NVIDIA Drivers 381.89 – Community Agrees it Appears to Fix VAS Leak

We’ve kept a close eye on recent NVIDIA drivers lately, especially after some fixes and posts from Lockheed Martin regarding leaks from some more recent drivers. Thankfully, the community are reporting that the latest drivers 381.89 are working extremely well for most users after testing.

Mike Moskovich on Facebook also described it as a “376.33 driver replacement”.  Another user of the social media site, Leon van Dijk, posted a screenshot of VAS usage whilst flying from FlyTampa’s AMS to FSDT’s JFK with the PMDG 747 and ASN and it shows that there was no leakage of VAS using the new drivers.

 

Afonso Vale has also posted his feedback regarding the new drivers, again showing no VAS leak.

I’ve personally just downloaded the new drivers and will spend the weekend testing. Fingers crossed this is a good fix for users using new drivers in the future. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the situation and report back.

You can download the latest drivers from NVIDIA’s website.

Immersive Audio – MJC8 Q400 Cockpit Sound Immersion: The FSElite Review

Developer
Immersive Audio
Publisher
SimMarket
Price
10.70euro (+VAT)
Version
1.00
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Immersive Audio
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Immersive Audio has done it again. They have taken an incredible aircraft with already accurate sounds and brought them to the next level of realism. This time it’s been done with the Dash8 Q400. With the new sounds Immersive Audio has received some extensive feedback from real pilots of the Q400 to ensure the best experience in the cockpit of this great aircraft.

The new sounds include:

  •         Authentic engine sounds
  •         New N1 (turbine) sound with correct pitch
  •         New switches
  •         Authentic levers
  •         High quality GPWS callouts
  •         New TCAS
  •         Authentic warning sounds
  •         New ground roll noise with authentic controls rattle
  •         New authentic cockpit/nose gear wind noise
  •         Authentic avionics, packs, external APU, Chime, GPU unit, wipers, stick shaker

The initial setup is very easy. Make sure you backup the original sounds and then paste the new ones into the root folder. While this is easy to do, it would be nice if the setup application could do it for you allowing an option to revert back to the original sounds if needed. After you have completed that you are ready to fly!

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New FTX Global North & South America Freeware Available

Not only are Orbx excellent at producing high quality add-ons for people to buy, but they also produce a wealth of high quality freeware for the community as a thank you for buying their products. Their biggest source of freeware come from their excellent FTX Global freeware pack. Today, both North and South America have been updated with a wealth of new airports. Created by various developers including Chris Britton, Larry Isenor and Neil Hill, you’ll be able to explore airports including Cavern City (KCNM), Garcon Field (24FL) and Dinsmore (CKX5). Obviously these are typically lesser known areas of the world, but considering they are free, they may be worth downloading anyway!

The full list is below. You can download them through FTX Central V3 or via Orbx Direct.

Chris Britton
24FL, Garcon Field, Milton, FL
41A, Reeves, Tallasse, AL
FL17, Ruckel, Niceville, FL
KNZX, Harold Nolf, Harold Nolf, FL (disable AEC)

Larry Isenor
CJN4 – Assiniboia SK
CKC7 – Rockglen, SK
CKX5 – Dinsmore SK (disable AEC)
CNR4 – Tobermory ON (disable AEC)
CYCE, Huron, Centralia, ON
SABE, Jorge Newbery Aeroparque, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Neil Hill
KALS, San Luis Valley Regional Bergman Field, Alamoso, NM
KBFF, Western Nebraska Regl/Heilig, Scottsbluff, NE
KCNM, Cavern City, Carlsbad, NM – added missing industrial area
KDRO, Durango-La Plata Co, CO (disable AEC)
KELY, Ely, Ely, NV
KEVW, Evanston-Uinta Co Burns, Evanston, WY – added VOR/DME for rwy 5)
KGJT, Walker, Grand Junction, CO (disable AEC)
KLVS, Las Vegas Mun, Las Vegas, NM
KPGA, Page Mun, Page, NM (disable AEC) – added missing town
KPNA, Wenz, Pinedale, WY
KRIW, Riverton Regl, Riverton, WY (disable AEC) –
KRKS, Rock Springs Sweetwater, Rock Springs, WY
KSKX, Taos Regl, Taos, NM – flattens
KTCC, Tucumcari Mun, Tucumcari, NM
KTKI, Collin Co Regl, McKinney, TX

Orbx announce CAG8 Pender Harbour Seaplane Base

Orbx developer Larry Robinson has announced his third seaplane base, CAG8 Pender Harbour Seaplane Base. He has posted a bunch of screenshots of “the Venice of the North”. The scenery will come with a big area of coverage which will include John Henry’s Marina, the Sundowner Inn and more nearby buildings, over 300 docks and marinas, a lot (300 or more) static pleasure craft (half the amount for FSX), high resolution custom AI objects, custom effects, Orbx PeopleFlow and roughly 20 square km of photorealistic scenery.

Larry has previously developed two other seaplane bases, namely CAC8 Nanaimo Water Aerodome and CAX6 Ganges Water Aerodome which, like this upcoming scenery, are completely free. A selection of the previews can be found below this post. To check out all the screenshots and the full details on this upcoming scenery you can head over to the Orbx Forums.

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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.