Among all the small Pacific Northwest airports that are loaded with character, Pearson Field stands out. For one thing, it predates them all; KVUO is officially the oldest continuously operating airport in the region, and one of the two oldest operational fields in the US. Even well before the dawn of aviation, the site was a hub of activity, as evidenced by the 19th-century Hudson’s Bay Company fort and trading post just off the threshold of runway 8. In its life so far, the tiny airport has hosted the first crossing of the Columbia River by airship in 1905, been a stopover on the US Army’s first round-the-world flight, and made Russian aviation history as the landing spot for the Chkalov Trans-Polar Flight in 1937.
Today, it’s a popular field for GA pilots and history buffs and occupies a prime piece of real estate along the banks of the Columbia in the flight path of KPDX’s runway 10L. We’ve worked hard to replicate the feel of this busy suburban field using hundreds of photos taken on-site. Many of the unique landmarks are represented, including the I-5 bridge between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, the railroad bridge just downstream, the busy shopping area of Jantzen Beach on nearby Hayden Island, and a faithful reproduction of downtown Vancouver. If you’re a fan of our Pacific Northwest airports, this one is a must-have.
Nantucket! Take out your map and look at it. See what a real corner of the world it occupies; how it stands there away off shore . . .
— Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Nantucket does indeed stand there away off shore… just off the coast of the US state of Massachusetts, below the long arm of Cape Cod. It’s an island steeped in history dating back to the colonial days, and is best known as the center of US whaling in the 19th century. These days, the primary industry is tourism. From a quiet, isolated enclave of around 10,000 in the winter, the population explodes to around five times that in summer. Looking for the most expensive real estate in the country? Forget Manhattan, Oahu, or San Francisco. You’ll find it right here.
Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) is the island’s air-link to the rest of the world. Whether you’re a GA flyer, bizjet pilot, or an airline captain, Nantucket is an excellent place to start – or end – your next flying adventure. If you’re looking for a good companion airport to our Plum Island/Minute Man scenery, this is it – it’s within an easy GA flight over some very picturesque coast. Come experience New England at its finest!
262 square miles (680 square kilometers) of orthophoto coverage for Nantucket, Tuckernuck and Muskeget islands
Custom vegetation files, including enhanced trees, the characteristic scrub brush of the Nantucket moors, and even grass
Many local VFR landmarks and points of interest, including the Nantucket H.S. wind turbine, the historic windmill, Nantucket Boat Basin marina, downtown churches, and the lighthouses at Brant Point, Great Point, and Sankaty Head.
Inclusion of the bush airports at Tuckernuck (MA72) and Muskeget (MA55) for adventurous pilots, each with their own custom vegetation
The crown jewel of the project, Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK), faithfully reproduced from hundreds of photos.
Highly detailed models of all airport buildings and objects
Full night lighting to take advantage of XP’s beautiful night environment
Loads of static aircraft seen at the real thing, including Cape Air 402s, a Rectrix Shuttle KingAir, a FedEx 208, and lots of bizjets and GA planes
Includes parking spots in open, detailed hangars
IN SEARCH OF THE 100 DOLLAR BURGER
There’s more to flying than screaming through the stratosphere in an airborne bus. This series celebrates those intrepid fliers who put their credit cards on the line every weekend to bore holes in the sky. They’re looking for a little relaxation, a spot of adventure, and a dash of sightseeing. They gather for pancake feeds in drafty hangars, tell lies to one another around the avgas pump, and spend their children’s inheritance in search of the perfect cheeseburger at airport diners.
That’s what this series is all about: small airports that are loaded with character, as individual as the pilots who call them home.
TWO CLASSIC NEW ENGLAND AIRPORTS
For X-Plane 11 – Includes both Windows and Mac installers
In this release you get not one, but two Massachusetts airports; Plum Island Airport (2B2) in Newburyport, and Minute Man Air Field (6B6) in Stow.
Such atmospheric locations for both the eyes and ears, a joy to explore… Wonderful 10/10!
– BrianV (comment on AirDailyX)
Plum Island is a re-working of our original hit from years back, updated with new 3D grass and vegetation, and a large patch of orthophoto terrain surrounding it that covers the entire town of Newburyport, the harbor, and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
Minute Man Field is a fantastic GA airport that we’ve been wanting to create for years. It’s loaded with the character you’d expect from a Hundred Dollar Burger airport, including fanatical attention to detail (we modeled mustard bottles – see if you can find them ;-)) and also comes with its own orthophoto surroundings for the town of Stow. In addition, the airport sports numerous static aircraft, night lighting, a custom airport beacon, 2-light APAPI, and custom runway lights.
Your Own Private Island
For X-Plane 11
You know you’ve always wanted this. It’s your own island, jutting out into the wild Atlantic, far away from the crowds. There’s just enough space for you, your cabin, and your trusty bush plane.
This is no patch of smooth asphalt. No sir, you’ll need fat tires to land on the undulating dirt strip that bisects the island. Then again, if you wanted the easy life, you wouldn’t have picked a spot in the icy reaches of Maine, would you?
And just to spice things up, there’s a float base down the hill from the cabin. It’s not fancy, but there’s covered parking and a dock if you decide to have some friends tie up. The fishing is pretty good, too.
If all this sounds good to you, then you’ll be pleased to know that the price for this little bit of paradise is surprisingly affordable. To get your free download, use the link above.