Paul Mort has created considerable scenery for X-Plane, as well as scenery objects that he shares with other designers. He prefers designing smaller UK airports and has done quite a few of them. Learn more about how he got into scenery design and his other aviation interests in our interview.
Richer Simulations is a new developer whose first product in the Pilot Shop is Grenada X, FSX scenery of Grenada, the Spice Island, and its main port of entry, Maurice Bishop International Airport. This is a complete photorealistic representation of the island, with custom vegetation, reefs, buildings, vehicles and a highly detailed airport. Reviewer Bill Stack takes a Caribbean vacation and offers his report.
Ariane Design has been creating add-on aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator for many years. They recreate what they call the high end productions of MSFS, not including every cosmetic detail but concentrating on systems. Learn more about the team and their work in our interview.
"Classy" is the word reviewer Shawn Weigelt uses to describe the C195 Businessliner, both the real plane and the X-Plane 10 version from Alabeo. Introduced in the late 1940's, this was the executive aircraft of the time and was roomy and comfortable though hardly as fast as a bizjet of today.
Recently we had the opportunity to interview Peter Dowson who has long been well known for his flight simulator utilities, especially FSUIPC and WideFS. Peter has a long background in programming and a long interest in flying as well. Learn more about him, his creations and his other interests.
Ray Andersen has come up with several aviation themed puzzles now and this month his puzzle is based on your knowledge of aircraft manufacturers and models. Test your knowledge and solve the puzzle. Also revealed is the answer for the previous puzzle #5.
Just Flight offers the de Havilland Chipmunk for FSX and Prepar3D in two packs: DHC-1 Chipmunk and the DHC-1B-2 Chipmunk Bubble Canopy Expansion. The Chipmunk was the RAF's primary trainer during the 1950s. The design has been the subject of continual upgrades, including turboprops, bubble canopies and other aerodynamic improvements. Reviewer Bill Stack gives it a close look and offers his report.
X-Plane scenery designer Stuart McGregor is a good example of how quickly a newcomer can make a major contribution to the flightsim community. In only a short time he's learned to created custom scenery objects as well as layout scenery using a variety of available tools. Learn more about him in our interview.
Carenado continues to expand its line of general aviation aircraft with the inclusion of the Piper Seneca V HD model. This is the latest version of the model and includes a nice modern glass cockpit. Reviewer Justin Cogo takes it for a spin and offers his thoughts.
Glenn Johnson has created many very popular scenery add-ons for FSX over the years. Inspired by a close childhood encounter with a Blue Angels A-4 Skyhawk, he developed a lifelong interest in aviation that lead him to flight simulation and ultimately scenery design. Learn more in our interview.
In modern times cross ocean flights are simple and actually quite boring. Not so in the early days of aviation. In this article, Eric van der Veen explains how navigation was done in the days of Amelia Earhart and how you can fly such trips with FSX. His sample trip shows how it works...and how things can go wrong!
During October all titles from Cera Sim are on sale at the FS Pilot Shop for 20% off. Cera Sim is well known for their quality helicopter add-ons for FSX. Included in the sale are: UH-60L Blackhawk, Bell 212, Bell 222, Bell 412.
New from FSAddon is the Avro Anson collection. This is Simon Smeiman's rendition of the many Avro Anson models used during WWII and in post war civilian capacity. This package is for FSX (SP2) and consists of a collection of 13 different models, including the four main fuselage shapes.
Finally, perfect clouds and perfect water for FS2004. AFS-design brings a new scenery package of "Water & Cloud" for FS2004. It contains a comprehensive package of new water textures with mirror effects, as well as cloud and sky textures.
Skysong Soundworks presents the Rolls-Royce RB.53 Dart Turboprop HD-Audio set For FSX and FS2004. This engine is used on planes such as the Hawker Siddeley H.S. 748, Fairchild F-27, Grumman Gulfstream G-159, Handley Page Dart Herald, Convair 600/640 Conversions.
Lockheed Martin announces the release of the fourth update of Prepar3D v2. Updates to Prepar3D v2.4 are available in both a patch to an existing v2.3 installation, or as a new installer.
Canadian Xpress invites all pilots to join them for their October 2014 fly-in, traveling from Vancouver (CYVR) and heading north on an charter flight to Yellowknife (CYZF) with people heading to Aurora Village to spend a night sleeping under the stars, taking in the spectacle of Canada's Aurora Borealis.
HeadShake from SimCoders.com is an X-Plane 10 plug-in which adds some nice camera effects while flying in virtual cockpit view. It is free and available for Windows, Linux and Mac in both 64 and 32 bit versions.
Aerosoft Airbus drivers, please note that FS2Crew has released v2.0 of its Voice and Button controlled airline crew expansion pack. The update includes some bug fixes but most importantly adds full support (including steep approaches) for the newly released A318/A319 models from Aerosoft.
Fly the entire country - border to border - of Germany in photoreal detail with MegaScenery Earth - Germany. The fourth largest country in the European Union, Germany gives you over 135,000 square miles of photoscenery for the entire country and has 480 airports. Because this area is so big it can be purchased complete or in three smaller parts.
The Aerosoft A318/A319 contains their latest developments and ideas in FSX/P3D aircraft design. All the systems that are used in day to day flights are simulated with great attention to detail. This includes a weather radar that is a unique Aerosoft development. Owners of Airbus X Extended can also get a discount on this product.
Hello autumn... kick off the season by saving 50% on all Abacus downloads now at the FS Pilot Shop. Included are products such as Flight Deck 6, F-14D Super Tomcat, FS Repaint, FS Design Studio, CoPilot Pro, Fly The Airbus Fleet, and many more.
New at the FS Pilot Shop is Ultimate Military Bundle. Abacus has bundled three of their most popular military aircraft add-ons into one package at a special price. Included are Fighter Pilot 2, International Fighters and Flight Deck 6.