The Boeing 737-200C from Milviz is ideal for multiple levels of home flight simulations, reports reviewer Bill Stack. Diehard enthusiasts will enjoy its highly accurate performance modeling, especially its complete "cold and dark" startup procedure. Flight simmers who want to bypass the intricate preflight tasks will enjoy Milviz's alternate startup methods. The plane itself is an accurate representation of this early 737 model.
Golden Age Simulations was begun in 2005 as a result of a conversation between Paul Corish and Gil Halpin. Since then, they and several partners have created a wide variety of aircraft from the classic age of aviation. In our interview Paul tells us more about the company and his motivations.
The Velocity XL RG is an American amateur-built aircraft, produced by Velocity, Inc. The Flysimware model for FSX or Prepar3D comes with HD textures, a custom G1000 PFD, MFD and remote system. It includes a full auto pilot system with VNAV that is close to real world operations. Reviewer Bill Stack takes it for a spin and offers his report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sky Blue Radio announces the two year anniversary of VFR Sundays. The initial concept was to just get together as friends and fly. Short and fun. No long hauls and VFR only. Since starting, over 100 weekly flights have been complete, going halfway around the world.
The Virtual Aviation Festival, hosted by web site www.thisisflight.net at Oshkosh Airport, will be unique in that it will not only feature a combination of entertaining aerobatics, rare formations and world-class display teams, but will also include demonstration flights by software developers
CR1 Software announces the Dornier Do 335 Pheil currently under development for FSX. Four models will be included. Full animations of every imaginable part and fully interactive click and pull flying controls. Added to that a fully functional 2D panel with all the goodies you have come to expect from CR1-Software.
Flysimware has released v1.5 of their Cessna 402C Utiliner / Businessliner, a six to ten passenger light twin with turbocharged piston engines. The plane is recreated to real world specs and runs in FSX and Prepar3D. This is a minor update with new textures and effects.
Night Environment from Aerosoft 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. Hundreds of thousands of lights clearly show how highways connect cities and how smaller roads meander into neighborhoods. The latest release in the series covers Israel.
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. Now available are the states of North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Venez Scenery for FSX is Florence X. This is photoreal scenery around the Peretola Airport area plus realistic autogen and accurately placed hangars, vehicles, trees, etc.
Eastern Airlines Virtual continues its 16th anniversary celebration. Part of the celebrations include the introduction of a new fleet-wide livery. The new livery evokes Eastern Airlines iconic Hockey Stick while putting a modern "twist" on the classic design.
Today we've opened a major new web site feature which we hope you'll enjoy: a picture gallery. We know you enjoy sharing and looking at pictures; over the years the screen shot forums in our message forums have always been among the most active areas there. With the new gallery section we hope to increase your enjoyment and use of the picture resources that we collect.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Carenado is the PA34 Seneca V HD Series. This popular general aviation plane is recreated with Carenado's usual attention to detail and has features like a G600 glass cockpit, GNS430, HD textures, 3D gauges and much more.
Turbine Sound Studios proudly presents the Boeing 747-8i GenX HD Pilot Edition sound package for FSX and 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, so that the cockpit is a nice audio environment to be in.
X-Hangar presents the new Cessna Citation XLS for X-Plane. It includes a detailed virtual cockpit, day and night textures, working door, custom airfoils, checklist and more.