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    Review: Active Sky Cloud Art

    Since flying involves travel through an ever changing sky, making that sky more realistic has long been a goal for flightsimmers. HiFi Technologies specializes in this area and in this review Meng Yu looks at their Active Sky Cloud Art, which provides a variety of amazing visual sky themes not otherwise available. It's best combined with the separately available Active Sky weather engine, which gives you a much more realistic overall weather experience with lots of options.

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    Trevor Guest X-Plane Developer Interview

    Trevor Guest (aka "TDG") has created a wide range of popular freeware scenery for X-Plane, mostly of nicely detailed airports. In our interview learn how he first got interested in flight simulator through FSX and then moved to X-Plane. His life-long interest in aviation shows in his creations which he is glad to share with the community.

    July 9, 2019, 4:37 pm

    Review: Mega Airport Madrid Professional

    Madrid Barajas Airport makes for a great destination for Prepar3D v4 pilots wishing to visit Spain. Thanks to Sim-Wings some great scenery is awaiting you there in Mega Airport Madrid Professional. This series, published by Aerosoft, brings highly detailed airports to your flight simulator. Our reviewer MrYorkiesWorld, enjoyed his visit and shares what he found in text, pictures and video.

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    Review: Carenado S550 Citation II For X-Plane 11

    For pilots who want to be fast but agile, a small bizjet is the ideal ride. Carenado provides a great choice for X-Plane pilots with their S550 Citation II. Reviewer Rohan Nair takes up the duties of a corporate pilot and finds the visual fidelity and quality downright excellent. He does find some issues with a few things but overall is pleased with the aircraft.

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    Review: Aerosoft - Manchester Airport

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    Tutorial: Beyond Plane Maker Part 2

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    Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Rome

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    Tutorial: Beyond Plane Maker

    If you've learned to use Plane Maker, you know how to create and add aircraft of your own design to X-Plane. But Plane Maker's built-in abilities limit the shapes you can use. To create truly realistic aircraft you need to go beyond Plane Maker and use a 3D CAD program like SketchUp to create the parts you need. In this tutorial Ray Hill goes over the basics of how such parts are created and then integrated into Plane Maker aircraft.

    June 17, 2019, 10:36 am

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    The FlightSim.Com Store would like to welcome our latest new developer, VIELCON DESIGNS, who make advanced sounds for FS2004, FSX and Prepar3D (all versions). Two products are available, plus a sound pack that combines both at a reduced price. The products enhance the sounds of rain and thunder, giving a more natural environment for rainy and stormy days.

    July 15, 2019, 6:11 pm

    Fangzahn Aviation Studios Releases LGZA For P3D

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    July 15, 2019, 10:57 am

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    Just Flight Continues To Roll Out 747 Classic Previews

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    July 14, 2019, 10:26 am

    Windsock Simulations Malpensa Update

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    July 14, 2019, 10:10 am

    Historic Airline Group Expands And Improves

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    Just Flight Turbo Arrow Coming Next Week

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    Drzewiecki Design - Warsaw City XP v1.5

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    Aerosoft - Paderborn XP

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    Orbx - Update On openLC Africa and Asia

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