ORBX says update for True Earth Southern California will bring helipads

Company developers say helipads “come at an expensive performance cost” but that they are adding some for a future update.

After the release of their True Earth Southern California scenery, some customers started asking ORBX about helipads. If you read our review, you’ll understand why. After all, we had high hopes for this region, but the fact that ORBX didn’t add a single helipad was very disappointing.

Customers started asking the company about precisely that on the ORBX forums and ORBX’s Tony Wroblewski informed us that “hard objects in X-Plane come at an expensive performance cost, so we don't make the objects hard-surfaced especially in such a crowded area.”.

Joe Hudson and myself pitched in in the conversation and, in that thread, Tony replied by saying that “there is an update on the way that will add helipads to lots of the downtown buildings and to fix some more problems, so the update should please a lot of helicopter pilots who were looking to do this type of flying.

We have no more information about which helipads are being included but ORBX seems to be listening and that’s a good thing.

There’s no indication of when the update shall be released as of now.

Sérgio Costa

About Sérgio Costa

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for nearly 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it was to control them.

Since then he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer, trying his best not to crash and kill all his virtual passengers.

Sérgio is HeliSimmer.com's editor and writer and one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series and Podcast produced together with YouTubers Bel Geode and NovaWing24, obviously dedicated to flight simulation.


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