Burning Blue Design is back with another charming little airfield for MSFS. This time it’s Rochester Airport, in Kent, to get the attention of the talented team of developers, following a series of other notable releases such as Fairoaks Airport or the legendary Farnborough airport.
Rochester Airport (EGTO) is a charming little airfield that prides itself on a long history that goes back to 1933, when the Short Brothers began using the airport for test flights and the eventual construction of a number of airplanes.
After playing its important role during WWII as a manufacturing facility of Short Sterling heavy bombers, Rochester Airport became a busy small airfield, even offering commercial services across the channel during the 50s and 60s.
Nowadays, Rochester is undergoing a bit of a transition period as management tries to preserve its history while making some necessary improvements to bring the airfield up to more modern standards. One of the runways has been decommissioned as updates take place around the airfield, while the existing 02/20 runway is expected to be improved to a hard surface sometime in the future.
Typically from Burning Blue Design, the team recreated another very authentic-looking scenery for MSFS, with dozens of custom-built objects and careful hand-placement of thousands of assets.
The developers also promise significant improvements in the group textures, thanks to the addition of new high-resolution aerial imagery.
To further enhance the levels of realism for virtual pilots operating in and out of Rochester Airport, Burning Blue Design has recreated a few static models of actual aircraft that can often be seen in the airport, such as MD 902 and Leonardo AW169 Air Ambulances, or a 915is Cavalon autogyro. This realistic scenario is further complemented by numerous enhancements in the nearby area, with improved roads, some points of interest, and more.
Overall, this looks like another great scenery from Burning Blue Design, yet again providing MSFS simmers with impressive levels of detail in a charming historical airport!
Rochester Airport is available now directly from Burning Blue Design’s website, priced at a very nice £12.95.
- Over 90 custom 3D objects have been created exclusively for Rochester Airport, each with full Physical Based Rendering (PBR) allowing for far more realistic textures.
- There are thousands of carefully placed stock assets, every cone, shed, fence post and weed, along with an assortment of ground workers has been placed in the correct location ensuring an atmosphere of a working airfield.
- High resolution colour corrected ground textures taken from Bing maps and manipulated for consistency and realism which far surpasses the quality of the stock Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 ground texture.
- Working custom Windsock.
- Actual aircraft from the have been included around the airport:
- Air Ambulance – Leonardo AW169 – Registration G-KSST.
- Air Ambulance – MD 902 – Registration G-KAAT.
- Autogyro – 915is Cavalon – Registration G-OSVN.
- Full night lighting placed across the airfield and within and around the hangars and buildings.
- Correct AI pattern procedures and accurate taxiway and runway placement have been incorporated into the release.
- The surrounding area has been enhanced, this includes:
- The Medway Innovation Centre.
- The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance HQ building.
- BAE Systems Rochester
- Horsted Retail park including it’s superstores, fast-food resturants and hotels, all of which are visible from the airport.
- Roads around the airfield have been improved with correct markings and colours, this includes the M2 motorway.
- The surrounding industrial and retail estates have been updated to match their real life counterparts.