M'M Simulations has just unveiled a new addition to the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator with the launch of LPHR Horta Airport. Situated on Faial Island, part of the Azores archipelago in Portugal, Horta Airport (IATA: HOR, ICAO: LPHR) serves the picturesque town of Horta and boasts a distinctive and challenging short runway.
One of the key attributes of Horta Airport is its relatively short runway, measuring approximately 1,532 meters (5,029 feet). This specific characteristic presents an extraordinary challenge for pilots, particularly when managing larger aircraft. The approach to Horta Airport affords breathtaking views that include the vibrant town of Horta, the vast Atlantic Ocean, and the stunning volcanic landscape of the Azores. Horta Airport's historical role as a refueling and stopover point for transatlantic flights has ingrained it as an important fixture in the aviation history of the Azores and transatlantic travel. Today, it primarily serves local and regional flights, linking Faial Island to other Azores islands and mainland Portugal.
The airport's modern terminal building is well-equipped with essential passenger services, including check-in counters, security checkpoints, and baggage handling facilities. Travelers can also enjoy various amenities that contribute to a convenient and enjoyable experience.
Detailed Simulation Features
M'M Simulations has taken care to replicate the real-world Horta Airport accurately, integrating several custom features to enhance the experience:
- Terminal and Interior Modeling: Precise modeling of the terminal and interior for an immersive experience.
- Custom Night Lighting: Specialized night lighting to create a realistic atmosphere.
- Parking and Surroundings: Custom parking positions and surroundings that align with real-life conditions.
- Animated Objects: Custom people and animated objects to breathe life into the simulation.
- PBR Materials and Real World Terraforming Profile: High-quality textures and terrain modeling for a realistic feel.
- Updated CGL Data and Ambient Animated Objects: Updated data and animations to mirror real-world conditions.
- Several airlines operate flights to and from Horta Airport, providing vital connections to other Azores islands and mainland Portuguese cities.
For those looking to expand their flight simulation horizons, LPHR Horta Airport is now available on Flightsim.to.