Toussus-le-Noble is a municipality in the French county of Yvelines and the region Île-de-France. The airport is about 10 miles south-west from Paris, near Versailles. Toussus-le-Noble Airport is a major General Aviation airfield hosting on-demand air transport companies, aviation schools and many private aircraft ranging from Cessna 152 to the Citation 500. The small town airport has two runways (3300 ft each), one is equipped for night flight and "all-weather" approaches.
So let’s now sit back and explore this latest release from FranceVFR ‘Airport Toussus-le-Noble’.
Installation and Documentation:
There are two options available during purchase, the airport as standalone and airport scenery along with the Paris Scenery base package and Autogen. During this review I have explored the Toussus-le-Noble Airport as a standalone package without the Paris scenery base package.
Toussus-le-Noble uses an automated installer that allows you to select your language (English or French), you then need to enter your product key received at the time of purchase to activate the installation. Once started, the installation lasted about 9 steps and took less than a minute.
The package comes with a manual in both English and French as an Adobe Acrobat file. The manual is not an extensive document but contains about 4 pages of vital information such as:
This section also contains some important tips for optimization :
Flight Charts – The package comes with the
To conclude, not an extensive documentation but I guess has enough for users to get the scenery working. More care should have been given during translation to English. Another dampener for the non-French speaking users, the developers’ website is fully in French and no English translation is currently available.
Let’s start this review with a quick overview of the Airport. This
airport has two parallel runways heading east and west. Moving to
the south section of the airport, this is where you will find the
general aviation parking, hangars, tower, fire station etc., which
we will soon check out in this review.
Someone once said, "A picture paints a thousand words"..... I couldn't agree more!
I set out to explore this new scenery from the seats of an airport bus. I know it is a little funny but in my view it was the best option to bring everything about the airport. There is no doubt developers have put in a lot of effort to make this airport as realistic as possible. I was impressed with the level of perfection in the design of the hangar buildings, static vehicles, name boards, air traffic tower, streetlights etc. The scenery is extremely detailed including the detailed building textures, high-definition ground textures.
Surrounding the Airport:
As I was exploring the airport, I deviated into the corners of the airport where a normal simmer wouldn’t go and I was happy with quality there too. The attention to detail is something I got to see even around the roads of the airport. Additionally, the scenery extends past the airport to the adjacent buildings and factories. FranceVFR has not only brought the airport into life but also the area surrounding the airport. I was amazed with the level of detail on particulars outside the airport, which would normally go un-noticed.
The trees, roads, surrounding fields and steady flow of traffic on the roads. You will also not miss the smoke from a nearby factory, during the day. This vanishes in the night presumably since the factory is closed at night.
So far under the Sun this scenery has been great, as the sun set and the airport now began to glitter under the lights. Although in some instances it has been overdone, for instance at the car park area all cars have the headlights turned on. The area around the main terminal and air traffic control tower looks great.
Performance is an important consideration of any add-on scenery. What is the use if one has the best textures, auto-gen, etc, which then takes a toll on the frame rates and as a result the scenery would be un flyable. During this review I have maxed out almost all settings, I had an average frame rate around 10 fps. But I am confident with a little tweaking and more realistic slider settings would go to increase the frame rates. The manual also provides some recommended settings for optimal use of the scenery. I would rate the performance of this scenery above average.
Summary / Closing Remarks
This scenery comes at a cost of Euro 19 (including VAT), a temptation for a budget simmer could be to spend the additional Euro 5 for popular/ busy airport sceneries instead of owning a scenery of small airport near Paris. This add-on covers about 60 Square kilometers around the Toussus-le-Noble Airport. This photorealistic scenery is extremely detailed, with 3D building objects and also packed with realistic road traffic and autogen. The scenery also includes VFR landmarks. The quality of work in and around the airport is amazing.
Overall I am more than satisfied.
What I Like About Toussus-le-Noble Airport
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