US Cities X, created by LimeSim, is based on an extensive aerial imagery and has all major buildings, landmarks and airports and heliports inside the covered areas. The wide area of the Los Angeles X scenery, its plentiful surface features, and its detailed buildings enable unlimited opportunities for sightseeing. The scenery reflects considerable attention to detail and accuracy, reports reviewer Bill Stack.
Gerardo Godoy Canova combines his love for pulp fiction magazines and flying and offers an adventure story that you can read and then fly yourself, using your flight simulator and appropriate aircraft. The tale is set in the 1930's and has heroes, villains, exotic locations and all the details that make for a pulp story. Here is part 2, the final, and links to the files you'll need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's the second suggestion in our holiday gift guide. The Lionheart Creations LearJet 24B for FSX/Prepar3D is packed full of neat features. From its rare fuel system with transfer controls, to its riveted airframe skins, to its elaborate instrument panel crammed full with period instrumentation and switches.
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.
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.
Ron Blehm returns with another Where In The World geography challenge for flightsimmers. Number 67 may have had a record number of people guessing, and most of them got it right! Number 68 starts a new theme of capital cities. Give it a try and see if you can figure out the location.
X-Plane 10 Mobile has just been released for Apple systems and is now available at the Apple app store. Featuring brand new Internet multiplayer, combat missions, emergency scenarios, tutorials, 3-D cockpits, and more, X-Plane 10 Mobile is enough to make desktop users jealous.
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.
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.
FlightSimDesignChile announces highly detailed FSX scenery of Aeropuerto Internacional de Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas / Ushuaia Int'l Airport (SAWH / USH), Argentina. This airport is the southernmost, not arctic, airport in the world, just a few miles north of Cape Horn.
Multi Crew Experience, also known as MCE has now been updated to fit in with the latest iFly 747 release. No more flying jumbos alone. Multi Crew Experience is a complete and flexible crew simulation using voice input.
FK 14 Lightplanes Polaris and LeMans is Wilco Publishing's new title in the HiFi Simulations series. With an ultra modern design and an outstanding 360 degree panoramic view, get ready to fly the FK14 Polaris or race the FK14 LeMans in your favorite flight simulator FSX or Prepar3D.
Canadian Xpress holds Bush League Sunday as a weekly informal bush flying event that takes place on the VATSIM network every Sunday night. Participants fly to a different area each week for some off strip takeoffs and landings. You will discover that bush flying is a lot of fun, the scenery is spectacular and the takeoffs and landings are always a challenge.
MSK Productions announces FSX scenery for Sialkot International X. The airport (IATA: SKT, ICAO: OPST) is situated 14 km west of Sialkot in the Sialkot District of Pakistan. It has the distinctions of being the first privately owned public airport in Pakistan and South Asia.
The MD530F is the high altitude and high heat version of the MD-500 series. This makes it ideal for heavy lifting in bad conditions. The Milviz MV MD530F model in this package is a highly detailed replica of its real-life counterpart. The model was created using quality digital photos and many hours of testing, revising and testing again!
For the first time you will be able to experience your airports in FSX and Prepar3D in high definition with HD Airport Graphics from Zinertek. HD Airport Graphics contains over 400 high definition textures that provide a complete overhaul to your default airports around the world.
Turbine Sound Studios presents the Airbus 319 HD CFM56-5B5 Pilot Edition sound package for FSX recorded in HD high definition. A special feature for this CFM version, is startup and shutdown sounds also from the exhaust view.
Taburet expands the Night 3D series with the latest package covering the U.S. states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Specifically designed 3D light bulbs for 3D night light effects are placed on top of every type of road to provide a night blooming display of lights all over Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.