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Turbulent Designs Preview of Idaho Falls Regional Airport – Releasing this Month

Turbulent Designs have had a busy few weeks. They released MBS International Airport and have already pinned down a release date for the latest scenery: Idaho Falls Regional Airport. Turbulent Designs have confirmed that it will be released on Monday July 31st 2017, on FSX, P3D v3 and v4. You’ll only be able to buy it through their web store.

In the mean time, take a look at some of the preview images below.

No word has yet been released on pricing.

UPDATE: PMDG DC-6 Now Out at $69.99 for FSX and P3D

UPDATE:

It’s now out and available via PMDG’s store for $69.99. That’s for both FSX and P3D versions.

We will update this post once it’s confirmed released.

The past few weeks has seen PMDG work extensively on delivering P3Dv4 compatible versions of their extensive Boeing line-up of aircraft. The 747, 777 and the 737 (except the 600/700 add-on package) now sit firmly in your new sim. Also during that time, they have been teasing the release of their DC-6 aircraft.

Over the past 5 years of development, it’s seen a release on X-Plane and has since been converted for FSX, FSX: SE, P3Dv3 and P3Dv4. The team have been previewing the classic aircraft over on their forums and Facebook, but today, Robert confirmed that the DC-6 is planned to be released today.

Along with the news, he gave a very detailed insight into what you can expect from the new aircraft once it arrives in your sim. Furthermore, there are plenty of images to feast your eyes upon.

We will update this post with an official price and feature list when available.

FSDG Releases Agadir for FSX and P3D

The team behind Thessaloniki, Paro and the Seychelles has released their latest development: Agadir.

In the heart of Morocco, Agadir is one the busiest airports in the country, providing for many of the travellers who arrive in the country. The airport sees airlines from all over the world touch down.

FSDG have created the airport to the latest standards, which includes volumetric lighting, dynamic lighting (for P3Dv4), animated apron traffic and more.

You can buy Agadir now from FSDG’s website for €14.50.

Here’s the full feature list:

Features:
  •  Fully accurate rendition of Agadir Al-Massira airport
  •  Ultra-realistic shadow and light rendition on 3D objects and ground
  •  Volumetric lights for supreme experience between dusk and dawn
  •  New dynamic lights technology (P3Dv4)
  •  Animated apron traffic
  •  Optimized for great performance and visual quality
  •  Compatible with all known addons including FTX Global, UTX and FS Global
  •  Manual included

Drzewiecki Design Releases New York Airports v2 X

Over the past few weeks, Drzewiecki Design has been previewing their new version of New York Airports v2 X. Today, the development team has released the product, spread over two different packages. Over the two packages, you will be able to fly and explore the following New York airports:

John F. Kennedy International Airport – KJFK
LaGuardia Airport – KLGA
Teterboro Airport – KTEB
Newark Liberty International Airport – KEWR
Essex County Airport – KLDJ
Linden Airport – KCDW

There are plenty of differences between this version and the previous one, including new ground polygons with improved textures, better detail on objects, up to 300% better performance, and all models have been re-exported and complied in ultra high resolution 4096px. As it’s becoming the norm now, SODE has also been included to allow animated jetways and seasonal changes to the scenery.

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REX Release Soft Clouds for Prepar3D V4 and Provide an Update on Development

REX has today released an update for Soft Clouds which adds P3Dv4 compatibility. The team has been working over the past few weeks to ensure that the product integrates nicely with the new sim. You will need REX Soft Clouds – Service Pack 3 – Hotfix 4 if you wish to install this update. Furthermore, there are a few things to be mindful of, so we’ve summarized them below.

If you use REX Texture Direct with Soft Clouds combine, DO NOT use this update. REX has confirmed that an update for these users will be available soon. Another thing to be mindful of is the following:

During the installation process, the installation wizard will ask you to identify a location where to install the upgrade. Be sure to click the “Check for Updates” button and select the main folder where you originally have Soft Clouds installed. If you do not select the correct location, the upgrade will not work properly, and you will have to start over.

The installation process should be pretty straightforward, but REX have supplied some step-by-step instructions on how to install over on their forums. You can download the update from this link.

In addition to that, REX have updated their roadmap for P3Dv4. I’ve copied the information down below for your convenience. Keep Reading

Turbulent Design’s MBS International Airport (KMBS): The FSElite Review

Developer
Turbulent Designs
Publisher
Turbulent Designs
Price
£23.99
Version
1.0
Provided by
Turbulent Designs
We want to ensure that you make the most informed decision you can. We will always put the Simmer First as per our Community Charter. When reading, please use of Review Guidelines to help you understand how we review products.

Turbulent Designs is a relatively new face in the world of Flight Sim developers, but the team have been around for many years. Through the years, Turbulent Designs has built their team, and always increasing their ambition to create highly detailed and interesting airports for the sim. Their previous project L35 Big Bear City Airport was a favourite of ours, so when they announced they were working on an international airport, we were pretty excited. Despite MBS International Airport not being the largest, the idea of a commercial aviation terminal being created by Turbulent Designs was an exciting prospect.

The airport itself is located just outside of Saginaw, Michigan in the USA and serves a range of commercial, general aviation and police activities. The single main terminal building offers passengers a simple experience from the car to the plane, and most gates are equipped with jetways. These little regional airports are perfect for aircraft such as the CRJ and the 717, as they offer plenty of city-to-city route pairings at a high frequency. Sadly for the airport, passenger numbers have started falling as a result of nearby airports, which has meant airlines are slowing down their operation. Whilst it doesn’t impact the simmer, if you want to fly realistic routes, then your choice as a commercial pilot is rather limited. On the other hand, those who enjoy private jets or general aviation will be well served by MBS as it has plenty of parking and hanger space.

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FSFX Packages 737 Immersion Now Available for P3Dv4

Now that PMDG have released the 737NGX for P3Dv4, FSFX Packages have been able to test their immersion package and release the final version for P3Dv4. FSFX Packages also took the opportunity to fix an issue wherein the engine spray effects were assigned to the wrong engine.

You can download the update for free via your VFC Central account. Furthermore, the update has also been rolled out to other versions of the simulator for everyone to use.

Orbx Bilbao (LEBB) – Final Shots Appear

Orbx are on another roll as Iain has posted his final shots for Bilbao (LEBB) – all from P3Dv4. We are super excited for the Spanish scenery, which boosts an impressive feature list. I’ve posted what I wrote in a previous post below:

The scenery itself will include the whole city of Bilbao, with around 300,000 – 400,000 hand placed buildings and trees scattered around. This will include the famous Iberdrola skyscraper, complete with functional helipad. For heli-pilots, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll also be able to land on some nearby tanker ships situated in the fully modelled harbours. The airport itself will benefit from high-resolution scenery, internal modelling, movable gates and other small details including people, objects and vehicles. It’s sounding like an incredibly detailed package. You can see that in the previews below!

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Active Sky for P3Dv4 Has Been Released

HiFi Simulations has officially released Active Sky for P3Dv4 (ASP4) today. Since the release of Prepar3D V4, the team has had a copy of the popular weather engine in beta for users to test out. The platform is essentially a 64-bit compatible version of Active Sky 2016.

ASP4 comes with a new 64-bit ASConnect simulator interface, 64-bit XGauge, air effect enhancements, new visibility depiction enhancements and more. Furthermore, ASP4 also works in conjunction with Active Sky Cloud Art – which is also compatible with P3Dv4. Active Sky Cloud Art enables you to have real-time texture changes in the sim to match the weather situation.

Active Sky for P3Dv4 offers the same functionality as Active Sky 2016, but provides compatibility for the new 64-bit sim. It’s a little confusing but here’s the basics:

If you use FSX, FSX:SE or P3Dv3, then continue to use Active Sky 2016.

If you use P3Dv4, then download Active Sky for P3Dv4.

If you were using the ASP4 beta, be sure to uninstall it before you install the official release.

Also, if you own AS16 already, there’s no upgrade fees or additional payments needed as your AS16 (for P3D) licence is also valid for ASP4.

Head over to www.hifisimtech.com/downloads to download the latest version of Active Sky (regardless of version).

 

All Alabeo Aircraft Now Available for P3DV4

Since the release of Prepar3D v4, developers have worked non-stop to ensure their products are ready for the latest version of Lockheed Martin’s simulator. Alabeo has been clever over the past few weeks and have slowly released their aircraft in several batches, ensuring as many customers can use their purchases as soon as possible. Today marks the end of that road, as all Alabeo aircraft are now available for P3Dv4.

The following aircraft are now available to download for P3Dv4:

C310R FSX/P3D
C441 CONQUEST II FSX/P3D
PA31 CHIEFTAIN 350 FSX/P3D
PA23 AZTEC F 250 FSX/P3D
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