Review: Area 77 Porto (LPPR) Scenery

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (LPPR), or simply Porto Airport, is an international airport near the city of Porto. The airport is located 11km northwest of the city center of Porto. With over 11,9 million passengers annually, Porto Airport is the second busiest in the country, right behind Lisbon.

Airport

The airport itself, and especially the terminal building, is very well modeled and designed. In comparison with the real airport, the layout of the scenery is the same as in real life. Area 77 has done some really great job modeling the terminal building. Although the terminal buildings modeling is great, the textures are not really “real”, by that I basically want to say, that some textures are too much cartoon (as an example, there is a picture below, the terminal looks great, but the pillars are just weird), but overall the airport looks great!

What I really miss in the scenery is the grass. As you can see above, the terminal surroundings lacks the grass model, and as you can see, it looks really weird and unnatural. Although the scenery might look weird on the picture above, but don’t worry, the grass is missing only in this part of the scenery.

Airport Surroundings

In terms of the airport surroundings, Area 77 did a great job. The scenery features very nicely made custom buildings and mainly very accurately placed buildings. As you can see in the screenshots below, the buildings are placed very accurately on the orthophoto scenery base. Although the buildings are placed very accurately, the vegetation is not, as you can see below, the trees are placed over buildings and fields (sometimes).

Heliports and landmarks

The scenery does not only feature the Port Airport (LPPR) itself, but also two heliports – Massarelos Heliport (LPDA), located in the city of Porto, and Pedro Hispano Hospital Heliport (LPPH), located inside Pedro Hispano Hospital.

The scenery also features a lot of custom modelled buildings:

  • Buildings around the airport such as warehouses, container park, and car parks;
  • Animated radar;
  • Navigation station: Glideslope, ILS e DVOR/DME
  • Oporto hotel
  • Metro stations
  • Airport freeway bridges and access
  • Lighthouse in Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos
  • Pedro Hispano Hospital, Matosinhos
  • Pedro Hispano Hospital Heliport
  • Massarelos Heliport
  • STCP Museum, Porto
  • Vincci Hotel, Porto
  • City bridges: Arrábida, Luiz I, Infante, D.ª Maria, S.João e Freixo
  • Leixões seaport
  • Leixões, Afurada e Freixo marinas
  • Custom lighting
  • Road traffic
  • World Traffic Routes
  • Custom mesh

Conclusion

Overall, the scenery looks decent and I would recommend it if it would be well optimized. In terms of my FPS, I was not happy with them when running this scenery since the FPS were quite bad and were dropping quite often, but if you have a high-end or at least average computer, you will not have a problem running it. If you’re thinking about minimizing your graphics settings, it will help, but the scenery will not look as good as it looks on the screenshots by the developer (screenshots in the review were made on medium settings and as you can see there is a big difference between medium settings and the settings developer used). If your PC can handle at least high settings, go, and purchase this scenery since you will not regret, but if that is not your case, I would not recommend to purchase it, at least yet.

If you want to purchase this scenery, you can do so X-Plane.org store for 23,50 USD.

I wish Area 77 best luck with the development of this scenery and I look forward to our cooperation 🙂

Screenshots

source: AREA77

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