• Thursday

    | 64 views



    Flight Simulator X - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    Joon Airbus A340-300 by Christian Muenier
    Air Baltic Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 by Lee Grant
    Alaska Horizon Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 by Lee Grant

    Flight Simulator X - AFCAD Files
    Albany Airport, Western Australia YABA by Mike Major

    Flight Simulator X - AI Aircraft
    All Nippon Airways "TOKYO 2020 JET" Boeing 777-200ER by Ranmori Scythe

    Flight Simulator 2004 - AI Aircraft
    Sky Regional Embraer E175 by Fumitaka Hayashi

    Prepar3D - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    Air Italy Boeing 757-200 by Massimo Grassi
    CityJet Fokker 50 (OO-VLY) by Neo Leung
    All Nippon Airways-Nakanihon Airlines Fokker 50 (JA01NV) by Neo Leung
    All Nippon Airways-Air Central Fokker 50 (JA8200) by Neo Leung
    All Nippon Airways-Nakanihon Airlines Fokker 50 (JA8875) by Neo Leung
    All Nippon Airways-Air Central Fokker 50 (JA8889) by Neo Leung

    Prepar3D - Scenery
    Invercargill NZNV New Zealand by Dmitriy Kozyrev

    FSDT O'Hare Previews

    | 269 views

    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

    | 400 views

    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

    | 192 views

    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

    | 455 views

    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.
     
    Sim-wings - Canary Islands professional - El Hierro is available now for Prepar3D V4! Though the island is the smallest of the Canaries it has a beautiful charm and its airport excites with an approach demanding the pilot´s full concentration and skills.
    A highlight is the excellent night texturing giving you a real “wow” factor when flying by night. This version for Prepar3D V4 further improved and extended light effects. Now El Hierro also has 3D runway lighting, dynamic apron lights and headlights for the apron traffic.
    New in the P3D V4 version:
    All code (BGLs) compiled with P3D V4 SDK, using new material options and being performance optimised to the new engine
    All objects optimised for new shadow technology
    New high-resolution elevation model for the island with a resolution of 5m
    Ground layout including detailed aerial image following P3DV4 SDK
    Dynamic apron traffic now with optional dynamic headlight effects
    Apron lamps with new effects and dynamic light (optional)
    New, optimised 3D runway lighting with activation/deactivation based on time of day and weather conditions
    Scenery registration following P3D V4 add-on.xml procedure
    Configuration tool to control some options
    Visit the Sim-wings - Canary Islands Product Page for further details.
     
    Bryan York from FS2Crew needs your help!
    They created a new YouTube Chanel for Pilot Assist Pro, but  need 100 subscribers so they can get their own custom URL.
    Please subscribe at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFJ_bddP5iEVnuPkFo-Tfkw
     
     

    FlythemaddogX Updated

    | 545 views

    Leonardo's FlythemaddogX has been updated to version 1.1.0.
    The news was announced via a post on Leonardo's Facebook page earlier today.
    The new version adds support for Mark Foti's Remote CDU, a freeware utility available in the Avsim library which allows control of the CDU via a smartphone or tablet.
    In addition, users will be able to enable/disable RealLight separately to TrueGlass, a feature which will be welcomed by many users struggling with performance.
    The changelog also includes bug fixes within the MCDU and external visual model.

    A2A Announce Bonanza V-Tail

    | 809 views

    GA specialists A2A Simulations are developing a 'V-Tail' Beech Bonanza.
    A2A founder Scott Gentile made the announcement in a YouTube video released this afternoon.
    In the video, Gentile revealed intricate details of the development process, including the real-world flight testing process A2A have developed in order to develop their flight models.
    Hinting at the depth of the flight modelling being attempted, Gentile told viewers "the Bonanza V-Tail pilot has more in common with a warbird pilot than a Comanche pilot.
    "Next time you look at a V-Tail Bonanza sitting on the ramp, understand it isn't just unique looking -- it flies differently than any other aircraft in the air."
    In addition to the Bonanza announcement, Gentile also revealed the company has been developing a brand new Accu-sim physics engine, as well as 'intelligent installers' for P3D version 4 and a new store front and loyalty programme.
    Also hinted at was a 'secret project' of which details are yet to be revealed; the only hint in the video is a black background with a ticking clock and some intercom 'chatter' -- perhaps hinting at some form of flight instruction module.
    Watch the full video below.
     

    DCS World 2.5 Available Now

    | 499 views

    Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) 2.5 is a free-to-play digital battlefield game. Our dream is to offer the most authentic and realistic simulation of military aircraft, tanks and ships possible. This free download includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region and Black Sea that encompasses much of Georgia. It also includes a flyable Russian Sukhoi Su-25T ground attack aircraft and the famous WWII North American TF-51D Mustang. An additional 25 aircraft are available for purchase from our e-Shop and Steam.
    The download comes with one of the most powerful mission editors ever designed, full network play and more than 156 AI weapons systems, 105 ground vehicles and trains, 50 air defense systems, 19 ships and 84 AI aircraft permitting you to plan and play highly sophisticated missions. DCS World is massively extensible through additional DCS modules as well as user-made add-ons and mods which you can purchase and download from our site.
    DCS is a true "sandbox" simulation that is also designed to cover multiple time periods of interest such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War and others. Current regions to battle include the Caucasus, Nevada Test and Training Range, and Normandy 1944. New maps in development include the Persian Gulf, Syria, Afghanistan, and others.
    DCS World is fundamentally a deep, authentic and realistic simulation game designed also to offer a more relaxed gameplay to suit the user and his particular level of experience and training. The ambition is to hand hold users from novice pilot all the way to the most advanced and sophisticated operator of such complex weapons systems as the A-10C Warthog or the F/A-18C Hornet. The only next step is the real thing!
    Key features of DCS World 2.5:
    • The most realistic Free-to-Play digital battlefield.
    • One-of-a-kind, internally developed graphics engine that looks amazing from one foot to 80,000 feet.
    • Includes a beautiful, free, and highly detailed map of the Caucasus region that includes Russia and Georgia.
    • Includes millions of buildings, millions of km of usable roads and railways, more than 50 million trees, and 20 fully-equipped airbases.
    • Includes 156 free and fully operational weapons systems, 105 ground vehicles, 19 ships and 84 AI-controlled aircraft.
    • Fly the TF-51 Mustang and Su-25T attack jet for free!
    • Play all DCS World modules from one DCS World version. • State-of-the-art graphics with amazing lighting, shadows, and performance.
    • New breathtaking effects for explosions, clouds, fog, fire, and smoke.
    • Hundreds of land, air- and seaborne AI vehicles. The world is your sandbox.
    • Create your own missions and campaigns for unlimited gameplay!
    • Mission generator included that allows rapid mission creation. • Enjoy multiplayer with friends, and even fly together in the same aircraft!
    • Purchase and fly the most iconic airplanes and helicopters from WWII up to the modern day.
    • Mouse interactive cockpits for most aircraft and the most accurate flight models, cockpit systems and sounds available.
    • Purchase and fly the most authentic simulations of the A-10C Warthog, UH-1H Huey, F-86F Sabre, Spitfire, and many others now.
    • Exciting new aircraft coming to DCS World like the F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18C Hornet, F-4E Phantom II, Mi-24P Hind, P-47D Thunderbolt, and many more!
    • Purchase additional high-quality maps such as Normandy 1944, the Nevada Test and Training Range, and the Persian Gulf.
    • Play hundreds of missions and campaigns with new campaigns continually created.
    • Both hardcore realistic and casual gameplay modes and options available.
    Visit the DCS World Homepage for further details and download.