Three new freeware airports today, one by tdg, another by ruifo, and a first – for Havana, Cuba – so get ready to download a few more (my poor SSD is bulging at the seams now).
Received another update for the HotSTART TBM900 early this morning, tackling a few lingering Windows issues and providing a heavily revised file option for computers with limited CPU GPU combinations.
Above, a really very nice Fly Dubai livery for the default 738. Check it out.
tdg’s latest is once again working in Northern Germany, and has – once again – produced a very small GA airport, this time on the Frisian coast. Located in an advantageous spot to take on transits to Helgoland, the airport also is home base to an air charter company that works three BN Islanders.
And once again it appears as if tdg is concentrating on foliage and ancillary details, such as the telephone poles/wires seen above and just below. The wiring details on this type of utility pole are actually quite rare in X-plane and the effect is as immersive as can be. I’m not sure where all the wind generators come from as I have the X-Europe file from SimHeaven onboard, and that dumps a lot of wind-gens along the coastlines of Europe.
The runway is only 2100 feet, so don’t plan on using an E-Jet here; I’m not sure the TBM would work here either, but the Kodiak sure does.
This is just another magical place in X-plane, hyper detailed and almost an impressionist painting, not an airport file. Another 10/10 Must Have file, too. Be sure to update your RA library, and links are provided on the download page.
This is my first first Cuban airport in X-plane, and it looks decent enough to earn a Must Have rating. This will be fun to have for flights to Florida, but note the list of airlines and destinations (here); you have incredible options for flights to just about everywhere from this airport, even Angola.
The file utilizes LIT textures and not a lot of HDR lighting so night effects are a bit dated.
While not a heavily detailed file yet, it is a WIP effort so perhaps there’s more to come.
ruifo’s latest takes us the the NW corner of the Yucatan Peninsula, to the heart of Mayan territory, and MMMD Merida was, for the longest time, the only international airport in the region, so yes, it predates Cancun and Cozumel and all the other modern tourist meccas. Indeed, Pan Am used to fly here from Miami and JFK…when Chichén Itzá was one of the newest, most interesting Mayan ruins extant. Most traffic now is domestic, but American does Miami, United does Houston, and WestJet handles Toronto.
This is another nicely detailed airport, well lighted too.
We’ll be back with more in a little bit. Seeya then –