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Sky Simulations Updates MD-11 for FSX and P3D

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Developer Sky Simulations has updated their P3D/FSX-compatible MD-11 to version 2.2.

The significant update adds PBR textures to the aircraft, a reworked FMC that now includes vertical navigation, as well as an aircraft manager, among other additions and fixes.

Included with the addition of vertical navigation, the developer has reworked the MCP, including improved knobs for better handling.

The aircraft, available for P3D V2, 3, and 4, FSX and FSX Steam Edition, includes both the passenger and freighter variant, with both the GE CF6-80 and PW 4460 engines.

The MD-11 aircraft is primarily used for freight service around the world, with 121 of the aircraft currently in service. The final scheduled MD-11 passenger flight was a Finnair flight from Montreal to Amsterdam on October 26, 2014.

The aircraft can be purchased via SimMarket or JustFlight for EUR 41.99

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Audio For VATSIM Launches

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Flipping the switch earlier than expected, VATSIM has announced that Audio For VATSIM is now active. Featuring an all-new modern audio codec, the transition now allows for vastly improved audio quality on the online air traffic control network. A post on the VATSIM website says connection restrictions have been removed and Audio For VATSIM is available for everyone. The post
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Laminar Update Gives A Look At The Future Of X-Plane

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In a post on the X-Plane Developer Blog, X-Plane Software Engineer Ben Supnik gave a look at some of the updates due for the simulator. Speaking about the latest beta release, 11.40, Supnik says this is a “physics release.” All of the changes in this release focus on physics and this update is a departure from the normal release method
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FlyTampa Releases Heraklion For X-Plane

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Scenery developer FlyTampa has released Heraklion International Airport (LGIR) for X-Plane 11. Based on the island of Crete in Greece, the airport is located just outside the city of Heraklion and is the primary airport on the island, and the second-busiest in Greece (next to Athens International). Serving a variety of airlines, the airport sees mostly seasonal flights, serving over
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JustSim Linz Airport Updated For P3Dv4.4

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Developer JustSim has updated their P3D version of Linz Airport (LOWL) to version 2.0. Notable changes include the addition of PBR-based materials compatible with P3D version 4.4 and above. The update also includes changes to ground polygon textures, the addition of SODE animated wind socks, and modified AFCAD files. Located near Linz, the third-largest city in Austria, the airport is
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Blue Sky Star Provides Information On Upcoming Toliss Sound Pack

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Blue Sky Star is known for providing some great sound package add-ons for planes in both X-Plane and P3D and their upcoming sound package for the Toliss A319 in X-Plane is sure to be another hit.

In a post on their Facebook page, the developer has an exhaustive list of all of the features included in the upcoming add-on, emphasizing the fact that all of the sounds were recorded from a real aircraft, keeping all of the real volumes at all stages of rest and flight. The resulting product is a culmination of 6 years of work and recordings.

You can read the full list of features below (taken from the Facebook post), and while there is no release date, the expected release is “really soon.” You can check out digitalpilot’s Twitch channel for a chance to hear the beta product in action (check Facebook for show times).

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IXEG Developer Provides Update on FMS Work

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IXEG developer Tom Kyler posted a brief update on the status of FMS work in the IXEG 733. Early in the year, Kyler posted that developers were considering transitioning the FMS system to the XP1100 Navdata format. This newer format would mean greater accuracy in procedures and improved LNAV/VNAV and performance calculations. In this latest post, Kyler is back (after
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SFD Global Released For X-Plane 11

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Developer ShortFinal Designs has released SFD Global and it is now available at the X-Plane Store. Described as an ‘all-in-one solution’ for X-Plane users, the software provides a more immersive X-Plane experience by introducing new high-definition ground textures and forests, along with custom, region-specific autogen for the entire world. Rendered with modern techniques including baked ambient occlusion and PBR materials,
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DMD Developers Releases Flugplatz Magdeburg For P3Dv4

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DMD Developers has released their latest airport, Flugplatz Magdeburg (EDBM) for P3Dv4. Touted as an airport for VFR fans, the small airport is located on the southern edge of Magdeburg in central Germany. Home to mostly VFR and glider flights, the shorter runways do not allow for large jet traffic. The airport's proximity to major German cities like Berlin and
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Kota Kinabalu Airport Coming For X-Plane 11

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In a short post on their Facebook page, developer JustAsia has teased their next airport - Kota Kinabalu International Airport (WBKK) for X-Plane 11. While the post is short on details, it does say that users can expect the airport “by the second week of October.” The short post also encourages users to keep following for more preview pictures. Kota
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