Airports in X-Plane can seem barren without airplanes, or unrealistic with the wrong ones. In this tutorial, Roy White explains how to use resources including his The Fruit Stand Aircraft Library to realistically populate any airport with aircraft for a greatly improved look to scenery.
Inspired by a video of landings into Quito's new airport, reviewer Ron Blehm sought out some flightsim scenery for the same area. In our file library here he found the North Central Ecuador scenery by Carlyle Sharpe which is the subject of this review. This fine freeware gives FSX pilots a good taste of this mountainous region.
In this tutorial series, Paul Mort has given 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 article wraps up the series by reviewing the previous lessons.
Henrik Nielsen has created an unusual niche for himself as a developer for flight simulators in that his designs are all ships of various types. His interest is to populate the seas that we fly over with realistic shipping traffic and by himself and with the help of others there are now hundreds of ships and routes for them to travel available. Learn more in our interview.
Alabeo recently added to its X-Plane 10 lineup with the C177 Cardinal II. It includes both the fixed and retractable gear versions, with HD textures, high quality 3D model, custom sound system and much more. Our reviewer Shawn Weigelt did find some flaws but still found it a joy to fly and a "must buy" for GA fans.
Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. The current theme is capital cities, with last month's proving to be quite challenging, and a bit controversial. For #76 we visit the US and try to find the right state capital. Can you figure it out?
In this tutorial series, 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 article he demonstrates some new tools and shows some useful tips for more advanced users.
The X-55 Rhino HOTAS System from Saitek can be used with all popular flight simulators. Inspired by controls found within actual fighter planes, the X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. (Hands On Throttle and Stick) System provides advanced control over simulated aircraft. Reviewer Rohan Nair was impressed with the system and found it worked well in several sims and with a variety of aircraft.
X-Plane pilots looking for a regional airliner will enjoy the B1900D HD Series from Carenado. This popular turboprop airliner is for X-Plane 10.30 or higher and features HD quality textures, 3D gauges, digital sounds recorded from the real airplane and much more. Reviewer Gene Davis paired it with scenery of PANC (Anchorage, Alaska) from Aerosoft and found this made for some great flying.
SimWings offers Mallorca X scenery for FSX and Prepar3D (published by Aerosoft). It features the airports Son Bonet (LESB) and Palma (LEPA). Reviewer Justin Cogo found that this is a great scenery package because it offers not only airport areas but other non-airport areas like mountainous regions, vast open areas with farmland and rural features.
Helicopters are best flown with the proper controls. OE-XAM offers some very high quality hardware that can be used with FSX and other sims. Reviewer Raymond Andersen previously tried their collective and liked it so much he also ordered their torque pedals which he reviews here.
TDS is pleased to release the Boeing 727-200 (passenger and freighter) for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. This new freeware model is now available for download from the FlightSim.Com file library. In addition to the two base models a number of official repaints have been released.
New iOS / Android Remote CDU for PMDG's 737 NGX now available. Have you ever wanted to use your tablet / phone as a remote CDU? This free-to-view server will allow you to use your favorite mobile device (Android tablet / phone, iPhone / iPad, Windows tablet / phone) to interact with the CDU in PMDG's 737 NGX.
New from RDJ Simulation is Extreme Airline For FSX. This massive add-on takes you beyond flying in and out of some of the world's most dangerous airports. It also includes several challenging emergency situations from history such as the Hudson River landing, DB Cooper's hijacking and more.
New from Island Sim is Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for FSX/P3D. It includes accurate terminals and updated runways, custom vegetation and objects, Taoyuan and Dayuan districts, hand-placed autogen, animated Skytrain and much more.
New from Wing Creation for FSX and Prepar3D is Nagasaki Airport RJDU. This airport is built on reclaimed land offshore from the city. It also includes Omura AB (the old Nagasaki airport). Prominent features include HuisTen Bosch amusement park, Isahaya Water Gate, seasonal ground textures and more.
Air India Virtual completes 6 years and 50,000 flying hours in August 2015. The staff and the entire team of Air India Virtual would like to thank all its members for its continues support and dedication for making it the no. 1 virtual airline in West Asia.
Bandido's Flights Episode 1 includes true missions smuggling contraband into Mexico and Latin America. Every day and night, "contrabandistas" aircraft leave south Florida and the Texan border. A slot is waiting for you!
Explore the wild north with Svalbard-Longyear X now available for FSX/P3D from Aerosoft. Here's a brand new Norwegian scenery on the island of Spitzbergen. Take a trip to Svalbard-Longyear and encounter all its beauty and its wonderful approach to the airport.
Warsaw City X is a sophisticated scenery package, featuring a highly detailed scenery of Warsaw city in Poland with surrounding airports. This product is compatible with FSX and Prepar3D. It includes a large area around Warsaw city. The city center has hundreds of custom buildings, including all VFR important landmarks. A total of 13 airports and heliports are included.
Enter Boston's buzzing airspace with a wide choice of aviation options with US Cities X - Boston from Aerosoft. New England's largest city has plenty of helipads within its boundaries, some nice rural general aviation airports surrounding it and last but not least: Boston Logan.
Now available from Flight One is Ground Environment X Australia and Antarctica for FSX. Ground Environment X Austraila and Antarctica builds on the award winning techniques of the GEX series and continues using a new approach in texture design, incorporating high level detail graphics in the default Flight Simulator X 1-meter texture resolution format.
DC10 Collection from CLS is a LITE collection for FSX and P3D that includes six passenger and freighter variants of the DC-10 from the -10 to the -40 with several different engine/undercarriage configurations. Offered ar 19 HD liveries, full panels, custom views, FMC, tuned flight dynamics and much more.