Lukla airport owes its existence to the fact it is located close to Mount Everest and that most climbers use it as the first station in the attempt to scale this massive mountain.
During the climbing season, October/November, the small aircraft (mostly Twin Otters) have to be off the airport in 15 minutes because there are only 4 parking spaces and there are probably other Twin Otters circling to land. It can really be a very, very busy airport. It is also the highest airport with scheduled airline flights in the word. Combine this with the fact the airport is of course closed a lot due to weather and you will understand why it can be as busy as it is.
Flying into Lukla is dangerous and complex in perfect weather, most of our beta testers underestimated it and the hill side was soon covered in burning wrecks. They soon learned that anything you do at this altitude needs to be planned and considered. Landing on the runway that goes uphill means you have to flare in a completely different way. Taking off from the very short runway with an engine that probably delivers a lot less power than you would hope for, is only possible because the runway ends with a 3000 feet drop into the valley below (check out the waterfalls there!). Even the simple taxi to the very small platform is complex and not without danger as there is a steep bit of taxiway to climb onto. To be short, you will probably be frustrated and annoyed when you start using this airport. However when you know how to use it you will be a far better pilot and there will be a new region to discover.
Lukla - Airport at the top of the world features:
Lukla airfield with its spectacular very short, very sloping runway, at 9000 plus altitude.
High definition mesh for the entire area
Based on commercially available satellite image (expensive stuff, believe us) with textures details down to centimeters
Lukla village in great detail, all houses
Nearly all villages in the area at their exact location with every single house based on official Nepalese maps. Nepalese style and not standard autogen of course
High resolution mesh terrain and texture resolution of Mt. Everest Mountain provided by no other commercial add-on
Mount Everest base camp (helicopter destination) and other camps higher on the mountain
Two additional strips nearby; Phaplu and Syngboche (at 12286ft!)
Some of the villages have typical Nepalese stupas (shrines) and the famous Tengboche Monastery at the Everest trekking route is included
Not a single road in the scenery!
Two FSX missions "with voice files"
Manually placed landclass, plus all rivers and lakes.
Extensive English manual, with chapters on high altitude operations
Fully updated with FSX features as bumpmaps, scenery sounds and other effects
Perfect combination with our DHC-6 Twin Otter X
Lukla Videos: "Real vs. Lukla X"
DHC-6 Twin Otter X operation at Lukla
UPDATE- INFORMATION (Download-Version only): Owners of the previous Lukla - Mount Everest for FS2004 have the possbility to use our cost-saving update service of the download version. You will be offered the update price of 9.95 € when you insert your serial code of the FS2004 version (download during the order process (above the Payment method).
Additional specifications: Box/CD-Version (FSX / FS2004): Version 2.10 / 1.00, printed Manual(German, English) Download-Version (FSX / FS2004): Version 2.10 / 1.00, Manual as a .pdf-file (German, English)
"simFlight Award 2006, Category: Scenery Airport Regional"
Conclusion by FlightSim.com: "To sum it up, Lukla is a great location for screen shots, double-dares, or those with death wishes. There's absolutely loads of photoreal and custom scenery (and polygons for that matter) yet it maintains a very pleasant impact on your performance. This pushes FS to new boundaries, and if you want a highly realistic experience, then Aerosoft Lukla is the airport for you. Documentation is simple and very adequate. It walks you through the basic stages of what you'll encounter at this rugged and exotic airport...If you want a place to push your skills (and nerves) to the limit, this is it. It's a great add-on, and finally, we can X out a decent portrayal of Lukla from our wishlist."
Avsim done a very nice extensive review of Lukla X and the Twin Otter X (nice idea to use them together in a review):
"The DHC-6-100/300 Twin Otter is the best twin engine prop I have flown to date. Aerosoft has captured the aircraft's shape well, packed it full of details and wrapped it in flight models that seem to be very realistic. The quality on all aspects of the visual model show a real dedication to this aircraft. The fact different interiors and types, such as floats and skis, have been included adds real value to the product."
"LuklaX is not just an airport scenery, nor is it improved mesh or photoreal scenery. The sum of all these parts makes up LuklaX as a whole, creating a transformation across the region with particular emphasis on Lukla Airport and Mt Everest."
"Singularly, both packages bring enough to FSX to make them worthwhile, but put them together and you have something quite unique. There is no doubt LuklaX adds a level of detail to the region it covers that leaves the default FSX scenery in its dust. Flying in and out of Lukla brings with it enough challenge to make this a region you are likely to want to fly around in for some time. The DHC-6-100/300 Twin Otter is the best twin engine prop I have flown to date. Aerosoft has captured the aircraft's shape well, packed it full of details and wrapped it in flight models that seem to be very realistic. The quality on all aspects of the visual model show a real dedication to this aircraft. The fact different interiors and types, such as floats and skis, have been included adds real value to the product. I can certainly recommend both packages, the Otter in particular, if you are looking for a highly functional and realistic Twin prop."
Conclusion by Avsim.com: "The latest Aerosoft newsletter tries to entice buyers with the following boast: "For only 17.20 Euro(without VAT) you can't buy a better looking place to crash!" That gets it about right. If you're interested in extremes, both of natural landscape and of aviation difficulty, this is a fun environment to explore. But know yourself before you buy: if you have a short temper and you aren't already a past master of STOL techniques at high-altitude, do your loved ones a favor and stick with something closer to sea-level."
Conclusion by Canadian Pilots Forum: "Lukla X is another revolutionary scenery add-on. Getting away from the perfectly level runways was a huge enhancement. The eye candies are impressive, and the autogen has been created to amazing effects. Lukla X runs smoothly on all computers, and offers a huge range of adventures. Lukla X is a complete add-on which mixes in revolution, graphics, and fun. I award Aerosoft a 9.5 out of 10."
Conclusion by FSPlanet.com: "To summarize I think that if you want to know Lukla without going there you will need to buy this excellent add-on insuring a great experience. Fighting the peculiarities at this altitude will give you a complete new feel for flying."
Conclusion by FsStation.com: "Aerosoft have created a great product here and obviously spent a great deal of care and attention whilst making it. They chose an airport that no-body else has dared to model, and they have accomplished it well. It's not a product that you would give as much use as a major international airport, but there is something about Lukla that keeps making you want to come back and try again. Is it the challenges that Lukla offers, the amazing scenery or just the unusualness of the product? I really don't know. If you have 30 minutes to kill, hop into your aircraft, take off and turn left out of the valley, turn around and try to land. The photo real scenery is stunning, and if you like low and slow flight, this is a must for you. "
Conclusion by Farmboyzimsflightsims.com: "When comparing the real pictures of the region and airfield to that which is rendered in the product, I was very impressed! Not only an excellent job was done in recreating the villages and various buildings, but the mountainscapes are simply great! If you happen to catch me on the multiplayer server, this is where I will probably be exploring for awhile! I do believe there are endless hours of flying time that can be spent poking around these mountains and valleys... Oh yeah, and keep an eye out for the Yeti! I think he owes me 10 bucks from a card game!"
Conclusion by FSVisions.nl: "Aerosoft heeft met dit project weer een kunstwerkje op de markt gezet. VFR-vliegers die zin hebben in een pittige uitdaging, kunnen met Lukla hun hart ophalen en volop genieten van de prachtige omgeving."
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