X-Plane 11 has not been released yet, but we do now have a first beta version to examine. This is the first major version change in quite a few years and Laminar Research has made some major changes to various parts of the sim. Stuart McGregor has had a few days to try it out and offers this early report.
Creating a realistic sky and lighting is more complicated than you might think. FlightGear uses "Atmospheric Light Rendering" to actually create the lighting effects based on conditions, rather than just displaying images. Thorsten Renk explains how this all works.
The Ikarus C42, manufactured in Germany by Comco Ikarus, has 45 years of experience designed into it to make it one of the most successful production aircraft in the air. Reviewer Michael Hayward gives the FSX version from Sim720 a go and finds it a most pleasant aircraft to fly, with generally nice features all around.
Time for another Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm, this month with a new focus. For the next few challenges the clues will focus on airline flight information and participants will need to determine the departure or arrival airports based on the flight info. Are you up to the challenge?
In this interview meet Emma Bentley, long time flightsim scenery designer. Currently working with the UKX group, Emma is involved in creating X-Plane scenery for the airports of the UK. The group has four members, all actively involved in creating custom airport scenery.
L35 Big Bear City Airport is a large and busy GA airport located in San Bernardino County, California. FSX/P3D pilots flying into the scenery published by Just Flight will be in for treat, visiting a highly detailed and scenic area. Reviewer Bill Stack also reports it offers some of the best night effects he has seen.
FSX and P3D pilots will enjoy visiting the large and bustling Memphis International Airport KMEM produced by FSDreamTeam. Reviewer Justin Cogo reports that the Memphis airport comes loaded with great realism and lots of small details to keep you busy, and performed well on his computer.
In past tutorials, Paul Mort has shown how to create objects using SketchUp. This article follows up on that by showing how to animate those objects, allowing for realistic movement within your X-Plane scenery.
Thanks to Aerosoft, X-Plane 10 pilots can fly to the scenic island of Corsica and visit Airport Calvi. Reviewer Stuart McGregor reports this is a truly excellent offering, with a nice level of detail and graphics coupled with some nice animations and location.
The Airport Malaga - Costa del Sol is the busiest airport in the Spanish region Andalusia, offering connections to and from the whole world. Aerosoft has now made it available for FSX/P3D in their Malaga X package. Reviewer Bill Stack examines the scenery and finds it alive with activity and nicely detailed.
Carenado is of course well-known for their GA aircraft. In this review, Nils Lips takes a look at one of their latest offerings for X-Plane, the PA31 Navajo HD Series, a light twin that comes with a lot of features like HD textures, 3D gauges, HQ digital sounds and more. He finds it to be an exciting plane to fly but with a few flaws.
The latest release from JustPlanes is the first Airbus A350 XWB cockpit film. Thanks to LATAM Airlines, JustPlanes shows the first airline in the Americas to fly the A350-900. The 3.5 hour film lets you discover the inside of the cockpit of the newest long haul aircraft in the world.
With the new PMDG 747 V3 probably somewhere close to short final FS2Crew has decided to deprecate the old PMDG 747 products to avoid any possible product confusion. FS2Crew for the current PMDG 747 (Voice and Button Control) versions will no longer be available for sale after December 5th.
SIMstarter NG from Aerosoft has a "Flight Control Center" to create profiles and configuration sets customized by aircraft and location. Another benefit is that you stay in control of your configuration because SIMstarter NG handles your configuration (a copy of it). With every simulator start you will have a nice and clean simulator configuration. An updated v22.214.171.124 is now available.
New from Rolling Cumulus is WWII Northwest Staging Route, a package of missions for FSX. Included are two missions with a total of eleven flights as you ferry a brand new P-39 that is part of the Lend-Lease program frothe U.S. to the U.S.S.R.
New from Mex High Flight is FSX/P3D scenery of Muha La Havana Jose Marti International Airport near Havana, Cuba. This is Cuba's main airport for domestic and international flights. The scenery includes detailed buildings and objects, realist ground markings, photoreal background, updated landclass and more.
Flight1 announces a free plug-in that allows users to connect ForeFlight Mobile with either FSX or Prepar3D instead of directly to a GPS. ForeFlight then works with the simulators exactly as it would work with real world data in an aircraft cockpit.
vFlyteAir has released an updated version 4 of their Grumman Tiger for X-Plane. It now supports X-Plane 10.50+ and has new features like mouse scroll wheel support, new HDR-compatible lights, custom engine start logic and more.
RealAir Simulations announces that after sixteen years of providing flightsim add-ons they will be closing down due to personal circumstances as described in this announcement. Email support for customers will continue for some time after the web site closes to new business.
Winter is here and Eastern Airlines Virtual has released the Tour of Alaska to challenge pilots in less than desirable conditions. The tour contains 15 great Alaskan airports that should prove to be very fun.
Sonic Solutions is pleased to present the Agusta Westland EH-101 / CH-149 Cormorant Sound Pack for FSX and Prepar3D. 48k/16bit audio resolution ensures great quality sound without sacrificing dynamic range.