Not many people specialize in helicopter development, but Hoot Gibson has created quite a collection of X-Plane helicopters over the years. In our interview learn more about the person behind these designs, his motivations and techniques and some of his favorite helicopters.
Last month's Where In The World challenge was too much for most people, with only a handful getting it correct. So it's time for another challenge from Ron Blehm to see how well you know your geography based on a flightsim image, a few pictures and some clues. Are you up to the challenge?
The future of the flightsim pastime we love so much is in our own hands, so says author Paul Mort. He suggests that you don't take a back seat and leave it to other people to make their contribution. Encourage scenery and object makers by giving them constructive feedback. And finally, please participate by having a profile so we get to know you.
The FSX/P3D EMB505 Phenom 300 HD from Carenado features a G1000 Prodigy glass cockpit, Automatic Flight Control Unit, HD textures, original HQ sounds, complete back cabin, real behavior like the real plane and much more. Reviewer Justin Cogo was very pleased by the look and feel of the plane and all its modern features.
One of the hardest tasks for a flightsim designer is getting the plane to fly correctly. Many released planes really don't, and a few people have taken on the task of trying to fix that. Bob Chicilo is one of those people who enjoy tinkering with the air files and plane configurations. Learn more about him in our interview.
Ever wanted to create your own custom livery for your X-Plane aircraft? It's actually not as hard as you might think if you have some basic skills with a computer graphics program. In this tutorial Paul Mort covers the steps involved and offers some tips that he has found useful.
Aerosoft now offers an improved Mega Airport Frankfurt V2, featuring the busiest airport in Germany. The scenery includes all 3D objects on the airport, aerial image with customized autogen in the airport vicinity, usable taxiways bridges, new Terminal B, animated, objects, day/night effects, seasonal textures and much more. Reviewer Bill Stack was very pleased with the results.
In this review, Matthias Spaniel takes a look at some very scenic scenery add-ons created by Shawn Weigelt in the northwestern US state of Washington. Mears Field Airport and Darrington Municipal Airport are only 27 miles apart in an area loaded with recreational opportunities.
Many people still like having a 2D panel for their FS aircraft. Frustrated by the lack of a panel for a favorite plane, Klee C. Dobra taught himself how to create 2D panels and found it not as hard as he imagined, and ultimately fun and rewarding. In this tutorial he covers the basics so that you can do it too.
It's rather amazing the quality of a flightsim that can be created for iOS and Android devices. Extreme Landings Pro from RORTOS is a good example. It includes a variety of different aircraft, over 500 airports, over 8000 waypoints and lots of features. Reviewer Nirosan Pragash offers his perspective of the sim.
One of the latest Flysimware aircraft is the Grumman G-44A Widgeon for FSX and Prepar3D. The Widgeon was originally designed for the civil market. It is smaller but similar to the earlier G-21 Goose. This is Flysimware's first model that was developed with 3DS MAX giving you full AO effects on all 3D parts. Reviewer Bill Stack found that it lives up to its description and is good to fly.
New from Rolling Cumulus is The Guyana Project for FSX. This is a complete "Novel" with FSX as a background. You will want more and more. A complete new way of using your Sim! Welcome Captain.
This weekend marks the 4th anniversary of VFR Sundays, hosted by Sky Blue Radio. The initial concept was to just get together as friends and fly together online. Short and fun flights. The anniversary flight will be from Broken Hill Airport in Australia to Melbourne International.
Orbx announces that they are working on scenery of the Alpine city of Innsbruck, the largest city in western Austria. The scenery will include Innsbruck Airport (LOWI) plus area heliports. A total of 2500 sq km is covered. Full details and a large number of screen shots have now been released.
Announcing the Oz Flight Sim Expo, taking place in April 2017 at Archerfield Jet Base, Hangar 5, Archerfield Airport just south of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Inspired by recent Flight Simulation Expositions in the USA and Europe, it is now Australia's turn to host this unique and exciting event.
Milviz announces the F-4E TacPack Addon. This addition to their F-4E Phantom II aircraft offers realistic systems and avionics, fully functional ACM (loadout menu), large selection of weapons and pods and much more. Requires the base F-4E packages and VRS TacPack.
Now at the FS Pilot Shop is Australia NEXTMap Bundle FSX. In partnership with Intermap Technologies, and blending FSGenesis terrain mesh expertise with Intermap's cutting-edge, top-of-the-line NEXTMap source data, they are pleased to provide the NEXTMap product line to the flight simulator community.
Laminar Research has announced on their Facebook page that X-Plane 10 Mobile version 10.3 has been released and should be appearing in the App Store and Google Play Store as soon as possible. This was a long development cycle because the entire guts of the app were essentially moved from the desktop product to the mobile product.
Russell Williams / Jet-Fuel Studios has begun a Kickstarter campaign aimed to create a new flight simulator called Jet-Way In his FAQ, he claims they will have the single player done by September 2017 and multiplayer not far behind it, which is a pretty ambitious schedule.
It's time to go Back To School... Flight School that is! The FS Pilot Shop has lined up some great deals from dozens of publishers on over 1300 titles, with some savings up to 60% off. Three additional publishers have just been added, but these are only sale only through Thursday.
On August 21 VATSTAR completed the certification of its 200th pilot for the VATSIM network. This milestone was accomplished in less than 14 months.