Designer Ruud Faber discovered Flight Simulator nearly twenty years ago, but was quickly dissatisfied with the look of the simulated terrain. He decided to do something about it and put his artistic talents to use, creating FScene, a series of ground textures that change the entire look of the flightsim world. Learn more about him in our interview.
The VMAX Boeing 777 Worldliner Extended is certainly one of the pricier add-ons for X-Plane, but offers a lot. Reviewer Gene Davis finds that it is by far a huge leap in add-on quality for X-Plane and it features everything you need to learn about how these massive aircraft are flown.
The IRIS Pro Training Series - Pilatus PC-9/A was designed as a 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 and according to reviewer Meng Yu is a great high performance flyer.
Ray Andersen has come up with several aviation themed puzzles now and this month he presents the answer to his previous puzzle #8 and offers a new puzzle submitted by Bob Azzaro. This new one is a three parter that will test your knowledge in various areas of aviation.
In this tutorial, 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. This 10th part shows some techniques for building houses, with interiors, a sloped roof, chimney, etc.
FK 14 Lightplanes Polaris and LeMans is Wilco Publishing's latest title in the HiFi Simulations series. The planes feature an ultra modern design and outstanding 360 degree panoramic view, with the LeMans offering open cockpit excitement suitable for racing. Reviewer Bill Stack gives them a try and finds they live up to Wilco's promises.
With Mega Airport London Heathrow Xtended you will have the opportunity to see this airport at it most current state, along with some of the most amazing graphics and scenery integration seen in flight simulator sceneries today! So reports reviewer Justin Cogo after trying out this scenery from Aerosoft for FSX, FS2004 and P3D.
Ricardo Flores, long time FS2004 user, ventures into the world of X-Plane and more specifically the area of scenery design. In this article he describes how in a few short months he's learned to create custom buildings and lay out the airports that he wants to fly from.
The A2A Simulations - C182 Skylane comes in five versions/bundles for FSX and Prepar3D. As is usual with A2A products, the Skylane is recreated in great detail with systems just like those found on the real plane. Our reviewer Nigel Martin was quite pleased with his test flights.
If you are familiar with the work of designer Tibor Kokai the first thing that may come to mind is Zlin aircraft. He's designed a number of them, but he's also done others, been part of the Pannon Wings Design Team, has done repaints and has even participated in some scenery projects. Learn more about him in our interview.
Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Last month's challenge was a major world city with an unusual landmark and most managed to figure it out. This month you get no clues, just a pair of pictures, one sim and one real. Are you up to the challenge?
New from Scenery Studio is Perugia X, featuring the international airport of Umbria-Perugia "St. Francis of Assisi" in Italy. The airport has recently been upgraded and the new terminal is included in the scenery along with realistic landclass, night textures, 3D lighting and more. It supports FSX and P3D.
New from Team SDB for FSX is scenery of Whiteman AFB in Missouri USA. The scenery includes custom buildings, many static and AI aircraft, night lighting and more.
New from Skysong Soundworks is an audio pack for the Grumman TBM/TBF Avenger for FS2004 and FSX. It features authentic HD audio for engine sounds and cockpit environment that are all spot on compared to the real airplane.
Enjoy flying to the Mega Airport Lisbon v2.0 from Aerosoft, featuring Portugal's major airport and hub. Modeled for FSX and Prepar3D to the smallest of details you will find all buildings, installations, docking systems, just about everything you can expect from a modern airport and of course a modern 3D realization.
You might already have heard of Xavion, from Laminar Research the makers of X-Plane. It's the answer to the question: How much can an iPad do to help you out in the cockpit? The answer is: A LOT. Available as a free download in the iTunes App Store, Xavion is an iPad app that is designed to run in a real plane, providing all the backup information possible. It is now free to use within X-Plane.
Platinum Airways, the Open Skies virtual airline, has revealed its new Destination of the Week theme: Lower. It is visiting five airports that are located below sea level. Lower has already started with the lowest airport in the world with scheduled civilian flights: Atyrau Airport (UATG) in Kazakhstan.
AirlineSim, a complex browser-based airline management game, got bumped to v6.2 today. The most important new feature is the all-new interface, complete with a retro look-and-feel reminiscent of legacy IT systems that are all too common in real-life aviation.
Figuratis Technologies announces Ares: Wings of Discord, a new MMO type game for PC's and consoles. The player starts the game as an exploratory biodroid with a task to take a sample from an asteroid where something anomalous is happening. The player is to master piloting and navigation skills and to try his hand at a small-time space fighting.
Canadian Xpress is celebrating its 5th year of operations. Part of the celebration is the launch of their Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, along with a tour/challenge that will run over the course of the year using their new aircraft, which is available to all pilots regardless of rank but only for the tour/challenge.
The CDU III Panel from VRInsight features integrated CDU II with large glass panel gauge for navigation display, EICAS or lower system display. It is completely interfaced with Microsoft Flight Simulator X through the application software VRiSim software supplied.
The Flight Master Yoke-II from VRInsight is replacing the previous Flight Master Yoke with more added functions: high-end stainless steel shaft, solid cast aluminum powder coated yoke and toggle switches for Cessna 172 type panels.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop is Aerosoft - Night Environment CT And RI for FSX and P3D. Night Environment is a series of add-ons that revolutionizes the way the world looks at night. The Night Environment database contains many times more roads then FSX or P3D, so you will see roads at night where you will see none during daytime.