• Naval Flight Operations - An Evaluation And Critique

    Naval aviators are considered to be some of the most skilled pilots around, given the challenging conditions in which they operate. Simulated naval flight operations are challenging too. In this article Ray Hill discusses naval flight, what is currently possible with X-Plane 11, and some wishes for how this area of aviation could be improved.

    September 19, 2019, 10:33 am

    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

    OBD Software has created two very immersive combat flight simulator experiences, Wings Over Flanders Fields covering WWI and Wings Over The Reich covering WWII. We got a chance to interview Mark Rogers and Mark Andrews, the two people behind these sims, and learn about their motivations, what makes their sims stand out from the rest and their plans for future enhancements.

    September 5, 2019, 10:17 am

    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.

    September 1, 2019, 10:31 am

    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.

    August 18, 2019, 9:45 am

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  • VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations Aeros-2 Update

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    September 23, 2019, 3:31 pm

    Orbx Releases Leeds Bradford For X-Plane

    News from Orbx is the release of EGNM Leeds Bradford scenery for X-Plane 11. This recreation of this characterful airport has full PBR support, great lighting effects on the runway and aprons and is optimised for performance.

    September 23, 2019, 2:18 pm

    X-Plane 11.40 Beta 3 Released

    Yet another beta release for X-Plane 11.40 is now out. Laminar Research that it includes bug fixes, weather and time fixes and a bunch of other repairs.

    September 23, 2019, 1:10 pm

    GayaSimulation Courchevel Scenery Update

    GayaSimulation has posted an updated on several scenery projects. Their scenery of Courchevel and Meribel are going to be published by Orbx. They are also developing scenery of EGNX for X-Plane and Prepar3D. And finally an announcement of scenery for X-Plane and Prepar3D of another major airport in Europe.

    September 23, 2019, 1:03 pm

    Toga Projects - Envshade SP1 Released

    ENVSHADE is a shaders enhancement for ENVTEX and Prepar3D. Envshade is now much more flexible: it still gives very realistic shaders enhancements out of the box but users are completely free to customize features such as HDR contrast, clouds brightness, clouds shadows opacity, water saturation and more.

    September 23, 2019, 12:09 pm

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    September 22, 2019, 10:40 pm

    Rolling Cumulus Software WW2 Air Transport Command Update

    Having only just opened, the RCS WW2 Air Transport Command has already attracted pilots and is now in operation. The original Air Transport Command (ATC) was a United States Air Force unit that was created during World War II as the strategic airlift component of the United States Army Air Forces. Now you can join the virtual version and take dangerous and challenging flights just like real 1940's pilots did.

    September 20, 2019, 2:17 pm

    Pyreegue Dev Co - Airport Layout Enhancement Solution v1.3

    Airport Layout Enhancement Solution (ALES) from Pyreegue Dev Co is an enhancement package for X-Plane 11, which replaces default textures with high quality ones. Using PBR, runways, taxiways, helipads, lines, etc. are all greatly improved over the default textures. An updated v1.3 is now available with reworked textures, two new runway types, customer installer.

    September 20, 2019, 2:01 pm

    Maps2XPlane Announces Seychelles For X-Plane

    Time to remove the question mark from an earlier posting: Maps2XPlane in cooperation with Albert Rafols are working on a rendition of the Seychelles for X-Plane. No additional information yet but we'll follow this as it develops.

    September 20, 2019, 12:45 pm

    Microsoft Flight Simulator 09/19/19 Update

    Microsoft has issued another news update on their upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator. Not a whole lot of news this time, just a schedule for the upcoming Tech Alpha testing which will begin next month.

    September 20, 2019, 10:12 am

    Runway 26 Simulations Previews MHTG Toncontin

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