• Interview With Thomas Ruth

    Having grown up with a love of airplanes it was only natural that Thomas Ruth would end up designing them for flight simulator. Many of his airliners have been among the most downloaded freeware and have been repainted many times. Learn more about the man behind the planes in our interview.

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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.

    August 16, 2014, 2:46 pm

    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.

    August 15, 2014, 9:48 am

    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.

    August 12, 2014, 2:53 pm

    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.

    August 9, 2014, 3:54 pm

    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.

    August 5, 2014, 5:43 pm

    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.

    August 3, 2014, 7:30 am

    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.

    July 31, 2014, 3:47 pm

    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.

    July 29, 2014, 3:48 pm

    Interview With George Diemer

    Aircraft designer George Diemer has a passion for unusual early aircraft. Among his creations are WWII blimps and Sikorsky flying boats, revolutionary in their day but something seldom seen now. Learn more about him and his creations in our interview.

    July 26, 2014, 10:56 am

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  • 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.

    August 19, 2014, 2:52 pm

    MegaScenery Earth - Ultra Res Cities Memphis

    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 the Terminal Area for Memphis, Tennessee, around 8,000 square miles of the all displayed at 50 cm per pixel.

    August 19, 2014, 6:02 am

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

    Included in the X-Hangar Maule M-7 235B package are four variants with many liveries. Animated controls and pilot figure are included as well. You can customize this aircraft inside and out very easily or fly out of the box. The virtual cockpit is nicely detailed and allows nice smooth frame rates.

    August 18, 2014, 5:39 pm

    REX4 SP3 And Texture Update 1

    REX Game Studios announces the release of Service Pack 3 and Texture Update 1 for REX 4 Texture Direct. SP3 adds functionality for the user to backup and restore user-created texture themes. The purpose of this is to prevent the user from losing saved texture themes in case of reinstallation.

    August 18, 2014, 4:08 pm

    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.

    August 18, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Canadian Xpress 5th Anniversary Fly-In

    Canadian Xpress was established on April 1st, 2009 and was officially launched on September 4th, 2009. As part of the ongoing celebrations leading up to the 4th of September, they will be running an August Fly-In at two different times of the day so that all pilots that are located world-wide can celebrate this historic event.

    August 17, 2014, 1:24 pm

    Bush Pilots Planet And X-Plane

    Do you want to get into bush flying? With Bush Pilots Planet you can, They fly low and slow, high and fast but not the usual VA routes. Fly in high mountains, low by wild rivers and lakes where fishing abounds. Take risks flying in storms and out of thick jungles. Bush Pilots Planet has opened an X-Plane branch. All X-Plane bush pilots are welcomed to join.

    August 16, 2014, 7:04 am

    FS Pilot Shop Back To Flight School Sale

    The FS Pilot Shop announces its "Back To Flight School" sale starting today, with savings up to 35%. Many companies have their entire product line on sale plus there are some individual products on sale too. Save big during this limited time sale.

    August 15, 2014, 10:24 am

    Aerowinx Precision Simulator X Released

    Precision Simulator version 10 (PSX) has been released by Aerowinx. Precision Simulator is a stand-alone flight and systems trainer for professionals - and for everyone interested in professional operations. Precision Simulator models the combi, freighter, passenger, and ER variants of the B744 series, and many selectable airline options.

    August 14, 2014, 11:26 am

    nuvecta - Treeline North America Expands

    Treeline North America from nuvecta offers detailed forests, woodlands, and city parks autogen for FSX and Prepar3D photo-scenery add-ons. Flying with Treeline North America™ is very different from flying with just photo-real scenery. Finally it is possible to fly as real as it gets, leaving the table-cloth perspective of photo-scenery behind.

    August 14, 2014, 7:16 am

    TSS - MD-11 PW Pilot Edition Sound Set

    Turbine Sound Studios presents the MD-11 HD Pilot Edition sound package for FS2004 and FSX 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.

    August 13, 2014, 11:47 pm

    Team SDB - RAF Station Pocklington

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