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  1. News! - JARDesign Airbus A340-500 goes into beta JARDesign have declared their coming Airbus A340-500 is soon to go into it's beta testing phase. First announced back in April 2018, this is the third Airbus project from JARDesign after their Airbus A320neo and Airbus A330-243. Notable is the fact like in most X-Plane releases, get one finally released and you are bound to get another... that aircraft is coming via ToLiSS who are developing a A340-600, yes a different variant, but still a A340 airframe. "when it rains"... JARDesign have released some in pro
  2. News! - Scenery Announced : KSFO San Francisco Definitive by ShortFinal Design ShortFinal Design (SFD) aka Mister6X has gone and revisited his first scenery for X-Plane he created 7 Years ago. That scenery was SFO-San Francisco, and one of the great freeware sceneries available in X-Plane. But the revisit has also been upgraded to a "Definitive" label, like SFD's KLAX - Los Angeles International, which means the scenery moves from being a freeware to payware product. That announcement will make a lot of users gnash their teeth, but as with LAX the update to
  3. There is an odd situation at EDDM by Shortfinal (And yes I hate it, with all those tails waggling in the air) the problem is traffic under the bridges, sadly you can't have both in traffic and solid bridges... Shortfinal provide in the scenery the option to have the hard bridges, but no underpass traffic, the fix is in the "Optional Hard Bridges" folder.
  4. News! - Scenery Released : KMTP - Montauk Airport, USA by Skytitude There has been a very strong pattern this year with scenery in X-Plane 2021. With most of the big players going off and developing only for MSFS, and then as X-Plane users won't pay for quality scenery (why when you can get the scenery for free, but that is not the point), then the trend by developers is for smaller cheaper localised destinations, at set around the US$10 to US$12 price. So here is another one of those localised sceneries in... Montauk Airport in Suffolk County, New York ..
  5. News! - Scenery Released : KWYS - Yellowstone Airport and National Park by X-Codr Designs I call them fly-in, fly-around sceneries. Which means you fly in via usually a commuter aircraft, and then take in the local experiences via a smaller GA or Helicopter, and if you wish, then fly-out again. The focus here in this case is the fly-in airport KWYS, and the fly-around visual aspects of the famous Yellowstone National Park. This scenery is developed by X-Codr, known for his excellent KDEN - Denver scenery: Scenery Update : KDEN - Denver International Airport HD v1.5 by
  6. Yes, no news is good news I suppose in the Laminar Research space-time continuum. There is the point that this version (XP12) really needs to be right in every aspect... my gut says it will be, thanks for the comment.
  7. News! - X-Trident update the CH47-D Chinook to v1.1 Most developers do a followup update after an aircraft release to do a tidy up of bugs, fixes and small changes. This is the one for the amazing CH47-D Chinook by X-Trident to version v1.1. Full review is here: Aircraft Review : Boeing CH47-D Chinook by X-Trident The v1.1 update is set out in three separate sections consisting of; Corrections and new features, x-plane commands (mapped to plugin functions) and new “CH47” custom commands. New is; added sound effects for switches and buttons (new
  8. News! - JustFlight shows off BAe146 Pro custom FMC When X-PlaneReviews did the comprehensive review of JustFlight's exceptional BAe146 Professional, there was one glaring exception... a Universal FMC. Instead we had installed in the aircraft the crappy default X-Plane FMC, which is pretty basic, and useless, to the point it only just does the route for you to follow, and it doesn't look authentic either (not a lot of love there is there). Personally I thought the custom FMC would be months away, but no, as on the JustFlight Facebook page they already give us a
  9. News! - Rotate flashes more images of the coming McDonnell Douglas MD11 The release of Rotate's McDonnell Douglas MD80 was a watershed moment for quality and detail of this iconic aircraft for X-Plane, certainly one of the extremely really good simulations, the MD80 delivers on every level for simulation... so how do you follow something so brilliant, well with an even bigger McDonnell Douglas aircraft in the MD11. The MD80 was released in late 2015, yes five years ago, but the many updates have kept the aircraft quite relevant... Which brings us to the
  10. Translation; "to finally have this unique and mythical helicopter which completes my collection of aircraft (more than 100) and which reminds me of my wonderful life in the French Air Force. Thanks for this work."
  11. Aircraft Review : Citation CJ4 Proline21 by Netavio Did you know that the Citation by Cessna is named after a racehorse? Well it is, the first Cessna jet was originally called the FanJet 500, but a 1948 Belmont Stakes races winner, and a horse then went on to becoming the 8th Triple Crown champion was called Citation, and the horse was known as fast, easy to handle and good at running long or short distances on hard or soft surfaces. And so in 1970 the Cessna Chairman Dwane L. Wallace honoured his memory by renaming the FanJet 500 as the Cessna Citation, The Citation Mustang also m
  12. News! - Aircraft Updates : ToLiSS updates the A321 and NEO packages v1.3 Back in late April 2021, ToLiSS updated their excellent Airbus A319 to version v1.6, they also announced at the time that the larger sister Airbus A321 and the addon NEO (New Engine Option) packages in updates that would follow along later... and here they are in version v1.3. Most of the changes in the A319 v1.6 update, are also visible here, but more changes cover not only the different A321 systems, but the additional NEO configurations. The v1.3 changelog is quite substantial, but
  13. I do not agree that developers are now avoiding the X-Plane.OrgStore. The points are simple in that X-Plane as a community and consumer base has changed and diversed over the years. Overall the composition changed as the X-Plane as a platform moved on from what was basically a hobbyist platform to a more diverse, even say Flight Simulator broad based consumer profile. The point is the actual amount of products now available on the X-Plane.OrgStore compared to even five years ago are far, far more considerable than ever before. Yes developers swap and change, but the ones that go it alone also
  14. News! - Laminar Research : X-Plane12 Preview Just yesterday I did a full evaluation of the Simulation situation current to date in this year 2021, in our monthly "Behind The Screen" (May) edition. And lo and behold the next day out comes a preview video titled "X-Plane Technology Preview One"... did Laminar read our summation? I doubt it, but it does note the date, in that this weekend the original FlightSimExpo 21 was to have been held in San Diego (4th-6th June) that has now been rescheduled for September 24-26, 2021. Was this weekend originally supposed to have bee
  15. Behind the Screen : May 2021 Noted it is already 1st June... 5 months of the year 2021 have already passed, and where are we? Non-Covid then later this week the FlightSimExpo on the 4th June to the 6th June would have been running in San Diego, but that date has now been moved to September 24-26, 2021. The FlightSimExpo 2021 this time around after the no-go of 2020, was a huge focus on the state of play in simulation and of the whirlwind of the changes surrounding simulation, a sort of "touch base" scenario or to see where we are all relative to all the significant ch
  16. News! - Released : Enhanced Flight Models by Xaero Updates to X-Plane default aircraft are getting even more and more far apart. There might be the odd nip and touch here and there, but unbelievable is the fact that many of the current default aircraft don't even comply to the current "Experimental Flight Model" is showing up Laminar Research and their poor updating efforts lately... the last was 11.50 Q3 last year. Xaero have stepped in to the breach, by releasing "Enhanced Flight Model" packages to fill in the current gaps. To date there has been two package releases
  17. X-PlaneReviews : Away on a break With two mega reviews done and a bit of nice weather, it is time to have a small (rest) break. X-PlaneReviews will not be updated from Wednesday 26th May 2021 to the Tuesday 1st June 2021. See you all very soon Stephen Dutton X-PlaneReviews
  18. News! - Aircraft Update : JustFlight updates the BAe146 v1.1.1 It is just the teeny-weenyest of updates, just a few... but v1.1.1 shows that JustFlight (Thranda) are still pursuing the smallest of issues and in wanting to get their BAe146 just about perfect. Changelog v1.1.1 - Beacon flashing pattern made more realistic - OAT gauge now always indicated in degrees C - Fixed geometry aft of weather radar - Improved ASI knob usability (supports click-and-hold) - Increased volume of altitude alert callouts - Added aircraft
  19. News! - Scenery Released : PATK - Talkeetna Airport, Alaska by NorthernSkyStudios NorthernSkyStudios really like Alaska. They have released two already excellent sceneries for this of most northern of American States with both PAEN-Kenai Municipal Airport and the most recently updated PAKT-Ketchikan International. This new NorthernSky Alaskan scenery is the only small PATK-Talkeetna Airport, but it is an essential lifeline to Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, the mountain's former official name, and it is the highest mountain peak in North America, with
  20. News! - Released : EIKN- Ireland West Knock Airport by Boundless We are back in Ireland... Boundless has already released two sceneries here with EIKY Kerry Airport and EINN Shannon Airport, and now to add another to the collection is EIKN Ireland West Knock Airport. Which is actually located further north of Knock at Kilgariff, Charlestown, County Mayo. Knock handled over 750 000 passengers in 2017, and is served primarily by Ryanair. The airport has also seen an interesting range of traffic in its time, which even includes an ex Air France A380 which was recently s
  21. Aircraft Review : Boeing CH47-D Chinook by X-Trident There are many significantly important helicopters throughout aviation's history, From the early Sikorsky R-4, Fairy FB-1 Gyrodyne, Sikorsky S-55, Bell 45/H-13, to the 50's in the Bell UH-1 Iroquois and in later decades the S-61 Seaking, CH-53 Sea Stallion (S-65), UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-53E Super Stallion ... but in twin-rotor form there has been fewer significant designs... The Piasecki H-21 (Vertol) and the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight is another, but think of any heavy Twin Rotor helicopter and really only one ai
  22. News! - Aircraft Updated : BAe 146 Professional updated to v1.1 and now on the X-Plane.OrgStore Poof!... Suddenly there are wheel chocks on my BAe 146 Pro? Where did they come from? Officially the changelog notes a change from the release version v1.0 to v1.1... but in reality there are a load of hidden version changes set out inbetween from the beginning of May. The update changes that have been added in, are v1.0.5 to v1.0.7, so that is three significant sets of new features, changes, bug repairs including the minute v1.1 update that only actually includes the "TM
  23. News! - Scenery Released : KFAY - Fayetteville Regional Airport by VerticalSim VerticalSim's next project and now released is KFAY - Fayetteville Regional Airport. Not to be confused with another recent release by VerticalSim in KMYR – Myrtle Beach International Airport. Fayetteville Regional Airport , also known as Grannis Field, is a public use airport in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. It is owned by the city of Fayetteville and located three nautical miles (6 km) south of its central business district of Fayetteville. The a
  24. You have a choice. Select Throttle (THRTL1) for the one selection on the joystick, or move the four throttles separately in the aircraft, both are not perfect, but the joystick version is the preference.
  25. Aircraft Review : Aeroprakt A22-LS Project by vSkyLabs Well it makes a change from very light helicopters. vSkyLabs are back again with another of their Project 'Test-Pilot' series, and this time it is another Very Light Aircraft (VLA) in the Ukrainian built two-seat, high-wing, tricycle landing gear ultralight aircraft, called the Aeroprakt A-22, also known as the A-22 Foxbat, and in the US as the Valor. The small aircraft is manufactured by Aeroprakt in the Ukraine, and is expertly designed by Yuri Yakovlev. The A-22 first flew in taking its maiden flight on 21 October 1996, and
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