Earlier this week, Orbx introduced us to their first Austrailian destination for X-Plane 11, Broome International Airport in North Western Austrailia!
In a post to the Orbx Forum, Developer, Jarrad Marshall wrote: “I am delighted to lift the lid on our very first Australian destination for XP11 – Broome International Airport! A project I originally developed for FSX a few years ago, Broome has been meticulously brought to X-Plane with the expertise of Mac Ottlinger and Chris Vezirgiannis.
For those not familiar, Broome is a highly-popular tourist destination situated in the rugged Kimberley region of North-Western Australia. A tropical oasis straddling the red desert sands and crystal blue waters of the world-famous Cable Beach, Broome is a melting pot of culture and history. The town has a fascinating and diverse history, much of it centred around the pearling industry that was set up in the 1880s – indeed one of the many visual icons of the town is the sight of a pearling lugger sailing past Cable Beach at sunset.
The town also came to prominence during World War II, when the airport (home to USAAF B-17 and B-24 bombers) and town centre were bombed by the Japanese. The most well-known casualties of this raid were a fleet of Dutch flying boats anchored at Roebuck Bay – these aircraft were on their way from the Dutch East Indies to Perth at the time.
The airport itself is quite iconic due to its proximity to the town centre – the main runway at YBRM essentially cuts the town in half. From an eastern approach, short (short) finals take you low over the middle of downtown – when visiting the local outdoor cinema (Sun Cinemas – incidentally the oldest outdoor cinema in the world), it is common to be interrupted by a 737 flying over only dozens of feet overhead! When approaching from the west, short finals take you over the impeccably white sand of Cable Beach, passing just to the south of the Cable Beach Resort.
Broome Airport is the major regional hub for the Kimberley and north-east Pilbara regions – expect to see a busy mix of airline traffic (Qantas, Virgin Australia, Skippers, AirNorth & Silkair), domestic and international corporate jets, and of course regional GA and heli ops. The airport is a daily host to a wide variety of aircraft, including B738, A320, F100, B717, E170 and DHC8 airliners, S-92 and AS332 helicopters, G550s and even the occasional Il-76.
Over on the general aviation ramp, expect to see a flurry of aircraft activity; many small charter companies operating flights to rural and remote communities, in combination with local scenic helicopter flights, and a busy Royal Flying Doctor Service ramp. In recent times, Broome Airport has seen the re-introduction of international flights to Singapore, development of a large heliport to cater for the booming offshore mining industry, and a new control tower.
On a personal note, this airport project has always been a bit of a favourite of mine – I spent a fair amount of time here as a kid, and to me it encapsulates the very essence of a unique northern Australian location. I have been very excited to see the development of this project progress; Mac and Chris have done a great job bringing our first “local” destination to life in X-Plane. An enormous amount of passion went into both the original development and the porting to XP, I really hope you all enjoy flying around the area as much as we all did creating it. A perfect fit for any style of simming, Broome really is the best way to start your Australian XP11 collection!”
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- Superbly-detailed rendition of Broome International Airport
- Ultra-HD imagery at 7cm/50cm/80cm
- Professionally colour balanced and edited
- Includes the entire town of Broome
- 15 static aircraft unique to YBRM
- Advanced rendering techniques
- Dozens of local landmarks & POIs
- Custom tropical vegetation library
- Atmospheric dynamic lighting
- Hand-placed autogen