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    Review: Accu-Sim P-51D Military

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    April 14, 2019, 9:23 am

    Review: Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v4

    Those looking to move up to a modern 64-bit flight simulator for training and education will certainly be interested in Prepar3D v4 from Lockheed Martin. Having been built on the same base as Microsoft Flight Simulator (FSX) it will be familiar to many but has been updated in ways that take advantage of new hardware. Michael Hayward takes an overview of the sim to give you and idea of its strengths and weaknesses and help you decide if it's something for you.

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    Plane Maker Tutorial Part 4

    Every copy of X-Plane comes with the utility Plane Maker that lets you create and fly your own aircraft. The creative process is quite rewarding and enjoyable but may seem daunting at first. In this tutorial Ray Hill shows that it's not as hard as you might imagine, as he walks you through the basic design steps. In this 4th and final part, he goes over creating the cockpit, paint scheme, tuning and adding weapons.

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    Where in the World Feature 115

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    April 2, 2019, 11:22 am

    Review: Just Flight - Archer III For X-Plane

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    Review: Mad Flight Studio - Spectr-Aero SP-30

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    March 22, 2019, 2:20 pm

    Flight Simulator Audio

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    March 19, 2019, 4:37 pm

    Review: Orbx EGSG Stapleford Aerodrome

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    17th Virtual World Aerobatic Championship

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    April 23, 2019, 4:12 pm

    Aerosoft - A320 Family Professional Bundle for P3D v4.4

    The previously released A318/A319 and A320/A321 packages from Aerosoft are now available together as a bundle at the FlightSim.Com Store, with a reduced price over the individual packages. The A320 Family Professional Bundle for P3D v4.4 includes airplanes that are some of the most common in the sky, developed specifically for 64 bit platforms.

    April 23, 2019, 1:28 pm

    Carenado Announces 390 Premier IA For X-Plane

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    April 22, 2019, 10:55 am

    Photosim Labs Announces Bimini Scenery

    They have been giving regular updates for a while now, but the latest post from Photosim Labs indicates that their scenery of South Bimini in the Bahamas will be released this Wednesday. The scenery is for FSX, FSX: Steam and Prepar3D including P3D v4. Work has also just started on converting it to X-Plane 11.

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    AivlaSoft Electronic Flight Bag Released for X-Plane

    AvilaSoft has released v2.1 of their Electronic Flight Bag. New in this version is support for X-Plane. It continues to support Prepar3D and FSX. The Electronic Flight Bag v2 (EFB v2) helps an air crew to perform all tasks more simply and efficiently, but more important: paperless. It includes charts, checklists and much more.

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    FS-FlightControl, a touch-optimized Instructor Station for Prepar3D, FSX and FSW, assists Simulator Operators, Flight Simulation Enthusiasts as well as Home Simmers to get the most out of their flight simulator. They have just announced support for additional aircraft from Milviz, starting with their T-38C Talon.

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