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    Otavio Bonomi is a scenery developer who creates for FSX, Prepar3D and X-Plane. Like many scenery designers, he got started because an area he was interested in needed doing but he's since found sharing his scenery very rewarding. He also flies and is an advanced skydiver and skydiving instructor. Learn more in our interview.

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    Review: Carenado C172SP Skyhawk X-Plane 11

    The announcement by Carenado that they were doing a C172SP Skyhawk for X-Plane left reviewer Shawn Weigelt wondering if the flight simulator world really needed another 172. Well, maybe so when it's "amazing" as Shawn concluded this one is. Read the review to learn why he liked it so much.

    February 16, 2019, 5:16 pm

    David Flamm Developer Interview

    X-Plane scenery designer David Flamm specializes in a very scenic part of the world: Alaska. Being a native he knows the area well and often visits the places he creates scenery for. He's also a real world pilot and gets to explore large parts of the state as part of his mission. Check out his scenery and learn more in our interview.

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    Breaking the Boundaries - From Flight Simulation to Real Flight

    You've likely read his reviews here, and now Michael Hayward takes you along on his first real world flight in a light aircraft. He flies in a Flight Designs CTSW microlight out of Elstree Aerodrome near London to the Imperial War Museum Duxford and back. Along with the article and photos he shares several videos of both the flight and his impressions comparing flight simulator to the real thing.

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    Review: Orbx TrueEarth Great Britain South

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    Review: Active Sky XP

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    February 2, 2019, 12:40 pm

    Where in the World Feature 113

    The Where In The World series challenge from Ron Blehm continues into 2019 as readers have stepped up with a bunch of new destinations. Last month's location was the home of nearly a dozen shipyards and most people figured out where that was. This month's challenge is to an interesting cultural center. Can you figure out where?

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    Review: Aerosoft - Douglas DC-8

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    Review: Accu-Sim V35B Beechcraft Bonanza

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    January 20, 2019, 1:34 pm

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    Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. This complex ecosystem has been depicted in a digital format for the X-Plane flight simulator by Taburet. The big mountain itself has been carefully formed to depict reality as close as possible. Autogen, high resolution mesh and an extensive photorealistic textured coverage are used to add deep immersion.

    February 20, 2019, 5:59 pm

    Flysimware Falcon 50 Update v1.7B Released

    Flysimware has released a major update of their Falcon 50 business jet for FSX and Prepar3D. It includes new textures, remodeled virtual cockpit, new GPU units, new sounds and much more.

    February 20, 2019, 4:46 pm

    FlightSoft Valentines Day Sale Still Ongoing

    OK, Valentines Day has passed but the Valentines Day Sale from FlightSoft is still ongoing. All single products are reduced to $18.00 (usually $34.95 to $39.95) and there are two special bundles just for this sale.

    February 20, 2019, 2:01 pm

    REX Customer Appreciation Sale

    Today REX has announced the start of their Customer Appreciation Sale. For a few days only save 35% on all REX products in the FlightSim.Com Store. REX makes products that entirely transform your flight simulator, both on the ground at the airport and in the sky. Give them a try and see what your FSX and Prepar3D can really do.

    February 20, 2019, 10:32 am

    Carenado - S340 X-Plane 11 Released

    Carenado announces the release of their latest X-Plane aircraft add-on, the S340. It offers advanced features like high-end 4K PBR graphics throughout, custom EHSI and EADI instruments with detached pop-up windows, custom autopilot and much more.

    February 20, 2019, 9:33 am

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    Aerosoft Presidents Day Sale

    In honor of US Presidents Day, Aerosoft is running a sale, giving 30% off on select products. Included are the award-winning Douglas DC-8, CRJ 700/900, Twin Otter Extended and more. Only for a few days at the FlightSim.Com Store.

    February 19, 2019, 10:42 am

    Flight1 - G500/G600 Series V1.03 Released

    The Flight1 dev team continues to crank out updates and now announce the latest version of their innovative G500/600 Series of avionics for FSX and Prepar3D. Version 1.03 now fully supports the latest Trainer v 730 plus many new features and refinements.

    February 18, 2019, 3:13 pm

    iniBuilds Update On A380

    As the A380 heads for the sunset in the real world, developer iniBuilds continues to work on their iniSimulations A380 project for X-Plane. While no release date has yet been proposed, they report significant progress in the plane's development.

    February 18, 2019, 10:26 am

    Announcing Malaysia Virtual Airlines

    After a years absence and hosting problems, Malaysia Virtual Airlines, has returned to the virtual skies. They have relaunched with a new site design, strive to not disappear again, and will keep up to date with the schedules of Malaysia Airlines.

    February 17, 2019, 1:33 pm

    Flight1 - GTN Complete Series V2.09 Released

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