• Gift Guide: 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.

    December 13, 2018, 2:45 pm

    Gift Guide: Just Flight - PA28R Turbo Arrow III/IV

    The Piper Cherokee family of single engine GA planes has satisfied pilots' needs for years. At top of the range is the PA28R Turbo Arrow III/IV, with retractable gear are more horsepower than lesser models. Reviewer Shawn Weigelt tries out the X-Plane 11 version from Just Flight and finds the plane to be an absolute joy and one of the best "study level" add-ons available.

    December 12, 2018, 5:50 pm

    Tutorial: X-Plane 11 And Low End Systems

    Newer sims like X-Plane 11 are demanding on computer hardware, and more on GPU capability than some previous flight simulators. In this tutorial, Dominic Smith goes over the various settings available in X-Plane 11. He discusses what they do and how you can use them to get acceptable performance even on a lower end computer.

    December 11, 2018, 5:14 pm

    Gift Guide: Drzewiecki Design - Seattle Airports X

    Seattle Airports X is the most complete, up-to-date, affordable and performance-friendly scenery package of five airports in the Seattle metropolitan area, Washington state, USA. This product is compatible with FSX, P3D and FSW. Reviewer Augusto Ferreira liked the five included airports enough that he considers the scenery a must-have for anyone flying the Pacific Northwest. (Also see our review of the X-Plane version)

    December 10, 2018, 5:48 pm

    Gift Guide: Flight1 / JSS Simulations - Transall C-160

    As we do each year around this time, we look back at some of our favorite reviews and repost them as "gift guides" to give you ideas for your favorite flightsimmer, or for yourself! The Transall C-160 from Flight1 and JSS Simulations comes with fully working systems including pressurization, highly detailed static elements including wheel chocks and pitot covers, 3D pilots and even a simulated discharge procedure. Reviewer Bill Stack puts the plane through its paces.

    December 9, 2018, 1:13 pm

    Review: VMAX 777 Worldliner Professional Extended Pack

    Reviewer Rohan Nair takes a look at the VMAX 777 Worldliner Professional Extended Pack, the only Boeing 777 currently available for X-Plane 11. The developers have created a number of high quality jetliners for X-Plane with this one originally being released some six years ago. The latest update does still show its age a bit but still offers a lot of features and is a decent simulator of the big jet.

    December 8, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Review: Orbx CityScene Barcelona

    In this review Michael Hayward takes a look at the second release from Orbx in their CityScene range of products, CityScene Barcelona for FSX and Prepar3D. Created by Allen Kriesman, the scenery is incredibly detailed and brings the city to life with accurate and detailed buildings (thousands of them), vegetation, roads, important landmarks and so on.

    December 4, 2018, 2:12 pm

    Review: Carenado 690B Commander For X-Plane 11

    The 690B Commander for X-Plane 11 from Carenado is a speedy turboprop aircraft that makes for a comfortable ride for a business executive. Reviewer Sean McLeod found the plane to be a splendid addition to his hangar. He enjoyed the luxurious interior and the flight characteristics of the plane.

    December 1, 2018, 4:33 pm

    Review: Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder System

    The rudder may be somewhat overlooked as an aircraft control but having proper rudder pedals can actually make your flight simulator time much more real. Airline pilot Tony Vallillo puts the Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder System to the test -- the first time he's had simulator rudders -- and finds they add much more to the experience than expected. Though probably too pricey for some, they are well worth it for the serious sim pilot.

    November 27, 2018, 6:36 pm

    Review: VSKYLABS Guimbal Cabri G2

    VSKYLABS has created a very nice version of a little training helicopter created by a former Eurocopter engineer. The Guimbal Cabri G2 will make a nice addition to your X-Plane hangar, reports reviewer Paul Mort. The copter looks and feels right and is a great model for novice rotary flyers.

    November 24, 2018, 8:51 am

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    December 14, 2018, 9:24 am

    Canadian Xpress December Fly-In - St. Maarten

    This month Canadian Xpress makes their annual trip to St. Maarten, which was heavily damaged during the Category 5 hurricane Irma back in September of 2017. It's going to be years before the island fully recovers from one of the strongest storms in recorded history. However, the islands tourist industry is back in full swing, the beaches and resorts are open and ready for those who are looking for some sun in the fun.

    December 12, 2018, 10:03 am

    FlightSim.Com Christmas Logo Competition Winner

    To celebrate the festive period, FlightSim.Com invited members to redesign the existing FlightSim.Com logo into a Christmas themed version. We would like to congratulate Wil Petty on his winning design for the Christmas FlightSim.Com logo, which you'll see in use through December.

    December 11, 2018, 5:03 pm

    HiFi Technologies - Active Sky XP Released

    Introducing the first HiFi Technologies weather engine for the X-Plane platform. Active Sky XP (ASXP) brings the popular award-winning Active Sky weather engine to the X-Plane platform for the first time. Using a hybrid weather depiction interface through X-Plane 11's weather API, a realistic, high-performance and high-fidelity weather experience is realized.

    December 11, 2018, 11:24 am

    Charity Scenery Project - Falcon Heliport Released

    The Charity Scenery Project announces the first of their X-Plane releases, Falcon London Heliport, for X-Plane 11. Situated on the Isle of Dogs, it is the only HLS to the east of Central London and the closest to Canary Wharf and the City of London. All purchases/donations will go to the London Air Ambulance.

    December 9, 2018, 10:40 am

    Orbx - TrueEarth Great Britain Central Released

    Orbx expand their line of X-Plane scenery of England with the release of TrueEarth Great Britain Central. It covers a massive area of 59,383 km2 of hand corrected imagery. Of particular note are metropolitan areas such as Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle, plus other areas like the Lake Districe, Snowdonia National park, the North Yorkshire Moors and more.

    December 9, 2018, 8:24 am

    MPDesignStudio Releases SA316 Helicopter

    MPDesignStudio announces the release of their new Aerospatiale SA316 Alouette III helicopter for FSX and Prepar3D. Their seventh helicopter add-on, this one has features like twelve liveries, cockpit vibrations, fully simulated electronic equipment and more.

    December 9, 2018, 8:04 am

    FlightGear 2018.3.1 Released

    The team behind FlightGear, the open source flight simulator, have announced the 2018.3.1 release. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bug fixes including usability improvements to the launcher, improved scenery for Hawaii and the Arctic island of Jan Mayan, Italian, Chinese and Russian translations, better visuals for AI and MP aircraft.

    December 7, 2018, 9:43 am

    Infinite Flight A-10 Rework With Animated Gauges And B737 Updates

    Infinite Flight has released its 6th update of 2018, focusing on a complete rework of one of their veteran aircraft in the fleet: the A-10. This aircraft was one of the first in the simulator and is now the first to feature a cockpit with working gauges. The 737 also received some much-needed work with the addition of wing flex, ground effect, and more.

    December 6, 2018, 2:09 pm

    Skysong Soundworks Now At FlightSim.Com Store

    Today we would like to welcome Skysong Soundworks as the latest developer to offer their full product line at our new FlightSim.Com Store. HD audio brings your simulator to life, and Aaron Swindle has been creating such flight simulator audio since 1996.

    December 6, 2018, 10:27 am

    VATSTAR Is Raffling XQISIT OE400

    VATSTAR raffling a XQISIT OE400 headphone with the purpose of helping get donations for hosting cost, FSExpo 19, etc. This headphone retails for about $145, it has Noise Cancellation, a 3 Year Warranty, works great with Bluetooth computers and Flight Simulator.

    December 6, 2018, 9:19 am

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