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Website Admin. I have been an avid fan of Flight Sim since the release of '2000 and have been developing my love for aviation ever since. Currently working for a UK airline, I have the knowledge and experience to really deliver an excellent aviation community. Although no real life flying experience, I have a good understanding and always learning more and more.

FSLabs Releases A320X for P3D

FSLabs have finally released to the world their highly anticipated A320X for Prepar3d. Despite a few bumps along the way, the team have finally allowed people to try out their fantastic rendition of the popular aircraft.

You can buy it now for just $139.95 excluding VAT, or if you purchased the FSX version, you can upgrade for just $39.95 (also excluding VAT) more.

We’ll have lots of coverage for the great piece of kit. There’s already some great videos online, but we’ll be sure to present even more in the future.

Let us know how you feel about the price or the product in our comment section below.

PMDG Talks 747 Queen of the Skies II Release Planning

We haven’t heard much from the PMDG development team since October regarding the release of their highly anticipated 747. Today that changed with Robert Randazzo opening up a little in regards to the release plan for the 747 Queen of the Skies II.

First and foremost, this isn’t a release announcement. RSR made it clear that it won’t be within the next week, but that it would be before Christmas Eve ’17! A bit of a joke for sure, but it looks clear that within the next few weeks, Vatsim will be full of 747s (and hopefully A320s!). An exact date and time of release will be confirmed beforehand. However, from past experience, they seem to just ‘drop’ it without any warning to surprise us. So despite any of this, it could be a trick to deviate our F5 keys away from their site whilst they quietly upload!

Win a Copy of PMDG’s 747 Queen of the Skies v2

Regardless, it was confirmed again that nearly all 747-400 variants are included, including the 747-400D. All models have correctly modeled engine data and performance as well as their appropriate special features. There’s been plenty of Youtube videos and pictures showing it off, so make sure you go hunting!

Something else mentioned was the fact that they’ve been busy testing “micro-updating” that will allow the team to issue small updates for the product line rather than long wait periods in between releases and updates. This could or could not be live for release day, but they’ll continue testing until they are happy. Of course, we’re likely to see this rolled backed to the 777 at some point in the future soon.

As soon as we hear more, we’ll keep you posted with what’s going on!

We’re not sure if this is for both FSX and P3D (or just for one), but we’ll soon find out.

Cockpit PHD Having Boeing 737 Pro Set Sale

Cockpit PHD are currently having a great sale where you can buy their Boeing 737 Pro Set for Dual Saitek Throttle Quadrant for just $99.99. This is a great deal, especially if you’re looking at improving your immersion when flying the PMDG 737 at home. Seems like a great deal for what you’re getting, especially if you’re after more budget hardware.

The guys offer FREE worldwide shipping along with a 30 day money back guarantee so there’s not much that can go wrong.

We’ll be having some stuff from the guys to review soon to give you a better insight, but for now, take a look around and see what you think.

Airline2Sim 777 Cadet Program Episodes 15/16 Now Available

Although released a little over 2 weeks ago, Ben and the team have been working tirelessly to bring you remaining episodes of their amazing Airline2Sim 777 Cadet Program to you as soon as possible. Today, episodes 15 and 16 were made available with pretty much everything else ready to watch as of the 16th Jan!

Airline2Sim PMDG Boeing 777 Cadet Program Released

Episodes 15 / 16 will take you to San Diego to practice some RNAV approaches, whilst episode 16 gives you chance to test you visual skills into San Francisco. Both episodes are of course the high standard you would expect from Airline2Sim.

We can’t wait to get our hands on the final 8 episodes over the coming weeks. You can buy it now for $39.99 from the Airline2Sim store.

PMDG Boeing 777 Cadet

TFDi Update 717 to Version 1.0.5

Quick one for you if you already didn’t know. TFDi Design’s have updated their 717 with updates including fixing incorrect VAPP/VREF speeds, takeoff trim and some issues with the magenta line drawing.  This comes after what Josh said from the TFDi Design Team. Full update below, but you can grab it from the manager now.

FSElite will have a full review soon!

  • [ADDED] Database version indication to MCDU
  • [ADDED] OPT/MAX FL
  • [FIXED] Crash when selecting certain SIDs/STARs/ILSs
  • [FIXED] Autothrottle fighting pilot deceleration
  • [FIXED] Incorrect VAPP/VREF speeds
  • [FIXED] Acceleration and climb thrust altitude resetting during climb
  • [FIXED] Crash when reselecting a STAR (or SID) after beginning to fly it
  • [FIXED] Range not setting to 10NM when TCAS mode was selected on the ND
  • [FIXED] TCAS mode inner range ring displaying incorrectly
  • [FIXED] Takeoff trim being improperly calculated
  • [FIXED] One scenario that could cause strange magenta line drawing
  • [FIXED] One scenario that could cause out of range speed predictions in the MCDU

 

Pilot Lounge: S2 E2 – Back in Action

The much anticipated (Or so we claim) Episode 2 of the Pilots Lounge is here!

With the holiday season in the way, we weren’t able to be as frequent as we hoped, but now that things have settled down, we have had time to look over some of the products released at the tail end of 2016!

Don’t forget, we’re giving you the chance to win a COOL PRIZE simply by voting for your favourite add-on from 2016 – In the FSElite 2016 User Awards!

Apologies for the lack of content over the holidays. But we are back and ready to go.

Take a listen and enjoy. Leave any feedback in the comments below!

TFDI 717 – www.tfdidesign.com/717.php
The definition of words – www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON0tUATUeP8
Best addons ever released for FSX – www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZlXslyJEKc
FSElite 2016 user awards – fselite.net/editorials/fselite-2016-user-awards/
CountryFlyboy – www.youtube.com/countryflyboy
The Flight Sim Deck – www.youtube.com/channel/UCR4zZ67M_zwws0nq6gy9eEw

FSLabs January 2017 Update

Update 11 JAN 2017 @ 20:30z:

We’ve been following the forums and Andrew from FSLabs has clarified some important information.

We have every intention to release the A320 for P3D.

We are not going to wait months for LM to produce another hotfix.

We are working around the clock on this – if LM can help, that’s great. If not – we’ll be taking additional steps with the A320-X to mitigate (as much as we can) the memory problems introduced in P3D v3.4.

So there we go, the team aren’t resting until LM fix the issues, but are continuing to work regardless of the outcome.

Original article:

Lefteris from FSLabs has taken to the FSLabs forums to update the world with what’s going on with the team for this year. Not only the long-awaited Prepar3d version of the A320X, but also snippets of the future.

He began detailing what will come in 2017 for Simmers. He confirmed that the next update for the A320X will be with us very soon. This will fix several bugs (e.g. MCDU freezes and autoland flare logic) as well as other improvements.  Of course, once we get closer to a release, we can expect a full list of details. Whilst this update won’t bring in features like detailed winds, we can expect that in a service pack later this year. The team have broken the service pack down into smaller tasks to push updates faster, as well as add any improvements and user feedback along the way.

Now, like me, you really just want to know when the Prepar3d version of the ‘bus is coming out! Lefteris has said that there are no ‘major bugs’ with the version the team have, but as awaiting some more fixes from Lockheed Martin with their most recent version of Prepar3d. Some users have reported VAS issues and an error message called “DXGI_DEVICE“. I’ve personally not experienced either, so can’t comment, but the logic is, FSLabs don’t want common users to associated the issues with their product and build up a huge list of support issues not meant for them. I can understand the frustration of users especially after hearing there’s no bugs, but completely understand their position. With development fast and active, hopefully it won’t be long until LM solve the issue.

Further information was also given about the ‘cockpit builder’ features. Basically, lots of vendors want to work with FSLabs (and vice versa) to bring the best hardware to the community to work with the A320X. FSLabs are asking you to contact your favourite vendor to contact them to begin the discussions!

Finally, the forums have had a spring clean to make things easier to find and more helpful. The team are also looking at different ways to use support facilities to help people who have purchased the product!

Other than that, that’s about it. We’re excited and eager to get our hands on the plane. Come on Lockheed, chop chop!

Don’t forget to vote in our FSElite 2016 User Awards for FSLabs A320X to be your aircraft of the year, and FSLabs to be your Aircraft Developer of the year.

You could even possibly win a prize just for voting!

 

 

 

 

FlyTampa’s Next Airport will be Las Vegas (KLAS)

Update 22:30z 08JAN 2017 – AirDailyX has added further information to the project information. Turns out that the entire Las Vegas strip will be included in the airport package as well. This means all hotels, resorts and casinos. Not only the strip, but we can expect the entire city of Vegas with all the goodies we’d expect from a FlyTampa product.

Original article:

After their staggering release of Amsterdam late last year, many have been wondering where in the world FlyTampa would head to next. Well, if you head over to their website now, you will see a brand new ‘blue’ dot highlighting their airport selection. The geographers among you will already know this is the Entertainment Capital of the World: Las Vegas!

No further details yet. Yes, I even tried http://www.flytampa.org/klas.html following on from their usual URL style. But no such luck!

Aerosoft Pisa X Coming Soon for FSX and Prepar3d

Aerosoft recently posted images over on Facebook showing off their upcoming Pisa X for both Flight Simulator X and Prepar3d.

My initial reactions are that it looks quite low-res. I won’t be quick to pass judgement as we definitely need a Pisa within the sim (the approach is awesome), so I’m still excited to see what it’s like once it is in the sim. The team have stated that the entire city has been modeled from the “ground up” making those approaches beautiful!

Aerosoft Show First A330 Screenshots of 2017

The first Aerosoft A330 preview screenshots of 2017 have appeared over the Aerosoft forums.

A quick progress check showing off the details on the lower wing parts of the giant aircraft. Stefan was quick to inform us that work is currently focusing on flap track fairings as well as rivets. For those counting, yes the number of rivets are correct as photography of the wing was taken in extremely high detail!

More information to come for soon.

Why are we covering this after we said no more A330 until something significant?

Personally, after a long-ish break from updates, first screens of the new year were kind of exciting!