• X-Plane Freeware Focus

    X-Plane Freeware Focus

    By Paul Mort

    PA-18

    Having read, and also enjoyed a number of articles here at FlightSim.Comp concentrating on freeware add-ons, I thought I would offer my own thoughts on what I feel are three standout files worthy of your attention (a slight departure from my tutorials and reviews).

    As many of you know, I am a scenery man, and thoroughly enjoy creating my own airports. Many, if not most of the sceneries I have created over the years, contain objects I have designed in SketchUp, and these are used so as to create a degree of realism in the sceneries I build. They also help with the overall atmosphere, and while there is much debate about the level of artistic licence employed in X-Plane sceneries, I think, for the most part, developers get it spot on.

    Graz Airport

    Graz

    Which brings me nicely to my first X-Plane 'must have' file; Graz Airport by Stefan Verjee-Lorenz.

    This is a particularly well done scenery, as it utilises 3rd party library objects to such good effect. I really admire the way that Stefan has brought this scenery to life, especially when you consider that only three libraries were used in total (one of those being my very own Ground Texture Library)!

    Graz     Graz

    Graz     Graz

    For those of you not familiar with this airport, Graz Airport, known as Flughafen Graz in German, is an international airport serving southern Austria. It is located near Graz, the second-largest city in Austria and makes for a great starting point in which to explore the amazing alpine scenery situated to the west. The main passenger terminal building includes shops, travel agencies, a restaurant and cafes, a bank, car rental and service counters. The airport apron provides stands for aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747, but there are no jet bridges - mobile stairways are used instead for boarding.

    As you can see from the images, Stefan has done a superb job at bringing the airport to life in X-Plane 11.

    Graz     Graz

    Graz     Graz

    Download LOWG Graz Scenery


    4 Comments
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Very nice article Paul, good choice!

      Shame then, that even after mentioning how nice/useful it is for developers to be given feedback by the community, the three add-ons mentioned above, have all but two comments (all on one file at the time of writing).

      With the cost of payware add-ons increasing in price, you would have thought that the community would bend over backwards to provide feedback (after all, this in turn helps them). Unfortunately, looking at the X-Plane section of the file library, that doesn't seem to be the case, which is highly disappointing and sad to see.
    1. Roger Wensley's Avatar
      Roger Wensley -
      You know my opinion regarding feedback and the lack of it. If I get one comment regarding missing textures after over 1,000 down-loaders and 5 years then I have to think myself lucky. John Stinstrom went 7,000 down-loaders and over 12 years before someone (me) told him the AI didn't work. Astounding.
    1. b52bob's Avatar
      b52bob -
      The quality of freeware in xp is astounding and puts the FSX/P3D environment to shame. I am not a fan boy for any one sim as I have them all but xp is the most spectacular. I give mucho thanks to all the developers who have labored to give us this beautiful content in xp-11.
    1. FlyingDragon's Avatar
      FlyingDragon -
      Quote Originally Posted by b52bob View Post
      The quality of freeware in xp is astounding and puts the FSX/P3D environment to shame. I am not a fan boy for any one sim as I have them all but xp is the most spectacular. I give mucho thanks to all the developers who have labored to give us this beautiful content in xp-11.
      XP has come a long way since xp10. Very impressive.
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