• Fly With That One Pilot Chick #3

    Author Ron Blehm knows a young woman pilot in Washington State who shares her flight training and flying adventures online and through videos. His idea was that it would be fun for flight simmers to join in on her adventures, flying the same routes and sharing their experiences. A number of people have submitted video responses from flight 2 and we now offer a new flight to try. Our lady pilot has just got her instrument rating, so additional adventures will be in store in future flights.

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    Review: Just Flight - Conington Airfield

    There are plenty of older FSX/P3D titles that are still worth your attention. In this review, Felicity Smith takes a look at Conington Airfield from Just Flight. Just Flight obviously has a connection with this airport too, as a number of aircraft they have modeled are based here. If you enjoy a quiet country airfield with lots of detail, this may be just the place for you too.

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    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.

    March 29, 2020, 11:54 am

    Virushawk

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    Review: Turbulent Designs TerraFlora XP

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    Review: Aerosoft - Geneva Professional

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    Review: Orbx Orcas Island

    Orcas Island was one of the earliest Orbx sceneries, and the area itself is one of the favorites of reviewer Shawn Weigelt. The original version, though, was for Microsoft Flight Simulator and Shawn wanted a version for X-Plane. Well, that is now available and Shawn was very pleased to find that is lives up to expectations.

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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.

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    Review: Canada4XPlane - CYQB Quebec City Int'l

    The first flight simulator scenery release from new developer Canada4XPlane is a winner, says reviewer Jennifer Kimball. The scenery is of CYQB - Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, the main airport in that region of Canada. The scenery offers excellent detail, beautiful night ambiance and an overall realistic feel that makes is a great place to start exploring Canada.

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    The Need to Fly

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    Just Flight Offers Freebie Hawk T1/A

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    VSKYLABS He-162 Project News Flash

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    OBD Software - New Wings Over Flanders Field Video

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    April 3, 2020, 11:51 am

    TFDi Design 717 Updates

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    Microsoft Flight Simulator April 2, 2020 Development Update

    Microsoft has released their weekly development update on the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator. Alpha version 1.2.5.0 has been released to testers. Upcoming in April will be a feedback snapshot update, partnership series update and the next episode in their video series.

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    X-Plane 11.50 Beta 1 Released

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    Bravo Zulu - Firefly For FSX/P3D Updated

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    April 2, 2020, 4:38 pm

    Orbx - Boulder City

    Orbx announces a new Prepar3D v4 scenery project from developer Ken Hall: Boulder City Municipal Airport. Located just south of Las Vegas, Ken has spent two years meticulously crafting the airport in fine detail. All primary features are modeled in full PBR glory, with ground textures hand-drawn and dozens of unique vegetation types created solely for this project.

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    PMDG - A Few Updates - But Still No Fooling About

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