Thursday, July 28, 2011

Simaddons Halifax under scrutiny





FSX. Halifax is not new but it has been updated several times. More informations on Simaddons and this canadian airport.




Halifax CYHZ Hot test






Version tested : base pack Halifax lite. (full coverage on the airport and city). Update May 2011.

(the full pack simply adds more airfields).

Installation : Step by step. Easy. Don't miss the scenery manager.

File : 144 mb.

Framerate : friendly. 15 fps and more from a Quad core 2,33 ghz / ATI HD5850 / 8 MB / 1 screen resolution 1024 * 1280 x 32


Halifax CYHZ is a large airport in Nova Scotia, Canada, near the Atlantic ocean coast.


Of course, in winter, the airport endures heavy weather conditions : snow, ice, cold temperatures...





To develop Halifax (and probably its other airports), Simaddons uses Simconnect utility that provides custom effects in FSX. A lot of custom options for the airport and the city can be set via the scenery manager. There are also 7 more menus for the follow me, the windsock or the ice conditions. This menu will give you a total control on your real ice conditions in the airport. This totally enhances defaut ice condition in FSX.





The bad :





* There are travellers everywhere in terminals, waiting for their flight. Unfortunately, they awfully look like cartoons people.







The good :





* Impressive effects of snow and ice on runways and apron. You can even add snow borders along the runway.


* Impressive animations of : de-icing, jetways, ground power unit, hangars opening.


* High definition textures on a lof of hangars, terminals, grounds. (I must say that the screenshots from Simaddons website are far from the real scenery visible quality).


* Good price (Base Pack lite QYHZ is at 30 canadian dollars, 22 euros, 31 US $).







Who is Simaddons ? : This company is based in Switzerland and was founded in 2006. The developer has set his own conditions for purchase and download. Considering the quality of his products, i approve.


It appears that Ottawa airport is the last product, released in june. It's a pity we cannot have more and frequent news about their projects. There is not even a date of release. For that, i disapprove !

If Ottawa CYOW is indeed the last scenery, that totally explains why AeroFiles put his own work on hold... Unfortunately, AeroFiles don't like to communicate neither...










Animated jetways.







A large area that includes the airport, the city of Halifax and a smaller airfield










De-icing operation in winter. Fantastic ! And the sound too.












Just taxi to the proper area and


the de-icing starts.


















Several large hangars, CanJet, Canada Jazz and more.


















You gonna need some time to operate the door but it works.








































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Hot test Copyright Airdailyx July 2011