After last weeks barrage of new files its time to sit back and go through some of the better freeware files that trickled out over the weekend. Typically we see a broad geographical spread when it comes to airports in X-plane, but this weekend seemed to be dominated by files in the sunny part of Europe, with France, Italy and Switzerland in the lead. The image above is from LFMP Perpignan France V1.e, so let’s start there.
This latest LFMP Perpignan is a conversion by Vivian, originally submitted in 2017 and revised this weekend, and in a week when we’ve already looked at one extremely good payware file on the French Mediterranean coast, it’s nice to have a freeware file in the same general area to toss into the mix.
LFMP is quite near the border between Spain and France, and the list of airlines and destinations reflects a heavy reliance on the winter tourist trade.
Overall, the file has decent textures, especially night textures, but ramp lighting and clutter could be better. There are air cargo and GA ramps, but I had a few errors show up with grasses on the ortho. Other than that, this file is certainly a welcome addition.
qvwnMadness’s LSZR – Airport “St. Gallen Altenrhein” 1.1.0 came out Friday and was revised Sunday. There’s been an aeroSoft payware version of this one out for years, so if you’ve resisted buying, here, at long last, is your freebie. This small GA airport on the German/Swiss/Austrian border is on Lake Constance and has limited commercial traffic – People’s Viennaline is headquartered at this airport and flies two E-170s to LOWW and various Mediterranean destinations.
This file is set up to handle such service, assuming someone makes a paint for the E170.
Ramps are a little dark and they could use more ground equipment, but this is otherwise a useful little airport for ERJ type aircraft. Good location, too!
Yet another revision to LIRJ Elba. As we’ve covered this one extensively, how ’bout we move on to the link.
You’ll find less is more now as the “Treelines_Farms_Europe_v2” library is no longer needed: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/45719-lirj-elba-airport-marina-di-campo/
And from the same developer, LSGY – “Yverdon-Les-Bains” comes in for another revision, this time with “more objects and a bit more” listed in the changelog. This is another airport with a great location for GA flights around Switzerland and France.
And last up today, a rare file for northern Ireland. EGAE Londonderry/Eglinton – City of Derry Airport is on Northern Irelands north coast, on the south bank of Lough Foyle. Limited commercial service these days, but check the list as there are a few interesting routes available here, as well as some flying club activity.
The main terminal is fairly accurate, the parking lots excellent, and overall this one needs little more to keep you happy. Get it right here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/46431-egae-londonderryeglinton-city-of-derry-airport/
And you know what? That’s all, folks! Adios, and hasta later –