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Change of name for our Johannesburg/OR Tambo airport package

This is something we should have done a long time ago, but we have been putting it off until now.

We have changed the name of our Johannesburg / OR Tambo airport package to Johannesburg International Airport. The reason for this is twofold. We sell through SimMarket in Germany, and they have now implemented changes on their system that only allow for package names for up to 40 characters. That means that the name we had before: OR Tambo/Johannesburg International Airport is too long for them to handle.

Second and probably more important is that it is only us locals that addresses the airport as OR Tambo! Most of the people overseas know the airport as Johannesburg International. It is like the Rome International Airport whose actual name is Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, but no one uses that name! We initially started using the new name to be politically correct, but now we see the error of our ways.

We have therefore changed the name of the package, to Johannesburg International so that everyone knows what airport we are talking about! It seems better to rather leave politics for the Politian’s which is where it belongs anyway!

The airport ID of FAOR will stay the way it is. We are not changing that at all.

If you are a user of Flight Simulator X or Prepar3D, then nothing has changed for you. Everything is still as it was before, same buildings, taxiways, runways. No change, except for the name. There is no need for you to re-download or install this package unless you feel very strongly about the name change.

If you are a X-Plane user, then you may want to get this new version for you as we have added the Chem Air hangar to this version and we have also animated the radar dish on the airport.

All downloads for FSX, Prepar3D and X-Plane have been updated with these changes.

If you have any questions about this change, then do not hesitate to contact us!

This post will expire on 2025-02-23 at 00:00.

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Johannesburg/OR Tambo International update for MSFS

We are working on an upgrade for Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo) and we expect this update to be ready very soon!

The first change we are making is to add Level Of Detail to all the buildings associated with this airport. This will make the X-Box users as well as some PC users with weaker systems smile as they will see the most benefit from this change!

What is Level of Detail? In layman’s terms, Level Of Detail or LOD is the process where every building has three levels of detail added to it. When you are at distance, the low-resolution version of the building will be displayed. As you fly closer, the model that you see will be replaced by a medium-resolution version and as you fly still closer, the high-resolution model will be displayed. This will help frame rate as the high-resolution version of the building does not have to be displayed all the time when you will not be able to see all the detail of the building anyway. This is especially true when flying past an airport without landing at it.

The second change is PBR texturing which means Physically Based Rendering. Again, in layman’s terms, this means that we will add textures to the existing textures that will add depth of field to all the objects. Bricks will stand out individually, cracks in plaster will be much more prominent than before and walls will be rougher and not as smooth as before. In fact, none of the buildings will appear smooth after this update. PBR adds an extra layer of depth that just makes the buildings look a lot more realistic!

This update will be available for free to all existing users of the product. No charge!

If you have any questions about this update, then we are here to answer them!

This post will expire on 2024-06-23 at 00:00.

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Johannesburg Intl Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Johannesburg Intl Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Released!

We have made this version as close to reality as we could with custom-made runways, our own flashing wigwags, effects such as our own taxiway lines, markings on the aprons and dirt spots on the parking areas and extra skid marks on the runway landing area!

We have added as much detail as we could without sacrificing frame rate too much. You should be able to land at this airport with any custom-made aircraft, even the PMDG ones!

Jetways are also available at the applicable parking bays, and we also took extra care in making sure that the night lighting on the runways and taxiways as are they are in real life. This is important to us as only runway 03L/21R has green taxiway centreline lights. The other taxiways do not have these.

We are posting screen shots of the airport below for your viewing pleasure.

As always, we are offering upgrade discounts to those who have previous versions of this airport. To claim your discount, please make sure that you are logged on to our website before you make your purchase.

This post will expire on 2024-06-23 at 00:00.

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OR Tambo International Airport V5.2 Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of OR Tambo International Airport V5.2 Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D V4 and V5.

As with all our previous upgrades, we have completely reworked the ground layer for this airport by adding a new photo real ground layer as well as a custom-made runways, taxiways, and aprons. The changes really show, and it makes the airport stand out a lot more than before!

For Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4 users, this update is released for free. You can simply download the new version from your account on our system after logging in. Remember to remove the old version of the airport from your Scenery Library first before uninstalling it. It is important that you do this before installing the upgrade.

For Prepar3D v5, this version will require the payment of an upgrade discount as it is not a free upgrade.

Please use the button below to upgrade to the Prepar3D v5 version of Bram Fisher International Airport after you logged into your account on our website.

This post will expire on 2023-07-07 at 00:00.