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One of the best scenery add-ons available for Flight Simulator X,
This review is from: Scenery Madeira (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
Scenery Madeira X is one of the most important add-on scenery packages for Flight Simulator X yet. With its unnatural setting as a man-made extension off the precipice surrounding Funchal, Madeira airport is in essence an over-water, 180 stilted concrete platform, elevated approximately 192 feet above sea level. The original 5,249 foot runway was extended by 200 metres in 1977 after TAP Air Flight 425 crashed and has since been completely rebuilt into a single 9,110 foot runway. Until now the unusual layout of the airport has resulted in a highly inadequate representation in FSX, with the sea waters climbing up an unrealistic 80 degree slope to the runway surface.
Madeira X completely transforms the entire island in to a highly accurate counterpart, using satellite imaging to faithfully reproduce the runway and the hollow region underneath, as well as the terminal building and the entire surrounding scenery. The graphics are sharper than the standard textures, giving you the sense that you're really there! Much like Mega Airport London Heathrow, the level of detail is second-to-none. Madeira Airport is commonly labeled as the Kai Tak of Europe for its awkward approach to runway 05, whereby the pilot has to execute a sharp last-minute turn to line up for final, moments before he would have otherwise struck the mountains alongside, making the approach to Madeira one of the world's most challenging. This is one of the reasons Madeira is the best place for a complete scenery-overhaul. Included also is Porto Santo Airport, with its dangerous yet beautiful approach alongside the rocky mountains.
Overall a definite recommendation; Scenery Madeira X offers stunningly detailed textures and faithfully reproduces the award-winning support pillar design. As a bonus there are 5 aeroplane types for AI traffic and it's easy on the frame rates if your PC isn't brilliant. Five stars from FSGeek!