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Flyin Scenery Review : ELLX - Luxembourg Findel Airport by JustSim

 

From JustSim to JustSim, or in English JustSim's EDDH (Hamburg) to JustSim's ELLX (Luxembourg). It was only a few months ago (late February) that I reviewed JustSims excellent EDDH - Hamburg scenery, and I was very impressed. Again only after a short time there is now another scenery from JustSim in the form of ELLX Luxembourg (boy do they turn them out!) and so it just felt right to fly from Hamburg to Luxembourg to check out this newer addition to our X-Plane scenery collection, our HAM - LUX service today is provided by FlyJSim's Dash 8 Q400.

 

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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is crushed in between Germany, Belgium and France in the centre of Western Europe. It is only 2,586 square kilometres (998 sq mi) in size, it is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe, and is about the same size as the US state of Rhode Island or the English county of Northamptonshire. For a small country it sure hits above the belt in a big economy in first the industrial sector, which was dominated by steel until the 1960s, but has now since diversified its industries to include chemicals, rubber, and other products. During the past decades, growth in the financial sector has more than compensated for the decline in steel production. Services, especially banking and finance, now account for the majority of economic output. Luxembourg is the world's second largest investment fund centre (after the United States), and remember it is also the base of one of the world's biggest cargo haulers in Cargolux.

 

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For me the arrival from the northeast towards ELLX's RWY24 feel vaguely familiar...  It feels like Aerosoft's EDFH Frankfurt - Hahn of which is only actually 100km to the west, that scenery now feels like it was eons ago in 2013, but one I liked a lot if you recall. It is an interesting approach from the northeast and not an easy one as LUX is buried between hills, valleys and deep rivers and streams and very similar to Hahn's south approach and hence the recollection.

 

But 2013 was early X-Plane10, this ELLX is in the new X-Plane11 and there are two download versions of this scenery for both X-Plane versions (XP10 or XP11) and the big picture view is different in the sheer detail you get now with X-Plane.

 

One of the big features of JustSim's EDDH was the use of (German) default autogen adjusted to be part of the add-on scenery. Here again at ELLX that same technique is used again with a great benefit to the scenery. It is highlighted on both 06/24 approaches.

 

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An important note is required before using this scenery...  You will "definitely" and "absolutely" need to have the checkbox ticked for the X-Plane item "runways follow terrain contours" (General Menu). The scenery uses multi-level layers to create great recesses in lower and high ground areas. On approach to RWY24 there is a concrete runway extension over the A1 motorway that is excellent when viewed from the aircraft

 

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As we will see is that most ground areas surrounding and part of ELLX are multi-level as well, so it is important to have the option on. It does also however make for a slightly bumpy landing as the runway is quite undulated. All trees surrounding the airport are a cross design, but they are well proportioned, this makes the scenery feel very full and realistic.

 

To your right on final is the huge Cargolux facility. All very well modeled and with plenty of trucks and the ramp cargo gear to keep any hauler happy.

 

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Luxembourg's single main terminal is next and still on the right but a fair way down Runway 24's 4,000m (13,123ft) length. A prominent large building before the terminal area on a hill is the Luxembourg Investment building.

 

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Grass is a great way to break up flat photo-images and create a realistic ground effect. Here it works very well as JustSim are experts at this, with their perfect summer grass in full bloom. Note the huge Cargolux maintenance hangar on the top left

 

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The runway textures are really well done, with areas of tarmac that have been resurfaced and don't match the original surface.

 

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Control Tower is mid-field...    All ground markings and signage is also top notch, all really well done and even down to the continuous water drainage grids along the sides of the taxiways and throughout the ramp areas as their detailing is really exquisite.

 

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Like Hamburg's EDDH the taxiways and runways have reflections that go wet in the rain, even in the semi-dry they look very realistic.

 

Ramp textures are roughly detailed as well. Apron P3 is the main parking area offset to the terminal ramps, it is big and can handle even large aircraft, but is used mostly for regional services.

 

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Main aprons are P1 and P2, and these are set around the two terminals in the larger one (right) Terminal A and the L shape (left) Terminal B.

 

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Terminal 2 is all stands and as I am domestic regional I will park there at stand B6

 

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Behind the terminals is a large elevated carpark. The different ground elevations have been really well done, as they are very (incredibly) hard to do in X-Plane... but here it is built almost seemlessly into the scenery. The view down to the ramps is excellent and highly real world in feel.

 

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ELLX Overview

 

Luxembourg Findel Airport

IATA: LUX - ICAO: ELLX

 

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06/24 4,000m (13,123ft) Asphalt

Elevation AMSL1,234 ft / 376 m

 

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ELLX is extremely well intergrated into the background of the standard X-Plane default scenery, almost a perfect fit, no boundaries or if there are then they are well covered with the extensive foliage.

 

There are basically four areas that cover the scenery.

 

Northeast is the Cargolux Cargo hub

 

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Southwest is the industrial zone and General Aviation parking and support. This area also has a large older style hangar that dominates the area.

 

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Southwest-south over the other side of the runway is the huge distinctively designed Cargolux maintenance hangar and facilities

 

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Main aprons and Terminals are centre northwest in the airport

 

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Apron P1 is left and regional and Aprons P2 and P3 are right with Terminal B (regional) and Terminal A (International). Terminal A is new as it was only opened in 2012 after the older 1979 building was demolished, the smaller TER B arm was opened in 2004.

 

Main Terminal A

 

The modern Terminal A is extremely impressive. This is scenery work at it's finest. Stunning work and highly detailed in features and ground signage around the airbridges which are animated with Marginal's docking plugin. The terminal's glass is X-Plane11 reflective and very realistic.

 

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Landside detailing is as good as Airside and all this with elevation changes as well...  very impressive.

 

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Terminal B

The small arm terminal is just as well done. Again great reflective glass and excellent fine detailing that even includes the metal stairs through the glass at the gates.

 

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All working areas have great vehicle animations as well...  and they follow the different elevations as they trundle around...  all top notch stuff.

 

The northern landside approach to the airport has a lot of commercial buildings that include the prominent Luxembourg Investment building, Allianz Insurance, JP Morgan, ATOZ and the Hotel NH Luxembourg. All buildings have been recreated as is also the Grand Ducal de Luxembourg Golf Club behind but no club house? (it is quite iconic)...  Now for the eagle eye flyers out there, do you notice the faint shapes on the horizon?

 

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This is the Cattenom Nuclear Power Plant and JetSim have done the nuclear plant's four cooling towers, and associated buildings, but the effect for the scenery with the towers in the distance is a great visual effect and in full view on RWY 24 departures.

 

Ibis Hotel and a strange coloured building that covers some airport plant infrastructure.

 

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Control Tower

Centre field Control Tower is excellent with great viewable see-through glass.

 

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Unusual for JustSim the "Tower View" works here at ELLX...

 

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...    but you do get a part of the roof intruding at certain angles, but overall you can see the runway approaches clearly.

 

Luxembourg City is to the southwest of Findel, and so there is a lot of autogen, in both the adjusted autogen and the default OSM autogen.

 

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It looks really good, but so much autogen can also tax your processors as well, I found I had to go down a notch in objects to get better running, not in actual framerate (that stayed in the 40's) but for smoother pans around the scenery and for movement on approaches and around the airport.

 

World Traffic and X-Life traffic compatible, and the airport is set up for X-Plane11 static aircraft use as well, which I used here.

 

Lighting

The lighting at JustSim's EDDH - Hamburg was a little poor, the scenery looked brilliant in the day, but only average at night...  I was expecting the same here at ELLX.

 

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The game has certainly been upped here, ELLX's lighting is very good.

 

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All areas are very well lit, so the scenery bounds off the screen. There are great textures to the lower parts of the terminals, but the main larger building is to a point like the Hamburg buildings in being quite dark, why can't these huge terminals be lit up at night from the inside?

 

The point is it can be done as with this great lighting here with the large hangar (below left) which looks magnificent at night.

 

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This point aside the lighting covers every area completely. Ramps and aprons are great a night as is all the approach, runway and taxiway lights and signage. Cargolux maintenance hangar is also beautifully lit and textured.

 

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A big advantage here is that the less important buildings and the smaller scale items also have really good window lit textures and downlighting...

 

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...    no cheap FS style coloured blank windows here, and it all looks extremely realistic at night.

 

Services

Luxair and Cargolux have bases at ELLX and regular services are used by airlines of Agean, Easyjet, British Airways, Flybe, Hahn Air, HOP!, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa Regional (Cityline), Ryanair, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Volotea and Vueling.

 

Here are some spectacular images of my RW24 departure to Munich that shows you the quality of this scenery and how great X-Plane11 now is...

 

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Summary
You do wonder how developers just keep upping the game. No doubt this ELLX - Luxembourg Findel from JustSim is sensational scenery, in every aspect it just simply delivers.
 
JustSim keep on piling these very high quality airports out on an almost bi-monthly basis, and they are all just really great well made scenery, but ELLX - Luxembourg shows that the quality is also in there as there are no shortcuts here.
 
You have also all the X-Plane11 features in here as well, with airbridge and vehicle animations, Glass and Ground reflections with volumetric ground effect textures and everything is shaded and baked to an inch of it's life for great framerate return.
 
Only small nibbles are the inner lighting inside the main terminal which is too dark at night. And the roof showing in parts of the tower view
 
So certainly put with this excellent scenery Luxembourg in as part of your European network, well worth using and you get a quality return. Better is that all this package is under US$20...  that is UNDER US$20...  at US$19.80. Great scenery, Even better deal...  simply a no brainer!
 
Positives: Absolutely everything!, Great Scenery, Well developed and highly detailed, Great features (even better in X-Plane11), Great Price....  on and on
 
Negatives: Not much, More internal Terminal A lighting would lift the building at night, encroaching roof sometimes in tower view, you need a bit of power to cover all the extensive autogen, scenery is very good.
 
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The ELLX - Luxembourg Findel Airport by JustSim is NOW available! from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

 

There are two version of this scenery for both X-Plane10 or X-Plane11... review was done with the X-Plane11 version.

 

ELLX - Luxembourg Findel Airport XP10

 

ELLX - Luxembourg Findal Airport XP11

 

Your Price: US$19.80
 
Features
  • Custom taxiways and airport lights
  • Shading and occlusion (texture baking) effects on terminal and other airport buildings
  • High resolution photo scenery near airport and city
  • High resolution ground textures / Custom runway textures
  • High resolution building textures
  • Runway reflection effect
  • Volumetric ground effect textures
  • Compatible with X-Plane 11 features
  • Animated gates (AutoGate plugin by Marginal)
  • Animated custom ground vehicles (X-Plane 11 only)
  • World Traffic compatible
  • X-Life traffic compatible
  • Optimized for excellent performance

 

Requirements :

X-Plane10

Windows, Mac or Linux
2GB VRAM Minimum - 3Gb+ VRAM Recommended
 
X-Plane 11
Windows, Mac or Linux
2GB VRAM Minimum - 3Gb+ VRAM Recommended
Framerate is excellent for the density of the scenery, but still subject to computer system standards
 

Installation and documents:

 

Download for the ELLX - Luxembourg Findel Airport is 450.34mb and the two unzipped files are deposited in "Custom Scenery" Folder

 

ELLX_JustSim_1.0 (1.28GB)

ELLX_JustSim_Mesh (20.24mb)

 

Files must be set in this order or cut and paste the correct order in your scenery_pack.ini text file (In the Custom Scenery folder)

 

You will need to have the checkbox ticked for the X-Plane item "runways follow terrain contours" (General Menu). This NEEDS to be ON.

 

documents:

Installation notes

No charts are provided but these are good : JeppView

 

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Review by Stephen Dutton
20th April 2017
Copyright©2017: X-PlaneReviews
 
(Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions)
 

Review System Specifications:

Computer System: Windows  - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - GeForce GTX 980/SSE2 - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD 

Software:   - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11 and also used in X-Plane v10.52

Addons: Saitek x56 Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose  Soundlink Mini

Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro US$69.90 : JARDesign Ground Handling Deluxe GHD plugin

 

Scenery or Aircraft

- Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 by FlyJSIm (X-Plane.OrgStore) - US$30.00

 

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