New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA – KLGA) is a domestic airport in north New York City borough of Queens. The airport is on the waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay in East Elmhurst. LaGuardia Airport covers nearly 680 acres as a whole. LaGuardia is New York’s third busiest airport after New York JFK (John F Kennedy) and Newark. The three airports combined – JFK, LaGuardia and Newark create the largest airport system in the United States as well as the second most busiest in terms of passenger traffic, and first in terms of total flight operations. In 2011, LaGuardia handled 24.1 million passengers, with a huge increase in 2015 seeing numbers rise to 31.4 million passengers, where as it’s competitor KJFK handled 58.8 million and Newark handled 40.5 million bring the sheer total to 129.7 million passengers traveling through New York airport each year and rising. LaGuardia is also the busiest airport in the United States without any non-stop service flights across the ditch (Europe).
The LaGuardia we know today initially named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport, then renamed to North Beach Airport, and finally changed to the name we know it by now, LaGuardia named after Fiorello LaGuardia, the mayor of New York when the airport was built. LaGuardia carries a reputation of being the worst airport in the United States. Maybe because of the outdated facilities, or the old terminal buildings, but on July 27, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an official reconstruction plan that would replace the “old” LaGuardia with a new one.
LaGuardia has got two runways, with 1 meter difference between the two in runway length. Runway 04/22 and Runway 13/31. LaGuardia is also a hub for Delta Airlines, and American Airlines.
Installation, Manuals & Tools:
As all ImagineSim scenery, the installation is fairly easy with no hassles or issues. Simply run the installer, select your vendor and then enter your details, select your path and you’re good to go. The manual is very well written and detailed. The manual comes with several sections. Those sections include charts, support, FAQ’s, System requirements, features as well as performance. If you want to take a read of the manual before hand, you can do so by clicking here.
Who flies to LaGuardia?
Thanks to Wikipedia, we are able to provide you a full list of airlines that fly in and out of LaGuardia. For more specific information visit flightaware.com.
|Air Canada||Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson||B (Conc. A)|
|Air Canada Express||Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson||B (Conc. A)|
|American Airlines||Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago–O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Jacksonville (FL), Miami, Orlando–MCO, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham|
Seasonal: Pittsburgh, West Palm Beach
|B (Conc. C, D), C|
|American Eagle||Akron/Canton, Atlanta, Charlotte, Charlottesville (VA), Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Dayton, Detroit, Fayetteville/Bentonville,Greensboro, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, Norfolk,Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Roanoke, St. Louis, Toronto–Pearson, Wilmington (NC)|
Seasonal: Augusta (GA), Bangor, Martha’s Vineyard, Myrtle Beach, Nantucket
|B (Conc. C, D), C|
|American Airlines Shuttle||Boston, Washington–National||C|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, Buffalo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Orlando–MCO, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Raleigh/Durham (begins August 28, 2016)|
Seasonal: Bozeman, Cincinnati, Fort Myers, Pittsburgh
|Delta Connection||Asheville, Bangor, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Charlottesville (VA), Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fort Myers, Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg,Greensboro, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Knoxville, Lexington, Louisville, Madison, Manchester (NH),Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, Norfolk, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Raleigh/Durham,Richmond, Rochester (NY), St. Louis, Sarasota, Savannah, Syracuse|
Seasonal: Augusta (GA), Key West, Miami, Myrtle Beach, Nantucket, Orlando–MCO, Tampa, Traverse City, Wilmington (NC)
|Delta Shuttle||Boston, Chicago–O’Hare, Washington–National||A, C|
|Frontier Airlines||Atlanta, Miami|
|B (Conc. A)|
|JetBlue Airways||Boston (begins October 31, 2016), Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers (ends October 29, 2016), Orlando–MCO, Sarasota (ends October 29, 2016),Tampa (ends October 29, 2016), West Palm Beach||B (Conc. A)|
|Southwest Airlines||Atlanta, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, St. Louis||B (Conc. B)|
|Spirit Airlines||Chicago–O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach||B (Conc. B)|
|United Airlines||Chicago–O’Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental|
|B (Conc. C)|
|United Express||Chicago–O’Hare, Cleveland, Houston–Intercontinental, Raleigh/Durham (begins October 30, 2016), Washington–Dulles||B (Conc. C)|
|Virgin America||Dallas–Love||B (Conc. C)|
We are now experts on LaGuardia and the airport, but how did ImagineSim do? Let’s start of with the basics. ImagineSim have done a very good job on the basics. The basics are the manuals, the getting the airport to load into the sim and all those little nifty things. Next up we have the modelling. The modelling done by ImagineSim is really good. I say this because if you look at the rear shape of the buildings, the jetways, the cones, the lamps, baggage trucks, all those little details – they are modeled to perfection. You can clearly see ImagineSim spend a lot of time on modelling. You will find a few flaws, because we know not everything is perfect, but for the most part, the modelling done by ImagineSim is spot on! While we are still on the subject of modelling, did I mention ImagineSim modeled the interior too? An extra little feature that brings an airport to life. I stumbled by this on accident, as I completely forgot ImagineSim modeled the interior, and when I saw it it just shocked me. The gates, seats, cafes, signs, board – all of it was modeled. Overall, ImagineSim have done a very good job with the modelling in their LaGuardia scenery. No major disappointments in this field, which is a very good thing. Next we look at the departments of textures. An area of field ImagineSim have not yet mastered. The modelling is fantastic as mentioned earlier, but the textures for some reason “lack” something. I just can’t put a finger too it, but it definitely does not feel as good, or lively for the matter of fact as other developers. The textures look bland and feel like they are missing ambient occlusion. But, this does not mean the texturing is terrible. You’ll see in the screenshots below that the texturing is still very pleasant, and more than sufficient. The interior is textured very well, so is the interior. Although the ground poly could be textured to a higher standard. Maybe more visible, sharper and darker cracks, skid marks and dirt marks….All those little extra details would make the airport feel so much better. But I can safely say that ImagineSim have vastly improved with their texturing since their older products. A little bit more from ImagineSim on the texturing, and we are talking. The little details we see across the airport – cones, cars etc add a sense of liveliness to the airport, and is most definitely preferred among simmers. During the day LaGuardia is great. Scenic approaches with the waves clashing onto the rocks as you approach the threshold. ImagineSim have also modeled the basic surrounding area, this includes the car park, the drop off zones which even includes all the airlines logo’s. Car’s are also modeled across the roads leading up to the terminal. Overall the modelling and texturing is satisfactory and beyond pleasing for me.
LaGuardia at Night:
The night lighting, a very important part of the scenery. ImagineSim have chosen to use 3D halo effects, as well as a very vague light up on the ground poly. This is a very good method to display night lighting, as you can see the actual halo effects, and the vague light up on the ground makes it look as if the lights up top are lighting up the ground. Other than that, LaGuardia has some pretty cool night lighting effects. ImagineSim have definitely improved their night lighting from older scenery products like Singapore Changi, where the night textures would nearly be non-existent. Great to see ImagineSim stepping up their game. Even the interior lights up in the dark, with a very vague white light lighting up the terminal interior. The signs also light up enough to be noticeable which is good. Other than that, LaGuardia has some very good night lighting, and if you love flying at night, you won’t be too disappointed as ImagineSim have done a good job.
When testing LaGuardia on performance, I was very pleased. I had pretty low expectations for performance of LaGuardia considering it’s not too far from downtown Manhattan where there are plenty of dense buildings, which would be a culprit for performance. But, ImagineSim have seemed to optimize LaGuardia quite well and no stutters or fps drops were noticeable. At all times the frames where in the 30’s region, averaging 31, and occasionally dropping too high 20’s (27-29fps). Settings for those tests were high too. Not too also mention, the VAS was actually bearable. When I first spawned in, it was around 65%, which is a very desirable figure. Next up was the flight, so after coming in from Washington Dulles (KIAD) using FlightBeam’s scenery, VAS was 78%. So performance with La Guardia is good and not as bad as expected. Next step was trying LaGuardia with Drzweicki Design’s New York City V2, an addon which models New York City very accurately and places an incredible amount of buildings. Pleased to say, performance stayed the same for me, with maybe a minor 1-2 fps drop occasionally when looking at Manhattan, but no stutters were noticeable. VAS did increase a little bit, but that is no surprise. When spawning in VAS was around 75%, 10% higher than without using New York City X. I repeated the same flight from Washington Dulles (KIAD), once again using FlightBeam’s scenery, and I did not OOM (Out of memory). VAS was 91%, but brought back down to 86% when turning onto final. This was without any texture optimizations on the scenery, aircraft or virtual cockpit. It’s pretty clear that ImagineSim have done a pretty good job optimizing the scenery, because running default I was getting around the same frames. As long as I am running 30fps, I am happy. Like mentioned occasionally drops to high 20’s, but it’s bearable because you have to understand LaGuardia is located in a very dense area, just as dense as London Heathrow, where the performance is not great at all. All those tests were run with everything ticked in the config tool too. If you have a weaker system, unticking some options from the configuration tool would be a good iea.
- Available for Prepar3D v2/v3 and FSX
- Five large and busy terminals
- 100% custom made UltraHD textures
- Realistic weathered and worn ground markings and runways
- Animated SODE jetways option
- Supported by Aerosoft’s AES (next iteration)
- Custom building shadows
- Stunning night lighting
- Seamless custom autogen integration.
- Thousands of hand-placed trees creating a lush outfield
- Airport software code optimized for increased performance
- Hundreds of apron service and support vehicles
- Complete non-generic runway and taxiway signage
- Unique concrete, tarmac and grass texturing
- Custom designed and hand placed parked cars
- Realistic taxiway centre and edge lighting
- Tested and approved by real-life airline pilots
ImagineSim have come a very long way since when they first started. Their efforts to improve is defenitly being seen with every new airport they release. The modelling has become better, the texturing has become better too. Even the night lighting has become significantly better. The biggest improvement with ImagineSim and their LaGuardia scenery has to be the performance. I honestly expected terrible frames, but ImagineSim have proved us wrong. LaGuardia has to be one of their best airports yet. My favorite feature of this scenery has to be the interior modelling. It’s great ImagineSim have gone that far to include the interior. Also to add, occasionally I’ve experienced a few flickering textures, nothing to serious though. I am still continuously exploring this airport, and love flying into LaGuardia, especially on the right day and the right runway, you’re in for a treat. I also highly recommend Drzweicki Design New York City V2 as that makes the approach past Manhattan even better. All in all, I can recommend for you to purchase LaGuardia if you fly into LaGuardia often or just want to change up your preferred New York airport. Lastly to finish off, a huge thanks to Christian Thomsen for taking the photo’s for this review.
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