Oh Brazil! The women, the Sun, the music, the beaches, the food, the airports... Airports? Ah! Yes! The airports! I had a very nice flight this morning from Paris and now here I am. Rio baby! TropicalSim has given me a very compelling reason to head down South and I must say, it's not the women, sand, music or food that has captured my attention. It's the megabeast we all know as Galeão. This is a very interesting airport and TropicalSim has done quite a job creating it's pressence in the simulatior. So, it's summertime people, let's explore! Dom will also cover the FSX version in this review. Bandwidth Warning! Lots of pictures to load!Now I am going to fly right off the handle and be honest. This is one beast of an airport. It's macho unlike those pretty glass clad airports we usually see around Europe. This airport is pure concerete muscle and it stands it's ground quite firmly. What I find most impressive here, is how this likeness is represented almost perfectly in it's virtual form.
Now what I can say without a doubt was done well with this airport is the night textures and lighting. Very well done. But there are some issues.
However, there are some errors here that I think can be worked out like the error I pointed out in picture #4 and the issue with the bridge connectors not having night textures. Besides this, an improvement would have been photoreal wondow textures but I am sure getting around to the ramp area to get such pictures could prove difficult. Besides this, there is a lack of perimeter fencing which is something I am very anal about. And of course there are the parking lots which were void of cars and trees, something TropicalSim did add to their previous scenery. Besides this, I honestly would have liked to see the taxi bridges make their way into FS9. Developers have proven this possible in FS9 with Leipzig, Munich, and Athens to name a few.
Besides that, I can't think of any else negative to say. The developer hit the mark where it counts most. Without a doubt this is by far the best rendition of Galeao to date. If you bought this airport released from another developer earlier this year, junk it and buy the T'Sim version. It's extremly easy on frames, the ground textures and markings are highly detailed and there are plenty of static GSE cars and trucks rampside that give a realistic look. TropicalSim has finally given me a very good excuse to make that long haul down to to the South where the women, music, food, and night life is absolutely best. Too bad TropicalSim couldn't add THAT to the scenery! Allright! Crank up the BossaNova and lets fly baby!
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-------------Addendum / FSX version--------------
These two shots are from Rio de Janeiro defaut FSX scenery and textures.
With the next ones below, you can see what T.S. SBGL scenery includes :
Governador island, Ilha Fondao and in Rio, Penha area.
And a comparison with Google Earth view.
The taxiways and runway textures are very good.
Hangars, buildings are designed with a lot of photoreal textures with different level of qualities. As here for instance, from 300-500 meters, the view is really good. But zoom on these textures and you will be quite disappointed. Now from a pilot angle, the standard of quality chosen by T.S. is sufficient.
While releasing FS9 version, Tropical Sim has slightly updated the FSX version. Here, for instance, the traffic is now connected to the island of Fondao.
Some hangars in the military area near runay 33.
The island of Governador has some custom autogen and some details like here, this marina.
The main terminals, jetways and apron ground textures are quite good (here at night).
Here is the Avenida Vinte de Janeiro, the main access to the airport. Curiously, when i tested the updated scenery for FSX, i did not see any traffic any more. I am also not really satisfied with the low textures of the road.
This version is a real improvment compared with T.S. first version. I think it was 4 or 5 years ago, maybe more. This is a heavy airport and i suppose that Leandro and Carlos had to make choices to preserve the framerate. Personally, i would have prefered a scenery with just the airport.
Paulo Ricardo is working on a great Rio de Janeiro bay and i don't understand the choice of designing the whole island of Governador. Luckily, Leandro has confirmed that T.S. SBGL Galeo will be compatible with Paulo's work. We really needed a good Rio SBGL airport and i would say mission accomplished.
FSX part from Dom.