X-Plane seems to gain momentum. Earlier today I received word from the reputable German development team openVFR, announcing the immediate release of IcebergsXP, their first X-Plane project. See the full announcement:
“The openVFR team is happy to publish its first VFR Scenery plugin for the flightsimulator X-Plane. The project is called openVFR IcebergsXP. This time we have focused on placing icebergs in X-Plane at their real occurrences. The iceberg information is taken from official satellite data used for real marine research and training. Alternatively the user can simulate creating icebergs in areas where they hopefully never appear.
“Im was really exctited as I first saw the result of our intensive development. We had to solve a lot of issues, but when we discovered the first icebergs we were really stunning about the huge visual difference compared to the Standard X-Plane. The Artic Ice and also the Antarctia is completely missing in the default world of X-Plane flightsimulator. Of course, there are some really interesting external sceneries for polar region available, but they also have no icebergs/waterice incuded. With openVFR IcebergsXP flying in the polar seas is suddenly becoming much more interesting and there is so much to discover. The diversity of the icebergs is simply overwhelming. Since the virtual occurrence of the icebergs is based on real data, the ice landscape blends in perfectly with the rest of the scenery. The intensity of the ice is already dependent on the outside temperature. That’s something the flight simulator X-Plane just missed.” said Markus Freyt. For the futrue openVFR has many more ideas. “We have many more ideas for the future. Of course, we will increase the variety of ice even more. It would also be interesting to land with a helicopter on top of an iceberg. Furthermore also would like to see how the icebergs influence shipping traffic. We would be happy if the X-Plane community is interested in this project, because we are really motivated to get even more out of the project.”
More information could be found on the new website for this project: Link
About openVFR: The project openVFR was founded in 2010. The idea was to dramatically improove the realism of the ground scenery in Microsoft Flightsimulator X (also compatible with Lookhead Prepar3d) to enable VFR navigation by use of real-world data from Openstreetmap. Over the years a lot of modular products were developed, which still have a great relevance. Anyway, openVFR also started to develop plugins for the X-Plane flightsimulator. The first official project is openVFR Icebergs XP which adds icebergs in polar regions to make the X-Plane flightsimulator more attractive when flying in Arctica or Antarctica.”
Gentlemen, I can see that this will enhance any transatlantic flight. Imagine icebergs all over the ocean, all at their current location. Every flight will be different! I will probably get my hands on this soon and let you know what I think about it! In the meantime, head over to openVFR’s website. IcebergsXP is available here for just €14,95.9