There is probably no city where you see more aviation than Los Angeles. Not only are there several major airports close to the city but general aviation rules the skies over the city. Besides Alaska there is no state where single engine aircraft are more used and there are more helipads than in any other city.
That’s not only because of the rich and famous but also because the layout of the city looks spectacular. From the coastline to the mountains around the city, LA is a great city to see from above.
US Cities X is a series of city scenery for FSX and P3D that covers US cities created by LimeSim. Based on an extensive aerial image it will have all the major buildings and landmarks plus all the airports and heliports that are inside the covered areas. It is clearly intended to fill the gap between the default scenery and very high dense city scenery such as Manhattan X, London VFR or Venice X. Because the file size is rather large due to the ground image it only includes one season (in most cases this is not a real issue) and no night textures. The VFR flights over these cities are mostly a day time affair anyway.
- Detailed 3D renderings of the 3 city centers covered by more than 5,000 major buildings:
- LA Downtown
- Long Beach
- Irvine/Santa Ana
- Aerial image coverage with up to 30cm/pix resolution (see attached Google Earth file)
- Bonus: Full rendering of Catalina Island with and helipad!
- Detailed scenery of Catalina’s “Airport in the Sky” with sloped runway!
- More than 1,050 major buildings included
- 454,500 (!) autogen objects placed realistically
- Highly detailed and customized mesh terrain
- An incredible number of 150 helipads! Among them a few well-known ones as:
- LAPD Hooper Heliport (largest rooftop heliport in the world. Set location of the "BlueThunder" movie and series)
- US Bank Helipad (world`s highest rooftop helipad, see this BMW movie)
- Queen Mary Heliport
- Catalina Air-Sea Terminal Heliport
- Catalina Island Pebbly Beach Seaplane Base and Heliport
- Major airports in and around the city are covered with new high res ground images with customized mesh terrain (no new building structures added with the exception of KAVX):
- KLAX Los Angeles Intl
- KBUR Burbank Bob Hope
- KSNA John Wayne Orange Co
- KLGB Long Beach
- KVNY Van Nuys
- KAVX Catalina "Airport in the Sky"
- KSMO Santa Monica Mun
- KSLI Los Alamitos AAF
- KWHP Whiteman
- KEMT El Monte
- KHHR Northrop Hawthorne
- KCPM Compton Woodley
- KTOA Zamperini
- 64CL Goodyear Blimp Base
- KNTK Tustin MCAS
- Sound effects like downtown- and highway traffic and animated gulls
- Animated ships and boats between LA Port and Catalina Island
- Traffic on most major roads
- Low price, very good value for money. Just to compare the features of Los Angeles to the average numbers of previous US Cities:
- 30 times as many helipads!
- More than 2 times as many airports!
- More than 5 times as many autogen objects!
- More than 3 times as many major buildings!
- Includes a separate Scenery Density Tool, which makes this highly detailed scenery enjoyable on slower systems as well!
- FSX and Prepar3D version included
View aerial coverage >> Download KMZ-file <<
Google Earth is required for viewing this file. Download it for free here: http://earth.google.com/
Awards / Reviews:
Conclusion by Mutley`s Hangar:
"The U.S. Cities Los Angeles scenery gives you a really good opportunity to discover the various scenic delights of L.A. and its surrounding area. Although I found it somewhat of a challenge at first, I ended up enjoying the experience, as I`m sure you will too. So, if you`ve a mind to visit L.A. either in the real or virtual world, this add-on scenery from LimeSim and Aerosoft would be a worthwhile investment."
Conclusion by FlightSim.com:
"The wide area of Aerosoft`s Los Angeles X scenery, its plentiful surface features, and its detailed buildings enable unlimited opportunities for visual navigation and sightseeing. The scenery reflects considerable attention to detail and accuracy as well as to frame rates. I enjoyed reviewing Los Angeles X, and I believe simulating flights with this scenery would be enjoyable, too. I don`t usually comment on price because value is perceived differently by various people, but I was surprised by Aerosoft`s asking price for all this scenery."
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (incl. SP1 and SP2 or Acceleration Pack, Gold Edition or Steam Edition) or Lockheed Martin Prepar3D (v2 or v3)
Windows XP, Windows VISTA, Windows 7 (fully updated)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU (Core 2 Quad advised)
2 GB RAM
Direct X 9 compatible Graphics Card with minimal 512 MB
Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 minimal to read and print the manual
Download-Size: 2,5 GB
Installations-Size: 3 GB
English .pdf Manual : >> View here <<
Free Demo of Catalina Island: >> Download << (Size: 840 MB)