#freeware: SpainUHD v2 Ortho Project

About two weeks ago, at the second anniversary of the original first release of SpainUHD, version 2 of this outstanding freeware project was announced. SpainUHD offers complete ortho coverage of the Iberian Peninsula and all major Spanish islands in great quality and all for free! The highlights of the new version 2 are (please note the following was automatically translated from the original Spanish announcement):

  • Integration of shorelines
  • inland water bodies and rivers using the X-Plane engine and complemented with photorealistic textures translucent from vector data Information System Occupation Land of Spain
  • Use more orthophoto has been updated where possible
  • color and mixed soft layers autonomous community to maintain consistency of fotorreal field (in short correction, except errors in ortos, boundaries disappear in a straight line that exist in the mosaic PNOA topical, achieved by overlapping several years layers the historical and other regional services)
  • Coverage in cells bordering France orthophotograph BDOrtho50 recently released set
  • Use vector of the National Topographic Base and SIOSE to complement the current autogen, with masses of vegetation more accurate and where you ‘re supposed to be (ran see olive trees where the land is listed as “agricultural”, now they used subcategorizations to delimit fields, eg. olive groves only), besides the incorporation of static elements such as wind turbines and telecommunications antennas among others
  • Elevation data from MDT25 + LIDAR with full resolution (25m – 4400×4400) with submeter accuracy following profiles at airports and airfields of BTN25 with a margin of error of less than 3 meters) 
  • distant textures enhanced by using custom filters to MipMaps
  • Extending coverage orthophotos dynamic winter (snow) in captured in the historic the PNOA (Pyrenees, Picos de Europa, etc …) areas 
  • and more than a certain oblivion

There are several outstanding payware airports available to complement these free ortho tiles, such as LEJR Jerez, LEVC Valencia and some more available at your preferred vendor.

Download SpainUHD’s free ortho tiles from the project’s website. Consider a donation if you like what these guys are doing! Thanks to my reader Carlos for the tip-off!


FlyJSim 732 TwinJet v3 EXCLUSIVES!

An exclusive set of screenshots showcasing FlyJSim’s upcoming 732 TwinJet v3 arrived in my inbox today! No word about the release date. I’ll guess we just have to wait. Judging from these latest screenshots, though, this will be absolutely worth it! Stunning work!


FranceVFR takes the plunge: LFRS Nantes Atlantique for X-Plane 11 announced!

Terrific news everyone! A few minutes ago I received FranceVFR’s latest newsletter. In this newsletter a simple but yet meaningful announcement let my eyeballs pop all over my screen:

“X-Plane 11 – New LFRS-Nantes Atlantique airport soon available… Our new LFRS – Nantes Atlantique airport for X-Plane 11 will be released early 2018.”

This might be the end of the sadness we currently have in virtual France. This country has so much to offer and finally there’s a payware developer up for the challenge of bringing the best French airports to your favorite sim! As I told you, expect an even greater year for X-Plane in 2018… 😉 See the original announcement here!


JCS Corsair F4-U Ready For X-Plane 11!

Fans of antique military aircraft will be thrilled to hear that developer JCS Aircraft updated their Chance Vought F4U Corsair to be fully compatible with X-Plane 11.10! See the release announcement:

“The Chance Vought F4U Corsair is a piston engine fighter designed to operate from the decks of aircraft carriers in World War 2. Assigned primarily to the Pacific theater, the Corsair achieved an impressive 11:1 kill ratio against their Japanese adversaries. In all, 12,571 Corsairs were built between 1940 and 1953, making the Corsair the longest produced piston-engined fighter in history. The aircraft’s unique design and amazing record make it one of the most popular fighter aircraft of all time. Now you can own the legend on X-Plane 11.
  • Detailed Virtual cockpit
  • Detailed landing gear, working canopy
  • Working guns and bombs.
  • New, improved flight model & airfoils by X-Aerodynamics
  • Folding wings
  • 5 liveries (+ Red Bull)
  • Optimized for X-plane 11.10+
3 Versions Included:
  • ‘Fighter’ Corsair (Guns)
  • ‘Attack’ Corsair ‘Bombs’ (Guns + Bombs)
  • ‘Racer’ Corsair (Glossy Red Bull Livery, unarmed)”

Grab this legend of the skies now for just $19.95 at the x-plane.org store here.


Virtual Design 3D SCTB Eulogio Sánchez RELEASED!

Virtual Design 3D, the creators behind those awesome freeware scenery of Chilean airports SCSE La Serena and SCFA Andrés Sabella, released their first payware offering for X-Plane (see my original announcement here)! SCTB Aeródromo Eulogio Sánchez not only features a highly detailed rendition of Eulogio Sánchez Airport, also known as Tobalaba Airport, near Santiago, but also over 45 landmarks including their respective heliports! See the full feature set:

  • Extremely detailed and realistic recreation the real Airport
  • Over 100 Hangars, Highly detailed
  • Modeling of the Control Tower interior
  • Custom runways and Taxiways(Reflex normal map)
  • Custom taxilines, borderlines and many custom signs
  • Custom Textures based inphotographic and Ambient occlusion
  • HDR lighting with custom night textures
  • Animated helicopters(Chilean police)
  • Walking people
  • Customized forest and vegetation 3D(Grass,Palms,plants)
  • Custom surrounding areas
  • Customized modelsfor traffic vehicles to region
  • Static objects, vehicles and aircraft
  • Night texture and HDR lighting
  • Santiago City Over 50 surrounding landmarks. For example:
    • Costanera Center (Highest building in South America)
    • Goverment palace La Moneda
    • CTC Tower,Titanium Tower,Entel Towwer, National Estadium etc.
  • More than 20 heliports (tower,hospital,clinic and more)
    • Located in the same city of SCEL (our other scenery)
  • Animated cable car (San Cristobal)
  • Animated Cableway (San Cristobal)

Looks like a winner to me! Grab Virtual Design 3D’s SCTB Aeródromo Eulogio Sánchez & Santiago City for about €21.60 over at simMarket here.

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