Warbirdsim is a small group of developers who specialize in--surprise!--warbirds and especially the North American P-51 Mustang series. Their enthusiasm for old planes show and in our interview you'll learn about its origin and more about the group in general.
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. It seems a simple enough thing, but the difference in realism at night makes for some great flying, so reports review Nigel Martin who tried the Great Britain product in the series.
The various flight simulators offered by IntoTheBlue let you experience the thrills of flying without leaving the ground, so you can get a feel of what it'd be like to be the captain of a real passenger jet, even if it is just for a short 'flight'. They offer other plane types too, including military, at a variety of locations in the UK. Some of the cockpits are even built from actual airframes.
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.
Today TDS (Tenkuu Developers Studio) announces the release of a new series of 737 to the Microsoft Flight Simulator world. The 737 MAX which Boeing has launched. The first release is 737 MAX 8 which is the most popular model in this series. The MAX 7 and MAX 9 are also in development and will be released later on. Both FS2004 and FSX are supported.
Platinum Airways, the very virtual Open Skies airline, is commemorating the victims of air-borne terrorism. Its September Destination of the Week series, Terror in the Skies, visits four events that shaped history or led to improved security measures.
Great Lakes Express (GLE), the Internet's original regional VA and one of the longest running virtual airlines in existence announces today it is nearing a milestone in its history, expecting to embark its 1,000,000th passenger in the coming days.
AFS Design presents the Eurofighter Typhoon - Professional 4 for FSX. The Eurofighter is a single-seat, twin-engine, agile combat aircraft which will be used in the air-to-air, air-to-ground and tactical reconnaissance roles.
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. The latest addition to the series covers Denmark.
Skysong Soundworks presents real world Cessna 172II N float-plane sounds engineered to fit Carenado FSX add-on products, plus a wide range of freeware aircraft.
New York Airports X for FSX/P3D from Drzewiecki Design is the most complete, affordable and performance-friendly package containing six area airports. It is available with all six in one package or in four "extracts". All have just been updated.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop is the IRIS Pro Training Series - Pilatus PC-9/A. IRIS' goal was to create a desktop simulation product which could potentially be used as a real-world training aid. It is modeled after A23-52, an airframe specific to the Royal Australian Air Force Aerobatic Team.
FL410 Computers introduced the re-opening of its computer building service, the easiest way to shop online for budget and high end flight sim computer systems including Intel and AMD systems. FL410 Computers online store features free shipping, and free personalized computer quotes with just a few clicks.
EETN Tallinn X from Drzewiecki Design is a highly detailed scenery of Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport in Estonia. The product also includes the city of Tallinn with its landmarks. It supports FSX and Prepar3D.
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