Latin Wings Valencia X – Review
Latin Wings Introduction
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Valencia X 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
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.
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
Seems our flight UX 1005 open it check in counter on 7:05 with destination Paris-CDG.
Some Iberia propaganda, offering cheap flight to Austria one way ticket for 48 Euros!
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.
Look LW and Aerosoft staff talking about some confident stuff and laughing at us while we wait the A330….
A lonely 767 waiting for its cargo to be loaded.
They look so lovely!
The Cessna Citation hanger, which my copy seems to be failed to write the red texture for the Cessna logo.
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.
The City of Arts and Science.
The night lighting is good and merge correctly with Aerosft Night Environment Spain, here are some pictures below.
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.