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Flight 1 Releases Cessna 162 SkyCatcher for free

Today Flight 1 has released their Cessna 162 SkyCatcher add on for Free. Note it is still licensed software so you may not redistribute it! But you can now download it for free if you wish. The download process is a bit abnormal compared to other freeware downloads. You must download a Key, then an installer form a page that may make you think your purchasing it. But don’t worry, just follow the instructions listed by Flight 1 one This Page to get the aircraft for free. The add on works in all versions of FSX including the Steam edition. Plus Prepar3D V3.

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TFDi Designs Preview 717 Update – FPLN and PROG pages

Over on the TFDi Design forums, Colin has previewed some of the highly awaited updates for their continuously improving 717 aircraft.

This time, he showed off some new images of the 717 FMS and in particular, the FPLN and PROG pages.

The images below show before throttle advancement.

And these show after throttle advancement!

The update itself is getting “much closer” and we are excited to see the improvements and hopefully addresses some of the challenges we faced in our review.

Internally the team have started testing to ensure when it’s pushes out as a community beta, the bugs will be minimal.

Digital Design Release Leipzig

Digital Design have released their long awaited Leipzig scenery. This scenery comes as a welcome replacement to Aerosoft’s slowly dating scenery. Once again it seems that the developers behind the brilliant Salzburg scenery have brought us another wonderful product. The scenery looks stunning judging by the screenshots alone.

The product includes a variety of great features including detailed objects and vehicles as well as photorealistic buildings, custom runways and more. The scenery is currently only available for P3D and FSX. However all the sceneries that have been produced for P3D and FSX by Digital Design have also appeared in XPlane not much later on. So make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that.

If you wish to purchase this scenery you can pick it up for the price of EUR 25.20. A reasonable price for an excellent scenery. You can purchase it from SimMarket.

Feature List:

  • Detailed airport objects and vehicles
  • Photorealistic textures on the airport buildings
  • Custom textured taxiways, runways and apron
  • Highly realistic night time effects with custom 3D runway and taxilights
  • Custom reflection map. Reflection map is used for setting what should be seen in window reflection
  • Custom surroundings
  • Friendly FPS and low VAS usage
  • Compatible with FTX Global
  • Automatic season change
  • Animated SODE Jetways
  • Animated airport vehicles, cars and trains.
  • Inclusion of manual in PDF format

PrealSoft Algiers (DAAG) Release

PrealSoft, known for making some absolutely gorgeous city-scape sceneries of for instance Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Rome have released their newest project: Houari Boumediene Airport, also known as Algiers International Airport in Algeria (DAAG). This airport serves a number of airlines with destinations in Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle-East.

You can pick up this scenery now for €20,- on SimMarket.

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Flight Simmer Stay Away from Windows 10 Insider Program (FSX & P3D)

FSElite is looking out for you! The title says it all: do not take part in Windows 10 Insider Program if you do not want to mess up your simulator.

ERROR CREATING CHILD WINDOW

This is the dreaded message you will see if you decide to update your Windows with the Insider Program. Let me explain why this happens and why this totally kills your simulator. Microsoft and Windows are currently making changes to their OneCore utility. If you don’t know what OneCore is, I at least know enough to tell you that it is absolutely an integral part of all high-class add-ons out there: PMDG, GSX and so on. Developers use it along Prepar3d to enable pop-up windows to interact with your simulator. With the changes Microsoft are making to OneCore, it is no longer compatible with said add-ons. Therefore, on start-up, you will get the same error and every time you will want to open GSX, pop-up your PMDG FMC and execute many different actions, you will get the ERROR CREATING CHILD WINDOW error, and will be left hanging with useless expensive add-ons.

Problems have been reported  with builds 16176 & 16179. Build 16170 seems to be working fine. Make sure to not go over this build for the moment if you are currently an Insider.

I do hope you read this before deciding to enroll in the Insider Program. While some of the features are quite neat and interesting, it is not worth destroying your simulator with it. The even more scary part is that if you enroll in the program, it is very hard to stop the updates from coming in and you might even need to re-install Windows, something I had to personally do. Best case scenario is that you will need to roll back to the previous version of Insider (which in your case would mean a version still not compatible with your simulator add-ons), but if you wait too long, this version will be expired and you will be left hanging until the next stable release of Windows 10.

Again, spare yourself the nightmare of having to re-install everything and do not take part in the Insider and Creator program. If you are already in it, make sure to disable all further updates until the next stable Windows release. This is the best advice I can give you.

This is my bit for today, I hope this will avoid some of you guys the pain I had to go through, but as they say: you live to learn.

The Windows Insider Program is something you decide to join deliberately. The computer will not automatically update your Windows 10 with the Insider updates. If you are not enrolled in the program, you have nothing to worry about.

Aerosoft Previews Trondheim airport, Værnes V2

Jo Erlend is back with another scenery for Norway and this time we’re being treated to Trondheim airport. The international airport in Værnes which is served by Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian has been growing in popularity in recent years. Soon to be published by Aerosoft, we will have a detailed rendition within our sims. The feature list is bold and will bring a lot to the sim.

It will have detailed modelling of the airport (and interior) and terminal, photo-real ground textures and even custom terrain including taxiway bridges etc. SODE will be used heavily too for the visual guidance system, animated windsock, hanger doors and even animated passengers!

There’s loads to check out and you can see the level of detail in the shots below. You can find 40+ more screenshots over on the Aerosoft forums. As soon as this is out, we’ll let you know!

Feature List 

– Fully compatible with FSX(SP2 or ACC) / FSX SE / P3Dv3.
– Includes a highly accurate recreation of Trondheim Airport, Værnes.
– Highly detailed models of airport terminal and buildings.
– Photo-realistic building and ground textures.
– Densely placed ground equipment and service vehicles.
– Highly detailed custom terrain model with taxiway bridges over roads and railroad.
– Terminal interior included.
– Photo-real scenery covering airport and vicinity.
– Landmark buildings and bridges in the vicinity of the airport included.
– Seasonal textures included.
– Winter ground model with highly realistic ice and snow effect.
– Custom runway and approach light effects.
– Highly realistic night time effects.
– Vicinity animations. (Train and custom road traffic.)
– Animated service vehicle traffic.
– Visual Guidance Docking System included. (SODE required in P3Dv3)
– Animated jetways. (SODE)
– Animated passenger boarding at jetways. (SODE)
– Deice service available during winter season. (SODE)
– Animated Hangars doors. (SODE)
– Custom animated windsock. (SODE)
– Embedded runway guard lights. (SODE)
– SODE features can be disabled with included scenery Configuration Tool.
– Scenery Configuration Tool included to optimize performance on a wide range of systems.
– Different texture resolution sets included to optimize performance.
– Compatible with AI traffic packages.
– Static Aircraft included as an option.

Renders of Latinwings Santiago De Compostela Airport (LEST)

Latinwings have shown off some new renders of their upcoming Santiago De Compostela Airport (LEST), which is stated to be “coming soon” for FSX, P3D and X-Plane.

You can see work on the terminal buildings and jetways is coming along nicely, with texture work yet to come. The modelling work seems excellent from first looks and we’re excited to see what gets produced in the near future.

When we have more details, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Orbx FTX Scotland Service Pack 4 previews

Orbx is hard at work on updating their existing sceneries. A few days ago they shared some previews of the upcoming service pack 4 for FTX Scotland. The update will add over 60 new points of interests in the area. Furthermore they have enhanced some Scottish Islands with reworked land class and geopositioning of building. Also fixed was the monster of Loch Ness…

Sacramento International (KSMF) update

Developer I.D.S. Development Studios have issued an update for KSMF, Sacramento. The update is mainly focussed on performance. According to tests that were run amongst a few selected customers, as well as tests they have ran themselves, the results are very positive regarding FPS and VAS. The updated installers are currently being prepared and it shouldn’t take too long before they are out.

Full changelog:

  • Reworked textures
  • Library optimization
  • Grass removed due to invisible blending with grass texture on airport
  • LODs added
  • Optimized and re-exported models

Carenado Reveal New Project Piper PA-42 Cheyenne III

Carenado have only just released the PA-31T Cheyenne II that they announce their newest project: the PA-42 Cheyenne III. Either the success of the PA-31T was so great that they thought well to capitalize on it and produce the PA-42, either the PA-31T provides a strong basis that they can build upon to quickly render the PA-42. Either way, the response to the announcement seems to have been very positive. Stay tuned for more information the the Cheyenne III.