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    Interview With Warbirdsim

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    August 31, 2014, 11:53 am

    Review: Aerosoft - Night Environment British Isles

    Night Environment is a series of add-ons for FSX that revolutionizes the way the world looks at night. Using a series of databases it will add lights to roads and other areas. It seems a simple enough thing, but the difference in realism at night makes for some great flying, so reports review Nigel Martin who tried the Great Britain product in the series.

    August 30, 2014, 8:15 am

    When Sims Fly For Real!

    The various flight simulators offered by IntoTheBlue let you experience the thrills of flying without leaving the ground, so you can get a feel of what it'd be like to be the captain of a real passenger jet, even if it is just for a short 'flight'. They offer other plane types too, including military, at a variety of locations in the UK. Some of the cockpits are even built from actual airframes.

    August 28, 2014, 11:21 am

    Review: Milviz Boeing 737-200C

    The Boeing 737-200C from Milviz is ideal for multiple levels of home flight simulations, reports reviewer Bill Stack. Diehard enthusiasts will enjoy its highly accurate performance modeling, especially its complete "cold and dark" startup procedure. Flight simmers who want to bypass the intricate preflight tasks will enjoy Milviz's alternate startup methods. The plane itself is an accurate representation of this early 737 model.

    August 26, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Interview With Paul Corish / Golden Age Simulations

    Golden Age Simulations was begun in 2005 as a result of a conversation between Paul Corish and Gil Halpin. Since then, they and several partners have created a wide variety of aircraft from the classic age of aviation. In our interview Paul tells us more about the company and his motivations.

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    Review: Flysimware - Velocity XL RG

    The Velocity XL RG is an American amateur-built aircraft, produced by Velocity, Inc. The Flysimware model for FSX or Prepar3D comes with HD textures, a custom G1000 PFD, MFD and remote system. It includes a full auto pilot system with VNAV that is close to real world operations. Reviewer Bill Stack takes it for a spin and offers his report.

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    Interview With Thomas Ruth

    Having grown up with a love of airplanes it was only natural that Thomas Ruth would end up designing them for flight simulator. Many of his airliners have been among the most downloaded freeware and have been repainted many times. Learn more about the man behind the planes in our interview.

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    Review: FlightSem Software - Southampton Port X

    A relatively new flightsim enterprise, FlightSem Software, presents us with an amazingly detailed FSX scenery in Southampton Port X, a large complex of maritime and tourist facilities but, perhaps surprisingly, no airports. Accuracy and detail were not spared in the development of this scenery. The manual helps explain the scenery and how to maximize enjoyment of it. Reviewer Bill Stack enjoyed exploring the area and so will you.

    August 16, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Interview With Patty Wagstaff

    You should recognize the name Patty Wagstaff as she was a consultant for Microsoft Flight Simulator and her Extra was one of the default planes. Patty is one of the world’s top airshow pilots, and flies thrilling, low-level aerobatic demonstrations before millions of people each year. We recently had the chance to interview her and learn more about her flying career.

    August 15, 2014, 9:48 am

    Review: Opencockpits Boeing 737 Gear Lever Set

    Opencockpits offers a range of high quality components that let you build a realistic home aircraft cockpit. In this review Ray Andersen examines their Boeing 737 landing gear lever set, looking at how it's made, how it fits into a cockpit and installation requirements.

    August 12, 2014, 2:53 pm

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    Laminar Research, creators of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, announces the release of its Airport Scenery Gateway, as well as an updated and improved version of its airport scenery tool, World Editor 1.3.

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    Canadian Xpress September 2014 Challenge - World Tour Leg II

    Canadian Xpress® is celebrating its 5th year of operations this month. Part of the celebrations is the launch of their Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, along with a tour/challenge that will run over the course of the next year using the new aircraft which is available to all pilots regardless of rank but only for the tour/challenge.

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    Virtual United Airlines Staff Changes

    Virtual United Airlines announces that their founder, Robert Sayles, has returned as CEO and will be involved in day-to-day operations. Several other personnel changes have been made as well. Also beta testing has begun on a new ACARS system.

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    Tenkuu Developers Studio Releases The 737 MAX 8

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    Platinum Airways Commemorates Victims Of Airborne Terrorism

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    Great Lakes Express Nears Milestone

    Great Lakes Express (GLE), the Internet's original regional VA and one of the longest running virtual airlines in existence announces today it is nearing a milestone in its history, expecting to embark its 1,000,000th passenger in the coming days.

    August 29, 2014, 10:09 am

    AFS Design - Eurofighter Typhoon Professional 4

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    August 28, 2014, 10:28 pm

    Aerosoft - Night Environment Denmark

    Night Environment from Aerosoft is a series of add-ons for FSX that revolutionizes the way the world looks at night. Using a series of databases it will add lights to roads and other areas. The latest addition to the series covers Denmark.

    August 28, 2014, 5:19 pm

    Skysong Soundworks - Cessna 172II N Float HD Audio

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    August 28, 2014, 1:07 pm

    Drzewiecki Designs - New York Airports X Updated

    New York Airports X for FSX/P3D from Drzewiecki Design is the most complete, affordable and performance-friendly package containing six area airports. It is available with all six in one package or in four "extracts". All have just been updated.

    August 27, 2014, 8:34 pm

    IRIS - Pro Training Series - Pilatus PC-9/A Updated

    Now available at the FS Pilot Shop is the IRIS Pro Training Series - Pilatus PC-9/A. IRIS' goal was to create a desktop 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.

    August 27, 2014, 3:26 pm

    FL410 Takes Off

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