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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Gottfried Razek and Joop Mak operating as BlueSkyScenery have recreated many airports and scenery areas over the years, including some of the earliest work in photoreal scenery. Learn more about their freeware projects and the people behind them in our interview.
Author Allan Jones tell the real-lift story of a Christmas Day flight, seventy years ago in 1944. "Faith's Flight" is the WWII story of the rescue of school children in China taken across the hump to India. Read the story and then recreate the flight yourself using your flight simulator.
Turbine Sound Studios proudly presents the Airbus A320 HD CFM56-5A1 Pilot Edition sound package for FSX or 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.
New from Skysong Soundworks is Grumman F6F Hellcat HD-Audio, with balanced sound for an enjoyable flight inside and out. These are real world recordings of the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine and other aircraft sounds.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop is MegaScenery Earth - Ultra Res Cities Omaha. 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 titles gives you Omaha, Nebraska and around 5000 square miles of surrounding area, all displayed at 50 cm per pixel.
Carenado continues to provide upgrades to their X-Plane aircraft add-ons. Now five additional aircraft have been updated to version 3. These all require X-Plane 10.30+ and include a number of improvements.
Polish Airports Vol.3 XP is a package of highly detailed sceneries of EPPO Poznan, EPWR Wroclaw and EPBY Bydgoszcz airports in Poland developed for X-Plane 10 by Drzewiecki Design.
The ultimate Multi Crew Experience is now available for X-Plane. This award winning product is now available to X-Plane users. Using speech recognition technology, it gives sim pilots the ability to fly aircraft with a crew that participates in the flight by responding to voice commands.
The United States Coast Guard of the United States Virtual Air Force are looking for new aviators. Members will have the opportunity to participate in Initial Flight Training, Joint Service Unit Pilot Training, and Occupational Command Unit Training. Veterans to novices of flightsim are welcome.
IVAO India is proud to announce the upcoming Delhi Real Flight Event on January 26th. The airport will be functioned with ATC and flights as per real world timings and callsign.
New from FS2Crew is PMDG 777 Captains Set With RAAS Pro. This package includes PMDG 777 Voice And Button Control plus RAAS Professional (Runway Awareness & Advisory System). The first is the official flight crew expansion pack for the PMDG B777. Runway Awareness and Advisory System models the aural 'Smart Landing' and 'Smart Runway' calls included in the real-world Honeywell RAAS unit.
Meet FS2Crew: PMDG 777 Edition, the 'official' PMDG endorsed 777 flight crew expansion pack. It adds a highly realistic flight, cabin and ground crew to the PMDG 777, and allows users to simulate real-world airline multi-crew flying from the perspective of the Captain and Pilot Flying.
Fly the Canadian North with the Canadian Xpress Air Inuit Tour. Air Inuit has operated since 1978 in the northern Canadian areas of Nunavik and Nunavut offering passenger, charter and cargo services. The Air Inuit tour consists of 34 legs of actual Air Inuit flights that must be flown in order.
Announcing Spirit Virtual Airlines. This new VA is modeled after the real Spirit and operates real schedules with a fleet of Airbus A319, A320 and A321 plus the historical McDonnell Douglas MD-82.