• Sunday

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    Flight Simulator X - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    Jetblue A320 N508JL by Andre Noreiga
    jetBlue "Blue Crew" N768JB A320-200 by Project Airbus, Painted by Michael Ullman
    Bristow caribbean Ltd AW139 by Andre Noreiga
    Lufthansa "New Colors" Airbus A380-800 D-AIMD by Gustavo Aguiar
     
    Flight Simulator X - AI Aircraft
    FSX Canadair CL-215 for AI traffic. by David Rawlins
    AIM Canadair CRJ200 Boliviana de Aviacion by Luis Villani

    Flight Simulator X - Missions
    ScottishLighthouseTour1.zip by helomissionman

    Flight Simulator 2004 - AI Flight Plans
    Arcus Air Dornier 228 by Lutz Fischer
    Arcus Air by Lutz Fischer
    Hahn Air by Lutz Fischer

    X-Plane - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    Ansett Australia B767-200 Circa 1980's by Nick Langley

    Prepar3D - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    Atlas Air 747-4B5F/ER N446MC by Curtis Smith

    Prepar3D - AI Aircraft
    Traffic Global CRJ 200 Delta and United Liveries by Shanard Letang

    France VFR Nord-Pas de Calais

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    France VFR has released their latest scenery Nord-Pas de Calais VFR 3DA for P3Dv4 :

    This 3D photoreal huge photoreal scenery of the northern part of France.

    This new VFR Regional Extension Pack series was designed and developped to provide VFR flight an environment as realistic as possible. It is the result of years of experience and practice in flight simulation and 3D modeling.

    "VFR Regional" products embed all enhancements from the new 3DAutomation® technology developed by France VFR. This technology already allows to generate the most realistic and dense environments ever seen. It does not intend to model real world accurately but to create a copy "as real as it gets" on a massive scale. It will evolve to adapt to the needs and new data available.


    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

    - Ground textures from 0.8 to 1.20 meter / pixel resolution from IGN aerial photography reworked for an optimal visual rendition in Prepar3D®  (summer only).
    - Dedicated mesh with high definition 4.75 meters (LOD13).
    - Lakes and rivers with navigable waters fitting the texture.
    - Transparency management of the seabed on the entire scene.
    - Semi-detailed generic airports including flatten platform correction.
    - Obstacles and VFR landmarks modeled on the entire scene including the official SIA database (antennas, towers, water towers, wind turbines, various constructions ...).
    - Hundreds of thousands of objects and notable buildings integrated into the environment (churches, power plants, silos, castles, industrial tanks, bridges, tolls, cranes, boats, streetlights, road signs ...).
    - Integration of 3D Automation® technology allowing multi-million buildings and realistic vegetation areas fitting geographic specs.
    - Extremely dense and optimized vegetation coverage using a custom rendering module controlled by artificial intelligence (AI).
    - Autogen buildings including additional specific and optimized 3D variations.
    - Geo-referenced data for maximum compatibility with future add-ons installed on the same area.
    - Development process 100% Lockheed Martin® SDK specifications compliant, ensuring maximum compatibility with new releases.


    More informations and screenshots at the   france vfr website

    JUST PLANES MIAMI AIRPORT 1 & 2

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    Publisher: JUST PLANES
    Description: MIAMI AIRPORT 1 & 2
    Format: HD Download
    Reviewed by: Marlon Carter
     
     
     
                                   
     
     
     
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    While Just Planes is well known for their cockpit video series, they are also known for producing a popular airport series which has documented decades of aviation for all to enjoy. Their Miami airport series features some 8 hours of nonstop aviation action, which may be appealing to many of you who slow down while driving past an airport to get a glimpse of or your favorite aircraft. For many aviation enthusiast, the thought of sitting near an airport runway all day might be your perfect idea of rest and relaxation. If this is the case, then this two part video will be your perfect escape. While the thought of looking at videos of aircraft land and takeoff might be boring to some, I have to say that the editing and camera angles featured in this video made it an enjoyable experience. Additionally, one of the most impressive aspects of these videos was the overall sound quality. Hearing the rumble and subtle sounds of the engine of each aircraft made each landing and departure an exciting experience.
    Finally, another outstanding aspect of this video is the ability to see classic aircraft such as the 727 and the DC-10 (to name just a few). At a time where aircraft such as the MD-80, 727 and DC-10 are being retired, being able to enjoy seeing these aircraft in action is an increasingly rear occasion. As a result, videos such as these are invaluable in capturing and showcasing the history of aviation. If you’ve never had the opportunity to view any of the Just Planes Airport videos, I would highly recommend their Miami series as a starting point, but of course there are many others to choose from in the link below
     
     
    Just Planes Airport Series

    http://www.justplanes.com/airportdvd.html
     
     
     
                                

    FS2Crew PMDG 737 NGX for P3D V4 Update

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    Do you own the PMDG 737 NGX for P3D V4?
    If so, please note that FS2Crew (www.fs2crew.com) has updated its PMDG 737 flight crew simulation for the NGX to version 3.2.
    Change Log:
    1. "Cancel checklist" command removed as it could trigger audio loss.
    2. New Config Option: FO enters Vref during the arrival setup (SOP1 Only).
    3. SOP 3: EFIS "Airport" Button during Station Setup fixed.
    4. Suppress Flap movement check config option saved option working now.
    5. "Set Dome Light Off" voice command fixed.
    6. Ground Crew voice in the USA region (fueller had an Aussi accent previously).
    7. Bug fixes.
    To obtain the update, login to your FS2Crew account and click "Completed Orders". Re-download and re-install the product. You do not need to uninstall the old version

    ACTIVE SKY XP RELEASED

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    HiFi's first weather engine for the X-Plane platform has been launched!
    Active Sky XP (ASXP) brings the Active Sky weather engine to the X-Plane platform for the first time, including the core feature set that made it the leading weather engine on P3D and FSX platforms:  High resolution data, a private server network, historical weather and playback, advanced air effects, hurricanes, microbursts, wake turbulence, advanced interpolation, global winds aloft, graphical mapping and planning, universal companion web app and much, much more.   ASXP utilizes a hybrid approach to weather depiction using the various API methods in X-Plane 11.  2 different depiction modes are available and provide a high-performance and accurate weather environment that is fully VR-compatible and optimized.  An included (optional) photo-realistic cloud texture set is provided in both high-performance and high-resolution variants.  ASXP also works with any other graphic enhancement add-on (i.e. cloud textures, sky textures/colors, shaders, art controls and more).   ASXP is currently available in a WINDOWS 64-bit version only, requiring Windows v7 64-bit or later with X-Plane 11.26 64-bit or later.   For more information please visit the Active Sky XP page

    JUST PLANES SAS A330-300

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    Publisher: JUST PLANES
    Description:  SAS A330-300E
    Format: HD Download
    Reviewed by: Marlon Carter
     

     
    + Cockpit filming using up to 7 cameras!
    + Flight Preparations
    + External Walkaround
    + Cockpit Set-up
    + Briefings & Checklists
    + Cockpit Presentation
    + Differences between A330 and A330E
    + Departure & Arrival Airport Charts
    + Great scenery on departures, arrival and en route.
    + Pilot Presentations
    + Views of Hong Kong
     
     
     

     
     
    Flight Information
    A/C
    Reg
    Flight
    Route
    Flt Time
    Destinations
    A330E
    LN-RKT
    LN-RKS
    SK963
    SK964
    ARN-HKG
    HKG-ARN
    9h46
    10h57
    ARN Stockholm, SWEDEN
    HKG Hong Kong, CHINA
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
     
    SAS is an airline that has always been very generous to the aviation community by allowing Just Planes to film numerous cockpit videos to inspire the next generation of aviators and aviation enthusiast. This newest release features a very unique aircraft that many may not be aware of. While the title shows that this is an A330-300, you might also notice an “E” designation at the end. This signifies that the A330-300E featured in this program is an enhanced version of the aircraft. On our flight from Stockholm to Hong Kong, viewers will be able to see an array of presentations which include crew briefings, MCDU setup, engine startup procedures, detailed cockpit presentations and most importantly, presentations on differences between the legacy A330-300 and the Enhanced version. From the preview photos, it’s clear to see that one of the features of this aircraft is the ability to display the airport diagram on the navigation display. This is a feature that is commonly seen on the newer A350 and the 787. Throughout this video, you will see the captain make full use of this feature, showing just how valuable it can be in getting around a complex airport.
    While in Hong Kong, Just Planes takes you on a brief tour of the city to showcase what a flight crew might do to unwind after a 10+ hour flight. On our return trip, in addition to capturing much of the action in the cockpit, we also focus on the cabin of the aircraft which features the stunning meals enjoyed by the passengers. SAS certainly offers their customers a top notch product and this segment certain sells the benefit of flying with this airline. While the return trip was quite uneventful, I couldn’t help but appreciate the friendly nature of the flightcrew. The captain was very engaging as he discussed numerous aspects of flying such as crew rest, staying alert, avoiding jetlag and numerous other intriguing topics that I am sure everyone will find enlightening. Learning about the A330-300E was an interesting experience and I certainly hope to see more of this aircraft in the future. SAS and Just Planes have always produced outstanding videos and we can be confident that this intriguing video won’t be the last from SAS.
     
     
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    The “Bird Air Route” from Puttgarden (Germany) to Rødbyhavn (Denmark)  now available after 13 months of development
    This addon consists of 3 sceneries: Puttgarden, Rodbyhavn and the Maribo airfield (EKMB)
    The “Birds Air Route” (Danish: Fugleflugtslinjen, German: Vogelfluglinie) is the direct rail and road link between the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen and Hamburg. The route passes through the islands of Fehmarn, Lolland, Falster and Seeland. Only between Puttgarden (on the German island “Fehmarn”) and Rødbyhavn (on the Danish island “Lolland”) is there a 19 km ferry connection across the Fehmarn Belt.
    Exactly these two places/ports (plus the airfield "Maribo" on Lolland) are the scenery.
     
    During the development of the scenery, great importance was attached to the highest possible level of detail and a high recognition value. Hundreds of buildings were reconstructed very realistically, one by one, from photographs. Also with the vegetation, each tree and each hedge stands where they belong according to aerial photograph. In addition, hundreds of static objects were placed to give the scenery a natural look.
                 Addon Features:
     
    ·         This addon consists of 3 sceneries: Puttgarden, Rodbyhavn and the Maribo airfield (EKMB)
     
    ·         Complete scenery of Puttgarden (buildings realistically reconstructed from photos)
     
    ·         Complete scenery of Rodbyhavn (buildings realistically reconstructed from photos)
     
    ·         Maribo Airfield (EKMB): Default airfield upgraded with realistically reconstructed buildings, airplanes, people and other objects.
     
    ·         7 AI ships (4 Scandline ferries, 1 fishing boat, 1 sailing schooner and a cargo ship calling at the ports in the scenery and surroundings).
     
    ·         4 AI locomotives operating in the Puttgarden and Rodbyhavn railway facilities.
     
    ·         Dynamic lighting in P3D V4.x
     
    ·         Switchable floor picture in Rodbyhavn for users of "Vidan Design Real Denmark X Zealand".
     
    ·         5 Seasons
     
    ·         Scenery configurator with many configuration options, so that the scenery can be adapted to any PC system.
     
     
     
    Now available at SimMarket 
    Many Pictures, a video and the manual in German and English language can be found on the SimDocks website 
     
    Our desktop flight simulators, for all their shortcomings, are quite good platforms for picking up and practicing the basics of instrument flight and navigation. In this short series of articles we will look at the basics of the instrument scan, flying basic manoeuvres on instruments, radio navigation procedures, instrument departures and approaches, and en-route IFR operations.
    The Instrument Panel
    The full panel is made up of the 'basic six' flight instruments. These in turn can be divided in to two categories -- the pressure-operated instruments, connected to the aircraft's pitot-static system, and the gyroscopic instruments -- which take their information, as the name suggests, from spinning gyroscopes.

    The 'full panel' is said to consist of the 'basic six' flight instruments, illustrated above. In modern Western aircraft these are typically laid out in the so-called 'basic T' layout highlighted above.
    The airspeed indicator (ASI), altimeter and vertical speed indicator (VSI) are the pressure-operated instruments and provide information about airspeed, height and rate of climb or descent. The remaining gyroscopic instruments -- the artificial horizon (or attitude indicator), turn indicator and heading indicator -- provide information about aircraft attitude, rate of turn and aircraft heading.
    Although modern airliners are equipped with a great deal of sophisticated electronic equipment, the basic six flight instruments and the proper techniques for their use have changed remarkably little since the first 'blind flying' experiments in the 1920s. As an instrument pilot you must learn to trust above all else what you see on the instruments, and become proficient in flying on both the full panel and the limited (or partial) panel.

    The B747-400 Primary Flight Display retains fundamentally the same 'Basic T' layout as a traditional analogue instrument panel. Photo credit: Markus Vitzethum
    For a given aeroplane weight and configuration, a particular attitude combined with a particular power setting will always result in a similar flightpath, be that level, climbing, descending or turning. Any change of power and/or attitude results in a change of flightpath and/or airspeed.
    For this reason, the attitude indicator (AI) and the engine power gauges (RPM, manifold pressure, N1 etc) are known as the control instruments. The remaining instruments are the performance instruments, as they show how the aeroplane is performing as a result of the selected power and attitude.
    Scanning
    The first step to becoming a proficient instrument pilot is to develop a good instrument scan. A pilot with a good scan is always looking at meaningful information: simply attempting to scan all the instruments all the time does not achieve this objective!
    Because power + attitude = performance, the attitude indicator is arguably the most important instrument we have available to us. As long as we have the correct power set on the engine gauges, and are holding the correct attitude on the AI, the performance of the aeroplane will be very close to what we want.
    Once set it is unusual for the power to change very much, and therefore only occasional glances at the engine gauges are required for confirmation. The attitude, however, will change dynamically and for this reason the instrument scan always starts and ends with the attitude indicator.
    The most common type of scan is known as the selective radial scan. Why?
    It is selective because only the instruments most important for the manoeuvre are selected and prioritised.
    It is radial because the scan is centred on the attitude indicator and moves radially out to another instrument, before moving back to the attitude indicator
    In straight and level flight, for instance, the most important instruments are:
    The AI (which indicates that the wings are level and the correct pitch attitude for straight and level is set)
    The altimeter (which confirms that the height is constant)
    The heading indicator (which confirms that heading is constant -- further, if the wings are also level it follows that the aircraft must also be substantially in balance)
    A simple scan for straight and level flight, therefore, could be AI - altimeter - AI - heading indicator - AI, and so on. Of course, it is prudent to also periodically scan the other instruments, but only perhaps every fifth or tenth cycle, for instance.

    A typical scan for straight and level flight. Note the emphasis placed on the AI, altimeter and heading indicator.
    What about a level turn? Again, the AI remains of prime importance to set the bank and pitch attitude, and the altimeter remains important to ensure height is being maintained. The turn and slip indicator is also important in order to maintain balance and rate of turn.
    However, if we are changing heading significantly, it is probably not necessary to scan the heading indicator at a high rate initially. For instance, in a standard rate turn of 3° per second, a 180° turn will take one minute: so initially we might only scan the heading indicator occasionally. However, as the target heading is approached we would want to scan the heading indicator increasingly frequently in order to ensure we roll out accurately. Remember, the proficient instrument pilot is always looking at relevant information.

    Typical scan for maintaining a level turn at constant bank angle. Note that the heading indicator will also need to be scanned increasingly frequently as the target heading is approached.
    Other useful scans include the vertical scan - used, for example, when referencing an enroute chart or other document - or the more relaxed circular scan, which may be used to monitor the aircraft’s performance in cruising flight, perhaps with the autopilot engaged.

    The vertical scan (left) and circular scan (right) may be used enroute when navigating, or in the case of the circular scan, to monitor the aircraft's performance when the autopilot is engaged
    Another type of scan is the inverted V scan. This scan - covering the AI, turn and slip indicator and VSI - may be used if an instrument failure is suspected, as the three instruments scanned are typically driven by independent systems. In many aircraft the AI gyro is vacuum-driven, whilst the gyro for the turn indicator is electrically driven. The VSI, meanwhile, uses the static system. As a result, a failure of any one of these systems would result in two out of the three instruments agreeing whilst the instrument driven by the failed system would show a discrepancy.

    The 'inverted V scan' is useful for determining if an instrument has failed
    Scanning Mistakes
    Apart from trying to look at too much at once, perhaps the most common error in scanning is fixation. For instance, the pilot may stare at the heading indicator, wondering how the heading has drifted ten degrees away from the target, missing that the aircraft has entered a climb. It is important to keep your eyes moving and keep seeking relevant information for the manoeuvre you are flying.
    Building an effective instrument scan is rather like reading a book, or this article -- rather than reading each individual letter, you are instead scanning and interpreting the words and sentences as a whole. In the same way the proficient instrument pilot will read the panel as a whole, rather than each individual instrument in isolation.
    In the next article in this series, we’ll look at putting the instrument scan in to practice with some basic flight manoeuvres and techniques.

    JUST PLANES MAHAN AIR

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    JUST PLANES
    Description:  MAHAN AIR 747-300, A300-600 & A430-600
    Format: HD Download
    Reviewed by: Marlon Carter
     

     
    + Cockpit filming using up to 6 cameras for great views on takeoff & landing!
    + Flight Preparations
    + Cockpit set-up
    + Briefings & Checklists
    + Departure & Arrival Airport Charts
    + Cockpit Presentation of Airbus A340-600
    + Cockpit Presentation of Boeing 747-300
    + Flight Engineer Presentation on 747-300
    + Great scenery across Iran
    + Great views approaching Dubai
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
    Flight Information
    A/C
    Reg
    Flight
    Route
    Flt Time
    Destinations
    A300-600
    EP-MNN
    W5 1054
    KER-THR
    1h36
    KER Kerman, IRAN
    THR Tehran Mehrabad, IRAN
    B747-300
    EP-MND
    W5 1095
    W5 1094
    THR-BND
    BND-THR
    1h22
    1h30
    THR Tehran Mehrabad, IRAN
    BND Bandar Abbas, IRAN
    A340-600
    EP-MME
    W5 061
    W5 060
    IKA-DXB
    DXB-IKA
    1h37
    1h46
    THR Tehran Imam Khomeini, IRAN
    DXB Dubai, UAE
     
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    Mahan Air is a newcomer to the list of airlines featured by Just Planes and this program certainly takes things off to a great start. Featuring the classic 747-300, the A300-600 and the somewhat new A340-600, this program will appeal to the interest of all aviation enthusiast. Our first round trip features the A300-600 which is an amazing aircraft that has been the backbone of many airlines. This aircraft is unfortunately not a common sight in passenger operations today, but it certainly is being used heavily in the cargo sector of the airline industry. As we join the crew from Kerman to Tehran, viewers will enjoy observing as the cockpit is setup for departure and how effortlessly the pilots fly this aircraft. Flying around Iran always offers beautiful scenery and this segment certainly offers some of the best views in this region.
    Our next roundtrip flight from Tehran to Bandar Abbas features an aircraft few have seen had the opportunity to fly onboard. The 747-300 is a true classic and it is one of the only classic 747 models with a 3 man crew still in operation. Throughout this segment there were many highlights which showcased the team work required to fly the aircraft, in addition to presentations from the Flight Engineer and Captain which covered the routing, briefings and systems of the aircraft. To anyone who loves classic airliners, this is certainly a highlight of this program not to be missed.
    The final round trip featured in this program takes us from Tehran to Dubai onboard what can be considered to be the most modern aircraft of the Mahan Air fleet. With seven A340-600s in their fleet, It’s quite clear that Mahan Air loves having a 4 engine airliner as their flagship aircraft. To begin our trip, we join the pilots in the cockpit as they complete all necessary procedures prior to departure. With the A340-600 being such a large aircraft, it was no surprise that in order to taxi safely to the runway, the captain needed some assistance via the exterior cameras. This is a unique feature of the A340-600 series and it is one that enables the pilots to steer the aircraft accurately while on the ground. While enroute to Dubai, most highlights features the pilots carrying out their duties with briefings and communication with ATC included. As always, the approach and landing at Dubai was an outstanding highlight given the fascinating scenery surrounding the Dubai airport.
    For the return flight to Tehran, I was quite impressed with the thorough cockpit presentation by the First Officer in addition to his detailed arrival briefing. This clearly shows that the pilots of Mahan Air are highly professional and are very knowledgeable about the aircraft they fly on a daily basis. While the final segment was somewhat short, it certainly was informative. In the end, I think that this program is certainly well worth having and especially so since it includes a rare look at the 747-300 and the A300-600 in passenger operations. Mahan Air may not be well known globally, but this fantastic program certainly is a nice introduction to this intriguing airline.
     
     
     
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    JUST FLIGHT Avro Vulcan B Mk. 2

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    JUST FLIGHT'S ALL-NEW VULCAN B Mk. 2 READY FOR OPS IN P3D & FSX!
    The new P3D/FSX Vulcan from the Just Flight development team comes in 11 high resolution paint schemes covering its time in RAF service and features a range of realistic payload options, detailed animations including a multi-stage brake parachute, ground equipment and custom-coded systems and avionics.
    The fully 3D virtual cockpit includes a functioning oxygen regulator system, realistic V/UHF radio unit, checklists for every stage of flight and fully functioning magnetic indicators, warning lights and push-to-test buttons.
     
    Product details: Here

    Also available as an add-on for the new Vulcan is a K.2 & MRR Expansion Pack
    This Expansion Pack provides the K.2 air-to-air refuelling variant, with Hose Drum Unit (HDU) and animated hose, in four paint schemes and the Maritime Radar Reconnaissance variant that saw service with the RAF in two paint schemes.