• Review: Airport Layout Enhancement Solution

    Some of the best and most popular add-ons for flight simulator are those that change the overall look of the sim world you fly in. Airport Layout Enhancement Solution (ALES) from Pyreegue Dev. Co. does that for X-Plane by replacing default textures with high quality PBR texture including runways, signs, taxiway lines, pavement and helipads. Reviewer Bruno Esperanca enjoyed the effect on older and default airports.

    September 16, 2019, 5:11 pm

    Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Barcelona Professional

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    3D CAD Techniques For Making Aeroplane Canopies

    Ray Hill has provided us with a number of tutorials on creating 3D aircraft models and today he expands that series with an article on making airplane canopies. Using ViaCAD this actually takes only a few steps and is probably easier than you might imagine.

    September 9, 2019, 1:40 pm

    Interview: OBD Software

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    Review: vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C

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    September 1, 2019, 10:31 am

    Interview - VirtualCol - Jose J. Gonzalez

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    August 29, 2019, 10:12 am

    Where in the World Feature 119

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    August 26, 2019, 10:43 am

    Review: Orbx - TrueEarth US Washington

    Like many flight simulator pilots, Shawn Weigelt enjoys flying over his home territory and had long awaited some truly great scenery of Washington State in the US. Orbx has answered the called for X-Plane 11 with TrueEarth US Washington. It's a huge package, perhaps larger than some can even run, but it turns out to be worth the wait and a pleasure to fly.

    August 21, 2019, 4:00 pm

    Review: Aerosoft - Airport Anchorage For X-Plane

    Sometimes it's nice to look at a somewhat older product and see how it compares with the latest. Patrick Putlend does that by looking at Airport Anchorage for X-Plane from Aerosoft. He finds that while it shows its age in some areas, it's still a scenery he'd recommend that realistically creates an unusual and scenic location worth flying into.

    August 18, 2019, 9:45 am

    Review: Just Flight DC-8 Jetliner Series 50 To 70

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    August 15, 2019, 10:19 am

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    September 16, 2019, 5:00 pm

    Flying the Compass - Airwego Virtual Airline Group

    Now approaching twenty years of service, Airwego Virtual Airline Group offers its pilots more than ever. Having recently merged with JGA the group now offers more flying options than ever, whether you like doing scheduled regional airline flights, flying helicopters in the North Sea or shuttling to small niche airports there is something for everyone.

    September 16, 2019, 3:13 pm

    Virtavia - B-1B Lancer For Prepar3D v4.5

    We have not had much news from Virtavia recently but today they announce a new plane for flight simulator pilots, the B-1B Lancer exclusively for Prepare3D v4.5+ (they do already offer an FSX version). The big bomber is offered with three models spanning the years in eight faithful paint schemes. Note that this is a native P3D v4.5 model.

    September 16, 2019, 1:48 pm

    SimCoders Updates Reality Expansion Pack (REP)

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    September 16, 2019, 1:36 pm

    X-Plane Gateway Showcase: Tokyo RJTT

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    September 16, 2019, 12:00 pm

    Carenado Previews EMB120 For FSX/Prepar3D

    Not a lot of information, but Carenado has released a few new screen shots showcaseing their upcoming Embraer EMB120 turboprop airliner. for FSX and Prepar3D. Reportedly "coming soon"...

    September 16, 2019, 10:48 am

    Lionheart Creations Announces Piper Pacer Super Pack

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    September 16, 2019, 10:29 am

    Orbx - TrueEarth Oregon HD 1.1.0 Updated

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    September 16, 2019, 9:55 am

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    Canadian Xpress September Fly-In - Kilimanjaro II

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    A Shout-Out From Historic Airline Group

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