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InfiNorth is currently working on the conversion of Flight Sim Jewels’ Hawaii Photoreal Project for X-Plane 10 and 11. Although most of the work seems to be done already we have to wait just a bit longer for the release of the entire island chain as the team strives to deliver the best quality. Here’s the latest announcement:

“Aloha to our users and followers! This is an announcement from the X-Plane 11 side of the development process. Our previous estimates were that the chain would be released by summer’s end. While this is realistic, and it would be fully possible (as the imagery for the entire chain is almost finished now), we wish to release a product that is refined and is an example of quality. For the sake of the quality of our product, the end of September is now when we intend to release. This is brought about by numerous problems with the terrain mesh which need correction, which can be a lengthy process in X-Plane. We are very excited for this scenery to be available to our users soon! 

I am very much looking forward to this release! For more information visit the project’s website under the link above or head over to their Facebook page.

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SimCoders announced that their great Reality Expansion Pack is evolving to the next level. See the full announcement:

“Hell yes! There are some good news! Today at 2100z, REP beta tester John Navara (aka Sim_Dude) will uncover the new Reality Expansion Pack for X-Plane 11 live on his Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/sim_dude. The new package will be made available to the public in the next few days. The price will be 19.99$.

Reality Expansion Pack giveaway

John will give away 4 licences of the new Reality Expansion Pack during the live streaming of today. Moreover, he will give away two more licences tomorrow at 2100z during a second live strem. Therefore, a total of six licences will be given away in something more than 24 hours.”

Unfortunately I won’t have the time to watch it so please leave a comment with your thoughts on the new version! Many thanks to all of you!

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As an X-Plane fan you probably heard about the patent troll that sued Austin for patent infringement. The patent troll offered to drop its lawsuit against Austin if he just agreed to give them $50,000.00 and promised to never tell anybody what they did. Instead of that, Austin fought them in court, won his case, and made a movie about the whole thing. The movie The Patent Scam is available now! See here for more information.

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Another sale at Aerosoft. The following products are currently 20% off:

  • JARDesign Airbus A330 Airliner
  • JARDesign Airbus A320 Airliner
  • vFlyteAir Piper Cherokee PA140 Glass Panel
  • vFlyteAir Piper Cherokee PA140 Classic
  • vFlyteAir Piper Cherokee PA140 Original
  • vFlyteAir Grumman Tiger AA-5B
  • vFlyteAir Piper Arrow III
  • vFlyteAir Ryan Navion Super 260
  • vFlyteAir Grumman Traveler AA5
  • FlyJSim Dash8 Q400
  • JRollon CRJ200

That’s a good opportunity to expand your hangar. If you are interested head over to Aerosoft here.

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RD Studios announced only a few hours ago that their upcoming scenery of KHAF Half Moon Bay will be available for purchase soon. As a little appetizer they already published the official manual that will ship with the product. Have a look at it here. Personally I believe this scenery looks awesome. Look at all that beautiful grass and detail! For more screenshots check out RD Studios’ Facebook page here.

EDIT: Half moon bay is released and available for $19.90 at x-plane.org here.

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As you may know, Icarus Simulations is working on KORD Chicago O’Hare Intl. Although there is still some time to go until this airport hits the shops, there is already much to see. Take a look at the development thread at x-plane.org here for a full set of screenshots. We may see a release of this product this year, but don’t count on it. Here’s what the dev’s say: “Release this year… It is probable, but our driving force is quality, not time.” That’s what I like to hear! We need a real great Chicago!

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No sign of slowdown at VSKYLABS. Following the recent initial release of their DC-3/C-47 Flying Lab Project, VSKYLABS today released version 2.0 of that beautiful looking aircraft. See the full changelog:

  • 3D/model Textures:
    • Landing gears re-modeled, re textured.
    • Passengers seats re-modeled, re-textured. Two sets were made, one for the default Buffalo Airways livery, and a second one to the VSKYLABS livery.
    • Ultra-high definition rivet-mapping:
      • The Ultra-High Definition rivet lines texture map of version 2.0 was created and contributed to the project by Oleg Tronov, Sochi, Russia. Oleg is a long years DC-3 enthusiast. He had created the rivets layout based on real rivet map technical drawings as a reference. The rivet map source and paint kit are not a part of the VSKYLABS project.
    • Overhead Panel model and textures rework.
    • Overhead and pedestal panels: fixed sun-reflections on overhead panel.
    • Cockpit panel 3d model additions and preparations for v3.0
  • Instrument panel:
    • Airspeed indicator textures works and needle fine tuned (for 0-80 mph scale).
    • Airspeed Indicator – added speed tabs + an adjustable tab for personal use (mouse manipulator for fast set-up).
  • Systems/Engines:
    • Emergency Gear Pump – added! When no hydraulic pressure and gears up:
      • Set the gear handle to the down position.
      • Click (repeatedly) on the Emergency Gear handle (down to the right), and observe the landing gears light indications.
      • “Pump” it with mouse clicks until the “transit light” turns off, and the “down and locked” light turns green.
      • Safe landing.
      • Note – this handle is operational, but not animated yet, probably will be animated in the following update.
    • CHT operational temperature tuned – the engines should run now with a lower CHT.
  • Flight Dynamics Model:
    • Elevator trim tab setup for better takeoff handling.
  • Sounds:
    • FMOD project initiated but not included in v2.0. Because the FMOD is a full scale project on its own…it will be added to the next update only.
  • Liveries:
    • Default Buffalo Airways livery touch ups. Authentic Buffalo Airway interior lining for the seats added.
    • Additional livery added – VSKYLABS Livery.
    • I set up the objects files in the package so it will eliminate the hassle with the file in a text editors (for changing NORMAL_METALNESS and GLOBAL_specular values).
  • Bug fixes:
    • Propeller levers will never go out of their gimbals, no matter which hardware is being used and with any settings.
    • Magnetos operation – magneto arrow direction corrected.
    • Auto-Lean / Auto-Rich Mixture click zones enhanced for better interactivity.
  • General features:
    • Toggle Passenger seats – When clicking on the first two seats (right hand side seats, when looking to the tail section from the cockpit) – they will disappear. Clicking again on the same spot will bring it back (preparation feature for future implementation of cargo livery).

The update is free for current owners. If you don’t own the aircraft yet, head over to VSKYLABS’ own store here and grab it for $19.95 $24.95. For more information on this product see the product page.

EDIT: Apparently the price tag just went up a notch. Now available for $24.95.

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Good news for all Mac users! Navigraph Charts Desktop for macOS is now in beta! See the full announcement:

“For the first time in Navigraph history, there is now a native Charts Desktop client for macOS. In addition, there is also a Simlink client bundled with Charts Desktop, for integrating moving maps with X-Plane on macOS. This release is a part of the wider open beta of our new Charts product line with worldwide Jeppesen charts. For more information about the ongoing beta test, including a download link for the macOS version of Charts Desktop, please see https://www.navigraph.com/ViewNews.aspx?newsId=116

That’s great for all Mac users! The new Charts software is a great tool and I can’t live without it anymore…

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I, for myself, can’t stand flying into cities that don’t look nothing like the real thing. If you are like me you are probably constantly looking for cityscape sceneries to overcome this problem. Buenos Aires by Fabio R. Hidalgo is one of my favorite cityscapes in this respect. The scenery is not only freeware but also receives constant updates, version 6.2 being the most recent. Head over to x-plane.org to get Buenos Aires. If you prefer to fly over orthographic tiles there is also a download link for that area provided on that site. I recommend to also download SABE Aeroparque Jorge Newbery by community member “axmiha” (see here). Both sceneries work together perfectly! Have fun!

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Yep, it’s there! The vFlyteAir Cirrus SR20 v2.5, which is now able to handle procedures (see here for more information), is now available for X-Plane 11 (no update for XP10 users). The update is free for all existing customers of the SR20. See the full changelog and preview videos over at x-plane.org.

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