Ever heard of Project 79, no? Well neither have I , they are a brand new development team that just finished their first project. There are not many payware airports available for Saudi Arabia so I was more than happy to hear that they developed Abha although my expectations were’t to high when I heard it was their first project, but I was pleasantly surprised when I first booted up at the new scenery airport.
Abha airport is one of the smallest airports in Saudi Arabia. The elevation of this airport is 6,858 ft. High and it is located in Asir Province, Saudi Arabia The airport has services to several domestic airports within the Kingdom. It also offers international flights to Aden and Sana’a in Yemen, Cairo in Egypt; also, it has nonstop flights to Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE.
Laing Wimpey Alireza started construction of Abha Airport in mid-1975. Hitherto domestic flights handled at the military airport near Khamis Mushait. The airport launched in 1977.
The Dutch Consultants NACO carried out the design.
The site was new construction area between the cities of Khamis Mushait and Abha and served both equally. Abha has one runway designated (13/31) with an asphalt surface measuring 3,350 by 45 metres (10,991ft ×148ft)
The airport can be bought at Simmarket for €19,36 euro for the FSX and FSX steam edition, however the Prepar3D version costs slightly more and is priced for €24,20 euro. The download folder is about 243 MB in size and takes about 900 MB of your flightsim installation folder.
Product key is sent after payment via e-mail and is required during installation. Installation is pretty straight forward and takes no extra actions, just install and play.
The manual is pretty short and not really what I’m used to, the manual only covers 3 points, I’m missing a few important things like airport information and charts.
- Airport features list
- System requirements
- Minimal Prepar3D v2 Scenery and Lighting Settings
List of features
- Realistic Night Lighting all over the Airport
- Fully working shadows all over the airport
- Fully GSX Compatible
- FPS Friendly
- Accurate hand placed Objects
- Realistic Photo Real Image
- Animated Vehicles
- Animated Radar
- Volumetric Grass
- Accurate AFCAD
- High Detailed Textures
- Custom Approach, Runway, Taxiway and Apron Lights
- Accurate ILS Measurements
- Controller Tower and Royal Apron
- Hand Placed Trees and Autogen
Airlines and destinations
Here’s a small list of airlines that fly into Abha airport and their destinations
|AllMasria Universial Airlines||Cairo|
|Felix Airways||Aden, Sana’a|
|Flynas||Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam|
|Qatar Airways||Doha (starting from September the 2nd 2015|
|Saudia||Cairo, Dammam, Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh, Sharurah, Tabuk, Ta’if|
To discover the airport I always use FTX BOB a very useful tool that allows you to walk arount the airport and best of all it’s free.
Starting for the first time at the airport i was amazed, the airport has an overall great quality and feels like the team of Project 79 did a lot of effort for their first project and set the bar high, which is good.
Buildings have been perfectly remodeled and placed in their correct location and in high quality.
The airport features catering vehicles and cargo loaders on and around the gates and ramp.
Parked cars can be found on the parking lot near the airport, fun fact they all have their headlights on when it’s night, but it looks nice and bussy at the daytime. Busses, trucks and firetrucks are all part of the static vechicles and are all placed at their correct facilities.
Taxiways and parking ramps have a very nice texture with nice detail they have a nice dirt effect and some cracks in it so it looks very realistic. The airport features volumetric grass and this always a nice touch.
Time to inspect the airport from an altitude, ground textures look very sharp make sure to set the texture resolution to 4096 to enjoy it. Trees and autogen have been handplaced at the close vicinity of the airport. The only downside is that it’s doesn’t blend it very nice with Orbx FTX base, that’s orbx’s fault not Project 79, the airport and surrounding have a nice desert look and just a few miles out it’s all green which is very unrealistic.
The night lighting is prett good, and the colored lights on the control tower terminals are a nice detail . Taxilights and runway lights look good and not to bright but just like they should be. The overal lighting at the airport are pretty realistic, to bad about the parked cars at the parking lot though .
No incompatibilities have been found, but as mentioned earlier ORBX FTX base doesn’t look very realistic in this region. The airport is fully AES and GSX compatible and all traffic add ons.
Used add ons:
- ORBX FTX Base
- ORBX FTX VECTOR
- Ultimate Traffic2
- Fsdreamteam’s GSX
Developers of Project 79 did a great job on the peformance, not even once did my FPS drop below 80 PFS when using many different payware aircrafts. Not only FPS is great but so is the VAS no fear for OOM when landing your PMDG aircrafts here.
My system specs:
Intel I7 5820K overclocked to 4,8 ghz
16 GB DDR4 memory
2x GTX 980 in SLI
Windows 8,1 x64 pro
P3D very minimal tweaked with a custom Nvidia Inspector profile
Overall I would highly recommend this add on, to bad about the manual missing some important notes especially for simmers that want to fly as realistic as possible. After all Project 79 made a nice impression on me and I’m really looking forward for their next release.