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    Tutorial: Beyond Plane Maker

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    Review: Sky Simulations - McDonnell Douglas MD-11

    While the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was not a particularly successful model in the real world, quite a few of them still carry on, mostly in freight service. For flight simulator pilots it provides and interesting and challenging large jet to fly, with some unusual handling characteristics. Reviewer Meng Yu puts it through its paces and offers his reactions.

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    Where in the World Feature 117

    The Where In The World series challenge from Ron Blehm continues. Last month was a bit of a trick question, as the airport name did not match the city of its location. This month Ron offers a favorite location from his past, with several clues and pictures. Can you figure out where it is?

    June 11, 2019, 9:29 am

    Review: HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    Just announced today at FSExpo by Thrustmaster is their HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip. This innovative product lets you customize your joystick. A common joystick base can take various grips that are exact matches for real world aircraft. This one matches the F/A-18C Hornet and is compatible with two previously available bases. Reviewer Raymond Andersen was very impressed with the build quality and usability of the grip and highly recommends it.

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    Flying With The Family

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    Review: Carenado - A42-500

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    Review: Carenado - B58 Baron For X-Plane 11

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    June 27, 2019, 8:22 am

    Virtualcol - Beechcraft 99 Series Pack FSX/P3D Released

    New from Virtualcol for FSX and Prepar3D is the Beechcraft 99 Series Pack featuring the classic and famous Beechcraft 99 commuter airliner. This plane was often used by smaller airlines for shorter routes. Included are four variants with working 3D cockpit, 2D panel, original sounds and more. There are twenty different repaints included.

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    First Images Of New Scenery Mont Blanc Group

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    June 26, 2019, 11:54 am

    coreDS X-Plane

    Though not a new release, the developer has asked us to let you know about coreDS™ X-Plane, a plugin that turns your X-Plane flight simulator into a full featured HLA federate and/or DIS simulation. Scripting functionality provides the flexibility needed by the end user to fully customize the simulator behaviour. It also provides a complete LUA scripting engine deeply integrated with X-Plane.

    June 26, 2019, 11:32 am

    Eastern Airlines Virtual Announces The Passing Of CEO George Lehning

    It is with great sadness that Eastern Airlines Virtual announce the passing of their beloved CEO George Lehning. For over 19 years, George has spent his time at the helm of EAV providing a place where virtual pilots came to create friendships and enjoy our passion for flight simulation. EAV members brought many years of joy to George's life and he helped maintain a place where members could feel welcomed and a part of something more than just flight simulation.

    June 26, 2019, 11:00 am

    Orbx - LEAS Asturias Released For Prepar3D v4

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    June 26, 2019, 10:13 am

    Drzewiecki Design - EPWA Warsaw Chopin Airport XP v2.1

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    June 25, 2019, 2:49 pm

    A1R Design Bureau - Yak 55M Updated

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    June 25, 2019, 1:19 pm

    RDPResets Autogen Announced

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    June 25, 2019, 11:51 am

    France VFR Announces Obstacles And VFR Landmarks

    Obstacles and VFR Landmarks - FRANCE is an add-on for X-Plane that covers the entire French territory, adding more than 500,000 obstacles and VFR landmark objects, including almost all the obstacles officially identified by the SIA which have been qualified and geo-referenced. The product is designed to be compatible with all types of overlays.

    June 24, 2019, 6:05 pm

    Drzewiecki Design Announces Tokyo Scenery

    Drzewiecki Design has announced their next major city plus airport project will be Tokyo, Japan. Japan in general has been kind of overlooked by flight simulator developers so this is a welcome announcement. As with other recent releases this is expect to come in two parts, a city scenery and an airports scenery that will work together. Versions for FSX, Prepar3D and X-Plane are expected.

    June 24, 2019, 1:52 pm

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