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    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

    Review: Sky Simulations - McDonnell Douglas MD-11

    While the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was not a particularly successful model in the real world, quite a few of them still carry on, mostly in freight service. For flight simulator pilots it provides and interesting and challenging large jet to fly, with some unusual handling characteristics. Reviewer Meng Yu puts it through its paces and offers his reactions.

    June 13, 2019, 10:04 am

    Where in the World Feature 117

    The Where In The World series challenge from Ron Blehm continues. Last month was a bit of a trick question, as the airport name did not match the city of its location. This month Ron offers a favorite location from his past, with several clues and pictures. Can you figure out where it is?

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    Review: HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    Just announced today at FSExpo by Thrustmaster is their HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip. This innovative product lets you customize your joystick. A common joystick base can take various grips that are exact matches for real world aircraft. This one matches the F/A-18C Hornet and is compatible with two previously available bases. Reviewer Raymond Andersen was very impressed with the build quality and usability of the grip and highly recommends it.

    June 7, 2019, 8:20 am

    Flying With The Family

    Jay, AKA MrYorkiesWorld has been building a reputation for himself as an avid flight simulator video producer on Youtube. In this article he tells us how he does it, mixing a busy family life with two small children, with his lifelong passion for aviation.

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    Review: Carenado - A42-500

    Carenado is well known for creating great looking aircraft and their A42-500 twin-turboprop airliner is no exception. Reviewer Meng Yu was impressed with the look and flying ability of this FSX/P3D aircraft and found it had a nice tradeoff between realism and complexity, making it manageable for the average flight simulator pilot. He also found the systems modeling impressive, with the inclusion of things like "hotel mode" which is unique to this aircraft.

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    Delays

    Delays are a part of life and certainly of airplane travel, though in our virtual flight simulator world we can avoid them. Air Force and airline pilot Tony Vallillo had plenty of experience with delays in his career, both natural and man-made. Here he shares some of his flying stories as well as looking into the things that cause airplanes to be delayed.

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    Review: Carenado - B58 Baron For X-Plane 11

    Since X-Plane comes with a Baron, do we really need another one? Reviewer Stuart McGregor tried the B58 Baron created by Carenado for X-Plane 11 and found the improvements and additions over the default plane well worth while. He enjoyed flying the plane whether VFR or IFR and even with VR and overall found it to be a beautifully implemented twin-engine GA aircraft.

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    Review: Just Flight - Duchess Model 76

    Flight simulators pilots looking to move up from basic single engine aircraft will find planes like the Duchess Model 76 a good next step. The plane, created for FSX and Prepar3D by Just Flight offers the additional speed and performance that makes flight more challenging. Reviewer Alex Dickinson found some things he did not like, but overall felt that any pilot would enjoy flying this beautiful aircraft.

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    Review: iFly Jets 747-400

    Since its initial release as freeware some years ago, the iFly Jets 747-400 has been a highly regarded aircraft for FSX. Its latest version offers more features and aircraft variants, including the -8i model and BCF cargo model. Reviewer Meng Yu enjoyed flying the heavy aircraft, finding the graphics stunning, the systems well documented and overall very much worthwhile for beginners and veteran flight simulator pilots alike.

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    In a brief Facebook statement, Carenado has announced something new for their friends of X-Plane: their most recent project, the Carenado FA50 for X-Plane 11. As usual, no details are provided other than "coming soon" and some nice looking screen shots.

    June 17, 2019, 11:25 am

    EGLC London City Airport Officially Announced for X-Plane 11

    Orbx officially announces EGLC London City Airport for X-Plane 11. EGLC is an interesting small airport located close to central London. Its small size and busy location make it suitable only for certain aircraft. The scenery features a full HD PBR representation of the airport and surroundings, with major buildings, realistic road traffic, accurate lighting and more.

    June 17, 2019, 10:05 am

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    MagMexico - Monterrey Airport International Released

    Monterrey Airport International has just been released for FSX and Prepar3D by MagMexico. The scenery features the airport with unique models of the terminals. It also features the hotel zone, clinic 67, updated bridges and more.

    June 16, 2019, 1:50 pm

    Phil Spencer On The New Microsoft Flight Simulator

    We don't often point you to articles published by other web sites, but given the high level of interest in Microsoft's announcement last weekend that a new Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming we thought we should pass this on. In the interview, Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks a bit about how the new Flight Simulator came about.

    June 16, 2019, 11:37 am

    Tropicalsim - Sao Jorge LPSJ 2019 Released

    Tropicalsim has released Sao Jorge LPSJ 2019 for FSX and Prepar3D. Sao Jorge is a Portuguese island in the central Azorean archipelago of Portugal. The scenery features a highly detailed airport, photoscenery of surrounding area, custom landclass and roads, full night illumination and more.

    June 16, 2019, 11:18 am

    TFDi Design Releases PACX Product Release Trailer

    PACX from TFDi Design seeks to bring the feeling of responsibility and the significance of traveling with passengers and crew to your simulator. It is designed to be unintrusive, varied, dynamic, and simple to use and works with any aircraft across all of the major platforms.

    June 16, 2019, 11:04 am

    Historic Airline Group June Updates

    Historic Airline Group announces the latest update to their collection of vintage aircraft schedules. Many schedules have been updated to better reflect each airline's heritage. One example is Eastern Airline with 700 new flights and more accurate piston plane schedule for the 1950 to 1958 era. Other updates include Austrian Airlines, Olympic and BOAC.

    June 15, 2019, 3:10 pm

    Drzewiecki Design - Baku XP for X-Plane 11 Updated

    Baku XP features a detailed representation of UBBB Heydar Aliyev airport and Baku city with hundreds of landmarks. This product from Drzewiecki Design compatible with X-Plane 11. It has now been updated with features like better autogen, improved HDR lighting, new animations, plugin support for jetway animations, aprons with rain effects and more.

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    Canadian Xpress June Fly-In - Chicago-Cincy Crossfire

    Canadian Xpress invites flight simulator pilots to join them for their June Fly-In - Chicago-Cincy Crossfire. Participants will fly from Chicago to Cincinnati using the VATSIM network. One lucky pilot will win a prize at the end.

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    Pilot Assist Pro Updated v1.2.5

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