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    Review: Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v4

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    Plane Maker Tutorial Part 4

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    Where in the World Feature 115

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    Review: Orbx EGSG Stapleford Aerodrome

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    Freeware Focus: Ford Tri-Motor Project

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    New Leadership At Gatwick Flight Simulation Group

    Crawley based Gatwick Flight Simulation Group (GFSG) have taken the next step in securing their future with the stepping down of founder Clive Drake from the position of Chairman having maintained this role since the Group's inception in 2011. Clive has been replaced by Richard Harreiter, GFSG holds monthly meetings with lectures as well as online flying.

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    VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations Announces C-47 Updates

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    Virtualcol Easter Sale

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    Announcing Ultrawings Flat

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    Onfinal Studio Releases Reus Airport

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    April 17, 2019, 1:29 pm

    FSWidgets - XTaws for Windows Released

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    Rolling Cumulus Easter Sale

    Rolling Cumulus has announced that their Easter Sale starts today with 50% savings on most of their products. Flight simulator pilots who like to fly with a mission will surely enjoy the range of adventures provided by Rolling Cumulus for FSX and Prepar3D. Adventures range from living pulp fictions novels, to bush flying in the Amazon bush, visiting the outback of several South American countries and flying cargo in the C-46.

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    Flight Sim Show 2019 Tickets Now Available

    Flight simulator fans in the UK can now purchase tickets for Flight Sim Show 2019 to be held this October at the RAF Museum Cosford. Organized and hosted by Just Flight, for the first time this year the show will be extended to two full days, allowing the thousands of visitors more time to meet and see the various exhibits and vendors.

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