Sim720 specializes in detailed scenery of airports and brings their skills to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport in California. Reviewer Tristan Ayton finds that the scenery offers great attention to detail and makes for a great and scenic flying destination.
FlightGear, the complete Open Source flight simulator, has really come a long way over the years. In this article, developer Thorsten Renk describes how he and his team created a highly realistic version of the NASA Space Shuttle that runs in FlightGear. It operates realistically in all phase of flight and includes a wide variety of realistic systems.
Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Last month's challenge featured an unusual geographical feature but most people figured it out. This month the location is something of personal interest to Ron. Can you figure out where?
The MJC8 Q400 Pro Edition for FSX from Majestic Software is an upgrade over their previous "Pilot" edition with many additional features including smoother controls, heads-up guidance system, shareable cockpit feature and much more. There's a lot to this add-on, more operational detail than typical, and reviewer Justin Cogo covers it all.
X-Plane scenery designers wanting to import images into WED will find it complicating and this puts a lot of people off. In this article, Richard Elliott offers some techniques that will help. It's still not easy and some of the tools are not so user friendly but the end results can be worth it.
Recently Alabeo released the PA23 Aztec F 250 for FSX/P3D. It features realistic behavior, high quality 3D model and textures, Flight1 GTN 750 integration, RealityXP GNS530 integration, Alabeo GNS530, two different panels and many other features. Reviewer Bill Stack found it to be a high-quality addition to his hangar.
For over a decade, Keith Paine has enjoyed creating add-on aircraft, mostly for FS2004. His interest in aviation dates well back before that though. Introduced to flying by his father and other relatives, he has also worked in the aviation industry. Learn more in our interview.
The TrackIR 5 is the latest head tracking product from Natural Point. Versions of this tracker have been available for over a decade and all have made flight simulator and other games better by allowing a more natural way of looking around versus other options like joystick hat controllers. Reviewer Justin Cogo offers his take on this latest version.
Caernarfon Airport from Sim720 for FSX and Prepar3D is an authentic replica of the real world site, with high quality bespoke models, custom photoreal textures and hand placement of buildings. It includes unique features like wind turbines just adjacent to one runway. Reviewer Dominic Smith found the scenery captured the real world look and made for a pleasant destination.
Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Last month's challenge stumped almost everyone! Maybe this month's will be a little easier. It's not a capital this time, but has an interesting land feature.
The Tecnam P2002 lets X-Plane pilots experience a modern light sport plane. Reviewer Shawn Weigelt found some shortcomings, but found the plane to be a ton of fun to fly, with a reasonably accurate flight model and turned out to be just what he needed to enjoy flying X-Plane again.
Scenery of Berlin-Tegel X in Germany is now available for FSX/P3D from Aerosoft. This add-on for FSX and P3D offers a very accurate and realistic recreation of the airport with high-detailed models and textures. It includes things like seasonal changes, all airport buildings photoreal, realistic lighting and night effects and more.
New from Team SDB for FSX/P3D is scenery of Beale AFB. SDB Beale AFB is a representation of how it may have looked when the SR-71 Blackbird was operational accompanied by the U-2 Dragon Lady.
Sky Blue Radio is seeking a talented and motivated individual to host one of their longest running aviation and flight simulation talk shows. o radio experience necessary. However, the ideal candidate will possess the ability to conduct live interviews for several hours and be well versed in research skills. The candidate must be able to commit to at least one two-hour show or more monthly.
New for X-Plane from Aerosoft is Twentynine Palms KTNP Airport. This is the first project of their scenery development company 29Palms Scenery Design and JaraNet for X-Plane 10. It offers a whole new level of detail and realism, based on many references from the real airport.
Team SDB announces their latest scenery for FSX and Prepar3D: Dyess AFB. It includes a full complement of hangars and support buildings, night lighting, various military aircraft, operating AI aircraft and more.
New from Rolling Cumulus is Bush Pilot Challenge Episode I. In these FSX adventures you fly for "Selva "Airways" deep in the Amazon. Bush pilots will have the chance to visit "Secluded Lakes" and visit small fields near forgotten villages.
New from Skysong Soundworks for FS2004 and FSX is Cessna 152II HD Audio. These are real world sounds recorded from their respective positions on the popular Cessna 152. Included are engine sounds, cockpit ambiance, timed animations, touchdown tire noise and much more.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop is Roger Dodger Aviation - DIY Flight Sim Pod. These DIY videos and instruction manuals show you how to build a large enclosed flight simulator. Climb inside your new home flight simulator, no more sitting at an ordinary desk. Experience total immersion in your flight simulator experience!
Team SDB presents scenery of Ellsworth AFB new for FSX and Prepar3D. Ellsworth AFB is 10 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota, and is home to the 28th Bomb Wing whose mission is to deliver combat power for global military response. It is divided into the 28th Operations Group, the 28th Maintenance Group, the 28th Mission Support Group and the 28th Medical Group.
New from Team SDB is scenery of RAF Colerne for FSX and Prepar3D. RAF Colerne, now known as Colerne Airfield or AEF Colerne, is a former WWII RAF Fighter Command and Bomber Command airfield located on the outskirts of the village of Colerne, Wiltshire. The Team SDB scenery represents the base during the late-1960's to mid-1970's.
New from Team SDB is FSX/P3D scenery of Tyndall AFB in Florida. Tyndall Air Force Base is located in Bay County on the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle, 12 miles east of Panama City. It is home to 325th Fighter Wing, Headquarters, 1st Air Force, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group and the 601st Air Operations Center.
Now available from Flysimware is the Grumman G-44A Widgeon for FSX and Prepar3D. The Widgeon was originally designed for the civil market. It is smaller but otherwise similar to Grumman's earlier G-21 Goose, and was produced from 1941 to 1955. This is Flysimware's first model that was developed with 3DS MAX giving you full AO effects on all 3D parts.