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  1. News! - Scenery Released : PACV-Merle K Smith-Cordova, Alaska by DC Scenery A new scenery developer for X-Plane is DC Scenery. This development house have already released a few sceneries already for the MSFS platform, but this sweet little scenery is set in Cordova (CDV), Alaska. But not to be confused with Cordova Municipal Airport (CKU) on the banks of Eyak Lake. Cordova is a city in Alaska, United States. It lies near the mouth of the Copper River, at the head of Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound. Merle K. (Mudhole) Smith Airport is a
  2. Scenery Update : PAKT - Ketchikan International Alaska v1.2 by NorthernSkyStudio NorthernSkyStudio released their excellent scenery of PAKT in Ketchikan, Alaska in August 2018. In our review I totally loved the scenery as NorthernSkyStudio is a very good and quality scenery developer... we covered the initial release with a review here; Scenery Preview : PAKT - Ketchikan International Alaska by NorthernSkyStudio. Ketchikan is known as "Alaska's first city" due to its strategic position at the southern tip of the Inside Passage, connecting the Gulf of Alaska to Puget S
  3. Behind the Screen : April 2021 What do you consider the hardest thing in a procedure to fly in the X-Plane Simulator... put your hands up! Most will say the landing, and that would be a good answer, as getting the landing right will give you a huge satisfaction and a smile on your face, get it wrong and your faced with a huge X-Plane particle fire and usually a broken aircraft. But the landing procedure is not the one thing that can totally ruin in a simulation... in let us say a perfection "block to block", absolute "Nailed it" getting it all right scenario. On landi
  4. News! - Scenery Released : USRR - Surgut, Russia by Xenomorph Russia! Surprisingly Russian scenery is very popular in X-Plane, and here is another address to add to your destination list. This scenery is of the international airport of the city of Surgut, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. The largest hub for local and international airlines in the Ural Federal District of Russia. It serves both Surgut itself and the adjacent districts of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug with a total permanent population of more than 750 thousand inhabitants. It has the status of a f
  5. News! - FlyJSim gives more Q4XP Details We noted at the start of 2021, that one of the coming significant releases for the X-Plane Simulator in 2021 will be the FlyJSim Q4XP. Development has been now ongoing now for about three years, but for a while now the news coming out of FlyJSim has been quite sparse. FlyJSim did a final update of their original Dash 8 Q400 Legacy, even now as far back as August 2019, in readiness for the far more higher quality and detailed version of the De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Q Series called Q4XP. The biggest expected feature i
  6. News! - Aircraft Released : F-15C Eagle by FACO Simulations The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) and one of the all time greats of aerial combat aircraft ever produced. Following reviews of proposals, the United States Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas's design in 1967 to meet the service's need for a dedicated air superiority fighter. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. It is among the most successful modern fighters, with ove
  7. News! - Scenery Released : ZYCC - Changchun Longjia International Airport by Star-Atlas It is great that finally in X-Plane we have developers focusing on areas outside of the N-American/European centric of scenery, we need exotic destinations even if they are are far past the two hour time-short simulation focused users... spread your wings everyone, it is a big (X-Plane) world out there. Star Atlas released a decent ZBAD - Beijing Daxing International, but X-Plane is very much bounded by the very poor data of landscape and with virtually no OpenStreetMap
  8. News! - Aircraft Released : Aeroprakt A22-LS Project by vSkyLabs vSkyLabs have released another project in the form of the Aeroprakt A22-LS. The Aeroprakt A22-LS is a two-seat, high-wing strut braced aircraft of "classic" aerodynamic layout with a closed cockpit, non-retractable landing gear with steerable nose wheel, Rotax-912 engine with tractor three-blade on-ground adjustable pitch propeller. AEROPRAKT-22LS is approved for flying in VFR, simple meteorological conditions. AEROPRAKT-22LS is certified in the LSA (Light Sport Airplane) category. Project'
  9. Yes, I would love a Trident III in this level of detail 🙂
  10. Aircraft Review : British Aerospace 146 Professional by JustFlight Was it the accidental success story that even the aircraft manufacturers of British Aerospace were surprised by? It certainly was not expected to be a big seller, but it was, if just under 400 airframes produced was a major success story. But a great aircraft it is. The British Aerospace (BAe) 146 was created to fill in a marketing gap. Faster and bigger than a regional turboprop, but smaller than a standard airliner like the 100 seater segment Fokker 100 and even the smallest of the Boeing 737 family. D
  11. It was announced as "Soon" for MSFS a few weeks ago, but why ask in X-Plane?
  12. News! - Aircraft Updated : SSG E-Jets Evolution Series v1.6 by SSG When doing reviews you can usually do two reviews in one. If an aircraft review, then you can also check out a new scenery release, or if a new scenery then you check out a new aircraft or an updated version. Or you can just simply fly an older aircraft to a new scenery release to see how it performs after a fair time after it has been updated or released. It is in this last aspect last year I picked out SSG's Embraer E-Jet in it's Evolution Series, to checkout a new scenery release in Northern Italy.
  13. News! - Plugin Update : Traffic Global v1.0.9997 by JustFlight I was thinking only a week ago, that it had been a fair while (August 2020) since JustFlight had updated their Traffic Global application with any changes or new stuff. Then straight out of the blue came my answer in a form of an update in a new version to v1.0.9997. There are of course two major traffic applications in X-Plane. World Traffic 3, which is far cheaper and more detailed in traffic than Traffic Global, but WT3 is also heavy on your system and you have to generate the traffic every t
  14. Yes we will look into a poll, but my guess it will mostly always be very varied as most users use the simulator for a lot of their own personal preferences... the trick is to poll a category, or your personal category and find the best in that list.
  15. It is not a review but a "News!" release? I haven't actually looked at the scenery yet to do a review.
  16. News! - Scenery Release : Airport Madrid XP by Aerosoft The brand name on the packaging maybe Aerosoft, but this is all a Windsock Productions in a partnership with Sim-Wings, it is noted that this Madrid Barajas International Airport for X-Plane 11 scenery is a conversion of the Sim-Wing's Madrid International for the Prepar3D platform. Sim-wings presents the Airport Madrid with all buildings and service facilities for X-Plane 11. The aerial image covers a total surface of 400 km², and the detailed 3D models and animations bring the scenery to life.
  17. News! - Update Revealed : ToLiss A319 V1.6 and A321 V1.3 updates Boom! Boom!... and they keep on coming. ToLiss have only just done a round of updates to their excellent A319 and A321 Airbus aircraft, have already announced the next set of updates in A319 v1.6 and A321 v1.3 ToLiss notes that at first these update features will be for the A319, then the same for the A321 with a couple of undisclosed NEO specific additions for the A321 NEO (New Engine Option) variants. Changes from build 1299 (V1.5.2) to build XXX (V1.6) Major new features:
  18. News! - Scenery Release : PHJH- Kapalua Airport, Hawaii by NorthernSkyStudio NorthernSkyStudios has added in another Hawaiian scenery to match in with their already released Molokai and Kalaupapa airports with PHJH- Kapalua Airport. Kapalua Airport (PHJH ), also known as Kapalua–West Maui Airport, is a regional private use airport on the west side of the island of Maui in Hawaii. It is located five nautical miles (6 mi, 9 km) north of Lahaina, in Maui County. Most flights to Kapalua Airport originate from commuter airports on the other Hawaiian islands by c
  19. Scenery Review : EGSS Stansted by Boundless Simulations There are six airports that service the London area in the United Kingdom. Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), City (LCY), Luton (LTN), Southend (SEN) and finally Stansted (STN). Breaking them down, then Heathrow is the biggest and the capitol's main major hub, Gatwick services the south and is another major gateway. The rest though are really satellite or even regional hubs... except LCY, but then London City is really only a commuter airport with serious runway restrictions on the type of aircraft that can get in there and then
  20. News! - Aircraft Update : King Air 350 v1.5 by AirFoilLabs The Airfoillabs team, an X-Plane 11 addon developer from Brno, Czech Republic has released the v1.5 update of their King Air 350. The team from Airfoillabs has spent quite a bit of time in this update release focusing on the physical model, avionics, performance and general handling of their airplane. The 5th in line, this update introduces a new Quick Look feature, which allows the Pilot to use predefined views to navigate around the flightdeck. This feature should significantly reduce the workload for the pil
  21. News! - Released : Mango Studios FF 767 Sound Pack Notes were made that after the release of a sound package for the FlightFactor Boeing 757 Series from Mango Studios, then the same package would also be soon available for the FlightFactor's Boeing 767 series... and here it is. The package works on all the different variants of the Flight Factor 767 Pro (or 767 Extended or 767 FPDS). And the feature list is quite extensive. and to note that the Flight Factor 767 Pro is required for the use of this sound pack. Features: New and h
  22. Aircraft Update : Embraer ERJ Family v1.4.0 by X-Crafts X-Crafts have done an interesting update to their ERJ Family of aircraft... E135, E140, E145, E145XR and the ERJ private jet version of the Legacy 650 to version v1.4.0 The v1.4.0 update is mainly focused on the FMS. As Steve Wilson has been working on a complete rewrite of the FMS navdata coding, and in this aspect it is focused on here, is the (hidden transition) from the old X-Plane navigation database (GNS430) to the newer X-Plane11 system navigation database, as this will be the cornerstone of the new Authen
  23. News! - Scenery Release : EGSS Stansted Airport by Boundless The EGSS Stansted Airport scenery by Boundless has now been released on the X-Plane.OrgStore. Stansted is notably London's UK third airport, but that depends on if you include Luton. Growth over the last few decades at Stansted has been huge for two reasons. First the restrictions on Heathrow and Gatwick, but also in the fact that Stansted is a also very much more LCC (Low Cost Carrier) focused destination with the airport being the largest Ryanair base for the airline. Noted is "Stansted for X-Pl
  24. No updates have been forthcoming since 2014 (Peter was out of the development process for a fair while) so the status is still actually the same? 2014 is now a long time ago, but I do remember these A320s were pretty good for the time, the systems and flight protocols were done by ToLiSS (before they were ToLiSS), so the performance was also pretty good... Still a good A320 for half the price of the FlightFactor A320 Ultimate. If I find the time I might reload one in and see how it performs today.
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