• Interview With Rui Mesquita

    Rui Mesquita Interview

    Conducted by Dominic Smith


    Rui, when did you start developing for flight simulators and what got you interested in it?

    I first started developing for flight simulators in around 2005 - 2006. This was with FS2004 and was inspired by the things I thought were missing from the sim. I also really enjoy sharing with others, so as well as the creative aspect, there's also the community perspective I enjoy!

    Rui Mesquita scenery     Rui Mesquita scenery

    Tell us about the nature of your designs and what you do?

    Today I have left FS2004 behind, and as of 2017, focus mainly on X-Plane sceneries and the occasional livery. With the release of X-Plane 11, I also became aware of how badly some of the regions in the sim were covered, and as such, have endeavoured to enhance these areas in this new and very promising simulator!

    Rui, what do you consider to be your best or most popular work?

    I would have to say my Susi Air scenery package for Indonesia, as it contains 30 different airfields, especially some in the remote areas of Papua. The inspiration for this particular scenery came from the 2014 TV mini-series 'Worst Place to be a Pilot', where Susi Air was pictured. The TV show follows the highs and lows of the lives of the young British pilots who work for Susi Air, as they fly and land their planes in some of the most breath-taking, remote and dangerous locations on Earth.

    Rui Mesquita scenery     Rui Mesquita scenery

    Because of this, this pack is ideal for bush pilots, especially those using X-Plane 11 as this is the simulator this package was created and tested on. Some of the airports are compatible with X-Plane 10, but not all of them, as there are terrain differences between the two versions of X-Plane.

    Clarence Boudville (YouTuber) has created a few videos showcasing this particular scenery pack, and here are two of them:

    As well as the Susi Air package, there is growing interest in some of my latest releases. These are Brazilian sceneries for both X-Plane 10 and 11, and my goal here, is to populate one of the most important countries (regarding aviation) with airports. The feedback I have received so far from people using these sceneries, has been most encouraging. As these airports rely only on the default X-Plane objects, my aim is to also share them with the X-Plane Gateway, so that as many people as possible can get to enjoy them.

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    1. oldcrusty's Avatar
      oldcrusty -
      Great article. Nice to hear of how people get involved and stay involved. Very nice work there by Rui and I must say it cemented XP11 as the changeover for my new sim this year. Thanks.
    1. btwallis's Avatar
      btwallis -
      I switched to XP11 recently as well, before P3D V4.
      I love XP11s look and feel and thanks to guy like Rui there are a ton of freeware scenery addons available to enhance the sim.

      The challenge is to locate and install all this stuff. I have been madly downloading your work Rui and love it. Thank you so much for this effort.

      Now all we need it Austin to "finish" the development of XP with official seasonal textures or actions.
    1. RatRace's Avatar
      RatRace -
      Beautiful. i"ll have to make Brazil my next virtual destination.
      O Brasil é lindo maravilhoso!
    1. ruifo's Avatar
      ruifo -
      Thank you all (FlightSim.Com and replyers in here).

      About the challenge to locate all the stuff available here is a link for Brazil: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qg...VQ&usp=sharing

      And here a link for a package with all scenery available for Indonesia: https://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib...quita&sortby=1

      Thank you all again!
    1. Johnkking's Avatar
      Johnkking -
      I am new to xplane 11 and would love to see some airports in Belieze. I spent time in that country and flew thru a few airports
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