Posts by Sasa

    Yeah. I cannot wait to get this too. There is one big gap to consider. To fly up to Everest base camp with the R22ii will not be possible. Until we get a AS350 you will not be able to get up there. I am already having a hard time to get to Hornlihuette at Matterhorn in 3300m altitude. RPM warning ;)

    Indeed. Aerofly FS2 however offers a nice selection of fixed wings that can get up there easily. None of them can take off in Lukla however (or should... in real world...) but there are a few more airports in the package that support larger aircraft.

    We now decided on the name of the new product being Lukla - Mount Everest - Extreme. Simply put: What' awaiting you are extreme adventures around Lukla and Mount Everest. :)

    Feature list

    • 5 high detail airports with all buildings and clutter objects like vegetation, people, animals, vehicles and more:

      - VNLK Lukla

      - VNSB Syangboche

      - VNPL Phaplu

      - VNKL Kangel Danda

      - VNRT Rumjatar

    • 7 generic airports with details like tower positions, ground layout and thrilling hand edited terrain:

      - VNKD Man Maya Khanidanda

      - VNBJ Bhojpur

      - VNTR Tumlingtar

      - VNRC Ramechhap

      - VNJI Jiri

      - VNTJ Taplejung Suketar

      - VNLD Lamidanda

    • 12 helipads, most of them in very high altitudes

    • A whopping coverage area of 200x200 kilometers

    • Detailed hand edited mesh terrain

    • More than 380 thousand cultivation buildings

    • More than 60 million (!) individually placed trees in their respective vegetation areas (e.g. shrubs in the alpine areas, tropical trees in the valley rain forests).

    • A hand edited and georeferenced combination of satellite imagery with higher resolutions around the core areas (see maps).

    • Modelled points of interest like hanging bridges, stupas etc.

    • Detailed mesh with rock and glacier outcrops around Mt. Everest Basecamp making helicopter landings there as challenging as they really are.

    • Extensive manual with custom made maps and airport charts.

    • Free bonus: Semi fictional to be build large “Tingri Airport” north of Mount Everest.

    • CONS: Not a single airport with a flat runway ;)

    This is the feature list for the Aerofly FS2 version. The feature list for other simulators may be a little different.

    Ah yes, the AS350. That would be a nice helicopter for AFS 2

    Agree completely!!!

    I'm not a very active member of the Aerofly FS2 community (working on it) but if anyone knows aircraft developers that would be good candidates for an AS350: Now is the time! :)

    This looks too good to be true, how do you get those high resolution dirt /grass strips? Is it a high resolution orthophoto or a custom ground poly with a texture? I wanted to create a small scenery area which contains several dirt strips but they don't look nearly as good with the 1 m/Pixel orthophotos I'm limited to.

    The detailed airports here are down to 2.5 cm/pix + bumpmaps, which is of course a whole different level than 1m/pix. Most of it is simply tedious manual artwork.

    With that being said, would our beloved R22 be able to fly reasonably in the Lukla scenery? If not, any chance for a boost mod??

    We will certainly need something stronger than the R22. It can takeoff to/from Lukla and all the airports lower than Syangboche to some extend, but helipads higher up like Everest basecamp are even impossible with the ground effect.

    The helipads are there but are more in expectation of something stronger coming in the future. Aerofly FS2 supports choppers just for a few months now, I'm confident we will see the first additional choppers soon.

    Doesn't look like Lukla but we will throw in this simple airport rendition as a free bonus!

    The Chinese will start building Tingri Airport north of Mount Everest later this year. Some fascinating info about this airport:

    • Construction is planned to commence this year, end of construction planned for 2020.
    • It's just about 65 kilometers north of Mount Everest (Chinese/Tibetan Mount Everest base camp is accessible by road from there).
    • At a whopping altitude of 4320 meters, which will probably put it at the top 3 of world's highest airports. Great for bringing larger jets to their limits - you will need quite a bit of that long runway for takeoff.
    • It will be the first and only airport in the area supporting larger jets - great for heavy iron sightseeing flights to Mt Everest! Most aircraft capable to land in Lukla will not be able to get up to that altitude!
    • Runway of 4500 x 45 meters with parallel taxiway.
    • Note that the exact location, layout and technical details of the airport are approximate until construction is finished.

    Airport at bottom with Mount Everest to the upper left

    Airport to bottom right in a moon landscape like valley

    Apron area

    Hi Sasa, thank you very much for the very attractive work! I wonder if you could offer higher resolution imagery than 10m? Or maybe 2 versions? I'd be willing to pay more for higher resolution, and I don't mind the size of download.

    I wish. There's simply nothing adequate for the region. Imagery providers that provide Google Earth with imagery have price tags for licensed usage of their imagery... You'd have to choose if you prefer to buy a shiny new car or the Lukla scenery if we'd be willing to license it for that. No one would buy Lukla, it would simply be incredibly expensive.

    Not to mention that even the imagery used in Google Earth isn't of very good quality. There are lots of seams, cloud layers, fog, misaligned ridges... We removed most of that in our imagery manually.

    Anyways: You should see the 10m/pix area shown on the map is a bonus area beyond the already very big core area. I could state in the feature list that forest areas have been upsampled to 2.5m/pix area everywhere but I feel that would be misleading.

    As I understand it, they might do this for the P3D version, but the AFS2 version is still probably released first. Coverage should be the same, but of course you can't disable anything.

    Correct. Sorry I didn't make this more clear. Some people prefer a vector based scenery over a rather low resolution 10m/pix satellite imagery.

    That is for FSX/P3D.

    There's no point to deactivate anything in Aerofly FS2 because the satellite imagery is so much better than the default scenery. And there are no vector based sceneries for Aerofly FS2 possible. In fact I like flying the low resolution areas pretty much because most of them have such dense forests (60+ million trees... :)) that you barely notice the low resolution.

    And yes, we are still planning to bring out the Aerofly FS2 version first!

    Two random shows I just took in preparation for the first beta:

    Looks great!

    Was going to download images from Bing and a better mesh for this area, but may hold off. Is it likely to be released this year?

    Yes. And as mentioned by frui:

    The public imagery available for this area is horrible (adding to the fact of not being able to use Bing and Google imagery without licensing it). The imagery for this scenery is a custom merger of various public domain and licensed sources to get the best of all of them.