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FlightFactor A320: new video shows pushback interaction

A beta tester of the anticipated FlightFactor A320 posted a new video in the announcement thread at the x-plane.org forums. The video gives a sneak peek at a new fully automated pushback plugin called BetterPushback that will be shipped together with the A320. The plug-in will allow custom pushback routes that can be created easily with some clicks inside X-Plane. The system will also memorize previously used pushback routes. That way, whenever you want to push from a gate you were at before, you will automatically be offered to reuse your previous pushback route.

I really like what I am seeing so far. See for yourself here.

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VSKYLABS updates its line-up

VSKYLABS, a developer specialized in light and microlight aircraft, apparently published updates for 4 of their add-ons. Affected are the following products:

  • VSKYLABS Hang Glider Project
  • VSKYLABS Aeropro EuroFOX Project
  • VSKYLABS Air Phoenix U-15 LSA Project
  • VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T

Now I did not find any release notes but those products are listed first on the x-plane.org store homepage. Usually that means an update has been published. Head over to the .org store and check your customer accounts.

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LES DC-3 development coming along well

Usually I don’t really fancy classic aircraft. However looking at the latest shots of Leading Edge’s DC-3 I might change my mind. After all these images look stunning. I reached out to the developers to find out more. They stated that version 2 of their DC-3 will be a complete remake, featuring a custom mesh, new textures (obviously PBR), new code, new manipulators and new lighting. FMOD sounds will be added further down the line. Due to these massive changes compared to the their old DC-3, which was originally made for X-Plane 9, version 2 of the aircraft will be a paid upgrade. Find out more on Leading Edge’s Facebook page here.

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Anyone heard of the VPC MongoosT-50 flight stick?

I stumbled across this flight stick by Belorussian company VirPil Controls (VPC). VPC – as they claim – are “a team comprised of designers, engineers, software developers and virtual pilots with the goal of bringing in a new class of high-end, high precision flight controllers to the consumer market”. Their entry market product is the MongoosT-50, a flight controller based on the modern T-50 Russian fighter jet. According to their website VPC also intends to offer throttles and pedals at some point in the future.

I can’t say it isn’t beautifully looking. Does anyone own that piece of hardware? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

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IXEG 737 Classic updated to v1.2 (full X-Plane 11 compatibility)

Listen up guys and gals! Our beloved IXEG 737 finally received that long awaited update to version 1.2 and is now officially compatible with X-Plane 11! Take a look at the full feature list:

What’s New / Changed:

  • X-Plane 11 compatitibility issues fixed (APU works, engine RPM)
  • Utilizes new X-Plane 11 features like ground vehilcle attachment points, thumbnails for aircraft selection, better categorization in X-Plane 11’s user interface
  • Re-enabled IXEG pushback system being able to turn in X-Plane 10
  • Added material properties to outside of aircraft for X-Plane 11
  • Liveries updated for nicer X-Plane 11 look
  • Added cockpit reflective surfaces for X-Plane 11
  • Increased light strength for cockpit lights in X-Plane 11
  • Flightmodel & aerodynamics recalibrated for X-Plane 11 changes
  • Improved weather radar in X-Plane 11 version (no more erasing on sweeps)
  • Reduced flashing rate of cockpit warning lights in X-Plane 11
  • Added a lit cabin at night that dims for takeoff and landing
  • Cockpit door now operable and opens from both sides
  • Minor fixes and additions to 3D model and texturing
  • Changed all script files to automatically recognize which X-Plane version they run in

To receive the update head over to X-Aviation and re-download the installer from your customer account. Enjoy!

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Carenado B200 King Air available for X-Plane 11

Yesterday Carenado released their B200 King Air for X-Plane 11. While it’s good that they are continuously updating their fleet it is quite disappointing that there does not seem to be an upgrade offer for existing owners. At least that’s my opinion. What do you think? Leave a comment!

For the full feature list have a look at the product site here.

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FlyJSim previews PBR shot of their 732

Attention fans of the classic 732 Twinjet! After their X-Plane 11 update for the 727 series FlyJSim previewed a PBR night shot of their 732. They also stated that they will soon provide some news on what they have been up to recently. For now it’s good to see that one more airliner will receive a compatibility update for X-Plane 11. Head over to FlyJSim’s Facebook page for more information.

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GloballArt releases SBSV Salvador / Bahia

Well known developer Richard Nunes released SBSV Salvador / Bahia under his label GloballArt. The airport with the melodic name “Aeroporto Internacional de Salvador Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães” (I love that language) is located in central eastern Brazil, only a stone’s throw away from the beach. The add-on features ground traffic, AutoGate compatibility, a custom mesh and a beautifully looking custom approach lights system, only to name a few.

I am a big fan of Richard’s sceneries and I have never been disappointed. I am sure you won’t either. Grab your copy here.

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