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EGLL London Heathrow (Aerosoft) for X-Plane released

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I'm very curious to see what the performance is going to be like with this scenery.

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OMG expensive day! A330 + EGLL!!

I can attest that the FSX version is very good, so that bodes well for the XP version.

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how are the nights looking in the EGLL version. i was impressed with the day quality of the pics but i remember not being to impressed by the night shots. 

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I went ahead and purchased the X-Plane version of Aerosoft's London Heathrow. I own the same scenery for FSX/P3D so I wasn't hopeful that the performance would be all that good. Aerosoft recommends turning down your scenery settings. This is becoming the norm for scenery designers these days. I did turn mine down a little but not enough to cripple my scenery in the sim. Here are some random shots. I added static aircraft to populate the airport since XPX's AI is fairly useless. These were taken with the JarDesign A320. The framerates stayed in the low to mid thirties with an occasional dip into the high twenties.

 

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im not sure if its the pictures but the night shots still look bad. i have seen some great free airports who have had better night shots.

But idk maybe I'm seeing it wrong

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An important hub indeed and the day shots look nice. Question regarding Mike's night shots: Are those with HDR on or off?

 

Asking because the illumination comes in very subtle. I could be spoiled by my RTH settings, so please read this statement of mine as a very subjective one.

 

I think I'll get this one nonetheless because I want to support the payware creation of those big airports. Could ignite some sparks, so to speak.

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HDR is on. It was kind of throw it together screenshot fest. I was reluctant to spend the money since I got burned on Fly Tampa's Toronto, but this is some nice scenery IMO, and certainly heads and shoulders above the default offering. CoolP, I haven't installed RTH yet. What settings do you use?

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Thanks for the info, Mike.

 

I think I have to correct my statement on the subtle nature of the lighting since I was just looking at the approach shot while missing that the 'overfly' one indeed does offer some distinctive lights.

 

Now the RTH presets seem to cause even more pronounced light sources and that's why I mentioned my lets say bias in that regard. It could well be that I currently run my sim on a 'wow' setting instead of a realistic one. :blush: X-Plane nights are just awesome, even without RTH.

 

What settings do you use?

Using this download and mainly the preset 1 and 2, whereas 2 really enhances the light display.

 

The nice thing about RTH being that one can edit the settings on the fly to instantly check if e.g. cloud shadows turn out as desired. Same goes for the lights, bloom, and so on. One can also change the LOD bias which comes in handy with the airliners and dense scenery. All without reloading scenery or accessing the XP menus.

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CoolP,

           Thanks for the help with RTH. I've finally got it installed and am starting to play around with it. One thing I've noticed about this scenery, and it's the same for the FSX\P3D version, there are no blue lights lining the taxiways. Very odd.

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Good catch re: taxi lights. I cannot spot them in the review shots too, so it seems like there aren't any. I saw your thread over at Aerosoft, lets see what they have to say.

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I just found that out. I've never heard of that before.

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Bit of loss on my eyes, even a functional one. I'd rather miss some airport clutter than the taxiway outlines. :mellow:

 

Edited. But they seem to have a point since I cannot spot the blue outlines on the rw night shots from EGLL. Only green centrelines appear. Means it's a feature. :o

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CoolP, I  thought it was odd that both the XPX version and the FSX/P3D version would have the same error. The moderator over at Aerosoft let me know that there were no taxiway lights at the RW EGLL.

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Thanks for reaching out to the devs, Mike. Always something to learn.

 

On another occasion, how do you like the performance so far? In FSX, I recall this scenery being described as not too light. So does it still handle the case of detailed planes and perhaps some cloudy skies well or did you encounter any large fps drops? Your initial report sounded really good.

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I am so happy this came out, Heathrow is one of the airports I use the most, and frames are quite reasonable given its complexity. I don't like to compromise too much on my rendering settings, so instead I choose to use AutoLod 1.3 to help out. To avoid losing too much scenery I retuned AutoLod to 25min / 35 max which still gives me good levels of detail on approach with the A330. On default settings (30min / 40max) most of the airport buildings were transparent on finals.

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CP,

Like always with detailed scenery like this you might have to turn down some settings to keep it smooth. I didn't have to adjust too much and performance is good. In FSX/P3D this scenery is tough in frame rates but I think a lot of that has to do with the congestion of the London area. Much like New York.

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Finally got this beauty and can confirm that X-Plane receives a bit of a hit (RAM load for example) but handles it nicely.

 

I really like the superb details, although I usually stick to more basic means for the sake of saving resources. This however is a habit from the other/older platforms so I shall take this huge EGLL release as a sort of test bed.

 

I recommended it before: It really helps to be able to alter the LOD bias on the fly. RTH or the AutoLOD plugin offer this functionality and it's a neat trick when running detailed planes and weather.

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