• Review: Venez Scenery - Florence X

    Florence X

    Publisher: Venez Scenery

    Review Author:
    Justin Cogo

    Suggested Price:
    $14.95

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    The Florence Peretola airport is a medium-sized airport located in the Tuscany region of Italy. Scenery designers Venez Scenery have recreated this airport to fit into the Florence area which is already nicely detailed within default FSX. The airport is one of two airports in the Tuscany region. This area of Italy is world-reknown for its culture most of which has spread worldwide. The Tuscany region is popular because of its wines, food, arts and history making it a popular tourist destination. The Florence Peretola Airport is situated on the outskirts of the City of Florence in a valley surrounded by the mountains of Central Italy. These mountains, born out of the converging of the Eurasian and African tectonic plates are the Apennine Mountains which run north to south through Italy, connecting to the Alps in the North and ending in Sicily in the South.

       

    History

    The Florence Peretola airport was created after a new airport for Florence was needed. Because of development surrounding the old Florence airport Campo di Marte, there was a need for a new airport and an area near Florence was chosen, Sesto Fiorentino. This became the new location for the new Florence Peretola airport. The Florence Peretola airport started operations in the early thirties as an uncontrolled airport and after the Italian Ministry of Aeronautics decided to upgrade the airport a new runway was created around 1939. The airport had airline operations start in the 1940's and has since expanded its airline operations. The airport's full name is Amerigo Vespucci Airport, named after the Italian navigator and explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

    Real-World Operations

    The Florence Peretola Airport serves the Florence area with medium-sized airline operations. It is a single-runway airport with the runway having a length of 5,438 feet. The airport has two large aprons having parking for between 20-30 airplanes and additional hangars for parking and maintenance. In the real world the airport handles up to medium sized aircraft like Airbus A320's and Embraer 120's.

       

    Airlines serving the airport include Air Berlin, Air Dolomiti, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airline, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cityjet, Etihad Regional, Hop, KLM, Lufthansa, Meridiana Fly, Fly Niki, Swiss International Airlines, Volotea, Vueling, Flybe. Destinations from Florence include London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and most Italian cities.

    Florence Area Topography

    The fun part about this scenery is that the airport is located in a mountainous region which adds to the difficulty of flying to and from the airport. Off the departure end of runway 05 just northeast of the airport the Apennine mountain range provides for a major obstacle and requires pilots to immediately turn either left or right to the West or Southeast to avoid this mountain range. This mountain range extends to the North and Northeast from the Florence area providing excellent mountain flying with peaks reaching around 6,000 feet. Default FSX autogen in the area provides for dense forests away from the city while the Florence city-area is nicely populated with buildings, roads and rivers providing for great sightseeing as well, even with default FSX scenery.

       

    Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy as well as the province of Florence. The airport is 2.7 nm north-northwest of the center of Florence.

    Scenery designers Venez scenery have created this scenery for the Florence Airport. Other sceneries by this design team include MegaAirport Linate X and Chicago Midway X. The airport was created using photoreal textures of the area and according to Venez scenery has accurately placed terminal, hangars, static objects, and terrain features. The scenery comes in a small file, 16 MB and shouldn't be a problem for anyone to install it. The scenery can be used at high settings of FSX Scenery Detail and Autogen with high performance ratings. At these high scenery and autogen settings there is plenty of trees, buildings, and static objects bringing life to the area.

    Even on the hilltops overlooking the city and the airport autogen is bountiful and the hilltops are lined with forests.


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