Team SDB has created a wide range of scenery add-ons, often of lesser known but still interesting locations. In this review, Bill Stack examines their version of RAF Station Driffield for FSX, a WWII era air force base in the UK countryside, featuring nicely detailed buildings and features like realistic AI traffic.
Recently FlightSim.Com moderator Victor Baron had another chance to interview Wesley Bard, software manager at Lockheed Martin and technical lead for the Prepar3D team. We interviewed Wes originally a year ago and are now pleased to offer this follow-up on what has been happening with Prepar3D v2 since then.
Ron Blehm returns with another Where In The World geography challenge for flightsimmers. Number 61 was a tricky one, yet most of those who entered managed to get it right. For number 62 we have something else that's a rare...a location getting a new airport. Can you figure out the location?
While now living far away, Ricardo Rementeria Troncoso ("Remen") has taken on the task of creating the airports of his home region in South America. This allows him to turn his lifelong interest in aviation into something creative that can be used and shared with others. Learn more about him in our interview.
Wing Creation's Fukushima Airport is more than its name implies. In addition to a realistic and accurate rendering of this airport, the scenery has four other distinct areas in Japan rendered realistically and accurately: A general-aviation airport in the mountains, a nuclear-power plant, a seaport, and an historic castle. It offers some great flying for FSX and Prepar3D pilots, reports reviewer Bill Stack.
Lawrie Roache has been a Flight Simulator user going back many years. Starting back in the FS2002 days he decided that his home country of New Zealand needed better scenery and so since then he's been working on that goal. Learn more about Lawrie and his scenery by reading our interview.
If you're an X-Plane pilot who thinks simply flying in a straight line is dull, the Su-26 from Alabeo may be for you. It's a high performance aerobatic plane that really shines, both in its looks and in how it flies. Reviewer Mark Stevenson says "it rocks!"
The early jet age included some fascinating experimental planes, of which the Mach 3+ XB-70 "Valkyrie" is one of the more extreme examples. This version from Virtavia is an older add-on, but reviewer Ray Andersen finds it still has value and is worth a look for those who enjoy flying unusual aircraft in FSX and FS2004.
Ron Blehm has been writing about his flightsim adventures for a long time. It's hard to believe, but 14 years ago he shared with us an around the world flight. Anyone's life changes in 14 years but he recently decided to fly around the world again, and visit some places both new and familiar along the way. Come along as Ron shares his story.
Leen de Jager got started painting aircraft liveries some 13 years ago, first with MSFS and now with X-Plane. Learn more about him, his favorite planes and how he creates them in our interview.
REX4 Texture Direct is an integrated global environment texture utility and effects add-on for FSX and Prepar3D v1.4 and v2 and is DX9, DX10 and DX11 compliant. It changes the look of the entire flightsim world for the better, making it something that will benefit you on every flight. Learn more from Nigel C. Martin's report.
Virtual American has officially opened its doors to the public. Virtual American was formed by both real world pilots and flight simulator enthusiasts.
Announcing the opening of Frontier Virtual Airlines who strive to keep the realism of Frontier Airlines and the 77 destinations it serves. Fly the A319 and A320 in amazing animal liveries.
Now available from JSG Panels for FSX is the Boeing 777-9X panel. Included are the panel, gauges and updated aircraft.cfg. Using this panel, the 777 has the characteristics of a 777-9X: heavier and more powerful.
The BLU-fx plugin enables X-Plane users to fully customize the look of their simulator by adding post-processing effects like customizable saturation, contrast, color shift or a vignette look.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop for FS2004, FSX and Prepar3D from Lionheart Creations is the Wittman Tailwind. The Tailwind is a two seat homebuilt speedster, capable of 200 mph. Three variants are included with different configurations and performance.
AFS Design announces a new scenery package World & Mosaic for FSX. It includes a package of new global textures using a new mosaic technique which effectively doubles texture resolution
Announcing Emirates Virtual, a new virtual airline that will be opening soon. Additional details will be announced after the opening.
This package from JSG Panels is an add-on panel for the standard FSX 747-400, corresponding to the announcement made by the Boeing Company in October, 2005. It contains the panel itself, all the necessary gauges and the aircraft.cfg. Using this panel, the 747-400 has the characteristics of a 747-8: heavier and more powerful.
The FS Pilot Shop announces a big Easter Sale, running from April 17 through April 27. Many publishers will be offering big discounts during this sale. Not all items will be on sale during the entire period.
The FS++ team announces that Multi Crew Experience, voice control add-on to FSX, Prepar3D and FS2004, has been updated to version 2.5.98 with support for additional aircraft.
Sky Blue Radio announces another exciting edition of FS InFocus, when host Robert Touchtone welcomes Tom Guerrette from Flight SimCon 2014 and Florian Harms from VATSIM's W14 Global Conference.
HJG (Historic Jetliners Group) announces that they have made several recent upgrades to their web site. They also have created in excess of 130 new and upgraded airliner files with many new and historic liveries.