UK2000, when releasing their VFR Airfields series in three volumes for FSX also made available three free Demos to promote them. Each demo contains a subset of the airfields in the payware package and each airfield in the demos contains some of the features of the full package. Despite containing less than the entire set of payware features, this is pretty spectacular scenery. The free demos are available in three separate downloads at…
Since everyone has access to the DEMO files for VFR2000 Scenery I thought it might be helpful if there were flight plans that would encompass all of the airfields in each of the three DEMO packages. I’ve assembled tour packages for both FSX and FS9, but of course the UK2000 demo scenery packages are FSX only. FS9 users may load and fly these routes and I’ve provided what’s needed to do that, but they will only see default FS9 airports unless they have other add-on scenery installed. Nonetheless, these are interesting, enjoyable and scenic tours. Regardless of which version of the sim you fly, you should enjoy the trips. If you’re in FSX and have the UK2000 Demo scenery, prepare to be dazzled.
I have developed flight plans FSj9 and FSX for each UK2000 DEMO airports. The goal was to keep the route time below two hours for each flight plan. Depending on the plane chosen I was able to accomplish that and come up with the following Tour packages:
Demo #1 VFR2000 - Denham to Bodmin
Demo #2 VFR2000 - Welshpool to Shipdham
Demo #3 VFR2000 - Skegness to Warton
While assembling this it occurred to me that John Allard’s work on Airfield Charts would add something by having pertinent data for each airfield easily available to provide navigational information and to support touch-&-goes or full stop landings and taxi tours for a look-see at the UK2000 eye candy, if desired.
John accepted the task of generating airfield charts for each of the Tours where he didn’t already have them and provided a full set. I’ve included them in pdf files within each Demo Tour. Some were custom-made to the UK2000 version of the airports and some are based on stock FS data. The main difference will be in the display of buildings on the chart – all else should be perfectly valid and accurate.
The completed package for each flight plan contains a Plan G screenshot of the route; screenshots of the airports in FS9 and FSX; the airport charts; and, the associated flight plan files.
The intent is to fly each of the routes from start to finish, with optional T&Gs or exploratory full stop landings at the UK2000-enhanced fields. An option for those with limited time for flying would be to start a flight plan and after landing en-route, save the flight so it could be continued at a later date.
Download and unzip the Demo Sceneries from the UK2000 site (link above) and the Tour packages, which are in pdf format from Mutley’s Hanger. Install the demo scenery packages per the UK2000 instructions within each.
Copy and paste, or move, the flight plan files to the proper locations – to your […\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files] or […\My Documents\Flight Simulator X Files] folders, as appropriate. A minor change had to be made for the FS9 route in Demo #3 as some airports are only available in FSX and FS9 requires the flight plan to begin at an airport so I added an airport near to the first waypoint which only changes the flight time by about five minutes.
You are now ready to take a leisurely flight enjoying the scenery.
If you have problems, or questions, please let me know.
Here a sampling of some of the airfields/AI and buildings...
Can you find the DC-3?