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The good folks over at helisimmer.com reported that the known freeware rendition of the Bell 429 has been updated for X-Plane 11. Personally I did not know of that freeware before but let me tell you, now that I saw the screenshots I am amazed by the visual quality of this bird and I will definitely try it out! And so should you! Give it a try and download the new version at x-plane.org. If you are still running X-Plane 10 then grab your copy here.

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In the wake of the release announcement of the v2.5 update for vFlyteAir’s Cirrus SR20 (see here) Mario Donick of vFlyteAir also gave a little insight on what more we can expect in the future:

“What else? Although we were busy with the SR20, there’s more to come. Here’s a short overview.

  • Bug fixing previous aircraft: There are still bug reports open in the forums for other aircraft. We’ll have a look at these once the initial after-release storms have calmed down.
  • RealityXP integration: We started with the RXP GNS530 in the Twin Comanche; we’ll come to the GTN750 soon.
  • Aspen EFD1000 for the Twin Comanche: Several users (or potential customers) asked us if we can put the EFD1000 (from the Cherokee) into the Twin Comanche, so we’ll do such a variant. I expect a release maybe in October or November.
  • Comco-Ikarus C42 C: As mentioned before, that’s the ultra light where I take my real-world flight lessons, and we’ve started taking the first pictures, measurements and sketches for this aircraft. Still a long way to go, though, esp. since we want this aircraft to be a bit more realistic than our previous ones. Currently, I expect a release in early 2018.”

I’m particularly happy that developers start to integrate RealityXP’s products into their aircraft. The GTN750 is probably my favorite add-on and I can’t wait to see it well integrated in vFlyteAir’s beauties!

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A few hours ago Mario Donick of vFlyteAir announced that the anticipated update 2.5 for vFlyteAir’s Cirrus SR20, which will add limited support for procedures (see here for the original announcement), will be uploaded to their own store today and afterwards will be sent out to the other shops.

The full changelog is rather long, no room for it here. Head over to x-plane.org here to see the full list.

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A week ago I wrote that UK2000’s next destination “should be Stansted” (see here). Well, it has now been officially confirmed by UK2000 on their Facebook page (see here). Stansted is coming and release is planned for August 26th! Great news indeed!

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A few days ago FlightFactor announced that they implemented the wingflex effect into their highly anticipated A320 model (see here if you haven’t seen it yet). Less than a week later developer “Assert” grants us another peak behind the scenes of the development of what is already considered the best study-level-simulation for X-Plane by fans. While I don’t share that verdict at this early stage (after all, the product is not even available yet) I can certainly understand the hype though. If it’s true what FlightFactor claim (see here) then this bird will probably live up to the hype. Anyway, back to business. This is what developer “Assert” wrote at x-plane.org:

“We are making a lot of work to make most of the users happy. For a last months:

  • MCDU and DU fonts with it’s rendering system was reworked. Now should look very close.
  • Cockpit textures was completely repainted. This was a fourth iteration, i think we are close enough now.
  • Some geometry fixes in the cockpit and exterior was made.
  • Sound set was nearly finished and balanced.
  • Wing flex was added. Yes, be happy:)
  • Reflections and other effects was added.
  • Few hundreds of bugs in a different systems and it’s behavior was fixed. Why so much? Because we are carefully checking everything, comparing with real aircraft, and trying to get as close as possible…”

“We are adding things and options slower, but trying to make it really complete and accurate. A320 is one of the most technically advanced aircraft, a lot of things is much more complex that you can imagine… so, a lot of knowledge, work and data is required to make things right…”

“WR (weather radar; remark by FlightDeckX) and TCAS will be implemented as separate modules, integrated with the aircraft and delivered with it (like pushback and RAAS). With all it’s indication, sounds and functions… this work is going in parallel, so i do not know when we can give you a WR (a lot of technical problems with data acquisition), but i am expecting full working TCAS at the first beta release point.”

See here for the original thread back at x-plane.org.

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Chart provider Navigraph recently decided to distribute Jeppesen charts instead of the LIDO format they used before. As a welcome side effect users are no longer limited to “static” charts. Instead Navigraph introduced a new Charts software some weeks ago, featuring a moving map function that lets you see where you are in the world. That’s a pretty neat feature by the way. In his latest video Q8Pilot explains how that software works. I recommend to watch this video available here in case you haven’t seen this software yourself yet. Have fun!

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Mario Donick of vFlyteAir announced that the next update for the vFlyteAir Cirrus SR20 will arrive soon. Update 2.5 “will not only fix several bugs, add FMOD sounds, improve the PFD, and add our new weight & balance menu to the aircraft, but also introduce a limited support for procedures — i.e. you can now select SIDs, STARs, transitions and approaches, and load their waypoints into the flight plan”. A manual describing all of those features is available here. If you want to have a sneak peak of the upcoming update there is also a video embedded in the original announcement here. Release is planned for August 2017. The update will be free for current owners. I’ll let you know once it is available. If you don’t own the vFlyteAir Cirrus SR20 yet, check it out at the x-plane.org store here.

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Less than a month after the release of VSKYLABS’ DC-3/C-47 (see original post here) the developer announced that release of version 2 is already imminent. See the announcement:

“The VSKYLABS DC-3/C-47 Flying Lab Project VERSION 2.0 is almost ready for its release! With new interior, new landing gears design, tuned systems and engine parameters, improved cockpit environment, additional systems, bug fixes, Ultra-High Definition rivet works…and more…here are a few more screenshots. Release is expected within…DAYS!

I am pleased to see that VSKYLABS develops at such a high pace. I heard their DC-3 is promising but not on par with LES’ version of this aircraft yet. It will surely be interesting to observe which of the two will be the better eventually! Remember though, LES is also working on a total remake of their existing model (see here) and they surely won’t sleep now that VSKYLABS tries to steal their ground… Anyway, see here for more information about the update!

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Aerosoft’s Bergen airport received a bugfix update, bringing it to version 1.1. However, according to the changelog (see here) only the X-Plane 10 version of the product seems to be affected:

  • XPlane 10 scenery displaying issues were solved
  • XPlane 10 static aircraft issues were solved
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Dreamfoil Creation’s entry-level helicopter Schweizer 300CBi is currently on sale at x-plane.org. If you ever wanted to jump into one of these rotorcraft you might want to check it out. After all, X-Plane is one of the best platforms for helicopter pilots and Dreamfoil is the best you can get! The Schweizer 300CBi is available here for currently $25.00 only.

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