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A2A Simulations J-3 Cub Starts Beta Testing

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Developer A2A has announced that their updated Accu-sim J-3 Cub for P3Dv4+ has begun beta testing.

In an announcement on their website, the developer discusses elements that have gone into the development of the plane, including an often-overlooked element – character design. The plane includes highly modelled pilot and passengers, including PBR, updated textures, and material definitions – the same that are employed in modern games. While much of the process description was highly technical, with work-in-progress pictures showcased some very highly detailed character examples.

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Microsoft Promises Third-Party Content Support In Flight Simulator 2020

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Microsoft has promised that their upcoming Flight Simulator 2020 will have third-party content development support. In a post on their forum, the developer dropped some more information about the highly-anticipated project, including an answer to a question that many users are asking: will there be support for third-party content? The answer is yes. The developer stated simply that they “are
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Laminar Gives An Update On X-Plane

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Laminar Research, the developer of the X-Plane franchise, gave an update on the state of their platform and what is to come. In a packed session Saturday at FSExpo, the development team covered a variety of topics including the mobile platform, the current build of X-Plane 11, and upcoming changes to airplanes and scenery within the sim. X-Plane Mobile Developers
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TFDi Announces SmartCars 3

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Developer TFDi Design has announced their plans to release smartCARS 3. With a complete code rewrite, the new version of smartCARS 3 will allow flexibility to developers, offering a platform to build on. The platform will offer better support of mobile services, as well as enhanced flight tracking - allowing pilots to see a variety of flight data at any
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UTLive Roadmap Update

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In a recent post on their forums, the developers of Ultimate Traffic Live gave an update on the state of the software and also gave readers a preview of upcoming features and changes in UTLive 2.0. In addition to integrating PowerPack into future versions, UTLive 2.0 will come with a variety of new features and be a free upgrade for
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Drzewiecki Design Releases New Version Of Polish Airports Volume 3 For X-Plane 11

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Developer Drzewiecki Design has released version two of volume three of their popular Polish Airports for X-Plane 11.

The release features detailed reproductions of Poznan (EPPO), Wroclaw (EPWR), Bydgoszcz (EPBY), and Olsztyn-Mazury (EPSY) airports.

The latest version adds Olsztyn-Mazury airport, giving pilots an additional destination in the North-East of Poland.

The software also adds city landmarks in Poznan along with lite scenery in the surrounding area. Terminals at EPWR have received a refresh and the post-construction runway is featured, complete with new signs, taxiway lights, and de-ice apron.

Owners of the previous version will receive a 40% discount at their original point of purchase.

More details on the scenery can be found on the Drzewiecki site.

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Freeware Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport Released For X-Plane 11

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Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (CYUL) has been released as freeware for X-Plane 11. Developed by Sandro, the freeware release replicates the largest airport in Quebec. As the third busiest airport in Canada (behind Toronto’s Pearson Airport and Vancouver’s airport), CYUL is a great hub for a variety of domestic and international flights. The freeware airport includes custom objects,
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Carenado Updates PC-12 For X-Plane

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Carenado has released an update for the X-Plane version of the PC12 HD. The latest update, version 1.3, adds a variety of changes and fixes, including various sound improvements, flight model adjustments, and improved crosswind taxi, takeoff, and landing ability. The fix also decreases the interior engine volume and adds an updated RealityXP.GTN.ini file. Customers are required to download the
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Aerosoft Releases Update On A330

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With multiple projects on the go, developer Aerosoft has taken some time to give an update on their ongoing A330 Professional project. In a post on their forum, Mathijs Kok updated progress on several areas including the connected flight deck, CPDLC progress, and the EFB. Kok used the word ‘stable’ to describe the connected flight deck status, saying that by
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QualityWings Releases Second Hotfix For 757

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For a second time, QualityWings has released a hotfix for their newly released (old) 757 on P3D and FSX. After surprising users with the port to P3D v4, the developer has offered a variety of fixes for the plane. Billed as a straight port from the original FS9 version, the plane is still proving popular due to its low price
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