Welcome to Verona Villafranca (LIPX) airport. Originally built as a military airstrip during the first world war, has since been turned into a civilian airport. In 2015, over two million passengers passed through on the single 04/22 runway throughout the year. The airport is pressed up against a scenic mountain range in northern Italy, forcing instrument approaches to a single runway (at least for all the charts I could find) and also provide some interesting departures.
The install process is fairly simple. The review copy was a single main installer that placed the scenery in the directory of my choice, and then all that was left to do was add the folder to the scenery library through P3D. The customization of the AFCAD, Ai traffic, and seasonal textures were all done via separate executable files. It would have been nice for seasonal textures to change automatically in the sim, or have the ai traffic and AFCAD files done via the main installer, but not it’s not the worst thing in the world.
Documentation was a little lacking. All that was provided was some text files with some mildly confusing directions. Each executable needs to be pointed to specific directories, and to change sceneries requires 2 installers. The files then need to be over-written.
It would be nice to have a PDF with pictures to make it a bit more of a fool proof process. It took me several tries to get it to work as I realized my anti-virus was blocking the installer.
Who flies to Verona?
Seasonal charter: Belfast-City
|Air Berlin||Seasonal charter: Copenhagen|
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
|Austrian Airlines||Seasonal charter: Stockholm|
|Ellinair||Seasonal: Thessaloniki (begins 28 May 2016)|
|Enter Air||Seasobal charter: Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw-Chopin|
|Finnair||Seasonal: Helsinki (begins 3 June 2016)|
|Flybe||Seasonal: Southampton, Cardiff (begins 23 April 2016)
Seasonal charter: Dublin, Glasgow-International, Manchester
|Icelandair||Seasonal charter: Reykjavík|
|Jet2.com||Seasonal: East Midlands (begins 18 May 2016), Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford|
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Meridiana||Cagliari, Cancún, Fuerteventura, Havana, Marsa Alam, Mombasa, Naples, Olbia, Sharm el-Sheikh,
Seasonal charter: Catania, Chișinău, Heraklion, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Skiathos, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Zanzibar
|Mistral Air||Seasonal charter: Samos, St Petersburg|
|Monarch Airlines||Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester|
|Neos||Seasonal charter: Boa Vista, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lanzarote, La Romana, Luxor, Marsa Alam, Marsa Matruh, Monastir, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sal, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife-South, Zanzibar|
|Nouvelair||Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir|
|Ryanair||Birmingham (begins 1 April 2016), Brussels, London-Stansted, Palermo|
|Smartwings||Seasonal charter: Warsaw|
|Thomas Cook Airlines||Seasonal charter: Manchester|
|Thomson Airways||Seasonal: Birmingham, London, Manchester|
|Transavia France||Paris-Orly (begins 21 February 2016)|
|Tunisair||Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir|
|Volotea||Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Naples, Palermo, Tirana
Seasonal: Alghero, Brindisi, Chisinau, Ibiza (begins 26 June 2016), Olbia (begins 27 May 2016), Palma de Mallorca (begins 1 June 2016), Santorini (begins 30 May 2016)
Seasonal charter: Belfast City
|Yakutia Airlines||Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo|
The surrounding scenery is really well done. I’ve always stayed away from photo real textures, as I find the colors to look fake. The greens always look over exposed and remind me of astroturf instead of the grass covered hills all around. This is not a problem at all. While there is a hint of the light green, it’s blended very well with other textures. The only note with the photo real scenery is the roads appear blue. This is common for this type of scenery, however I always find it odd looking.
Now for the main attraction. The airport again is well done. All of the buildings are well modeled. The taxi ways are a little confusing as everyone is in a single line, making push backs interesting. It might even be best to just start and taxi out. On the other end of the runway is the Cargo terminal. Given the short runway, larger planes are an interesting challenge, however 767s can be regularly seen at the airport. The AI option is nice as well. The few animated trucks moving around make the airport seem alive and operating.
The 3D grass is also a bit of an odd point. Overall it adds to the scenery, but from up high it looks sporadic. The density of it makes it seem like someone is trying to write messages in the grass, or had a lawn mower breakdown part-way through. While on the ground it looks fine, but you only need a little altitude before this looks odd.
The night lights look great and the night textures are just as beautiful as the day textures. The tarmac lighting looks nice and bright. My only complaint is the textures right around the lights. The 2D glow of the lights is off putting from most angles. Coming into the airport is nice and golden. The street lamps mesh well with the surrounding scenery and is quite impressive on final.
A set of Winter, Fall, and Spring/Summer textures are included with the scenery. These involve running the installer to change them. Most sceneries have the textures roll from one to the other based on the season set in the simulation, however it is better than a static set of textures that some of my other sceneries have. The textures themselves are, like everything else here, very pretty. The changing of the trees matches the browning textures of the surrounding ORBX scenery.
The question on everyone’s mind, how well does this perform. To start off I’m going to say it performs really well. I was getting extremely smooth frames in both the airbus A320 and the 737ngx. The optional 3D-grass allows for those with more powerful machines to enjoy some nicer views, while still giving an option to the mid-low range PCs.
As always, the performance varies (a lot) from computer to computer. Below are some comparisons to other popular airports. These can give an indication of this scenery’s performance.
|Majestic Q400||PMDG 737||Aerosoft A320|
Is it worth it?
The short answer is yes. For 16 ERU (~18 USD) it’s hard to go wrong. The scenery high resolution and great performance makes it a fantastic deal. A little of manual management is needed in the seasonal textures, but this is by no means unheard of .I thoroughly enjoyed this airport, and it is a welcome addition to my library.
-EVGA superclocked GTX 970
-250GB SSD dedicated to P3D.
PHOTOREAL GROUND ABOUT 58km²
CUSTOM BUILDINGS(with bumps,specular,fresnel and environmental maps)
REALISTIC GROUND TEXTURE(2048×2048)
AIRPLANE PARKING AND AIRPORT CHANGES UP TO 2015
POSSIBILITY TO CHOOSE TWO DIFFERENT AFCAD FILE
CUSTOM 3D LIGHT
CUSTOM 3D GRASS (deactivated)
CUSTOM ANIMATION (RADAR, BEACON, WINDSOCK, FLAGS, VEHICLES)
CUSTOM GROUND VEHICLES AND ITALIAN CARS
3D HIGHWAY WITH THE UNDERGROUND PART
EXTREMELY DENSE AUTOGEN WITH DOZENS OF CUSTOM BUILDINGS
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
While New Scenery Studios may be a smaller, lesser known development team, they are worthy of much attention. The configurable scenery, and high resolution textures are really well done. The scenic location just south of the mountain range in Northern Italy offers photo real textures that, blend perfectly into ORBX OpenLC.
Review by Casey Daniel.