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    FlightGear, the complete Open Source flight simulator, has really come a long way over the years. In this article, developer Thorsten Renk describes how he and his team created a highly realistic version of the NASA Space Shuttle that runs in FlightGear. It operates realistically in all phase of flight and includes a wide variety of realistic systems.

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    Where In The World #84

    Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Last month's challenge featured an unusual geographical feature but most people figured it out. This month the location is something of personal interest to Ron. Can you figure out where?

    April 24, 2016, 6:06 pm

    Review: Majestic - MJC8 Q400 Pro Edition

    The MJC8 Q400 Pro Edition for FSX from Majestic Software is an upgrade over their previous "Pilot" edition with many additional features including smoother controls, heads-up guidance system, shareable cockpit feature and much more. There's a lot to this add-on, more operational detail than typical, and reviewer Justin Cogo covers it all.

    April 21, 2016, 4:10 pm

    Importing And Using Orthophotos In WED

    X-Plane scenery designers wanting to import images into WED will find it complicating and this puts a lot of people off. In this article, Richard Elliott offers some techniques that will help. It's still not easy and some of the tools are not so user friendly but the end results can be worth it.

    April 18, 2016, 10:53 am

    Review: Alabeo - PA23 Aztec F 250

    Recently Alabeo released the PA23 Aztec F 250 for FSX/P3D. It features realistic behavior, high quality 3D model and textures, Flight1 GTN 750 integration, RealityXP GNS530 integration, Alabeo GNS530, two different panels and many other features. Reviewer Bill Stack found it to be a high-quality addition to his hangar.

    April 15, 2016, 8:21 am

    Interview With Keith Paine

    For over a decade, Keith Paine has enjoyed creating add-on aircraft, mostly for FS2004. His interest in aviation dates well back before that though. Introduced to flying by his father and other relatives, he has also worked in the aviation industry. Learn more in our interview.

    April 10, 2016, 2:58 pm

    Review: TrackIR 5

    The TrackIR 5 is the latest head tracking product from Natural Point. Versions of this tracker have been available for over a decade and all have made flight simulator and other games better by allowing a more natural way of looking around versus other options like joystick hat controllers. Reviewer Justin Cogo offers his take on this latest version.

    April 6, 2016, 8:09 am

    Review: Sim720 - Caernarfon Airport

    Caernarfon Airport from Sim720 for FSX and Prepar3D is an authentic replica of the real world site, with high quality bespoke models, custom photoreal textures and hand placement of buildings. It includes unique features like wind turbines just adjacent to one runway. Reviewer Dominic Smith found the scenery captured the real world look and made for a pleasant destination.

    April 2, 2016, 8:27 am

    Where In The World #83

    Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Last month's challenge stumped almost everyone! Maybe this month's will be a little easier. It's not a capital this time, but has an interesting land feature.

    March 29, 2016, 9:49 am

    Review: DMax Tecnam P2002

    The Tecnam P2002 lets X-Plane pilots experience a modern light sport plane. Reviewer Shawn Weigelt found some shortcomings, but found the plane to be a ton of fun to fly, with a reasonably accurate flight model and turned out to be just what he needed to enjoy flying X-Plane again.

    March 27, 2016, 8:27 am

    Interview With Scenery Designer Oleg Shevchenko

    In only a few years time Oleg Shevchenko has developed the skills to be a top level scenery designer. Though he has worked with Prepar3D his released scenery is for X-Plane. Remarkably, all his designs are custom made including the 3D buildings, objects and ground polygons. Learn more in our interview.

    March 24, 2016, 8:06 am

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  • Team SDB - Dyess AFB

    Team SDB announces their latest scenery for FSX and Prepar3D: Dyess AFB. It includes a full complement of hangars and support buildings, night lighting, various military aircraft, operating AI aircraft and more.

    April 28, 2016, 8:03 am

    Rolling Cumulus - Bush Pilot Challenge

    New from Rolling Cumulus is Bush Pilot Challenge Episode I. In these FSX adventures you fly for "Selva "Airways" deep in the Amazon. Bush pilots will have the chance to visit "Secluded Lakes" and visit small fields near forgotten villages.

    April 27, 2016, 5:50 pm

    Skysong Soundworks - Cessna 152II HD Audio

    New from Skysong Soundworks for FS2004 and FSX is Cessna 152II HD Audio. These are real world sounds recorded from their respective positions on the popular Cessna 152. Included are engine sounds, cockpit ambiance, timed animations, touchdown tire noise and much more.

    April 25, 2016, 5:08 pm

    Roger Dodger Aviation - DIY Flight Sim Pod

    Now available at the FS Pilot Shop is Roger Dodger Aviation - DIY Flight Sim Pod. These DIY videos and instruction manuals show you how to build a large enclosed flight simulator. Climb inside your new home flight simulator, no more sitting at an ordinary desk. Experience total immersion in your flight simulator experience!

    April 25, 2016, 8:08 am

    Team SDB - Ellsworth AFB

    Team SDB presents scenery of Ellsworth AFB new for FSX and Prepar3D. Ellsworth AFB is 10 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota, and is home to the 28th Bomb Wing whose mission is to deliver combat power for global military response. It is divided into the 28th Operations Group, the 28th Maintenance Group, the 28th Mission Support Group and the 28th Medical Group.

    April 24, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Team SDB - RAF Colerne

    New from Team SDB is scenery of RAF Colerne for FSX and Prepar3D. RAF Colerne, now known as Colerne Airfield or AEF Colerne, is a former WWII RAF Fighter Command and Bomber Command airfield located on the outskirts of the village of Colerne, Wiltshire. The Team SDB scenery represents the base during the late-1960's to mid-1970's.

    April 24, 2016, 11:36 am

    Team SDB - Tyndall AFB

    New from Team SDB is FSX/P3D scenery of Tyndall AFB in Florida. Tyndall Air Force Base is located in Bay County on the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle, 12 miles east of Panama City. It is home to 325th Fighter Wing, Headquarters, 1st Air Force, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group and the 601st Air Operations Center.

    April 24, 2016, 7:09 am

    Flysimware - Flysimware - Grumman G-44A Widgeon

    Now available from Flysimware is the Grumman G-44A Widgeon for FSX and Prepar3D. The Widgeon was originally designed for the civil market. It is smaller but otherwise similar to Grumman's earlier G-21 Goose, and was produced from 1941 to 1955. This is Flysimware's first model that was developed with 3DS MAX giving you full AO effects on all 3D parts.

    April 23, 2016, 5:29 pm

    Virtual PIA - Relaunching Towards New Horizons

    VPIA had called off services due to some internal issues and now is relaunching with a much better VAM and Acars system. An Acars which will record each and every detail. Pilots taught my real word aircraft manual and handbooks. What else would any one want?

    April 23, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Virtualcol - ATR Series Pack

    Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Virtualcol is ATR Series Pack for FSX and Prepar3D. This products includes many variants of both the ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop aircraft along with 119 repaints.

    April 23, 2016, 11:24 am

    Perfect Flight - Flight Operation X Star Alliance

    Flight Operation X Star Alliance is a complete simulation of one of the most prestigious airlines in the world. It provides FSX pilots with a set of multi-crew missions for a realistic flight experience. Missions include interactive briefing, step to step checklists, speed restriction, cabin Announcements and more. Also, a complete Star Alliance fleet is provided.

    April 19, 2016, 10:12 am

    Spring At Eastern Airlines Virtual

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    April 18, 2016, 10:18 am

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