EPKK Kraków Balice 2012 is a highly detailed scenery of EPKK Kraków Balice airport and Kraków City in Poland. EPKK Kraków Balice 2012 is a payware scenery however there is a fully functional demo scenery provided that you can use for any online and multiplayer flying.
It took almost a year to develop this scenery and this is probably our most detailed project so far. Thousands of photos were used to create hundrieds of buildings, objects and general feeling of that place. The number of details is very large so there are some tips provided in the manual of how to optimize the performance of the scenery, even for older computers.
John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice (in Polish since 4 September 2007: Kraków Airport im. Jana Pawla II; earlier in Polish: Miedzynarodowy Port Lotniczy im. Jana Pawla II Kraków-Balice) (IATA: KRK, ICAO: EPKK) is an international airport located near Kraków, in the village of Balice, 11 km (6.8 mi) west of the city centre, in southern Poland. The airport has one concrete runway, number 07/25, 2550x60m. The airport can handle such a large aircraft as Boeing 747-400.
The airport opened for civil aviation in 1964. EPKK is the second busiest airport in the country after Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport. The airport has good growth prospects, as almost 8 million people live within 100 km (62 mi) of it. The airport also has a favourable location on the network of existing and planned motorways in this region of Poland, but it faces stiff competition from the nearby EPKT Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice and other Polish airports like EPRZ Rzeszów. In 1995 the airport`s name was changed from Kraków-Balice Airport to John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice, to honor Pope John Paul II who spent many years of his life in Kraków.
In 2003, when Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair became interested in starting a service from the John Paul II International Airport, the airport authorities refused to reduce the airport fee. In response, the regional authorities of Kraków and Lesser Poland Voivodeship decided to build a new airport near the existing one, using the infrastructure of the military airbase adjacent to the shared runway. Finally an agreement was reached, and the existing airport was opened to Ryanair and other low-cost carriers such as Germanwings, EasyJet and Centralwings. Over the past number of years low cost carrier Ryanair have grown services from Krakow Airport and since May 2010 Ryanair had 20 routes from the airport. The busiest international routes are to London (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton) and Dublin. On 28 August 2007, a Ryanair flight from Shannon suffered a bird strike on its final approch and blew its front tires during landing, resulting in an airport closure for a few hours and requiring an emergency evacuation of the aircraft. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained no further damage.
Fully compatible with FSX and Prepar3D
Detailed EPKK airport and the whole city of Kraków with high quality photoreal ground (seasons night)
All roofs covered with snow in the winter time
Interiors modelled for the tower (tower view alligned) and the observation deck in the terminal
All buildings textured with high quality photoreal textures
Custom modelled people, aircrafts and trees
Very detailed autogen and mesh for the whole area
Compatible with AES (Airport Enhancement Services)
Compatible with UTX and VFR Poland
Product includes customly designed charts and a manual in PDF format
Owners of the FS2004 version will be offered a 50% discount when buying the FSX version. Just enter the serial code of the FS2004 version during the order process (above the selection of the Payment method).
Awards / Reviews:
Conclusion by simFlight.com: "One of the major highlights for me is this group?s talent for making some of the most realistic looking buildings in any airport scenery available for FSX and they deserve to be recognized for that. I did find a few minor issues but overall this is a very good addon which I thoroughly enjoyed and have no problem recommending it."
System requirements: Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP2, Acceleration Pack or Gold Edition) or Lockheed Martin - Prepar3D Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 with the latest Service Packs 3 GHz processor (Dual or Quad Core processor recommended) 2 GB RAM DX9 graphics card with 512 MB Download-Size: 1,4 GB Installations-Size: 1,6 GB