DETAILED FEATURES IN EACH VOLUME
VFR Real Scenery uses 25cm aerial photographic data of England and Wales to create a high resolution scenery optimised for 1m display in Flight Simulator X.
The software includes 9.6m digital terrain data to vastly improve the accuracy of the relief in Flight Simulator X.
Main water features are individually rendered with Flight Simulator water effects. You can land a seaplane on the lakes and rivers in VFR Real Scenery!
Night lighting effects are customised for extra realism.
VFR RS includes the options to load the scenery in sections or at lower resolutions for more modestly specified PCs.
COVERAGE: VOLUME 3 - Wales & South-West England
Covers all of Wales, Cornwall and Devon and parts of Somerset, Dorset, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Cheshire
Principal towns covered include:
- Bristol, Cardiff
Q. What do you mean by '25cm data'?
A. When we say ‘25cm data’ we mean that the original digital images are at a resolution of 25cm per pixel. That's pretty accurate! These 25cm images are then optimised to be displayed at 1m per pixel in Flight Simulator X. The higher the original resolution, the better the quality will be when processed to a lower resolution. 1m gives the best compromise between appearance, performance and file size.
Q. What is terrain mesh and elevation data?
A. The visual scenery you see when flying in Flight Simulator is all built upon a basic framework (a 'mesh') that represents the height of the ground at any point in the world. This provides the three-dimensional relief model of hills, mountains, valleys, cliffs, depressions, plateaux and so forth, upon which all other scenery objects and ground textures are placed. The vast majority of the area of the default relief model of England and Wales in Flight Simulator X is set at 76m between each reference point so this means that there are no relief detail changes between points 76m apart. This creates a very "soft" terrain where mountains that should be craggy appear as smooth rounded hills and individual features that fall between the points are lost completely. VFR Real Scenery includes reference points that are just 9.6m apart which provides a far higher resolution than the default. Even small ground features now become visible.
Q. OK, I understand the 'mesh' but I've seen mesh quoted at 9.6m and 10m - what's the difference?
A. FSX uses a simplified set of values in the scenery settings options to avoid making things too confusing and making it easier for the user to visualise. When adjusting the Mesh Resolution slider in the Scenery options you will see values like 38m, 19m, 10m, 5m, 2m offered. These in fact are the simplified labels given to the real values. If you select the 10m setting then the actual resolution selected will be 9.6m. Mesh described as "10m mesh" is actually 9.6m mesh when used in FSX
Q. What areas do the other volumes cover?
A. Take a look at the map
Here are some of the key towns featured in the other volumes:
Volume 1) Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover, Brighton, London, Basildon, Colchester, Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge, Peterborough, Luton, Watford, Sevenoaks, Horsham, Chelmsford, Lincoln
Volume 2) Southampton, Portsmouth, Reading, Salisbury, Swindon, Oxford, Cheltenham, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Stoke, Chichester, Bournemouth
Volume 4) Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, York, Lancaster, Barrow, Carlisle, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Berwick