• JustFlight Traffic Global Previews

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    JustFlight have released a brand new set of screenshots previewing their new AI traffic software, Traffic Global.
    Touted to include the latest airliners in service including the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and A320neo, the software will use flight plans generated from real-world schedule data to provide worldwide AI traffic coverage.

    As well as showing aircraft models and some well-populated airports, the screenshots posted on the JustFlight website also show the user interface, with options to edit schedules and flight plans and the aircraft fleet, including models and tail numbers.



     

    Friday

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    Flight Simulator X - Original Aircraft
    Spirit CSeries 300 V5L by Camil Valiquette
    Spirit CSeries 100 V5L by Camil Valiquette

    Flight Simulator X - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    Chalair Aviation Beechcraft 1900D by Christian Muenier

    Flight Simulator 2004 - Original Aircraft
    Spirit CSeries 300 V5L by Camil Valiquette
    Spirit CSeries 100 V5L by Camil Valiquette

    Flight Simulator 2004 - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    S7 Airlines Boeing 737-800 (VP-BDG) by Sergey Gleba | PaintSim
    Roush Fenway Racing Boeing 727-227 (N727NK) by Danny Cummings

    X-Plane 11.20r1 Now Available

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    The X-Plane 11.20r1  build is ready for testing, included are all features and changes that are going in 11.20 ,  the only modifications expected are solutions to reported bugs.
    The Management of X-Plane state " You need you to test your addons now ", make your Bug Reports   in order to wrap the development process up.
     
    Imaginesim's Austin Bergstrom Intl for Prepar3D v4 has been released.
    The scenery has had a full overhaul for the latest version of Lockheed Martin's simulator and the developer claims new optimatisations mean that performance will be "more than doubled" compared to the FSX version and increased "over 25%" over previous editions of P3D.

    Users will also benefit from switchable dynamic lighting, interactive SODE jetways and improved autogen coverage.
    The update is available free to existing KAUS FSX and P3D customers.

    Imaginesim Singapore Teasers

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    Scenery developers Imaginesim have released more images to tease their upcoming Singapore Changi release for Prepar3D v4.
    After a Facebook post earlier this week revealed images of what the developer says will be animated airport staff, today's preview revealed further modelling of service vehicles.

    The intricate level of detail being modelled hints at what might yet be to come from scenery developers in a 64-bit world, freed from the memory constraints of FSX and prior versions of Prepar3D. However, whilst we may have ever busier and more lifelike representations of airports to look forward to, there will no doubt be those wondering how such innovations will impact performance.

    Aerosoft DC-8 Updated

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    Version 1.02 of Aerosoft's DC-8 has been released, including fixes to the INS system and fuselage shading.
    The short changelog was posted on the Aerosoft forums by Community Manager Mathijs Kok earlier today.
    As well as the INS and fuselage shading fixes, engine start problems experienced by some users are also thought to be fixed, along with a missing click spot for the marker receiver and a missing smoke effect.

    FSDT O'Hare Previews

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    FSDreamTeam have released preview images of their upcoming Chicago O'Hare scenery for Prepar3D v4.
    In a post on their Facebook page, the images show detailed modelling of the gate areas, control tower and other 3D objects. No timeframe for the release has yet been provided publicly.


    ETOPS downgrade for Trent 1000 787s

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    Some Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powered 787s will have their ETOPS capability downgraded from tomorrow.
    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are set to publish an Advisory Directive slashing the maximum time radius affected aircraft are permitted to fly from a diversion airfield from 330 minutes to just 140 minutes.
    The directive follows a series of failures and in-flight shutdowns on the Trent 1000 C powerplant, which engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce says are due to premature wear in the intermediate stage compressor and turbine blades and seals.
    The 787 became only the second airliner type, after the Boeing 777, to receive the full 330 minute ETOPS rating in 2014. However, even that followed an earlier setback when problems with the all-electric jet's lithium-ion batteries led the FAA to limit its rating to 180 minutes in 2013.
    ETOPS certification permits twin-engined aircraft to operate further than 60 minutes flying time from any suitable diversion airfield, essential for opening up long-haul routes over sparsely populated areas. As an aircraft built around the premise of operating low-density long-haul routes, many airlines operating the affected 787-9s face the prospect of severe flight planning restrictions until the problems are resolved.
    The 330 minute rating opens up almost the entire globe to twin-engined aircraft, with only a few 'no-go' areas in the most remote parts of Antarctica. 

    330 minute ETOPS. The dark area over Antarctica represents the only remaining 'no-go' area
    Limiting the B787 to 140 minute ETOPS, however, rules out flights from the USA to Hawaii and across some areas of the Pacific, as well as the central and south Atlantic and southern Indian oceans.

    With a 140 minute ETOPS rating, the number of 'no-go' areas are vastly increased
    Whilst the majority of US-based 787-9 operators use the General Electric GEnx engine, which is unaffected by the changes, Japan's ANA operate 28 Trent 1000 powered 787-9s and British Airways operate the type on its ultra-long haul route to Santiago amongst others. Boeing estimate that up to a quarter of the global 787 fleet could be affected.
    The FAA directive follows an EASA Airworthiness Directive calling for more frequent inspections of Trent 1000 C engines, just days after Rolls-Royce themselves advised operators the affected engines would need to be inspected monthly.

    Sim-Wings La Palma Professional Released

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    Sim-Wings' La Palma scenery has been released for Prepar3D version 4.
    The latest in Sim-Wings' Canary Islands series to get the P3Dv4 treatment, La Palma is the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands.

    With a population of around 85,000, La Palma's main claim to fame is as the home of a number of leading astronomical observatories sited on its highest peak, the Roque de los Muchachos.

    The climate and location of the island means any cloud generally forms below the 2,423m (7,949ft) summit, leaving clear skies for stargazers. Europe's second-largest optical telescope, the 4.2m (165in) William Herschel telescope, is amongst those sited on the mountain.

    La Palma Airport, on the island's east coast, is equipped with a 2,200m (7,218ft) main runway and handled around 1.3m passengers last year.

    Although the airport is mainly served by inter-island services which operate year-round, during the summer holiday season larger aircraft operated by the likes of easyJet and TUI bring tourists from further afield.
    Sim-wings' rendition includes a detailed 3D model of the airport, including optimised 3D runway lighting, dynamic vehicles and Aircraft Parking and Information System (APIS).
    Full details of the release can be found on the Sim-wings Facebook page.

    Aerosoft DC-8 Takes Flight

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    Aerosoft's DC-8 has been released for Prepar3D v4.
    The vintage jetliner was Douglas' first jet transport and was familiar to millions around the world during the 1960s and 70s, with more than 500 examples built.
    Although passenger models were largely superseded by the introduction of wide-bodied airliners such as the Boeing 747 and Lockheed L-1011, many DC-8s remained in service as freighters and even to the present day it is thought a few continue to ply the skies.
    Despite the type's cargo heritage, however, Aerosoft have elected to model the 50 series passenger version of the airliner.
    The first variant to be equipped with the iconic JT3D turbofans which powered the Boeing 707, the -50 was capable of carrying up to 189 passengers over 5,800nm, with a maximum takeoff weight of 315,000 lb (142,881 kg).
    The 3D virtual cockpit features all the instruments and controls you would expect to see at both the pilots' and the Flight Engineer's position, whilst the gauge lighting can be selected to four levels of intensity.
    Aerosoft claim the aircraft features 'in-depth simulation of more than 10 aircraft systems', though they have kept to the same 'normal procedures' philosophy they have applied to their Airbus A320 series aircraft, so it is unlikely this will include realistic responses to system failures.
    Sounds are provided by Turbine Sound Studios, whilst TFDi's TrueGlass technology has been incorporated to provide rain effects on cockpit windows.
    Of particular note, Aerosoft claim to have introduced custom icing code which they claim will result in realistic changes to lift and drag, whilst de-icing equipment will gradually remove these effects.
    Signalling a shift in the direction of flight simulation development, the DC-8 has been released for Prepar3D v4 first. 32-bit simmers will have to wait until May for an FSX/Prepar3D v3 version to be released, though this will be at no extra cost.
    Watch Aerosoft's official preview video by Jeroen Doorman below.