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REVIEWERS NOTES: Some of the screenshots represent a lack of FTX Scotland Scenery. You will notice that some terrain issues primarily near to the cliff edges look out of place. I can confirm that Sumbrugh works without FTX Scotland, but you will receive the most out of the scenery if you have it installed. Please always read the relevant information before making a purchase. Before Orbx or 29Palms had announced they would be bringing Sumbrugh airport to Flight Simulation, it had always held dear in my heart. Knowing closely people who flew there on a regular basis had always made me intrigued by the difficult approach, and short, bumpy runway. I had watched countless videos displaying detailed approaches and take-offs from the airport, and even had the chance to spend a day up there to watch aircraft come in and out. It was thrilling. Seeing the larger dash 8 aircraft land on such a tight runway was almost as exciting as seeing a 747 land at St. Maarten. You can then imagine my excitement when one of my favourite developers posted a teaser video showcasing they would be heading to the Shetland Isles and recreating this magnificent airport. I will be taking on this review from a much different style. I will be walking you through “a day in the life of…” showcasing the many different aspects of the scenery package from day to night. Date: June 1st 2014. Time: 1600z (1700 local) Location: Sumbrugh Airport (EGPB) Mission: To fly around the island, preform several touch-and-gos and then a full stop landing before heading home. The mission log: 1602z: The day starts out just like any other. The sun is shining, the birds are out, and there’s a lovely temperature of 14c in the air. Perfect conditions for flying, with a light southerly breeze of around 4-6kts. As I approach my beautiful Piper Cherokee, I can see my reflection from the edge of the wing tips. I straighten out my hair and begin my pre-flight checks. Everything with the aircraft is in order. As I approach the door on the right, I find myself tripping over some of the stones resting on the floor. I then climb in, cozy myself up and start the engines. It’s at this point, that I realise just how well maintained the airport apron is. The taxi-way signs are all there, the markings on the ground are clear and easy to use and reflect exactly how I remember when I last visited Sumbrugh. 1609z: With the engines primed and ready, I release the breaks and begin rolling towards RWY27. As the aircraft bounced around, up and down the hilly taxi-way, I notice the airfield is extremely busy today. Must be all those holiday makers escaping during the school half term. There’s plenty of aircraft to see today; Dash 8, Cessna aircraft and more. What made the airport even busier was the contestant stream of vehicles. I saw firetrucks, op support vans and fuel trucks. None of these distractions caused me to deviate through the airport’s well laid out taxi-ways. The signage was clear and precise. I was particularly impressed with how maintained the surrounding grass was kept. Plenty of it everywhere, really creating a sense of forestation. I soon managed to find myself at the holding point where ATC had instructed me to hold short. 1612z: “Line up and wait,” I was told over my headset. I switched on the strobe and landing lights. Apprehensively, I closed the window to the side of me and lined up. At this point, a few butterflies fluttered through my stomach. I could see just how sloped this runway was. Although no traffic was able to land here, this immersion factor was far greater and created a much more nerve-racking and exciting take-off. The runway ahead sloped up, down, left and right. “Cleared to take-off,” as I then take a deep breath and pushed forward on the throttle. “80knts” I thought to myself, as I glanced down the short runway to see how much I had left. Now that I got myself airborne, it was time to breath a sign of relief. The bumpiness of the ground below me was a thing of the past and with a knock of two here and there from the light breeze, I was ready to explore this beautiful Shetland Island. 1614z: Even straight after take-off I was left speechless. The airport was now a distant memory, but the same quality persisted all over. The huge cliffs created a slightly surreal shadowy effect, but suited the style of this island, whilst the nearby fields were brimming with colour and radiance. I could clearly define the coastlines and found I could watch the tide break into the giant rocks below all day long. Although I had planned on doing some circuit training, I found it more thrilling to explore as much of the island as I could. I passed over villages, small towns, various roads, beaches and lakes. There was a huge variety of things to ‘wow’ me as I soared over it all. Nothing looked blurry or out of place, and I found the whole experience to be smooth and fluid (no stutters). The locals have cleared invested in a lot of time perfecting their unique style. 1657z: After being sucked in with how beautiful Sumbrugh looks, I decided to start flying some touch-and-gos. I managed to snap a few shots of the several approaches I made, and as you can see, they’re all pretty entertaining. Some over land and one over water makes each visit different. I was lucky that ATC let me chose which runway I could land on. Approaching runway 33 was by far my favourite. You will need to fly the initial approach from the West to avoid the tall cliffs that sit just south of the runway. I can imagine that during low visibility or high winds, it would be an incredible challenging approach. Couple that with the small village and hills below you, I would have to be even more cautious, regardless of whether I was flying IFR or VFR into the airport. 1835z: With several touch-and-gos completed, I send my little baby back to the hanger for some much needed rest (and a change in spark plugs…whoops). It was a very tidy looking warehouse, but looked great nonetheless. Before my flight hope, I decided to take one final look around the airport and its vicinity. Everything looked great. I was surprised at how well the airport looks considering it doesn’t hold strong for the best weather award. As I passed busy workers cleaning and sweeping, I headed for the huge carpark, just outside the perimeter fence. Again, a lot of work has clearly been put into the airport to make sure it’s ready for passengers. The road layouts and signs were clearly marked. I certainly didn’t get lost finding my way back. 1918z: As dusk took over the skies, I managed to hitch a ride with one of the ground ops personnel who was kind enough to take me over to one of the coasts found inside the airport area. It was a wonderful sight to see the runways and aprons lit up so nicely, with the sun just peeking through the clouds. As we drove down the runway, I couldn’t help but feel slightly blinded by the amount of bright lights. I imagine that during the evening, the airport is just as beautiful and just as rich in character. It was just a matter of time before my flight home was due to land, and just as this thought crossed my mind, the beautiful looking Dash 8 -400 came hurtling down the runway. 1950z: With the night sky ahead of me, it was finally time to board the flight home. It had been an incredible experience. Everything from the dirt tracks in the tarmac, the hilly runway and the greatly detailed surrounding area made flying around Sumbrugh one of the most exciting small airports I’ve seen. Being able to explore so many possibilities will ensure Sumbrugh remains an airport I can revisit time and time again. As I close this log entry, I can honestly say that without a doubt I will be returning. This time, I plan on tackling some IFR flying in rough conditions, but in the meantime, I will be recommending to all my friends to give it a shot at Sumbrugh. Final Summary text version: 5/5 | Publisher: ORBX | Developer: 29Palms | Price: $30.68 29Palms have done it again. Yet another remarkable and highly detailed airport. With its excellent flexibility thanks to the detailed control panel, users can enjoy all the aspects of this excellent release. The great use of the sloped runway and taxiways make for a challenging and realistic approach, and the superb ground details represent another achievement for the developers. Regardless of flying style, Sumbrugh has something for everyone. + Fantastic texture and modelling work, with detailed airport and area. + Exciting approach and challenging runways - Some terrain issues with taxiing on the sloped runways. - Ocean mismatch too obvious from scenery to FSX colouring. Purchase Orbx's Sumbrugh Airport (EGPB) Here My Specs: Processor - 3.5GHz Intel Core i5-3770K Ivy Bridge (OVERCLOCKED TO 4.8GHz) RAM - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 12800) GPU - GeForce GTX 780 FTW 3GB GDDR5 Mother Board - ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Hard Drives - 2 x 128gb OCZ SSD + 2 x 1tb 7200RPM HDD Operating System - Windows 7 (64-bit) Add-ons Used In Screenshots: Scenery - Orbx's Sumbrugh Airport (EGPB) Aircraft - A2A's Piper Cherokee, Majestic Dash 8 - 400 Utilities - REX4 Textures, Active Sky Next, SteveFX DX10 Fixer (Also tested with DX9), FTX Global