We’ve made no secret around here…tdg and ruifo are two of the best freeware scenery developers in X-plane, and some might argue they are THE best – and we wouldn’t dispute that, either. Why these two are making payware is beyond me, too. If each, or the two in concert, developed their own scenery library(s) – in the same way DD has, by the way – they could crank out dozens of files a year and laugh all the way to the bank.
Well, they haven’t and as a result the X-plane community has excellent airports in the less-frequented regions most payware developers fear to tread…and needless to say, the user experience in X-plane is richer, deeper, and more meaningful as a result of these two developer’s tireless work.
For a time last year these two were releasing a couple of files a week (!!!) – and they were great files, too, then things grew quiet. Ruifo disappeared for a while, and output from tdg fell off to a comparative trickle, which is why, when we saw that both had released new files today you could hear corks popping inside Chaos Manor.
So, two new files in two more than useful locales. What more could you want to brighten up your Monday?
Located just off the NW coast of France and a near the western approaches to the English Channel, the Channel Islands include the two principle islands of Guernsey and Jersey, as well as several smaller islands and islets. A Crown dependency, the islands have a special relationship to both the UK and the EU that is beyond the scope of this review.
tdg’s latest freeware file, for EGJB | Guernsey is about as good as freeware can get, and his legendary attention to detail is on full display here. Everything, from lighting to ramps to static aircraft to parked cars is peerless, and in use the airport is without fault. Cars are driving on the “right” side of the road, and I don’t know whether this is correct or not, but that was about the only question I had after poking around here for an hour or so…
tdg’s latest can be had by going here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/45786-egjb-guernsey-airport/
We highly recommend you do. Oh, who has a thing for Chevy Camaros?
ruifo has a history.
He’s put together an almost impossible number of scenery files in both Brazil (180+) and Indonesia (30+), and earlier this year he turned his attention to airports in Mexico. So – at last! – we had someone, and a competent scenery developer at that, taking Mexican airports in hand and leading them into the light of day, in X-plane, anyway. And if anyone poo-poos the state of aviation in Mexico they really have no idea what’s going on in the world today. Commercial aviation plays a huge role in Mexican commerce, from petroleum extraction to manufacturing to tourism, and Mexico has one of the most vibrant economies in the world.
And when we look at today’s new file, for MMZO | Manzanillo Playa de Oro International Airport, we’re looking at an airport that, by-and-large, services the tourist trade.
Located at the north end of Manzanillo Bay, Las Hadas is a world famous resort that has, for decades now, catered to the upper end of the tourist market. The actress Elizabeth Taylor once lived here almost full-time, and if you’ve ever seen the movie “10” – with Dudley Moore and Bo Derek – you’ve seen Las Hadas. Oddly enough, Manzanillo has seen a number of comparable resorts develop in the region in recent years and the demand for air service has skyrocketed.
So, yes, it’s nice to finally have a nice, indeed, an excellent new airport to use here. Let’s take a look…
Keep in mind that ruifo uses only Laminar’s assets in his files, so no additional scenery libraries are required. I know a bunch of users who simply will not use airport files that require scenery library objects because of the never-ending aggravation of 1) finding all the necessary files, 2) installing them, and finally 3) keeping them all up to date…so look over what ruifo has accomplished here with just one library on hand, and recall that one comes pre-installed with X-plane. Yes, in time and if Laminar stopped upgrading these objects, many files would begin to look quite similar to one another, but this option does allow for more people to get their hands on your files. As always, there’s no simple way out of this dilemma, but the next time you set out to make a new freeware airport, you might give it a try and see what happens.
ruifo has added a small ortho that includes a nice surf-line, and he’s loaded the immediate area with appropriate foliage. Ramps and lighting are, as usual, just about perfect, and the effect is payware quality perfection. In the end, ruifo’s MMZO is another Must Have file, and again, our thanks to both of these dedicated artists.
Get ruifo’s file here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/45781-mx-mmzo-manzanillo-playa-de-oro-intl-airport-2018/
That’s all for today. We’ll see you next time – A