I’ll cross-post my response to the video here:
100%, and I love your comparison to the Secret Service - we pilots really do immediately notice those differences.
If I may add my observations to your list:
5 Spot-on. I’ll add that runway numbers are way too small, the 500’ touchdown markings are only one stripe each instead of three, the piano keys are too few for the runway widths, and the centerline stripes are way too narrow.
4 Absolutely agree. There should be a flag that turns ground service off and on at certain sized airports.
3 The beacon and windsock towers are also one-size fits all and too large for many airports. Same with the ridiculously oversized generic control towers.
2 Agree 100%. I’ll take it one step further - as I often rant about in my stream, the VASI and PAPI units are often misplaced too far down the runway on smaller runways, making the threshold crossing height too high. Try following the PAPI at KPAO (admittedly haven’t done so since the latest updates, maybe it’s been fixed), and you land almost halfway down the runway. That is not where they are placed IRL, they are much closer to the end of the runway. That makes the encroachment into the approach zone all the worse. I’ve hit trees following the PAPI down at night. That should never be a thing.
This also goes so far as to be immersion killing in that many of the VGSI and approach lights are just wrong. From my research, they’re using a database that’s about 15 years old. If you pop out at minimums and see a V4L with an ODALS when it’s supposed to be a P2R with a MALSR, that’s a go-around.
The VASI and PAPI are not bright enough during the day and the implementation of pilot-controlled lighting is way overdue
1 Yes, and don’t get me started on runway centerline lights and green taxiway centerline lights on various small county airports. Just no!
IMO, the default airport objects in this sim are geared for international airports and just not set up correctly for the tens of thousands of small public and private airports in North America.