Wonderful shots mate! Love the DAL
744 and all of the 777 ones. My two favorite birds, great airlines too.
Wow, that could become quite the list. The overall flying experience shouldn't be too different from FSX. I tried both and don't see/feel that much of a difference.
Let's see, what add-ons would be the essential of the essential. I'll just name you a few, in my opinion, essential add-ons in different categories to get your FS
1. Real Environment Xtreme (with Overdrive) - gives you stunning HD
textures for sky, clouds, sun, water and so much more. Really one of the products that enhances FS9 and brings it close to FSX standard.
2. Ground Environment Pro by Flight1 - replaces the default ground textures with better ones. You can also create custom sets for different weather conditions.
3. Ultimate Terrain USA + Canada/Alaska + Europe (3 different products) - realistic coastlines, rivers, streets, landclass and so on for FS
. Only enhances the above mentioned regions though.
4. FSGlobal (I still use the 2008 version) - high resolution mesh. meaning your mountains in the whole world have realistic terrain data, coming from a NASA shuttle mission. It makes a huge impact over the default mesh/terrain that comes with FS
. There's comparison shots on the internet, just google it and you will see what I mean.
5. Active Sky Evolution - gives you an awesome real-time weather engine. A whole new game compared to the default MS
6. I use a combination of WorldOfAi-freeware AI
-Traffic and hundreds of other traffic files i compiled myself. Also MilitaryAiWorks has nice military AI
-Traffic. Adds a lot to the atmosphere and populates your airports and airspace.
Aircraft (complex, heavy birds only):
1. PMDG 747
2. PMDG MD
3. Level-D 767
4. iFly 737NG
For not so heavy (but still very detailed renditions) aircraft try anything by Carenado. They offer a lot of Cessnas, Mooneys and so on.
Scenery (now, that's a tough one. There's so many good sceneries out there - pay and freeware. But also bad ones, so always check reviews, screenshots or check the forum on avsim.com about experiences):
1. Aerosoft usually has good quality sceneries of airports
2. Imaginesim creates decent airports, mostly in the US but lately also in Asia (HKG
3. FSDreamteam has awesome sceneries
4. there are many other designers that have some great airports. it all depends on your personal preference and where you want to fly. Also check avsim.com for freeware. Maybe start with Sunskyjet's PHL
and the YVR
scenery by JGabbert/addictedtoairspace.
I would say the most important ones are the ones I listed first in the Global category. There's many many more, but these should get you started. If you want more infos, or have questions about a specific add-on, just ask. Hope this helps. I guess it can be confusing in the beginning with all the products out there.