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ORBX KSQL San Carlos,

City of Good Living

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The airport sits in Silicon Valley, South West from the San Francisco Bay Area. KSQL is classified as a reliever airport for the ever so busy KSFO. San Carlos is a busy general aviation airport and is home to over 30 aviation related businesses. San Carlos Airport covers 110 acres at an elevation of 5 feet. It has one asphalt runway 2,600 by 75 feet.

Over 30 avaiation companies are located near San carlos for example; Rabbit Aviation Services, Surf Air, Zanette Aviation Insurance, West Valley Flying Club, Bel-Air International, Air West Aircraft Engines, Diamond Aviation, and the San Carlos Flight Center.

KSQL is the fourth aiport for the FTX: NA Northern California region and the second for developer Ed Correia. With the other 4 airports being :

  • KBLU Blue Canyon-Nyack

  • KMRY Monterey

  • KRDD Redding

  • KTVL Lake Tahoe


The scenery can be bought from the Flightsimstore for only € 22,74 and is as usual only available as download only. The download is about 450 MB in size and will take about 620 MB after installation. Activation is needed by key which is sent by e-mail,
Installation is with the usual FSS wrapper very straight forward and no problems, dont close the wrapper before the installation is finished.
After installation make sure to activate the region in the FTX central 2.
Keep in mind that Orbx FTX: NA Northern California is required.

What will you miss without ORBX FTX Northern California installed ?

  • Blending of the airport photoreal into the surrounding terrain
  • Moving traffic on roads, properly aligned to the photoreal ground terrain
  • Enhanced FTX Global 3D lighting system with improved FPS in urban/township streets around the airport
  • Orbx’s modified houses and trees which match North American houses and trees
  • The FTX Central application, which is used to launch all of the Orbx tools and to switch between different Orbx regions.


The manual can be accessed via the FTX central 2 or in the folder ORBX at the root of your flightsim installation folder.

manual covers the most common subjects like;

  • Airport introduction

  • Quick installation guide

  • recommended simulator settings

  • recommeneded autogen slider settings for each cpu

  • scenery coverage

  • airport diagrams

  • airport information and charts


Let’s start with a comparison between Google Earth and ORBX’s version

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The area covers around 50 square kilometers. This doesn’t sound to much but it’s very well made with a texture resolution of 60 cm. The major buildings are all in correct location and with very good quality and detail. Very close the airport you will find an area of wetlands which is very beautiful reconstructed. The whole scenery blends in nicely into FTX NA Northern California.
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The airport

The airport is very well modelled , with all the correct parking spots, terminal buldings, ground vehicles, hangars and taxiways. Ed Correia has really proven himself once again, clearly he can do more than just be an ORBX forum administrator.

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Like every ORBX airport the airport feels very alive with static aircraft and animated people. The airport and the nearby surrounding is covered by 30 centimeter photorealistic scenery and that shows. Every detail is there and correctly placed from signage to ramp markings.

The quality of the buildings and textures are from a very high level, just like the majority of all the buildings in the direct airport area.

Nearby vicinity

Many interesting buildings can be found nearby the airport; the Oracale offices theHiller Aviation Museum and the Sofitel Hotel to name a few.

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Well I can be very short here, just have a look a the shots they basically speak for them selfs. The nightlights looks amazing. You can see the combination of FTX: NA California and Orbx KSQL and Orbx Lights looks really stunning. This is getting close to X-plane 10 night ligthing.

List of features

  • Large 30cm/60cm coverage meticulously annotated
  • Fully custom modeled airport and accurately depicted
  • FSX/P3Dv2 compliant groundpoly
  • Detailed models of surrounding POIs, including the Oracle headquarters
  • Uses most Orbx Flow technologies
  • AO rendering and baking
  • Designed for FTX Northern California
  • By Ed Correia


Make sure you got FTX:NA California installed as stated earlier, other than than no issues were found with third party add ons.

Other used addons:

  • Orbx FTX Global
  • Orbx FTX Gloabl Lights
  • Orbx FTX Vector
  • Orbx FTX trees HD
  • Orbx FTX OpenLC EU
  • serveral other Orbx regions
  • REX4 + Soft Clouds
  • Active Sky Next
  • Ultimate Traffic 2


I encountered no FPS impact after installing FTX: NA California nor ORBX KSQL San Carlos. My FPS never dropped below 50 in any VC of my GA aircraft and never below 60 FPS in spot view. I used many different payware GA aircrafts.

My system specs:

Intel I7 5820K overclocked to 4,8 ghz
16 GB DDR4 memory
2x GTX 980 in SLI
Windows 8,1 x64 pro
P3D very minimal tweaked with a custom Nvidia Inspector profile


ORBX KSQL San Carlos is a nice addition, a real must have if you already have FTX: NA California. The scenery combines great detail with accuracy and the great performance gives a lot value for money. What are you waiting for ?
Thanks for Computerpilot for supplying me with the reviewcopy
visit them here : http://web.computerpilot.com/