Review: KLGA LaGuardia 2020 for X-Plane

KLGA is one of the most busy airports in the world. It's located in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens. It has been operating since 1939 and it's now being rebuilt. LaGuardia 2020 for X-Plane gives us a glimpse into the future and represents the airport once it's finished.

KLGA - old (left) and new (right) control towers KLGA - old (left) and new (right) control towers. Photo by Kristoferb at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17439378

LaGuardia's going through a US$4 Billion investment project that will change the whole airport. The project will be developed in several stages where parts of the airport will be demolished and rebuilt from scratch.

The scenery

KLGA - LaGuarda 2020 for X-Plane - helipad

Airportech's rendition shows how the final result should be for the airport and it's filled with all the features you should expect in a high-quality product:

  • Detailed models of the air terminal, ferry terminal, and other various buildings
  • Includes all terminal gates
  • Accurate taxiway routing
  • High-resolution, custom ground textures
  • Animated jetways with working docking guidance system
  • Custom airport vehicles with animated wheels and lighting
  • Animated ground, sea, and rail traffic
  • Custom made airport diagram and gate map
  • HDR night lighting support
  • Support for the new X-Plane static aircraft
  • Launch-day support for World Traffic
  • Works with Drzewiecki New York Airports and City
  • Optional static aircraft

KLGA - LaGuarda 2020 for X-Plane - runway 22

LaGuardia 2020 is a beautiful airport with great looking buildings and a different organization from the original. The airport is pretty well built although there's a lot of differences between the project renders and the buildings in the sim - especially some parts lacking and some building sizes not seeming correct. Some textures are not exactly as one would suppose it would but most are clearly because of limitations of the X-Plane engine -- mainly the reflections.

In general, though, the airport looks very well and it's a great look into the future of LaGuardia. Purists will probably continue to use an old version but, sooner or later, Aerotech's version will be much more closer to real than any older version.

This airport is rendered out of images from the project that's still ongoing and the official screenshots try to mimic a few of the images you find online -- which is to say, Airportech has developed what's in those images. Below you can see a rendering of the project (left) and an in-game screenshot of the scenery (right).

KLGA LaGuardia project - port KLGA LaGuardia scenery - port

Of course, a lot can and probably will change when the real airport is built. I hope Airportech returns to LaGuardia 2020 by then and tweaks whatever may be needed. Until then, you can have fun flying in the future (and beautiful) KLGA.

After you install the airport, there are a few options that either need some other files or some configuration tweaks. You should check out Airportech's product page and check these as they might be interesting for you -- such as the optional static and the AI aircraft and the amazing Autogate plugin.

Frame rate

Nothing to mention on this except that it doesn't have any major impact. In fact, there was virtually no impact at all on my system. I'm always concerned with frame rates on my system but I'm usually pleasantly surprised. This time was no exception.

Our rating

Positives

  • Easy installation (using the Future Game Shop installer)
  • Nice preview of the future LaGuardia

Negatives

  • Not all buildings are added and some sizes don't seem right
  • The real airport is still under development so a lot can change in the future that might not be reflected on this version

Bottomline

    A good scenery that the purists will probably not use at the moment. It's well built and a great glimpse into what's coming ahead. Is it something you NEED at the moment in X-Plane if you are flying in this area? I would say it's not but it will be once the real airport moves closer to completion.

Installation 10
Mesh 9
Textures 7
Buildings 7
Visual impact and quality 8
Frame rate impact 10
Total score
8.7
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Characteristics

Terrain type Urban
Altitude 6m / 20ft
Helipads No
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'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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