The first conversion done by Aviotek on behalf of ORBX is a very interesting product.
The most exciting feature of this package consist in the area it covers, with a relatively small TrueEarth zone (that justify more than 6GBs of package), offering two heliports and many landmarks.
Within the scenery’s extraordinary coverage area (a mini-region in TrueEarth style), explore the peaks and glaciers of the Austrian Alps, the picturesque Inn, Wipp and Stubai Valleys, the historic Brenner Pass and a sizable chunk of the German state of Bavaria. Dozens of towns and villages dot the Tyrolian and Bavarian landscape, and of course the city of Innsbruck has been created in immaculate detail with over 160 landmarks. As well as all these features are three high-detail heliports; Hat Tux/Alpin 5 (LOJT), located deep in the hidden valleys of the Tirol, the Unversity Hospital (Uni Klinik) rooftop pad in the heart of the city, and the ÖAMTC Flight Rescue Centre, adjacent to the airport.From the scenery’s product page
That’s the official feature list provided:
HD Airport, CityScene and Mini-Region all in one
Ultra-detailed rendition of LOWI
Complete CityScene for Innsbruck
Enormous 8200km2 mini-region
Three major heliports
Beautiful hand-corrected and coloured PR at 30cm/60cm/1m
Over 160 custom POI
Stunning custom vegetation and building autogen
Major bridges, freeway overpasses created as unique models
Completely customized GSE and static aircraft fleet unique to LOWI
Beautiful night lighting
Ultra-HD mesh sampled from 10m DEM source
Complete TrueEarth style coverage for entire tile
Expertly optimized for best possible performance
Original version by Jarrad Marshall, brought to XP11 with the help of Vittorio Greco and Tony Wroblewski
As in the ORBX style the texture quality is stunning, even on medium machines like mine.
I don’t know if the texture were reworked after the conversion (sometimes it is required), anyway the quality is excellent, and I expected exactly this kind of quality in a scenery originally developed by ORBX and converted by Aviotek. Great effort from both.
The terminals are faithfully modeled in order to represent the real ones, and also thanks to a great PBR implementation, they appear so realistic that you might want to touch them. Just be careful with your plane!
Sometimes it happens that the main zones of the airport are developed with a very high level of detail, because generally they are the first zones the user will consider, but it’s not true at all in this case.
ORBX managed to give the same importance to each hangar, and the result is fantastic.
As known, the users will have the possibility to use the heliport on the rooftop of the klinik.
This is not a separate package like Hat Tux, but the custom startup is included in the LOWI scenery.
Indeed, the first time I fired up X-Plane and pretended to sit in a comfortable stand, I’ve found myself on the top of a hospital with an A320. Unexpected.
The external area has been developed following the TrueEarth style, useless to say that it feels extremely realistic and immersive.
Talking about the immediate neighborhood of the airport the 3D trees left me shocked for their quality.
They are definitely better than the autogenerated ones, and add a lot of immersion if you have the chance to see the top of one of them while preparing your flight.
The huge parking building just behind the control tower features a very good glass texture that is perfect for the PBR system, even the tower itself appears to be very realistic with its typical giant writing.
Moving to the city it’s impressive how ORBX portrayed the most characteristic buildings in an incredibly detailed way.
The whole valley, overall, is so well done that I decided to do a quick tour leaving the plane on the ground.
I’ve been shocked by the quality of the custom bridges included and by the water mask of the Inn river that matches the real one.
Overall, the zone covered is a masterpiece.
The only malfunction I’ve noticed should consist in an incompatibility between the ORBX’s tile and the surrounding ZonePhoto‘s tiles, so the ground has some disconnections and holes at the border of the tile, I’m still struggling with the scenery_packs file.
Hat Tux is a very nice heliport located in a valley near Innsbruck.
In my opinion the FSX/P3D version it’s one of the best heliports ever done for a flight simulator, I’m really happy to have it also in X-Plane now.
Nothing really different to say, the scenery is slightly more detailed than the main airport (it’s obvious since it’s a very small heliport) and the immersion you get when you fly through the alps it’s unbelievable.
I’ve always been scared by ORBX products after testing their TrueEarth GB South scenery that resulted really heavy.
I’ve decided to give another chance to this scenery because I’m aware of how Aviotek seriously deals with the optimization.
It resulted that Innsbruck is one of the few payware airports in which I have the highest amount of FPS, even with its definitely high level of detail.
The interesting thing is that the custom buildings, such as the stadiums, are suitable for both IFR and VFR and they’re both detailed and light, so you won’t experience consistent FPS loss.
Overall I get a decent number of FPS through all the valley (I’ve noticed 35 FPS with the FlightFactor A320 and overcast), I’m very happy with that, because it will allow more user to go for this scenery without many worries.
This is a very versatile scenery that suits for every tipe of user.
It doesn’t matter whether you fly liners, light aircrafts or helicopters, you’ll find an excellent environment to spend your spare time in.
I think this is the strongest point of this package: it doesn’t have a target, it’s good for each customer approaching the ORBX world.
The price is very low if you compare the quality of the whole scenery to other packages you get for approximately the same price (estimated conversion from A$ is 27$ here), and basically you’re getting 3-4 sceneries in a single package.
I was very curious to test this scenery because I’ve known its fame in the Prepar 3D world, and I’m sure it will be an award-winner also in our simulator.
As you should have perfectly understood I strongly advice this scenery, because in terms of quality/price is one of the best sceneries available for X-Plane 11.