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    Orbx design efforts lately have produced a lot of scenery for Great Britain, and Leeds Bradford Airport for X-Plane is just one example. Reviewer Paul Mort had been eagerly awaiting this one, as it's not far from where he lives. He was not disappointed in Orbx's efforts and gave it his highest rating.

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    Ratty's Ramblings - Forced Landing

    Author Ian Radcliffe has been flightsimming for a long time -- since 1984 and FS2 on a Commodore 64. In an effort to give something back after all these years of enjoyment, Ian has offered a series of articles that will offer hints, insights and suggestions to enrich the flight simulator experience. Here is the second one, with a discussion on handling forced landings plus an challenging trip through the high mountains of South America.

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    Review: Virtavia - C-17A Globemaster III

    Prepar3D pilots who enjoy flying truly large aircraft will enjoy the C-17A Globemaster III from Virtavia. Being a military plane, it also has performance unlike an airliner which makes for some interesting flying. Reviewer Ray Andersen found that he liked the aircraft very much, with high quality textures, an accurate model and an abundance of details.

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    Where in the World Feature 122

    Now that the holidays are behind us, we're back to offering you a new Where In The World? challenge from Ron Blehm. Those who tried last time did well deducing the tropical location. The new location this month is literally the end of the line...can you figure out where?

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    Review: KGEG Spokane International Airport Freeware

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    The Float Flights Of DC3 Airways

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    On An Older System - Just Flight Chipmunk

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    Review: Orbx - Global Buildings HD

    There are quite a few add-ons that change the entire look of the flight simulator world. the Orbx contribution to this idea is Global Buildings HD, which provide high definition textures to the default buildings used throughout the world. According to reviewer MrYorkiesWorld the quality is impressive and it does it without affecting frame rates and with features like regional accuracy.

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    Fly With That One Pilot Chick

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    The Story Of A Boxcar

    Files that get uploaded to our freeware library sometimes have an interesting back story. Such is the case of the C-119 Boxcar for X-Plane contributed by Michel Verheughe. It seems that he has a family history with this aircraft, as his father was the first Belgian pilot to be certified on the first Belgian C-119. This is the story of his father and this airplane.

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    DCS 2.5.5.41962 Open Beta

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    X-Plane Mobile 11.0.2 Released

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    Just Flight - Traffic Global for X-Plane 11

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    SimCoders Update Reality Expansion Pack to 4.3.3

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    WF Scenery Studio Previews Nanjing Lukou Airport

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    X-Plane Palm Springs

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