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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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[P3Dv5] FlyTampa Amsterdam V1.3 Update
Posted: 29/12/2020 11:19:52


To install, download FlyTampa Universal Installer for P3D and enter your serial number. https://www.flytampa.org/downloads.html Updates: -Implemented FlyTampa Universal Installer -Improved P3Dv5 compatibility -Corrected airport elevation problems -Automatic seasonal texture switches -Optimised autogen around the airport -Airport dynamic lights -Optimised city 3D lights -Airport lights switch on automatically at low-visibility -Fixed ground texture artifacts -Functional VDGS units for P3Dv5 *If you have previously installed FlyTampa-Amsterdam in a directory/location, which is different than the one you will be using to install v1.3, then you will first need to manually remove the older version's folders and files, listed below: ***\FlyTampa\Amsterdam ***\FlyTampa\Amsterdam_LC ***\scenery\world\scenery\AFX_EHAM_flytampa_dummy.bgl




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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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HiFi Technologies Releases ActiveSky P3D
Posted: 02/12/2020 16:38:52


After a long open-beta testing phase, HiFi Technologies has confirmed the release build of ActiveSky P3D is now available to buy and download. The release is split into two products: the standard build and the upgrade build. Whilst both products are the same, the one you should buy will depend on your situation. The new release builds upon the technologies built by the team over the years and includes many new features and functionality for the weather engine.




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Aerosoft Posts New Previews of Upcoming CRJ Series for MSFS
Posted: 01/12/2020 09:17:06


In a recent Aerosoft forum discussion, Aerosoft lead developers, Mathijs Kok and Hans Hartmann have shared new development details and some new previews of the company’s upcoming Aerosoft Mitsubishi CRJ Series family for MSFS.




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Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v5.1 Hotfix 1 Released
Posted: 19/11/2020 16:42:51


Lockheed Martin has released Prepar3D v5.1 Hotfix 1. The new hotfix addresses many issues such as cloud issues with Enhanced Atmospherics, rendering issues and other weather-related issues. Looking at the changelog of client fixes and improvements, Enhanced Atmospherics (EA) seems to have a large number of changes based on feedback. Issues with cloud aliasing have been reduced, along with flashing clouds, and shadow flashing. Furthermore, there has been additional configuration options to how clouds are generated. Other fixes include changes to fog/haze implementation, ambient lighting and also how some forms of vegetation is drawn in the simulator.




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FSUIPC7 Released for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 06/11/2020 14:08:48


Utility developer John Dowson has released FSUIPC7 for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This utility will be able to provide simmers with an interface that other programs can read and write data to which can enable more refinement in your simulator. The new version of FSUIPC is specifically designed for use in Microsoft Flight Simulator and features the ability to facilitate joystick control options, direct axis assignment and also additional key press assignments. Within the joystick controls, users will be able to map controls for elements such as reverse thrust, throttles on multi-engined aircraft, trim settings and also spoliers. FSUIPC7 promises to go beyond what the simulator itself can do as well as use WideFS clients for those using networked PCs. Similar options are also available for key pressing and direct axis assignments.




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Honeycomb Aeronautical Bravo Throttle Production Delay
Posted: 04/11/2020 13:43:36


Honeycomb Aeronautical has confirmed there is a small delay to the production schedule. This delay statement was issued by Honeycomb on Facebook and is due to an issue at one of the factories producing the units. Whilst the delay news is unwelcome by some, it has only resulted in a minor delay with the first week of units due to be completed on November 23rd 2020. Following on from that, additional production weeks will follow and a shipping schedule will be reconfirmed once Honeycomb are totally sure of when units will be shipped. Any units purchased from the Honeycomb Aeronautical website will be shipped directly from Hong Kong for the fastest delivery possible, with shipping taking between 3-7 days.




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Orbx Announces Volanta App – Personal Flight Tracker
Posted: 24/10/2020 14:09:00


The new software product from Orbx will always be free to use, but will come with added premium features in the future. Once Volanta is released, users will be able to import their data from services such as projectFLY or SimToolKitPro. More importantly, users will be able to export their data easily and quickly through the application.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator Updated to Version 1.9.5.0
Posted: 14/10/2020 14:09:19


It can be immediately seen that the changes in V1.9.5.0 are not too extensive, with only minor changes in various places.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update I: Japan Released in Patch 1.9.3.0
Posted: 29/09/2020 20:39:18


World Update I: Japan features upgraded digital elevation mapping across the entire country, high-resolution 3D photogrammetry for six prominent Japanese cities (Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya and Yokohama), and six exquisitely hand-crafted airports (Hachijojima, Kerama, Kushiro, Nagasaki, Shimojishima, and Suwanosejima).




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PMDG 737NG3 for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 27/09/2020 12:46:09


The PMDG team is working hard with the Asobo team to present the MSFS community their rendition of the B737NG. Major technical challenges are still to be solved prior to releasing the 737. For that reason, the team has given an expected release date of a year from now. Fourth-quarter of 2021 to be exact.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator Planning to Go DirectX 12 In The Future
Posted: 25/09/2020 16:56:22


Developers have said that DirectX 12 offers a lot more flexibility for creators and more functionality to take advantage of features for the latest graphics cards. How Microsoft Flight Simulator will use the new rendering API is yet to be seen other than fixing an issues reported by the community.




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