FlyTampa Toronto Review
The Canadian gateway – FlyTampa Toronto
Two years after the successful rendition of Montreal, FlyTampa published Canada’s largest airport Toronto Pearson Intl. in February 2015. While FlyMontreal originally was a FS9/FSX scenery, later enhanced to support P3D, the new Toronto has full P3D 2.5 compatibility. Let us have a closer look at the scenery in P3D.
Toronto Pearson Intl., ICAO CYYZ, is the largest airport in Canada and the second largest gateway for international passengers to North America after New York’s JFK airport, handling more than 36 million passengers per year.
It serves as the main hub for Air Canada, featuring a large cargo and maintenance complex, but also as a hub for WestJet and FedEx. Canadian charter outfit Air Transat uses CYYZ as an operating base as well.
The more than 430.000 aircraft movements per year are handled on no less than 5 runways, arranged in a H-shaped layout.
But enough theory, what does FlyTampa’s Toronto offer us simmers ?
Toronto 1.0 comes with a FSX SP2/P3D dual installer. It is not necessary to select your version of the sim, just route the installer to the path of your FSX or P3D installation and it will take care of everything else. The installation itself needs some 780 MB of disk space for the default version. On the FlyTampa website you can download two additional texture packs, which may change the size of the installation:
HITEX: a texture pack that replaces most of the 1024px textures with 2048px versions
LITETEX: a texture pack that replaces most of the default 2048px textures with 1024px versions, while also substituting some of the surrounding textures with 512px versions.
Why would you want to “downgrade” your textures ? In combination with resource hungry airplanes like the PMDG 777, the danger of running into Out-Of-Memory problems is very likely, especially if you use AI traffic and higher autogen settings. As FlyTampa state it is not a downgrade, as most previous sceneries only featured 1024px textures anyway.
Should you want to revert to the original textures, simply run the installer again.
After the installation the new FlyTampa Scenery Configurator window opens, giving the user a wide variety of choices, ranging from 3D grass, transparent terminal windows, static vehicles, animated vehicles up to water and snow effects.
Once the installation is finished you will find a short manual in your FlyTampa/Toronto folder. Airport charts are not included, but a full Navigraph set can be downloaded through a link in the manual – for free, of course.
Now we are ready to fire up P3D and examine the scenery in detail.
My first impression after loading the scenery was just “WOW!”. I have several FlyTampa sceneries, but Toronto is simply stunning. When approaching the airport by air, there is hardly any visible seam showing where the scenery ends, it just blends well into FTX Global base. The closer you get, the more details emerge – and I can promise, there is a lot to discover on this airport.
Toronto supports three seasonal texture sets – winter/spring, summer and fall. Especially the winter textures are a visual highlight, there are small snow drifts everywhere, making it look very realistic. Speaking of visual highlights, the P3D native night lighting is amazing and amongst the best I have seen so far. The illuminated aprons, the terminal windows traffic lights, it all makes it appear very real.
The aerodrome consists of seven important areas – Terminals 1 and 3, the interim “Infield Terminal “IFT”, the large infield cargo complex, the satellite FedEx cargo complex, GAT and as a special highlight a large de-icing area with working de-icing trucks! So no need for GSX or AES to de-ice your aircraft.
What plane to take
If you like realism and want to fly a plausible plane into CYYZ, this airport will make it easy for you. With 75 airlines serving 155 international destinations you have the full choice from the Dash-8, through the A320/B737 family up to the heavies like 747, MD-11 or A340. Even your FSlabs Concorde will feel at home at Toronto. General aviationists will not feel in place here, but your Hawker 850XP or Citation will suite the large GAT area well.
So, how is the compatibility with common addons ?
I use MyTraffic 6 as AI traffic and was curious if Toronto was supported by the historic schedules as well. Pre 1980 you won’t see many airplanes, except some Air Canada birds infront of the maintenance hangars. 1980 onwards the airport is well populated, so you have a nice destination for the likes of 707, 727 or Fokker F27.
GSX also works nicely with Toronto, no positioning problems like at other high end sceneries could be observed during my testing.
What about the jetways, I hear you asking. In a time where most airports rely on AES for working jetways, you don’t have to spend extra money here to have your passengers board and deboard via the airbridges. The vast majority of jetways are operational and even dock onto the AI traffic as well.
One could probably fill books describing the details that can be found on this airport. I did an extensive tour with the virtual camera and let the screenshots speak for themselves instead. I would like to point out one special detail though - the 3D tunnels. Inconspicuous from the distance, but you while taxiing you will cross several of them. One of my favorite details at this detail rich aierodrome.
With virtually all options enabled I tested the scenery with some of my common aircraft. The framerates were unexpectedly high, even with the PMDG 777 they never dropped below 35 fps in the virtual cockpit. With other planes like the Black Box A330-300, the Just Flight Fokker F27 or the Alabeao Cessna Titan the framerates always stayed well above 60. OOMs however were a problem, when using the 777. There was no chance for me to run the scenery at 2048px without hearing the OOM warning sound right from the beginning, it was better when selecting 1024px texture size in the P3D options, but you should select your details carefully, if you don’t want your 10h transatlantic flight to end in an Out-Of-Memory crash. However, as stated before, FlyTampa is aware of this problem and offers the LITETEX texture set as a solution.
With all other planes there were no VAS problems, even with AI traffic set to 100%.
I was hesitating since the release in February, as I already had FlyTampa Montreal, FSDreamteam Vancouver and Simaddons Halifax – do I really need another Canadian airport? In one word: yes! In my opinion this scenery is a real must have, no matter if you fly short-, medium or long haul. Detail level is extraordinary, the performance is great and the value for money is excellent. But most importantly, if you fly there once, you will always fly there again.
Processor (CPU): Intel Core i7 CPU 4790k @ 4.6 GHzMemory (RAM): 16 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
System type: 64-bit operating system
Operating system: Windows 10 Home Premium
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I would definitely recommend FlyTampa Toronto for a reward, especially for the love of details, the “feel” of the scenery and the performance.