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Volume 3 :  Southampton Water X

Addon Scenery for FSX

FSS is please to announce that Southampton Water X (UK) is now available from Flightsim Pilot Shop:  fspilotshop.com

 

Read Bill Stack's REVIEW of Southampton Port X (Link to Bill Stack Review)

if undecided whether to add this Scenery to your FSX simulator.

 

Add Volume 3 to FSX completes Southampton Port & Water Scenery.

  or

Purchase the 'combo' Southampton Port & Water X

 

(Please be advised that the Purchase Price of Southampton Port X given in the Review is at a new lower price.)

 

Preface    Southampton & Southampton Water (UK)    FSX Default Scenery  Southampton Water X   Author's Notes       

 

 

 Preface

 

European & UK Sea Ports UTX is an on-going project as FSS strife’s to further improve the flight simulator experience by providing virtual pilots with some degree of reality to the ‘virtual world’ in which they are flying.

 

Southampton Water X is the third volume of the enhanced Series European & UK Sea Ports UTX developed by FlightSem Software (FSS) for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X, (Standard, Deluxe or Gold Editions).  Each volume in the Series requires Microsoft’s FSX Acceleration Expansion Pack & SP1 & SP2 Service Packs. The Gold Edition already has these upgrade packs installed.

 

Flight 1 Software - Ultimate Terrain X (Europe) software upgrade & Flight 1 Ground Environment X (Europe) software upgrade are required, although the latter is optional but recommended for best visual affects. Please be advised that without UTX (Europe) upgrade 3D-objects may appear in the sea, part of the coastlines may become cliffs & landscape will appear in areas where there should be sea (visible also in the default scenery of FSX) as well as other peculiar & undesirable effects! These effects are very noticeable in FSX where UTX software upgrade has not been installed!

 

Users are also advised that Southampton Water X scenery will not work with FS2004 (FS9) or any of the earlier versions of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator. Users should be aware that the scenery has not been tested with Standard or Gold Editions of FSX and may not blend seamlessly without FSX Acceleration Expansion Pack ( including SP1 & SP2 Service Packs) and Flight 1 UTX  upgrades installed. Off-the-shelf packages, such as ‘VFR Photographic Scenery-Generation X’, ‘FS Global Ultimate Europe & Africa for FSX’ and similar commercial software upgrades, have not been tested with this scenery and therefore might not be compatible or blend seamlessly with a FlightSem Software scenery product. Please be advised that this software product will perform best on an Intel i7 quad core CPU computer system.

 

Although the scenery is best viewed from a GA-aircraft when flying virtually into the area, the final approach or departure flight paths for the 'heavies' into or from Southampton Airport (EGHI) is only some 500-1000 feet above the area, thus providing virtual passengers (and pilots) with extremely good views of the landscape beneath them.

 

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 Southampton & Southampton Water (UK)

 

 

Southampton (http://www.southampton.gov.uk) is considered to be one of the greenest cities in the UK and is situated on England’s South Coast close to the New Forest.  The City offers unparalleled choice in shopping, entertainment, sailing, sport and leisure activities as well as offering a rich and varied heritage, cultural attractions and beautiful parks. About 10 miles to the North of Southampton at Eastleigh is Southampton International Airport (EGHI).  The airport offers regular scheduled flights to and from various leisure and business destinations, including Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels and provides some 200 or so other UK and worldwide connections.

 

Southampton is steeped in history, the sea having played a key role in that history. Perhaps the most famous ship to set sail from Southampton was the ‘Titanic’. Following the tragic sinking of the vessel, the Titanic Crew Memorial was erected in Holyrood Church and the Titanic Engineers Memorial erected in East Park.  Immediately across the road and opposite the northern end of East Park is West Park with its Cenotaph and Watts Statue. Aviation has not taken a back seat either, the work of R.J. Mitchell, the local aviation pioneer who developed the legendary Spitfire, can be seen in the Hall of Aviation in Albert Road South. The 19th century Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, a Member of Parliament for South Hampshire in those days, was commemorated with a statue in 1869 in what is now the Palmerston Park.  A commemorative monument of General Gordon, who lived in Southampton, was erected after his death in Khatoum in 1885 and can be found in Queens Park.

 

Southampton is renowned as a ‘waterfront city’ and is the home of ocean sailing with plenty to see and do along the water’s edge. Ocean Village, which is just a few minutes away from the City Centre, is one of the UK’s biggest marine developments. The Volvo Ocean Race, The BT Global Challenge, The Balloon & Flower Festival and Southampton International Boat Show are, or have been, all major events in the international sailing calendar.  Among other things, Southampton was host in 2000 to ‘Sea Wings 2000’, which staged the biggest fly past of Vickers – Supermarine Spitfires since World War II ended, and to ‘The Tall Ships 2000 Race’.

 

The Port of Southampton is a major passenger and cargo port situated ten miles (16 km) inland, between the convergence of the rivers Test and Itchen and the head of the mile wide inlet known as Southampton Water. The mouth of the inlet is protected from the effects of foul weather by the landmass of the Isle-of-Wight, providing the port with an advantageous sheltered location with close proximity to good motorway and rail network links. Owned and operated since 1982 by Associated British Ports (ABP), the port is the busiest cruise terminal and second largest container port in the United Kingdom. It is a dynamic transport hub and international maritime gateway that operates 24/7, handling one fifth of the UK’s international maritime trade for exports and imports with EU and Non-EU countries alike.

 

The Port is home to a number of well known cruise ships and ocean-going liners including the famous Cunard cruise liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2. It is also P&O’s traditional cruise homeport. The Mayflower Cruise Terminal was revamped and upgraded to improve and speed up the flow of passengers and luggage and to improve car parking facilities around Berth 106. All of this was in preparation for the new-look fleet of P&O cruise liners introduced in 2003 - P&O cruise liners Oriana, Arcadia and Aurora. The new ship Oriana made her maiden voyage from Southampton on the 9 April 1995, while Oceana made here dramatic entrance into Southampton Water on Saturday 3 May 2003 in preparation for her first European season. A new P&O Ocean Terminal was built close to the Queen’s Terminal on the East docks of Southampton and was completed in 2008 in order to accommodate the new arrivals to the fleet, Ventura and Azura, and to meet the growing public demand for cruising. Similarly, Southampton Container Terminal (SCT), situated on Southampton Quayside, saw an expansion of its terminal during the early part of 2002 with further improvements being carried out during 2003, following increasing trade from the Far East.

 

The geographical area that is the boundary to the commercial Port of Southampton and ABP’s responsibility to the Harbour Authority for its statutory Port Health Services is shown below. The area consists of Southampton Water, tidal elements of the Rivers Test and Itchen and parts of the East and West Solent. Facilities, such as Fawley Exxon Refinery at Fawley, the BP Fuel Oil Farm & Terminal at Hamble and the Military Port and Incinerator Plant at Marchwood, although not on land owned by ABP, are strategic facilities within the wider ABP controlled Harbour Authority area. These areas, together with the Village of Hythe with its 640m Pier and Marina Village, the RAF American Base, Netley Victoria Hospital Chapel and Castle, Fawley Power Station and Calshot Spit with its Coastguard Radar Tower and Mote Tutor Castle are all prominent features stretching along the shoreline of Southampton Water and into the Solent.

 

 

 

 

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 FSX Default Scenery

 

Flying into Southampton International Airport (EGHI) from the SW-S-SE and into Bournemouth Airport (EGHH) from the NW – NE should provide virtual pilots with both nautical and scenic views around the Solent, along Southampton Water and over the Port of Southampton itself.  In practice, Microsoft’s default scenery for Flight Simulator X (FSX), like its predecessors, FS2002 and FS2004 (FS9), is not at all realistic of the actual day-to-day scenery observed when approaching Southampton Airport from the south. The Port, Docks and surrounding landscape around Southampton Waterway in FSX simply isn't displayed as realistic virtual scenery of the area (images 1-6).

 

FSX Default Scenery - Selected Views along Southampton Water

 

   

 

Marchwood - Viewed from the South West (left)

and

Viewed from the West (right)

 

   

 

Hythe Marina Village & Pier -Viewed from the North West (left)

and

RAF American Base Viewed from the South West (right)

 

   

 

Warsash BP Oil Farm viewed from the South (left)

and

Hamble Sailing Club viewed from the West (right)

 

The images clearly show that the default scenery is completely void of any easily identifiable ‘true-to-life’ landmarks that is associated with Southampton Water. Despite a slightly more ‘true to life’ approach by Flight1's Ultimate Terrain X (Europe) and Ground Environment X (Europe) for FSX, the scenery still falls drastically short in depicting the maritime nature of the area (images 1-6).

 

Photo-realistic scenery upgrades does, however, improve visual reality and actually provides a more ‘true to life’ VFR experience to the virtual pilot - but only at altitudes of a thousand or so feet above sea level and at the expense of 3D-scenery objects. In fairness, Microsoft and the redundant ACES development team could not be expected to cover every single city, town, coastal feature and countryside with precise topographic detail. Microsoft and the ACES team in their wisdom left enhancements such as this to the world of 3rd party scenery designers and professional software houses.

 

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 FSS Southampton Water X Scenery

 

 

Aerial View of FSS Southampton Port X Scenery (Vol. 2, Right) & Start of the Head of Southampton Water (Rivers Test and Itchen)

 

In the design and development of this scenery product, generic and custom made 3D-objects, as well as digital and satellite imagery of the the geographical area that is the boundary to the commercial Port of Southampton and ABP’s responsibility to the Harbour Authority for its statutory Port Health Services.

 

Night lighting features were applied to all custom and collada2 adapted 3D-objects. Although Southampton Water X may not be absolutely ‘true-to-life’ in every respect, the scenery does try to maintain a balance between reality and virtual non-reality features with good frame rates (fps), level of detail (LOD) and minimization of ‘draw-calls’ kept in mind.

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Southampton Water X scenery depicts well know landmarks along and around Southampton Waterway, including:

 

 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Marchwood - The Military Port at Marchwood is situated on 289 acres of land adjoining the modern Recycling Incinerator Plant on the Western side of Southampton Water, opposite Southampton Western Docks and includes:

 

  

    

Default FSX Scenery - Marchwood Incinerator (left)                                                      Southampton Water X - Marchwood Incinerator (right)

 

 

 Southampton Water X - Marchwood Military Base seen from the North

 

Marchwood Recycle Incinerator Plant – Operates at 1000-1600 hrs and at dusk & dawn

Marchwood Sailing Club

Power Pylons

Power Sub-Stations – Operating throughout the dawn, day, dusk & night

Tour Coach Bus with Disembarked Passengers

Parked HGV Vehicles

Marchwood Military Port

Military Port’s 3 Jetties – Falkland, Mulberry & Gunwharf

Link Span Pontoons

Jetty Quayside Cranes

Jetty Railways

Railway Lines – Links Port to Main Railway Line

Military Vehicles

Dockside Cranes

Helicopter pads

Military Helicopters

Helicopter Pilots

Rail Freight Wagons – Some carrying Tanks & Military Vehicles

Railway Engine

Perimeter Fencing

Salt Marshes

Moored Sailing Craft, Yachts and Pleasure Boats

Berthed Naval Vessel (US Cutter)

Static & Animated Birds (crows & seagulls – random seagull calls within 300m of birds)

Static & Animated People

Animated Port UK and Military Flags

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

 

Western Shore - Adjacent to Hythe and on the entrance to the river Itchen is the area of Weston Shore with its prominent High-rise Tower Block Buildings, a prominent feature when approaching the Eastern Docks of Southampton from the South or from the East along Southampton Waterway and includes:

 

   

 

Default FSX Scenery - Western Shore                                                            Southampton Water X : Western Shore

 

Five Tower Block Buildings – Newly Painted Building Side-walls

Single High-rise Building to the East of the Five Towers

Parked Stationary Vehicles

Yacht Club at Entrance to Itchen River

Weston Fuel Depot at Entrance to Itchen River

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Hythe Marina Village - Adjacent to Hythe Pier is Hythe Marina with its Waterside Homes, Restaurants and Marina Berths and includes:

 

  

 

Default FSX Scenery of Hythe Marina Village & Pier (left)                               Southampton Water X : Hythe Marina Village (right)

 

 

 

 

       Aerial View from the West - Hythe Marina Village, Hythe Pier, Hythe Marina Park High-rise Building & RAF American Base

 

Marina Entrance Arched Building

Wooden Archway to Courtyard

Courtyard Fountain and Flag Post

‘La Vista’ Bar & Restaurant

‘The Boathouse’, Hotel & Restaurant

Display Buoy

Bush-Tree small copses

Seating – non-occupied & occupied

WW2 Memorial Plague& Lampposts

Marina Entrance Lock Gates

Port & Starboard Navigational Marina Entrance Beacons

Marina Berths

Various Berthed Yachts & Small Boats

Marina Houses (various types)

Inter-connecting Archway Buildings

Marina Slipway

Boat Yard

Boat Lifting & Storage Ashore

40 Ton Boat Hoist

Marina Fuel Depot & Chandlery Shed

Static Display Lifeboat

Static & Animated Birds (seagulls)

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

 

Hythe Pier - Hythe Pier stretches some 640 metres into Southampton Water and has the oldest operating electric Pier Train in the world. Scenery includes:

 

   

 

Default FSX Scenery - Hythe Ferry (pier end)                                                            Southampton Water X : Hythe Ferry (pier end)

 

 Note: The AI-Southampton to Hythe Passenger Ferry shown here is from Southampton Port X (Volume 2)

Hythe Pier

People on the Pier

Hythe Pier Electric Train (stationary)

Ticket Office

People at the Ticket office

Workshops

Hotspur House

Stationary Traffic

Bus Shelter & Streetlamp

Single-decker Area Bus

Drummond Court Building (The General Estates Co Ltd)

The ‘Seagull’ Cottage and adjoining houses

Prospect Place Park

Hythe Village Town (partial town) & St.John’s Church

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

 

RAF Hythe American Base The small American and RAF Base (Hythe) at Hythe is based some 500 meters east of Hythe Pier and the village of Hythe. Scenery includes:

 

   

  

Default FSX Scenery - RAF American Base (Hythe)                                        Southampton Water X : RAF American Base (Hythe)

 

Old American Base Pier

Radar Tower with Animated Radar Dish

Workshops

Berthed Luxury Yacht

Site Car Park & Parked Vehicles

Nearby Hythe Marine Park High-rise flats & Houses

Hythe Sailing Club

Various Berthed Yachts & Small Boats

Animated People (Workmen)

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

 

Netley Victoria Hospital Chapel  – The Netley Chapel Heritage Centre building is clearly visible nestled in the 200 acre woodland and parkland area of the ‘Royal Victoria Country Park’. The Heritage Centre lies between the Hamble River and Netley on the Northern shoreline of Southampton Water. The scenery includes:

       

Default FSX Scenery - Netley Chapel                                                                Southampton Water X : Netley Chapel

Netley Victoria Hospital Chapel Building                                           

Animated Birds - Crows

Animate People

Sand Shoreline

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Netley Abbey, Walls & Castle - The 13th century Netley Abbey and its surrounding Walls lies in ruins as does Netley Castle which, like Calshot Castle, was built as another of Henry VIII’s chain of fortifications in the mid 16th century. The scenery includes:

 

 

       

 

                                    Default FSX Scenery - Netley Castle & Abbey                                                        Southampton Water X : - Netley Castle & Abbey

 

Netley Abbey Building

Netley Abbey Walls

Netley Castle

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Warsash BP Fuel Oil Farm & Terminal - Along the northern shoreline from Netley and before reaching the river Hamble is the small BP Fuel Oil Storage Farm with its oil-transporting terminal jutting out into Southampton Water. The scenery includes:

 

  

 

                           Default FSX Scenery - Warsash BP Oil Farm & Terminal                       Southampton Water X : Warsash BP Oil Farm & Terminal

 

Oil Farm Marine Terminal Jetty

Closed Fuel Storage Tanks

Variety of Open Storage Oil Tanks – Partially filled

Fuel Pipe Lines running from On-shore Fuel Oil Storage Tanks to the Terminal Jetty

Site Buildings

AI Traffic – Travelling to & around the Farm

AI Oil Tanker – Arriving at the Terminal Jetty every 2 Hrs & Leaving soon after

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Hamble Sailing Club - The Hamble Sailing Club which is situated at the entrance of the Hamble River allows yachtsmen quick and easy access to Southampton Water. The scenery includes:

 

   

 

Default FSX Scenery - Hamble Sailing Club                                            Southampton Water X : Hamble Sailing Club

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Fawley Oil Refinery Terminal - Fuel oil is off-loaded & ExxonMobil products shipped from the sites deep water Refinery's Marine Terminal, the largest in Europe. Its mile long jetty handles some 2,500 ships movements a year. The scenery includes:

 

     

   

Default FSX Scenery - Refinery Terminal (Seen from East)                       Southampton Water X : Refinery Terminal (Seen from East)

 

Refinery Marine Terminal Jetty

Oil & LPG Tankers berthed alongside the Jetty Terminal

Closed Oil Storage Tanks

Variety of open (partially filled or empty) Fuel Oil Storage Tanks

Fuel Pipe Lines running from the Terminal Jetty to On-shore Storage Tanks

Fuel Pumping Houses

Animated Birds (seagulls)

AI-Oil Tanker Arriving & Departing (Some tankers are only visible if Southampton Port X has been installed)

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Fawley Oil Refinery - Fawley (Exxon) Oil Refinery site covers some 13 square kilometers and is situated on Southampton Water some 5 miles by road from Hythe village in Hampshire (UK). The site is surrounded on the landward side by tree fencing, by salt marshes and a Refinery Terminal on the seaward side. The scenery includes:

 

       

 

Default FSX Scenery - Refinery (North-East View)                                       Southampton Water X : Refinery (North-East View)

 

  Salt Marshes

Refinery Chimney Stacks

Oil Storage Tanks

Variety of open (partially filled or empty) Fuel Oil Storage Tanks

On-site administration and security gate buildings

Railway Line linking Refinery Site to Main Line Railway

Electric Train with Fuel Wagons

Fuel Tanker Vehicles

Static People - Site Engineers

Sheep - Help to keep the Grass Short

Cracker Emissions Effects

Distillation and Refining Plants

Escaping Safety Pipe Steam effects

Shutdown Siren (14-28th March & 1st-7th October) – both at 1300 hrs; also at noon each day

Smoke Emissions effects from Selected Chimney Stacks

Fawley Flame - Flare Towers

Flares – Stack Flame Effects Operating at Different Times of the Day and Night (See ‘Refinery Flare & Chimney Stack Effects’ table)

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

 

Fawley Power Station - Fawley Power Station is an oil-fired power station which includes a huge turbine hall, a 650ft chimney and a circular control room. It is one of Hampshire’s biggest industrial sites which have dominated the entrance to Southampton Water and is located on the Western Shore of Southampton Water. The scenery includes:

 

     

 

                Default FSX Scenery - Fawley Power Station (Seen from West)        Southampton Water X : Fawley Power Station (Seen from West) 

 

Main Station Buildings & Turbine Hall

650ft Chimney Stack

Smoke Emissions from Chimney Stack (Peak Hours: 0600-0900; 1200-1400; 1600-2100 hrs)

Circular Control Room

Stationary Vehicles

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Calshot Spit & Castle - Calshot Spit with its Castle is a one-mile long sand and shingle bank, near the village of Calshot, located on the southern bank of the open end of Southampton Water on the South Coast of England. The scenery includes:

 

     

 

                                    Default FSX Scenery - Calshot Spit                                                                        Southampton Water X : Calshot Spit

 

Calshot Castle & Moat

RNLI Lifeboat

Former Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Flying Boat Station

Sunderland Hanger - Sports Activity Hanger

Schneider Hanger

Keymer House

Houston House

Lawrence House

Spit head Slipway

Calshot & East Slipway Warning Signs

Parking Meter & Signs

Beach People & Swimmers

Bosun's Ice cream Café

Luttrell’s Tower & Entrance Gate

Beach Huts (various styles & colours)

Entrance ‘Pay-&-Display’ Kiosk

Site Plaques (Oyster Fishery Order; Cadland Estate Notice)

Calshot Marshes Display Board

Calshot Airfield Plaque (1913-61)

Calshot Activities Centre Banner & Other Display Signs

Calshot Sailing Club Enclosure with Yachts

Calshot Surfers' Hut with Flags

Dusk, Dawn & Night Lighting Effects

 

 

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 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

 

Additional Scenery & Effects

 

Additional Scenery & Effects – Additional scenery objects namely, the ‘Spinnaker Tower’ and Hythe Town have been included in this scenery software product, despite the first object being outside the Statutory Boundary of Southampton Port. The arrival ports for the AI-tankers are Puerto Mayorga (South Spain), Port Said (Egypt) and LeHarve (France) and have been rendered to reflect a slightly more realistic oil depot appearance. The nearest airports to view the arrivals & departures (cf. AI-Traffic Timetable spreadsheet for times) of the tankers are:

 

(a)    For Mayorga is Gibraltar airport (LXGB) – T/O from Rnwy 27

(b)    For Port Said is Port Said airport (HEPS) – T/O from Rnwy 10

(c)    For LeHarve is Octeville airport (LFOH) – T/O from Rnwy 05.

 

 Spinnaker Tower The Spinnaker Tower is a prominent feature when entering the Solent. The project was a £25 million joint UK Millennium Commission, Portsmouth City Council and Berkeley Festival Waterfront Company Limited sponsored project, which ending up costing £36 million, including £11 million from Council Tax. The tower was officially opened on the 18 th October 2005 (5 years later than planned) and, as an international landmark, has now transformed the water front of Portsmouth Harbour on the South Coast of England.

 

  

 

 

Southampton Water X : View of Spinnaker Tower by Day & at Dusk

 

The Spinnaker Tower, which was originally designed by 'Scott Wilson Advanced Technology Group' at Basingstoke, Hampshire is a concrete, steel and composite structure that rises 170 metres (560 feet) from the sea adjacent to Gunwharf Quays. It is constructed upon a 3m thick pile cap and founded on 84 piles, and comprises two inclined slip-formed hexagonal concrete shafts 6m across, which merge into a single shaft at 70m. Two crossed bows, fabricated from 10.8m long & 1.5m wide structural steel box sections, rise from the ground, cross between the shafts at 35m and rise to connect with the shaft again at 120m.

 

The bow varies from 10-12m in depth at the base and top of the tower, reducing to 2.5m at the centre. A grid of I-section steel beams span between the concrete tower, steel bows and frontal rib beams at each level to support the thick 150mm concrete floor slabs. One shaft contains an internal express lift, the other shaft a panoramic external glass lift situated up the seaward face of the tower. The tower has three high-level trapezoidal public viewing platforms that vary in size from 18m x 14m down to 12m x 4.7m for the highest deck as well as Europe’s largest glass floor. The platforms are situated at heights of 100m, 105m and 110m and offer extensive views over Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport and the Solent.

 

The scenery includes only the tower and Gunwharf Quays building.

 

 Hythe Town - Hythe, which nestles between the edge of the New Forest and Southampton Water, was a village up to the 1950’s, but the growth of the nearby Fawley Refinery led to a demand for more houses with the result that the village expanded into a small town. Hythe offers a range of public services and ample parking. Centered on and around its Georgian High Street is a good range of shops, a public house,’ The Lord Nelson’, a Waitrose supermarket, as well as St.John’s Church, a fire station, several charity and small independent shops, Lloyds Bank, Boots the Chemist as well as a nearby public library.

 

   

 

Southampton Water X : View of Hythe Village Sea Front Promenade & Town at Dusk

 

The town’s sea front promenade boasts fantastic views across Southampton Water where the majestic cruise liners can be seen entering and leaving the Port of Southampton. Hythe has a pier which operates the oldest working, narrow gauge, passenger pier train in the world for its half-hourly ferry service from Hythe to the City of Southampton. Close by is Hythe Marina Village, with its moored yachts, boats and large and expensive houses. The scenery includes only the northern side of Hythe Village with its range of shops.

 

Additional effects – Additional effects include:

Moored Sailing Craft, Yachts and Pleasure Boats

Power Pylons

AI-Tankers, Yacht & Motorboat Traffic

Ship Smoke Effects

AI-Wind & Kite Surfers

Ship, Yacht & Wind/Kite Surfer Wakes

Static & Animated People

Animated Birds – Crows & Seagulls (Seagulls heard within 50m & below 100 ft)

Railway Lines (Linking Refinery Site to Main Line Railway)

Road-Train Level-crossing Barriers

Aircraft Navigational Warning Lights on High-rise Buildings, Towers & Chimneys

Night, Dawn & Dusk-lighting Texturing

Early evening BBQ Bonfires on Calshot Beach during June-July (1st week of month)

Early Evening Guy Fawkes Bonfire on Calshot Beach (1900-2100 hrs)

Firework Display (selective) on Calshot Beach - Guy Fawkes Evening (Between 1900-2100 hrs)

Limited Seasonal Effects

 Note: A Large fireworks display can also be seen later in the evening over Mayflower Park on Guy Fawkes night (5th Nov) and on New Years Eve if Southampton Port X is installed alongside Southampton Water X.

 

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Refinery Flare & Chimney Stack Effects Table

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The Fawley Flares and Chimney Stack Smoke are only visible during certain times of the day and night throughout the year and will not be seen outside of the designated months and times shown below.

 

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Flare/Smoke        Type      Stack #                  Time of Day/Night               Month of Year Active

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Flare Stack 0           Flareutx                    1                             2200 to 2300 hrs                     October-December

                                                                                                1600 to 1700 hrs                     April-June

Flare Stack 1           Flare_01utx              2                             1000 to 1200 hrs                     January-March

                                                                                                1600 to 1700 hrs                     April-June

Flare Stack 2           Flare_02utx              3                             1600 to 1700 hrs*                   April-June

                                                                                                1800 to 1900 hrs                     April-June

Flare Stack 3           Flare                         4                             0000 to 2300 hrs                     Random                 

Stack Smoke 4         Chm1                       5                             0600 to 1200 hrs                     January-April

Stack 5                    2Vent                       6                             No Smoke emissions                   ---                           

Stack Smoke 6         4Vent                       7                             1000 to 1600 hrs*                   October-December

Stack Smoke 7         chmsmSmkX            8                             0600 to 1200 hrs                     January-December

Stack Smoke 8         chm3x                       9                             0000 to 2400 hrs**                 February-October

Stack Smoke 9         Trichem                   10                            1000 to 1800 hrs**                 May-September

Stack Smoke 10       chm2x (cone)           11                            0600 to 2000 hrs**                 June-December

Stack 11                  chmslim_g               12                            No Smoke emissions                   ---

Stack Smoke 12       esso_xxonchm         13                            0700 to 1500 hrs                     March-August

Stack 13                  chmslim_g_o           14                            No Smoke emissions                   ---

Stack Smoke 14       Sqtopchm                15                            1000 to 1400 hrs*                   All Year

Stack Smoke 15       Ribchmsm               16                            0000 to 2359 hrs                     Random

 

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Note: * Effect can also be seen at Dawn              ** Effect is Random  Type is only for scenery object ref

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  Scheduled Scenery AI-Objects

Scheduled AI-Objects – Additional scheduled AI-Objects (a Southampton Water X AI-Traffic Timetable spreadsheet of detail times is included with the product's documentation) include:

  AI-Oil Tanker 1: Berthing & Departing from Warsash BP Oil-Farm Terminal every 2 hours. The trip takes around 57 minutes each way between the terminal and a sea anchorage. Nearest airfield & airport is Lee-on-Solent (EGHF) & Southampton International Airport (EGHI).

AI-Oil Tanker 2: Berths & Departs once a day from Fawley Refinery Terminal. The trip takes just under 3 hours each way with a short stay of around 1.5 hrs at the Refinery.

AI-Oil Tanker 3: Berthing & Departing from Fawley Refinery Terminal every 5 weeks after sailing to/from Port Said Refinery Docks, North Africa, via the Straits of Gibraltar. Nearest airport is Port Said airport (HEPS). Trips take around 14 days 10 hours each way.

AI-Oil Tanker 4: Sailing to/from Puerto Mayorga Refinery Depot in Southern Spain (West of Gibraltar) to Fawley Refinery. Nearest airport is Gibraltar, (LXGB).

AI-Oil Tanker 5: Sailing to/from LeHarve Refinery Depot in France to Fawley Refinery every week. Nearest airport is LeHarve, (LFOH).

AI-Tug: Refinery Tug serving the Terminal. Escorts some AI-Tankers into & out from the refinery terminal.

AI-Motorboat: Berthing & Departing from Marchwood anchorage to the entrance of Hythe Marina Lock every 30 minutes. The trip takes around 13 minutes each way. Boat doesn’t enter the Marina.

AI-Windsurfers: Variable ‘surfing’ times. To spot them look for wakes on the sea of Calshot beach.

AI-Paddleboard surfer: Paddling close to Calshot beach - look for wake on the water.

AI-Kite-surfers: Variable ‘surfing flight’ times. The kite canopies can be seen several metres above the sea of Calshot beach and create wakes on the sea water.

AI-Yacht: Sails between the beaches board surfing area, around spit head into Stainforth Cottage bay and returning after a short stay.

 

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Development Author's Note:

 

The Port of Southampton and surrounding areas scenery is not the first serious attempt at trying to rectify some of the deficiencies seen in and around Southampton (UK). The author’s earlier Southampton Project (Southampton & Regional Area Scenery for FS2002 – FS2004) proved reasonably popular with flight simulator fans. The scenery achieving a 'Star Performer and Internet Download Award' in 2003 (Modules 1-5) by PC Pilot Magazine (Issue 25 Nov-Dec 2003). The Project was Dedicate to the Memory of the authors' late Mother and Father.

 

For those who actually downloaded the Modules I hope you were pleased with the outcome. Now, after a personal lapse of some six years in scenery enhancement and development, and under the umbrella of FlightSem Software House, I hope that the virtual flight experience can once more offer a more ‘realistic’ view of Southampton Port and Docks.

 

The Port of Southampton X (released in 2014) can be enhanced by FlightSem Software’s 'European & UK Sea Ports Volume 3: Southampton Water X'. This scenery (Volume 3) completes the statutory boundary of Southampton Port mentioned earlier in this document and includes Marchwood Military Port, Western Shore High-rise flats, Netley Abbey & Castle, Fawley (Esso) Refinery & Dock Terminal, Oil & Gas Tankers, RWE Fawley Power Station, Calshot Spit, Calshot Coastguard Tower and various landscape features straddled along Southampton Water, thus providing the virtual pilot with an extensive landscape view of the area.

 

 Marchwood   Western Shore   Hythe Marina   Hythe Pier    RAF Hythe    Netley Chapel   Netley Castle  Warsash Oil Farm   Hamble Sailing Club   Fawley Refinery Terminal   Fawley Oil refinery   Fawley Power Station   Calshot Spit & Castle   Additional Scenery & Effects   Scheduled AI Objects   Author's Note

 

Preface    Southampton & Southampton Water (UK)    FSX Default Scenery  Southampton Water X   Author's Notes       

 

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