Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NALF Fentress + vLSO

Ok, guys
Now you can download and test another vLSO version with my first photorealistic Fentress scenery.
This new version supports multiple FCLP runways, and there are two working FCLP runways at Fentress. Also, from now on all my FCLP sceneries will have unidirectional carrier deck lighting, as in real life.
Enjoy and feel free to give your feedback!

EDIT. I forgot to include the Sound folder to the package. A corrected ZIP file is on the sidebar. If your beta download was vLSO_07100.zip just redownload the correct one, vLSO_0710.zip.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NALF Fentress update [2]

Just a quick WIP update...
Well, my night and seasonal textures are ready and I'm happy with what I've got. I used sat images from various sources at the highest resolution possible, which is about 60cm/pixel. Nevertheless, the total size of the scenery is still under 30M.

Last fall real Fentress was reopened  with major improvements including a brand new runway with nearly 2,000 feet of smooth white concrete at each end, leveled with the new middle section of asphalt, two new LSO shacks, LED lighting along the runway, taxiway, in the carrier box and signs. As you can see, my FSX version of Fentress runway is wholly concrete and it perfectly matches photoreal backgrounds.
The new LSO shacks provide improved visibility for LSOs to observe aircraft approaches and landings. Besides, the new shacks feature a unique 'green house' style:

What's next? Ok, next my builders gang will start painting two carrier boxes at each runway ends and then mount carrier deck lights. This time the lights will be unidirectional, like real old L-852N used for carrier boxes. Carrier deck lights will be the only lights around since “It is an ideal location because of the lighting, or lack thereof,” explained Fentress Officer in Charge Lt. Jimmy Navarro. “It basically mirrors what they would see when they’re landing on an aircraft carrier, because there’s no lights around. It’s a tremendous challenge. That’s what Fentress does for the guys.”

Sunday, June 9, 2013

NALF Fentress update

The NALF Fentress scenery now gets photorealistic. And again, FSX puzzled me a lot. The satellite imagery from various sources reveal that the default Fentress runway is misplaced. Notice it's wrong position and direction:
Well, having sat images at handy I thought why not to try creating a photo scenery? Reading forums and SDK, learning tools and programs, and voila - here's my first ever photoscenery:
Runway 05
Runway 23
Old and abandoned runways
A new LSO shack
Of course, this is just a beginning and there's still enough work to do - night and seasonal textures, color corrections here and there, adding FCLP stuff etc., but in general the scenery looks nice and smoothly blends into the existing landscape.