Many have heard about it , very few can spell the name of this developer. Drzewiecki Desgin is known for making several sceneries for FS2004,FSX, X-Plane and P3D. They’re particulair known for Miami City 2012, New York airports X and New York city X,
Warsaw Chopin Airport (IATA: WAW, ICAO: EPWA) is an international airport located in Warsaw, Poland’s capital. As Poland’s largest (covering an impressive 834 hectares of land) and busiest airport, Warsaw Chopin handles just under 40% of the country’s air passenger traffic. Warsaw Chopin handles approximately 300 scheduled flights daily and a rising number of charters (up to 34 operations per hour). The airport opened in 1934 and has been rebuilded many times in the history. Currently it features two crossing runways (2800m and 3690m), a number of hangars, a cargo terminal and a passenger terminal, completely rebuilt in 2008-2015.
An underground railway station connected to Warsaw’s suburban rail system was opened in June 2012 in time for the Euro 2012 football championships and on 25 November 2013, the airport announced accommodating – for the first time in history – its 10 millionth passenger in a single year.
I tested the Prepar3D version of the airport, as I said goodbye to fsx since a few months ago.
The airport can be bought from several flightsim shops, for 29,32 euro. The installation is one of the easiest I’ve ever seen , just open the .exe file and you’re done. There is no different package for P3D the same package works for FSX and P3D, this is good for people that want to jump to P3D later. No key registration is needed so this might also be the easiest for pirates, or maybe they just didn’t care and thought “if they want to pirate it they eventually will” and didn’t bothered for an extra security.
The download is about 500 MB and takes about 537 MB of your flightsim installation. The scenery is activated automatically in your flightsim library.
There are manuals included in PDF format,
- EPWA Warsaw Chopin Airport X MANUAL
- SODE Jetways
I will discuss each PDF a bit further.
EPWA Warswaw Chopin Airport X manual
This manual includes the following
- A 3 pages long history of the airport ( really 3 pages is that necessary ? )
- Installation guide
- Scenery features
A few things missing are; the recommended settings in your flightsim and the minimal system requirements.
EPWA charts manual
Well pretty self explanatory , very usefull for the virtual pilots who wants it as realistic as possible and flies online.
SODE Jetways manual
Drzewiecki Desgin make use of SimObject Display Engine (SODE) this is a stand-alone application which enables FSX/P3D scenery developers to control the display of their objects depending on certain conditions and/or triggers.
This means you dont need AES or GSX nor CTRL+J to make the jetways move. Just press SHIFT + D and the SODE menu pops up in the same way like the GSX menu does.
google earth image
Prepar3d top down view
A quick comparison between a Google Earth picture and a topdown view in the sim.
At first glance Drzewiecki Desgin did quite a good job at replicating the airport. However a few little details pop up when having a closer second look you can see some details are slightly off.
Have a look at the screenshots and you will agee with me that the airport is nice it is bulged with details. The terminals features interior with static passengers which looks amazing. If you got a free camera software like Ezdok you can easily look inside them and see all the details inside. The ramp includes static groundcrew as well and many static vehicles as catering and security. But not everything is static the busses around the terminals are animated. The airport features several static aircrafts as well from the Polish Boeing 787 to business jets and Cesna’s at the parking ramp. You can also find a Boeing 787 in it’s maintance hanger receiving attention.
So everything is great you might think? Well not everything i dont like the grass around the runways and taxiways. Basically speaking they just used green ground textures to resemble as grass. This only works when looking at it from a distance close buy it looks awfull they could have added volumetric grass like many other developers do.
The airport features the correct parking spots, highly detailed hangars (+interior) and taxiways with correct signage and correct ramp markings.
Unfortunately i hadn’t got the opportunity to test Drzewiecki Desgin Warsaw city, but Drzewiecki Desgin placed some interesting buildings in the nearby vicinity of the airport. Famous stores like Castorma, Decathlon, Obi and many more are modeled with static cars and trucks at the parking lot.
The airport night lighting looks pretty good, buildings, ramp, runways and taxiways are illuminated on a decent realistic way. Have a look a the night shots.
List of features
- Compatible with FSX, FSX:SE, P3Dv1 and P3Dv2
- Highest level of accuracy in geographic positioning, modeling and texturing
- Up-to-date scenery with new terminals, taxiways and aprons
- Internal modeling, animations, 3D people, static aircraft and much more
- SODE animated jetways
- Customizable design
- Custom airport charts included
- Compatible with all kind of mesh, landclass and vector add-ons
- Fully compatible with Warsaw City X (from v1.5)
- Compatible with GSX (correct gate features already set)
Although some users complain about low FPS , that wasn’t the case with me. My FPS never dropped below 50 in any VC of my PMDG’s and Aerosoft airbus aircrafts and never below 60 FPS in exterior view. The VAS stayed above 1 GB when flying in & out of the airport with complex aircrafts.
My system specs:
Intel I7 6700K overclocked to 5,0 ghz
16 GB DDR4 memory
2x GTX 980 in SLI
Windows 10 x64 pro
P3D very minimal tweaked with a custom Nvidia Inspector profile
This was my first airport from Drzewiecki Desgin that I reviewed and after reading some performance issues with their products, I ‘m happy to say I didn’t encountered any. It’s a great add on that features lots of details for a very low price. You cant find a big airport for less than 30 Euro with this much details. If you’re a resident of Poland it’s a simple must have….