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PMDG Announces Date For NGXu Expansion and Global Operations Rollout

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In a lengthy announcement on their forum, developer PMDG has announced the date for the first expansion pack for their recently released 737NGXu.

This new expansion pack will add both the 737-600 and -700 to the base NGXu package, along with a variety of free liveries via the PMDG Operations Centre 2.0.

The post also stated that PMDG’s Global Operations Centre 2.0 (OC2.0) will see a global rollout on Wednesday (January 29th). Anyone who has purchased the PMDG NGXu product already has OC2.0, but all other users (who have not purchased the NGXu) will see the update come via the normal Operations Centre 1.0 update process.

An important part of this global roll out involves all users uninstalling all existing liveries that have been installed via Operations Centre 1.0. This is due to a new file naming convention that is used in OC2.0 and leaving existing liveries could result in them not being recognized once users update to OC2.0. It’s important to note that, should users not complete the uninstall and reinstall process, the liveries will still display properly on the plane. However, they may not be recognized in OC2.0.

Mr. Randazzo also touched on the fact that PMDG is committed to bringing far more frequent updates to users, working towards all products being on a ‘continual improvement program’, especially as the developer begins releasing products for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

As well, Mr. Randazzo hinted updates for the 747 and 777 product lines that should be available in the coming weeks.

Read the full post here.

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ToLiss Announces A321 for X-Plane 11

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In a surprise Facebook post, developer ToLiss has announced that they are bringing the A321 to X-Plane 11. Announcing that the plane has just entered the pre-release beta phase, the developer said the plane is coming in early 2020. Following the announcement, we spoke to a member of the development team who provided FSElite with additional information. They confirmed that the
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Microsoft Feature Discovery Episode Four: Cockpits

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Microsoft has released its latest Feature Discover Series update and this time it focused on the cockpit and the visuals, sounds and camera movements that come with it. Hosted by Martial Bossard, Lead Software Engineer at Asobo, the video shows off beautiful visuals in some of the cockpits that we can look forward to. Brossard highlights features including highly detailed
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Valerio Catullo Airport Announced For X-Plane 11

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Developer JustAsia has announced Valerio Catullo Airport (LIPX) for X-Plane 11. In a post on their Facebook page, the developer promises the Italian airport will be ‘fully recreated to represent the real-life airport’. Pilots can expect high quality ground poly (ZL21), 2K PBR textures, ground markings and ground clutter, and accurate object placement. Valerio Catullo (also known as Verona Villafranca
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Colimata Details Upcoming 1.10 Update

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In a post on their forum, developer Colimata has detailed some of what will be included in their upcoming 1.10 update on their Concorde. With an estimated release ‘around Black Friday’ (November 29th), the update will feature some additional working needles and dials on the engineering panel, including reversers, GPU bleed air system, and the fuel needles. The post also
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Texas Simulations Announces KDFW for FSX, P3D and X-Plane

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Aptly named developer Texas Simulations has announced Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for FSX, P3D and X-Plane.

A post on the Avsim forum, while short on details, says that the upcoming software will be a low-cost, updated alternative to both FSDreamTeam (FSX/P3D) and Aerosoft (X-Plane) scenery. Work has begun on both terminal B and D and more screenshots will be posted once the work is complete.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the primary international airport serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas and is the ninth busiest international airport in the United States. The airport serves 257 destinations, including 191 domestic and 66 international destinations.

While no release date has been announced, it seems that KDFW will see lots of love in the coming months, as ImagineSim recently announced work on the airport for both P3D v4.4 and X-Plane 11.

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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,
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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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