Pearson is Bill Womack's sixth Orbx airport as well was his first Orbx-only release since returning to the fold, and now its ready for X-Plane 11.
Among all the small Pacific Northwest airports that are loaded with character, Pearson Field stands out. For one thing, it predates them all; KVUO is officially the oldest continuously operating airport in the region, and one of the two oldest operational fields in the US. Even well before the dawn of aviation, the site was a hub of activity, as evidenced by the 19th-century Hudson's Bay Company fort and trading post just off the threshold of runway 8. In its life so far, the tiny airport has hosted the first crossing of the Columbia River by airship in 1905, been a stopover on the US Army's first round-the-world flight, and made Russian aviation history as the landing spot for the Chkalov Trans-Polar Flight in 1937.
Today, it's a popular field for GA pilots and history buffs and occupies a prime piece of real estate along the banks of the Columbia in the flight path of KPDX's runway 10L. We've worked hard to replicate the feel of this busy suburban field using hundreds of photos taken on-site. Many of the unique landmarks are represented, including the I-5 bridge between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, the railroad bridge just downstream, the busy shopping area of Jantzen Beach on nearby Hayden Island, and a faithful reproduction of downtown Vancouver. If you're a fan of our Pacific Northwest airports, this one is a must-have.
As we do not currently have a version of FTX Central available for Linux or MacOS, you will see a CROSS-PLATFORM DOWNLOAD option in your account. This is a simple zip that you can extract into X-Plane 11 in the meantime until FTX Central is available for those other platforms.
12 square miles of photo terrain around KVUO
Including Hayden Island, Oregon and downtown Vancouver, Washington
Detailed reproduction of downtown Vancouver
Detailed modeling based on hundreds of reference photos
Airport ground polys utilizing XP11 PBR materials
Static aircraft commonly seen on the ramp
Detailed & accurate buildings in the region of the airport, especially on approach paths