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IAD Roma Ciampino X Preview

Aerosoft has just showed us some previews of their upcoming scenery of Roma Ciampino X by IAD – Italian Airport Developers. It’s good that more Italian airports are being made to fill the empty space in FS with high end add-ons.

Rome Ciampino X will feature the following:

– 3d Gpoly (light effects and rain effect) (P3Dv3 only).

– Custom Meshes.

– Ciampino Town reproduced using autogen with optimized textures.

– Industrial Area around the airport.

– 3d Cars in parking lot, custom trees and 3d grass.

– 3d custom apron vehicles and aircraft.

– Animated windsock variation reflecting the wind (SODE).

– Night textures developed using ambient occlusion modeling.

– Night lights effects using SODE

– Unaligned left PAPI lights on RWY 33 (as real ones) made using SODE.

– 3d Approach lights using SODE.

– Configuration program to set the 3d object density.

– Seasonal variations.

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Aerosoft A330 Video Sneak Preview – Taxi Preview

We’ve been subject to a few model teases over the past few months showcasing minor progress on the grander scheme of things with the Aerosoft A330. Well today brings a new sneak peak in the form of video! At least we can see the aircraft in motion for the first time, complete with sounds.

The Dude was extremely forthcoming in providing some video footage of the aircraft in its current “late alpha” state. As such, things are missing or functioning incorrectly. However, this is the first time we’ve heard the sound pack of the trent 700s as well as a glimpse of the flight deck complete with displays.

The video shows a short look at taxiing, and sadly no take off footage. This was simply to whet the appetite for hopefully more footage in the future.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’re certainly excited to see continued progress!

More SimWings / Aerosoft Barcelona X Evolution Screenshots

SimWings and Aerosoft continue to push on previewing their version of Barcelona with some new screenshots of the surrounding areas. We’ve seen some shots of the airport, but as Thorsten describes, you’ll now also have a “nice approach at El Prat from all directions”. This is because their version will include a huge coverage area between Tarragona, Lloret de Mar and Manresa.

The resolution of the shots will be 0.5m/pix for the surrounding area, whilst at the airport, we can expect 0.25m/pix. This will also include complete autogen and some other goodies as well.

How this will fair against LatinVFR’s and JustSim’s Barcelona we’ll have to wait and see. Great to see developers continue to push the boundaries of the sim.

Keep an eye on the Aerosoft forums for any further updates.

Aerosoft A330 Previews and Fuel System Information

Aerosoft continue to work on their upcoming A330 with modelling progressing with the cargo bays. As usual, Stefan’s work continues to impress and the level of detail is some of the best we’ve seen from Aerosoft. You can see his progress below, which he describes as the “forward hold is so far complete”. Work continues on the aft section, with walls covered and details in place.

Further to the update, Mathijs stepped in to provide information regarding a new feature for the Aerosoft line of products. In particular, he was asking the community what “temperature you would want the fuel to be when it’s loaded into the aircraft”.

He admitted the question sounded “silly”, but his logic is sound. Basically, the fuel temperature of the A330 will change during the flight depending on a host of features and calculations. Examples include the initial temperature, mass of the fuel, the ambient temp and the speed you’re moving. Even the inner tanks will cool down slower than the outer ones. It sounds complex and adds a degree of realism to their upcoming project.

As for why the question what temperature of the fuel when loaded, it matters as the world is a massive place with huge variation in conditions. Not only that, but the fuel storage will also impact the overall temperature of the magic aeroplane juice. Right now, Mathijs is suggesting that they should use ambient temperature -10 degrees for the initial temperature of the fuel. If you feel different head over to the Aerosoft forums to give them your opinion on what you believe would be best.

They’re willing to listen, so be sure to give them your opinion.


Aerosoft Bali X: The FSElite Review

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This review took me somewhere completely out of my comfort zone to a destination I’d only glimpsed at in luxury travel magazines. You may know from my previous reviews that my preferred flying style is inter-Europe -mostly short hops not exceeding 4 to 5 hour sectors. Aerosoft’s Bali X really pushed the boundaries of my concentration and stamina for that long haul flying.

Without further ado may I introduce Bali or more specifically Ngurah Rai International Airport. The airport serves the city of Denpasar and is one of the busiest airports in Indonesia. Just last year the airport was credited as being ‘The world’s third best airport (15-25 Million Passengers each year). Bali International is also the hub for several notable Asian carriers including Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia and Wings Air. Other operators include Lion Air, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Qatar, KLM, Air France, Delta and JetStar to name but a few. The tourism industry in Asia at the present time is booming so as you can imagine the airport is finding itself under increasing pressure to expand.

Due to heavily populated areas adjacent the airport itself expansion unfortunately is not possible and while extending the runway may seem like a viable option this does not help improve capacity. With about 12-15% passenger growth each year, a forecasted 20 million passengers are expected to visit the region in 2017 alone. Thus a new site has been identified in northern Bali to help take the strain away.

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Aerosoft / SimWings Barcelona Preview Update

Sorry guys, we were a little behind on this one!

Aerosoft and SimWings previewed some new images from their upcoming Barcelona project a week or so ago.

The shots show off the detail the team are going to create for the terminal buildings as well as the apron area. The glass jetways look pretty sweet as well.

If you haven’t already, check them out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Head to the Aerosoft forums for more details.

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Aerosoft Trondheim Airport, Værnes V2 Official Video

With the news that Aerosoft would be developing Trondheim Airport, Værnes V2, many people were impressed with the screenshots provided. Whats more the feature list made the airport sound even more impressive. Well luckily for us the official video for the scenery by Aerosoft shows off more of that. The trailer above shows off the moving people, the high resolution texturing, the moving monorails and more!

Let us know what you think in the comments below and whether you’ll be picking it up!

Aerosoft Mega Airport Rome: The FSElite Review

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Rome’s Leonardo da Cinci International Airport or Fiumicino Airport is Italy’s first airport and Europe’s sixth largest based on traffic volume. It was built 18 miles southwest of Rome city center and accessible via both car and train. The airport was originally planned from 1939 but the project was abandoned due to World War II. Construction began again in 1947 and stretched 13 years. The airport officially launched on January 15, 1961 with two runways. Construction continued over a few decades and saw several new boarding bridges and piers being added until completion of the semicircular terminal building that you see today was finished. The airport now covers an area of 29 square kilometers with the two original runways being extended and a third added. Alitalia, the largest Italian airline, has it’s hub stationed there as well as Vueling, a low cost carrier.

I have seen a variety of conflicting opinions on Aerosoft scenery in the past and I myself have a waning relationship with them. I own a few scenery packs from Aerosoft and they range from amazing fully streamlined and non robbing of fps and VAS to heavy VAS usage and frame rate drops that are off the charts. In this day and age of 32 bit flight sims, with the exception of X-Plane 11, it seems to be hit or miss when you purchase scenery. Reviews like this often help sway my decision on what to purchase and what not to purchase.

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New Aerosoft CRJ Shots – Showing of the Paint Jobs

News of the CRJ being close to release have dried up, but that hasn’t stopped further screenshots of the Aerosoft CRJ appearing online. This time, there’s an array of new shots showing off the liveries you can expect to fly around in.

Holgi, the texture artist, shown off some cool shots of the Aerosoft CRJ wearing SAS, Lufthansa and Air Canada Express. Each shot looks great and yet again shows off the level of detail in the texture work and the modelling.

The texture with of still WIP (as is the plane itself), but still good to see things coming along.

Aerosoft Previews Trondheim airport, Værnes V2

Jo Erlend is back with another scenery for Norway and this time we’re being treated to Trondheim airport. The international airport in Værnes which is served by Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian has been growing in popularity in recent years. Soon to be published by Aerosoft, we will have a detailed rendition within our sims. The feature list is bold and will bring a lot to the sim.

It will have detailed modelling of the airport (and interior) and terminal, photo-real ground textures and even custom terrain including taxiway bridges etc. SODE will be used heavily too for the visual guidance system, animated windsock, hanger doors and even animated passengers!

There’s loads to check out and you can see the level of detail in the shots below. You can find 40+ more screenshots over on the Aerosoft forums. As soon as this is out, we’ll let you know!

Feature List 

– Fully compatible with FSX(SP2 or ACC) / FSX SE / P3Dv3.
– Includes a highly accurate recreation of Trondheim Airport, Værnes.
– Highly detailed models of airport terminal and buildings.
– Photo-realistic building and ground textures.
– Densely placed ground equipment and service vehicles.
– Highly detailed custom terrain model with taxiway bridges over roads and railroad.
– Terminal interior included.
– Photo-real scenery covering airport and vicinity.
– Landmark buildings and bridges in the vicinity of the airport included.
– Seasonal textures included.
– Winter ground model with highly realistic ice and snow effect.
– Custom runway and approach light effects.
– Highly realistic night time effects.
– Vicinity animations. (Train and custom road traffic.)
– Animated service vehicle traffic.
– Visual Guidance Docking System included. (SODE required in P3Dv3)
– Animated jetways. (SODE)
– Animated passenger boarding at jetways. (SODE)
– Deice service available during winter season. (SODE)
– Animated Hangars doors. (SODE)
– Custom animated windsock. (SODE)
– Embedded runway guard lights. (SODE)
– SODE features can be disabled with included scenery Configuration Tool.
– Scenery Configuration Tool included to optimize performance on a wide range of systems.
– Different texture resolution sets included to optimize performance.
– Compatible with AI traffic packages.
– Static Aircraft included as an option.