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The Misty Fjords scenery is really well done. The thing Misty Fjords excels at, in my opinion, is terrain and geography. The lakes, rivers, glaciers and other geological features are accurate and really make you feel like you are flying over the wilderness. The object scenery is fairly sparse, which one would expect over such a relatively uninhabited area. There are moving ships, fishing boats, navigation buoys, docks, other airports and many other items. The scenery isn’t full of gimmicky stuff though that doesn’t add anything to the feel of the area. I think Misty Fjords strikes a good balance between terrain and object density. Scattered throughout the area are highly detailed forestry service cabins and seaplane bases. Some of the scenery areas are better accessed with a floatplane since many of the cabins are next to waterways.

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The scenery also features different sky palettes and different seasonal effects. It is also possible to change the lakes from water to ice depending on what season you wish to fly in. Here I’m flying into Stewart airfield (CZST) on the far west side of the scenery area. Once again the combination of Misty Fjords and Active Sky V give stunning results. These were the actual real world conditions at the airport at the time I was flying. The clouds filling the valleys are spectacular. I’ve also changed the season to the winter to show the snow and ice textures.

Pilatus PC-12 Pilatus PC-12
Pilatus PC-12 Pilatus PC-12

Heading out over the mountains to the north east I fly low exploring the many valleys and rivers dotting the landscape. Every so often you’ll come across a cabin or a beautiful lake or glacier hidden away in a hanging valley. As an avid hiker I can’t wait to go visit this area in real life!

Pilatus PC-12 Pilatus PC-12
Pilatus PC-12 Pilatus PC-12

The terrain and airport locations lend themselves to VFR flying. For those hard IFR days there are a few airports with instrument approaches, but if you are flying to hunting or fish camps you’ll have to thread your way through the mountains under the clouds or improvise your own, illegal approaches to descend to your destination.

Pilatus PC-12 Pilatus PC-12
Pilatus PC-12 Pilatus PC-12

One of the cool things about the Misty Fjords scenery is that there is an outstanding fan base for Misty Fjords add-ons. They have taken the Misty Fjords base scenery and added applied their own talents to supplement the area in even more exacting detail. Items such as canneries, more cabins, camps, airfields and ships can be downloaded and imported into the Misty Fjords area. The web site that hosts this group of virtual pilots is called Misty Moorings (http://www.mistymoorings.com/) and is one of the best enthusiast sites I’ve seen. The site offers free scenery for download, route descriptions, maps, directions to find the special places within the Misty Fjords scenery area and tons of other useful information. A good area of the site to check out if you are interested in purchasing the Misty Fjords scenery is the Tool Shed where you can download a beautiful high resolution map of the area that will show you the Misty Fjords coverage area and many of the default and add-on features:http://www.mistymoorings.com/toolshed/index.php

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