[Update v3 23/07/22] Le Touquet - LFAT upgrade

Update : 21st January 2022, version 3 is available. See pics below at this comment [Update v3 23/07/22] Le Touquet - LFAT upgrade - #9 by Vincent1064

Hello simmer addicts!

The freeware scenery is available for download: Le Touquet Côte d'Opale (LFAT) » Microsoft Flight Simulator

Le Touquet – Côte d’Opale Airport (IATA: LTQ, ICAO: LFAT) is an international airport located in the north of France. LFAT has a control and weather service, pilot and tourist shop, refueling facilities, air maintenance companies and pilot training. A long runway (1850 meters / 6000 ft) ILS and RNP approaches, on site Customs service and located just at the north coast line, all these elevates Le Touquet airport as a perfect entry gateway for UK pilots and their passengers, to visit France. Caution, the airport can likely be covered by sea haze in few minutes!

This upgrade for the default Microsoft Flight Simulator scenery features :

  • New buildings to replace all default.
  • New textures on hangars and buildings
  • All taxiway names and taxiways signs updated.
  • Parking re-positioned and re-designed. Most are “Dock_Ga” type to remove unrealistic ground support except for 3 of them on main apron close the terminal to match as much as possible reality.
  • Parking lines and helipad added.
  • Plenty of asphalt patches on taxiways and apron to enhance immersion from a pilot perspective.
  • Real pilot as real as it gets special → the old decommissioned railway, which cross taxiway T3, is recreated and simulates the bumps… Test it with a Robin DR400!
  • Crossing the decommissioned 25 runways required - as well - to slow down if you are concerned by prop strike :wink:
  • Terraforming along La Canche river (and at the main Le Touquet beach just for fun)
  • New PAPI added and ILS facilities.
  • Waste water treatment plan added to enhance the final 31.
  • Fuel station repositioned and redesigned.
  • Main public car parks redesigned and populated on landside.

The freeware scenery is available for download: Le Touquet Côte d'Opale (LFAT) » Microsoft Flight Simulator

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The new v2.1 includes textures improvement on hangars and big letters signs!

Microsoft Flight Simulator Screenshot 2021.01.28 - 22.01.10.68|690x288 !

Microsoft Flight Simulator Screenshot 2021.01.28 - 22.00.19.54|690x288 . Please grab it at Flightsim.to • Le Touquet Côte d'Opale (LFAT) by Vincent Bazillio and enjoy!

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Finally, the version 2.3 brings the iconic color of the control tower.

Sidenote : as a first time scenery developper (started this January), it tooks me some much time to build this single object from scratch (the top part is a free 3D object) that now I imagine the skill and time needed to produce professional grade scenery!

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The new version 2.4 includes enhancement on La Canche river and Le Touquet beaches. This version tends to simulate a low tide time, clearing of water areas in La Canche estuary on the default but outstanding photorealistic satellite texture.

A big thank you to the community ! Le Touquet for MSFS has been downloaded more than 8000 times, entered the top 10 most-downloaded Regional Airports in flightsim.to and is ranking third scenery for France.

And for those asking why there’re holes and bump when taxiing at LFAT, look at this video I’ve made after flying for real in Le Touquet in a C172 G1000 :

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The next version (Work-in-Progress) will include a new custom 3D building for the main terminal. Half way to go as only the airside is finished.

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Work in Progress:

New version 3.0 of my amateur scenery is available. Enjoy as much as I did during the Blender/MSFS process ! Le Touquet Côte d'Opale (LFAT) » Microsoft Flight Simulator

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version 3.0.1 released : bug fixes, new textures on entrance, the rooftop “Les frères Caudron”

New update available with brand new buildings first floor of control tower and a lot of small details thanks to local simmers who provided me some pictures.

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Arnaud H., a local simmer, shared new pictures of the entrance gate, airside. Here are his pictures in the sim with the 3.0.6 of LFAT :slightly_smiling_face:

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