• 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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    September 20, 2019, 7:42 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

    Runway 26 Simulations announces that work has started on MHTG Toncontin Airport for X-Plane. Although reportedly only a few days into the project the screen shots are already impressive looking.

    September 19, 2019, 10:57 am

    Traffic Global Preview Video

    JustFlight has released a preview video from a work in progress build for their upcoming Traffic Global for X-Plane. This is work in progress, with new features and improvements being made all the time.

    September 19, 2019, 9:35 am

    FLYT Simulations Previews Champaign-Urbana Scenery

    FLYT Simulations has released some work in progress screen shots of their upcoming X-Plane 11 scenery of the Champaign-Urbana area in Illinois, USA. It shows the Campustown area. Overall, the scenery will features nearly half a million accurately placed trees, 45,000 autogen buildings and 40 detailed points of interest.

    September 19, 2019, 9:08 am

    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

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