We should see new payware scenery files from FranceVFR and UK2000 within a few days, but the rate of new file releases continues at a trickle – even freeware files. Odd, isn’t it, as the opposite should be happening right now, at the beginning of summer. Oh well, c’est la vie; opportunities come and they go. Oh yes, an update to KMBS came out this morning, so let’s looks at this one – as well as a few noteworthy freeware files that came out over the last few days, and those up first.
LFMQ – Le Castellet International Airport France by PaulMort
Here’s a whimsical interpretation of LFMQ, which in the present day is a hang-out for biz-jet traffic into the French Riviera. This is a nice little Must Have file located between Nice and Marseilles, perfect for your Hawker 4000 or Gulfstream, and you can get it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44989-lfmq-le-castellet-international-airport-france/
EBLG + Liege 2.0 by NAPS/Freddy de Pues
This is the massive air freight airport located outside of Grâce-Hollogne, Wallonia, Belgium (near Liege). There is a small, 2-gate passenger terminal here (TUI Belgium the sole operator), yet it’s the sprawling air cargo facilities lining both sides of Rwy 4/22 (l/r) that commands your attention. This is a revised file with a lot of attention paid to x-life compliance, but a lot of visible improvements will catch your eye too. Get it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/45020-eblg-liege/
EGHC + Penwith-St Just Lands End by Stuart H
Produced to complement the developer’s EGHE St Mary’s, this airport provides an air link to residents of the Scilly Isles. GA and Twin Otters? That’s about it. Get the file here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44885-eghc-penwith-st-just-lands-end-v10zip/
DAOO-Oran Ahmed Ben Bella, Oran, Algeria by aissdz
Nicely done medium sized commercial airport on the Mediterranean and quite near the Algerian border with Morocco. Close to Ibiza, Alicante, and Malaga, due to Algeria’s history with France (ahem, cough-cough) a number of carriers fly to destinations within France. The file is available here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44892-daoo-oran-ahmed-ben-bella/
NCRG + Rarotonga International Airport by Cami De Bellis
While this isn’t a new file I thought it might be of interest if xpfr’s recent Polynesian files piqued your interest in the region. Raratonga is the principal city and airport of the Cook Islands, a semi-autonomous island group still in New Zealand’s sphere of influence. As such, Air New Zealand is a big player here. Cami De Bellis’s file is a real gem, and you can find it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/27957-ncrg-rarotonga-international-airport/
LBSF Sofia Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria by mishaikin
An exceptionally well done airport file; impressive list of airlines and destinations. Highly recommended, good location near Greece, Italy, and in the heart of the Balkan region. File here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/39565-lbsf-sofia-airport/
There’s little doubt that Turbulent’s KMBS is the best small commercial airport file for Xp – located in North America – though I’m sure there are many who might claim this is the best airport file in X-plane, period. I won’t argue with that assessment, if only because words like “best” are so fraught with subjective undertones. Still, every time I open up here (usually at Gate 3, by the way) I’m simply impressed with how well this file works in everyday use. Frame-rates are decent, load-times are as well, but there’s one other kind of performance I’m impressed with regarding this file, too.
This file has been out less than a week and the devs have already issued a small revision, and in the world of payware scenery files for X-plane, this kind of attention to detail and customer satisfaction is actually pretty rare. I mentioned our file was purchased at the Threshold Store, and I had an email in my inbox this morning from the store with a one-click link to the revised file, and in my book that’s pretty good customer care, too. I hope more devs go with Threshold, if only to help spur on some legitimate competition. The Org serves a great purpose in this community, but X-Aviation has never been able to attract enough devs to really take off. There’ve been a few other efforts to launch new stores, but few have had the staying power to match the Org’s near monopoly position. Hopefully with Threshold this will change. The community needs depth and competition in order to thrive.
So, need a few more shots around KMBS…? Sure, why not…I’m game!
As big as this airport is, and with as diverse a selection of facilities, the commercial terminal is in a class all it’s own. It’s perfect for small Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and RJs as well.
So, food for thought. What do you think is the best airport release of the year so far?
We’ll see you when something interesting breaks. Until then, happy trails – C