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 first article in the series provides a basic introduction to SketchUp.
UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo X is a highly detailed scenery of UUEE Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia from Drzewiecki Design. It is compatible with FSX and Prepar3D and includes the highest level of accuracy. Reviewer Bill Stack investigates and finds that it really does live up to it claims, offering great scenery as well as good frame rates.
Ron Blehm returns with another Where In The World geography challenge for flightsimmers. Number 66 was an interesting geological feature that many people managed to find. For #67 you may need to know some aviation history. Give it a try and see if you can figure out the location.
The GippsAero GA8 Airvan makes for a fine utility aircraft, capable of carrying up to seven passengers or a good load of cargo anywhere you need to go. X-Plane users now have a good model of this plane created by X-Hangar. Reviewer Mark A. Stevenson tried all the variants and found it a pleasure to fly.
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. Reviewer Bill Stack gives it a try and finds it meets expectations.
Earth Simulations is a husband and wife design team who have created some extraordinarily detailed FSX and Prepar3D scenery for various regions of the UK. They like to specialize in islands since the results are so appealing whether to tourists or sim pilots. Learn more about them in our interview.
The Ultimate 757 Collection from QualityWings is the most extensive 757 package ever created for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Every 757 ever to come off the line from Boeing has been reproduced for your enjoyment. It was updated to version 1.3 earlier this year and reviewer Bill Otten now takes a look at this latest version.
Andrew Thomsen came to scenery design the way many others have--by being disappointed with the stock scenery of a region and wanting to improve on it. He actually started with Fly! and more recently is known for his Airports of Norway collection but in the future will be concentrating on Prepar3D. Learn more about his work in our interview.
Life is made much easier for the home cockpit builder with the availability of I/O cards from Opencockpits. In this review, Ray Andersen examines their Master Card, USB Expansion Card, Input Connection Card and Output Connection Card. These can be combined in various ways to suit any builder's needs.
Paul Mort has created considerable scenery for X-Plane, as well as scenery objects that he shares with other designers. He prefers designing smaller UK airports and has done quite a few of them. Learn more about how he got into scenery design and his other aviation interests in our interview.
Richer Simulations is a new developer whose first product in the Pilot Shop is Grenada X, FSX scenery of Grenada, the Spice Island, and its main port of entry, Maurice Bishop International Airport. This is a complete photorealistic representation of the island, with custom vegetation, reefs, buildings, vehicles and a highly detailed airport. Reviewer Bill Stack takes a Caribbean vacation and offers his report.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Carenado is the PC12 HD Series for FSX and Prepar3D. It comes with six liveries and a variety of advanced avionics in the cockpit. HD textures are used plus features like lighting, volumetric prop, dynamic shine effect and much more.
The MV 407 helicopter for FSX and Prepar3D from Milviz is high performance and packed with features. The MV 407 is a four-blade, single-engine, civil utility helicopter; a derivative of the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger. It is frequently used for corporate and offshore transport, as an air ambulance, law enforcement, electronic news gathering and movie making.
The Aerosoft A318/A319 contains their latest developments and ideas in FSX/P3D aircraft design. All the systems that are used in day to day flights are simulated with great attention to detail. This includes a weather radar that is a unique Aerosoft development. Version 1.10 has just been released with many new features and updates.
Line up on the "String of Pearls" and land on Europe's busiest airport, London Heathrow. The prize winning SimWings team has once again pushed the limits of FSX modeling a perfect mega hub with London Heathrow Xtended representing the actual and up to date stage of its real world counterpart. This add-on is now available for FS2004 as well as FSX.
This new package for FS2004/FSX from Skysong Soundworks features authentic sounds for the PW100 engine used in the Embraer 120 turboprop. Included are sounds for all phases of flight.
Ultra-Res Cities take MegaScenery Earth 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 Emerald City, the Seattle Terminal Control Area, around 5,000 square miles, all displayed at 50 cm per pixel.
PFPX (Professional Flight Planner X) from Aerosoft is a new and innovative flight planning tool developed by real-world pilots and dispatchers. It's a valuable and realistic addition to your flight simulation experience enabling you to create professional quality flight plans similar to those used by real-world airlines. It works with FS2004, FSX and Prepar3D.
Night Environment is a series of add-ons for FSX and P3D 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. This packages covers the entire country of Norway.
New from IslandSim is FSX/Prepar3D scenery of Nagasaki International Airport and Omura Airport. Includes accurate terminals and other buildings, custom runway textures, custom vegetation and much more.
Jons Aircraft Sounds releases two new packages for the Boeing 737-200, one for the P&W JT8D-17R engine and the other for the P&W JT8D-15A. The sounds are recorded with pure digital media sound recorders and are meant for FS2004 but also work with FSX.
The vUSAF (Virtual US Air Force) announces a new web site to support their operations. The vUSAF conducts realistic simulated military operations such a fighter engagements, cargo flights to harsh locales like McMurdo Station and much more.
Carenado announces that with the last X-Plane update (to 10.30) new features are now possible in their aircraft. One of the most important is related to the incorporation of the GNS430 and GNS530. They have decided to update all their fleet to 10.30 (or higher). The updates are called version 3.