• SimCrew - Vans Aircraft RV7 Announced

    X-Plane pilots will soon have a new GA plane to fly. SimCrew has announce they are working on the popular kit plane Vans RV7. Real world kit plane builders construct these planes with different options, and flight simulator pilots will have options too like two or three blade props, wheel fairings and more.

    October 18, 2018, 4:13 pm

    Turbulent Designs Angwin-Parrett Field Now Freeware

    Turbulent Designs has now released their Angwin-Parrett Field as freeware. It is located in the small town of Angwin in Napa County, Northern California, USA. This package contains an additional bonus airfield, Pope Lake, located to the north. Modeled from on-site photography, this FSX/P3D scenery offers an incredibly detailed rendition of the airport.

    October 18, 2018, 10:22 am

    Celestial Team 2 - Yangzhou Taizhou International Airport

    New for FSX and Prepar3D from Celestial Team 2 is scenery of Yangzhou Taizhou International Airport (ZSYA) in China. This is a major airport serving several cities in the region.

    October 17, 2018, 11:46 am

    Orbx Announces KSBA Santa Barbara For FSX/P3D

    Orbx designer Misha Cajic announces his latest project, KSBA Santa Barbara for FSX and Prepar3D. Santa Barbara Airport is served by five airlines and also has GA traffic keeping its three runways busy. In addition to the detailed airport the scenery will include 500 sq km of the surrounding area, covering the entire city of Santa Barbara plus Goleta and the nearby mountain range.

    October 17, 2018, 11:34 am

    VATSIM - Cross the Pond Eastbound 2018

    On 27th October 2018, VATSIM is excited to bring you the latest edition of Cross The Pond! Cross The Pond has been a bi-annual tradition on VATSIM for well over ten years. The eastbound edition sees flight simulator pilots depart a selection of airports in North America and fly transatlantic to European destinations. Full ATC, including Oceanic, is provided throughout.

    October 16, 2018, 5:37 pm

    Vidan Design - Aalborg X Released

    We've been watching the previews for a while but now Vidan Design has finally released their Aalborg X scenery for FSX, FSX: Steam and Prepar3D v4. This is a higly detailed version of the airport and the associated military air base, based on custom on-site photography. It offers lots of details like animated support vehicles and military vehicles.

    October 16, 2018, 10:54 am

    Milviz Previews ATR Cockpit

    Milviz continues to be busy on a number of upcoming projects, including the ATR turboprop airliner. In the comments, they describe it as a "64-bit" model so it is expected to support Prepar3D v4 and eventually X-Plane. We now have an early look at the virtual cockpit.

    October 16, 2018, 9:23 am

    Rolling Cumulus Releases Desert Oil Pilots

    Oil exploration in the Sahara region has developed dramatically over the past ten years. This is primarily the result of an increase in the oil price on the international market. Now Rolling Cumulus Software brings the commercial pilot as well as those flying in the bush the opportunity to check the lonesome and dangerous desert flying as Desert Oil Pilots for FSX/P3D.

    October 15, 2018, 2:51 pm

    MK-Studios Announces EKVG Vagar Airport Scenery

    MK-Studios today has announced their next scenery project, Vagar Airport (EKVG) in the Faroe Islands. It is in fact the only airport on these remote islands and makes for a scenic and exciting destination for airline flights. It's reported to be available "soon" for P3D v4 and there's mention that a future X-Plane version is a possibility.

    October 15, 2018, 2:17 pm

    Captain Sim Says Goodbye To FSX

    Another developer announces the end of support for FSX. In their forums, Captain Sim has posted that the upcoming 757 Captain III Freighter and -30 expansions will be the last FSX products, and in fact the last for 32 bit sims (i.e. Prepar3D v1, v2, v3). Future development will be devoted to 64 bit sims.

    October 15, 2018, 12:31 pm

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  • Review: Carenado Cessna 340 For X-Plane 11

    Carenado is well known for creating great looking general aviation aircraft. Their Cessna 340 II has been around for years in different versions, but is now available for X-Plane 11 and brings new features like PBR materials that make the exterior really look like the metal on a real airplane. Reviewer Shawn Weigelt loved the look of plane and was satisfied with the accessible flight model.

    October 17, 2018, 4:15 pm

    Interview With Cockpit phD

    Flight simmers enjoy making their sim cockpit more realistic, so companies like Cockpit phD are a great benefit in making this possible. Though founded only four years ago, the Cockpit phD team has created an expanding line of cockpit controls that make the home cockpit more real. Raymond Andersen interviews them about their passion for flight, how they got started, future plans and more.

    October 13, 2018, 11:11 am

    Review: Orbx - Monument Valley

    If your idea of the American west is based on western movies, you're likely thinking of Monument Valley. Located on the Colorado plateau near the Arizona/Utah border, the rugged terrain makes for some scenic flying, which Orbx has captured with their usual style. This version is for X-Plane 11 and reviewer Sean McLeod enjoyed blasting over the desert and into the canyons.

    October 8, 2018, 1:45 pm

    Review: Condor 2 Soaring Simulator

    Soaring is a type of flying many flight simulator pilots are not familiar with. The best way to experience it is with a dedicated simulator like Condor 2. The sim includes a good variety of gliders to try and a wide variety of features on how you launch, landscapes and more. There's also an extensive lessons system. Reviewer Nils Lips spent a considerable amount of time with the sim and highly recommends it.

    October 5, 2018, 2:52 pm

    Preview: Deadstick Bush Flight Simulator

    REMEX Software has been working on a new flight simulator named Deadstick Bush Flight Simulator. Recently reviewer Michael Hayward had a chance to try a pre-release version of the sim and talk with the developers. He really enjoyed his time with the sim and has high hopes for it when released near the end of the year. The sim includes some interesting features like aircraft that wear and age, a career mode featuring cargo delivery and more to come.

    September 29, 2018, 11:01 am

    Interview With Charles Macelli

    Charles Macelli is a relatively new X-Plane scenery designer, but his passion for flight simulator has gotten him involved in a big way in a short time. In this interview he tells us about his philosophy on scenery design and what areas and airports interest him. We also learn about the tools he uses and what got him interested in aviation in the first place.

    September 28, 2018, 2:42 pm

    Where in the World Feature 110

    The Where In The World series challenge from Ron Blehm continues as readers have stepped up with a bunch of new destinations. Last month's stumped some but most figured out where Hans Christian Anderson was honored with a statue. The clues for this month look tough...how is your geography knowledge?

    September 24, 2018, 3:26 pm

    Review: Aerosoft Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport

    If you're an X-Plane pilot who enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific northwest, you'll enjoy flying into Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. Reviewer Patrick Putlend gave this scenery from Aerosoft a try and found it thoroughly enjoyable. He liked the detailed ground textures and buildings as well as the custom mesh and the inclusion of the city as well as the airport.

    September 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

    Review: Alexander Barthel's Little Navmap

    Little Navmap from Alexander Barthel is a freeware utility that makes navigating a breeze. According to reviewer Paul Mort, the flight planner is easy to use but has all the features you need. The maps have a great level of detail and are easy on the eye. In fact, he couldn't really find any negatives to the utility, making it a great addition to your flight simulator tools.

    September 18, 2018, 5:25 pm

    Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Helsinki

    Inspired by a trip to Finland, reviewer Michael Hayward sought out some flight simulator scenery of the area and found Mega Scenery Helsinki. Created by A-Flight and published by Aerosoft, this add-on is now a few years old but Michael found that it still holds up well against current standards for FSX scenery. His review includes a nice video showing the scenery.

    September 14, 2018, 1:56 pm

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