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    Virushawk

    While we're stuck at home due to the coronavirus, A2A Simulations has been generous enough to offer one of their great Accu-sim aircraft, the P-40 Warhawk, for free. Author Ian Radcliffe, while a big A2A fan, had never tried this plane before but grabbed it now and felt obligated to give A2A a "thank you".

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    Review: Turbulent Designs TerraFlora XP

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    Review: Aerosoft - Geneva Professional

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    Review: Orbx Orcas Island

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    An Introduction To Livery Painting With Layers Part 1

    Robin Tannahill has been busy doing aircraft repaints for X-Plane and in this series of articles he shares his techniques. To be able to repaint you need basic skills in some graphics utility. In this part, he introduces GIMP, a freeware tool with lots of features, most important being layers, as you will learn when you read the tutorial.

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    Review: Canada4XPlane - CYQB Quebec City Int'l

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    Review: Bristol 170 Freighter

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    BetterPushback For X-Plane Updated

    The popular BetterPushback plugin for X-Plane 11 has been updated. It provides an overhead view to plan a pushback route and accomplishes a fully automated "hands-off" pushback, letting the user focus on aircraft startup and other pilot duties during pushback. To increase immersion, it speaks to you in a variety of languages and accents.

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    New Release of OpenSceneryX v4.4.0

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    FS2Crew - iFly 737NG Edition For P3D v4

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    Microsoft Flight Simulator March 26th Development Update

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    Virtavia - B-24 Liberator for Prepar3D

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    Torquesim - BN-2 Islander Development Update 1

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