Oh wait! Lots of pictures! A warning for those with limited bandwith!!
Now, some of you may be wondering why-oh-why I keep calling my reviews "impressions" well simply put, they are not exactly reviews per say. I won't go into system specs and airport histories and all that mumbo jumbo. Avism is a great resource for those sort of reviews.
I like to be all girly like and talk about my feelings and how the scenery makes me feel. I like to point out things like plants and shrubs, trees and all that. It's truly about the impression the work left on me and sharing those girlfriend feelings with you lot.
The first thing I love about this scenery is the approach, I surely felt like I was approaching Caracas even though I never approached it before. LatinVFR has honestly captured the South American look and feel that I would expect from an environment airport like this... From an airport like this....
Recardo has done an excellent job with the photo scenery and included custom made autogen as well. The terminal model is well detailed and textured and brings the quality I would normally expect from a LatinVFR product.
But it's not just the airport that captures the look and feel of this region. You HAVE to have the photo scenery, the custom autogen and trees. This place needs to look and feel like Caracas. And even though I have no clue what that feeling is, somehow, Recardo managed to make it all fit together so perfectly. The only thing better than this I would have to assume would be the actual airport itself.
If you want to hear something funny, the very first time I used the scenery, there were 2 IranAir 747SP's parked at the gates. Even in the simulator, two guys who despise the US were virtually getting together for lunch. I was all like, "whatever dudes!"
I wonder if I could hit an airplane on short final while whacking a homer on this little diamond... Damn that's close!! And loud I can imagine...
It's the details like that found in the above shot that I respect. You would never see this unless you slewed around to find it.
The environment very well captured.
Another thing I really like about this airport is that long sloping runway. It creates a bit of challenge but its fun to approach and depart off of nonetheless. I am sure this had to be the most difficult part of the scenery to render as you can see, even the ramp cargo area is situated on this slanted hill. Well done here!
The next part of the scenery is one item I usually try my best to keep out!! And that's static aircraft!! But here, it all was done so correctly, so stylish, and not in the way or obtrusive. You will find an option to remove these statics within the installer, but leave them in! For without them, the scenery would actually be incorrect. You can Google Earth the area to see just what i'm talking about.
This is static aircraft done right. The way it should be. These babies won't raise your frames or interfere with your AI operations. Actually, in fact, on the real airport, the ramp area is cluttered with far more aircraft than seen here. Either way the statics give the appropriate impression of all the aircraft sitting on the lot.
I give this work 2 big thumbs up! But where there is so much good, there is bound to be a little bad... My impressions are always fair and with that said, I now have to mention where this scenery failed.
A great deal to attention was placed in so many areas both within and around the airport. But where this attention stoped dead was on the passenger entrance and parking areas. No cars in the lot and very little detail there. I do understand that most simmers would never venture into that area anyway, but I was a little dissipointed to see the areas so empty and void of detail. Besides that, I would have loved to see moving cars and a little action on the ramp. But those are very minor compared to what was done right. I do wonder just how expensive Oliver's AES lite really is?? Hmm...
LatinVFR has done an outstanding job here and I am very pleased with the end result here. If you have been on the fence about getting this product, hopefully this impression will push you in the right direction. And it's planed for the upcoming AES 2.22
I am looking forward to the next project from LatinVFR!!
Cheers! and thanks for reading!
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