Gillespie Field (ICAO:KSEE) is a county-owned public towered airport, 12 miles northeast downtown San Diego and the beach in California. The airport is mostly used for general aviation, with 3 runways. Gillespie is the home of San Diego Air & Space Museum Annex, the ASTREA (the air support unit of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department) and a dozen of other businesses and flight clubs/schools like my club Plus One Flyers.
As for all of my MSFS mod, this small scenery is made from a pilot-eyes perspective. In real, I'm a Plus One Flyers member and mostly fly from Montgomery Field but Gillespie is one of the fourth base. I'm real PPL but a rookie amateur scenery developer: this mod is made with 99% of MSFS default objects library and feature massive number of details. The scenery is inspired by some of my personal videos and pictures, the FAA From the Flight Deck - Gillespie Field Airport, but mostly by high resolution aerial views from Bing and Google maps. It's a mix between the satellite imagery displayed from MSFS and more accurate data found on Internet. 1800+ objects have been added to the default scenery to make in more live and bring a touch of an active area.
- Taxiways : all corrected and fixed
- 150+ taxiway signs : complete redesign, correct name according to last charts, add some of the two sided taxiway sign, example at D5).
- Taxiway lines: complete redesign, position and correct, add "center line enhanced" represented 1400+ taxiway paths.
- Buildings: all airport hangars/FBO's and buildings have been replaced by MSFS objects library: Speer Hangar Assoc, Allen Airways Flying Museum, California Flight Academy, American Aviation Academy, SAA (Scandinavian Aviation Academy), ASTREA, Golden State Flying Club, Safari Aviation, Southern Cal Aircraft, High Performance Aircraft, Terminal, San Diego Aerospace Museum, Circle Air, El Cajon Pilot Supply... Let me know if you have details missing somewhere (high quality pictures welcome)
- Fences: all around the field.
- Ground markings:
- Big TAXI yellow ground markings to avoid confusion with runways 27R and 27L and handcrafted (amateur) red intersection runway.
- Helipads at Mercy Air and on the transient apron north of the Terminal.
- Reveal of Compass Rose west of the field on D1
- Windsocks: correct placement and addition
- Night blue light poles: remove the maximum of undesired extra poles
- Static aircrafts at ASTREA (stock Bell 407), Stearman at the Airpark and Skycrane at High Perf FBO from E.Baranger (https://sketchfab.com/helijah/models).
How to install? Unzip the file into your Community folder. Keep the folder structure from the zip (\AirportServices \ContentInfo, \MaterialLibs, \scenery, layout.json and manifest.json at the root directory). Once installed go to KSEE as usual, the scenery is overlayed over the existing default one.
If you love the San Diego area, please consider my other productions:
- KMYF Montgomery Field : https://flightsim.to/file/5856/montgomery-gibbs-exec-airport-taxiway-fix-and-many-more
- KRNM Ramona : https://flightsim.to/file/25710/ramona-krnm
- KOKB OceanSide : https://flightsim.to/file/37328/oceanside-box-maxwell-memorial-airfield-kokb
- KSDM Brown Field: https://flightsim.to/file/38035/brown-field-muni-kdsm
- The Bush Trip "San Diego VFR Transition" : https://flightsim.to/file/6276/vfr-transitions-at-san-diego
- Some missing taxiway signs (see "Request / I need you" below")
- Size of taxiway signs (currently "size 3") maybe too big. I need your feedback.
- Parking spots (orientation) should be verified
- Free stocked MSFS : Sedona
- World Update II (USA) and X (USA)
I need you : there're several specific signs on taxiways that I found like "ATC NON VISUAL AREA", "Be a Good Neighbor". These make the scenery unique and I look for others I was unable to identify. If you have pictures, feel free to share with me!
Not included: attention to night environment.
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Outstanding! I flew between two of your fields, Gillespie and Oceanside, in my latest YouTube video. These are payware quality - thank you for sharing! https://youtu.be/Gc1Wo2SOe4c
I downloaded all your stuff and sent a little cash. Really great stuff Vince. Thank you. 😊
vbazillio 15 day(s) ago
Thanks to you! You support is greatly appreciated!
Another great little airport add-on by vbazillio. His work is truly excellent.
Just keeps on getting better. Thank you for your wonderful work.
Thank you for your continued work and improvements on not only this airport but the others you have made as well. LOVE the tower!!! LOOKS GREAT!!!
Outstanding work. Enjoy all of your airports in the SD area. Thank you!
I just updated this three days ago after the 05 Jan 2023 update and this website still gives me the yellow checkmark on airports I already updated. So I end up downloading them again if I am not paying close attention.
lawlegge 2 month(s) ago
A few thoughts...
If you get a yellow checkmark, then there IS an update - be sure you 'Refresh' after updating, if necessary. You can track the updates in the "Timeline" above on the right hand side. Remember - it's up to the dev how often they want to update the addon. It's up to you how often you want to update your addon library. Thank god for the devs or where would we be ? Thank you Vincent for your talents and dedication. It is very much appreciated.
And this site - absolutely incredible. As we all know, it ain't easy managing 10's of thousands of addons...but this is hands down the best download site I've seen in 40 years of simming.
And for anyone who may not be familiar, up in the far right corner, if you click your name, you get a drop down. Notice you have a "Mod Manager" - indispensable.
Here it shows, among other things, "My Downloads" but in this case, more importantly, "Update Needed". Here you can pick and choose what you want to update (and when). Again - indispensable.
This was good with the initial release and contnues to just get better and better. One suggestion. Can you open some hangar doors? That would really make it come to life even more!
vbazillio 3 month(s) ago
Thanks for your message. Would love to open some hangars, but it would required to rebuild the 3D objects and I just want to remind to all that all hangars in this scenery are from the stocked MSFS library! 😉
fppilot 3 month(s) ago
Thank you for the reply. Then I guess it is up to us as a community to browbeat Asobo into more lifelike scenery objects. Your efforts are excellent.
Thank you so much! I grew up in east San Diego County and have gone up from Gillespie many times in my lifetime. I had planned to get my PPL from Golden State Flying Club when I retired. Unfortunately, I contracted degenerative nerve disease in my legs and only have limited use of them. Flying in the computer is my only option. Your sceneries really help me enjoy this experience!
Hi i really like your Airport´s, only one thing, i lose FPS from capped 33 to 23 on Gillespie, there is something "heavy" in the KSEE scene.bgl file "thats killing it", no such thing at the other Airports .... thank you anyway 😊 p.s. I got an older PC , i7 7700 , 32GB, GTX 1080Ti ~ maybe that´s why 😊
vbazillio 6 month(s) ago
Thanks for your message, sorry for that. I don't have any other feedback on a killing fps experience. I should improve my skills to seek for performance improvement! Will look at.
PS : have you tried with only my scenery in your community?
MSFlight 6 month(s) ago
Yes all of them, and all updated, first thing in the day, no problems with them at all 😊
GopherCH 4 month(s) ago
I can confirm it's pretty tough on FPS. I have a pretty good machine and drop from about 45-50 to 30 - 35. So no big deal, still good enough for me but there's something performance intensive there. Great job btw!
THANKYOU VERY MUCH...for these Beautiful California Gems,...Im here on the East Coast But Still Fly Around Cali Just as Much !! For Me Its the Scenery that Matters the Most in MSFS !!! (...hoping Asobo Fixes Photogrammetry Soon).
My closest airport, thank you very much for this!
I just did a flight from L08, KOBK, KCRQ, KRNM, KSEE, KMYF and landing at KSDM. Nice work on the airports! Did notice at KSEE the runway lights were floating above the runway.
vbazillio 7 month(s) ago
Thanks for your message!
Floating lights? Hum... You're the first. Was it the blue poles lights? Runway edge lights? On which runway?
Will investigate and if anyone else notice something similar, please let me know!
knowosatka 7 month(s) ago
I did a touch and go on 27R, it was the runway edge lights. I'll go back this week some time and see if I can replicate it.
knowosatka 7 month(s) ago
Ok, disregard. My flight at KSEE (27R) around the pattern appeared normal. Runway edge lights looked normal. Not sure what happened on my earlier flight. Enjoying your scenery updates!!
Your scenes are impressive. VBAZILLIO since you know how to give life to the airports in the area, you could... when you have time and desire... improve the CHINO - KCNO one. Thanks.
P.S. I found out that Mr. Cruce parks his P-51 there.
vbazillio 7 month(s) ago
Thank you for your message. Chino/KCNO is a big platform with some very specific and colorful buildings and hangars. I'm not sure they'll fit in generic buildings which is the level of my skill.
PS / I flew once at Chino and visited the Flame of Plane museum. I remembered refueling at Flying Tigers 😉
Nice clean up on this last update!!! Still LOVING your work bud, especially around the So Cal area!! Keep up the great work!! Donating again to your cause! 🏆😉
vbazillio 8 month(s) ago
Thank you! Really appreciate your support!
Thank you so much for this airport and the others you've made around the San Diego area. I love flying out of KSEE in the sim since it is by my parents' house and you've really brought it to life with all the effort you've put into it. Thank you!
vbazillio 8 month(s) ago
A big Thank You for your support!
ryu1940 8 month(s) ago
My pleasure! Thank you for the excellent work! This was a great surprise running across your San Diego area stuff 😊