REVIEW: Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) Europe Add-On For Microsoft Flight Simulator; Created & Developed By LatinVFR.

By: David Michael Edwards B.S., M.B.A.

Dave’s Professional LinkedIn Profile can be viewed by Clicking You Left Mouse Button RIGHT HERE.

The top screenshot is of the Tropics (Tropical) Beach Fun at: at Princess Julian International Airport (IATA Aiport Identification Code: SXM), Sunset Beach Bar & Grill: http://sunsetsxm.com/

Product Synopsis and Overview:

LatinVFR‘s Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) Europe provides regionally specific high-fidelity airport vehicles graphics; replacing the generic and bland stock airport vehicles provided in Microsoft Flight Simulation (M.S.F.S.). According to LatinVFR: “7 regions of Europe independently customized, Artic, the UK, France, Mediterranean West, Central Europe/ Germanic, Mediterranean East, and Russia” are included he package.

Scope and Goal:

The scope of this review is to evaluate the overall quality, in association its degree of fidelity, and its effective utility within the simulation.

The goal of this review is to have a robust review of the product, the product performance, and the product affects on the simulation performance.

I have done extensive, rigorous, and prolonged testing for this review.

Please Note: This Review was not solicited, suggested, financed, or influenced by LatinVFR, by anyone, anything, and/or any entity(ies) outside of AeroSpaceWeekly.com.

Testing Specifications:

Hands-Crafted, Customized & HandMade Hardware Setup: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10980XE CPU @ 3.00GHz (Eighteen [18]-Core Central Processing Units [C.P.U’s.], Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R ARGB Close-Loop AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, ASUS WS X299 SAGE LGA 2066 Intel X299 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 CEB Motherboard, One-hundred and twenty-eight (128) Gigabytes (GB) of Dual Channel Random Access Memory (R.A.M.) DDR4000 by GSkill RipJaws, NVIDIA RTX 3090 Graphics Processing Unit (G.P.U.) with twenty-four (24) GB of G6X video R.A.M., Rosewill 1,200 Watt power supply, 4x Solid State Drives (S.S.D’s) two [2] are made by Western Digital), Rosewill ATX mid-sized case, Track Infrared (I.R.) 5 head tracking head gear and receiver (Natural Point, Corvallis, Oregon [OR]. United States of America [U.S.A.]) and a Dell 4K Ultrasharp 43 inch (43″) monitor Dell U4320Q.

Notes: 1) All testing and screenshots in this review were taken at full native 4K (UltraHD, UHD) (3840 x 2160) Resolution. 2) All flight testing was conducted in the contiguous (lower 48) states of  United States of America (U.S.A.) here on the terrestrial surface and/or crust of Planet Earth.

Software: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64Bit), Current version of Microsoft Flight Simulator (Premium Deluxe Edition), REX 2020 WeatherForce for Microsoft Flight Simulator, John Dowson‘s FSUIPC 7 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Below are the simulator settings:

Purchase, Download & Installation:

The purchase of Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) Europe provides can be made through be made through LatinVFR website for $8.49 United States Dollars (U.S.D.). Payment methods include Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover credit cards. Express Payment Checkout options include PayPal, Google (G) Pay, and Shop Pay. LatinVFR is based in Orlando, Florida (FL); U.S.A.

Alternatively, Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) can be purchased at the Contrail website by Clicking Your Left Mouse Button RIGHT HERE OR within the Microsoft Flight Simulator (M.S.F.S.) Marketplace (located within the simulator primary menu systems) for a Lower Price o $8.49 (U.S.D.).

**** PLEASE NOT LatinVFR Very Kindly and Generously Provided a free PressCopy of Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) Europe for to AeroSpaceWeekly.com for Evaluation in this Review. This professional courtesy was and is Much Appreciated!

THANK YOU LATINVFR!!!!!!!

Once the purchase was made within the LatinVFR website access & licensing rights are granted with in the a downloadable Contrail App provide within the website at purchase and with a receipt and invoice email.

The Contrail App is Very User Friendly and an ease to use for routine updates, similar to that of Orbx Central App.

Score: 9.5/10

Manuals:

Due to the fact that no user interaction is required and/or needed, no product manual is provided to the user.

Score: Not Applicable (N/A)

Graphics Quality:

The overall graphics quality including texture sharpness and clarity at native 4K/Ultra-High-Definition (U.H.D.) resolution are excellent, as expected.

Score: 9/10

Functionality Quality:

I found the Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) Europe provides to be robustly and universally applicable to all airports in North America (N.A.). While have airport vehicles vehicles density set to the absolute maximum possible setting, there were consistently noticeable levels of generic airports vehicles. This certainly could use further improvement because the designed estectic environmental effect is not Fully in effect. Lastly, while infrequent, I did notice some anomalies were Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) North America (N.A.) vehicles were incorrectly placed in European airports. For example, the below screenshot was from an London (United Kingdom) airport with a Palm Beach International Airport, located Florida (U.S.A.), firetruck placed incorrectly.

Hopefully LatinVFR has or will correct this problem.

Score: 7/10

Final Scoring Summation and Grade:

Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) Europe provides Microsoft Flight Simulation (M.S.F.S.). with a much needed regional environment the most certainly should have been included in the base simulation premium package.

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PLEASE NOTE AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW THERE IS A GALLERY OF SCREENSHOTS TAKEN DURING THIS REVIEW

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25.5 Points Out Of 30 Points

85.00%

Final Grade: B

Recommendation:

I Highly recommend Airport Regional Environment X (A.R.E.X.) Europe provides to add a much-needed esthetical environment that provides some notable sense of comfort and safety, at least on a Continental Scale with Regional Comforts.

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