• SketchUp Tutorial Part Six

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    Gift Guide: US Cities X - Los Angeles

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    Max Rex Episode 2

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    December 15, 2014, 5:25 pm

    Gift Guide: Carenado Piper Seneca V HD

    Here's another favorite from this past year that we'd like to recommend as part of our gift guide. 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.

    December 14, 2014, 1:17 pm

    Gift Guide: Just Flight - DHC-1 Chipmunk

    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.

    December 13, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Review: Venez Scenery - Chicago Midway X

    Chicago Midway Airport has been recreated by Venez Scenery for FSX according to real images to make made this reconstruction equal to reality. Taxiways, aprons and runways were created using photorealistic images, as well as signage. Reviewer Bill Stack compares it to the real world and finds it works quite well.

    December 12, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Gift Guide: Alabeo - C177 Cardinal

    The C177 Cardinal II for FSX and Prepar3D from Alabeo features two Cardinal models (fixed and retractable gear), eight HD liveries, quality 3D model and textures, GNS530, realistic behavior and more. Reviewer Bill Otten has spent many hours flying it in recent months and is pleased to find it lives up to its description.

    December 11, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Interview With Colonel Billy Bargagliotti

    Billy Bargagliotti enjoys creating the unusual, sometimes almost forgotten, aircraft from aviation's history. His unusual designs certainly liven up the X-Plane sky! Learn more about his wide variety of interests and what inspires his creations in our interview.

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    Gift Guide: Lionheart Creations - Lear Jet 24B

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    December 9, 2014, 7:46 pm

    Review: SXAirportDesign - Pensacola International

    SXAirportDesign appears to have spared few details in creating its scenery for Pensacola International Airport, so reports reviewer Bill Stack. Runways, taxiways, terminals, hangars, the control tower, the fire station and other features are accurate and FSX and Prepar3D pilots will certainly find this a great flying destination.

    December 8, 2014, 5:13 pm

    Gift Guide: REX4 Texture Direct

    Each year around this time we look back at some of our favorite products that we've reviewed in the past and offer them as "gift guides". Whether you're giving or getting a gift this holiday season, this should help with some ideas. The first is REX4 Texture Direct, an integrated global environment texture utility and effects add-on for FSX and Prepar3D. It changes the look of the entire flightsim world for the better, making it something that will benefit you on every flight.

    December 7, 2014, 7:48 pm

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    Alabeo Updates Add-Ons To Support X-Plane 10

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    December 18, 2014, 7:53 am

    SimPlugins - Panel Builder Add-on Pilatus PC7

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    December 18, 2014, 3:54 am

    Azurafiles - Vagar Airport Reloaded

    Azurafiles has released Vagar Airport Reloaded for FSX. Do you want to practice instrument approaches with low-visibility, or how about turbulent wind conditions? What ever your piloting skill level, Vagar Airport is sure to have that something special just for you.

    December 17, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Scenery Studio - Florence Peretola X

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    December 17, 2014, 3:42 pm

    X-Plane 10 Mobile Flight Simulator Released

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    December 17, 2014, 10:29 am

    HJG Wide-Body Website Update

    This Christmas HJG (Historic Jetliners Group) has the pleasure of releasing another 90 or so new and upgraded files for everyone's enjoyment. Included is a brand new wide-body aircraft with some 40 liveries as well as textures for the 727-200, L-1011 and others.

    December 16, 2014, 2:58 pm

    FS Pilot Shop Holiday Sale Continues

    The FS Pilot Shop has a plethora of specials and super-sales on right now so be sure to stop by their specials section. Famed publisher Carenado has their Christmas sale on now with up to 80% off their aircraft. Here's a taste of some of the specials on sale now through December 25th or later.

    December 16, 2014, 10:27 am

    FlightSimDesignChile - SAWH Ushuaia Airport 2015

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    Voice Crew Simulation Now Available For iFly 747

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    December 14, 2014, 8:10 am

    Wilco - FK14 Polaris and Lemans

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