Extreme Airline Mission Pack for FSX2 reviews
Not every flight that you undertake is going to be as smooth as you had hoped for – and with this Extreme Airline package, you can finally get to see this for yourself up close and personally. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X inc. Steam Edition
- File size
- 227 MB
- RDJ Simulations
As a massive add-on accompanying more than 30 missions, you can finally enjoy the amazing challenge of dealing with extreme accidents, problems and various other issues in tandem.
It helps you become far more aware when something does go wrong, but if nothing else these offer adrenaline pumping missions that you will struggle to forget for their incredible depth and increasingly unique challenges.
A wealth of missions that span every possible disaster and problem that you could think of, ensuring that fans of this kind of flying can take part in something new and unique.
Missions that take you to places like Bermuda and even Vegas – some even put you in the seas! These are all various different mission styles that give you a new and fair appreciation of just how tough it can be to fly an aircraft in the modern world.
Approach and departure scenarios that scale in difficulty, guiding you through handling disasters and using proper flight protocols.
Armies of new objects are included, all being used to make the world around you feel even more authentic than it would have previously and making everything here feel better than ever.
Either way, either mission that you undertake will help you learn and improve overall as a simulated pilot!
Just Some of the Missions
The first mission – Let’s Go Racing – will see you undertake a various range of camera shots from atop a camera blimp. In this free roaming mission you get to watch the race unfold below you as you stay up in the skies, content with the view down below.
Another popular mission is the Atlanta Departure mission. This has you go through various runway exits to make sure you are taking off with the right technique and style, making it much easier to know if you are heading in the right direction as a pilot and what needs improvement.
The Atlanta Landing mission gives you another enjoyable little experience as you come into the flight as you approach the runway in Atlanta. This means that you need to deal with the glideslope – set up with both audio and text to help guide you down – meaning that you will become a more rounded pilot in general. You will also get to see the VFR as pilots would do when bringing down heavy aircraft. Try and manage yourself around the traffic and always maintain the right distance between you and the other aircraft, ensuring that you land your aircraft completely safely.
Fly through the Bermuda Triangle and experience the unique, challenging style of events that take place here. You’ll deal with several of the most common phenomenon from this unique part of the world – you will just need to use the guidance from the Bermuda Tower to guide you through successfully. Try and stay straight as you fly and you will need to try and follow your view as your guide. Then, you need to make a landing through the cover of a hurricane and heavy clouds, making it even harder for you to make a textbook landing and pushing you further!
Have you ever seen the movie Cast Away? If so, you will love this mission. You have gone down somewhere across the Pacific and have been hit by a lightning bolt. Now, you are a mere cargo crew handler who was onboard and have escaped from the wreckage of the aircraft. Using a small raft, you make your way to a nearby island where you have to survive during a storm, with various waterspouts leading you to a way off the island and back to safety.
Take part in the legendary escape of D.B. Cooper in this mission as you take off to the jump zone, following the orders provided to you by D.B. once you are up there, you switch places and take over control of D.B., where you have to guide yourself down to safety or wind up risking becoming lost forever in the depth of the wilderness!
Give yourself an easier flight with this excellent LXGB Gibraltar landing. You need to make a land here at one of the most dangerous airports on the planet with the short runway, whilst avoiding Spanish airspace entirely. Stay there for more than 30 seconds and you will fail here!
In this mission, you are left with an undervalued level of fuel and thus you cannot get to the end of your proposed flight. Instead, you need to glide your aircraft to a nearby 3000ft runway which has been abandoned. Use your gliding ability to get there by maneuvering properly.
Try taking off from Honolulu in one of the packages, as the airport puts you through your paces. The front top of your cabin comes under excess pressure and comes off, so you need to get the aircraft under control and keep everyone safe until you make it back home.
The Hudson River Miracle is a remake of the famous event just after you hit a flock of geese upon takeoff. Now you need to guide yourself to a chosen point on the Hudson River and settle down the aircraft without causing any problems or damaging the aircraft any further.
This day takeoff mission will see you take off from the Princes Juliana beach – watch out for the mountain straight ahead as you need to make a smart banking to avoid a crucial error here.
Another mission covered is the Approach to MHTG Toncontin, Honduras. This is one of the most dangerous flights on the planet, especially during the drama of a thunderstorm. Very few commercial flights ever even try to land here so the flight can be a huge challenge for you to succeed with – just make sure you always take flight procedure seriously here as you’ll need everything you have to complete the flight! Important Documents
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Rated 4.5/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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This mission pack gives rise to hopes; 32 missions for only £ 9.27/€ 10.96, and a great variation, too!
Download and installation is problem free, and the makers have even realized that many of us prefer a manual installation to the automatic execution, where you never know what is added, overwritten or changed.
A look at the missions reveals that not all of them deal with flight simulation in the strict sense; several of them have you placed in rafts or kayaks, as well as in balloons and dirigible (more or less) airships. One mission consists only of a movie preamble to two others, and involves no action on your part. This leaves 19 missions using bona fide aircraft. Apart from the included, special A321, FSX default aircraft are used in all cases.
Only two of the missions will give you a reward; a slight disappointment.
Looking then, as I'm wont to do, at the mission (.XML) files, the same template has been used for many missions, resulting in lots of superfluous code. The coding and editing of these files also is somewhat sloppy. The spelling (in captions etc.) is horrendous. As an aside, the flight (.FLT) files are also unnecessarily cluttered by irrelevant radio messages.
Some sound files are missing, but the captions are there.
One mission, called Landing Training (an approach to Fallon AFB), is very confusing as it tells you that the airport you are on approach to is 1,300 miles away, instead of just 7 nm off! You can land there, nevertheless.
The Paro Landing Mission is flyable (although it uses a not published approach) and after touchdown you are congratulated, but the 'Success' message never appears.
So at least 17 fully functioning missions for my money - still not a bad deal.
On the plus side, the mission makers have put in lots of good scenery items and effects, including a very nice rendering of an Airbus A321 "convertible", used to re-enact Aloha Airlines' explosive decompression incident in 1988. You will see some interesting twists, one involving a parachute (telling more would be a spoiler).
A few of the missions are quite difficult to master.
In all, I would say that you get your money's worth.
When I first downloaded this I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I don't really use mission packs much, never mind things as out there as this. However I really liked the way that it played, as the flights just seemed really engaging.
I found it simple to get into the flight itself and enjoy the whole prospect of the missions, being taken into such dangerous locations as I was here. It was certainly a challenge on my part to try and get into the mind frame needed to make the flight, but I really did love the new challenge it threw at me.
I'm used to flying slow paced, easy flight missions where nothing really occurs so it was a new experience for me entirely to jump into this and witness things as dangerous as this.
I will admit that I crashed a lot but it had nothing to do with the missions themselves, or at least faults in the missions. I just really struggled to make the grade at certain points! That being said, it meant that some of the missions took me many hours to get through so I can safely say that I've my money's worth with this. Out of all 32 missions, I enjoyed the blimp mission the most, as it gave me the most change and was certainly a big change.
Overall? Hugely impressed here!
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