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    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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    Gift Guide: Aerosoft - Douglas DC-8

    Flying an early jetliner is a different experience from flying modern aircraft, and for those FSX or Prepar3D pilots who would like a taste, reviewer Michael Hayward recommends the Douglas DC-8 available from Aerosoft. He found that the model faithfully recreates the experience of flying a vintage jet and that flying it was an "absolute joy".

    December 13, 2019, 10:49 am

    Gift Guide: Accu-Sim V35B Beechcraft Bonanza

    Each December we pick some of our favorite reviews and run them again as our "Gift Guide" series to give you some ideas for things flightsimmers might really like. A2A Simulations are of course well known for their outstanding general aviation aircraft, and their Accu-Sim V35B Bonanza is no exception. Available for both FSX and Prepar3D, our reviewer Ray Andersen enjoyed flying it in P3D so much that we gave it our first Award of Excellence for 2019. Ray goes into great detail on just why this plane should be added to your hangar.

    December 12, 2019, 4:17 pm

    Review: Carenado - A72-500 Series

    The A72-500 Series is just the type of aircraft that Carenado is well known for, and a perfect regional turboprop for flightsim use. Reviewer Alex Dickinson really likes the model and enjoys flying it, though it's not quite perfect. It's an interesting plane to fly and features an excellent sound package, lots of liveries and other details.

    December 10, 2019, 2:46 pm

    Review: Carenado - CT182T Skylane

    X-Plane 11 pilots looking for a more advanced general aviation aircraft will enjoy the CT182T Skylane G1000 model available from Carenado. The Turbo Skylane is faster and higher flying than most others and features a modern G1000 glass cockpit. Reviewer Shawn Weigelt takes it for a ride and offers his report.

    December 7, 2019, 9:44 am

    Ratty's Ramblings - Slow Flight

    Author Ian Radcliffe has been doing this flightsim thing 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. This first one discusses slow flight and then offers an interesting trip where you'll want to fly slow to enjoy the scenery.

    December 3, 2019, 4:38 pm

    Op-Ed: Let's Talk About Microsoft Flight Simulator

    Having attended X019 and actually having a chance to try an early version of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator, not to mention the chance to interview the design team at Asobo, Michael Hayward has formed some strong opinions on the upcoming flight simulator. In this op-ed he shares his thoughts, covering the history of Microsoft Flight Simulator and what the new versions means.

    November 30, 2019, 10:46 am

    Making 3D Panels For X-Plane

    Creating a flight simulator aircraft requires a wide variety of skills, not least of which is making the 3D panel. In this tutorial, Gary Miloglav demonstrates his way of making 3D panels for X-Plane, a step by step approach that we hope you will find easy to follow.

    November 27, 2019, 12:47 pm

    On An Older System - Series Introduction

    While the latest add-ons are tempting, many flightsimmers are still running older computers that cannot keep up. But there's still plenty of flying fun to be had if you pick the right simulator and add-ons. This series is for you, as author Kenneth J. Kerr explores the realities of user an older computer and offers suggestions. Future articles in the series will look at specific add-ons that work great on slower machines.

    November 23, 2019, 4:58 pm

    X019 Interview with Asobo Studio

    On Friday 15th November 2019, Asobo Studio, who are developing the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator showcased their platform at X019 in London. This was the first time a stand had been made available to the public, and the team were on hand to take questions. Michael Hayward represented FlightSim.Com and had a chance to interview Martial Bossard, lead developer and co-founder of Asobo.

    November 20, 2019, 1:29 pm

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  • Aerosoft - Airport Vitoria-Forondo For X-Plane 11

    Airport Vitoria-Forondo, a Spanish airport managed by AENA, is now available for X-Plane 11 from Aerosoft. Mainly used for cargo, it is Spain's forth busiest cargo airport. Included are 750 sq km of ortho-imagery, including dynamic snow when appropriate. PBR is used for buildings and ground textures, and custom vegetation covers the entire otho region.

    December 13, 2019, 5:13 pm

    FeelThere - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

    FeelThere unveils a new airport for use with Tower!3D Pro: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Being the fourth busiest airport in the world by aircraft movements, this will be a real challenge for ATC controllers. It features a stunning 3D rendering of the airport where advanced AI pilots will follow your commands. You'll see dynamic lighting and shadows, with realistic day-night cycles.

    December 13, 2019, 4:29 pm

    DCS: F-16C Viper - Wing Flex Demonstration

    After last week's rather remarkable video of carrier ops, DCS returns with another video. This one showcases their F-16C Viper with a new added element: wing flex and twisting. This will provide a much more dynamic and interesting behavior as you maneuver the jet.

    December 13, 2019, 10:13 am

    Orbx Releases Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport

    Just in time for winter, Orbx announces the release of Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport in Sweden for Prepar3D v4. This is a true all-season airport, taking full advantage of P3D v4's PBR texturing, SODE runways and plenty of other features.

    December 13, 2019, 9:55 am

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    Jetstream Designs Orly Airport Update

    Jetstream Designs has posted news about their scenery of Orly Airport for FSX and Prepar3D. The real world airport is undergoing some major changes and they are working hard to make their scenery match these changes.

    December 12, 2019, 10:48 am

    Skyline Simulations - CYTZ - Billy Bishop Porter Airport P3D/FSX

    Skyline Simulations announces the release of CYTZ - Billy Bishop Porter Airport P3D/FSX. Billy Bishop City Airport is a small regional airport located on Toronto Island in Canada. The second name of the airport is Toronto island airport. The scenery features custom textures, detailed 3D models, dynamic lighting in P3D, animated CN Tower colors and many other features.

    December 12, 2019, 10:31 am

    Carenado Announces Grand Caravan EX G1000 For X-Plane 11

    On their Facebook page, Carenado has briefly announced that they are working on a Grand Caravan EX G1000 for X-Plane 11, and have supplied a few screen shots. They report that it is "coming very soon."

    December 11, 2019, 11:34 am

    Aerosoft - A330 Professional

    Aerosoft announces the release of A330 Professional, the big brother of the ubiquitous A320, for Prepar3D v4.5. The project is a development for 64-bit platforms and uses the very latest of technology. While a follow-on to their A320 product, you will find many systems are redone to a higher level of detail.

    December 10, 2019, 6:08 pm

    X-Plane Mobile with Global Scenery Now Available

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    December 10, 2019, 1:53 pm

    Just Flight Previews F28 Fellowship

    Since Just Flight announced their F28 Fellowship for FSX and Prepar3D back in April they have been providing regular updates of their progress. Today they offer a few more in development screen shots showing details of the exterior and effects of PBR.

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