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Some bad news coming from the development of the FF A320 it seems that we may not be getting the full suite of failures we are hoping for, but rest assured as they’ll be coming along in the future.

“Some failures are not implemented, some FWC indication for the complex failures is not working correctly, and some systems do not make things that it should in a failure case. Of course we will finish this in the near future, but our priority for now, is a normal operation scenarios. There are still alot of things to do there.

This coming from a post made from the A320 Forum which you can check out here.

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When it comes to ATC we all gotta admit that stock X-Plane isn’t satisfying in that respect. Always been that way and it’s fine thanks to various available tools that enhance our experience. I’d personally recommend to either get JARDesign’s X-Life or the great freeware ATC tool 124thATC v2. Although I love both, I see myself more and more using the latter. See what 124thATC v2 has to offer:

“The 124thATC plugin for X-Plane provides enhanced ATC services and therefore increased realism for your flight simulation experience, without the need for joining some online flight simulation network. Since the plugin is designed to work completely offline, it can be used for any airport at any time. All phases from flight plan filing until taxiing to the gate or parking position at the destination airport are covered by this plugin. Below please find a list of key features.

  • Flight plan filing (with option to import flight plan directly from FMS)
  • Complete IFR clearance, allowing individual requests
  • Startup and pushback clearance
  • Taxi, takeoff and departure (SID)
  • Flight with handover between ATC centers
  • Requests for flight level changes, direct to waypoints or vectors to airports
  • Descent, approach (STAR)
  • Landing, missed approach
  • Taxi to the gate or parking position
  • Voice output (can be optionally disabled on readback)
  • Function assignments to keyboard and joystick/yoke buttons
  • Highly customizable, different phraseology settings (Europe/USA)
  • Airline call sign database and center frequencies database
  • Flight data export to kml-Files (for use in Google Earth or similar geo-tools)
  • Available for Windows, Mac and Linux (X-Plane 10 64bit versions only)”

Although 124thATC v2 has been around for quite some time I still see a lot of folks asking for a replacement for stock X-Plane ATC. Well, if you read this, you can stop searching! Download 124thATC v2 directly from the project’s website here. Make sure to leave a donation if you like it!

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RealityXP today made release candidates available for its GNS 530W/430W V2 and GTN 750/650 Touch series. The GTN 750/650 Touch are now at v2.4.7 RC, while the GNS 530W/430W V2 are at  v2.2.7 RC. Each update includes stability and performance enhancements, and corrects all known issues to date. If RealityXP doesn’t get too much feedback, these version will become an official release through the “Check Updates” function inside the sim. In case you are interested to test the release candidates, downloads are available under the two links above.

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Today I was contacted by Alex, author of a neat little freeware tool called Little Navmap! Little Navmap is a free open source flight planner, navigation tool, moving map, airport search and airport information system. Its most current version 1.6.3 adds support for X-Plane 11. See what this freeware gem has to offer:

“A widely configurable map display using the OpenStreetMap as a background map which is only one option of many online and included offline maps. The map shows airports, navaids, airways, airspaces, AI or multiplayer aircraft and ships. A seamlessly integrated airport diagram displays taxiways, displaced thresholds, overrun areas, aprons, parking spots and more.

It supports approach and departure procedures like SIDs and STARs, offers several automatic flight plan calculation options and multiple export formats like GFP, GPX, RTE, FLP and FMS as well as drag and drop flight plan editing on the map. The program can read the PLN, FMS and FLP flight plan formats.

An elevation profile is shown for the flight plan allowing to find a safe cruise altitude.

Search functionality allows to look for airports, navaids or procedures by a large amount of criteria also including a spatial search.

The program can generate an ATS route string from flight plans and vice versa where the output is widely configurable.”

Little Navmap seems to be one of those must-haves every simmer should at least try! I am downloading now! Try Little Navmap for free, available directly from the project’s website here.

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Q8Pilot uploaded a short video to his YouTube channel, showing the beauty of our sim with xEnviro 1.07! Take a look at it here!

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It sure seems so! Following the release of L52 Oceano County, Tony Wroblewski aka antwob is back at work and supposedly developing EGCB Barton near Manchester in the UK! At least that’s what a fellow simmer posted in the popular Facebook group X-Plane 11: Next Generation. No official announcement thread available yet but these stunning screenshots sure look like antwob’s work. Stay tuned for more information!

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It is a rather boring Sunday so far, no big news ahead. Time for another Featured Freeware. Our reader Dominik recently pointed me to the VFR scenery packs by a gentleman with the name Grumpler.  If you haven’t seen them thus far, take a look at them here. Grumpler offers VFR landmark packs for these cities:

  • Tampa
  • Jacksonville
  • Washington D.C.
  • Miami
  • Cleveland
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando
  • Phoenix
  • West Palm Beach
  • Newark
  • Dubai
  • Salt Lake City
  • Denver
  • Liverpool

All these packs offer beautifully crafted landmarks from the SketchUp 3D Warehouse. And of course, they are all free. Enjoy!

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Do you remember those awesome freeware sceneries of Chilean airports SCSE La Serena and SCFA Andrés Sabella? Well, I do! The creators of these awesome sceneries now announced SCTB Aeródromo Eulogio Sánchez, which will also include some of the most important landmarks of the city of Santiago de Chile. SCTB Aeródromo Eulogio Sánchez will be a payware product under the brand Virtual Design 3D. It is said to be available in stores soon! For more information and screenshots, head over to the announcement thread at x-plane.org here.

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Matt Cox is working like a horse to bring you all those beautiful UK2000 sceneries to X-Plane! Next in line – as covered earlier here – is Manchester Xtreme, which got released today! Yay! Head over to UK2000’s website here to get it, available for £16.99 (about €19.31 or $23.07)!

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