In this article, we look at the Flying Development Studios soon to be released variants of the Lockheed Martin C-130 military aircraft for use with the Infinite Flight sim. Like all newer aircraft released by FDS, this is top quality, and certainly not one to be missed, reports reviewer Jack Daniels.
X-Plane 11 has not been released yet, but we do now have a first beta version to examine. This is the first major version change in quite a few years and Laminar Research has made some major changes to various parts of the sim. Stuart McGregor has had a few days to try it out and offers this early report.
Creating a realistic sky and lighting is more complicated than you might think. FlightGear uses "Atmospheric Light Rendering" to actually create the lighting effects based on conditions, rather than just displaying images. Thorsten Renk explains how this all works.
The Ikarus C42, manufactured in Germany by Comco Ikarus, has 45 years of experience designed into it to make it one of the most successful production aircraft in the air. Reviewer Michael Hayward gives the FSX version from Sim720 a go and finds it a most pleasant aircraft to fly, with generally nice features all around.
Time for another Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm, this month with a new focus. For the next few challenges the clues will focus on airline flight information and participants will need to determine the departure or arrival airports based on the flight info. Are you up to the challenge?
In this interview meet Emma Bentley, long time flightsim scenery designer. Currently working with the UKX group, Emma is involved in creating X-Plane scenery for the airports of the UK. The group has four members, all actively involved in creating custom airport scenery.
L35 Big Bear City Airport is a large and busy GA airport located in San Bernardino County, California. FSX/P3D pilots flying into the scenery published by Just Flight will be in for treat, visiting a highly detailed and scenic area. Reviewer Bill Stack also reports it offers some of the best night effects he has seen.
FSX and P3D pilots will enjoy visiting the large and bustling Memphis International Airport KMEM produced by FSDreamTeam. Reviewer Justin Cogo reports that the Memphis airport comes loaded with great realism and lots of small details to keep you busy, and performed well on his computer.
In past tutorials, Paul Mort has shown how to create objects using SketchUp. This article follows up on that by showing how to animate those objects, allowing for realistic movement within your X-Plane scenery.
Thanks to Aerosoft, X-Plane 10 pilots can fly to the scenic island of Corsica and visit Airport Calvi. Reviewer Stuart McGregor reports this is a truly excellent offering, with a nice level of detail and graphics coupled with some nice animations and location.
The Airport Malaga - Costa del Sol is the busiest airport in the Spanish region Andalusia, offering connections to and from the whole world. Aerosoft has now made it available for FSX/P3D in their Malaga X package. Reviewer Bill Stack examines the scenery and finds it alive with activity and nicely detailed.
This month Canadian Xpress is trying a new concept for their monthly challenges. December Challenge - Real World Ops I will follow a real world flight operation and see if the virtual pilots can do better.
REX Simulations and MILVIZ (Military Visualizations) announce the release of Service Pack 1 to the WX Advantage Radar. SP1 includes major updates and fixes such as support for P3D v3.4.14, improved panel configuration process, added terrain masking and mapping, improved beam geometry and more.
Platinum Airways, the Open Skies virtual airline, is in festive mood this December. Destination of the Week will be visiting four airports that are associated with special traditions: looking after our children in the festive season. Ho Ho Ho's culmination is Platinum's traditional Christmas flight out of Santa's home airport in Finland.
Flight Replicas announcess the releasea of the Canadair North Star for FSX and Prepar3D. Discover the challenges of flying one of the lesser-known yet successful airliners of the 1950's and 1960's, a Canadian-designed derivative of the Douglas DC-4, powered by four of the famous Merlin engines.
Lear35 Immersion Package from FSFX Packages is an effect package tailored with the utmost attention to details. It works with the Flysimware Learjet 35A for FSX and Prepar3D which must be purchased first. It adds things like enhanced volumetric rain, volumetric lights, contrails, engine jet wash and more.
The latest release from JustPlanes is the first Airbus A350 XWB cockpit film. Thanks to LATAM Airlines, JustPlanes shows the first airline in the Americas to fly the A350-900. The 3.5 hour film lets you discover the inside of the cockpit of the newest long haul aircraft in the world.
With the new PMDG 747 V3 probably somewhere close to short final FS2Crew has decided to deprecate the old PMDG 747 products to avoid any possible product confusion. FS2Crew for the current PMDG 747 (Voice and Button Control) versions will no longer be available for sale after December 5th.
SIMstarter NG from Aerosoft has a "Flight Control Center" to create profiles and configuration sets customized by aircraft and location. Another benefit is that you stay in control of your configuration because SIMstarter NG handles your configuration (a copy of it). With every simulator start you will have a nice and clean simulator configuration. An updated v220.127.116.11 is now available.
New from Rolling Cumulus is WWII Northwest Staging Route, a package of missions for FSX. Included are two missions with a total of eleven flights as you ferry a brand new P-39 that is part of the Lend-Lease program frothe U.S. to the U.S.S.R.
New from Mex High Flight is FSX/P3D scenery of Muha La Havana Jose Marti International Airport near Havana, Cuba. This is Cuba's main airport for domestic and international flights. The scenery includes detailed buildings and objects, realist ground markings, photoreal background, updated landclass and more.