock cafe guitar building, more port reworks, cranes and container ships and some marina boats.
El prat barcelona
Superb value for money this. Comes with beautiful airport architecture, spanish plane statics (iberia) but best of all loads of landmarks that don’t exist. Cathedrals, monuments, theme parks, stadiums and a reworked port and ships.
Cons: Some elements tend to pop in and one of the spires is pink and missing a texture, needs an update.
Seattle Landmarks by Orbx
Really really nice pack. Has a lot of custom buildings and night lighting. Adds in two custom seaplane docks with people, cruise liners, ferris wheel, port cranes, static trains.
Cons: sometimes you get crane pop ins
Hong Kong Times:
Looks really amazing, over 200 custom buildings. Had a few pop in issues but not sure if it was my stream at the time. Loads of bridges and boats. very nice indeed.
Piper arrow by Carenado
A really decent plane, i love flying it. Comes with multiple liveries and options for when parked.
Cons: You need to turn an option off at the beginning to get the dashboard to display correctly as it seems to be a variant carried over from the pc but it all works. Sound could do with a little work.
Ayers rock by Auscene
This is a beautiful little airport not far from the great wonder. Comes with a nice static plane of a Quantas being boarded. Lots of really nice rendered people getting on and standing around by the car park. has coaches and static helicopters, a separate control tower further down the runway, animated flags and conveyer belt for luggage. Brings a really drab piece of earth to life.
Cons: had been pretty badly hit by the updates causing massive pop in. Auscene have a fix but still waiting for Asobo to publish
A bit of a hybrid plane for the purest but if you want a commercial airliner that looks good, flys ok and has decent livery its worth a look. They have since added more features like flexing wings.
cons: sometimes doesn’t play nice with other third party airports