• Saturday

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    Flight Simulator X - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    Monarch Airlines Boeing 787-9 by Liam Carbin
    Qantas Boeing 787-9 (VH-ZNC) by Zayn Ridhwan|SimTextures by Y&Z
    TI-COS v1.0 Rockwell Commander 114 by Leonardo Corrales
    DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk (N861WP) by Godfrey Tier

    Flight Simulator X - Scenery
    UTDL Khujand Airport Scenery by Mug Lock
    UTAT Dashoguz Scenery by Mug Lock

    X-Plane - Scenery
    RAF Gutersloh ETUO by Dietmar Hanne

    Prepar3D - Aircraft Repaints, Textures and Modifications
    Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER (B-HNK) by Neo Leung
    "That 70's Plane" Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee (N8436M) by James Romano
    "That 70's Plane" Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee (N825AR) by James Romano
    Eastern Airways Embraer 175 by nico nectoux

    Prepar3D - Scenery
    PHNL - Honolulu Intl Airport, Hawaii, USA by Robert Catherall

    Prepar3D - Miscellaneous Files
    QualityWings 787 Airport Map Files by Timm Rehberg
    PHOENIX, AZ – REX GAME STUDIOS is pleased to announce the release of new and improved REX Sky Force 3D – Technical Update 2 (http://www.rexskyforce.com).  Users of REX Sky Force can download the latest update through the automatic update system within the application or from our support forum (https://www.realenvironmentxtreme.com/forums/index.php?/forum/235-updates/&page=1) or download the latest full version where they purchased the product from. 
     
    About REX Sky Force 3D 
    Sky Force 3D is a complete overhaul of the weather, texture, effects and cloud model structure in-sim experience while bringing dimension and complete weather immersion to FSX, FSX Steam, and Prepar3D v1, 2, 3 and 4.  
    THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED BY: 
    Re-designing the 3D cloud model structure and SDK and patterning it after real-world cloud classifications.  Developing a real-world cloud model system including (but not limited to) cloud streets, supercells, wall clouds, funnel, shelf, rain shaft, and tornadoes.  Integrating a weather engine that harnesses over 70,000 points of weather data globally. The weather engine reads and interprets live model data to sample the atmosphere and therefore will sync the appropriate clouds structures, allowing for more accuracy.  Incorporating synchronization technology which dynamically syncs 3D cloud model structures in real-time during flight.    Increasing frame rates by eliminating unnecessary cloud sprites for all cloud types.  Restructuring the Cloud SDK. No more upside down clouds in bizarre and unrealistic positions, or cloud bases that are presented with repeating patterns.  Elevating the visual experience through our natural, photo-based environment texture technology while exploiting the power of PTA integration.  Developing single-session cloud texture variation, allowing more variety during a flight session.    
    PRODUCT FEATURES INCLUDE: 
    3000+ Cloud Models/Structures (Based on real-world cloud classification)  Dynamic Synchronization  New Cloud SDK (No more upside-down clouds or repeating cloud bottoms)  20GB Natural Photo-Based Environment Textures  New Weather Engine  Integrated Flight Center  Interactive Mapping System  Built-in PTA Integration  Innovative Sky and Sun Atmospherics  New Lightning Effects  New HD Environment Sound Effects  All Packaged in a 4.6GB Download, Expandable to 20GB  Compatible With All Other Weather Engines and Environment Products  ... and Much More! 

    Just Flight C152 For X-Plane 11

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    Just Flight's C152 for X-Plane 11 comes in eight paint schemes and features PBR materials with real-time environment reflections, the highest possible texture clarity, numerous animations and stunning audio effects.
     Among the features are a fully functional IFR-capable avionics fit, full VR support, custom-coded electrical system, flight computer panel, simulated vapour lock and plug fouling, HDR lighting, functioning carburettor heat and primer controls, custom weight and balance manager and an authentic sound set.
    Visit the   C152 Homepage for further information.

    Flight Sim Labs A319-X Expansion

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    20 May 2018 – Flight Sim Labs today announced the development of a brand new airframe icing model for their upcoming A319-X expansion.
    For the first time in a modern jet airliner add-on, simmers will be faced with one of the top threats to aircraft safety on a day-to-day basis, yet one which until now has never been fully modelled in the FS environment.
    The ground-breaking new icing model has been custom-built by the FSLabs team and includes a number of never-seen-before features. Ice, frost and contamination will build up and melt dynamically on the airframe based on actual in-sim atmospheric conditions including temperature, humidity and sun elevation, as well as internal factors such as fuel temperature and realistic ‘cold soak’ effects – which have been re-designed specifically for the A319-X using intricate thermal models and data collected from a huge number of real world test flights.
    Most importantly, the effects of ice on aircraft and engine performance have been fully modelled to produce truly realistic outcomes. In the past, some developers have used a brute-force approach to icing simulation by simply adding a huge amount of weight to the aircraft. In reality, however, the greatest danger from airframe icing is in the destruction of the smooth airflow over the wing surface. Studies have shown that even a small amount of ice can reduce lift and increase drag by more than 40%.
    By using a unique dynamic performance model, FSLabs have been able to replicate these effects.
    Simmers will be able to see ice forming on the A319-X in real time thanks to FSLabs’ pioneering new visual effects techniques. The walkaround is a critical part of the pilot’s task, performed before every single flight – and for the first time, A319-X pilots will be able to inspect their aircraft to ensure it is safe to fly. The wings, tail, fuselage, engine nacelles and spinners must all be checked to ensure they are free of ice and contamination.
    “The biggest consideration is the departure,” says Captain Peter Banner. Peter flies the A319, A320 and A321 for a large UK airline and is part of the FSL technical team who help verify the A319-X’s performance against real world data on an ongoing basis. “Having ice or snow on the flying surfaces will degrade the aircraft performance. So, pre-flight a good check of the weather actuals and forecast so that you can make a plan is a good start.
    “Things to decide are what de-icing may be required, what has already been done, and maybe some ‘what ifs’.”
    This is where FSLabs’ unique de- and anti-icing simulation comes in. Select the type of fluid and the level of dilution required and the ground crew will apply the anti-icing treatment in real time, removing any built-up ice. But it doesn’t end there – with a fully realistic, dynamic hold-over time simulation based on external conditions as well as fluid type and concentration, once the treatment starts it’s a race against time to get airborne before the holdover time expires and dangerous deposits begin to build back up again.
    “Hold over times, are a guide only,” continues Peter. “Changing actual conditions could change the initial calculations and a pre-departure check is always required. This can be from the flight deck if the initial conditions have remained the same or are better. If they are worse, though, then a visual check from the crew outside or a pilot from inside the cabin is required.”
    Once in the air, pilots will need to rely on their knowledge and experience to identify icing conditions and activate the A319-X’s anti-icing systems to protect the airframe from icing up, as Peter explains.
    “As soon as icing is seen on the icing probe, wiper blades or wing leading edge, get the wing anti-ice on.
    I personally then leave this on until I am sure it’s not an issue. I try to have wing anti-ice off for the landing itself, although it can remain on if required.”
    Just like Peter in the real aircraft, in the A319-X you’ll be able to see ice building up dynamically on the flight deck ice probe – a small stub protruding from the centre windscreen post – or the electronic ice detectors fitted to some A319s, which display an ECAM alert when ice is detected, can be optionally enabled.
     “This is a truly unique feature,” said Flight Sim Labs founder Lefteris Kalamaras. “It’s something that we really wanted to focus on as a team as it really adds to the immersion factor.
    “Pilots in the real world have to deal with the potential for icing during their day-to-day operations – it’s a really important part of operating the aeroplane.
    “As a simmer, the A319-X will enable you to experience this in a truly realistic way.”
    Amongst other, yet-to-be-announced features, the A319-X will feature all-new engine and performance models for both CFM56-5B7 and IAE V2522-A5 variants, as well as a new aerodynamic model reflecting the structural differences between the A319 and its larger cousin.
    The A319-X will be available as a paid expansion to the Prepar3D v4 version of the A320-X.
    Publisher: JUST PLANES
    Description:  KENYA AIRWAYS 787 “DREAMGIRLS”
    Format:
    Blu-Ray/Download
    Reviewed by: Marlon Carter
     

     
    INTRODUCTION
     

     
    Flight Information
    Destinations
    NBO Nairobi, KENYA
    FIH Kinshasa, DR CONGO
    HKG Hong Kong, CHINA
    BKK Bangkok,THAILAND
     
    + Cockpit filming using up to multi cameras for great views on takeoff and landing!
    + Additional camera for wingviews
    + All women's flights on the Dreamliner!
    + Flight Preparations
    + Cockpit Set-up
    + Briefings & Checklists
    + Depature & Arrival Airport Charts
    + External Walkaround
    + Cockpit Presentation
    + Presentations on ETOPS, Flight Planning & Electronic Flight Bag
    + Great scenery over Africa & Asia
    + Tour of Hong Kong
     
     
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    Kenya Airways is the flag carrier of Kenya and it is well known internationally for providing a high quality travel experience. The 787 has become their flagship aircraft with the capability of flying to numerous international destinations. This program takes the viewers on a fantastic journey from Nairobi to destinations such as Kinshasa, Bangkok and Hong Kong onboard the 787-8 and it contains numerous highlights for all to enjoy. Our first round trip from Nairobi to Kinshasa features an all-female flight crew who takes us through each step of flight preparations. These presentations include flight dispatch review, exterior walkaround, cockpit preparation and much more. For the benefit of female viewers, you will also find special interest in the pilot presentations from both the Captain and First Officer who share their career history. During this presentation, you will not only learn about how these ladies became pilots, but you will also learn much about the career progression at Kenya Airways which affords pilots the opportunity to fly nearly every aircraft in their fleet.
    Our second and final round trip experience takes us from Nairobi to Bangkok and then onward to Hong Kong. These series of flights were also filled with special highlights ranging from pilot briefings, EFB presentations, Cockpit Presentations and a host of other insightful presentations by our male pilots that nicely showcase the everyday duties of an airline pilot. In addition to the educational aspect of this program, it also provides a wealth of scenic views from the cockpit and wing view of the 787. Some of the most spectacular moments captured an aerial view of Lake Victoria, beautiful sunrise over Africa and Asia and a bonus tour of Hong Kong. For anyone who wants to learn more about the 787 or learn more about Kenya Airways and their top notch service, you will definitely find this program to be enjoyable. Not only does this program showcase the marvels of the 787, but it also showcases the highly skilled and professional crew who make Kenya Airways one of the leading airlines in Africa.

    Video Preview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrYZqLCBPGo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEWHTji5gi4
     

    Publisher: JUST PLANES
    Description:  BLUE 1 717-200
    Format:
    Download
    Reviewed by: Marlon Carter

    + Cockpit filming using 6 cameras for great views on takeoff & landing!
    + Briefings & Checklists
    + Cockpit set-up
    + Cockpit Presentations
    + Airport Departure/Arrival Charts
    + External Walkaround
    + Fantastic scenery
    Flight Information
    ARNStockholm Arlanda, SWEDEN
    PRG Prague, CZECH REP.
    HEL Helsinki, FINLAND
    HIGHLIGHTS
     
    Being a subsidiary of SAS, Blue1 operated the Boeing 717 to various destinations across Europe from its base at Helsinki. What makes this program so special is that it captures the final days of the operations of the B717 for this airline. In late 2015, their fleet of 717s was sold to Delta and Volotea. In this program you will have the privilege of joining the flight crew as they fly to destinations such as Prague, Stockholm and Helsinki. The first leg of this program takes us on a return trip from Stockholm to Prague which features an in-depth look at the FMS/cockpit setup and Engine start procedures. In addition to this, you will also be enlightened by the crew as they discuss various subjects such as departure procedures, approach briefings. One of the most significant highlights of this trip was the detailed cockpit presentation of the B717. For lovers of the B717, this presentation will prove to be one of the most comprehensive available and you are sure to learn a lot about this aircraft and see why so many pilots love this aircraft.
    Our second and final trip of this program takes us on a series of flights between Stockholm and Helsinki. While many of the highlights of these trips are similar to our first flight, this segment also includes a detailed walkaround inspection of the B717 which was another significant highlight of this program. In addition to the in-depth look at the operations of this aircraft, you will also enjoy the outstanding scenic views from the cockpit while flying both during the day and night time. For anyone who likes the B717 whether in the real world or the world of Flight Simulation, this program will prove to be very insightful as you see firsthand how this aircraft is operated. At a cost of $30.00 U.S, this program is well worth it since it provides the unique opportunity of witnessing the operations of one of the last two B717 operators in Europe!

     
     
    Video Preview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wOwjTEk-vw
     
    Publisher: JUST PLANES
    Description:  LATAM A350
    Format:
    Download
    Reviewed by: Marlon Carter
     

     
    INTRODUCTION

    + Cockpit filming using up to 6 cameras for great views on takeoff & landing!
    + Pilot Presentations
    + Flight Preparations
    + Cockpit set-up
    + Briefings & Checklists
    + Departure & Arrival Airport Charts
    + Cockpit Presentation
    + Great scenery
    + Cabin views
    + Wing views on approach & landing
     
     
     
    Flight Information
    GRU Sao Paulo Guarulhos, BRAZIL
    MXP Milan Malpensa, ITALY
     
    HIGHLIGHTS
    For aviation enthusiast around the world, there is nothing more exciting that learning about a new aircraft. When it comes to new aircraft, the A350 is certainly at the top of the list since its initial certification in 2014. With quite a number of these aircraft already on order, LATAM was one of the first few airlines to have the opportunity of flying the A350 and Just Planes seized the opportunity to create an amazing documentary that showcases the operation of this aircraft.
    Unlike most Just Planes videos, this documentary features a single flight that captures almost 4 hours of insightful information on the A350. Our flight from Sao Paulo to Milan begins with an introduction to the crew as they review their dispatch documents covering route, weather and NOTAMS prior to departure. Once completed, we then hop onboard the aircraft for a first look at the spacious cabin. Shortly thereafter we join the crew in the brand new cockpit of the A350 as they walk us through the cockpit setup. This presentation nicely showcases some of the innovative features of the A350 which is a marked improvement over previous models, including the not so older A380.
    After departing GRU, the presentations continue for the duration of our flight with discussions on the various systems of the aircraft and some of the improvements that reduces the workload of the pilot. The joy of having privilege to fly A350 is evident as both Captain and FO make it quite clear that this aircraft holds a special place in their career history. In addition to learning about the technical aspects of the A350, you will also see some amazing views from the A350 cockpit both at night from Sao Paulo and during the daytime while on approach to Milan. With over 2 hours of presentations on this aircraft, everyone will enjoy this short but very enlightening journey. If you are a interested in learning more about the A350, then this is a program worth having since it is perhaps one of the only A350 cockpit videos available. – Highly Recommended.

    Video Preview

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVM8XZaZ5ok
     
     
     
     

    Remote CDU / Remote Server Version 4.1 has just been released which now supports 3 new aicraft types:
    Leonardo's Maddog MD-82 TFDi Design' B717 and Aerosoft's CRJ (after SP1). As a bonus, you will also get access to DAVE through your real tablet.    
    Support for PMDG's 737, 777 and 747 are of course still part of the package, giving you 6 aircraft types you can now use.
    Remote CDU allows you to connect your tablet or phone to the inflight CDUs of these supported aircraft for more realism - no need to invest into expensive hardware.
    The Remote Overhead Client will allow you to connect to PMDG's 737 and run an Overhead panel from an additional PC on your network.
    The latest can be downloaded right here at AVSIM - which includes free-to-view functionality so you can try it out without any risks.
    https://www.avsim.com/forums/topic/475478-download-here/
     

    Obituary: Eric Ernst

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    The father of ‘study sims’, a devoted family man and a passionate aviator, Captain Eric William Ernst was a pioneer in the development of high-fidelity add-on aircraft for Flight Simulator.
    Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Ernst followed his father Raymond in to a career as a pilot, flying first for American Eagle before joining American Airlines in 1999.
    And it was his love of flying which led him to start developing freeware panels for FS98, most notably for the Boeing 757/767 but also the MD-80.
    At a time when realistically-shaped 2D panels – never mind flyable virtual cockpits – were still regarded as an exotic new feature and the most advanced in-sim avionics available were a VOR receiver and (barely) 25kHz compatible COM radio – Eric Ernst’s work was ground-breaking. Not only did he create intricately detailed panels with high quality textures, he also created many of his own custom gauges. The result was a level of immersion and realism that had never been seen previously.
    It was this pursuit of ever greater fidelity which led Ernst to create 767 Pilot in Command in 2001. One awestruck reviewer declared at the time: “this is quite simply the best, most complete, most reliable, bug-free panel I have seen to date.”  From a fully-simulated Inertial Reference System which drifted realistically over time to the most complete and complex FMC that had ever been seen in a desktop flight simulator -- plus a 224 page manual to tell you how to use it all -- 767 Pilot in Command was the first Flight Simulator add-on which could truly be described as “study level”.
    It was a high bar which future add-on developers would have to jump over if they were to be taken seriously. Many, since the news of his death, have described Eric Ernst as an inspiration. Without question, we would not be enjoying add-ons with the level of fidelity we take for granted today if it were not for Ernst’s revolutionary work on 767 PIC.
    Many simmers continue to enjoy Ernst’s creations even now in the form of the Level-D 767 revitalised for FS2004, FSX and even more recently for Prepar3D v3. It is a testament to how far the product was ahead of its time that it still stands tall, if no longer quite shoulder-to-shoulder, amongst the leviathans of modern developers.
    For all his passion for aviation and flight simulation, however, Eric’s greatest love was for his family and it was his devotion to his wife Randi and daughters Amanda and Cassandra that led him to place himself in to what he described as a “self-imposed exile” from the sim community some time after the release of 767 PIC. A gentleman in every sense of the word, those who corresponded with him spoke of his warmth, patience and passion in conversation.
    A First Officer for almost his entire airline career, Ernst finally made the move to the left hand seat in 2017, achieving his lifelong dream of commanding an American Airlines aircraft. With his death at the age of 51, the flight simulation community has lost perhaps its greatest pioneer: in a world where we now take complexity for granted, Eric Ernst was a giant upon whose shoulders all of today’s developers stand.
    Carenado has released their F33A Bonanza for X-Plane 11
    Features include:
    State-of-the-art configurable FPS-friendly logic system.
    Fully VR compatible
    Full PBR (Superb material shines and reflections).
    Specially designed engine dynamics for XP11.
    Flight physics optimized for XP11 standards.
    Ground handling adapted for XP11 ground physics.
    Physically Based Rendering materials and textures throughout.
    PBR materials authored with industry-standard software used by the film and gaming industries.
    X-Plane GNS430 (FPS friendly)
    Support for RealityXP's GTN750* (integrated into 3D cockpit, when available).
    Goodway Compatible.
    Realistic behavior compared to the real airplane. Realistic weight and balance. Tested by several pilots for maximum accuracy.

    *RealityXP  GTN 750 is sold separately
    Only for X-Plane 11
     
    Visit the F33A Bonanza For X-Plane 11  Product Page for further information.