Introduction
In what some people considered a surprise move by FlyTampa, they recently made Vienna the subject of their latest airport scenery. It was surprising in so much as some people saw this airport as almost not being big enough, famous enough or even American enough! Many people were hoping for JFK or perhaps Kai Tak and some just could not work out the decision to model Vienna. As far as I can gather, Vienna was chosen due to its spectacular European location as well as it being a major hub in that area of the world.

Vienna (VIE, LOWW) airport is 11 miles Southeast of the City and is Austriaís busiest airport. It is sometimes known as Schwechat after the local town and is the hub of Austrian Airlines and budget airline Niki. LOWW was built in 1938 originally as a military airport and taken over by the Brits in 1945. Until 1972 the airport only had one runway which was previously extended to 3000 metres.


Thereís a lot of information on the Official Website

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Installation
As usual with FlyTampa airports, installation is very easy. Vienna is available as a download only and it is a simple case of entering your name and serial number which is provided in the e-mail FlyTampa send you. There are no static aircraft to install but you can choose whether you want to use the refinery and/or its smoke effects. The static aircraft will shortly be made available for the mostly online pilots who requested it.

The developers have also recently released various fixes and a patch. These solve the texture flickering problems I was experiencing, ILS problems as well as enabling the refinery smoke to work when Austria Pro is utilised. There is also a new AFCAD available on the forums incorporating the crossing runways which I believe is incorporated into the latest update

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There are also some files to delete if you Install Austria Pro. This is done automatically if you install Vienna afterwards and choose the option during installation.

On the whole, very easy and the guys behind the scenes must be commended for how quickly they have solved the issues some users were experiencing.

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First Impressions
On first loading this airport my first thoughts were that it was quite small. However, after a short time exploring I realised that in this case size definitely isnít everything. This scenery is incredibly detailed (I believe there are three times the amount of textures as used in Dubai) and full of life.

The main terminal buildings are a very interesting shape and look incredibly realistic (Incidentally, both terminals are housed in one building and are within walking distance of each other). There are plenty of moving vehicles to add to the realism and the whole effect is fantastic.

Delve deeper and you will find lots of interesting things such as the aircraft statues on top of some of the buildings.

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Overall Impressions
Quite simply, this scenery is excellent. The crossing runways make for varied take-offs and approaches and due to its location is very picturesque and often a challenge. The detail level is absolutely fantastic and the whole package in my opinion manages to surpass all their previous offerings.

As people who have read my Frankfurt review or own that scenery will know, I was blown away by Aerosoftís work. Well, obviously FlyTampa donít like being outdone and have released a scenery that easily competes with it.

As usual, a third party add-on such as Walk and Follow makes exploring this airport a joy and its $21.50 (approx £12.35) asking price is an absolute steal.

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Performance
All this eye candy and all these details count for nothing if they cause a slide show and it is my pleasure to confirm that Vienna is as frame rate friendly as their other offerings. Due to its relatively small size, the increase in detail over FlyTampaís previous airport sceneries does not mean an inversely proportional reduction in frame rates.

To give an idea, running the following programs and add-ons with the described settings, I get about 10-12 fps in both 2d cockpit view and spot view.

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As usual, running the above programs and add-ons with the described settings, I get about 15-20 fps in both 2d cockpit view and spot view.

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Conclusion
If it hadnít been for Mega Airport Frankfurt, this would probably be the best airport scenery out there. As it stands though, itís probably only its size and the fact that the standards have been raised so high that stops it from gaining this accolade. However, I cannot recommend it enough. If you are fond of flying in and around the snow and mountains then do not hesitate to purchase this fantastic airport scenery.

Congratulations on another superb add-on FlyTampa and if youíre listening guys, Iíd be more than happy for you to do Manchester too!

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