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The Desert Oasis: Introducing Palm Springs International Airport!

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G'day everyone,

 

 I am very excited to announce my latest project to you all, KPSP PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT for FTX Global. Given this is my tenth product with ORBX, I wanted to celebrate by adding something a little extra for this scenery; the result is something a bit bigger than usual :) So as well as the airport, I have included an enormous coverage area encapsulating a fair portion of the Coachella Valley (including the cities of Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City), San Jacinto Mountains, San Gorgonio Pass, portions of the San Bernadino Mountains and even a sliver of Joshua Tree National Park. This area is fully rendered with hand-placed agn buildings, entirely new custom autogen vegetation classes unique to Palm Springs, custom mesh, and dozens of points of interest to explore. Aside from KPSP, there are other locations to fly to - "lite" versions of Banning Municipal and Bermuda Dunes airports are included, as well as a representation of Palm Springs Hospital, and finally some very special (and difficult) helipads located along the Aerial Tramway route up to San Jacinto Peak (10,834ft). From the lush golf course resorts of Palm Springs (over 50 within the coverage area alone!) to the harsh desert of the Valley floor, to the high-altitude alpine wonderland of San Jacinto, there is an enormous amount to explore within this scenery. 

 

Palm Springs is a resort city situated 100 miles east of Los Angeles, in the heart of the Coachella Valley. It came to prominence in the 1950's as a luxury get-away for the Hollywood elite - as a result of the money flowing in at this time, the area is home to some of the finest examples of Modernist architecture anywhere in the world. Famous as the getaway for celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley and even the odd US President, Palm Springs has retained it's reputation for being a retreat for millions of visitors a year. For those not familiar with the area, the city is located in a dramatically beautiful location - the center of downtown is located at the foot of one of the most topographically prominent mountains in the United States. 

 

KPSP itself is an International Airport located a couple of miles from downtown Palm Springs, and hosts fourteen airlines serving destinations across the continental US, Canada and Mexico. The unique airport terminal is a combination of mid-century Modernist architecture (main building) and open-air planning (Sonny Bono concourse). This makes for a wonderfully unique setting for your airliner flights - park alongside an open-air waiting area including retail shops, children's playground and sculpted parkland. Aside from the terminal, there is plenty else to see at the airport, too. Explore the Palm Springs Aviation Museum (which I can personally recommend to anyone in the area), with it's vast array of outdoor airside and non-airside exhibits. As well as this, check out the new control tower, the work going on at the Skywest maintenance facility, and finally hang out with the rich and famous at the several FBO's. 

 

I have tried to capture the sophisticated atmosphere and desert climate at Palm Springs by spending a large amount of time on the "small details", whilst still aiming to capture the big-picture feel of the location. As always, I also spent a huge portion of the development process tweaking the scenery for maximum performance, in expectation that it will be used with your favorite resource-heavy airliner or bizjet. I have included some brand-new development techniques to get the very best performance out of this scenery (which I will embellish on later), I hope these screenshots provide a good idea of what to expect - stay tuned for more updates in the coming week. 

 

FEATURES

Ultra-detailed rendition of KPSP Palm Springs International Airport

- Enormous coverage area at 30cm and 1m coverage -  over 70km from one end of the coverage area to the other!

- Brand new custom autogen vegetation classes unique to Palm Springs
Numerous new static aircraft unique to KPSP - all controllable via the CP and sorted by type (Airliner/Airline Charter/Corporate/GA)
Advanced rendering, ambient occlusion and unique night-lighting methods used for maximum realism

- Highly detailed APX file to allow unique parallel runway operations at the airport. 

- Custom landclass, vector data, custom seasons file and 10m Holgermesh to ensure maximum fidelity. 
- Many VFR landmarks included in the coverage area; shopping centers, schools, sports grounds and many others
- Full suite of ObjectFlow, PeopleFlow2, TextureFlow and more included

- Designed to blend seamlessly with FTX GLOBAL (Base) in both P3Dv2 and FSX/P3Dv1.4. 

 

LANDING AREAS

 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - the five support towers on this 6000ft tramway all have helipads - originally as aids during construction (built in the 60's with the help of Bell 47s), now used for maintenance. Very difficult due to small size, particularly the higher towers (close to 8000ft altitude) on a hot day. 

Banning Municipal Airport (KBNG) and Bermuda Dunes Airport (KUDD) - both are on the edges of the coverage area, so I included a "lite plus" version of each. 1m lower-res ground texture, hand placed autogen, custom APX and ORBXlibs objects. 
Palm Springs Hospital
 

LANDMARKS and SPECIAL FEATURES

San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farms - 3000+ wind turbines just north of the airport. 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - the main tourist trap in Palm Springs, takes visitors from the valley floor to (almost) the top of San Jacinto Peak. 
Animated AI helicopter - reporting on road traffic, follows many of the arterial roads to the west of the airport. 
Animated train - by special request (@Jon M!) 
Airport Fire Services - training sessions with EMB-120 frame can be seen several times a day.  
- Downtown Palm Springs - many many hotels and shopping malls are modeled. 
Golf Course Resorts - there are over 50 golf courses in the coverage area, many of which have fancy resorts attached. Largest of which is the Marriott Desert Springs, keep an eye out for it. 
Indian Wells Tennis Center - at the southern border of the coverage area.
Bob Hope's House - a very famous piece of architecture nestled on a ridge close to the airport. Available for sale in real life - any takers?
Wet n Wild Water Park - on short finals to KPSP
- Palm Springs City Hall - a gorgeous piece of 50's Modernism, located across the road from the airport. 
Bank of America buildingTramway Gas Station (Visitor's Center) and Kaufmann Desert House - three more of my favourite pieces of Modernist architecture.
Cabazon Dinosaurs - highway rest-stop kitsch at it's best. North of Morongo Casino.
 
As well as these, keep an out for the dozens of custom and semi-custom buildings in the coverage area - Casinos, Resorts, schools and other buildings. 
 
COVERAGE
 
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Cheers,
Jarrad
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Stunning, I miss the words  ! I welcome very much the first OrbX NA desert scenery. Love the dinos, remind me of FallOut New Vegas :P .


 


(Now, I look forward to fly to Palm String from KRDD and KJAC in Prepar3D , hint, hint  :)!)


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Wow,wow,wow!!!!!

When i receive m'y new computer i can promise you Jarrad buy your amazing scenery.Bravo!

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STUNNER!


 


Credit Card: Paid In Full


Transaction Status: Ready


SSD Capacity: 460Gb, formatted and ready


Joystick and other flight controls: Calibrated


 


Bring it on!

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Wow,


 


i'll get this one for sure


By the way i love what you did on monterey ! one of my favorite airport so far.


 


(would love to see KRDD on P3D V2.0 too)


 


Bravo


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Whoooooooaaaaaa.....da$*.... wwwwwoooooooow!!!!! There's no way I'm going to be able to pull away from my FSX now...not for months. Can't wait for the release. Beautiful work Wow!

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+100

Vers smart move to make small sceneries ftx Global. Very smart indeed!

 

Same i was thinking here ;)

 

Jarrad you made my day. Great work!!! Lots of memories there. Been a few few times in KPSP on training flights almost 17 years ago. Is there still this small gas station with the jacuzzi right around the corner of the GAT? Oh and is this the Palms Springs Hilton Ressort on screenie 8 of the extended scenery?

 

Definitely a must have for me!

 

Thanks!!!

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Nice, I take it this will be the first FTX SoCal airport (and for that matter OpenLC NA) as well. :)

Who said this? "Eh, pardon me, sir...could you direct me to shortest route to the Coachella Valley...and the big Carrot Festival, therein?"

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WOWSA....u r an artist my friend.  And u never cease to amaze me.  Your latest acheivement is nothing short of a masterpiece!  I am gitty w/ excitment as I eagerly await the opportunity to take to the skies above PS baby!!!


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This is about 30 minutes from my home.  I can tell from the screenshots this is going to be awesome!  TAKE MY MONEY QUICK!


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Wow, looks fantastic.  I like a little over an hour away from this area, and I am in Palm Desert quite often.  Well done. 


 


A couple of quick questions. 


 


1)  Is the Agua Caliente multi-story casino rendered?


 


2)  I fly using So Cal Megascenery X for Southern California in P3D 2.4.  Will your Palm Springs scenery display fine if I position it in the library above the Megascenery X?  This is a must for me.


 


Thank you.


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Thanks guys, really appreciate the feedback :) 



 




 Are you the guy who did KJAC because I really enjoyed that one too.




 


Thanks for the compliment - that indeed was my work. If you're interested in any of the others I've worked on, you can find the list in my profile (<-- immediately left of this post)


 






Wow, looks fantastic.  I like a little over an hour away from this area, and I am in Palm Desert quite often.  Well done. 


 


A couple of quick questions. 


 


1)  Is the Agua Caliente multi-story casino rendered?


 


2)  I fly using So Cal Megascenery X for Southern California in P3D 2.4.  Will your Palm Springs scenery display fine if I position it in the library above the Megascenery X?  This is a must for me.


 


Thank you.




 


Thanks very much, always very reassuring to hear nice feedback from a local! In answer to your questions;


 


1. Both the Aqua Caliente and the Morongo Casinos are modelled (as far as I'm aware, these are the two tallest buildings in the area). I had a screenshot of the AC Casino ready, but decided to save it (and a bunch of others) for the next previews. 


2. It will indeed. Whilst I strongly recommend using Global as this is what it is designed to work with, the only minor drawback I would expect you to experience is  mis-matched colour blending at the edges of the coverage zone. 


 


Thanks again,


Jarrad


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Jarrad you made my day. Great work!!! Lots of memories there. Been a few few times in KPSP on training flights almost 17 years ago. Is there still this small gas station with the jacuzzi right around the corner of the GAT? Oh and is this the Palms Springs Hilton Ressort on screenie 8 of the extended scenery?

 

Thanks Mickey, always happy to hear from a (previously) local pilot. I'm not sure about the gas station, but there is definitely and pool and jacuzzi located at the airport (screenshots to follow in next round), at Atlantic Aviation. Likewise, the resort in shot #8 is the Marriott Desert Springs, which I think is the largest of the golf resorts included in the coverage area.

 

Nice, I take it this will be the first FTX SoCal airport (and for that matter OpenLC NA) as well. :)

 

That's correct.. I've made Palm Springs with this in mind, so whenever SoCal approaches, I'll make the appropriate adjustments to be made as an option for customers. 

 

Cheers,

Jarrad

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OK - so I found my voice again. The scenery in these pics looks just jaw-droppingly beautiful and the level of detail is mind-blowing... Very impressive indeed - and a brillian surprise!


 


Looks like one helluva place to fly about in. Now if only I could decide if I want to take my first flight in a chopper - or a small GA plane? Or arrive in style on a tube and then switch? Decisions, decisions... :D


 


Cheers


 


Mallard


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Absolutely stunning Jarrad.

Thanks to you and all the guys that work on these works of art for our enjoyment.

You are much appreciated.

Cheers

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