• Review: RIM and Company - Ayers Rock for X-Plane

    Ayers Rock

    Publisher: RIM and Company

    Review Author:
    Paul Mort

    Suggested Price:
    $20.95

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    RIM and Company Ayers Rock     RIM and Company Ayers Rock

    Introduction

    This review will focus on a new scenery of Ayers Rock Connellan Airport (YAYE) by RIM and Company. Being a fan of smaller airports I was eager to see what this scenery had to offer, especially as Australia has always been of interest to me. However, before I do, let me give you some background on the airport.

    Ayers Rock Airport (also known as Connellan Airport) is situated near Yulara, around 288 miles away from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, and 20 minutes drive from Uluru (Ayers Rock) itself.

    RIM and Company Ayers Rock     RIM and Company Ayers Rock

    The original Connellan Airport at Uluru was provided by Edward Connellan, who started Connellan Airways in 1942, providing passenger transport, chartered Royal Flying Doctor Service flights and mail runs.

    The largest aircraft that Ayers Rock Airport caters for is the Boeing 737-800s, operated by Virgin Australia. QantasLink operate a number of Boeing 717-200s in and out of the airport. Jetstar has from the 4th of June 2013, operated flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne using Airbus A320 aircraft.

    Courtesy of Wikipedia

    RIM and Company Ayers Rock     RIM and Company Ayers Rock

    Installation

    Once you have downloaded the scenery (1.2 GB), extract it and select one of the folders contained within; either Ayers Rock XP10 or Ayers Rock XP11. Once selected, copy this folder to your X-Plane 'Custom Scenery' directory, and you're good to go!

    The Airport

    One of the first things I noticed right away about the scenery, was the abundance of 3D people and object animations. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed seeing this, as so many potentially good sceneries I've looked at in the past, were left looking lifeless due to their lack of people and object animations. As I explored further, I was also pleased to see that full 3D models of vehicles had been employed at car parks. All too often badly implemented orthos are used to represent car parks, and whilst these might look good at 5000+ feet, they look terrible at ground level. Luckily, none of this was seen here. Animated objects include service vehicles, plus aircraft and helicopters.

    RIM and Company Ayers Rock     RIM and Company Ayers Rock

    Just as important as the main terminal area, are the surrounding buildings, where the back room boys and girls keep the airport running. Again, this is an area which is often neglected in some sceneries, as it is seen as a low priority. However, the developers at Rim and Company have not scrimped here, and static aircraft and staff are both visible, which adds depth and quality to the scenery.

    Looking past the airport perimeter I was especially pleased to see that the attention to detail extended past the airport proper, over to the holiday village at Yulara.


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