Your next flightsim may not be on a PC at all, but on a tablet or smartphone. Infinite Flight is one of the leaders in the area of flightsim apps and we recently had a chance to talk with Matthieu Laban, one of the three developers responsible for this very capable flightsim.
Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. The current theme is capital cities, with last month's answer being Liverpool, the "European Capital of Culture 2008". This month is a different capital city. Can you figure out which one?
Daniel Everman is a young X-Plane scenery designer who in a short time has made quite a name for himself. He has created many larger airports like KDCA and KELP and is increasing his skills all the time. Learn more about the person behind the scenery and his other aviation interests in our interview.
Tony Vallillo has long regaled us with his tales of airline flying. But flying the big jets was not enough; he dreamed of owning his own plane. This ultimately came about in a way that involved knowing just the right people and looking at just the right time. In part 1 the deal was made, but now he owned a plane on the wrong coast of the US that needed to be flown home, resulting in an adventure of low and slow flying.
In the F-14 X package, Aerosoft has created an incredibly realistic recreation of the famous "Tomcat" jet fighter. Included are both the F-14A and F-14B major variants, with different flying characteristics and panels. Reviewer Justin Cogo, being a "Top Gun" fan, really enjoyed flying this plane and offers his comments.
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 12th part reviews creating curved shapes and demonstrates how to project textures onto them properly.
What exactly is a computer? The meaning is evolving, and your next computer is as likely to be a tablet or phone as a more traditional desktop or laptop PC. Software development is moving to these mobile devices as well and yes, that includes flight simulators. We take a broad look at this area, what's currently available, what it takes to get and run these apps and where this branch of the flightsim hobby may be headed.
B-52 Driver from Captain Sim features the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress heavy bomber. The model has lots of features like a crosswind crab system unique to the B-52, terrain radar, high resolution textures, drag chute, flexing wings, complete upper flight deck and lots more. Though now an older release, reviewer Wisnu Prabowo finds it still has lots to offer FSX pilots.
The PA36 Pawnee Brave 375 was developed in the 1970s as a single-engine, low-wing, propeller-driven agricultural aircraft. The version for FSX/P3D from Alabeo features two models with multiple liveries and even a custom chemical fumigation liquid effect. Reviewer Bill Stack found this unusual light plane fun to fly.
Orbx is well known for creating some of the most detailed Flight Simulator scenery around. How do they do it? Is this interview, we talk to Jarrad Marshall, one of the Orbx team and designer of many scenery packages. We learn more about him and how all this great scenery comes to be.
The MD530F is the high altitude and high heat version of the MD-500 series. This Milviz MV MD530F model in this package is a highly detailed FSX and Prepar3D replica of its real-life counterpart. The model was created using quality digital photos and many hours of work. Reviewer Ray Andersen found it to be nicely detailed and a pleasure to fly.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Aerosoft is Global ATC Simulator (GATC), a stand-alone simulation of the task of tower, approach and departure controllers. It covers all the major airports in the whole world with literally unprecedented detail.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from FSDreamTeam is scenery of Los Angeles International Airport - LAX. The scenery supports both FSX and FS2004 according to its 2012 status / TBIT Reconfiguration Program. It features custom high res textures, animated vehicles, taxiway bridges and much more.
A new mission pack has just been announced for FSX: Steam Edition In this second exciting mission pack from acclaimed flight simulation developer Jane Whittaker, Cargo Crew challenges pilots to safely deliver air freight shipments against the clock, battling the forces of nature and unexpected mid-air trials.
A2A Simulations announces the latest Accu-sim updater which now detects and updates their entire line of Accu-sim aircraft. This update focuses on the general aviation fleet but also includes changes to the core simulation engine.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop is nxgn Livery Manager, a standalone utility application that interacts with all FS2004 aircraft and all FSX, Prepar3D v1 and v2 simulation objects (airplanes, rotorcraft, animals, spacecraft, vehicles, etc.) This utility can run in the background, so it is ready for you whenever you need it.
Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Virtavia is the A-6E Intruder FSX Steam Edition. The Grumman A-6 was the US Navy's premier precision strike aircraft for over 30 years. The base pack comes with one model and one livery. The optional DLC pack adds ten more variants and seven more liveries.
Laminar Research announces that X-Plane 10 Mobile version 10.1 is now available. Also all add-on airliners are now on sale. Changes include a new kneeboard map, new aircraft, new tutorials, improved navigation equipment and more.
A technological tour de force of epic proportions, the legend of the XB-70 Valkyrie very nearly surpasses the performance of this extraordinary aircraft. The XB-70 Valkyrie FSX Steam Edition is now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Virtavia. It's a native FSX model with many custom gauges, authentic flight model and many other details.
The Virtavia - F-111 Aardvark FSX Steam Edition is now available at the FS Pilot Shop. The F-111 was an extremely advanced design using the "swing wing" or variable geometry airfoil. The base pack includes one model, the F-111E, and one livery. The optional DLC pack adds five more model variants with four different cockpits and ten liveries.
The WeFly AutoPilot GPS is a nifty tool or add-on for FSX and Prepar3D. The GPS has a fully working autopilot added to the bottom. Adding the feature of the autopilot to the GPS was great because it helps many users by providing autopilot options to aircraft that may not include an autopilot.
There are less than 70 days remaining until FlightSimCon 2015 in Connecticut! One of the biggest developments this month is that GoFlight, manufacturer of custom FSX panels and controls, will be attending the event. They join other FSX developers, including A2A Simulations, Jetline Systems, iBlueYonder, and newly-confirmed FSFX Packages on our extensive list of exhibitors.
Canadian Xpress would like to invite all pilots and virtual airlines to join us them April 25th for their April 2015 fly-in, traveling from Oakland (KOAK) to Telluride (KTEX). This is an open invitation to all pilots no matter what your flying experience to attend this Canadian Xpress sponsored event that will be flown on the VATSIM network.