Wednesday, December 25, 2013

ADX FirstLook: Orbx Kenai (PAEN) Municipal!
FSX/P3D/P3Dv2. Shortly before rushing out the door yesterday, I managed to take a whole bunch of screenshots of Russ White's latest masterpiece, Kenai (PAEN) Municipal Airport. I apologise in advance for any anomalies you may detect, since I no longer have any add-on scenery installed in FSX or Prepar3D v1 and had very little time, I used Prepar3D v2 exclusively for taking the screenshots for this article.

Bandwidth Warning! 67 High-Res Prepar3D v2 Screenshots!

Kenai Municipal Airport is located approximately 60 miles or 100 km south-west of Anchorage, Alaska. The airport features three runways, one being asphalt, one gravel, with the third being a seaplane landing area designated 1W/19W. The airport is situated at an elevation of 99 feet (30 m) above MSL at the mouth of the Kenai River, and covers an area of 1,200 acres (486 ha). PAEN sees an average of around 110 aircraft movements per day, 57% of which are air taxi related, 32% general aviation, 8% military, and the remaining 3% scheduled commercial. The busiest routes out of Kenai lead over to Anchorage and Kodiak.

Russ was able to secure extensive and highly detailed photographical reference material for the making of this airport scenery, and this shows in the overall pristine quality of the buildings and high-definition textures. Note the incredibly crisp textures of the various structures on the roof in the above screenshots. 

I did notice some aircraft shadow on tarmac issues while taxiing out to the runway, as can be seen in the above few screenshots. This is a similar problem I detected when testing LHBP scenery before the LH Simulations team fixed it for the Prepar3D v2 release of their scenery, and since Orbx have not yet released a native Prepar3D v2 installer, it may very well be an anomaly that won't be present when that installer becomes available. 

Russ's Kenai Airport scenery also features a vast photoreal area that extends along the coastline and Kenai River estuary. Another highlight of the airport scenery is the use of frame rate friendly grass textures and the new FTX night lighting. I found the airport scenery to be very fluid, both at night and during the daytime.

All in all this is another Russ White masterpiece and a highly recommended scenery package for Kenai Aiport and the surrounding area. With its seaplane area and close proximity to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Kenai Airport is a great location for a short helicopter and seaplane trip up to the north-east, and also ideal for flights down south to Kodiak and eastward over to Juneau.

Thanks Russ for providing us all with another superb high-quality Alaskan airport!

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Dennis said...

It's Christmas day, man ... take a break!! Nice first look.

Rob de Vries said...

Very nice first look!!

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