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NEWS! - X-Plane 12 Beta Early Access first developer notes

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NEWS! - X-Plane 12 Beta Early Access first developer notes


It's out there folks...  Laminar Research have released the X-Plane 12 Public Beta, noted as an "Early Access" via download only. The Download size is 80 GB, so I got that one spot on, but to get it up and running then drop a lot of the non-wanted scenery like Africa, Russia, China and S America, unless of course you live there. That brings it down to a 40 Gb loading, which for me took 4 hours to download.


As the NDA's or legal Non-disclosure agreements came off, developers started dropping images and products, early notes include...


Aerobask were quick with two announcements with first images of their coming Falcon 8x in X-Plane 12. But still no date of a release.




Second was the Viper Jet eX for X-Plane 12 and noted as upcoming release of our new ViperJet, exclusively for X-Plane 12. Flight model, avionics, performances, sounds, 3D model... everything has been redesigned for XP12. Some XP12 screenshots, waiting for the features. 🙂





First X-Plane 12 aircraft for sale was from vSkyLabs with the Maule M-7-235B Project XP12


  • Early access version! Genuine aircraft for X-Plane v12.00 (beta).
  • Two aircraft included (land and amphibian).
  • Designed for X-Plane 12 cutting edge flight model environment. Superb flight dynamics with authentic performance and flight handling characteristics.
  • Built for VR: development was tailored specifically for VR, and optimized for 2D usage.
  • Engineered and designed as a genuine, default X-Plane 12 aircraft. The VSKYLABS projects are practically show-casing X-Plane 12, as they are stretching X-Plane default features, systems and flight model to its limits without any dependencies on complementary plugins or software...delivering a very robust simulation model, having maximum compatibility with the ever evolving X-Plane flight simulator.




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Yes! the Maule M-7-235B Project XP12 is NOW available from the X-Plane.Org Store here : 


Maule M-7-235B Project XP12

Price is US$32.95



X-Plane 12  - Not compatible with X-Plane 11
Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended 
Current version: 1.0 (September 6th 2022)
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ToLiss has also released the X-Plane 12 version A340-600 V1.1.2 - with XP12 compatible files, notes include:
We are now allowed to include the XP12 specific files, so with this version, you can power up the aircraft in the early access version of XP12 as soon as that is released. 
Of course, we did work on other things too, so here are a few nice new things: 
- ECAM action processing reworked to include overflow management and correct order of clearing items 
- Added Weight & Balance page to EFB (besides Avitab) 
- Added Radio Navigation and transponder failures, including associated ECAM caution messages and PFD/ND flags 
- Improved SID/STAR scrolling on departure and arrival MCDU pages
 The v1.1.2 X-Plane 12 version now available to download from the X-Plane.OrgStore, and already you will have the best airliner in X-Plane ready to go in X-Plane 12.


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Yes! the current Airbus A340-600 v1.1.2 by ToLiSS is NOW available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

Airbus A340-600 by ToLiSS

Price is US$89.99


Most accurate system functionality for any A340 aircraft in the flight simulation world


X-Plane only - not available for MSFS
Support for X-Plane 11 and now X-Plane 12
Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Download Size: 1.2 GB
Current version: 1.1.2  (September 5th 2022)

Airport Enhancement Package X-Plane 12 updated by X-Codr

X-Codr has updated the "Airport Enhancement Package" to X-Plane 12 (Images shown are X-Plane 12!)


Airport Enhancement Package has numerous features including:

  • Almost all airport buildings replaced with new high quality models
  • Majority of airport facades replaced with new high quality facades
  • Majority of all ground clutter replaced with new high quality models
  • All static ground vehicles replaced with new high quality models
  • All airport objects such as runways lights, beacons, and navaids replaced with new high quality models
  • All models feature advanced modeling techniques
  • All models feature UHD textures between 2 and 4 pixels per inch
  • All models feature advanced PBR normal maps for small details and realistic reflections
  • All models feature advanced LODs to maximize detail while maintaining great performance
  • Most models feature lite interiors to provide an added sense of depth and realism without the performance cost
  • Legacy airport vegetation replaced with new high performance 3d vegetation to match X-Plane 12's 3d forests
  • Marking and gravel/dirt pavement replaced with dramatically higher quality textures
  • All ground textures feature ultra high resolution for great detail
  • All ground textures feature realistic PBR normal maps
  • All markings replaced with new high quality markings
  • All ground textures feature "weather maps" to make use of X-Plane 12's weather effects system
  • Limited Regionalization gives airports a unique feel
  • In more rural and tropical areas more worn hangars are mixed in with the newer hangars found elsewhere
  • winter
  • All models match the default style as closely as possible, ensuring you see exactly what the author intended except in a much higher quality.







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Yes! the current Airport Enhancement Package XP12 by X-Codr is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


Airport Enhancement Package X-Plane 12

On sale: $22.95 Price is US$$17.21


X-Plane 12 and X-Plane 11 (both Packages included for the same low price)
Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM recommended
Download Size: 2.1 GB
Current Version : 1.2 (September 5th 2022)
All for now...
6th September 2022
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Beta early access, no need to run at this point. Interesting watching all the forums with peoples experiences and issues. At this point I’ve yet to work out my transition strategy. What to keep, what not to try to move. Try and keep 11 alongside 12? Thinking about what may be positives - for example is the overhead of Activesky still needed? Bracing for the negatives, what might not work or get updated.


Moving over will be something of a hassle but there are positives to a clean sheet of paper. Interesting questions as well, which payware airports will still be worth keeping and which may be destined for that virtual dustbin. Does Orbx still make sense or still work with decent performance? 


Performance will of course be key, but generally those new tidy set ups generally do not perform badly against the huge old version on your disk with multiple plugs ins, sound sets you really did not need, or the 43 liveries you for installed for your 767.


And of course the knowledge when you find that it runs fine on you rig the little thought planted in the back of your mind about how much better it might be if you upgraded your video card, CPU etc. You might not spend the money today, or tomorrow, but the fuse is lit.

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