NSS - Beauvais–Tillé Airport Review
Good PerformanceGreat modelling
Textures could be improvedNight lighting could be improved
8.4Overall Score
Modelling9
Textures8.2
Performance9.2
Surrounding area7.5
Details8
Manual8
Value for Money9
Reader Rating 8 Votes
7.0

image06Introduction

Beauvais-Tillé Airport (French: Aéroport de Beauvais-Tillé) (IATA: BVA, ICAO: LFOB) is an international airport located 3 miles (4.8km) north of the city of Beauvais. The airport is famous for being marketed as ‘Paris Beauvais Airport’ despite the airport being 85km (53 miles) north of Paris. The airport was originally built for use in the 1930’s (during the Battle of France). To date It is the tenth busiest airport in France, handling 4,024,201 passengers in 2014. Beauvais Airport is an airport mostly used by charter and low-cost airlines, including Ryanair and Wizz Air.

The airport has two runways, with a significant 1,700m difference between the two in runway length. Runway 12/30 and Runway 04/22 (primarily used by Prop aircraft because of its’ length).

Installation, Manuals and Tools:

The installation process was fairly simple. The review copy came with a ZIP file containing an installer which placed the scenery in the directory of my choice (however advised for me to locate the Addon Scenery portfolio within my P3D folder and install it there. The customization options that comes with the scenery i.e. 3D Grass, Seasonal Variation and Rain Effect all came in separate folders containing their files in which you have to drag and drop into the already installed folder (scenery folder). It would have been a lot simpler if these were done via a main installer or if they had an easy tool where I would have only had to activate or deactivate these options as well, however it is no big issue.

In terms of manuals, it was limited. All that was provided was a text file explaining how to install the scenery. However there was a document file, within this was some information about Beauvais Airport, the developers tips for your P3D/FSX settings to get the best out of the scenery and finally a short section explaining the installation steps for the supplementary options. I have to point out that this document file did come with helpful images which is a definite improvement on NSS’s older products.

Who flies to Beauvais?

Thanks to Wikipedia, we are able to provide you a full list of airlines that fly in and out of Beauvais-Tillé. For more specific information visit flightaware.com.

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Moldova Chișinău 1
Azul Brazilian Airlines Campinas 1
Atlas Atlantique Airlines Oran 1
Blue Air Bucharest, IașiSeasonal: Bacău 1
Ryanair Alicante, Barcelona, Bari, Bergamo, Béziers, Bologna, Budapest, Cagliari, Dublin, Faro, Fez, Kraków, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakesh, Moss/Rygge (ends 29 October 2016), Nador, Oujda, Palermo, Pescara (ends 5 November 2016), Pisa, Porto, Rabat, Rome–Ciampino, Seville, Shannon (ends 8 November 2016), Stockholm–Skavsta, Tangier, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki, Trapani, Treviso, Valencia, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław,ZaragozaSeasonal: Alghero, Bratislava, Brindisi, Figari, Girona, Manchester, Palma de Mallorca, Zadar 1, 2
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale 1, 2
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Debrecen, Gdańsk, Katowice, Poznań, Skopje, Sofia, Târgu Mureș, Timișoara, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin 1, 2

The Airport

NewSceneryStudio has overall done a pretty good job of Beauvais-Tillé Airport. To start off with the basics of this scenery. Firstly, the modelling. NewSceneryStudio’s modelling of this scenery is very good. With the quirky Terminal buildings and arrangement of the parking stands it doesn’t make it an easy task to model. Nonetheless NSS have executed it to perfection. A lot of time was obviously spent on the modelling of this airport and that shows in the amazing detail throughout the individual buildings. There’s even a modeled Starbucks! There are some omissions and flaws here and there but all in all the modelling is flawless. In the main the modelling spot on. No major disappointments in this field, which is very important. Secondly, texturing.There are definite places where NewSceneryStudio could improve on. It is always tough with texturing to quite put your finger on what specific thing needs to be improved on. Having said that though the texturing is by a country mile better than the average FSX/P3D scenery. For instance the realistic marks and cracks on the taxiways and runways definitely enhance the overall look by a significant amount. I can personally say that the texturing and modelling has unquestionably been enriched from NSS’s older sceneries. Overall, I would say NewSceneryStudio has done a pretty good job on texturing. Thirdly, detail. Detail is an area where I believe NewSceneryStudio can improve on. I have always been a big fan of scenery developers that add special things to their sceneries and I have always felt, that especially in this scenery it could be developed further to add that sense of liveliness and realism to an airport. During the day Beauvais is very pleasant. The airport and its surroundings definitely spring to mind the French countryside, with its’ lovely approaches into both runways with the luscious trees on the approach path. NewSceneryStudio as seen in the screenshots have also done a very nice job on the surroundings including the car park with the Beauvais coaches, 3D modeled cars and specially modeled Starbucks as I have already mentioned! All in all the modelling and texturing of this airport is very good.

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Beauvais-Tillé at Night

The night lighting, in my opinion for this scenery is very varied. To start off with, the ‘dome’ lighting used as you can see in the parking area is pretty poor, not very realistic as you can’t see the taxiway markings very clearly. Using the ‘dome’ lighting it also makes a very bold yellow color to the ground which I personally don’t like. Other than that, Beauvais has some very nice night lighting, I especially adore the runway lighting and taxiway lighting. The signs also illuminate just so they’re noticeable which is a nice feature. So, if you are a big night-flyer you will have an enjoyable experience at this airport, as NewSceneryStudio have done a nice job.

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Performance

When testing Beauvais on performance I was extremely pleased. With the location of the airport being in the French countryside my expectations were fairly high.With this NewSceneryStudio did not disappoint. During the whole course of me flying there, my frames never dropped lower than the mid 30’s, averaging 50 with the occasional drop when in the cockpit. Settings used while testing Beauvais were fairly high also. As well as the Fps (Frames per second) being exceedingly good, it was the same VAS-wise (Virtual Address Space). When spawning in my VAS was at 57 which I was very pleased with considering I had FTX EU LC with FTX Global and Vector all installed and the additional options that come with this NSS addon (rain effect, seasonal vegetation and 3D grass) active. All in all, the performance at Beauvais was very pleasing for me. Now onto the flight in which I flew from Aerosoft’s Milan Bergamo to NSS Beauvais (with FTX Global, EU LC and Vector all active and also being on Vatsim). With credit to NewSceneryStudio as I was getting 30’s to 40’s whilst on final and 40’s to 50’s whilst taxiing to the stand. To conclude, the performance at Beauvais-Tillé was outstanding.

Features

  • PHOTOREAL GROUND ABOUT 35km²
  • BIG HANDMADE LANDCLASS AREA
  • CUSTOM BUILDINGS(with bumps,specular,fresnel and environmental maps)
  • REALISTIC GROUND TEXTURE(2048×2048)
  • DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS ONLY P3D V3.1
  • AIRPLANE PARKING AND AIRPORT CHANGES UP TO 2015
  • CUSTOM 3D LIGHT
  • CUSTOM 3D GRASS (deactivated)
  • CUSTOM ANIMATION (AIR VENT, WINDSOCK, FLAGS, VEHICLE’S, DOOR, HOLD SHORT LIGHTS)
  • CUSTOM GROUND VEHICLES
  • SLOPE APPROACH LIGHT WITH REAL DIMENSION
  • EXTREMELY DENSE AUTOGEN WITH DOZENS OF CUSTOM BUILDINGS OF BEAUVAIS CITY
  • SEASONAL VARIATION (automatic for photoreal, manually for vegetation)
  • REALISTICS PUDDLES AND OIL STAINS
  • A LARGE USE OF LOD TECHNIQUE TO HAVE BETTER PERFORMANCE
  • ENHANCED FOR PREVENT THE VAS
  • RAIN EFFECT ON RUNWAY AND APRON WHEN RAINING

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Final Thoughts

NewSceneryStudio, a scenery development team getting more and more well-known as they release better and better sceneries. There is no doubt that from their first scenery to one of their latest Beauvais, they have come on a long way and will most likely continue to do so. The texturing is getting better and better, the night lighting has come on a long way (still with things to improve on). The best improvement and my personal favorite part of the scenery is the modelling, the amount of detail put into the modelling was unbelievable. This airport is undoubtedly one I will be revisiting many times, with the lovely french countryside surroundings it is a gorgeous place to fly into, particularly with the performance that I can get there. On the whole, if you fly in Europe a lot of the time and would like a nice French rural airport to visit then I can recommend for you NewSceneryStudio Beauvais-Tillé Airport. 

System Specifications:

I7 4790k @4.0GHz

GTX 980

Asus Motherboard