FlightSim.Com interviews Dave Duck, an X-Plane scenery developer with a lifelong interest in aviation. First introduced to flight simulation way back in the days of Microsoft FS3, he more recently rediscovered simming via X-Plane and has since been creating a variety of add-ons for his own enjoyment and to share with others.
Ray Andersen has come up with several aviation themed puzzles now and this month his puzzle is based on your knowledge of airports named after famous people. Test your knowledge and solve the puzzle. Also revealed is the answer for the previous puzzle #6.
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. This second article covers four of the basic drawing tools.
Drzewiecki Designs has added lots of scenery around the New York City area, including its major airports and the city itself. Reviewer Justin Cogo looks at one part, KLGA Extract, which includes just La Guardia Airport, which is quite interesting due to its busy location almost surrounded by water.
Earth Simulations is a small team of designers who specialize is ultra high quality scenery for the UK region, for use with Prepar3D. The file size of the product is offputting, but the results are worth it for those who make the effort, so reports reviewer Simon Waters.
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. This first article in the series provides a basic introduction to SketchUp.
UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo X is a highly detailed scenery of UUEE Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia from Drzewiecki Design. It is compatible with FSX and Prepar3D and includes the highest level of accuracy. Reviewer Bill Stack investigates and finds that it really does live up to it claims, offering great scenery as well as good frame rates.
Ron Blehm returns with another Where In The World geography challenge for flightsimmers. Number 66 was an interesting geological feature that many people managed to find. For #67 you may need to know some aviation history. Give it a try and see if you can figure out the location.
The GippsAero GA8 Airvan makes for a fine utility aircraft, capable of carrying up to seven passengers or a good load of cargo anywhere you need to go. X-Plane users now have a good model of this plane created by X-Hangar. Reviewer Mark A. Stevenson tried all the variants and found it a pleasure to fly.
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. Reviewer Bill Stack gives it a try and finds it meets expectations.
Earth Simulations is a husband and wife design team who have created some extraordinarily detailed FSX and Prepar3D scenery for various regions of the UK. They like to specialize in islands since the results are so appealing whether to tourists or sim pilots. Learn more about them in our interview.
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 city by the bay, San Francisco and its Terminal Control Area, around 7000 square miles, all displayed at 50 cm per pixel.
MilViz has released their C310R Light GA Twin for Prepar3D. The C310R model depicted in this package is a highly detailed replica of its real-life counterpart. The model was created by using high quality digital photos and the high fidelity sounds off of a real C310R owned by one of our testers.
FSLoadMaster is a stand-alone tool to compute realistic fuel and payload for most of the current commercial aircraft. The results can be used with any flight simulator. It's based on official data and a universal fuel burn estimator algorithm. Version 2.11 is now available.
Elba X and the Tuscan Archipelago for FSX is a scenery of the island of Elba, Giglio, Capraia island, and the island of Pianosa. The scenery is made using photoreal, HD textures, so it has very high detail, complete with autogen. In fact the houses were positioned with a maniacal precision. The night textures are meticulous in detail and look great.
Announcing Pensacola International Airport recreated for FSX and Prepar3D v2 by SXAirportDesign. Situated in Escambia County, Florida, KPNS is a public use airport owned by the city of Pensacola. Scenery features season photoreal textures, custom lighting, automated traffic and more.
For a few days only around Halloween, all products from Drzewiecki Design at the FS Pilot Shop are available for 30% off. Drzewiecki Design offers over 25 scenery products for FS2004 and FSX.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop is Taburet - Night 3D for NY, DC, PA, DE, MD, NJ for FSX. Specifically designed 3D light bulbs for 3D night light effects placed on top of every type of road to provide a night blooming display of lights all over New York, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. It can be used on its own or on top of other scenery.
SurClaro FS Design Studio presents BioBio VFR, fantastic and detailed scenery, created especially for visual flight rules, of the metropolitan area of Concepcion, Chile and including the island of Santa Maria and its airfield which was not included by default in FSX and Prepar3D.
On 10 November 2009, Platinum Airways, the very virtual Open Skies airline, registered its web site domain www.platinumairways.org. "Happy Birthday to Us", the new Destination of the Week series, visits Platinum Airways' five unique features and five hubs.
Wilco Publishing announces an update to the HiFi Simulations series P2006T by Tecnam for FSX and Prepar3D. The P2006T is a modern four-seat light twin-engine aircraft. It is an excellent trainer and is stable and provides superb all-round vision with the wing-high configuration. The P2006T features STOL and rough runway operation capabilities.
The L-13 Blanik, now available for FSX from A1R Design Bureau, is a two seat trainer glider produced since 1956 in Czech Republic. It is the most widely used glider in the world (number built 2649). The L-13 Blanik was widely adopted in the Soviet Union and was exported in large numbers to Western Europe and even North America.
The MFI-17 Mushshak (The Proficient) from MSK Productions is a light-weight, robust, two/three seats, single engine, predominantly all metal aircraft with tricycle fixed landing gear. The aircraft is modeled for FSX and will be updated in the future with more liveries and a versions of the virtual cockpit.