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    • NEWS! - Aircraft Released : Concorde FXP v2.0 by Colimata     Colimata has released a seriously big upgrade to the Concorde FXP in v2.0. This is an upgrade folks, but for original purchasers the upgrade cost is only US$5, a cup of coffee's worth of great new features, and the list is Looong. Debatable is the fact that should this aircraft have been the original released version? but Colimata has taken the same development road that allows you access (at a price) during the early development phases, and with noted areas that are not finished, point taken that in this release the aircraft is in a now far, far more completed form than in the v1.0 version. So you can note v2 as completed, well to a certain high level, certainly yes.   Point to make is that the aircraft is a balanced simulation that can satisfy both newcomers and the in-depth supersonic flying that is required at a study level, it caters for both users. There will be X-Plane 12 support for version 2.x.   New feature list is very extensive (and value for your money)   3D COCKPIT Super detailed 3D cockpit Front panel, center panel, roof panel, side consoles, Engineering 4k cockpit textures including 100’s of texts and markings 2k alternative available to save VRAM Incredible level of interactivity More than 1000 click regions (switches, quick access areas, etc) 700+ custom lights for: Warning lamps Gorgeous, dimmable night lighting (Instruments, panels, consoles, floods, etc.) Exterior lights PRO or STANDARD complexity settings 3D Inertial Navigation System CIVA Route programming directly in the 3D cockpit Track / Groundspeed Heading / Drift angle XTK Track Position Waypoints Distance / Time Wind Waypoint change Interactive Engineering panel Automatic or manual trim fuel pumping EXTERNAL MODEL Accurate 3D model of the aircraft Opening passenger and cargo doors plus service panels Very detailed engines Including moving ramps, intake/spill doors Animated primary and secondary nozzles Engine cowl doors can be opened Mounted engines External 3D model of the Olympus 593 engine Detailed landing gear Many utility vehicles included (tankers, conveyors, catering, etc) Included pushback truck and functionality Full use of PBR Beautiful 4k textures including normal maps  2k version available to save VRAM FLIGHTMODEL PRO or STANDARD setting Refined subsonic and supersonic flight model Vortex Lift simulation Ground effect simulation Trim fuel imbalance force simulation Thrust simulation SOUND FMOD 3D sound Dozens and dozens of sound effects Audio advice from Copilot, Engineer, and Pilot A dozen different sound spaces Adjustable volumes IN ADDITION PRO or STANDARD complexity settings VR compatible Autopilot with 16+ functions Extensive Graphical User Interface with features like: Flight Preparation Aircraft management Virtual flight engineer Custom content GUI is fully scalable Dedicated Checklists window Quick Access GUI (Views, GUI, Checklists) 3D passenger cabin AviTab compatible 2 liveries included Many more free liveries available Paintkit available MANUALS Installation & Setup manual ‘10 essentials’ manual (91 pages) Full manual (403 pages, separate download) Cold & Dark startup guide (67 pages) Navigation tutorial (54 pages) Video tutorials on youtube.com/colimatavideos                   Concorde is a legend of aviation. It's timelessly sleek design is still extremely beautiful, and her capabilities are unmatched up to this date. This milestone in aviation history was developed and built in the ’60s of the last century, realising what was before considered the impossible: A supersonic passenger jet.   All Images are courtesy of Colimata ________________________________________     The Pre-Release Concorde FXP by Colimata is now available from the X-Plane.OrgStore! for X-Plane11... Here:   Concorde FXP v2.0 Price is US$54.95   Requirements X-Plane 11  Windows, Mac and Linux 4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended Download Size: 600 MB Current version: 2.0 (October 19th 2021) (If you own Concorde v1, this version will be automatically discounted, no coupons required) ________________   News by Stephen Dutton 20th October 2021 Copyright©2021: X-Plane Reviews   Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) All Right Reserved.          
    • NEWS! - Laminar Research - X-Plane12 Documentation updated     The first real notes on X-Plane 12 have been released by Laminar Research on their Developer Documentation page and very interesting reading it makes as well... Noted under "Tech Notes" it details all the new coming items to X-Plane12 that is accessed through the PlaneMaker Application...  as a side note, Austin Meyers has also totally redone the PlaneMaker Application UI to bring it into the 2020's and the more modern X-Plane UI look and feel, and the new PM UI will probably be released along with X-Plane12.   Areas covered in the new documentation includes:   Navigation Display Scaling Radio altimeter sensor location and offset Weight & Balance and Load Stations Airframe and Tail Anti-Ice and De-Icing boots Stabilizer Trim and Servo Windshield ice and rain protection datarefs Hydraulic systems and flight controls Flight Control Splits Pilot and Copilot Flight Control Inputs Flight director and autothrottle datarefs Changes to Radio Navigation Autopilot navigation source reference Hydraulic gear systems   These changes show all the new systems coming to X-Plane12, and are well worth studying for the details they contain, certainly they are noted only for developers, but you can also use the time to understand what new areas will be coming to the "Next Generation" of the Simulator...  notable are three areas. Navigation Display Scaling, Weight & Balance and Load Stations and Changes to Radio Navigation.   Navigation Display Scaling "Starting with X-Plane 12 it is possible to independently scale symbols and text of the navdisplay, and also change the relative locations of symbols and labels."    Weight & Balance and Load Stations "Plane Maker 12 has a new tab "Payloads" in the weight & balance setup. This article explains how to configure them.   Changes to Radio Navigation Changes have been made to standalone DME, TACAN stations, and WAAS reception. In addition, Glideslope can be selected off.   A lot of the areas noted here in the released documentation was shown in the San Diego Expo presentation...  the presentation of the "Systems" was by Philipp Ringler at around 27:39 in the video.   FlightSimExpo: X-Plane 12 Announcement   Overall the X-Plane12 changes look substantial, giving you more depth and systems available for not only the developers to take advantage of, but to use in the simulations, one final point to make, is that it looks like to implement these new systems, most aircraft will have to be updated to the new formats...  2022 is looking like a very long year of updates and changes? ____________________   News by Stephen Dutton 18th October 2021 Copyright©2021 : X-Plane Reviews   (Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) All rights reserved.  
    • I read your review with interest.    I purchased this scenery and a bunch of other Boundless Airports to complete a tour for my virtual airline. Fortunately I received a 25% discount through my VA.    I have to say I think that your were overly generous in your review. Personally I have been deeply disappointed with ALL of the airports from this developer. Often it is difficult to differentiate between their expensive products and xplane default scenery.    When I compare these very expensive releases to free airports I have downloaded, they are extremely poor! Definitely not worth the money even with the discount!   I won’t be buying anything else from these developers. 
    • Aircraft Update : PZL 104 Wilga 2000 Dynamic Generation Series v1.1 by Thranda   Whoa! That was seriously quick...  usually the time from the initial release to the nice little extras is around two to three months, but weeks! Thank You very much, I'll take that one!   And nice little extras they are as well. The Polish PZL 104 Wilga now comes with both a Float and Amphibious version of the aircraft. X-PlaneReviews covered the huge feature list and the details in our exclusive review here: Aircraft Review : PZL-104 Wilga 2000 by Thranda Design.   Download this v1.1 update and install (replace?) the release version in your aircraft folder, and you will now get two (.acf) versions of the Wilga...     One selection is the original wheeled "Wilga PZL 104", and the second is the new variant of the "Wilga PZL 104 Seaplane".   Amphibious version There are two options with the "Seaplane", one is the "Amphibious" version and the other is the "Floats" version. We will look at the Amphibious version first.     The land based Amphibious version, is excellent... if you have already most Thranda aircraft (DHC-2 Beaver, Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter) you would know the sort of design and quality that you would get with this option on the aircraft...  the detail of the Floats and gear is of the usual high quality from Thranda...  the days of front sticks and bland rudders are now well and truly behind us.     Detail is right down to components and even the nuts and bolts of the detailing, plus the springs and screw levers set out on the rudder boards, and all the required and detailed (Warning) signage...  they are really very well professionally modeled to perfection, right down to even the perfect riveting of the pontoons.   Raising and lowering of both the undercarriage and the twin rudders is via controls in the cockpit. The Rudders are lowered and raised by a pulley system situated on the left window screen pillar, touch the ring and the pulleys goes down to the lower hook and that action lowers the rudders....   very simple but very effective.     You can also raise and lower the Rudders via the pop-out MENU/MISC that is situated on the tab on the far left centre of your screen.     Notable here, is that it is the same Menu option point to switch from the "Amphibious version" to the non-wheeled "Float version" lower left box.   The undercarriage is retracted and lowered via a panel set centre instrument panel...  the panel's lights can also be set to be bright or DIM, if flying at night.     On the water the floats... "well float nice". You are certainly (obviously) sitting far higher up than in the wheeled version, but this aspect is more noticeable in such a small aircraft...  the other point to make is power...     ...   the Wilga 2000 Textron Lycoming IO-540-K1D5 naturally-aspirated rated engine at 290 horsepower at 2,575 RPM is a powerful powerplant for an aircraft of it's size, but you are now also weighting it down with a huge platform and the pontoons sitting below you, so it takes out a lot of your speed and drag, both in the water and in the air...  the Wilga is not sluggish by any means, but you more than feel the extra load you are carrying around. So the usual is required, a bit of flap (not too much because of flap drag), keep the nose up (heaven's...  you don't want that pontoons to go under nose first), and at around 50 knts you should clear the water...  once up retract the flaps and rudders for more forward and climb speed.     In the air the Wilga looks really good, even and if actually better proportioned than with those usual bendy wheels out front.     Floats version Like noted, you switch over to the clean float version via the MENU/MISC selection...  again even without the undercarriage it shows off the nice lines of the floats, the high quality textures and built in PBR (Physical Based Rendering) looks and also gives you some very natural and nice reflections.     Slew Mode With the Float and Amphibious versions now available, it also allows you to use the Thranda feature "Slew Mode"...  this feature over-rides the X-Plane positioning and movement dynamics. It is accessed again on the MENU/AUDIO-SLEW panel far right.     Basically you can control the heading (Delta) in degrees, and move the aircraft in any 2d direction via a cross-hair control...     It is a cool little tool that is mostly used to dock or manoeuvre the aircraft into jetties or docking areas.   But remember however to turn the Slew feature off when going back to X-Plane or using the replay mode...  if not then you can then find yourself in Space!  Elon Musk would be jealous...     Liveries The Floats are all matched up to the same liveries as on the aircraft, giving the aircraft a completeness... no grey standardised pontoons here.     Two other updates areas with the release of v1.1 includes : -Fixed strobe lights and improved nav light visualizations -Touched up some PBR graphics ________________ Summary Very quickly after their release of the Polish PZL 104 Wilga 2000 from Thranda Design, now comes the additions of both a Float and Amphibious versions of the aircraft. Usually released months later, these great new features have come at a quick clip to expand out the versatility of this great little aircraft, this also brings in the use of the great "Slew" tool that allows you to manoeuvre the aircraft into jetties or docking areas.   Detail and quality is guaranteed, with top rate modeling and clever aircraft detail which is also and as usually totally excellent, and you can (again) also dynamically change the Dirt, Grunge, scratches and nicks externally and internally on the fly, so this lovely aircraft can be as clean or as dirty as you want. This Wilga is also part of the "Dynamic Generation Series", that allows a customised 3D instrument panels with 50 options, (Including Aspen EFD 1000, and support for RealityXP GTN750) and you can also "Create" your own liveries and the package includes the advanced custom flight dynamics tool "DynaFeel"   This new feature option of Floats and and Amphibious version is also free! So all you have to do is redownload the aircraft from the X-Plane.OrgStore, or use the provided Skunkworks updater tool.   If you are a regular user of Thranda Design aircraft, then you know already what a great deal and that the huge list of features provided are both excellent, for everyone else the PZL 104 Wilga 2000 comes obviously...  Highly Recommended. ______________________________   Yes! the PZL-104 Wilga 2000 v1.1 by Thranda Design is NOW available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :    Wilga PZL 104 Dynamic Generation Series Price is US$39.95 Now priced at US$34.95   Requirements X-Plane 11  Windows, Mac or Linux 4 GB VRAM Minimum. 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended Download Size: 1.3 GB Current and Update Review version  1.1 (October 13th 2021) The plane comes with an auto-updater _____________________   Update Review by Stephen Dutton 15th October 2021 Copyright©2021: X-Plane Reviews     (Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) All Rights Reserved    
    • News! - Aircraft Updated : BAe 146 Professional updated to v1.2.3     Just weeks after the significant update (v1.2.1) that included the UFMC (Universal Flight Management Computer) installation into the JustFlight BAe 146 Professional aircraft, here comes a quick follow up update in v1.2.3.   Again the fixes focus on the newly installed UFMC, here is the v1.2.3 changelog...   UFMC fixes: -RTE LEGS page number not updating -HDG mode does not work with FPLN loaded -Acceleration altitude missing from FMC.  Added to Takeoff REF PAGE #2 -Level off at MCP altitude on GS.  On GS engaged the Aircraft levelled off at MCP Altitude -Blocking MCP altitude on RNAV APP.  At RNAV approach the MCP altitude was not possible to change -VS/IAS flickering on RNAV approach -IAN approach MCP altitude problem fixed -Distance readout and groundspeed not working after C&D start -Takeoff N1 value.  Now N1 At takeoff match the Aircraft value -VNAV Altitude correct behaviour.   RNAV mode fixes: -AP will be in RNAV mode if any of the HSI switchover switches (pilot or copilot)  is in the RNAV position -LNAV and VNAV only works in RNAV mode -If VNAV or LNAV is engaged, if the HSI switchover is changed to NAV, VNAV and LNAV will disengage -When an RNAV approach is selected on the Approach PAGE, when close to the IAF waypoint, you have to press GS AP button to arm the RNAV approach. The status will change from White to green when it engages the approach. -When a VOR, LOC or GLS approach is selected, when close to the IAF Waypoint, you have to press GS AP button to arm the approach, GS and V/L will arm. Because these approaches uses V/L AP mode (need tune the proper navigation frequency) you have to change the switchover to NAV (both of them) to let the autopilot engage the V/L mode and perform the approach -For ILS approaches you have to change from RNAV to NAV to capture the LOC and GS path     I highlighted the "HDG mode does not work with FPLN loaded" bug, because it was seriously annoying...   When leaving the runway and moving over to the Autopilot, if you switched over to the "Heading" mode, you couldn't set the actual heading if you had a flightplan in place, this caused me all sorts of pain and anguish in wanting to connect into the flightplan downstream of the airport....  it is fixed thank god, "oh the time and the trauma that one caused".   I like the detailed RNAV approaches, and here in v1.2.3 JustFlight have focused a lot of attention on that particular area, but to note that for ILS Approaches you still have to switchover from the RNAV mode to NAV mode to capture the ILS beams, as noted it is always best to read the manual in detail, as the aircraft has very detailed (authentic) systems to be worked through.   A full overview of the UFMC Universal installation is here: Aircraft Update : BAe 146 Professional v1.2.1 by Just Flight     I found the JustFlight British Aerospace 146 Professional a very detailed simulation, it is an aircraft that does require time and hours on the clock to get the very best return for the simulation, that is the deal... it won't come to you quickly, but that is also the attraction and shows how deep you can now go in X-Plane simulations. ___________________________________     Yes! the British Aerospace 146 Professional v1.2.3 by JustFlight is now available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :   BAe146 Professional - JustFlight Price is US$74.99 Requirements X-Plane 11 Windows, Mac or Linux 4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB VRAM Recommended Download Size: 3.8 GB Current Version: Version 1.2.3 (October 13th 2021)   Note!, you can use the Skunkcrafts updater to update the aircraft to the latest version, or download the v1.2.3 update directly from your X-Plane.OrgStore account. ________________________________________   News Update by Stephen Dutton 15th October 2021 Copyright©2021: X-Plane Reviews   Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) All Right Reserved.    
    • NEWS! - Scenery Released : UHSI - Iturup airport, Russia by Xenomorph     A new Russian scenery has been released by Xenomorph. But it is an interesting one? First is where do you think the scenery is placed? Well it would probably be nowhere of where you actually think it is, but on an island you would fly over and not think anything about.   The fascinating thing here is that the airport is on Iturup Island (Sakhalin Oblast, Russia), but Ilturp Island is situated on the northern chain of Islands that sprout out of the very north of Hokkaido, of which is Japanese. In fact the airport is very easily accessible from Japan, and not so much from Russia itself, which makes it interesting to explore a new area of X-Plane. In fact on June 17, 2017, Iturup airport accepted a passenger flight from Japan for the first time.   The airport is located near the villages of Kurilsk, the villages of Reidovo and Kitovoe, with which it is connected by a new highway with an asphalt surface. Once the airport accepted a Boeing 737-300 of the Aurora airline.   Features Object models with high detail PBR textures Night lighting High quality vegetation orthophoto textures     Notable is that also Xenomorph's UKOO - Odessa, Ukraine scenery has just had a major update to Version 1.07 (October 12th 2021), and is certainly well worth also checking out...   The scenery is priced at a very low US$11, and well worth the money to explore this interesting area... check it out.   Images are courtesy of Xenomorph __________________     Yes!...   UHSI - Iturup airport, Russia by Xenomorph is Available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :   UHSI - Iturup airport, Russia Price is US$11.00   Requirements X-Plane 11 Windows, Mac or Linux 4GB VRAM Minimum - 8GB+ VRAM Recommended Download Size: 566 MB Current version: v1. (October 12th 2021) ___________________________   News by Stephen Dutton 13th October 2021 Copyright©2021: X-Plane Reviews   (Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions) All Rights Reserved    
    • Yes, full capability... as in the real Airbus, very good it is as well.
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