Here's a package with a lot to offer. The LHC Classics Fleet One Ultra-Pack includes five complete planes, ranging from a small sport plane up to a business jet, with a modern GA plane, bush plane and turboprop too. Multiple variants and lots of liveries add to the interest. Bill Otten offers his report and we also include a video look from Jack's FSX Videos.
Aircraft designer George Diemer has a passion for unusual early aircraft. Among his creations are WWII blimps and Sikorsky flying boats, revolutionary in their day but something seldom seen now. Learn more about him and his creations in our interview.
Francesco Cekko got into development the way many people do--by wishing for some add-on for his sim and realizing the only way to get it was to make it himself. He started by slowly learning to create X-Plane scenery but has since learned to make aircraft too. Learn more about him in our interview.
Ray Andersen has come up with several aviation themed puzzles now and this month he teams up with Ron Blehm for another one. For those who tried puzzle #4 the results are also included here. See how well you can determine airport ICAO codes and send in your results.
Wayne Handley is well known as an aerobatic champion and preeminent airshow performer and is also a former naval aviation and ag pilot. Since 1957 he has flown over 31,000 hours with little of it spent straight, level and upright. Recently we had the chance to interview him and learn more about his career and his thoughts about the use of simulators in training.
Golden Age Simulation has rendered an historically significant civilian aircraft of the 1920s with distinction. The Pitcairn Mailwing is visually accurate and attractive inside and outside. Flight modeling seems accurate and is consistent with the manual. Bonus period scenery is included too. Learn more by reading Bill Stack's complete review.
Erwin Welker has been a prolific contributor to the Microsoft Flight Simulator community for some years now. He's found a niche, creating cockpit views and pilotable ships, which few others have attempted. These and other add-ons he's created offer a lot of interesting things to try in FSX and earlier sims. Learn more about him by reading our interview
The CRUZ PiperSport is a modern Light Sport aircraft created for FSX and Prepar3D by Alabeo. It features a glass cockpit, quality 3D model and realistic behavior. Reviewer Bill Stack takes it for a flight and offers his report.
Over the past decade Thinus Pretorius has created quite a number of military aircraft for FS2004 and FSX. Being from South Africa has given him an unusual niche to work in but his planes have been popular around the world. Learn more about his background and how he creates his planes in our interview.
With FSX being a mature product there are many years of add-ons that have been created for it. When your flightsimming interests change, such as was recently the case with reviewer Gustavo Mercado, it's nice to find things like the FS2Crew PMDG 747 Voice Commander Edition that enhance your new interests.
There are a number of groups that offer online multiplayer flight with ATC but Boston Virtual ATC has carved out a unique niche for themselves. Instead of trying to cover the entire world they've chosen to cover a much smaller area, concentrating air traffic and controllers for higher and more realistic activity levels, and also including GA airports and aircraft instead of concentrating mostly on airline flight. Learn more about the group in this feature article.
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. Hundreds of thousands of lights clearly show how highways connect cities and how smaller roads meander into neighborhoods. Now available is the latest in the series: Italy.
The Mega Airport Dusseldorf by the German Airports team is now available for FS2004, FSX and Prepar3D. Germany's third ranking international airport with two parallel runways is the largest and primary airport for the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region - the largest metropolitan region in Germany.
The Team SDB version of Loring AFB represents the early-mid 1980's before the second runway was added. At the time the base was home to the 42nd Bomb Wing flying B-52G Stratofortress wearing the SIOP camouflage scheme, KC-135 Stratotankers, and a detachment of F-15A Eagles from the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.
Eastern Airlines Virtual is celebrating its 16 year anniversary in August as they continue to be one of the oldest VA's in operation. To celebrate this occasion, they are having a special anniversary tour of all their successful hubs.
A2A Simulations is exhibiting all this week at Air Venture 2014. Air Venture 2014, the world's largest fly in and air show, opened this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A2A Simulations is very proud to announce the opening of their first exhibit, showing flight simulation to many like they have never seen before.
AUscene presents their latest airport for Australia, Adelaide International X v2, which is available now for FSX and Prepar3D V2. Adelaide finally fills a gap that has been missing ever since FSX and P3D were released.
Now available for X-Plane 10 from Alabeo is their C195 Businessliner. It comes with four HD liveries on a high quality 3D model with many modern features.
New from Majestic Software is v1.010 of the Pilot Edition of their MJC8 Q400 add-on for FSX, built after the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop airliner. The updated includes a extensive set of changes and improvements.
Announcing Simulated T5, a new virtual airline that plans to open operations in August. At launch they will include a jumpseat system, a rewards system, pilots awards, departure and arrival board, featured cities and realistic badges and ranks. New members are welcome to apply.
Sim-Wings and Aerosoft present the new Mega Airport Paris Charles de Gaulle X, the largest and busiest airport of France. This is a total rebuild of the previous versions and will make the main French airport finally available for FS2004 and FSX.
Now available from Skysong Soundworks is their North American P-51 Rolls-Royce Merlin audio pack for FS2004 and FSX. Included are engines sounds and other aircraft sounds like wind, flaps, etc.
Fly to Australia's most recognizable natural landmark, the large sandstone rock formation known as Ayers Rock or Uluru, with this new scenery from Aerosoft. You can land at Connellan Airport, a neat airport suitable for jets up to the Boeing 737-800. It handles around 300,000 passengers a year which mainly stay at the "city" of Ulara also featured in this scenery.