In the beginning I used to do most of my virtual flights all over the world but especially in Europe and Asia. Granted, Microsoft invested a lot of time developing some nice scenery for the big airports, and in particular those in the USA.
And also there are all sorts of flight simulator scenery developers out there busy making a better world for your flight simulation needs.
Then I moved to Panama and started doing quite some General Aviation virtual flights in Panama using Flight Simulator X (formerly with Flight Simulator 9) and I must say I was appalled at the gross representation of nearly everything in the Panamanian territory of Flight Simulator!
Basically everything is terribly wrong even though I offered helping out with the updates when I was part of the FSX Beta Test team. Here are some of the things that are wrong in FS9, FSX and Prepar3D within the Panamanian territory:
Panama Lite X is a (payware) add-on scenery package for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX). Sadly, the default FSX scenery coverage for the Republic of Panama (and most of Latinamerica) is utterly deficient and in many cases inaccurate. The landclasses are wrong, many islands are missing, coastal areas are not accurate, many airports are either missing, inaccurate or terribly incomplete. Many landmarks are missing thus making visual flight very unrealistic, something unfortunate because in some areas flights are conducted under Visual Flight Rules (VFR).
This add-on is a large project covering the entire Republic of Panama. The project has been underway for months and progress has been slow because it requires actual on-site visits and gathering information which is in many cases not even published by the local civil aviation authority and therefore alternate methods of research need to be applied.
The package does not aim to produce photoreal scenery for the Republic of Panama nor does it intend to model the entire country so do not expect it to be like ORBX products or the like. It does however provide accurate depictions of local airfields such as their geographical location (latitude, longitude, altitude), terrain enhancements (mesh), runway(s), taxiways, aprons, parking locations, custom airport buildings, custom landmarks buildings, etc. Major care is taken to make the airport surroundings as realistic as possible based on on-site visits and research of satellite imagery and available (real life) aeronautical information.
It should be noted that Panama Lite X and its components is a product for Flight Simulation use only and is not intended for use in real life navigation. Neither Coralys Design & Consultancy, nor Lord of Wings Flight Simulation or its developers are responsible for any damage caused as a result of the use of this package.
Currently over 15 airfields (several not even present in the default FSX) are being developed but due to limited resources I will be bringing them out at packages or components covering "large" regions with several airports per package.
Panama Lite X is a multi-package rendition of our little country made with a lot of love and little resources (so bear with me). The packages that are currently under various phases of completion are listed below.