• Feature: Let It Snow

    Those in the northeast U.S. just went through a major blizzard earlier this week (FlightSim.Com HQ got three feet of snow). Storms like this obviously have an impact on aviation. In this timely feature, former American Airlines captain Tony Vallillo shares some stories of his own flights in winter storms and how the airlines deal with such weather.

    January 30, 2015, 8:04 am

    Review: MegaScenery Earth - Ultra Res Cities Chicago

    Ultra-Res Cities take MegaSceneryEarth realism to a whole new level with unprecedented native 50 cm resolution scenery for larger cities and Terminal Control Areas. Reviewer Bill Otten takes flight over the Chicago area package and finds it a good match for terrain he's very familiar with in the real world.

    January 28, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Silver Argosy Part 1

    Tony Vallillo has long regaled us with his tales of airline flying. But flying the big jets was not enough for this pilot, who dreamed of owning his own plane. This ultimately came about in a way that involved knowing just the right people and looking at just the right time, ending up with the ownership of a most unusual craft with a fascinating history.

    January 24, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Interview With Andrew Clements

    Andrew Clements is a member of the ISDG design team that has created many scenery add-ons for X-Plane. In our interview, learn more about the team and their work and Andrew's thoughts about scenery design and flight simulation.

    January 22, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Aviation Puzzle #8

    Ray Andersen has come up with several aviation themed puzzles now and this month he presents the answer to his previous puzzle #7 and offers a new puzzle submitted by Bert Visser. This new one will test your skills in various areas of aviation.

    January 19, 2015, 10:32 am

    Review: Aerosoft Airbus A318/A319

    Our reviewer Justin Cogo really likes the Aerosoft Airbus A318/A319, declaring it the most detailed and realistic add-on he has ever used. The package lets you fly the smallest members of the Airbus family with FSX or Prepar3D and includes lots of nice features, like a copilot that can help you run checklists, a fuel computer and of course a realistic implementation of the Airbus cockpit.

    January 16, 2015, 5:42 pm

    Interview With Maarten Boelens

    Maarten Boelens has created a very popular utility with SimLauncher, something he started to meet a perceived need in Prepar3D and also useful with FSX. In addition he holds down a full time job and helps his wife with a cat grooming business, making for a pretty diverse life. Learn more in our interview.

    January 14, 2015, 11:31 am

    SketchUp Tutorial Part Eight

    In this tutorial, Paul Mort gives us an introduction to SketchUp, one of the easiest to use 3D design tools. With SketchUp you can create 3D objects for use in scenery. In this eighth part he shows you how to add custom people to your scenery.

    January 11, 2015, 2:43 pm

    Review: REX Soft Clouds

    REX Game Studios has developed a number of enhancements that change the overall look of your sim. Well, REX Soft Clouds does it again, changing the look of one of the more difficult to simulate aspects of weather. Reviewer Nigel C. Martin is very pleased with the results.

    January 8, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Where In The World #69

    It's a new year and time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Last month's challenge was a site in the lush jungles of Africa and most guessers managed to figure it out. This month is a quite different spot in a different part of the world. Are you up to the challenge?

    January 5, 2015, 11:11 am

    X-Plane 9 Freeware Focus - Richard Nilsson

    X-Plane scenery designer Richard Nilsson has created a lot of beautifully detailed airports for X-Plane 9. In this article, author Dominic Smith looks at several of them in the scenic Pacific Northwest, taking a flight between them in a classic Beechcraft Staggerwing.

    January 3, 2015, 5:37 pm

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  • Canadian Xpress February Challenge - World Tour Leg VII

    The Canadian Xpress February Challenge - World Tour Leg VII will run from February 1 through Frebruary 28. This month's challenge is the seventh leg of their 5 Year Anniversary World Tour that takes pilots from to Auckland (NZAA) to Ministro Victor Konder (SBNF).

    February 1, 2015, 11:26 am

    ATC-SIM Adds Landscape Overlays

    Responding to requests, ATC-SIM now features landscape overlays to provide additional situational prospective and to make users' experience more enjoyable. Additionally several East Asian airports have been updated and traffic across the board has been updated.

    January 31, 2015, 3:05 pm

    Aerosoft - Professional Flight Planner X Updated

    PFPX (Professional Flight Planner X) from Aerosoft is an innovative flight planning tool developed by real-world pilots and dispatchers. It works with FS2004, FSX and Prepar3D. It has just been updated to v1.19.

    January 30, 2015, 3:57 pm

    MegaScenery Earth - Ultra Res Cities Denver

    Ultra-Res Cities take MegaSceneryEarth realism to a whole new level with unprecedented native 50 cm resolution scenery for larger cities and Terminal Control Areas. This title gives you the Mile High City, Denver, and its Terminal Control Area, plus the Colorado Springs area, around 18,000 square miles, all displayed at 50 cm per pixel.

    January 30, 2015, 7:45 am

    Zinertek - HD Airport Graphics Updated To V2

    Experience your airports in FSX and Prepar3D in high definition with HD Airport Graphics from Zinertek. HD Airport Graphics contains over 400 high definition textures that provide a complete overhaul to your default airports around the world. Now available is v2 with FSX: Steam compatibility, improved runways and terminals, other improvements and fixes.

    January 29, 2015, 5:51 pm

    AFS Design - Concept Gyrocopter

    Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from AFS Design is their Concept Gyrocopter for FS2004. This autogyro uses non-powered rotor blades similar to a helicopter plus a turbine engine for thrust and can both hover and fly faster than the sound barrier.

    January 29, 2015, 11:16 am

    Discover The Globe With The Maharaja

    Discover the Globe with the Maharaja pilot registrations are now open. Join Virtual Air India flying on the VATSIM network on the next leg of this journey as planes travel across the Mediterranean to reach Istanbul.

    January 29, 2015, 10:46 am

    REX Soft Clouds Now Integrated Into REX4 Texture Direct

    REX Game Studios announces the release of the REX Soft Clouds Integration add-on for users of both REX 4 Texture Direct and REX Soft Clouds. The add-on provides these with the benefit of integrating the two packages into one complete package.

    January 28, 2015, 5:00 pm

    Aerocargo Intl Now A VATSIM Official Airline

    Aerocargo Internacional is a now a VATSIM official airline. Founded in March 2014 in the VATMEX area, Aerocargo is a different concept in cargo virtual airlines with low rules, no reservations, no schedules; just choose your own plane and your own route.

    January 27, 2015, 11:30 am

    eBag Plugin For X-Plane Announced

    eBag is a PDF and image viewer embedded in the X-Plane flight simulator. It was designed to view and browse your own charts, manuals, checklists, and other documents inside the simulator, all while flying.

    January 27, 2015, 10:52 am

    XPForce Plugin For X-Plane Updated

    Announcing a new version of the X-Plane plugin XPForce, which adds new features and fixes several bugs. XPForce enables real force feedback on suitable joysticks such as the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 and Logitech G940 that goes beyond what is provided by X-Plane itself.

    January 26, 2015, 5:22 pm

    AALv.net Reopens

    American Virtual (AALv.net) announces its relaunch. During the past month they have built a new web site, refined staff team and entirely renovated their ACARS system and improved their first of its kind JetNet system. New members are welcome.

    January 26, 2015, 3:17 pm

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