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Calum Martin

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.

Final Preview Shots of Orbx CAG8

Update: It is now RELEASED and is FREE. You need to make sure you have NA Pacific Northwest for it to work, however. Remember, the Orbx sale is currently on!

We’ve covered Orbx CAG8 Pender Harbour a few times now and with good reason: the harbour airport looks sensational. As always, Iain has got his hands on it to provide his finals – which we all know means a release is just around the corner.

Not much to add, but just enjoy the high quality texture work and detail that Larry has included. Don’t forget to head over to the Orbx forums for more info.

More SimWings / Aerosoft Barcelona X Evolution Screenshots

SimWings and Aerosoft continue to push on previewing their version of Barcelona with some new screenshots of the surrounding areas. We’ve seen some shots of the airport, but as Thorsten describes, you’ll now also have a “nice approach at El Prat from all directions”. This is because their version will include a huge coverage area between Tarragona, Lloret de Mar and Manresa.

The resolution of the shots will be 0.5m/pix for the surrounding area, whilst at the airport, we can expect 0.25m/pix. This will also include complete autogen and some other goodies as well.

How this will fair against LatinVFR’s and JustSim’s Barcelona we’ll have to wait and see. Great to see developers continue to push the boundaries of the sim.

Keep an eye on the Aerosoft forums for any further updates.

Turbine Sound Studios Preview of Trent-892 for PMDG 777

Despite the fact that PMDG have only modelled the GE-90 engines for their impressive 777 line-up, many fans have eagerly awaited other engine variants and aircraft model types to be added. Right now, it doesn’t seem like it will happen any time soon. However, Turbine Sound Studios have stepped up to the plate to offer a soundset for the Trent-892 which will be fully compatible with the PMDG range.

The engine type is found on the 777-200, 777-200ER and 777-300 (not ER which is modelled by PMDG). Right now, PMDG haven’t made any further announcements on plans for these, but the sound pack will add the engine sounds.

Of course, this doesn’t add the characteristics of the engines themselves, but for those who just want to hear the raw power of the beasts, then this will work just fine. TSS, uploaded a quick preview to their Facebook page. We’ve embedded it below, but if you’re unable to view it, check out this link.

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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Flight Factor A320 Ultimate for X-Plane Video Landing

Just a few days ago, Flight Factor announced they’re working on a highly detailed version of the A320 for X-Plane. This got fans excited to see what the 64-bit platform could do for the airline type. With advance features and different simulator parameters, X-Plane fans were excited to see what could be done. Luckily, we didn’t have to hold our breath long as a video showcasing the aircraft landing into Madeira was released onto Youtube.

The video not only shows the RNV approach, but also the incredible rain effects splashing against the windshield.

I’m personally not convinced by all the texturing and modelling work, but it is worth remember this is still work in progress.

You can view it above. More news when we get it.

Aerosoft A330 Previews and Fuel System Information

Aerosoft continue to work on their upcoming A330 with modelling progressing with the cargo bays. As usual, Stefan’s work continues to impress and the level of detail is some of the best we’ve seen from Aerosoft. You can see his progress below, which he describes as the “forward hold is so far complete”. Work continues on the aft section, with walls covered and details in place.

Further to the update, Mathijs stepped in to provide information regarding a new feature for the Aerosoft line of products. In particular, he was asking the community what “temperature you would want the fuel to be when it’s loaded into the aircraft”.

He admitted the question sounded “silly”, but his logic is sound. Basically, the fuel temperature of the A330 will change during the flight depending on a host of features and calculations. Examples include the initial temperature, mass of the fuel, the ambient temp and the speed you’re moving. Even the inner tanks will cool down slower than the outer ones. It sounds complex and adds a degree of realism to their upcoming project.

As for why the question what temperature of the fuel when loaded, it matters as the world is a massive place with huge variation in conditions. Not only that, but the fuel storage will also impact the overall temperature of the magic aeroplane juice. Right now, Mathijs is suggesting that they should use ambient temperature -10 degrees for the initial temperature of the fuel. If you feel different head over to the Aerosoft forums to give them your opinion on what you believe would be best.

They’re willing to listen, so be sure to give them your opinion.


Need a Free Weather Engine? FSXWX Has Your Back

Flight Simulation over the years has improved massively. We’ve seen huge jumps in technology for aircraft and scenery and of course weather engines. These engines all cost money, and honestly, they are worth every penny. However, we know that not everyone can afford to splash out on every add-on available especially those that update every few years and ask for additional money for their new version. I’m not complaining, but that’s the reality.

Luckily, it’s been brought to our attention from reader Gary that there’s a free weather engine with an impressive feature list. Using a custom weather grid, it has worldwide coverage to ensure that winds are accurately depicted, as well as a “natural fluctuation” of wind speed and direction. Furthermore, you can expect true wind aloft data as well as realtime updates. Just like the payware weather engines, it uses 3D interpolated data to make transitions smooth, which helps to ensure realistic visibility, accurate turbulence on aircraft and ensures cloud depiction is visually pleasing.

You’ll also be able to go back a year ago for historic weather via the lightweight interface. It’s an impressive package for FREE! By the looks of it, the last update was in January, and the developer has assured users on the forum that development is still active.

I’ve added some screenshots below, as well as the full feature list. You can find LOADS more screenshots on their website.

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Carenado Taking on the F50 TurboProp as they “Dream Big”

Carenado are known specifically for their quick project developments on high visual quality GA aircraft. With a great eye for detail in the visuals and a lighter take on systems, Carenado have been great at creating aircraft for fun use in the Sim. Today that same team announced they are “dreaming big” and will be releasing a Fokker 50 (F50) for FSX and P3D.

Details are lacking, but the 1980s aircraft is famous for both it’s civil and military operations offering fuel reductions and improvements to the fuselage over its predecessor, the F27.

Carenado provided a handful of renders from development and already the exterior model is looking great.

As news develops, we will let you know.


UPDATE: Flight Sim World: Console Version Possibility, No Firm Decision on Airliners, Third Party Support and Why 64-Bit

UPDATE: Aimee from Dovetail Games sent us a comment regarding the headline about no firm decision on whether airliners would be in the game. She clarified “there will be airliner content for FSW however we haven’t announced whether they will be add-ons only or implemented in core.”

Youtube and community member Froogle today released his weekly news show and went into depth with the huge announcement from Dovetail Games. Of course, we’re referring to the reveal of Flight Sim World. There are plenty of questions surrounding the new sim and Froogle did a bit of digging to find out more for the community.

Throughout the video, Froogle made some observations from the announcement video as well as asking Dovetail some questions regarding the sim. Be sure to check out the video as it’s full of useful information. Most importantly, we’ve extracted some of it which we feel is vital for the community to know about.

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SamScene3D Releases Zurich RealCity X for FSX and P3D

The team over at SamScene3D informed us that they have released their latest RealCity X scenery. This time, FSX and P3D users will get to explore the city of Zurich. As the largest city in Switzerland, the scenery will cover over 10,000 autogen buildings and houses. Of course, there will be plenty of points of interest to explore such as hotels, shopping malls, schools 3D model of the main train station at Zurich and so much more.

SamScene3D has done their best to make the scenery as visually pleasing as possible, all whilst be friendly on the frame rate and sensible on the VAS usage.

All for $12.95 this can be yours and the developer also says there will be free updates in the future. Buy it here.

The screenshots look great and show just how this will compliment your Aerosoft Zurich nicely. Keep Reading

Soarfly Concepts Sandown (EGHN) Nearing Completion

Why not read: Developer Month: Soarfly Concepts Interview

Our friends over at Soarfly Concepts are putting together the last few touches on their new flagship product: Sandown EGHN. Located in the Isle of Wight, the small airfield is used as a great place for excellent GA flying with a few places to grab a drink and a sandwich before taking to the skies again.

I think the team need to work on their screenshot taking skills for the future, but the shots do show the detail going into the product.

No exact word on release, but we’ll let you know.

Don’t forget, this is also the same team that put together the circle runway concept into flight sim.