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    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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    Review: Sky Simulations - McDonnell Douglas MD-11

    While the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was not a particularly successful model in the real world, quite a few of them still carry on, mostly in freight service. For flight simulator pilots it provides and interesting and challenging large jet to fly, with some unusual handling characteristics. Reviewer Meng Yu puts it through its paces and offers his reactions.

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    Where in the World Feature 117

    The Where In The World series challenge from Ron Blehm continues. Last month was a bit of a trick question, as the airport name did not match the city of its location. This month Ron offers a favorite location from his past, with several clues and pictures. Can you figure out where it is?

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    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

    Jay, AKA MrYorkiesWorld has been building a reputation for himself as an avid flight simulator video producer on Youtube. In this article he tells us how he does it, mixing a busy family life with two small children, with his lifelong passion for aviation.

    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.

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    Delays are a part of life and certainly of airplane travel, though in our virtual flight simulator world we can avoid them. Air Force and airline pilot Tony Vallillo had plenty of experience with delays in his career, both natural and man-made. Here he shares some of his flying stories as well as looking into the things that cause airplanes to be delayed.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    PIA Virtual has announced plans for expansion. The first phase was to launch Emirates Virtual to carry out mainline flights from Dubai. Also just launched is the FlyDubai Operation, using a modern Boeing fleet on short to medium routes. Also coming are Air Canada, Turkish Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Air France and American Airlines operations.

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    X-Plane Live Usage Data

    Ever wonder what other X-Plane users are doing? Well, now you can find out as Laminar Research has set up a live X-Plane usage dashboard using data from users who have opted in to allow data sharing. You can see what planes are most popular, where people fly from, operating system in use and much more.

    June 19, 2019, 5:19 pm

    VSKYLABS Flight Design CTSW / CTLS Projects News Flash

    VSKYLABS has provided an update on the evolving VSKYLABS Flight Design CTLS Project. This is a separate effort from the CTSW though both projects share the same development resources as much as possible.

    June 19, 2019, 4:22 pm

    VATSTAR Celebrating 4 Years of Pilot Training

    VATSTAR is celebrating their fourth anniversary as a training service for VATSIM pilots. Celebrate the anniversary by flying from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Participants in the flying event will be eligible for prizes from several donors.

    June 19, 2019, 1:07 pm

    Wings Over The Reich Official Video Released

    OBD Software brings their trademark immersive single player combat flight simulator experience to the World War II era with the release of Wings Over The Reich. Their just released video shows actual in-game footage. While not the latest graphics technology, the standout feature is the immersive campaign system.

    June 19, 2019, 11:52 am

    Microsoft Flight Simulator Was The Low-Key Best Reveal Of E3 2019

    Those who live with their eyes open know that our little corner of the world is only a small niche among the much larger computer and software world. So it's interesting to see what the more mainstream folks, in this case PC Gamer, have to say about us and the newly annnounced Microsoft Flight Simulator coming in 2020.

    June 19, 2019, 11:33 am

    Drzewiecki Design - LUKK Chisinau XP v1.2 Released

    LUKK Chisinau XP scenery for X-Plane 11 by Drzewiecki Design has been updated to v1.2. This scenery features a highly detailed representation of LUKK Chisinau International Airport in Moldova. Now the city autogen has been updated, better HDR lighting added plus new buildings. The scenery is now for X-Plane 11 only.

    June 19, 2019, 10:58 am

    Drzewiecki Design - Polish Airports Vol. 2 XP v2.2 Released

    Drzewiecki Design announces the release of Polish Airports Vol. 2 XP v2.2. This X-Plane 11 scenery package includes highly detailed sceneries of EPRA Radom, EPSC Szczecin, EPLL Lodz and EPZG Zielona Gora airports. The update includes improved Lodz city autogen, fixed runway at EPLL, better HDR lighting, SAM plug-in support, etc.

    June 19, 2019, 10:41 am

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    June 19, 2019, 9:50 am

    Rolling Cumulus - Arunachal Pradesh - 12 Sceneries and Flights

    Explore Arunachal Pradesh, the "land of dawn-lit mountains" with the new package from Rolling Cumulus. FSX and Prepar3D pilots can fly Aranuchal Pradesh - 12 Sceneries and Flights in the northeast of India. Included are twelve airports with "PhotoLook" scenery and detailed terminals plus flights to the airports with complete instructions.

    June 19, 2019, 6:48 am

    Rolling Cumulus - Guatemala Flights

    Rolling Cumulus announces their latest set of adventures: Guatemala Flights for FSX and Prepar3D v4. Explore this Central American country with flights from Guatemala City and other locations. All airport scenery features new "PhotoLook" and detailed terminal buildings.

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