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    June 13, 2019, 10:04 am

    Where in the World Feature 117

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    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.

    June 7, 2019, 8:20 am

    Flying With The Family

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    June 3, 2019, 5:08 pm

    Review: Carenado - A42-500

    Carenado is well known for creating great looking aircraft and their A42-500 twin-turboprop airliner is no exception. Reviewer Meng Yu was impressed with the look and flying ability of this FSX/P3D aircraft and found it had a nice tradeoff between realism and complexity, making it manageable for the average flight simulator pilot. He also found the systems modeling impressive, with the inclusion of things like "hotel mode" which is unique to this aircraft.

    May 30, 2019, 5:43 pm

    Delays

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    May 27, 2019, 5:10 pm

    Review: Carenado - B58 Baron For X-Plane 11

    Since X-Plane comes with a Baron, do we really need another one? Reviewer Stuart McGregor tried the B58 Baron created by Carenado for X-Plane 11 and found the improvements and additions over the default plane well worth while. He enjoyed flying the plane whether VFR or IFR and even with VR and overall found it to be a beautifully implemented twin-engine GA aircraft.

    May 24, 2019, 5:56 pm

    Review: Just Flight - Duchess Model 76

    Flight simulators pilots looking to move up from basic single engine aircraft will find planes like the Duchess Model 76 a good next step. The plane, created for FSX and Prepar3D by Just Flight offers the additional speed and performance that makes flight more challenging. Reviewer Alex Dickinson found some things he did not like, but overall felt that any pilot would enjoy flying this beautiful aircraft.

    May 21, 2019, 6:19 pm

    Review: iFly Jets 747-400

    Since its initial release as freeware some years ago, the iFly Jets 747-400 has been a highly regarded aircraft for FSX. Its latest version offers more features and aircraft variants, including the -8i model and BCF cargo model. Reviewer Meng Yu enjoyed flying the heavy aircraft, finding the graphics stunning, the systems well documented and overall very much worthwhile for beginners and veteran flight simulator pilots alike.

    May 18, 2019, 10:26 am

    Review: REX 5 - Environment Force

    REX Simulations makes utilities that let you take control of your flight simulator and change the entire world environment. Their latest is REX 5 - Environment Force for Prepar3D. It gives you the ability to change shaders mid-flight, letting you immediately see the effects of your tweaking. There's a lot more to it too, as reviewer MrYorkiesWorld explains in his text introduction and then complete video review.

    May 15, 2019, 10:32 am

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    Historic Airline Group announces the latest update to their collection of vintage aircraft schedules. Many schedules have been updated to better reflect each airline's heritage. One example is Eastern Airline with 700 new flights and more accurate piston plane schedule for the 1950 to 1958 era. Other updates include Austrian Airlines, Olympic and BOAC.

    June 15, 2019, 3:10 pm

    Drzewiecki Design - Baku XP for X-Plane 11 Updated

    Baku XP features a detailed representation of UBBB Heydar Aliyev airport and Baku city with hundreds of landmarks. This product from Drzewiecki Design compatible with X-Plane 11. It has now been updated with features like better autogen, improved HDR lighting, new animations, plugin support for jetway animations, aprons with rain effects and more.

    June 14, 2019, 6:14 pm

    Canadian Xpress June Fly-In - Chicago-Cincy Crossfire

    Canadian Xpress invites flight simulator pilots to join them for their June Fly-In - Chicago-Cincy Crossfire. Participants will fly from Chicago to Cincinnati using the VATSIM network. One lucky pilot will win a prize at the end.

    June 14, 2019, 10:43 am

    Pilot Assist Pro Updated v1.2.5

    Pilot Assist Pro has been updated to version 1.2.5. Pilot Assist Pro is a mobile flight bag app that includes many flight resources like checklists, manuals, weather, logs and more. The iPad/iPhone app now offers a free two week trial.

    June 14, 2019, 9:15 am

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    Carenado - PA31T Cheyenne For X-Plane 11

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    June 13, 2019, 4:16 pm

    MegaScenery Earth Now At FlightSim.Com Store

    It took us a while to get everything entered, but now the full line of MegaScenery Earth products are available at the FlightSim.Com Store. If you like photo scenery for FSX or Prepar3D you'll surely like MegaScenery Earth. Created by PC Aviator, MegaScenery pioneered photoreal scenery and is still top of class today.

    June 13, 2019, 9:43 am

    Flyingiron Simulations Previews F-117 Interior

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    June 13, 2019, 9:14 am

    Lukla - Mount Everest - Extreme for Aerofly FS 2

    Aerofly FS 2 pilots can now explore a new part of the world with the release of Lukla - Mount Everest Extreme by Aerosoft. Lukla is the gateway to Mount Everest and some say the most dangerous airport in the world. It is included along with many other nearby airports to offer some truly challenging flying.

    June 12, 2019, 5:44 pm

    DCS: Fw 190 A-8 Released

    The Fw 190 A-8 is the next entry into the DCS World line of warbirds. Designed for the German Luftwaffe by famed aircraft designer Kurt Tank in the late-1930s, the Fw 190 was the backbone of the Luftwaffe in both fighter and attack bomber roles.

    June 12, 2019, 12:24 pm

    AOA Simulations Update On Boeing T-X

    AOA Simuations has provided a progress report and some new screen shots on their Boeing T-X for X-Plane. The images show the now-completed animation of the landing gear. They also report that the different display panels are now active.

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