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    Author Ian Radcliffe has been flightsimming for a long time -- since 1984 and FS2 on a Commodore 64. In an effort to give something back after all these years of enjoyment, Ian has offered a series of articles that will offer hints, insights and suggestions to enrich the flight simulator experience. This one truly rambles, covering helicopters, flight controls, short field take-offs and ending with a flying ramble starting in Italy.

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    Review: TrueEarth US Northern California HD - X-Plane

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    Review: Carenado - SR22 GTSx Turbo

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    Air Crashes in the Galloway Hills

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    Review: Prepar3D V5

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    Review: Aerosoft - Aspen Extended

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    Review: Carenado - King Air C90 GTX For X-Plane 11

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    A Luscombe Story

    In addition to flightsimming and writing reviews for us, Jennifer Kimball is a real world pilot. Recently she set out of the great adventure of buying an airplane. With many options possible, the result was more like the right plane found her. This is her story of how a Luscombe taildragger came into her life.

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    Review: QualityWings Ultimate 787 Collection

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    Review: Aerosoft - Seychelles XP

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