For All Seasons
one of the greatest historical cites of Europe, indeed
the world has a long colourful past. The cities of Buda
and Pest once existed separately on the opposite sides
of the Danube but now stand
proud as a unified city.
Ferihegy International Airport (IATA: BUD, ICAO: LHBP)
is the only airport serving Budapest and is the gateway
to Hungary. It can handle the B747 (most likely the
A380 as well) and has connections to most European airports
having recently seen a big increase in low cost airline
Hungarian Airlines is the main Hungarian airline and it
has its home base at Ferihegy. The three main terminals
(1, 2A, 2B) and the General Aviation Terminal will be
joined by a new freight terminal soon. The Most striking
building in the airport environs is the control tower, a
large structure built up from ground level on two
massive pillars, reminiscent of the tower at Boston
Logan airport which coincidentally has a dedicated
terminal to Delta airlines who are major carriers to
landing from the north fly low over the Kobánya
district, the location of the largest cemetery in
Europe. Weather seldom diverts aircraft. When this does
happen, planes usually land at Bratislava or Vienna.
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Now to the software!
This airport is available as a "two for one"
download from Aerosoft for the single download price of
€19.95. You get a fully featured FSX version (Reviewed
here) and a FS9 version too, excellent value in my
opinion. Mega Airport Budapest is their biggest FSX
scenery release so far and it's not small. The download
version comes in at a hefty 571Mb so make sure you only to
opt for this if you have a good broadband connection.
The software is also available on CD on for €25.99.
can be reached in 20 minutes using the"Ferihegy
trouble free download and installation which includes the
online product activation I read the included 86 page pdf
manual, there's not much information about the airport's
FSX features as this is left for you to discover.
The final 70+ pages is full of useful navigation
information and charts for the airport and surrounding
programming by Andras Kozma & Peter Orosz is top class,
indeed Andras and Budapest go back a long way this is
his 3rd or 4th offering, there is one of the greatest concentration of ground
objects both animated and static you are likely
to see at any airport. Included is extended photoscenery of the
complete city of Budapest (with high density mesh) so
make sure you have Microsoft's photoscenery fix
available from www.fsinsider.com as well.
overhead view the airport reminds you of the history of
the city, 2 disjointed runways which look as though they could be
for separate airports but are joined together by many
taxiways extending the airports boundary
starting the sim (with Projectopensky's 736 in Malév
livery for realism) my first view of the scenery was
from the cockpit. I was presented with a busy apron full
of vehicles with many animated that was quite breathtaking.
realism factor is very high, a lot of this realism is
down to FSX light bloom capabilities which make the
airport lighting look so good. The obvious impact
of light bloom on lower spec machines may slow the sim
down enough to cause some people to switch the bloom
off. The airport still looks great without it and the
bump mapping and reflection effects are still apparent
on some buildings.
Now to the
terminals, T1, this terminal serves the low cost
airlines, a fairly small apron with interesting features
on the passenger terminal whose towers suffer from
cheesy stone cladding nicely depicted though!
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Terminal 1 with
it's distinctive stone clad towers
maintains it's vibrancy at night
general aviation terminal is just located on the left
side of Terminal 1. It serves small and private
planes, and also has a GA parking area and various
outbuildings. There is quite a lot of GA activity going
on, there is plenty of decent VFR to be had and
completing circuits is great fun with the runway layout.
2B. Although connected to Terminal 2A, it is referred to
as a separate terminal, it serves all of the other
international flights and airlines that are not served
by Terminal 2A. Terminal 2 incorporates an open-air
watching platform for relatives and plane spotters.
2A was originally built exclusively for Malév Hungarian
Airlines, and is the closest to runway 31R the longest
runway at 3707 metres. This terminal serves not
only Malév, but its code-share airline partners as well.
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Terminal 2A used
mostly by Malév and code share airlines
Terminal 2B with
the tower in the background.
of terminal 2 has the most ground clutter and animated
vehicles. A nice feature on the apron is the
marked lanes the AI ground vehicles follow, even down to
the give ways signs where aircraft cross. The
apron and taxiway textures are totally bespoke, the
downside in my eyes is the FSX water reflection is lost
in rainy weather and only becomes apparent once you are
lined up on the runway. If you just wander around
the apron for a while with the sound up high you will be
greeted with a lot of environmental sounds as the ground
AI buzzes around carrying out their various tasks, a
airport's detail is not lost at night. A whole new
world evolves, the night lighting effect gives it the
wow factor. The cities have night textures and on
approach you can get the feel of light pollution from
the cities in the distance. This detail was not
lost on me, I paused the sim sat back and admired it for
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from the city
looks very good, plenty of activity on T1's
photoscenery of Budapest city including the winter
textures is very good too. The ground colours are
much better than the default FSX reminiscent of Ground
Environment and best in summer in my opinion. Much
of the autogen in the city looks to be feature-less and
a bit out of place with the default bridges
looking shoddy being half hidden and sunk.
But fear ye not! the team at Aerosoft have already
produced a custom exclude file to remove them.
of the photoscenery and indeed the mighty Danube only goes
to highlight some of the shortcomings of the default FSX
scenery. Here we can see the river in the supplied
scenery abruptly coming to a halt when the MS scenery
kicks in. Not Aerosoft's fault but a bit
disturbing! The river is very distinctive and is a great
aid if flying VFR.
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Included photoscenery of Budapest
beautifully rendered but comes to an abrupt
of FSX is understandably obsessed out frame rates and
Aerosoft are no different. There is a handy
section in the manual which gives a few tips and tweaks (FIBER_FRAME_TIME_FRACTION, PoolSize and
SmallPartRejectRadius etc) that "newbies" may not be aware
of. Having said that I found the simulation to be smooth
flowing although I do have a reasonably decent set up.
(See below for specs) As an idea with the default A320, I
set my display to "Medium high" and in the air was
getting 21 -30 FPS however, when approaching the airport
this reduced to an average of 16 and once hit 10! but the
motion was still smooth. This is of course only on
my machine you may already have yours set up better then
issues, the Aerosoft support forum is encouragingly void
of serious issues. The main gripe, which I agree with is
the auto docking [CTRL] + J does not work as it does
with the default scenery, Aerosoft advised the correct
SDK has not yet been delivered for that section.
There are parking aids though that not only tell you
when to stop but also give you left-right nose
is this airport worth getting? A resounding yes
from me. It is an important, up and coming
European airport that is set to dramatically increase
it's capacity in the future so deserves to be given the
"Mega Airport" treatment.
Must have additions:
airport must have airlines so
favourite traffic program would be a perfect partner.
Active Sky 6.5 (With FSX update)
Mutley's slide show, click on the images for a
full size view.
General Aviation Area
Clutter on the apron
Overhead the city
A320 passing the "AI lane
|Terminal 1 by
Reflection off the spotters deck
Apron lighting with bloom
circle the apron!
Approach from the city
Threshold lighting clearly seen
and the tower in the distance
guidance at the stands
My review machine
MSI Intel 975X
PCI Express Motherboard
Intel E6600 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo
4x 512Mb DDR2 667Mhz PC5400
Nvidia 7900GTX 512Mb DDR3 PCI-E
Windows XP Pro SP2
FSX with Photoscenery Fix
Budapest Airport web