You need a place to park your plane at an airport, so tiedowns are a part of any GA airfield. In this tutorial, Rik Nilsson explains how to add tiedowns to X-Plane scenery using the GA_Tiedowns utility, WED and other standard utilities like GIMP or Photoshop.
The GEX series from Flight1 is one of those utilities that changes the overall look of FSX. Ground Environment X North America v2.1 is examined in this article by reviewer Bill Stack. While results vary depending on what part of the world you are in, he finds that the textures do improve the look of the world while flying.
We now know David Marshall as a designer of X-Plane scenery and object libraries. But he also has an interesting history, working in the aircraft industry and as an author and publisher of early combat simulators that were quite successful and well-known at the time. Learn more about his history and current efforts in our interview.
Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. The current theme is capital cities, with last month's apparently being one of the more challenging ones. For #75 you'll have to find a place that is a center for tourism and also noted for its high elevation. Can you figure it out?
FoxOne Advanced Edition is a special version of the action flight sim released last year by SkyFox Games. It contains many new features added following the community feedback, as well as new content, improved user interface for gameplay and a more balanced game progression. Reviewer Nirosan Pragash tried it on several mobile devices and found it great fun to fly.
Helicopters are a bit of a niche both in real world aviation and among flight simmers. Dedicated GA pilot Shawn Weigelt decides to spread his interests though and gives the R66 Turbine from Alabeo. He finds it to have the quality that Alabeo is well known for and that is presents an interesting challenge, though it does require the proper flightsim hardware.
What's it like to start in a VA as a newbie? Virtual airlines may seem intimidating at first, but help is available. PVA member Stuart Outram provides an introduction to virtual airline flying as well as a series of tutorials for new VA pilots conducted by "Captain Mac".
In this tutorial series, 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 article, he will discuss what it takes to create an eye catching model and how you can give it that extra something to help it stand out.
The BD-5J Microjet from IRIS is not a new product, but is one of the many older products well worth rediscovering. Steve Franklin did just that, after becoming curious about this unusual airplane and first trying a freeware version. Here he offers a short tribute to this classic offering from IRIS.
It seems that many people get into scenery design after being disappointed with the default scenery in their local area, and Alf Denham is another of those. Over the years he has been busy populating the British Isles with the many smaller airports that GA pilots use. Learn more about his background and design techniques in our interview.
Like many, Justin Kissling found the X-Plane world a little barren and so set about doing something about it. He has since created a number of airports, mostly large international ones with San Francisco being his favorite. Learn more about his interests and design techniques in our interview.
Now on sale at the FS Pilot Shop for a limited time only are all sound packs from Ultimate Turbine Sounds. UTS offers a wide variety of jet sound add-ons for FSX and FS2004 including such planes as the Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777, Airbus A320 and A340 and more.
Conworld - The Construction Site Simulator from Aerosoft is the first multiplayer simulation of different tasks on construction sites large and small. The player undertakes the construction management and is responsible for all activities. For larger sites, a team can be formed that solves the pending work together.
Nordic Air Group today celebrates its 18th anniversary. They include a variety of northern European airlines in the group and offer a wide variety of aircraft and liveries. Sites will be activated for new airlines very soon, also a new combined site is under construction.
Virtual airline LegionAir has move to a new web site. They have also merged with TravelJet Airways. The new web site "Aloft Virtual Alliance" is also expected to add another virtual airline shortly.
CLS - Commercial Level Simulations now brings you the -200 and -300 versions of the Boeing 747 in High Definition (HD) designed for FS2004 and FSX. Included is a comprehensive set of 57 HD liveries on 24 different models that include the passenger and cargo version with three different engine types along with different flight models for the different versions.
New from Cockpit PHD is the Boeing 737 MCP Ultra V3, which is created in the Boeing 737NG style. This plug and play panel element is compatible with aircraft including the PMDG 737NG, default 737, iFly 737NG and Level-D 767.
The METAR Pro application from WeFly Works is a useful utility that gives you encoded METAR data and then decodes the METAR after it has been generated. It then gives you all the specs of the airport with the encoded information.
Skysong Soundworks presents HD audio for the Beechcraft King Air 200 for use with FSX, FSX Steam Edition and FS2004. It features real world sounds recorded from their respective positions and is engineered to compliment Carenado aircraft though it works with others.
AFS-Design announces the release of World And Mosaic v2 for FS2004. This product adds new mosaic textures of towns, villages and fields with the AME (anti mosaic effect) System. Through the anti mosaic effect (short AME) the textures appear no longer mosaic shaped, despite maximum texture sharpness.
New from Taburet is Night 3D for The Caribbean for FSX and Prepar3D. Specifically designed 3D light bulbs for 3D night light effects are placed on top of every type of road to provide a night blooming display of lights all over Caribbean.
The "VFR Airfields" from Aerosoft is a series of small and medium size airfields created by experienced developers. The airfield Herrenteich is a small Special Airfield located directly next to the Rhine. The scenery was developed completely from scratch and with state-of-the-art techniques for FSX and Prepar3D.
Laminar Research, creators of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce that X-Plane 10 is now available as a digital download from the Laminar web site. In addition to the DVD version of X-Plane 10, new purchasers of X-Plane 10 now also have the choice of the digital version which is identical to the full X-Plane Global product.