Mega Airport Madrid X: A Review of the Scenery Add-on for FSX
If you are a fan of flight simulation games, you might be interested in the Mega Airport Madrid X add-on for FSX. This scenery package recreates the Madrid-Barajas airport, the largest and busiest airport in Spain, and one of the most important hubs in Europe and the world. In this article, we will review some of the features and details of this add-on, and see how it compares to the real airport and other scenery products.
The Mega Airport Madrid X add-on is developed by sim-wings, a team of scenery designers who have created many other popular airports for FSX and FS2004. The add-on covers the entire airport area with high-resolution aerial images, detailed 3D models, realistic ground markings, dynamic lighting and shadows, animated jetways and vehicles, and accurate AFCAD files. The add-on also includes some features that enhance the realism and immersion of flying to and from Madrid-Barajas, such as:
The option to switch between North and South approach procedures, depending on the wind direction and traffic conditions.
The option to use SODE jetways instead of the default ones, for more variety and compatibility with different aircraft types.
The option to adjust the level of detail and performance of the scenery with an advanced config tool.
The inclusion of autogen buildings and vegetation for the surrounding area, to blend with the default or custom terrain.
The compatibility with other add-ons, such as AES, GSX, UTX Europe, FTX Global, etc.
Comparison and Conclusion
The Mega Airport Madrid X add-on is a faithful representation of the real airport, with a high level of detail and accuracy. The scenery captures the atmosphere and complexity of flying to and from one of the busiest airports in Europe, with a variety of terminals, runways, taxiways, gates, and services. The add-on also offers some options and features that enhance the realism and customization of the scenery, such as different approach procedures, SODE jetways, and a config tool. The performance of the scenery is reasonable for its size and quality, but it might require some adjustments depending on your system specifications and preferences.
If you are looking for a scenery add-on that recreates the Madrid-Barajas airport in FSX, you might want to check out the Mega Airport Madrid X add-on. It is available as a download or a box version from simMarket[^1^] or Aerosoft[^2^], for a price of â23.49 or â28.19 respectively (prices may vary depending on your location and VAT). You can also get an upgrade discount if you have previously purchased an older version of the Madrid airport from simMarket or Aerosoft[^2^]. The add-on requires FSX (SP2) or FSX: Steam Edition to run.
We hope you enjoyed this review of the Mega Airport Madrid X add-on for FSX. Happy flying!History and Development
The Madrid-Barajas airport has a long and rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. The airport was constructed in 1927 on a barren land near the town of Barajas, which is now a district of Madrid. The airport opened to national and international air traffic on 22 April 1931, but regular commercial operations began two years later, with the first scheduled routes operated by LAPE (later Iberia) to Barcelona and Seville. The airport had a small terminal with a capacity for 30,000 passengers a year, as well as several hangars and the AviÃn Club. A large white circle with the name of Madrid inside served as a guide for pilots. [^1^] [^2^]
The airport underwent several expansions and renovations over the decades to cope with the increasing demand and the arrival of new aircraft types. In 1944, the first paved runway was built, measuring 1,400 meters in length and 45 meters in width. In 1954, a new terminal was built for domestic flights, now known as Terminal T2. In 1965, the airport changed its name to Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas. In 1971, work commenced on a new terminal for international flights, now known as Terminal T1. In the 1970s, which began with the arrival of Jumbo jets, air traffic doubled to exceed one million passengers a year. [^1^] [^2^]
In 2000, to increase the airport's capacity to 70 million passengers a year, the so-called Barajas Plan was put into effect. This plan involved the construction of two new runways parallel to the existing ones, a new control tower, and a new terminal complex that included Terminal T4 and its satellite building T4S. The new terminal complex opened on 4 February 2006 and has a surface area of over 750,000 square meters and a capacity for 35 million passengers a year and 120 flights an hour. The new terminal complex enhanced Madrid-Barajas's standing as a world hub airport, especially for connections between Europe and Latin America. [^1^] [^2^]
On 24 March 2014, the official name of the airport was changed to Adolfo SuÃrez Madrid-Barajas Airport, in honor of the former Spanish Prime Minister who died that year. Adolfo SuÃrez was one of the key figures in Spain's transition to democracy after the death of Franco. The airport name change was announced by the Spanish Ministry of Public Works and Transport as a tribute to his legacy. [^1^] [^2^] 29c81ba772