REVIEW: ORBX Simulation Systems Friedman Memorial Airport (KSUN) (Idaho:U.S.A.); For The Lockheed Martin Prepar3D High-Fidelity Flight Simulator.

REVIEW: ORBX Simulation Systems Friedman Memorial Airport (KSUN) (Idaho:U.S.A.); For The Lockheed Martin Prepar3D High-Fidelity Flight Simulator.

By: David Michael Edwards B.S., M.B.A.

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Friedman Memorial Airport has been in existence since shortly after the Wright Brothers flew the first manned aircraft 100 years ago. There is photo documentation of the site presently known as Friedman Memorial Airport being utilized for aviation as early as 1916. The original airport was officially recognized as such in 1932 after much of the land upon which it is located was donated to the City of Hailey in 1931 by the Friedman Family. Since then, the Airport expanded and grew conservatively through investment by Blaine County, State and FAA Grant funding. On August 1, 1960, the Airport experienced the advent of commercial, scheduled passenger service with the arrival of West Coast Airlines. Since then, several other scheduled air carriers and numerous other commercial aviation ventures have thrived serving Hailey, the Wood River Valley and Central Idaho. The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority and Airport Staff have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the community through support of and participation in a variety of interest areas. These areas include but are not limited to:

  • Long term associations in the Hailey and Visit Sun Valley, the Wood River Economic Partnership, and Fly Sun Valley Alliance.
  • Regular hosts of community events to include Airport Appreciation Days and Business After Hours.
  • Long term supporters of Hailey youth to include airport tours and employment to provide student exposure to the Airport and aviation.
  • The Airport Authority and Staff have worked diligently to improve community-related environmental and safety issues through its “Good Neighbor” noise abatement program. The airport has received national recognition for its work in noise abatement.

The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority was formed in 1994, replacing the Blaine County Airport Commission. The present Authority is an extremely dedicated group of community leaders. Some of the present Authority members’ service and commitment date back better than 14 years.

Of the twelve current staff members, 4 have been employed at the Airport in excess of 20 years and 5 staff members have been employed at the Airport in excess of 10 years. The Airport Manager, Operations and Emergency Services Chief and Finance/Contracts Administrator have all been participants and achieved positions of leadership and policy making in a variety of state, national and international organizations. Friedman Memorial Airport has attracted significant attention to itself and Hailey through numerous distinctions awarded by state, national and international organizations.” The above quoted excerpts and information was sourced from VisitSunValley.com: https://www.visitsunvalley.com/services/friedman-memorial-airport/.

Testing Specifications:

Hardware: Dell Alienware Area 51R5: Intel Core i9 7980XE (Eighteen [18]-Core Central Processing Units [C.P.U’s.] Sixty-Four (64) Gigabytes (GB) of Dual Channel Kingston Technology Corporation HyperX DDR4 memory at 2,904MHZ, 2X (or two) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti (11GB GDDR5X, each) in Scalable Link Interface (S.L.I.), or parallel configuration, 1,500 Watt power supply, 3x Solid State Drives (S.S.D’s) two [2] are made by Western Digital), Track Infrared (I.R.) 5 head tracking head gear and receiver (Natural Point, Corvallis, Oregon [OR]. United States of America [U.S.A.]) and a Dell 4K Ultrasharp 32 inch monitor.

Software: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-bit), Lockheed Martin‘s Prepar 3D versions 4 & 5 (with most current HOTFIXES)Active Sky for P3Dv4Active Sky Cloud ArtREX Sky Force 3D, REX Environment Force,  Pilot’s! FS Global Ultimate Next Generation FTX Mesh (Global land elevation points generated from orbiting satellite reconnaissance mapping in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [N.A.S.A.]), Flight1 Ultimate Traffic Live, and Chaseplane (Head tracking software by OLDPROP).

Notes: 1) Purchase of Lockheed Martin’s Prepare 3D version 4 and/or version 5 (P3Dv4/5) is required for this aircraft add-on to work and can be purchased here. 2) All testing herein was conducted at 4K (4190 x 2160) resolution. 3) All flight testing was conducted in the contiguous (lower 48) states of  United States of America (U.S.A.). 4) All testing and screenshots in this review were taken at full 4K (UltraHD, UHD) Resolution.

** ORBX Simulation Systems provided a free PressCopy for this Critical Review.

Textures:

Textures of the product meet credible and expected industry standards.

All textures for the product are very solid, detailed, defined, and sharp at 4K resolutions.

All airport and locally surrounding terrain textures are Very Solid, as Expected from the high quality ORBX Simulation Systems product pipeline.

Texture Score:

Four (4) out of Five (5) Stars: 4/5

MODELING DETAIL:

Textures of the product meet credible and expected industry standards.

Detailed and Robust Modeling for all aspects of this product are very solid, detailed, defined, and sharp at 4K resolutions.

All airport modeling details and locally surrounding terrain terrain elevation (Mesh data point densities) are very solid, as expected from the high quality ORBX Simulation Systems product pipeline.

Modeling Detail Score:

Four (4) out of Five (5) Stars: 4/5

PERFORMANCE:

The performance of the product met credible and expected industry standards. Specifically, performance in Lockheed Martin Corporation P3Dv5 is improved when using resource intensive Complex High-Fidelity aircraft.

Performance Score:

Four (4) out of Five (5) Stars: 4/5

Summary:

Overall, another Very Solid and Robust product, as Expected from ORBX.

Final Summed Score:

Twelve (12) out of fifteen (15) points: 12/15 or 80%

4.0 out of 5 Stars –> B- Grade

Based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Standard 5.0 Grading Scale.

Final Recommendation:

The Friedman Memorial Airport (KSUN) is another HighFidelity, HighQuality, and Robust product produced by ORBX Simulation Systems. The Friedman Memorial Airport (KSUN) airport is an additional value adding asset to the John Venemass’ ORBX product portfolio, as expected.

If an anyone or any entities are looking for some more Elbow-Room, Fresh Air, Quiet, and/or Distancing from Urban and/or Suburban (Suburbia) Areas & Regions, I Highly-Recommend ORBX KSUN for a Refreshing, Trouble & IssueFree, Recharging, and Pleasant Experience.

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