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    Review: Just Flight - Avro Vulcan

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    April 6, 2020, 1:45 pm

    Fly With That One Pilot Chick #3

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    April 3, 2020, 6:36 pm

    Review: Just Flight - Conington Airfield

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    March 31, 2020, 5:16 pm

    An Introduction To Livery Painting With Layers Part II

    Robin Tannahill has been busy doing aircraft repaints for X-Plane and in this series of articles he shares his techniques. The first tutorial covered the basic techniques of repainting using GIMP. In this second tutorial the special requirements for doing repaints for Traffic Global are covered.

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    March 26, 2020, 10:26 am

    Review: Turbulent Designs TerraFlora XP

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    March 24, 2020, 4:00 pm

    Review: Aerosoft - Geneva Professional

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    Review: Orbx Orcas Island

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    An Introduction To Livery Painting With Layers Part 1

    Robin Tannahill has been busy doing aircraft repaints for X-Plane and in this series of articles he shares his techniques. To be able to repaint you need basic skills in some graphics utility. In this part, he introduces GIMP, a freeware tool with lots of features, most important being layers, as you will learn when you read the tutorial.

    March 15, 2020, 9:01 am

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    April 9, 2020, 4:35 pm

    Rolling Cumulus Easter Sale

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    April 9, 2020, 2:30 pm

    MK-Studios Previews Palma de Mallorca Airport

    If showing off Keflavik yesterday in P3D V5 wasn't enough, it seems that MK-Studios now have a few shots of Palma De Mallorca they wish to share. These are also taken in Prepar3D v5.

    April 9, 2020, 10:10 am

    X-Plane 11.50 Beta 2 Released

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    Flight1 182T Skylane Now Free

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    Sierrasim Releases Stewart International Airport

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    Prepar3D v5 Announced

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    A Nice X-Plane Gift From Verticalsim

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