Rarotonga International Airport (IATA: RAR, ICAO: NCRG) is the Cook
Islands' main international gateway, located in the town and district
of Avarua, Rarotonga, 3km west of the downtown area on the northern
Rarotonga is the capital of the Cook Islands comprising 15 jewels
dotted over 2,500,000 square kilometers of the tropical South Pacific
Ocean. Served in the 1950's by TEAL Short Solent flying boats on the
famous 'Coral Route', the Cook Islands entered the jet age with the
opening of Rarotonga International Airport's 7,545.93 ft (2,300m) paved
runway in January of 1974. Although the airport was officially opened
in 1974 it was once the site of a former U.S. World War II base.
Capable of handling aircraft up to Boeing 747s, Rarotonga
International Airport now welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually
from all over the World. Since the opening of Rarotonga International a
number of international airlines have at one time or another served the
Cook Islands, the longest surviving carrier of which is Air New Zealand.
Others to have served the country with scheduled flights at one time
or another include Polynesian Airlines, Air Pacific, Air Nauru, South
Pacific Island Airways (SPIA), Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha Airlines,
Canada 3000 Airlines, Cook Islands International (operated by the now
defunct Ansett Australia), Royal Tongan Airlines. Today, Air New
Zealand operates schedules from Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles,
Virgin Australia from Auckland, and Air Tahiti from Papeete.
- Accurate airport terminal rendition;
- HD apron/tarmac textures;
- Custom lighting system on apron/taxiway areas;
- Custom 76m terrain mesh for the entire island;
- Custom tropical vegetation;
- Realistic and elaborate street night lighting ambiance throughout
island with no FPS impact;
- 15cm/pixel photoreal land class, fully hand textured and
sharpened to realistic level;
- Custom ground equipment, vehicles, cargo pods typical to NCRG;
- AI boats and road traffic;
- Weathered runway and apron markings;
- ....and more.
System Specific Requirements:
Rarotonga International airport was developed on a medium system for
medium to high-end computers, and was tested on WinXP, Vista, Win7, and
Win8 32/64 bit platforms with medium to high-end graphic cards.
Specific requirements include:
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP1, SP2/Acceleration, Gold Edition
- Pentium IV 2.6 GHz (2GHz Duo2Core Intel and above or equivalent
- 256 Mb DirectX 9 graphics card (512 Mb or higher recommended)
- Word for Windows or Adobe Acrobat® Reader 6 minimal to read and
print the manual.
- 274 MB of hard disk space required
Recommended FSX Settings:
Frame rates from scenery complexity and autogen settings were
averaged at 35fps and above. This includes moving sliders 100% to the
right. Medium settings yielded much higher frames, but our
recommendation is Dense to Very Dense for exceptional rates. Since the
scenery is 15cm/pixel photoreal, it is highly recommended that Mesh
Resolution be set at 1 meter within FSX Display Settings (slider 100%
to the right) and mesh complexity set at 100%. Texture Resolution
should also be set at 30cm and above (or slider 100% to the right).
Recommended AI Traffic settings:
There are AI boat traffic within the island airport area. To
maintain exceptional FPS levels, it is recommended that leisure boats
be set at 40% or less. AI Road traffic should be set at 40% or less.
MyTraffic X (5.4) is our preferred AI traffic engine. However, the
product is compatible with any other third party payware and/or
freeware AI engines as well. Recommended setting for best performance
is 60% or less.
Product Disclosure and Disclaimer:
Similar to any Flight Simulator (FS) Addons, this product may have
issues that are either default (Microsoft-related) or
developer-related. Issues that are MS-related, whether documented or
undocumented are many, but we can only speak for our product. Although
there are no micro-stutters or huge lag in fps as tested, it is
advisable to lower the Water Effects within FSX Display Settings to
High 2x and set Autogen down to respectable levels for fluidity. These
are recommended for lower to medium-end systems.
No technical issues were encountered during various beta tests,
whether hardware or software- related. Instructions for installation of
software are straightforward; however, venturing outside bounds of
recommended installation and use is at sole discretion of End-User.
We will not bear responsibility for issues resulting from
installation of the product, in part or full, into former Flight
Simulator platforms that includes FS2004 because the product is
not backward compatible. Furthermore, we will not be held responsible
if files are altered within software for any reason associated with
End-User taste or choice.
The product is Non-refundable for these and various other reasons.