Aircraft

JARDesign A330 Major Update v1.2r1

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015

There’s good news from JARDesign regarding there Airbus A330. This new version has a major update in respect to Mac OSX simmers. The current version is 1.2r1. The updated package comes with the following improvements: – Mac OS compatible – Ground Handling plugin for a330 included – FCU manipulators...

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Scenery

MisterX6 “Portland International”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015

ASN is pleased to offer you the following exclusive screenshots of MisterX6 Portland International Airport. It’s another very nice looking international airport made by MisterX6. Some of the features are: – Accurate 3D models for all major buildings – Accurate airport layout including taxisigns, ATC routes and runway flows –...

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Utilities

Major OS Upgrade?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015

Ben Supnik, Laminar Research lead developer, comes with the following advice regarding OS upgrade like the upcoming El Capitan and the recent released upgrades from windows 10. In the last few years, we’ve seen the price of major operating system upgrades drop, down from $100-to-$150 to…$0. And free is...

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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 and trying to keep it a little more relaxing. On today’s flight I depart from KBFI (Boeing Field) and...

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Recent Posts

Major OS Upgrade?

Major OS Upgrade?

Ben Supnik, Laminar Research lead developer, comes with the following advice regarding OS upgrade like the upcoming El Capitan and the recent released upgrades from windows 10.

In the last few years, we’ve seen the price of major operating system upgrades drop, down from $100-to-$150 to…$0. And free is a magic number – once you make something free, people install it without doing a lot of critical thinking about whether something is a good idea or not. This creates a software compatibility disaster for OS vendors, app developers and users.

The OS vendors (Microsoft, Apple, etc.) try really hard to keep the minor patches to the OS from breaking compatibility. They need users to install updates aggressively to fight malware. So a break due to a minor patch is a rare thing.
The OS vendors can’t keep legacy APIs going forever – at some point they need to change fundamental technology.** So they save the big changes for major versions. Major versions are now free – so users install a major update aggressively, taking incompatible changes that the OS vendors had to put somewhere, breaking their apps.

We first saw this with Yosemite, which caused us a bit of a fire drill, and now we’re seeing it with Windows 10, where I have just seen a pile of weird-o random behaviors that are specific and unique to Windows 10. At least some of them seem to be a clear case of OS compatibility rules changing at a major version.

Want to read Ben’s advice? Check out his blog.

JARDesign A330 Major Update v1.2r1

JARDesign A330 Major Update v1.2r1

There’s good news from JARDesign regarding there Airbus A330. This new version has a major update in respect to Mac OSX simmers. The current version is 1.2r1.

The updated package comes with the following improvements:
Mac OS compatible
– Ground Handling plugin for a330 included
– FCU manipulators rework to use Mouse Left/Rght/Wheel for Push/Pull/Rotate operation

Regarding the FCU manipulators mouse operation, you may switched back to “old” style at A330 menu if you prefer this. More information can be found at the dedicated JARDesign A330 web page.

Impressions Aerobask ViperJet

Impressions Aerobask ViperJet

The Aerobask ViperJet LXR sounds interesting but, before starting with these impressions of the Aerobask version, I think it’s worth providing some background information.

According to Stephane Buon “The Viper Jet is a small homebuilt jet aircraft produced by Viper Aircraft Corporation. It is a conventional, low-wing monoplane with swept wings and tail, and has two seats in tandem under a bubble canopy.”

“The jet intakes are located at the sides of the fuselage and the tricycle undercarriage is retractable. Construction throughout is of composite materials.” But how does it look, how does it fly and you can imagine you’ve got more of those questions and I too. Check out this impression of the Aerobask ViperJet.

SimCoders.Com REP v1.0.2 Update

SimCoders.Com REP v1.0.2 Update

SimCoders.Com is pleased to announce the release of the new v1.0.2 REP update. What’s new?

The default ground physics of X-Plane has been a problem sometimes, especially in cross wind conditions, when the airplane starts steering by itself even in 2knots of wind. Now REP fixes that old X-Plane issue provinding you a realistic taxiing experience. The nose wheel steering has been completely revamped in order to better simulate the Cessna nose wheel behavior. Now you should use the correct mix of rudder and differential braking to steer the airplane on the ground. Plus, if you prefer the default nosewheel behavior, you can disable the advanced steering in the settings menu!

Just install HeadShake v1.5 or newer and enjoy the engine vibrations simulated by REP! The TSIO-520 vibrations are simulated during the different phases of the flight, especially in cruise. The best RPMs are around 2350, where the vibrations are reduced to the minimum.

And finally, some minor changes:
– The Weight & Balance tool now predicts the C.G. position at landing.
– Improved compatibility with Saitek products.
– Minor performance fixes and graphics enhancements

Multi Crew Experience Update Released

Multi Crew Experience Update Released

On behalf of the FS++ team, Multi Crew Experience, the voice control based crew simulation has now been updated (free of charge to existing customers) to support more complex aircraft.

MCE package for X-Plane has been updated to add full support for SSG 747-i8. Do not forget to also download the new co-pilot Bill USA recorded voice pack released recently. You will never fly alone with voice control that is actually fun to use. And with a demo to boot, so therefore download your copy here.

Aerobask “Viper Jet LXR” Released

Aerobask “Viper Jet LXR” Released

Aerobask lead developer Stephane Buon is pleased to inform you that they have released the Viper Jet XLR.

According to Stephane “is a small homebuilt civilian jet aircraft by Viper Aircraft Corporation. It is a conventional, low-wing monoplane and two seats in tandem under a bubble canopy. The Aerobask model has a functional rear cockpit. The model comes with a lot of features like:
– High quality 3D model with High-Res texture 4K, Ambient Occlusion, Specular and Normal mapping.
– Flight model defined according to the specifications of the LXR version. Fun to fly.
– Fully functional Virtual 3D cockpit.
– Functional rear cockpit (instructor).
– EFIS including the new GNS530 (by Laminar Research), Weather ADDS, TCAS, setup page and vocal alerts.
– Fully animated : canopy, flight controls, gear, all levers and switches.
– and much more.

An impression of the Vip[erJet LXR is on its way. Just one day to wait. In the mean time, check out more at the dedicated Aerobask ViperJet web page.

Khamsin Sneak Preview P-51D Mustang

Khamsin Sneak Preview P-51D Mustang

Khamsin Studios is already for a while busy with the development of the North American P-51D Mustang.

According to Khamsin “In progress, the “signs” of the cockpit of the P-51D North American Mustang. All these inscriptions are in 2D vector … but with Blender. All these elements can be modified in both size, position, rotation, color
and more.” Want to see and read more? Check it out at the dedicated WIP Khamsin development page.

Airbus A350-Advanced for Mac Fixed

Airbus A350-Advanced for Mac Fixed

Finally finally … Flight Factor lead developer Roman Bezerin is pleased to announce that the A350 Advanced for Mac has been fixed and should be considered a fully supported version.

He would like to that all the people who bought the MAC version in beta and helped with testing. Thank you for you trust, support and patience. For those more technically minded, here is a small explanation. Our planes run on a system called SASL which allows us to script code in a language called lua and run it in the sim. In order to run lua efficiently we do this inside a virtual machine called luaJit which is a 3rd party system. When we saw the gremlin code we started investigating our plugins, our scripts then SASL itself and when our way up to more global things. As it turned out, it was luaJit itself which had an issue with memory which led to completely random crashes without a good trace. We only understood that the bug must be there, or even higher up in XP itself, a few weeks ago. Apparently, the luaJit provider already found this bug and fixed it two months ago.

All is well that ends well. Update to v1.2 on the store and enjoy the product.

FJS 737 Classic Updated

FJS 737 Classic Updated

FlyJSim is pleased to announce the first major update to the 732 TwinJet. The current version is now 1.1508.1036.

According to FJS “There has been a lot fixed as well as many things added in this update. The update comes with a lot of new sounds, new system add-ons, new options, new pushback system, smart cockpit, and a lot of bug fixes.” Want to see all the changes? Then you should check out the following dedicated Org forum page.

Navigraph AIRAC Cycle 1509

Navigraph AIRAC Cycle 1509

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on August 20th, 2015. Let’s give some background information about the AIRAC Cycle.

The AIRAC cycle was adopted in 1964 and further improved over the years. Key are the worldwide effective dates with 28 days intervals (e.g. 4 August 2005, 1 September 2005, 29 September 2005, …). Effective days are always on a Thursday. It may look indeed like a long period, 28 days, or even 56, but it should be understood that aeronautical information changes, mostly published through so called AIRAC Amendments. When you want to know about the AIRAC. Have a look at the dedicated ICAO website.

Back to our Navigraph Cycle 1509, effective from August 20th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.