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Review: FlyTampa Thessaloniki X-Plane 11
Important Greek Airport finally done for X-planeGreat details and texturesFantastic value at only $22!
The area doesnt give much opportunity for "wow" factor in off airport areasPerformance still could have been better
4.5Overall Score
Modeling
Texturing
Performance
Surrounding
Detail
Installation/Manual/Tools
Value for Money
Reader Rating 1 Vote

Introduction:

Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” is the main international airport serving the Greek city of Thessaloniki. LGTS Thessaloniki is the third largest airport within the nation of Greece behind Athens and Heraklion (Crete), and as of 2018 served 6.7 million passengers.

Installation, Manuals, and Tools:

Flytampa has made downloading and installing their sceneries easier than ever with the universal installer tool. All you need to do is simply download the universal installer for X-Plane, and enter in your license information. Once you have entered your information the universal installer will download, install, and configure your scenery for you.

Who Flies to Thessaloniki?

According to the wikipedia entry for Thessaloniki there are 50 passenger airlines who service LGTS, many on a seasonal basis. What this means is that almost any European or Near East destination has an airline that flies to LGTS.

AirlineDestination
Aegean AirlinesAthens, Chania, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Heraklion, Larnaca, Moscow–Domodedovo, Munich, Mytilene, Rhodes, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv Seasonal: Hannover, Mykonos, Nuremberg, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Santorini Charter: Katowice, Poznan, Rostov-on-Don, Yerevan
AeroflotMoscow–Sheremetyevo
airBalticSeasonal: Riga
Air MoldovaChișinău
Air SerbiaBelgrade
AlitaliaSeasonal: Milan–Linate
ArkiaSeasonal charter: Tel Aviv
Aircompany ArmeniaSeasonal: Yerevan
Astra AirlinesChios, Heraklion, Ikaria, Kos, Lemnos, Mytilene, Samos, Seasonal: Athens, Cephalonia, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Zakynthos, Charter: Bratislava, Tel Aviv
Austrian AirlinesVienna, Charter: Graz
Avanti AirCharter: Innsbruck
BelaviaCharter: Minsk
Blue AirLarnaca
Bluebird AirwaysSeasonal: Tel Aviv
British AirwaysSeasonal: London Gatwick
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels
CondorSeasonal: Frankfurt
Corendon Airlines EuropeCharter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Cyprus AirwaysLarnaca
easyJetBerlin–Schönefeld, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Seasonal: London–Luton, Venice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg
EllinairAthens, Chania, Heraklion, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Vnukovo, Rhodes, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Almaty, Bratislava, Dnipropetrovsk, Katowice, Kazan, Kharkiv, Kiev–Boryspil, Krasnodar, Lviv, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mykonos, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Nur-Sultan-Astana, Odessa, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Santorini, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Volgograd, Voronezh, Warsaw–Chopin, Yekaterinburg
Enter AirCharter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
EurowingsCologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Seasonal: Hanover
IsrairSeasonal: Tel-Aviv
Jet2.comSeasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LaudaVienna
LOT Polish AirlinesCharter: Warsaw–Chopin
LufthansaFrankfurt
NeosSeasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Olympic AirChios, Kalamata, Samos
Seasonal: Kos, Paros, Skiathos
Qatar AirwaysDoha
RyanairBeauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bologna, Bratislava, Budapest, Chania, Charleroi, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kraków, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Memmingen, Nuremberg, Paphos, Rome–Ciampino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tel Aviv, Weeze
Seasonal: Amman–Queen Alia, Bordeaux, Bremen, Dublin, Girona, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Lappeenranta, Naples, Warsaw–Modlin
Ryanair SunCharter: Katowice, Poznań
Scandinavian AirlinesStockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Copenhagen
Sky ExpressChios, Corfu, Mytilene, Samos, Skyros
SmartwingsSeasonal: Prague, Charter: Brno, Ostrava
Smartwings PolandCharter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
Smartwings SlovakiaCharter: Bratislava
Sun D'OrSeasonal: Tel Aviv
Swiss International Air LinesSeasonal: Geneva, Zürich
TAROMBucharest
TransaviaAmsterdam
Transavia FranceParis-Orly
TUI AirwaysSeasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester
TUI fly BelgiumSeasonal: Brussels
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
UtairSeasonal: Moscow–Vnukovo
Yamal AirlinesCharter: Saint Petersburg
Wizz AirBudapest, Kiev-Zhuliany, Kutaisi, London–Luton, Vienna

The Airport:

FlyTampa seem to have done it again and it should come as no surprise. I harp on texture quality and FT have hit it out of the park here.  Ground textures are sharp and realistic, but beyond that they look like they belong in a well used international airport with just the right amount of rubber and dirt.

The modeling is top-notch. As you can see in the screenshots below the off apron areas feature all the right extra vehicles and items you would expect and all are great looking. Also, the terminal building just doesn’t have that high level of detail we have all come to expect from top scenery developers. The attention paid to the parking lots and non-aircraft areas of the airport really push it to a higher level.

The surrounding city looks good and appears like a normal Greek city but as such there aren’t really any major landmarks or anything to model which are beyond normal buildings. However, the terminal at LGTS is a fairly complex piece of architecture and FT have modeled it fantastically both on the apron and parking lot sides of the terminal.

I mentioned the texturing earlier and I would say the team at FlyTampa did a great job, the ground textures are properly colored and really give the impression of a meditteranean climate which can be found around Thessaloniki, which adds to the immersion of flying here.

 

Thessaloniki at Night:

FlyTampa are an established scenery company and it shows in the night lighting. The apron lighting is fantastic and the airport lights look proper and well placed. I especially appreciated that attention was paid to the non-airport areas such as parking lots when it came to realistic night lighting.

Performance:

Performance with this scenery was very solid. It is a large, and visually comple scenery but nonetheless I was able to maintain around 30 frames while taxiing, taking off, and landing. My system is not an ideal X-plane machine but with default and add-on aircraft this scenery is definitely optimized enough to work with most machines.

Features:

– Thessaloniki Makedonia (LGTS) Airport Addon
– Complete city add-on with custom mesh, vegetation and lighting
– Full city coverage with custom buildings and landmarks
– Sloped airport terrain
– Animated apron vehicles, road and ship traffic
– PBR materials

Final Thoughts:

I have always felt like after I visited the Aegean for the first time a little bit of me was left behind there. As such Greece and the Aegean feature highly in my destinations for flight simulation. LGTS being one of the busiest airports in the region makes a solid scenery a must-have for anyone who enjoys flying in this part of the world.

FlyTampa have hit another one out of the park with one of their first forays into the X-Plane world. Whether you fly in or around Southern Europe or the Aegean, or if you just love a top-level scenery you can’t go wrong with FlyTampa Thessaloniki

To purchase FlyTampa Thessaloniki head to Simmarket, where for $22.30 USD it can be yours.

Review System Specifications

FX-6300 @ 3.8ghz

EVGA GTX-1070

MSI Motherboard

16GB DDR3 RAM

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