Aircraft

Marcelo’s “Cessna 400″

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Recently seen at Org and modeled by X-Plane.Org user Marcelo Fabianon … the Cessna 400 version 1.0. Always worth to offer some additional attention. According to Marcelo...

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Scenery

XPFR “Cayenne Felix Eboué” Released

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015

XPFR (Association of French-Speaking Creators) is pleased to announce the freeware airport scenery from Cayenne Felix Eboué (SOCA). The airport is the gateway of French Guiana and...

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Utilities

OpenSceneryX  version 2.1.0 Out

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

It’s been a long time coming, but there is finally a new release of OpenSceneryX out! OpenSceneryX release version 2.1.0 is mainly about adding new objects, lines and polygons, but...

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Impressions

A Typical vFlyteAir Traveler Flight

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013

Although the vFlyteAir Grumman American Traveler can be flown easily under VFR conditions, flying IFR with the AP gives you a lot more time to look outside, making longer flights...

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Recent Posts

OpenSceneryX version 2.1.0 Out

OpenSceneryX  version 2.1.0 Out

It’s been a long time coming, but there is finally a new release of OpenSceneryX out!

OpenSceneryX release version 2.1.0 is mainly about adding new objects, lines and polygons, but it also includes the second phase of the X-Plane® 10 texture audit – this time removing all textures that contain any kind of night glow. This should improve the look of scenery packages that use OpenSceneryX objects at night. Other changes include some improvements to the developer documentation and a few tweaks and bug fixes.

Take a look at the release notes for the full list of new items and changes. The installer hasn’t changed, so just re-run your current version and it will update your copy of the library.

Marcelo’s “Cessna 400″

Marcelo’s “Cessna 400″

Recently seen at Org and modeled by X-Plane.Org user Marcelo Fabianon … the Cessna 400 version 1.0. Always worth to offer some additional attention.

According to Marcelo “This is my first X-Plane project … the Cessna 400 with a nice G1000… The original aircraft is a default X-Plane, but we “Avalon Group” are doing some hard work on this project. This package is an Alpha version just to you and to test it and tell me what you think of it. Remember it’s WIP (Work in progress)! Soon coming more liveries,full autopilot and soo on. For now the Cessna 400 comes with the following features:
– Some dirt screen on MFD
– Custom buttons for the G1000
– Inset map
– Brazilian liveries “PR-SSR,PT-TLA”
– Custom 3D textures interior
– Custom 3D textures panel
– Custom night lighting

This is it for now. I am accepting help for this project, so this is an open invitation to all of you. Check out these screenshots we’ve made for you or download the package via this link.

Aerobask “Epic E1000″

Aerobask “Epic E1000″

Aerobask has released their Epic E1000. According to Aerobask “The Epic E1000 all composite, carbon fiber aircraft redefines the standard of excellence in the personal aviation marketplace. With slingshot acceleration, jet-class speed of more than 325 knots, climb rate of 4000 feet per minute, range of 1650 nautical miles.”

Their virtual plane is designed with the cooperation of SOMMA Aviation. The E1000 is powered by a PT6A 1200 SHP. Some of the features are:
– High quality 3D model with High-Res texture 4K
– Ambient Occlusion
– Specular and Normal mapping.
– Fully functional Virtual 3D cockpit.
– EFIS including the new GNS (by Laminar Research), checklists (Normal/Emergency)
– Weather ADDS, TCAS, setup page and vocal alerts
– and much more.

Check it out at the Aerobask website.

XPFR “Cayenne Felix Eboué” Released

XPFR “Cayenne Felix Eboué” Released

XPFR (Association of French-Speaking Creators) is pleased to announce the freeware airport scenery from Cayenne Felix Eboué (SOCA).

The airport is the gateway of French Guiana and Kourou European launch Space Center. Cayenne Félix Eboué int’l formerly Cayenne Rochambeau int’l was built in 1943 in 10 months by the American army who wanted to be able to reach Africa when flying there with its bombers, and was purchased by France in 1949. It is located in the commune of Matoury, 13 km (8 mi) southwest of French Guiana’s capital city of Cayenne. The airport has one paved runway designated 08/26 which measures 3,200 by 45 metres (10,499 ft × 148 ft) and the airport is equiped with VOR and ILS-CAT-II.

You always wanted to fly here? Check out these exclusive screenshots and visit of course the dedicated XPFR link.

Version 2.6 of X-FMC Released

Version 2.6 of X-FMC Released

Max Waldorf from X-FMC is pleased to inform you about their updated X-FMC to version 2.6.

According to Max this version comes with a lot of new features and bugs corrections like:
– File priority for altitude decryption
– Airway waypoints not always checked on the closest one
– Fuel calculation
– Vertical estimation of descent when facing Altitude “ABOVE”
– Crash on 10.31 and crash with Skymaxx
– GNS 430/530 make X-Plane crash because of XFMC
– Add parameter to disable plane AP to activate on X-FMC activation (AP button push)
– Add parameter to disable auto setting of the altimeter
– Create a parameter to disable vor/ndb update during flight
– X-FMC dedicated HSI

So a lot of new challenges. For more information visit the dedicated X-FMC web page.

“kdkoronakis” SSG 747-8 Liveries

“kdkoronakis” SSG 747-8 Liveries

It’s almost impossible to highlight all the SSG (Super critical Simulations Group) 747-8i liveries painted by X-Plane.Org user kdkoronakis aka Kostas D. Koronakis.

Since Aerosoft is pleased to offer you the SSG 747-8i Intercontinental and Cargo models in their eShop or both models as package, we thought it would be good to highlight some of Kostas his European liveries. As of this writing, February 26th, we’ve collected for you the following European, mostly fictional airliners except for the bare metal Boeing “primer” versions.
NEW … British Airways v1.0
NEW … British Airways Cargo v1.0
NEW … Alitalia v1.0
– Aegean Airlines 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
– Aegean Airlines 747-8 Cargo v1.0
– Air France 747-8 Cargo v 1.0
– British Airways Retro 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
– Iberia 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
– KLM Cargo 747-8 v1.0
– Lufthansa Retro 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
– Olympic Air 747-8 Cargo v1.0
– Olympic Airways Retro 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
– Swiss Air 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
– Virgin Atlantic 747-8 Intercontinental 21st Birthday v1.1
– Virgin Atlantic 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
– Bare Metal Factory 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
– Bare Metal Factory 747-8 Cargo v1.0
Austrian Airlines 747-8 Intercontinental v1.0
UTA
DHL F1 Freighter v1.0
Lufthansa D-ABYT Retro v1.0
Czech Airlines
KLM Updated Painting v1.0

And don’t forget to read our comprehensive review, it’s absolutely worth the read. When you like Kostas his liveries, but what to see more, then check out the SSG website.

FSKonferenz 2015 Slides

FSKonferenz 2015 Slides

This news spitting is brought to you by Philipp Münzel. Ben Supnik from Laminar Research made it to Paderborn for the 13th FlightSim Conference in Germany. The event was held at the Paderborn airport, where the airport fire brigade pulled out two of their fire engines to the tarmac – the freed up hangar space was then used as the exhibition floor.

The FS Konferenz starts with a developer’s dinner, were FSX and X-Plane developers drink beer together talk about the development experience, then has a day of public exhibition, talks and interaction with users and ends in the traditional “captain’s dinner”. For those who couldn’t be there, we have preserved the slides of our presentation. Sorry, the presentation is in German!

REP: User Interface Preview

REP: User Interface Preview

SimCoders.Com promised some screenshots of the user interface that REP provides to you to manage your aircraft. With the Reality Expansion Pack you can manage your aircraft’s systems in the “Hangar” window.

The screenshots on their blog are those of the working UI that we are already using. Keep in mind that there are still a lot of things that we want to improve (and more tabs that we will add, such the one related to the Oxygen System). Some user complained that the XP user interface is ugly. I agree with you that the default XP interface isn’t something you would call “beautiful”.

Curious what this is? Read it all at their dedicated web page.

What does “Extended DSFs in XP10.40″ mean?

What does “Extended DSFs in XP10.40″ mean?

Ben Supnik, lead developer with Laminar Research would like to share with you the following issue …. Extended DSFs in X-Plane 10.40.

X-Plane 10.40 will have an option to load a larger local region of DSF scenery. For as long as I have been involved in X-Plane (back to X-Plane 6 as a user) the local scenery region was 3×2 tiles (each 1×1 degree in latitude and longitude). With this option, the region is 4×3.

What this gets us is the option for a longer viewing distance before we have to transition from the higher detail DSF scenery tiles to the lower resolution whole-planet render. In X-plane 10 the planet render actually has shape, but the resolution is low; if you see it up close, it does not look good.

Some fine print:
You will only be able to use this option in the 64-bit build of X-Plane. The 32-bit version does not have enough memory. Combining extended DSFs with heavy third party scenery may be unacceptably slow. For example, Alpilotx was able to run extended DSFs with the HD meshes, but his computer has monstrous amounts of RAM (64 GB I think??). I’m pretty sure extending with the UHD meshes is a non-starter. Load time shouldn’t be too bad; this change also includes a re-work of the DSF loader that takes better advantage of multi-core hardware. If you have a 4-core machine your DSF load time shouldn’t be worse, even with extended DSFs.

Want to read Ben’s complete article … check it out at his dedicated blog.

NAPS “St Petersburg-Clearwater International” Released

NAPS “St Petersburg-Clearwater International” Released

NAPS (North Atlantic & Pacific Sceneries) and Freddy De Pues are pleased to inform you that they have released the international airport St Petersburg-Clearwater (KPIE).

The airport is on the west shoreline of Tampa Bay, six miles (10 km) north of St. Petersburg, Florida (the “birthplace of commercial air transportation”). This freeware – donation appreciated) airport is made with the acknowledgements of the following person … Marc Leydecker, Cami De Bellis, FlyByGuy (The Handy Man), 3D_people_library (DKM), Einstein (RE_Lib), R2_library, Helgo (Madagascar Trees), Kone Oneida (MowMyX-Plane), Autogate (Marginal) USAF vehicles (Austin). The package requires OpenSceneryX II, RE_lib, CDB Library, The Handy Objects Library, R2_library and 3D_people_library. Remember, it is not tested with Global Scenery.

Curious … then you should check this YouTube promotional movie and of course, the dedicated Fred-E.Net web page.