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Orbx Comments on Landmarks London City Pack Following MSFS World Update III
Posted: 19/02/2021 09:51:36


When the new Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update was released earlier this week, a comment was left at the bottom of the official blog post highlighting that Orbx Landmarks London City Park would be incompatible should you download the pack.




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ShortFinal Design Updating Boston Logan Freeware for XP11
Posted: 13/02/2021 14:15:53


nitially released for free back in 2016, Boston Logan (KBOS) was one of the first sceneries released by famous XPlane scenery developer MisterX. Since its original release, the scenery has become one of the most highly regarded freeware sceneries released for the platform. Although having become a bit dated since its release, the scenery continues to be regularly downloaded and persits in serving its purpose of providing XPlane users with a detailed rendition of Boston Logan (KBOS) to enjoy for free.




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[XP11] Origami Studios Gatwick Released
Posted: 12/02/2021 16:17:31


Origami Studios have released their Gatwick scenery for X-Plane 11. Gatwick is one of the beating hearts of London aviation and a vital link in the UK short-haul network, with an interesting array of long-haul operations. Gatwick is unique for its high-density single-runway operations, and diverse labyrinth of architectural developments that make up its north and south terminals. Origami Studios has gone to painstaking detail to bring a modern interpretation of Gatwick featuring an updated 2019-2020 configuration, 4K PBR ground textures, moving ground-traffic, SAM compatibility, realistic lighting and more! I have linked the scenery in the source link below!




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PMDG 777 Update Previews and Further Details
Posted: 10/02/2021 09:47:52


Speaking on the forums, Randazzo said that they are “beginning to implement the process that moves [the] free update and the new product (PMDG 777-200ER) into release.” He went on to say that most of the hard work has been completed and the focus is now on polish and cleaning up the final bits. Whilst originally it was predicted that the update would release in the middle of February, Randazzo has said that they are looking at a release “in the range of 17-24 Feb.”




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LatinVFR Previews Madrid–Barajas Airport for MSFS
Posted: 05/02/2021 09:49:02


LatinVFR continues to bring its portfolio of airport scenery products to Microsoft Flight Simulator. The latest previews from the scenery developer are for Madrid–Barajas Airport (LEMD) and were shared via the developer’s Facebook page. Madrid-Barajas Airport is the busiest in Spain serving over 60 million passengers each year. The airport features 4 runways all over 3,500m in length, meaning that aircraft of any size can visit throughout the year. Madrid is home to Spain’s national carrier, Iberia, but also sees airlines such as Ryanair, Wizz Air, easyJet and Air Europa offering routes around Europe and the USA. For those seeking long-haul adventures from the airport can fly American Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and plenty of others.




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Willy Canuck hosts Peter Memmott (JoinFS)
Posted: 03/02/2021 15:14:57


Peter will be interviewed by Sky Blue Radio on Sunday 7th February 1400z. Should be worth a listen if you have some free time. Peter tells us all about his amazing application that connects simmers from X-Plane, FS2020, FSX and P3d into a single, unified multiplayer environment. He also lets us in on an amazing feature as well as some of the exciting new ideas he wants to bring to online simming.




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Rotate Releases McDonnell Douglas MD-11 Teaser
Posted: 02/02/2021 22:31:35


Following an extended radio silence period, famed X-Plane aircraft developer Rotate has recently released a teaser trailer showcasing their latest project, the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft - https://youtu.be/V4RiwUnMru8




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PMDG Hoping to Release 777 Update Mid-February
Posted: 02/02/2021 12:25:13


A new post from PMDG put the long-awaited 777 updates with an estimated release date of mid-February. PMDG isn’t typically known for announcing a release schedule, but the team continue to push ahead with the update to get it into the hands of simmers as soon as possible. In the latest post from Robert on the PMDG forums, he also details how significant the sounds of the aircraft will change with the free update.




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FlightFactor Gives First Look at 787 Animations In-Sim
Posted: 02/02/2021 12:23:28


FlightFactor's 787 has progressed at a steady rate since its announcement in September 2020, with new renders popping up every month or so since - today, a jump into the simulator has been made with a video of animations in the cockpit.




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Orbx Releases Volanta Development Update 2
Posted: 20/01/2021 09:51:28


Orbx's answer to the likes of SimToolkitPro and projectFLY, Volanta, has seen its latest development update which addresses a number of additions since the October announcement.




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SimToolkitPro Updated to v0.6.60
Posted: 19/01/2021 09:35:12


Coming a short few days after the announcement of a completely separate product by Origami Studios - the developer's other flight sim brand - time has still been found to update SimToolkitPro to v0.6.60.




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Origami Studios Announces Gatwick Airport for X-Plane 11
Posted: 16/01/2021 16:31:58


At last, a decent rendition of London Gatwick EGKK - Developer Origami Studios, the team behind the Scottish Aviation Bulldog, has today announced they will be bringing Gatwick Airport (EGKK) to X-Plane 11. As the second busiest airport in the UK, Gatwick serves a wide range of short-haul and long haul routes around the world. Gatwick is unique due to the fact it has two runways but mostly uses a single runway for normal operations. Gatwick Airport is home for airlines such as easyJet, TUI, British Airways and others. This will be Origami Studio’s first venture into scenery development, but the team has promised to spare no details in the release. The airport will come with full 4K PBR ground textures, SAM compatibility, moving ground traffic and realistic lighting. The airport has been designed based on the 2019/20 confirmation and ground layout of the airport and the current architecture of both North and South terminals.




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PMDG Previews 777-200ER Expansion Package
Posted: 09/01/2021 18:39:00


Robert Randazzo from PMDG has taken to the forums to update the flight sim community on the current development cycle for the 777 on Prepar3D. The update covers both the upcoming 777-200 LR/F and 777-300ER product updates, along with some of the first previews for the 777-200ER Expansion Package. He opened up the forum post by saying that throughout the holiday period, the team were hard at work on various projects, including the long-awaited 777 update for Prepar3D. Since the release of the 777, nearly 8 years ago(!), the technology stack built by PMDG has progressed significantly, which has been seen in the 747 Queen of the Skies II and also the PMDG 737 NGXu series. As such, the 777 update will bring many of these code improvements to the long-haul aircraft. To reiterate, this is going to be a free, but extensive update, rather than a full product rebuild. This is due to the fact that PMDG needs to keep a significant amount of resources dedicated to Microsoft Flight Simulator and also upon evaluation of market conditions caused by COVID-19. He also said that a full virtual cockpit replacement for the 777 product line is in the works, but will take at least half a year to complete. The new update is “nearly finished“, and that beta testers are currently going over it to ensure it all works. Robert did emphasise that there will still be a few build cycles to go before it is released as there are a few outstanding items to complete. Described as “one of the most asked-for expansions” for PMDG, the 777-200ER Expansion Package has moved into beta testing. To celebrate that, a few images of the aircraft in action were shown off. Included in the expansion pack upon release will be all three engine variants; Rolls Royce, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. In addition, buying the expansion pack will also include a fully functional EFB (which will also be added to the 777-200ER/LR/F and the 777-300ER). As for the release plans, Robert said that they are working towards a release for the end of January or, if more testing requires, during February. The current plan is to release the 777 update first and then the 777-200ER Expansion Pack, but that may change to them being released simultaneously if PMDG feels that way works better.




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Orbx Releases TrueEarth Canary Islands for X-Plane 11
Posted: 26/12/2020 11:08:57


As with other Orbx TrueEarth products, the scenery collection will include millions of accurately placed trees and buildings sat on top of carefully crafted aerial imagery. The imagery has been colour corrected and autogen has been made specifically to represent the Spanish vibes of the building on the various islands.




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Laminar Research Releases X-Plane v11.51r1
Posted: 23/12/2020 17:52:19


According to Laminar, the release includes over 2,200 added or improved airports, as well as a list of known issues and bug fixes. Some of the notable fixes include improvements to the default FMS, various fixed ILS approaches, Vulkan/Metal optimizations, and 3rd party peripheral optimizations among many other fixes.




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Orbx Announces Landmarks Paris for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 20/12/2020 12:40:43


Orbx has today announced the upcoming release of Landmarks Paris for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The new announcement follows on from the recent confirmation of Landmarks Singapore and release of Landmarks London. The new product will enhance the French city of Paris with 200 new points of interest and highly detailed landmarks. Orbx says that the product will strike the “perfect balance between quality and performance,” whilst ensuring that the city’s unique charm and characteristics shine in the simulator. Famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower are joined by a large variety of other standout buildings such as various hotels and business centres across the city. Not only with Landmarks Paris include various landmarks, but the scenery product will enhance the terraformation of the land and help to correct riverbank heights throughout for a seamless experience. Custom orthoimagery will also be included to fix areas that are currently blurry in the default simulator. The release for Landmarks Paris looks to be in early January 2021 and other Landmarks product from Orbx will be revealed over the coming weeks. You can see a variety of previews here or more in their forums. In related news, Orbx will be releasing TrueEarth Canary Islands on December 26th 2020.




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Orbx Announces TrueEarth Canary Islands for XPL
Posted: 19/12/2020 10:44:22


In what will likely be one of the last releases from Orbx before the end of the year, the development team has announced TrueEarth Canary Islands will release for X-Plane on December 26th 2020. The Archipelago of islands located off the coast of Africa is owned by Spain and sees tourists from Europe and beyond escape to the islands in search of sun. Each of the nine islands have their own charm and character which has been recreated using the TrueEarth technology from Orbx. As with other Orbx TrueEarth products, the scenery collection will include millions of accurately placed trees and buildings sat on top of carefully crafted aerial imagery. The imagery has been colour corrected and autogen has been made specifically to represent the Spanish vibes of the building on the various islands.




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Asobo Previews VR in New MSFS Development Update
Posted: 18/12/2020 08:39:39


Asobo has released its December 17th, 2020 Development Update, which among other things, has provided us with a lot more information regarding the implementation of VR in Microsoft Flight Simulator. It’s been less than a month since Asobo officially announced VR support for MSFS via a Q&A live stream, and with the December 22nd release date quickly approaching, we now have a much better idea of what to look forward to, thanks to this new development update. Alongside the new development update, Asobo has also published the 9th episode of its Feature Discovery Series, which focuses completely on Asobo’s development of VR compatibility for MSFS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtfx_rF16Yc




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Just Flight Shares New Development Previews of A300 in Prepar3D
Posted: 17/12/2020 19:53:46


With the Just Flight 146 Professional firmly in the hands of simmers, attention is now turning to other aircraft in the pipeline from the development team. One particular aircraft that Prepar3D users are excited for is the upcoming A300B4-200 from Just Flight. The new post on Facebook confirmed that they have finished development on the visual elements such as the modelling and texture work, with work now ongoing for the systems and flight dynamics. The release isn’t “far off” and that we’ll see some video footage of the plane in action soon. To be clear, the aircraft won’t be released this side of the new year.




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[MSFS] iniScene Releases Shoreham Airport
Posted: 17/12/2020 08:41:46


Scenery developer iniScene has released Shoreham Airport (EGKA) for Microsoft Flight Simulator. In case you are not familiar, iniScene is an offshoot of iniBuilds, which develops the incredibly popular Airbus A300-600R ON THE LINE for X-Plane 11. iniBuilds recently released a free update for its A300 to v1.1 that includes a passenger addition, which you can read about here. iniBuilds has also recently teased an unannounced A310 project currently in development. Shoreham Airport is officially known as Brighton City Airport, and holds the title of the oldest airport in the UK. It is located in the Adur district of West Sussex, England, and has been operating as a commercial airport since 1910. Currently, the airfield is home to mostly light aircraft, as well as multiple air taxi companies and flight schools. This new release from iniScene has come to us with a full trailer, as well as new preview images, and a comprehensive feature list.




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