• Review: Airport Layout Enhancement Solution

    Some of the best and most popular add-ons for flight simulator are those that change the overall look of the sim world you fly in. Airport Layout Enhancement Solution (ALES) from Pyreegue Dev. Co. does that for X-Plane by replacing default textures with high quality PBR texture including runways, signs, taxiway lines, pavement and helipads. Reviewer Bruno Esperanca enjoyed the effect on older and default airports.

    September 16, 2019, 5:11 pm

    Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Barcelona Professional

    Aerosoft has released a number of versions of Barcelona over the years. The Mega Airport Barcelona Professional, produced for Prepar3D by Sim-Wings, is the best one yet. Reviewer Alex Dickinson found flying into this Catalan city a great experience, whether night or day. He found performance to be fantastic and enjoyed the many details.

    September 12, 2019, 11:03 am

    3D CAD Techniques For Making Aeroplane Canopies

    Ray Hill has provided us with a number of tutorials on creating 3D aircraft models and today he expands that series with an article on making airplane canopies. Using ViaCAD this actually takes only a few steps and is probably easier than you might imagine.

    September 9, 2019, 1:40 pm

    Interview: OBD Software

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    Review: vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C

    vFlyteAir offers a nice range of light aircraft for X-Plane pilots. In this review Stuart McGregor examines their Ikarus C42C, a plane that is relative simple but is actually packed with features, and with two variants included is like getting two planes for the price of one. He found the model to be of high quality and enjoyed the unusual features such as the parachute recovery system.

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    Interview - VirtualCol - Jose J. Gonzalez

    Virtualcol makes some of the most popular flight simulator planes by choosing to offer airplanes with friendly frame rates at a low cost. In this interview Jose J. Gonzalez tells the story of Virtualcol, from its founding in 2003 making scenery, to the changes in ownership and change to aircraft creation. Learn more in our interview about this popular group and the airplanes they make for us.

    August 29, 2019, 10:12 am

    Where in the World Feature 119

    The Where In The World series challenge from Ron Blehm continues. Last month's "cold and dark" location proved quite challenging. This month should be easier, with the location in question being a large major airport. Are your geography skills up to the challenge?

    August 26, 2019, 10:43 am

    Review: Orbx - TrueEarth US Washington

    Like many flight simulator pilots, Shawn Weigelt enjoys flying over his home territory and had long awaited some truly great scenery of Washington State in the US. Orbx has answered the called for X-Plane 11 with TrueEarth US Washington. It's a huge package, perhaps larger than some can even run, but it turns out to be worth the wait and a pleasure to fly.

    August 21, 2019, 4:00 pm

    Review: Aerosoft - Airport Anchorage For X-Plane

    Sometimes it's nice to look at a somewhat older product and see how it compares with the latest. Patrick Putlend does that by looking at Airport Anchorage for X-Plane from Aerosoft. He finds that while it shows its age in some areas, it's still a scenery he'd recommend that realistically creates an unusual and scenic location worth flying into.

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    Review: Just Flight DC-8 Jetliner Series 50 To 70

    There are plenty of older add-ons still worth using and in this review Meng Yu looks at one of them. DC-8 Jetliner Series 50 To 70 from Just Flight lets FSX and Prepar3D pilots fly one of the pioneering jet airliners. The pack includes the later versions, and all of them, with some interesting differences between the variants including two quite different cockpits.

    August 15, 2019, 10:19 am

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  • Verticalsim Studios VStates Relaunched

    The VStates ortho project for X-Plane 11 is a project to ensure color-corrected ortho/satelite imagery for the entire US mainland region. Verticalsim Studios has announced that VStates has been relaunched, with new states including Alabama V2, Illinois V2, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The DC and Maryland area is coming soon.

    September 18, 2019, 12:35 pm

    Orbx - Announcing EGNM Leeds Bradford - Yorkshire's Airport

    It seems like Orbx has news on a new flight simulator airport almost every day, and today's announce is for X-Plane 11: EGNM Leeds Bradform Airport from the in-house design team. The recreation will feature full PBR, great lighting effects and is optimized for performance.

    September 18, 2019, 11:25 am

    X-Plane 11.40 Beta 2 Released

    Laminar Research never rests and so we already have news of a beta 2 release for X-Plane 11.40. This update has a few fixes to the experimental flight model and ground trucks. It also contains updates to code signing that start preparations for the release of macOS Catalina.

    September 18, 2019, 10:16 am

    Aerosoft - New Lukla Teaser

    Aerosoft has just released a teaser video for their upcoming Prepar3D scenery of Lukla. One of the world's most dangerous airports, it's surrounded by high mountains. The scenery in the video looks spectacular and will make a great destination for flight simulator pilots.

    September 18, 2019, 10:07 am

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    September 18, 2019, 9:32 am

    Aerosoft Needs French Translator

    Aerosoft always wants to be international and accessible for everyone. For that reason, they are looking for a new French language translator for news and some other things.

    September 17, 2019, 11:09 am

    FlyingIron Simulations Update on G109b

    Since we last reported on their G109b motor glider for X-Plane, FlyingIron Simulations reports considerable progress has been made. Testing is well underway, with the flight model almost complete, art progressing, and special features like a fully functional touch screen tablet in the cockpit now coded.

    September 17, 2019, 10:43 am

    PKSIM Showcases Bogota Scenery

    PKSIM announces that release of their Prepar3D scenery of Bogota SKBO is getting close, with beta testing now in progress. For now they've release some night shots of the airport showing their current progress.

    September 17, 2019, 10:23 am

    Orbx - KORS, WA79 and 7S3 Arriving For X-Plane 11 Soon

    Orbx announces three airports for TrueEarth USA Washington and Oregon which have been ported from P3D to XP11: KORS Orcas Island for Washington, 7S3 Stark's Twin Oaks Airpark and WA79 Walter Sutton's Airstrip for Oregon.

    September 17, 2019, 10:09 am

    Kolibri Simulations Previews Paros Airport

    FSX and Prepar3D scenery designer Kolibri Simulations has released some preview images of the upcoming LGPA Paros Airport scenery. No further information is provided.

    September 16, 2019, 5:00 pm

    Flying the Compass - Airwego Virtual Airline Group

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