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  1. G'day everyone, I'm incredibly delighted to announce my next foray into IPACS Aerofly FS2: Palm Springs International Airport! Hot on the heals of the truly ground-breaking TrueEarth Netherlands, I've been fine-tuning the last bits and pieces to bring one of my favourite airport projects over to AFS2. A much-loved ORBX destination, the airport was originally released for FSX and P3D and has been brought to life for the new simulator. Perfectly situated a short hop away from Los Angeles, Palm Springs ranks is one of the most dramatically beautiful locations within the United States. Much like other recent airports brought over to AFS2 (shout-out to Monterey Regional and Eagle County), Palm Springs was chosen as it sits smack dab in the middle of the default Aerofly default coverage area. This means that not only do you have several ultra-HD ORBX destinations to visit nearby, but you also have a seamless transition and plethora of beautiful photorealistic locations to visit en-route. For those not yet to experience Aerofly FS2 itself, look forward to incredibly performance-friendly simming and stunning terrain visuals. The IPACS team have also created new cultivation types for this airport; expect to see new vegetation types not seen in previous ORBX Aerofly releases. As with many of my recent airports, Palm Springs includes an enormous 1500 sq km area covering a wide variation of topography. From the lush golf resorts and gated communities of Palm Springs to the harsh desert of the Coachella Valley floor, to the the high-altitude alpine wonderland of San Jacinto, there is plenty to explore in within this scenery. Palm Springs. Home of Frank Sinatra, chic modernist architecture, golf resorts and stunning desert vistas. An iconic resort city just beyond the furthest reaches of the LA metropolitan area, Palm Springs became the epicenter of all things cool and swingin' from the mid 1950s onwards; the perfect get-away for Hollywood's rich and famous (and even the occasional US President!). Located at the base of the towering San Jacinto Peak, Palm Springs is situated in one of the most dramatically scenic locations in the United States. Be sure to keep an eye out many Modernist landmarks around the city, as well as casinos, resorts, waterparks and even a couple of kitschy dinosaurs - these are just a few of the dozens of points of interest modeled in the scenery. For those who are looking forward to the much-anticipated R22 helicopter for AFS2, you'll also find the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This marvel of engineering was created during the 1960s to serve tourists visiting the upper reaches of San Jacinto. Each tower along the tramway route includes a precarious helipad - perfect for honing your landing skills! KPSP is an international airport located a short distance from the centre of downtown Palm Springs, and is currently host to twelve airlines serving the continental US, Canada and Mexico. The unique terminal is a combination of mid-century Modernism (the main building) and open-air planning (the Sonny Bono concourse). This makes for a wonderfully unique setting for your airliner flights; park alongside the outdoor terminal area that includes sculpted parkland, a children's playground, shops and even a well-known coffee chain. Beyond the terminal, there is plenty else to see at the airport. Explore the Palm Springs Aviation Museum (well worth the visit if you are passing through the area in real life), with it's wide variety of airside and non-airside exhibits. As well as this, check out the FBOs, the ongoing work at the Skywest facilities, and of course the (relatively) new control tower. As can expected for an Aerofly scenery, be sure to enjoy extremely good performance and high-end visuals, even on mid-range systems. If you are lucky enough to own a VR headset, this scenery is absolutely perfect for checking out -the feeling of speed, height and immersion are unparalleled. Whether you are intending to fly the Q400 up to Monterey or Eagle County, test the high-performance warbirds within the PSP circuit, terrorize the neighbours in the F-18, or take a relaxed scenic to LA in the C172, Palm Springs is your perfect base of operations for the heartland of the Aerofly world. PALM SPRINGS INTL AIRPORT for AFS2 FEATURES: Ultra-detailed rendition of KPSP Palm Springs International Airport Enormous 1500sq km coverage Beautiful hand-edited ground textures at 30cm/1m resolution Impeccable 10m high res mesh High-detail ground poly with bump/spec mapping All-new custom vegetation cultivation Dozens of custom landmarks Palm Springs Aerial Tramway helipads Unique static aircraft and vehicles exclusive to KPSP Extraordinarily detailed Airport Terminal Incredible virtual reality integration: optimised for performance and smoothness, best-in-class Extreme high-density vegetation and building cultivation 3D Night lighting for the entire city Advanced rendering, ambient occlusion and unique night-lighting techniques used for maximum realism Custom animated content ORBX PeopleFlow technology Designed to blend seamlessly with default Aerofly scenery Incredible performance on even mid-range systems - far superior to FSX/P3D/XP11 COVERAGE AREA Expect more info and screenshots over coming days, and the good news is that the airport is very close to being ready for release! Whilst we add a last few bits of spit and polish to the scenery, please enjoy the screenshots Cheers, Jarrad
  2. Amazing scenery Jarrad ! Thanks. I took these a while back but it seems I never submitted the post at the time . . . Kind regards,
  3. Amazing scenery Jarrad ! Thanks. (Note - due to migration problems, I have turned off all OpenLC and Vector scenery entries - so just SOCAL and KPSP) Kind regards,
  4. Part of the KSPS scenery at NA-SCA is the aerial tramway to Mt San Jacinto. I made a heli flight to follow this tramway and took a screenshot about same angle as the first pocture that a GoogleEarth view is from the mountaintop an the virtual view looks, in my opinion, very simular:
  5. Via a slow and open view there is a lot to discover on scenery around. I used the Palm Springs airport(KSPS) and the large area of the city to the S-SE and made a first fly as motorised paraglider for the best results, enjoy the views:
  6. After two flight reports "From Palm Springs to Big Bear" and "Monterey to Half Moon Bay", here is a new one I did to practise Foreflight on my iPad. The Palm Springs scenery is still impressive and Montgomery Field (KMYF, San Diego) is me (second) home base. So, I join the two. Concerning the rig, the weather is real and created in Prepar3D v2.4 by Active Sky Next. The Cessna 172 is the A2A C172 Trainer. Foreflight on my iPad is connected to Prepar3D via FSXFlight. The Montgomery Field (KMYF) scenery comes from the freeware FTX Global Airport North America #17. Prepar3D is obviously equipped with FTX Global Base and Global Vector. The flight is almost straight forward. As seen on the screen below the ruler of Foreflight indicates 70 nm, but I prefer joining Julian VOR then east sides of the two BRAVO's of "Mirarar" and San Diego by overflying Gillespie to (certainly) join the final runway 28 at Montgomery (KMYF). The altitude advisor of the Foreflight apps helps me decided which altitude to choose ;-) : I decided to start from the north side of the field. Let's start from Atlantic FBO despite the building are still missing ;-) No, it's not a Google Earth view. It's Prepar3D with the great Orbx Palm Springs scenery : Let's take runway NOTAM's : There are really nice plane in the Atlantic apron The weather is perfect for my VFR skills. Today the runways 31 are in use. The taxi clearance is straight-forward and I test the scrachpad feature on my standard Foreflight apps. Holding point 31R, I still practising signs, ground markings ;-) Right side view on the Museum : Left side view on the city : Right downwind departure : Then it's time to head south direct JLI VOR Down the valley, there's J.Cochrane field where I use to refuel (so much expensive in Palm Springs) ! - “Socal Departure, good morning, Cessna Skyhawk N4975F, 10 nm south of Palm Springs airport, passing 4500 ft climbing 7500 ft request flight following†- “N-75F, Squawk 6173, altimeter 3013†The first obstacle is at 8716 ft : The weather is good all along the flight and most important at destination : My strategy when approach from the north-east of Montgomery is to reach El Capitan Reservoir then Gillespie and (most of the time) the 28s of KMYF. El Capitan Reservoir in sight ! : Turning right and expedite the descend ! Overflying Gillespie field (KSEE) : Intercepting the virtual axes of the 28R : Qualcomm Stadium and downtown San Diego : Long final 28R at Montgomery (KMYF). I was cleared (with the Prepar3D ATC) long minutes ago ;-) The freeware scenery from the NA pack #17 does the job @ KMYF : Vaccated via Golf, the tower clearance lets me cross the 28L, then a ground clearance drives me throught Gibbs FBO via Hotel and Juliet : It's time to pack the plane. 92 nm and 50 minutes of pleasure !
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