• Review: Just Flight - Duchess Model 76 For X-Plane

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    Review: Orbx TrueEarth Great Britain North

    With the release of TrueEarth Great Britain North, along with the two previous volumes from Orbx, X-Plane pilots can fly throughout the British Isles over outstanding scenery. Reviewer Stuart McGregor is actually a native of the area under review and enjoyed visiting familiar places and seeing how accurately they have been recreated for flight simulator use.

    April 22, 2019, 11:08 am

    Sidney Schwartz Scenery Developer Interview

    Sidney Schwartz is a long time flightsimmer who early in his career found that he enjoyed creating objects and scenery to enhance his flight simulator. Since that time he's created many scenery objects free for others to use as well as hundreds of airport sceneries to fly into. Learn more about how he got started and how he creates all this scenery by reading our interview.

    April 18, 2019, 10:17 am

    Review: Accu-Sim P-51D Military

    The North America P-51D Mustang is one of the great airplanes of WWII and thanks to A2A Simulations Prepar3D pilots can fly a very realistic version in the Accu-Sim P-51D Military. Reviewer Raymond Andersen found it to be extraordinarily well modeled and termed it a "must have". Based on his findings we've given it our Award Of Excellence.

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    Review: Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v4

    Those looking to move up to a modern 64-bit flight simulator for training and education will certainly be interested in Prepar3D v4 from Lockheed Martin. Having been built on the same base as Microsoft Flight Simulator (FSX) it will be familiar to many but has been updated in ways that take advantage of new hardware. Michael Hayward takes an overview of the sim to give you and idea of its strengths and weaknesses and help you decide if it's something for you.

    April 8, 2019, 5:05 pm

    Plane Maker Tutorial Part 4

    Every copy of X-Plane comes with the utility Plane Maker that lets you create and fly your own aircraft. The creative process is quite rewarding and enjoyable but may seem daunting at first. In this tutorial Ray Hill shows that it's not as hard as you might imagine, as he walks you through the basic design steps. In this 4th and final part, he goes over creating the cockpit, paint scheme, tuning and adding weapons.

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    Where in the World Feature 115

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    Review: Just Flight - Archer III For X-Plane

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    Review: Mad Flight Studio - Spectr-Aero SP-30

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    March 22, 2019, 2:20 pm

    Flight Simulator Audio

    Sound is a part of flight experience that is sometimes overlooked, but it adds an important extra dimension to the realisim that we all seek. For nearly twenty years Aaron Swindle (Skysong Soundworks) has been supplying the flight simulator community with improved sounds. In this article he discusses various aspects of audio and how it applies to flight simulation, from the early days of basic loops to the complex sounds cones of today.

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    Indiafoxtecho Showcases M-345

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    April 26, 2019, 10:34 am

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    April 25, 2019, 1:40 pm

    Orbx - TrueEarth US Washington - Official Announcement

    Although it's been talked about for a while, Orbx has now officially announced TrueEarth US Washington (TEUSWA) for X-Plane. It covers a huge 91,875 square miles. What really makes TrueEarth special, though, is all the POI (Point of Interest) objects included - in this package, more than 1000 iconic landmarks. Free updates will come in the future with more POI models.

    April 25, 2019, 11:28 am

    VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations C-47 Video

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    April 25, 2019, 9:15 am

    REX Environment Force Preview Video

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    April 25, 2019, 8:11 am

    FSDT Previews GSX Update

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    A Pilot's Life To Include Live Map

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    Nemeth Designs Announces Sikorsky S-76

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