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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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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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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

Orbx Innsbruck (LOWI): The FSElite Review

Developer
Orbx
Publisher
Orbx
Price
$39.95 AUD
Version
1.00
Provided by
Orbx
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.

Welcome to Innsbruck. Capital of the state Tyrol (Tirol) and hidden in the Alps. Historic home to the Olympic Winter Games not once, but twice. A busy hub for many tourists particularly during winter. With challenging terrain, tight turns and forever changing weather, it is arguably the most dangerous airport approach in Europe.

If that sounds familiar: that was the exact opening for my review for Innsbruck by JustSim. But that doesn’t make it less true. Innsbruck is a beautiful place with many famous landmarks. And of course the very famous approach through the mountains. With the review mentioned above I wasn’t too impressed for missing out on the details that make this area so amazing (though the airport itself was very nice), beautiful and unique. But did Orbx manage to capture this feeling?

Short answer: yes. Orbx have done an incredible job with Innsbruck. The area looks amazing. The details and landmarks are all there. The airport itself feels very busy and alive, and so do the towns in the area. If you’re here to get convinced to buy this add-on: you will not regret it. For those that want to dive a little bit deeper into it: let’s read on.

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Updated – TFDi Developer Working on Embraer as Side Project

Update @ 21:00z – An update from TFDi:

Before this becomes more than it is – Joshua C has been working on collecting research on his own. We have NOT made this an official TFDi Design project – although the Embraer is/was one of the many things on the table, it’s just a discussion/research point. Our primary focus at the moment is getting the 717 to where it needs to be – then, and only then, we will begin pressing onward fully with whatever our next project may be. Thank you for the support and feedback on the project, though – it’s been noted.
-President, TFDi Design

User JoshChe, known for his involvement with the TFDi 717, was spotted asking for real life Embraer pilots over on Reddit. His particular question was about someone being able to take a picture of the cockpit of an Embraer 17x/19x. Usually TFDi developers go by a flair to recognise them on Reddit, though said flair was missing this time.

This image was also released with it.

Though we are not sure what this means, it would be very good news to see someone develop an Embraer for the FSX/P3D platform. A high-quality alternative is rather lacking for this popular jet.

We have reached out to Josh (the other one!) from the TFDi team and he confirmed that this is a side project from JoshChe and not associated with TFDi at all. So before you start to panic, the new update for the 717 is still coming (and quite nicely so I hear).

If we hear any more from the project, we’ll keep you guys posted.

Thanks to FSElite reader Ben for pointing this out to us.

Presenting: FSElite User Reviews

Over the last year we have published a lot of reviews. We try to review every (or almost every) airport, aircraft, tool, etc. that is out there. We do this to the best of our extent to make a review that is as inclusive and comprehensive as possible to give you the best impression of an add-on before you decide to buy it.

However, add-ons were being created long before FSElite existed, and some of those are still out there and being used to this day. There are a whole lot of products that we will probably never get to cover since so much new add-ons are coming out all the time.

FSElite User Reviews

That’s why we decided to leave these reviews up to you! We want to ask you to review your favorite scenery, aircraft or tool. Together with you, we will then turn it into a real and official FSElite Review, in which you’ll work together with one of us to do this. That way, we also want to give you a little bit of “a look into our kitchen” and show you how we do things.

Reviews can be submitted to us using the following Google Docs Form: https://goo.gl/forms/YrDSKRTtia5wkq3l2

Rules

Before you start typing away about your favorite add-on, there are a few rules for this:

  1. User Reviews need to be filled in using the Google Docs link
  2. We must not have already covered the product in a review, or are planning on doing so
  3. Try to use no more than 500 words why your add-on should be picked out. Try to cover what you like about it, what its nicest features are, etc. Yet be comprehensive.
  4. You need to be open and willing to work together with one of us to turn your review into a FSElite Review.

Winner(s) will be picked on April 30th. We’re also throwing in some prizes for a lucky few, so make sure to enter your review!

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Need some help writing a review? No problem! Just send us a message on Facebook. Or take a look at our reviews! We recently covered PacSims KSLC (Salt Lake City), JustFlights PA-28R Arrow, Aerosofts Menorca X Evolution, Vidan Designs Billund X and many more!

AirworthyDesigns Exclusive TNCM Previews

The team at AirworthyDesigns is hard at work on their upcoming Princess Juliana Airport (TNCM) on Saint Martin (Sint Maarten). The scenery will cover not only this islands but also a lot of islands in its region, including the following airports: L’esperance (TFFG), Anguilla (TQPF), St. Barthelemy (TFFJ) and Saba Island (TNCE). The Caribbean scenery package will come with a lot of features, such as photorealistic HD coverage, custom HD buildings, custom HD traffic, airport interiors and much more. The package is being developed for X-Plane. A release date is not yet known, but the team is aiming for October this year.

We have gotten some very exclusive screenshots from the developer that highlight the beauty of this upcoming add-on. Make sure to follow their project over on the X-Plane Forums.

Dovetail Games Flight School Shutdown

In a post on Facebook, Dovetail Games have announced to be shutting down Flight School. Flight School, according to them, had two ideas in mind: create an entry level sim for people new to the hobby and implement technical functionality to build upon in the future. Though the exact reason for the decision to shutdown the sim isn’t known, they do state that they don’t want to ‘compromise the depth and complexity demanded by more experienced flyers’. The sim, together with all your saved data, will remain in your Steam Library. The game is however not available for download anymore. Flight School launched almost a year ago.

More news of Dovetails upcoming sim and something special for existing Flight School owners will come in the following weeks.