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ORBX FTX Region General Question

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Hi,

 

I am new to the whole custom scenery "world".  I believe I know the answer but wanted to confirm.  Are the FTX regions basically a product of the ORBX Global and LC and Vectors that have been gone over with and edited for a specific region along with adding in some "extras".  I also assume there is no benefit to owning the ORBX Global and LC if you own the region and don't plan on flying outside of the region.

 

Thanks for the insight.

 

Brett

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Are the FTX regions basically a product of the ORBX Global and LC and Vectors that have been gone over with and edited for a specific region along with adding in some "extras".

 

No.  They are completely independent of these and have their own textures, land class and vector data.

 

 


I also assume there is no benefit to owning the ORBX Global and LC if you own the region and don't plan on flying outside of the region.

 

Yes, you assume correct.  If you don't leave a region, no need for the others.

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I don't think anyone outside of Orbx will be able to tell you whether they started from Global/LC/Vector and tweaked from there, but you are correct when you say that there zero benefit to Global/Vector/LC unless you fly outside the FTX region, as the FTX product includes tweaked equivalents of all the layers the Global/Euro LC products provide, plus some custom buildings/photo real sections (dependent on product).

 

In summary, if you never fly outside the FTX region, don't buy their global products.

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Please someone correct me in i'm wrong: 

 

You need Global Base anyway to have FTX Central.   FTX central is your Orbtx command station, controls all your scenery and your updates.  

 

I only fly short and low, because of this i use Regions,  there a complete package.  If your going to buy Orbtx International airports its recommended to have Global base installed.  Sure some say they work fine without it but either way the global base is a lovely little upgrade from the default scenery. 

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Hi Brett

 

 I concur with what was said above adding however that Orbx is now also releasing smaller detailed regions to enhance their Global+Vector world (Palm Springs, Sedona, PNG, Samoa,...)

 

OrbX has an introduction to their product lines here (I hope that Avsim accepts that kind of link, not sure...). I encourage you to visit their forum where an active and friendly users community may help you to find out what is good for you :lol: ! I'll be there !

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Please someone correct me in i'm wrong: 

 

You need Global Base anyway to have FTX Central.   FTX central is your Orbtx command station, controls all your scenery and your updates.  

 

I only fly short and low, because of this i use Regions,  there a complete package.  If your going to buy Orbtx International airports its recommended to have Global base installed.  Sure some say they work fine without it but either way the global base is a lovely little upgrade from the default scenery. 

No, you don't need FSX Global in order to get FTX Central, pretty much any Orbx region will give you FTX Central.

 

Cheers :rolleyes:

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Please someone correct me in i'm wrong: 

 

You need Global Base anyway to have FTX Central. 

You're wrong :smile: . If you buy a fat region without having Global, you get Central too which basically is a switching plateform between textures sets and an updater.

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You're right in saying you don't need Global base or Vector to use a region but, I fly a lot in the PNW and found that they did enhance the regions smaller airports.  I also use FSGlobal2010 and several of their add-on airports.  Since I live in Oregon and have flown into a lot of the smaller places from Alaska down to

Baja California I'm very pleased with what I see.  The only thing I don't like, is that with passage of time things have changed. :rolleyes:

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Thanks Guys!

 

After finishing building my cockpit, I had been teetering between going with XP-10 and P3D and decided to take the plunge with P3D.  Downloaded it tonight and have been very impressed not only with the performance but the detail as well.  I am debating between getting the Northern California or Pacific Northwest FTX regions right now :-)  

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I would go with the Pacific Northwest, beautiful area with a lot of additional airports developed for it....

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I've both and both are a joy to fly, knowing that Norcal released in 2014 benefited from a more mature know-how than PNW which was their first North America scenery few years back. These are not the same kind of landscape though. Have a look at Google Earth to make up your mind. 

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Can I ask a quick question here? I bought FTX Global when it was on sale, and am glad I did. But right now, it's all I have. SO - next step please? I live, and fly, almost all of my time in the U.S. with the exception of the few tutorials for the various PMDG fleet. But exactly which ORBX items would be beneficial to me right now? I know about the various little airports scattered here and there, but are there any that would be classified as "must have"?

 

I love the difference in the textures between the FSX and the Mega Scenery Earth items, and have stopped using MSE entriely. So I'm open to exploring the ORBX library, as it were.

 

Input?

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Can I ask a quick question here? I bought FTX Global when it was on sale, and am glad I did. But right now, it's all I have. SO - next step please? I live, and fly, almost all of my time in the U.S. with the exception of the few tutorials for the various PMDG fleet. But exactly which ORBX items would be beneficial to me right now? I know about the various little airports scattered here and there, but are there any that would be classified as "must have"?

 

I love the difference in the textures between the FSX and the Mega Scenery Earth items, and have stopped using MSE entriely. So I'm open to exploring the ORBX library, as it were.

 

Input?

Any of the FTX NA regions.  Though, if you are flying the NGX, be very aware of your settings or you will OOM easily if flying into 3rd party airports too(KSEA, KSFO areas for example)

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Depends on where you want to fly...  Alaska, PNW, Northern California.. etc..

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Depends on where you want to fly...  Alaska, PNW, Northern California.. etc..

+1

 

You could always buy them all, they are amazingly detailed.

 

With that said.  FTX PNW is one of my favourites.

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If you're flying tubeliners seven miles up then the Regions probably won't do much for you - most of the airfields wouldn't take a 737. Regions are best for low/slow GA when you can open the window and smell the pine.

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Well, I also fly the Turbine Duke, the Grand Caravan, and the A2A Cub, 172 and P-51. Oh, and a couple of turbine Porters. I live in the southeast of PA. But there doesn't seem to be any offerings around here. Maine, maybe.

 

What I was really curious about was the plans for a North American "mesh". I heard that was in the works. And then I saw this "Alaska/British Columbia" thing, so...

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Hi Gary,

 

First, I noticed that you live in the southeastern section of PA. I lived the first 10 1\2 years of my life in Pottstown, PA, about half an hour from Reading. However, I lived most of my life in the Pacific Northwest (WA, specifically Bremerton). That's where I received my pilot's license many years ago. For that reason, I am partial to the PNW region that Orbx offers. As it has been noted, a lot of great add on airports for you to purchase and enjoy--but be careful of the Seattle area with your scenery settings. I currently live in Spokane, WA and enjoy Orbx's Felts Field add on. For that reason, I purchased the Northern Rockies region. Northern CA is my second favorite region as there are some very nice add on Orbx airports for that region and the overall scenery is quite nice. So far, I have not had any problems with the SFO area--that seems to be almost as bad as the SEA area. If you have a desire to do any "bush flying" then I would suggest Pacific Fjords & or Southern AK regions. It all depends on what you enjoy the most from your flight sim experience and tastes along with your flight sim "budget". Hope this helps,

 

Raymie,

Spokane Valley, WA

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The Southern AK region looks very nice, and I find I am doing more and more "low and slow" flying lately. I started getting interested in realistic airports while still flying the big iron, and got KFLL (where I was born and raised), KJFK, and KDFW.  But I've been looking at lot of videos of flying in the Pacific and Alaska areas, and I love the details of the smaller strips. So I guess the first will be the Souther AK area and the the Juneau airport, to start.

 

Thanks for the input. I'm sure that after flying in these areas, I'll be impressed enough to get the other regions. I'm still waiting to hear more about the North America area, too.

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Initially, you do not even have to buy airports... the ones that come with the region are quite nice and complete!

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What's nice about both the Pacific Fjords & Southern AK Orbx regions is a lot of smaller airports that you can still get either a turbo-prop liner or a 737 into and out of along with the "low and slow" bush flying. You have great scenery, and the best of both worlds flying wise.  As Bert has noted, many of the default Orbx airports are still quite nice in both of those regions. Sorry, I do not know anything about the North American "mesh" or plans for that. Maybe some one else reading this can answer your question. 

 

Raymie

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Okay, guys, you have me convinced, and I finally worked hard enough to be able to pick up some more goodies. I had bought the FTX Global Base, and then picked up the Southern Alaska package, and I'm really getting into flying around up there in the Great White North (which isn't all that "white" in the summer!). So now I'm interested in getting a few more items, but I don't want to buy something I don't need.

 

After installing the above packages, I looked at my scenery in FSX, and it seems that I have the OpenLC Europe and OpenLC NAmerica already installed (as a result of FTX Global, maybe??). I wanted to get FTX Global Vector, OpenLC NA Alaska/Canada, the NA Pacific Fjords, and the Juneau, Ketchikan and Yakutat airports. Does that sound like I'm on the right track? I'm very impressed with this scenery, and went so far as to totally unstall and remove the Megascenery Earth files from my computer. It actually got me half of my 300 Gb hard drive back!

 

And now I've bought the A2A Comanche, so there is another nice GA aircraft I have to fly around up there. I'm parking the heavy iron in the hangar for now, and vacationing in Alaska!

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Gary,

 

You are definitely on the right track with FTX Global, your landclass, then your large regions such as Southern Alaska etc. Vector gives extra detail in the coastlines and the smaller details you would expect in any scenery area... railways, motorways etc. This is optional but great for flying at relatively low levels but at altitude the differences are less obvious. Me personally I did not bother with Vector as I am flying airliner routes most of the time.

 

One comment on the OpenLC. As far as I recall, one of the versions/updates of FTX Global (can't remember which?) provided a subset of new land class for the South Western states of the US. It was not full coverage of the US so this has yet to be released by Orbx. For sure Europe LC was released and just recently Alaska and Canada. Next to come is the US coverage, but Germany LC is also on the horizon.

 

Tip: If you look in FTX Central 2 you will see which OpenLC areas you have installed under FTX Global layers.

 

Regards,

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 I would also encourage you to frequent the OrbX forums. A very active and friendly community there.

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Hallo! I'm having trouble with the latest (Sept 2015) FTX Central in that it will not open when I try to re-install regions, nor am I able to install PFJ from the DVD. The

Fullterrain website is off-line and I wonder if the FTX Central problem is a cause of this (if they are receiving a large number of queries, that is, and are trying to fix it).

 

Ii should say that other DVD programs install without problems.

 

Has anyone else had this problem?

 

Cheers Ade

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