USA: MegaScenery publisher PC Aviator, in partnership with MegaScenery developer Aerosoft Australia Pty Ltd, announced the launch of the next phase of the MegaScenery brand — MegaSceneryEarth. MegaSceneryEarth is a product line that involves the massive project of mapping as much of the earth as possible as ready-to-use photoscenery (created from aerial photography) for Microsoft Flight Simulator X. The focus initially will be on the continental USA.
End users visit the MegaSceneryEarth website, choose the pre-created areas of photoscenery packaged as tiles varying between 1200 and 2800 square miles and download them instantly after purchase.
While the concept of downloaded software is certainly not new, the concept of a megastore of on-demand, ready-to-use photoscenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator available for instant download is as a result of the MegaSceneryEarth model.
Aerial photographs for the MegaSceneryEarth product line are from source data of primarily 1 and (some) 2 meters per pixel resolution and are displayed in Microsoft Flight Simulator at 1.19 meters per pixel. The end result for the user is a very realistic representation of the particular area being flown in Flight Simulator.
As well as for entertainment, MegaScenery notes the product line also has sorts of positive implications for licensed and trainee pilots wanting to become familiar with visual flight operations in particular geographical areas. This project was made possible as a result of the ever increasing speed of internet connection bandwidth for consumers however users who do not have fast connections the website also offers opportunities to have DVD recreations mailed on demand in lieu of downloading.
The pricing for the scenery tiles is as little as $3.00 per area when consumers take up maximum volume discounts.