Review: TropicalSim Porto LPPR 2014 for FSX and P3D
Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal and a popular tourist destination. The city is served by Francisco de SÃ Carneiro Airport (LPPR), which has undergone several expansions and renovations in recent years. TropicalSim has released a scenery package that depicts the airport as of 2014, with a new glass terminal building, jetways, hangars, and taxiways. The scenery is compatible with FSX, P3D, and FS2004.
In this review, we will take a look at the features, performance, and visuals of TropicalSim Porto LPPR 2014, and see how it compares to the real airport and other sceneries.
TropicalSim Porto LPPR 2014 offers a highly detailed representation of the airport, with full night illumination and dynamic lighting for P3D v4. The scenery includes the following features:
New jetway model to represent the boarding bridge model change at real airport
Optional SODE animated jetways
Optional 3D Lights
Optional 3D Grass within airport islands and taxiways/runways
Wet ground surface effect for P3Dv2/v3/v4 (via native custom ground)
Compatible with add-on AI traffic
Compatible with other third-party sceneries
Usage of FSX SDK for the FSX version for best performance
Usage of Prepar3d SDK for the P3D version for best performance
Installers will detect sim location and add the scenery.cfg entry for FSX, FSX:SE, P3Dv1, P3Dv2, P3Dv3 & P3Dv4
The scenery also offers a special upgrade price for customers who previously purchased TropicalSim Porto 2009 or TropicalSim Porto 2018 at simMarket[^1^] [^2^]. The upgrade price is EUR 9.00 for Porto 2018 customers and EUR 12.00 for Porto 2009 customers[^1^] [^2^].
TropicalSim Porto LPPR 2014 is designed to have minimal impact on performance, using native materials and models for each sim platform. The scenery also allows users to customize some options, such as SODE jetways, 3D lights, and 3D grass, to suit their preferences and system capabilities. The scenery runs smoothly on my system (i7-9700K, RTX 2070 Super, 32GB RAM) with no noticeable stutters or frame drops.
TropicalSim Porto LPPR 2014 is a visually appealing scenery that captures the look and feel of the real airport. The terminal building is modeled with great detail and accuracy, with glass textures, reflections, and interior details. The jetways are also modeled realistically, with different types and colors depending on the gate. The hangars, control tower, fire station, and other airport buildings are also well done, with realistic textures and signs.
The airport ground is covered with high-resolution photoreal textures that blend well with the surrounding terrain. The taxiways and runways are marked clearly and accurately, with realistic signs and lights. The scenery also features wet ground effects for rainy weather conditions in P3Dv2/v3/v4. The optional 3D grass adds some depth and realism to the airport islands and edges of the taxiways/runways.
The night lighting is another highlight of the scenery, with dynamic lighting for P3D v4 that illuminates the terminal building, jetways, aprons, taxiways, runways, and surrounding areas. The optional 3D lights also add some ambience and atmosphere to the night environment.
TropicalSim Porto LPPR 2014 is a high-quality scenery that enhances the default airport in 061ffe29dd