• Review: Twentynine Palms KTNP Airport

    KTNP Twentynine Palms Airport

    Publisher: Aerosoft/29Palms/JaraNet

    Review Author:
    Luke Webber

    Suggested Price:
    $16.99

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    Overview

    Developers 29Palms and JaraNet have come together to faithfully recreate the beautiful airport of Twentynine Palms located just northeast of Palm Springs in California. This was developers 29Palms and JaraNet's first project that they have developed. The scenery includes an extensive 3D library, over 250 km2 of high resolution satellite imagery (that looks simply stunning), and key airport buildings and features.

    KTNP Twentynine Palms Airport

    KTNP provides both a VOR and RNAV (GPS) approach so you'll happily get your trusty Learjet in there! The airport provides the best for both jet and prop general aviation, with runway 8/26 being 5331 feet long, while runway 17/35 measures 3979 feet. As hinted by the glider trailer store on the ramp, KTNP is a great location for gliding, especially with its nearby rugged terrain and peaks reaching 5677 feet. These provide ample updrafts so as to keep you soaring, and of course, being near the Palm Springs area, the weather is always great. Of my two years of flying on the PilotEdge network, I have never seen the metar report any bad visibility, which pretty much speaks for itself! As mentioned, "PilotEdge" the online network I prefer to fly on, has KTNP within its SoCal base coverage area, which makes it even more of a reason to pick up if you are an avid PilotEdge user.

    KTNP Twentynine Palms Airport     KTNP Twentynine Palms Airport

    System Requirements

    • X-Plane 11 / X-Plane 10.45, X-Plane 10 North-America Edition, X-Plane 10 Steam Version
    • Windows 7 / 8 / 10, OS X (10.6.8 or later) or Linux Ubuntu 12.04LTS or compatible
    • 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors)
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 3D graphics card with 2GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM
    • Download Size: 420 MB
    • Installation Size: 920 MB

    Initial Impressions

    Ready to explore, I took my C172 from KCLR (situated south of KTNP) and headed on a short cross country flight on PilotEdge over to KTNP. As I passed over the Salton Sea, there was not a cloud in sight - perfect sightseeing weather! Approaching the field, I saw the orthographic photos supplied with KTNP, overlaying my own ortho4xp built orthographic imagery. The add-on scenery's ortho was significantly darker and more vibrant, but this wasn't really too much of an issue for me, and I'm sure there is a way to delete the satellite imagery specific files in the scenery folder if need be. For those using the standard X-Plane scenery, this minor issue will not be present. However, for those who do have their own textures installed, perhaps the developers could provide two versions to download in the future?

    KTNP Twentynine Palms Airport

    As I entered left downwind for runway 26, I noticed the neatly placed houses and shacks around the KTNP area, plus the appropriately arranged flora and fauna. Seeing all this reminded me of how isolated and often unforgiving this part of the US can be.

    Turning from base to final, the detailing of the scenery became even more apparent. The worn out and weathered runway, surrounded by the arid environment, looked incredibly realistic as it greeted me on touchdown.


    1 Comment
    1. Rupert's Avatar
      Rupert -
      UGH! This rendition of TwentyNine Palms is way too realistic! I hated Twentynine Palms when I was in the Corps. And seeing this review reminds me, I hate it still.

      I must say you captured this Hell Hole exactly as I remembered it.

      Rupert
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