Review by: Daniel Faas
McCarran International Airport, known by its ICAO identifier as KLAS is the primary airport serving the Las Vegas Metropolitan area of Nevada. Boasting two sets of parallel runways, none shorter than 8,900 feet this airport is built to handle the biggest and best airliners from destinations around the world. As of 2018 nearly 50 million passengers per year have flooded from through the terminals to try their luck on the Las Vegas Strip.
Installation, Manuals and Tools:
FlyTampa have made installation and configuration of their sceneries easier than ever with their new universal installer. All that is required once the installer is downloaded is the serial and e-mail associated with your order and the FT Universal installer downloads, installs, and activates the appropriate scenery. Afterwards, the configuration tool automatically opens providing a myriad of options such as clutter level, SODE vs Standard jetways, city traffic, as well as apron traffic.
Who Flies to McCarran?
According to the wikipedia entry for McCarran International there are 35 passenger airlines who service KLAS as well as three additional cargo airlines. This provides the avid sim pilot nearly unlimited flight routes both domestic and international of all lengths.
|Air Canada||Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver|
|Alaska Airlines||Everett, Los Angeles, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma|
|Allegiant Air||Albuquerque, Appleton, Austin, Belleville/St. Louis, Bellingham, Billings, Bismarck, Boise, Bozeman, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Chicago–Rockford, Cincinnati, Des Moines, El Paso, Eugene, Fargo, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fresno, Grand Forks, Grand Island, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Great Falls, Idaho Falls, Indianapolis, Kalispell, Knoxville, Laredo, Louisville, McAllen (TX), Medford, Memphis, Minot, Missoula, Monterey, Moline/Quad Cities, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Peoria, Phoenix–Mesa, Rapid City, Reno/Tahoe, San Antonio, Santa Maria (CA), Shreveport, Sioux Falls, South Bend, Springfield/Branson, Stockton, Tri-Cities (WA), Tulsa, Wichita Seasonal: Los Angeles, Montrose|
|American Airlines||Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington–National|
|British Airways||London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow|
|California Pacific Airlines||Carlsbad|
|Contour Airlines||Page, Santa Barbara|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma|
|Edelweiss Air||Seasonal: Zurich|
|El Al||Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion|
|Flair Airlines||Seasonal: Edmonton, Winnipeg|
|Frontier Airlines||Atlanta, Austin, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Greenville/Spartanburg, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Madison, Milwaukee, Nashville, Norfolk, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo, Spokane, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington–Dulles Seasonal: Ft. Meyers|
|Interjet||Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey|
|JetBlue||Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, New York–JFK|
|JetSuiteX||Charter: Burbank, Concord (CA), Oakland, Orange County|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Seasonal: London-Gatwick|
|Southwest Airlines||Albuquerque, Amarillo, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Boise, Buffalo, Burbank, Chicago–Midway, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas–Love, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario, Orange County, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, Tampa, Tucson, Tulsa, Wichita, Seasonal: Albany, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philadelphia|
|Spirit Airlines||Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Burbank, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa|
|Sun Country Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland (OR), Seasonal: Anchorage, Providence, Puerto Vallarta, Redmond (OR), St. Louis, San Antonio, San José del Cabo|
|Swoop||Abbotsford, Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), Kelowna|
|Thomas Cook Airlines||Manchester (UK)|
|United Airlines||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles|
|Virgin Atlantic||London–Heathrow, Seasonal: Manchester (UK)|
|VivaAerobus||Mexico City, Seasonal: Monterrey|
|Volaris||Guadalajara, Mexico City|
|WestJet||Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Seasonal: Regina, Saskatoon|
The team over at Flytampa have hit another home run on this scenery. The entire airport is covered in high definition textures, more on that later. I think the most striking part of this scenery is the attention to detail. All of the aprons, gate areas, and cargo areas were given full attention when it came to artfully putting this scenery together. One of the best touches was the transparent look of all of the terminal glass and how realistic it looked. I could imagine sitting right on the ramp itself!
I harp on texture quality in just about every review that I have written here at FSC and this review will be no different. With the ever increasing quality of monitors and graphics cards the texture quality is what really sets some of these sceneries apart for me. Good texturing is the difference between a washed out “new looking” scenery and something that looks as if it is photoreal and “used”. Flytampa know how to texture and this scenery provides all the best textures which are crisp, and don’t seem to affect performance to a high degree.
I always like to touch on the amount of “clutter” type objects provided in a scenery and FT did a great job making this scenery seem like an operation airport. There are luggage carts at the gates, there are airport vehicles making their rounds, and there are enough static aircraft to make it feel alive.
A city such as Las Vegas will inevitably be a focus of a high profile scenery. It is really here that Flytampa have blown everything else out of the water. The entire strip is rendered in PBR buildings, (there is a configuration tool which allows PBR to be turned off for performance) and the strip lights and vehicles can also be animated. The level of detail even extends to electronic billboards being animated and switching images. This is really where the Flytampa KLAS scenery shines and stands out above the rest to me.
Vegas at Night:
The wow factor continues into the evening with FlyTampa KLAS. A city that is known for its lights should be important when dealing with a scenery of this caliber and the team at FT did their work well. As you can see all the night lights look real, at an appropriate level and the strip looks every bit as sparkly as it should!
Large sceneries with a lot of objects, and night lighting, can be burdensome to many systems. However FlyTampa have done a great job optimizing this scenery. With my sim rig, you can see the specs below, I was able to maintain low 20s for frame rates on the ground and just above that after takeoff. This was done with a default aircraft so higher complexity add-ons will drop that rate and your mileage may vary depending on your system. However, this level of scenery with a only small impact on performance is impressive.
Las Vegas McCarran (KLAS) Airport Addon
High Resolution surrounding Photo Scenery with custom mesh
Las Vegas modeled with custom buildings and animations
3D Taxiway bridge,Animated Cars & Monorails
SODE and Ctrl-J animated Jetways
PBR Terminal windows and Dynamic lighting
If you fly domestic or international flights in the United States this is a must own. The level of detail combine with the high interest destination of KLAS makes this a staple in any big metal sim pilot. If you are a GA pilot a lot of fun can still be had flying low and slow around the strip as well.
To purchase FlyTampa McCarran International head to Simmarket, where for $33.74 USD it can be yours.
Review System Specifications
FX-6300 @ 3.8ghz
16GB DDR3 RAM