• Review: Flysimware - Velocity XL RG

    The Velocity XL RG is an American amateur-built aircraft, produced by Velocity, Inc. The Flysimware model for FSX or Prepar3D comes with HD textures, a custom G1000 PFD, MFD and remote system. It includes a full auto pilot system with VNAV that is close to real world operations. Reviewer Bill Stack takes it for a spin and offers his report.

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    Interview With Thomas Ruth

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    Review: FlightSem Software - Southampton Port X

    A relatively new flightsim enterprise, FlightSem Software, presents us with an amazingly detailed FSX scenery in Southampton Port X, a large complex of maritime and tourist facilities but, perhaps surprisingly, no airports. Accuracy and detail were not spared in the development of this scenery. The manual helps explain the scenery and how to maximize enjoyment of it. Reviewer Bill Stack enjoyed exploring the area and so will you.

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    Interview With Patty Wagstaff

    You should recognize the name Patty Wagstaff as she was a consultant for Microsoft Flight Simulator and her Extra was one of the default planes. Patty is one of the world’s top airshow pilots, and flies thrilling, low-level aerobatic demonstrations before millions of people each year. We recently had the chance to interview her and learn more about her flying career.

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    Review: Opencockpits Boeing 737 Gear Lever Set

    Opencockpits offers a range of high quality components that let you build a realistic home aircraft cockpit. In this review Ray Andersen examines their Boeing 737 landing gear lever set, looking at how it's made, how it fits into a cockpit and installation requirements.

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    Three Holer: Hired

    Many flightsimmers play at being airline pilots but a few among our numbers have actually been there. In the conclusion of this series Tony Vallillo shares the story of his transition from military flying to the captain's seat in the Boeing 727. After achieving his type rating in the previous installment, he finds his way into the cockpit at American Airlines.

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    Interview With David Rowberry

    After a career in the RAF working on the EE Lightning and other planes, David Rowberry has turned his skills to designing planes for FSX and Prepar3D. Learn more about how he got started and how he creates his designs by reading our interview.

    August 8, 2014, 7:48 am

    Review: C172RG Cutlass II From Alabeo

    The Cessna 172RG Cutlass is another wonderful addition to the X-Plane line up of general aviation aircraft from Alabeo. The visual and audio fidelity combined with a decent flight model and reasonable price make it a real value that should appeal to many X-Plane users interested in GA airplanes. Learn more in Shawn Weigelt's complete review.

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    Interview With Matthew Sheil

    Starting in the late 1990's, Matthew Sheil set out on an adventurous project: a full motion Boeing 747 simulator. With a custom built shell, real aircraft parts, many, many computers, video projectors and many hours of labor he has created something that rivals what the airlines use. Learn more by reading our interview.

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    Where In The World #65

    Ron Blehm returns with another Where In The World geography challenge for flightsimmers. Number 64, featured an interesting airport in India, which failed to stump those who participated. This month we have a new challenge related to Ron's previous employment as a firefighter. Give it a try and see if you can figure out the location.

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    Review: Lionheart Creations LHC Classics Fleet One Ultra-Pack

    Here's a package with a lot to offer. The LHC Classics Fleet One Ultra-Pack includes five complete planes, ranging from a small sport plane up to a business jet, with a modern GA plane, bush plane and turboprop too. Multiple variants and lots of liveries add to the interest. Bill Otten offers his report and we also include a video look from Jack's FSX Videos.

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    Eastern Airlines Virtual continues its 16th anniversary celebration. Part of the celebrations include the introduction of a new fleet-wide livery. The new livery evokes Eastern Airlines iconic Hockey Stick while putting a modern "twist" on the classic design.

    August 22, 2014, 4:40 pm

    FlightSim.Com Opens Picture Gallery

    Today we've opened a major new web site feature which we hope you'll enjoy: a picture gallery. We know you enjoy sharing and looking at pictures; over the years the screen shot forums in our message forums have always been among the most active areas there. With the new gallery section we hope to increase your enjoyment and use of the picture resources that we collect.

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    Carenado - PA34 Seneca V HD Series

    Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Carenado is the PA34 Seneca V HD Series. This popular general aviation plane is recreated with Carenado's usual attention to detail and has features like a G600 glass cockpit, GNS430, HD textures, 3D gauges and much more.

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    TSS - Boeing 747-8i GenX HD Pilot Edition

    Turbine Sound Studios proudly presents the Boeing 747-8i GenX HD Pilot Edition sound package for FSX and FS2004 recorded in HD high definition. This Pilot Edition is as heard from the cockpit, so engine sounds are lower in volume, and more balanced, so that the cockpit is a nice audio environment to be in.

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    X-Hangar - Cessna Citation XLS Now Available

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    August 21, 2014, 10:29 am

    MAIW New Package: AMI 37 Stormo Typhoons

    The latest release from Military AI Works (MAIW) is the first in a line of Aeronautica Militare Italiana packages. Giacomo Gramazio and the MAIW Team bring you the Typhoons of 37 Stormo. The 18th Group belongs to the Italian Air Force's 37th Squadron, and its mission is to provide protection of the national territory from ground and sea attacks. The squadron operates the Eurofighter Typhoon since 2012.

    August 20, 2014, 8:51 am

    Aerosoft - Night Environment BeNeLux Now Available

    Aerosoft's Night Environment BeNeLux is now available at the FS Pilot Shop. Night Environment is a series of add-ons for FSX that revolutionizes the way the world looks at night. Using a series of databases it will add lights to roads and other areas, clearly show how highways connect cities and how smaller roads meander into neighborhoods.

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    MegaScenery Earth - Ultra Res Cities Memphis

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    August 19, 2014, 6:02 am

    X-Hangar - Maule M-7 235B Now Available

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    August 18, 2014, 5:39 pm

    REX4 SP3 And Texture Update 1

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    Flysimware - Mosquito XE3 Released

    The Mosquito is one of the world's lightest manned helicopters. It has been designed to deliver performance, reliability and ease of flight. The Flysimware model is designed to mimic a real Mosquito XE. It includes all standard gauges and features with a few upgrades. All moving parts are fully animated to mimic real world operations.

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    Canadian Xpress 5th Anniversary Fly-In

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