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  1. Aircraft Review : Lockheed Martin F22A Raptor by AOA Simulations The USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program, was a demonstration and validation program undertaken by the United States Air Force to develop a next-generation air superiority fighter to counter emerging worldwide threats, including Soviet Sukhoi Su-27 and Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters that were under development in the 1980s. Lockheed and Northrop were selected in 1986 to develop the YF-22 and the YF-23 technology demonstrator aircraft. These aircraft were evaluated in 1991 and the Lockheed YF-22 was selected and lat
  2. News! - Aircraft Update : CowenSim MD500E v1.10 CowenSim has done a through update to their MD500E (Hughes 500) v1.10. My view in the CowenSim MD500E review was that the aircraft felt slightly undeveloped, so this comprehensive v1.10 update it should now cover the final aspects of the delivery of a fantastic machine. Added tons of liveries There were quite a few liveries added to the package 50 New paint kit The paint kit was upgraded and a paint kit for the cargo pod was added to the package. Thank you Pasiel J for your help. The new kit is am
  3. Plugin Updated : WebFMC Pro v1.7.0 by Green Arc Studios The latest update to the excellent WebFMC Pro v1.7.0 plugin is again another significant update with great new features and a few more added aircraft. The WebFMC is a plugin that allows you to use a FMC (Flight Management Computer) on an external screen via a web browser. That is an another computer or tablet. It is a remote tool, but a very beneficial tool and even a powerful one in programming in route and performance data and following the set aircraft route in flight and in mirroring the aircraft's built in FMS
  4. News! - Updates : Boundless EINN-Shannon EIKY-Kerry Airport and Hull Infirmary Release One developer house that is extremely prolific currently is the UK based Boundless Simulations. They covered an update to their EGBB-Birmingham v2.1 last month. And now there are two more updates to EINN Shannon and EIKY Kerry Airport... not enough for you then throw in also a Heliport scenery release of Hull Infirmary (UK) EINN Shannon Jude covered the Boundless Shannon release with a review last month, and the scenery is certainly a big step in quality wise over t
  5. News! - Updated : Mango Studios FF 757 Sound Pack v1.1 Mango Studios have already updated the FlightFactor Boeing 757 Series sound pack to v1.1. The package updates the original aircraft’s March 29th 2021 sounds with more new engine sounds, a configuration menu and more features... v1.1 Changelog Adapted compatibility for the FPDS version of the 757 -Increased engine start sound volume Split Cockpit clicking sounds away from the system and aural warning sounds, to allow the user to completely mute or lower the volume of the clicking sou
  6. Scenery Upgrade Review : EVRA - Riga International Airport v2 by JustSim The equation is quite simple. Quality scenery at the right price in the right place. I don't deny I champion certain scenery developers because they hit every point in delivering consistently good quality scenery at a good price point. The price set is in so that the developer gets a good return for the work put in, but the price is also relative to the you being able to form a decent collection of quality destinations within a good network. JustSim has always delivered very well in this context. It is ve
  7. Love the April Fools joke... since when has Aerobask done Military and Helicopters?
  8. News! - Scenery Updated : Molokai and Kalaupapa airports, Hawaii v2 by NorthernSkyStudio As per a decision in what to review I did a flight back in 2017 of the newly released Molokai and Kalaupapa airports in Hawaii, by NorthernSkyStudios. It wasn't that I was not overly impressed, but the missing aspect was I was not greatly impressed by the ground textures... as a scenery combo it was not that bad, but not that brilliant either? Interesting because as a developer NorthernSkyStudio is very good... but pass over the package I did. So here comes an update to the Hawai
  9. News! - Navigraph acquires SimBrief One of the most vital tools in our Simulation armoury is a clever virtual dispatch system called SimBrief. Created in 2013 by "Derek", this extraordinary free tool will create a full virtual flight planning service. It features detailed fuel calculations for over 120 aircraft types, an extensive route database, real-world weather forecasts, current NOTAMs and ETOPS planning. It also allows you to also download a generated flightplan to install the created route. For myself it is the data to program the aircraft's route (via waypoint)
  10. Behind the Screen : March 2021 On the Laminar Research Facebook page in early March the announcement suddenly came up in... "Something BIG is coming". Immediately the one BIG thought that flashed into your mind was X-PLANE12 or whateveritwillbecalled in X-Planesomething. Now we know or very quickly some sleuths worked it all out, that it was not anything to do with X-Plane12 or even with Laminar Research, but the formation of the Flight Simulation Association, that was formed by the same people Reiter and Coyle that brings you the yearly FlightSimExpo. The association
  11. Scenery Review : KGPI - Glacier Park International Airport by YD Design Kalispell Glacier Park International Airport is situated in Flathead County, Montana, six miles northeast of Kalispell. The airport is owned and operated by the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, a public agency created by the county in 1974. The airport was built in 1942 as Flathead County Airport, from which its IATA and original FAA and ICAO codes of KFCA were derived. Airline flights operated by Northwest Airlines began in 1950; however, passenger traffic was sparse for years. In
  12. Steering wheel on an Airbus? I hope you mean the tiller? Yes you can open the doors... it has a lot of data to load to do it's simulation, and it is a very good simulation.
  13. The EDDM by ShortFinal uses the SAM autogate system, and the plugin has to be installed for the gates to work...
  14. News! - Announcements : vFlyteAir Arrow III update and Saratoga II X-Plane development house vFlyteAir have announced on the X-Plane.Org forums, details of their current development projects. As noted in last months (February) "Behind the Screen", vFlyteAir have been very quiet over the last year (2020) after a huge pack of releases in 2019. A quiet development house is a busy development house, and as noted in BtheS, vFlyteAir were well overdue for a release, in fact none of those listed releases have still not come to pass. But the dawn is breaking. As vF
  15. Hi Fabio, sorry no there is not... the JARDesign A330 is the only one worth flying. There is a RWDesigns Airbus 330-300, with a review here; Aircraft Review - Airbus A330-300 v2 by RW Designs but this is a 2015 design and it does not have failures either. for it's time it was pretty good, there is a A340 coming this year from ToLiSS and that will have a full failure system.
  16. News! - Aircraft Update : Phenom 300 v1.1r by Aerobask Certainly already the aircraft release highlight of the year 2021 is Aerobask's sensational Embraer Phenom 300. Just as quick is this post-release update to version v1.1r (not v1.0r, as a few other commentators have noted?). The changelog is quite substantial and covers a lot of (slightly) missed areas. You can update the Phenom 300 by using the built in "Skunkcrafts" updater, but to note to use the updater via loading in first another aircraft. Otherwise you can go to your X-Plane.OrgStore account and
  17. News! - Released : LEBB - Bilbao Airport by Taimodels Taimodels have released their next scenery in the Spanish, LEBB Bilbao. Bilbao Airport is a public airport located 9 km (5.6 mi) north of Bilbao, in the municipality of Loiu, in Biscay. It is the largest airport in the Basque Country situated in northern Spain, with a passenger flow of 5,469,453 passengers in 2018. It is famous for its new main striking terminal opened in 2000 designed by Santiago Calatrava. The unique terminal has a sleek design, with two symmetrical "wings" and a sharp tip at its cente
  18. News! - Scenery Updated : KMSY New Orleans International Airport v2.0 by VerticalSim VerticalSim have done their first major update to KMSY New Orleans International or giving the airport's full name in "Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport". KMSY by VerticalSim was released last year 2020 in late June. This v2.0 update focuses on the nightlighting which has been completely redone from scratch, better lighting in the interiors and field night taxiway lighting (Wig-wags, flashing embers, etc.). PBR (Physical Based Rendering) has also been done to update not
  19. No these jets can REALLY climb... 5000 fpm is normal, but most stay around 4000 fpm, the Challenger can climb to FL410 in 18 min, with a 14,330 kg (31,590 lb) weight. Weight and load is the key to getting the right climb rate, If I remember right DDenn provided the links to the data, if not then you may have to go searching for it.
  20. News! - Scenery Updated : EGBB Birmingham v2.1 by Boundless If any scenery developer has come on in leaps and bounds it is Boundless (pun intended) Simulations. The early work felt a bit rushed, but their latest offerings are now of very much more of a better quality and detail, EINN Shannon in Ireland is a good current example. EGBB Birmingham was one of those early releases last October 2020. And although Boundless has a coming project list that is exciting, they still had the time to review and update this quite newish Birmingham Midland UK scenery, this
  21. Aircraft Review : Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 by Aerobask Traditionally Aerobask are associated with very light, even quirky composite propeller or very light jet aircraft. So it came as a surprise when they announced that their next project was for them an extremely different and a far larger aircraft in the Dassault Falcon 8X, the new flagship of the Falcon range, and an aircraft that can can connect Paris to Hong Kong and Los Angeles to Beijing with no stopovers. Certainly an aircraft that is very far removed for what of anything they had created before. Their Falcon 8X has also
  22. Aircraft Review : Rutan Model-158 Pond Racer - Test-Pilot Project by vSkyLabs The bizarre and the unorthodox is littered with examples in aviation, more than really any other medium. Then aviation pushes the boundary on what can and even the unexpected of what has been achieved in relation to leaving the boundaries of not only above the ground but to go even beyond the planet Earth itself. The experimental aspect of flight is strewn with examples that pushed the boundaries forward, but was also the death of many a good pilot... the Model-158 Pond Racer is one such example.
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