Microsoft Flight Simulator – Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport Review (HomaSim)

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Third-party developer HomaSim recently released Imam Khomeini International Airport (OIIE) in Tehran for Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding a relevant hub to a region that certainly doesn’t see a lot of add-ons.

The airport itself is quite interesting as it shares air traffic to and from the capital of Iran with its neighbor Mehrabad International Airport. The OIIE handles all international traffic, while Mehrabad handles all domestic traffic.

You could say it’s a little less scenic than Mehrabad, which is in the middle of the city and closer to the mountains, but it’s the perfect gateway to fly into this land which is absolutely stunning when viewed from above. high.

It is currently available on SimMarket for around $ 18 and comes with its own installer.

If you’d like to get an in-depth look at the scenery, you can watch an ILS approach and landing on runway 29R in the first video above, and a full flyby in a variety of lighting and weather conditions in the second video below. below.

Published approaches, SIDs and STARs are all available, and the ILS glide line (29R is the only runway equipped) and runway alignment are well calibrated. The VOR approaches to runways 11L and R are also functioning properly, while the PAPI lights for visual approaches are in place.

Taxiways and parking ramps are properly implemented according to the maps, so the default ATC will provide effective guidance to and from the runways and the AI ​​also doesn’t seem to have a problem navigating through it. the airport.

All ground services are implemented and active, including tankers.

There aren’t any custom ortho images at the base of the airport, which means the resolution and terrain detail isn’t stellar, but I didn’t find this particular issue to be huge, being given that Microsoft Flight Simulator already includes a decent aerial view. photography alone.

The tracks, taxiways and decks are very well textured, with good detailing, weathering and stains that make all surfaces look pretty natural. Only the brands are just a little too bright and cartoonish for my taste. The taxiway numbers on the secondary apron in front of the Salaam International Terminal also have a visible transparent “square” describing the sticker. It’s not very noticeable, but it can be slightly disturbing if you squint your eyes.

That being said, all markings and materials are correctly represented and up to date.

The real stars of this landscape are the buildings, starting with beautiful terminal buildings with highly detailed interiors. They’re masterfully modeled and textured both airside and city-side, with a level of complexity you don’t see in many airports, topped with efficient weathering.

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The main terminal gateways are custom made, well detailed and realistic. On the other hand, those at the Salaam International Terminal (which is a bit out of the way, so I guess they are less visible), are from the Microsoft Flight Simulator by default and are not a very good representation of the real ones, which include the glass in their structure.

The same level of detail extends to all other airport buildings, including the tower, hangars, VIP terminal (or “CIP” as they are called here), offices, fuel depots, etc. . Even beyond the fence (and yes, the airport perimeter is fully fenced) the high level of craftsmanship remains consistent for things like the train station and hotels nearby.

It’s actually quite rare to see airports where the level of detail doesn’t drop as you move away from the main terminals for more outlying buildings, but here it’s still impressively consistent. The only issues are the aforementioned gateways and train tracks, which suffer from low resolution background aerial imagery by default. Due to the almost invisible tracks, it’s really hard to fathom that the train station is what it is unless you already know it.

Many additional details such as vehicles, signage, flags, footprint, etc. add a lot of flavor to the landscape.

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I was particularly impressed with the great use of physics-based rendering at all levels. I don’t know a lot of airports in Microsoft Flight Simulator where the building materials look as realistic as they do here. It’s just perfect and it’s very natural.

The developers chose to include static planes, but they are optional and you can turn them off when setting up the scenery. That being said, they’ve made the rather rare decision to allow paid AI planes originally designed for P3D by a dedicated developer, and they look really good.

The only thing I’m not sure is that they included a few that would certainly fly on domestic roads, so I have my doubts about their appearing to Imam Khomeini. These would probably be more appropriate for Mehrabad.

The airport responds to weather conditions smoothly, with superb textures in the rain and believable snow cover. If you are wondering, yes it is snowing in Iran, and HomaSim did an above average job with it. Granted, the average in Microsoft Flight Simulator is still pretty poor, but there are few flaws to spot here.

Night lighting looks great, both for exteriors and interiors, creating a very realistic effect on every level. The only small flaw is that the textures on the VOR antenna appear to have been set as emissive, so it pops out much more at night than it should, and also looks rather flat.

The performance is not bad. On my PC (RTX 3070, Ryzen 9 3900x, 32GB RAM) with 1440p resolution and Ultra detail settings I’m losing around 9-11 FPS compared to the default landscape in Microsoft Flight Simulator with the static airplane active. Considering the amount of detail added (you can see a comparison above), this is certainly more than acceptable.

HomaSim is, as far as I know, a new Iranian developer, and I was very impressed with the level of craftsmanship involved in this add-on. It certainly proves once again that you will find quality even beyond the usual established studios, especially among local teams who are passionate about giving a glimpse of their own country to the world with the help of Microsoft Flight Simulator. .

If you want to fly in this beautiful region and over its magnificent mountains, Imam Khomeini International Airport is certainly easy to recommend. He’s definitely a developer I’ll be keeping an eye on.

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Tehran Airport Imam Khomeini for Microsoft Flight Simulator review

Reviser: Giuseppe Nelva | Award: editors Choice | Copy provided by the publisher.

Advantages

  • Fantastic buildings airside, city side, at airports and outside.
  • Masterful alteration and physical rendering creating a very realistic effect.
  • Excellent night lighting.
  • Everything is working fine.
  • Nice static plane.

The inconvenients

  • No custom ortho imagery.
  • One of the terminals has default gateways.
  • The marks on the ground are slightly too light.

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