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G'day everyone, I am proud to offer you all a sneak preview of my current major airport project, Innsbruck Airport (LOWI), located in the very heart of the European Alps. A destination that needs no introduction, Innsbruck is one of the iconic airports of the world, with a jaw-dropping backdrop, heart-stopping approaches, and a location smack dab in the heart of Europe, only a short flight away to major German, Swiss, Italian and Austrian mega-hubs. A European destination has long been on my radar, so starting in September last year, I got to work putting the pieces together for this scenery project. Given it is my first foray into the EU (and first non-US airport in quite some time!), I thought it best to pull out all the stops and include something a little extra - hopefully these first screenshots will give you a taste of what's to come. In addition to the airport, an exhaustive coverage area is included (the largest PR area of any ORBX airport to date), many helicopter landing areas, and over 160 detailed landmarks and points of interest. Far beyond the city, explore the peaks of Karwendel, Stubai and Tux Alps, the picturesque Inn, Wipp and Stubai Valleys, a portion of the historic Brenner Pass and even Germany's tallest mountain, Zugspitze. Over a dozen towns and villages dot the Tyrolian landscape, each carefully reproduced with colour-blended scenery and highly-detailed autogen. Keep an eye out for visual cues useful to pilots of all stripes; animated trains, prominent structures (including notable church spires along the flightpath), custom-modelled bridges, hazardous power lines and notable buildings are all lovingly recreated. Innsbruck is the largest city in Western Austria; located in the heart of the intersection of the Inn and Wipp valleys, the city is unofficially known as the Capital of the Alps. A major winter sports destination, the city has hosted several Winter Olympics; evidence of which can be found dotted around the city in the form of stadiums, ski facilities and institutions. Aside from this, Innsbruck is a major university city; campuses are located across the metro area, including noteable locations adjacent to the airport and University Hospital Heliport (LOIU). Be sure to also keep an eye out for the distinctive Tyrolean architecture to both churches and major landmarks alike. Innsbruck Airport itself is Austria's third largest, with major carriers from across Europe serving the popular tourist destination. A true multi-use airport in every sense, Innsbruck caters for aircraft from gliders and helicopters through to Boeing 767's (we won't count the one-off appearance of an A330!). In addition to the busy international terminal, a vibrant business jet / GA terminal (currently undergoing redevelopment) and heavy maintenance facilities, Innsbruck is home several gliding clubs and flying schools. The adjacent heliport - Innsbruck Air Rescue (LOJO) - is a major base for both Rescue and Federal Police services, both utilising EC135 aircraft. Almost all virtual pilots will be aware of the unusual departure and approach procedures for the airport - one of the very best APX designers in the business has come on board to ensure this is replicated as close to the real world as possible. Lighting, navaids, hazard lighting - it's all included and closely matched to real-world specifications. I have endeavoured to capture the atmosphere and palette of the beautiful Tyrol region, whilst still spending a huge amount of time on the "small details". As always, I stress greatly about performance; as such huge efforts have gone into optimising this scenery in anticipation of you flying your favourite resource-heavy airliner - we are currently deep in performance benchmark testing with the team. Whether you are a by-the-book airline captain, bizjet guru, helicopter rescue pilot, casual general aviation flyer or even slow-and-silent glider pilot, ORBX FTX Innsbruck will be the scenery for your simming adventures. Work is ongoing with this airport; we are deep in development and beta testing mode, and as always, no release date is given. I would ask you to please not ask for release dates (thank-you in advance, sincerely!). COMPATIBILITY: - FTX GLOBAL BASE or OPENLC EUROPE is required - the scenery is colour matched to blend with either. - Fully compatible with FTX Vector and Pilots Mesh - Will be compatible with the upcoming FTX Germany South region TOPOGRPAHY & COVERAGE AREA - Massive 2500 sq km of PR at 1m/60cm/30cm - Huge extended coverage area with full LC, 10m Holgermesh, vector roads/rail/powerlines and waterbodies. - 200,000+ building and 800,000+ vegetation autogen placements - Custom seasons files with transitional altitude-based snowlines (mimicking what you would see in a full-blown region). AIRPORT & HELIPORTS: - Innsbruck Airport (LOWI) - The centrepiece of the scenery, in full HD - Innsbruck Air Rescue Heliport (LOJO) - major helicopter base attached to Innsbruck Airport. - Innsbruck University Hospital (LOIU) - the famous rooftop helipad in the city centre. - Hat Tux Heliport / Alpin 5 (LOJT) - forward base for alpine rescue operations, located high up in the Tux Alps. - Fire Service College Heliport (LOIN) - a fun location, and a little hard to find. Training school for local fire/rescue operators. - Emergency Helipad - A nondescript landing area situated adjacent to the railway line near Buch-in-Tirol. SCENERY FEATURES: - Ultra-detailed rendition of LOWI Innsbruck Airport - Enormous coverage area at 30cm and 1m coverage - our largest coverage area yet! - Colour blended and corrected orthoimagery coupled with highly detailed custom autogen - All new static aircraft & ground GSE unique to LOWI - all controllable via the CP and sorted by type (Airliner/Airline Charter/Corporate/GA) - Super high-quality ground poly with environmental effects (oil/rain/sitting water) - Advanced rendering, ambient occlusion and unique night-lighting methods used for maximum realism - Highly detailed and AI-ready APX designed by resident APX guru, Graham Eccleston - Over 160+ landmarks and POI in coverage area, including highly detailed cityscape - Full suite of ObjectFlow, PeopleFlow2, TextureFlow and more included - Complete seasonal variations for immersive experience - Airport modelled on massive on-site photography by Fabian Stuefer, Fabian Klamm & Maximilian Gruber - Optimised for use with high-end airliner products, control panel with full option suite via FTX-Central NOTABLE FEATURES, POI & LANDMARKS - Most major buildings in Innsbruck City Centre including University campus, hospitals, churches and hotels. - 5x animated trains over 30km of routes, including local, ICE and freight (OBB) types. - Both major train stations modelled - Innsbruck Central and Innsbruck Westbahnhof, including brand-new Adlers Hotel - Olympic Park, Tirol Football Stadium and Ramada Olympic Park hotel - Bergisel Olympic Ski Jump - Innsbruck University Technical campus (massive complex next door to airport) - Europa Bridge (one of the tallest in Europe) - Many major churches including Basilika Wilten, Stift Wilten and others - Most noteable apartment towers - 20+ custom modelled bridges, elevated freeways and overpasses - Outlet shopping centre - Standschützen Military Base - Large sections of detailed powerlines with visible cables - Zugspitze - the tallest mountain in Germany - Many other apartments, schools, shopping centres and industrial complexes - over 160+ custom POI in total. Cheers! Jarrad
Welcome back! The wait is up, Tim Harris and myself are pleased to announce the quad installer for KCGX Merrill C. Meigs Field in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Designed to blend seamlessly with FTX Global Base and integrate with FTX Vector, Meigs Field has been revitalized and restored to its former glory. This not only includes Meigs Field restored to how it was in the late 1990's and early 2000's, but it also includes a complete re-build of downtown Chicago. With 30cm photoreal coverage extending from south of Meigs Field up to Navy Pier the entire skyline has been rebuilt for improved visuals and performance. The lakefront features a complete set of prominent points of interest to create a highly immersive experience both in the air and on the ground. Releasing January 22nd. Features Ultra detailed rendition of KCGX Merrill C. Meigs Field circa late 1990's and early 2000's Extraordinarily detailed interior model of the terminal Highly detailed Chicago landmarks, including Soldier Field, Cloudgate, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium Custom CBD for Chicago skyline including the Sears Tower, Aeon Center, Trump Tower, Hancock Center, and improved "generic" models for many other towers Advanced rendering, ambient occlusion, and night-lighting Ground imagery at 30cm per pixel resolution Beautifully modelled static aircraft 10m resolution mesh Animated PeopleFlow models Designed to work best with FTX Global basepack For FSX, FSX:SE, P3Dv1, P3Dv2, P3Dv3 By veteran developers Alex Goff and Tim Harris Coverage Please enjoy the following previews!