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Landing Practice in LA

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Hey all, I am still enamored of the X-plane helicopter experience, and as such I decided to make another playground for myself (last post was Chicago), so I converted the Aerosoft LA scenery.  The scenery comes over very nicely BUT all the beautuful buildings are completly "soft" meaning you can't land on them.  I did some digging and found out how to make them "hard" and landable in XPX, so I went back in and changed some of the downtown buildings.

 

LA has TOO MANY helipads, so I just picked a select group in downtown LA, Longbeach, and a few other places to make land-able(too many and they may affect performance).

 

Today I got to test my work with a little flight around the downtown:

 

We start off at Santa Monica KSMO, someone was nice enough to upgrade the airport for us:

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Following the Santa Monica Freeway takes us right downtown, that's the Staples Center, that Big Blue Ritz Carlton is our first stop

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Lining up and stabilizing the descent:

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Bingo!

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Next is this one on Figueroa, I picked it because it's smaller than the one around it and there are alot of obstacles

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Next is the tallest building in Downtown LA, the US Bank Tower just for the view:

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Came in a little fast here and smashed my skids out:

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Reset that and try again, and we got it:

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Next is a short hop over to the Bank of America Tower, I think this landing pad texture is misaligned by 90 degrees, it doesn't look this way on Google Maps.

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Next we depart out east I wanted to get a landing in at the Hooper LAPD heliport, but I noticed the floating bridges and trains so I am going back to do some more scenery edits, maybe next post.

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This is the most fun I have had simming and creating in a while, and X-planes rock-steady stability has been such a welcome change.  I do want to do some heli-flying in p3d2.0 with the dodosim and and I will probably do that when the sim has ripened a bit more.  I am also looking hard at DCS world and their heli-addons.

 

 

Thanks for Looking...

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Very nice. Looks like the scenery converted nicely. A solid 25-30 FPS isn't bad with all that detail, either  B)

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I like it, but for some reason I liked Chicago better.  No idea why.  Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong here with your excellent work and shots.  I guess I just like the Chicago skyline better.

 

A question:  On the pad on the BoA Tower pad I see red lines.  Are they the same thing as a runway center line for helicopters?

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