Latin Wings Valencia X Review
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Latin Wings Valencia X – Review

Latin Wings Introduction

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Valencia, the Spanish city famous for their football team, Valencia FC, the monuments, oh and the food, the best being Paella Valencia and lets not forget the sea food. We could go on for days, but let’s move focus to the airport. Latin Wings did do a great job on Valencia, so let’s take a look!

The fairly new comer into the flightsim community, known as Latin Wings with two previous release prior to Valencia being – Barinas and Barquisimeto. Latin Wings are back, bigger and better.  Latin Wings have gone big…..Making an agreement with Aerosoft to develop Valencia airport, the 8th busiest airport in  Spain, a huge overtake compared to the sceneries that they have created prior.

Valencia Airport

Located 8km west of the city, with an ICAO/IATA code of LEVC/VLC and featuring a single runway 12 and 30, with a dimension of 3215 x 45 meters capable of handling almost any class of aircraft. And around 4,6 millons of passengers go through what is one of the main hub for Iberia regional airline (Air Nostrum).

Who fly’s to Valencia?

Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo (begins 1 June 2016)
Air Europa MadridPalma de MallorcaParis–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Málaga (begins 17 February 2016), MenorcaTenerife–South
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
Blue Air Bucharest
British Airways London–Gatwick
Darwin Airline Geneva
EasyJet London–Gatwick
Eurowings StuttgartDüsseldorfVienna
Iberia
operated by Air Nostrum
BilbaoGran CanariaIbizaMadridMálagaMenorcaPalma de MallorcaSevilleTenerife–North
Seasonal: ArrecifeAsturiasFuerteventura
KLM Amsterdam (begins 23 April 2016)
Lufthansa FrankfurtMunich
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Royal Air Maroc
operated by Royal Air Maroc Express
Casablanca
Ryanair BeauvaisBergamoBerlin–SchönefeldCologne/BonnBolognaBrusselsCharleroiCraiova (begins 3 November 2016), Frankfurt–HahnGran CanariaIbizaLondon–StanstedPisaRome–CiampinoSantiago de CompostelaTenerife–SouthTrevisoWeeze
Seasonal: BariBristolDublinEast MidlandsManchesterMarseilleMenorcaPalma de MallorcaPortoSantanderTriesteTurin (begins 1 April 2016)
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo
Smart Wings
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague
Sun D’Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion (begins 4 April 2016)
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Austrian Airlines
Geneva
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Lisbon
TAROM Bucharest
Transavia AmsterdamEindhovenRotterdam
Seasonal: Munich (begins 30 May 2016)
Transavia France Lyon (begins 16 May 2016), Paris–Orly
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Volotea Asturias
Seasonal: BordeauxNantesVigo
Vueling Algiers (begins 19 March 2016), AmsterdamA Coruña (begins 27 March 2016), BilbaoBrusselsMálagaParis–OrlyRome–FiumicinoSeville
Seasonal: IbizaMilan–MalpensaSantiago de Compostela
Wizz Air BucharestCluj–NapocaSofiaTimişoara
Windrose Airlines Seasonal Charter: Kiev

 

Minimum Requirements

System requirements:
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP2, Acceleration Pack or Steam Edition) or Lockheed Martin Prepar3D (v2.5 or v3)
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (fully updated, 64 bits highly recommended)
3 GHz Dual Core Processor
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
3D Graphics Card with minimal 1024 MB (2 GB recommended)
Download Size: 585 MB
Installation Size: 1 GB

Installation

Valencia X was a very straight forward and easy installation. Just like any other Aerosoft airport. The download size was around 500MB and the installation took around 700MB on your hard drive. Once you have downloaded the installer, choose your language, accept the terms and conditions and enter your email address and serial.

Installer

Documentation

The manuals and the charts that are packed with Valencia X can be found in your root folder, in the Simware\Valencia X directory. There are two variants of the documentation. A Spanish and an English version of the manual and two charts files.

The manual is 28 pages long and is explaining what is SOD, how to use the avatar and basic FSX tweaking to get the smoothest experience possible.

Then on the chart file we can find some Lufthansa LIDO charts which are pretty popular because of the accuracy provided by them.

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Valencia X Features

Features:

  • Realistic photo real ground poly (2048 K textures)
  • Complete AFCAD
  • 3D PAPI Lights
  • 3D border taxi lights
  • 3D vegetation and grass between taxiways
  • New parking included
  • Three modelled terminals (some with internals)
  • Static aircraft UPS B767, Iberia A300 x5, Pronair B747, Air Nostrum CRJ 200
  • Cessna Citation hangar
  • Air Nostrum Hangars
  • AVIALSA Station
  • United Nations Base
  • Old terminal (located at south of the airport)
  • Taxiways signs
  • Custom 3d runways and ALS lights
  • Reflective windows
  • Baked terminal shadows and custom non-baked for other buildings
  • Modelled VOR, ILS
  • Full night textures and ramp illuminations
  • Detailed vehicles
  • Custom surrounding areas including detailed autogen
  • 3D persons in terminal
  • Many animations
  • Road generic traffic on surrounding areas around the Valencia port

PC Specifications

CPU: i7 5820k @ 4,2GHZ

RAM: 16GB DDR4 2400mhz

GPU: EVGA GTX 980 Ti

STORAGE: 500GB SAMSUNG 850 EVO

*CFG Was deleted before doing the review*

 The benchmarks were done and calculated by Fraps

Some people claimed that Valencia  is very heavy on FPS and had small issues on this to be honest, this airport indeed is very heavy on FPS for such small airport. But to be fair they did model the city and the harbor. We know that we need to delete the 60 FPS limit on P3D/FSX when you’re on ground and with complex add-ons everywhere, still my lowest fps mark was 15 FPS with the PMDG 777 but it was a smooth experience and it what matter. On the VAS part it handles it extremely well. Always between 1,1GB and 2,5GB on the most extreme situations.

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The Airport

Latin Wings made a huge improvements compared to Barinas (Which you can our Barinas Review on FSC) I most said what Latin Wings had always excelled is ground poly and this time they had nailed it like no one before on the Spanish airports category. Nevertheless, there is a lot of room for improvement. Modelling and texture can be done better. And I repeat the ground poly work was amazing and it the best part of all the scenery itself. There is something to remark the airport feels alive you can go inside the terminal and there is a bunch of vehicles and static airplanes of every type everywhere!  Almost everywhere

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Approaching…

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Seems our flight UX 1005 open it check in counter on 7:05 with destination Paris-CDG.

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Some Iberia propaganda, offering cheap flight to Austria one way ticket for 48 Euros!

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Look the floating CRJ that also can be found on the airport itself, now you have it on your Flight Sim on all its glory.

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Look LW and Aerosoft staff talking about some confident stuff and laughing at us while we wait the A330….

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A lonely 767 waiting for its cargo to be loaded.

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They look so lovely!

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The Queen!

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The Cessna Citation hanger, which my copy seems to be failed to write the red texture for the Cessna logo.

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Surrounding’s

As I said above Valencia X is vivid and with a bunch of buildings, roads, signs, static aircraft and monuments everywhere! The scenery itself blends correctly with FTX products and FS Global mesh.

The Coverage area of Valencia X, pretty considerable for its price and for this studio so small.

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The City of Arts and Science.

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Night Lighting

The night lighting is good and merge correctly with Aerosft Night Environment Spain, here are some pictures below.

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The verdict

Valencia X by Latin Wings is a great add-on with an exceptional price point. After all the delays it had we’re worth because of how much love, effort, time and tweaking they put into this project. They moved from America to Europe where the market is more exigent and bigger. I wish them the best of my luck. Now moving forward, Valencia X is a must add-on for Spanish flyer or even European because of the big amount of traffic this airport handles. Modelling, texture and optimization can be improved a lot and we will see what they will show us with Requena.