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JustSim’s Klagenfurt was provided free of charge to FSElite for the purpose of reviewing for the community.
When JustSim announced Klagenfurt my immediate thoughts were fantastic: another Austrian scenery to add to my collection. Granted I had absolutely no idea where it was located, but another winter wonderland nonetheless. I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say that I was a little dubious of the quality based on previous releases which seemed rushed. Much to my surprise I was taken aback by the quality, and JustSim have really excelled and I personally think these kind of airports and areas are where the developers true talents lie.
Klagenfurt is the capital of the federal state of Carinthia in Austria with a population of 99,100 it is the sixth largest city in the country. Klagenfurt Airport however is a rather small international airport that has many flights serving inter European cities and some leisure destinations. Due to low ticket demand Austrian Airlines announced a reduction in services but remains the largest operator through Klagenfurt Airport. Main destinations include Austrian Airlines, Eurowings themselves and Eurowings operated by Germanwings so as you can see a relatively small client base. Despite these rather bleak statistics JustSim decided to develop Klagenfurt. Klagenfurt is available to purchase on simMarket at a cost of 20.16 Euro (£18.22) Installation is very easy and uses SimMarket’s validation tool to authorize installation. Pricing wise I think this is a reasonable amount to pay as the scenery does not just include the airport itself it also includes the surrounding city. Also the level of detail I believe also warrants the price tag.
The approach into Klagenfurt really appeals to my flying style and likewise will also appeal to anyone who likes mountainous, Innsbruck-like approaches with challenging terrain and low cloud base. On my first approach into the airport using real world weather I was met by a very formidable weather front with a cloud base of just 3000ft and variable winds gusting at times couple this with mountainous terrain and showers of rain and you find yourself totally engrossed. At last the PAPI lights begun to come into focus, their atmospheric glow reassuring me I’m where I should be.
Lighting is something that has been modelled particularly well, the runway lighting adds to the immersion twinkling as I touch down. I was particularly impressed with the detailing of the runway, particularly the rubber marks around the touchdown zone and slight hairline cracks showing signs of wear and tear this trend carries on across the whole apron reflecting use. Even rubber marks where the aircraft have been taxiing to their parking position have been modelled, a beautiful touch! Seasonal textures are exquisite and really help to boost Klagenfurt to the next level. They merge with great ease with Orbx.
Everything has been modelled beautifully from the maintenance hangars to the terminal signage every ripple in the airport building facade has not been missed. I would have liked to have seen transparent windows or at least some lighting in the control tower as there’s absolutely none giving the impression no one is home. However that being said, Terminal night lighting and apron lighting at night is subtle and really adds to the immersion. Lighting is something JustSim have done really well.
Performance wise, I think despite the level of detail the developers have done a fantastic job of balancing detail with VAS usage. I experienced absolutely no performance issues when operating heavy VAS usage aircraft amongst other programs running in the back ground whilst I was performing a number of advanced procedures such as high speed fly-by’s, missed approaches and touch and goes. The scenery really held up against my will to push it to its limits which I was impressed with.