For FS2004, FSX and P3D Published by
Reviewed by Brian Buckley
Introduction - A Brief History
The Prestwick Airport site was first used as an airfield
for light aircraft way
back in 1934.
In 1935 the land was acquired by a Mr. David McIntyre who had the
intention of using the field as a training base for pilots. With the
construction of a control tower, hangars and various buildings for
tuition purposes, the inception of Scottish Aviation Ltd had taken
World War II marked a new era for Prestwick Airport, training was
halted and the site was used as a base for US aircraft deliveries.
Scottish Aviation Ltd began production of aircraft at Prestwick - a
role which was upheld until 1998 when BAe shut down the the
Jetstream 41 production line.
In 1941 the original factory was added to when the Palace of
Engineering, originally sited in Glasgow, was moved to the Prestwick
Airport site. This building still stands on the airport grounds
In 1958 plans were underway to develop the airport, by 1962 the new control tower had been erected, and in 1964 the new
passenger terminal was opened.
After WWII the 17th century Orangefield House, which the airport had
been built next to, was put into use as a terminal building.
Orangefield house was demolished in 1966 to make way for a new
taxiway. However, all was not lost, the wooden floors of the house
can now be found in the Aviator function suite of the new passenger
At present, Prestwick Airport has roughly 20,000 aircraft movements
per year and is home to four airlines, with one terminal and 2
runways moving approximately 1.9 million passengers each year.
One of Prestwick Airport's claims to fame is it was the location of Elvis Presley's
only (official) visit to the British Isles in 1960.
It is known as Glasgow's second airport although it sits 32 miles
from Glasgow and 1.2 miles from the town of Prestwick. In actual
acreage, Prestwick Airport is Scotland's largest commercial airfield
but in passenger numbers, it lies in fourth position after
Edinburgh, Glasgow International and Aberdeen Airport.
Availability, Installation and Documentation
Airport Terminal - 55°30'34"N 004°35'40"W
Elevation - 65ft - 20m AMSL
12/30 2,986m - 9,797ft Concrete/Asphalt
03/21 1,905m - 6,250ft Asphalt
Prestwick Xtreme is available from UK2000 via their website
priced at £16.99 for the full download. Also, there is a 'try before
you buy' demo option which has 3 large spoiler cubes on the
runway which are removed if you decide to buy, or, a free version
which has limited features as listed below.
This table gives you an idea of what features are available in both the full
and free versions.
The space required on a hard drive is 380MB for the full version and 138.4MB for the
free version. The choice is yours but UK2000
give you the option to try before you buy, so why not use it. I have
always found I invariably went on to purchase the full
versions of the airfields I own from UK2000.
From download to installation only takes a matter of minutes. Once
installed you will be faced with the Options Setup. This enable you
to set the various options to match both your system and/or your
preferences. With only 8 options to choose from, it is simple and
easy to use.
A 6 page .pdf user manual is included with the installation. The
manual gives some background information on the real world airport as
well as (limited) advice on display settings and explanation of the
options setup panel above. The manual also has a URL link for charts
which bounce off the UK2000 website to the NATS Aeronautical
Information Service web page.
Scenery Coverage and Detail
As there is no documented evidence of the coverage area, I made a
quick area measurement using Google Maps and found that UK2000
Prestwick Xtreme covers approximately 5.5 km2
. So in
terms of area covered for your money, it works out at around £0.31
, which is an excellent bargain.
Airport Buildings and
As with all the UK2000 airports that I own, the detail is
remarkable. From the stunning grass textures to the highly detailed
terminal buildings. The team at UK2000 have once again produced an
airport worthy of any collection.
Ryanair plays a very major role at Prestwick and this has influenced
the amount of detail given to the buildings and aircraft on the
site. The Ryanair maintenance hangar, is quite beautifully rendered
as are static Ryanair aircraft dotted around the airfield. The
static aircraft included in Prestwick Xtreme are
quite simply some of the best I've seen. Gone are the angular
looking boxes included in some other add-ons, these aircraft look
like they are part of your flyable stock aircraft. From humble
little Cessna's, the Royal Mail and TNT aircraft, right up to the
massive, very nice looking, 747 parked near the Ryanair and Polar
Air Cargo hangars.
The amount of detail afforded to the numerous buildings around
Prestwick Xtreme can only be described as incredible. All the
buildings and various structures have been
given the same quality in terms of detail, which makes it a joy to
just taxi around the field and admire the work that has been put in
to this airport. One negative point I found is the 2D people. Whilst
there are plenty of them, it is very strange to see them disappear
when you are viewing them side on.
Here are just a handful of screenshots depicting the pure quality of
the various areas of the airfield.
Flying Club 2
Mk.5 Sea Kings
||HMS Gannet, based at Prestwick Airport, is the base of the Royal
Navy's Fleet Air Arm Search and Rescue division (SAR). The Mk.5
Sea Kings are on constant alert and are scrambled almost on
a daily basis. They provide S.A.R services covering an area
from the North West of Scotland down to the Lake District
and from Northern Ireland to Edinburgh.
Prestwick Xtreme has the S.A.R base completely represented
in the sim. The base has its own entrance from the road and
you will see the entrance signs at the security gate in the
scenery. The large hangars and buildings are all custom
built and instantly recognisable as the real thing.
The base has its own apron and helipads so if rotors are your thing, HMS Gannet would be an ideal
opportunity for you to base your S.A.R business, whilst also using
Prestwick Airport from UK2000.
HMS Gannet Apron 1
HMS Gannet Apron 2
I was running Prestwick Xtreme with Orbx FTX Global, the pictures
the changes throughout the seasons. Although there was no snow on the
airfield itself, there are subtle changes to the colouration of the
area covered to sufficiently portray the feeling of winter.
The general night lighting is very atmospheric and realistic, although
in some areas it is quite difficult to see where the light is cast
from but this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of this
The runways, taxiways and aprons all look extremely realistic and well
lit and are very easily navigated.
Runway 21 Approach
Runway 30 Approach
As I followed the recommended settings in the manual, I had no
problem with stuttering frames or indeed, low frame rates. By following the advice in the manual, I was experiencing frame
rates between 30 - 65fps quite comfortably. This was a very nice
surprise considering the amount of exquisite detail Gary has put in
to Prestwick. Admittedly, I have respectable system specs but I don't
see why anyone with a modest spec machine could not replicate these
figures, with some judicial use of the Options Setup panel.
Value for Money
As I mentioned earlier, my rough calculations regarding the area
covered, at £0.31 per m2
it is simply a no-brainer when
considering whether to add Prestwick to your scenery library.
At £16.99 for such a super detailed airport, it represents
considerable value for money.
How to summarise this product without sounding almost sycophantic is
quite difficult for me. If you have read any other reviews I have
written, you will know that I live in the Highlands of Scotland
and as such, any airport covered in Scotland is dear to me. All I
can say is that Gary and UK2000 studios have produced yet another
superbly detailed airport for the flight simulation community. It is
both resplendent in textural quality and interest, which I find
incredible considering the frame rates I achieved. So with that in
mind, I would not hesitate to recommend Prestwick Xtreme to you as
either another very well presented airport to add to your library
but also a very good base to set yourself up, in the search and
rescue world. Either way I would be astounded if you failed to enjoy
Congratulations and thanks go to Gary and the team at UK2000, for
yet another superb addition to their airport portfolio and to my
Prestwick Xtreme is compatible with FSX, FS9 and Prepar3D. It also
sits extremely well on to ORBX scenery.
I also had installed ORBX FTX: EU Scotland, Active Sky Next and REX4,
and the sim ran without
• Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP2, Acceleration Pack or Gold
Edition), Microsoft FS9 or Lockheed Martin Prepar3D (v1 or v2);
• Windows XP, Windows VISTA, Windows 7, Windows 8 (Windows 7 64 Bit
• 3.0GHz processor (Dual Core processor recommended);
• 4GB RAM;
• 1024MB 3D graphics card (minimum);
• 64 Bit operating system highly recommended;
• Download size - 383MB; and
• Installation size - 453MB.
Review Computer Specifications
• Asus P8Z77-V motherboard, Intel i7 3.4Ghz 'Sandybridge';
• 16GB, DDR3, Corsair Vengeance, 1600MHz RAM
• Asus Strix Geforce GTX970 OC 4Gb, graphics card;
• 500GB, WD Velociraptor - FSX;
• 128GB, Corsair Force 3 SSD - OS Windows 7 64bit;
• 1.5TB flight simulator add-ons;
• Matrox TripleHead2Go - 2 x 23" Acer LCD monitors; and
• Operating System - Windows 7, 64 Bit.
Verdict and Rating
Hand crafted 3D objects, buildings and objects.
Excellent third party compatibility.
• Great looking Static Aircraft.
Superb Ground Textures.
Very low impact on frame rates.
Value for money.
• 2D People, unconvincing.
Some lighting issues.
Prestwick Airport on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Prestwick_Airport
Since writing this review an update has been released, version 1.1 with
the following changes:
More houses and trees on the north side.
The large 'Goodrich' building added on the north side.
• Latest AFD and GSX files.
• Fixed ATC approach, so you can select the ILS when talking to ATC.
Fixed FSX/P3D Options so that the correct Ground flatten file is
installed if you are a FTX user.
● Scenery Coverage:
Level of Detail:
Quality of Objects:
Value for Money:
UK2000 Prestwick Airport is awarded a Mutley’s Hangar score of 9.5/10,
with an "Outstanding" and a Mutley's Hangar Gold Award.