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    The Where In The World series challenge from Ron Blehm continues. Despite some good clues, last month proved to be unusually difficult, so congratulations to those who figured it out. So this month we have a northern airport with an interesting approach. Can you figure out which airport it is?

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    OBD Software was very successful in creating a truly immersive WWI simulator in their previous "Wings Over Flanders Fields". Now with Wings Over The Reich they apply their skills to WWII air combat. Reviewer Michael Hayward finds that flying these old planes really immerses you in the world of the 1940's where your skills determine the results of the realistic campaigns. For a WWII simulator you won't get better than this.l

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    Review: Carenado - PA31T Cheyenne II For X-Plane

    The PA31T Cheyenne II is a bigger and more powerful plane than most of the GA aircraft in the Carenado hangar. For pilots who are ready for the challenge, reviewer Shawn Weigelt found that they will get a plane that is gorgeous to look at both in and out, with just the right amount of wear to make it look authentic. It flies accurately according to the book values too, letting you travel with the speed and power that only a twin turboprop can provide.

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    Review: Active Sky Cloud Art

    Since flying involves travel through an ever changing sky, making that sky more realistic has long been a goal for flightsimmers. HiFi Technologies specializes in this area and in this review Meng Yu looks at their Active Sky Cloud Art, which provides a variety of amazing visual sky themes not otherwise available. It's best combined with the separately available Active Sky weather engine, which gives you a much more realistic overall weather experience with lots of options.

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    Trevor Guest X-Plane Developer Interview

    Trevor Guest (aka "TDG") has created a wide range of popular freeware scenery for X-Plane, mostly of nicely detailed airports. In our interview learn how he first got interested in flight simulator through FSX and then moved to X-Plane. His life-long interest in aviation shows in his creations which he is glad to share with the community.

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    Review: Mega Airport Madrid Professional

    Madrid Barajas Airport makes for a great destination for Prepar3D v4 pilots wishing to visit Spain. Thanks to Sim-Wings some great scenery is awaiting you there in Mega Airport Madrid Professional. This series, published by Aerosoft, brings highly detailed airports to your flight simulator. Our reviewer MrYorkiesWorld, enjoyed his visit and shares what he found in text, pictures and video.

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    Review: Carenado S550 Citation II For X-Plane 11

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    Review: Aerosoft - Manchester Airport

    Manchester Airport is one of the busiest in England, and a great destination for X-Plane pilots. Reviewer Paul Mort takes a look at the version created by Aerosoft and likes what he sees. As a local to the real airport, he has a good chance to compare how well it has been recreated for flight simulator use.

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    Tutorial: Beyond Plane Maker Part 2

    If you've learned to use Plane Maker, you know how to create and add aircraft of your own design to X-Plane. But Plane Maker's built-in abilities limit the shapes you can use. To create truly realistic aircraft you need to go beyond Plane Maker and use a 3D CAD program like SketchUp to create the parts you need. In this tutorial Ray Hill goes over the basics of how such parts are created and then integrated into Plane Maker aircraft.

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    Flight Sim World - One Year Later

    It has now been a year since Flight Sim World shut down. In this Op-Ed, Michael Hayward looks back at the history of the flight simulator, how it came about, what was good and bad about it, and what ultimately went wrong that lead to its failure.

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    Carenado is busy today with another release, this one for FSX and Prepar3D. The A72 500 Series brings this unbeatable regional airliner to the flight simulator world in 12 authentic HD liveries. It includes the latest features like PBR textures, VR support, 4K HD textures, etc. A complete set of PDF manuals and references is included.

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    Carenado - FA50 EX For X-Plane 11

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    July 23, 2019, 4:54 pm

    Orbx - EGHA Compton Abbas Coming X-Plane

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    July 23, 2019, 9:45 am

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    John B. Loney Jr Passes

    We regret to report the passing of well known scenery designer John B. Loney Jr.. While his favorite role was "grandpa", he rewarded us with hundreds of freeware scenery add-ons for FS2004 and FSX, favoring small airports that need the most dressing up.

    July 22, 2019, 1:09 pm

    Taburet Releases 19m Mesh For Austria For Aerofly FS 2

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    Carenado F50 Coming To X-Plane

    In a brief Facebook post, Carenado has announced that they are bringing their Fokker F50 to X-Plane 11. The F50 is already available for FSX/P3D. It's likely to have features similar to the FSX/P3D version, such as HD textures, real F50 sounds, customizable panel, ten liveries, a variety of PDF checklists, etc.

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    Perfect Flight - Private Flights Cessna 172SP

    Perfect Flight releases the latest in their "Private Flights" range for FSX and Prepar3D. Private Flights Cessna 172SP includes one of the most popular general aviation aircraft, with either a standard or G1000 glass cockpit. Learn to fly the G1000 with the included tutorials and then challenge yourself to the included missions, which can be flown with the 172 or any plane of your choice.

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    Milviz Releases PC-6 Turbo Porter For Prepar3D v4

    Milviz expands their range of bush planes with the release of the PC-6 Turbo Porter. This turbine powered utility plane has the ability to haul a big load and go anywhere. Milviz has paid attention to the flight dynamics and also made the plane highly configurable. It's accurate and in-depth, with a wide variety of detailed features for a highly realistic flying experience.

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    A2A Accu-sim J-3 Cub P3Dv4 Update

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    Mad Flight - Spectr-Aero SP-30 v1.2

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