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Developer Month: A Summary From This Week

This week on Developer Month we had some great articles with them some great people from the community. We have even more coming next month which I am sure many will enjoy with some big guests. You can find all of our developer articles through this link.

  1. Interview with Aerosoft’s Mathijs Kok

We kicked off the week in style with an interview from Aerosoft’s Mathijs Kok, a well known veteran within the flight simulation community if you have ever set foot into the Aerosoft forums. We took some time to find out a little bit more about his life outside of flight simulation and how he got into it in the first place. We also asked a couple of questions regarding Aerosoft and how the large flight simulation company works. If you would like to take a look at this article for yourself then you can check it out by following this link.

2. Interview with TFDi Designs 

Next up we had an interview with TFDi designs, the great team that have brought us products such as smartCARS and the fabulous 717. In this interview we spoke to the guys behind TFDi designs. We asked a variety of questions ranging from ‘what is your favourite power drink?’ to ‘why did you choose to develop the 717?’. A great bunch of guys who look to be going big places in the flight simulation scene. I would highly recommend this article if you are a fan of any of TFDi’s work and upcoming plans. You can find the article through this link.

3. Interview with Drzewiecki Design

Our third article for this week was another interview, this time with well renound developers Drzewiecki Design. They have brought many products including products such as New York City X, Warsaw Chopin and more recently, Washington X. A group of developers who are veterans to the flight simulations community with their first product releasing in 2003. We once again asked questions about what they do away from flight simulation and how their develpment process works. You can find the article through this link.

4. Carenado – They aren’t All that Bad

For our fourth installment of Developer Month this week we enjoyed a video from our very own Timothy Thomas (CountyFlyboy). In this video Timothy talks about his thoughts upon the well known developer, Carenado. Over the years Carenado has created a reputation for themselves of creating very good looking aircraft that are relatively empty system wise. Timothy aims to disprove this theory within his video and does a very convincing job of it. If you wish to check it out for yourself then follow this link.

5. Interview with Orbx’s Alex Goff

Our firth installment for Developer Month for this week was an interview with Orbx developer Alex Goff. Alex is behind Orbx sceneries including Meigs Field (KCGX) and Goheen Airport (W52). Both excellent products that we at FSElite would highly recommend to the community. Within this interview we speak with Alex about the future of flight simulation and how he managed to snatch a job at one of the best developers in flight simulation. You can find the article at this link.

6. Interview with iBlueYonder

Last but not least we have an interview with Bill from iBlueYonder. The developers behind products such as Nantucket Island. Within this interview we spoke with Bill regarding some of his personal stories and why he chose to become a flight simulation developer. An excellent read and one I would highly recommend. Bill made sure to spare not detail in his answers. If you wish to read this article then you can find it at this link.

We have really enjoyed Developer Month so far and we hope you have to. Week 3 is looking to be another great week with some great articles, videos and more coming up for you. For now please enjoy our whole range of developer month material.

 

Aerosoft/XYZ Visuals Release Maastricht-Aachen

XYZ Visuals in partnership with Aerosoft have brought us a new scenery for X-Plane. This time they have created Maastricht-Aachen airport. It looks to be a very good little airport and definitley one for any X-Plane users that are looking for something a little bit more off of the beaten track.

Maastricht-Aachen is a small international airport located 10km north east from the city of Maastricht and 30km north east from the city of Aachen. Suprisingly it is the second biggest cargo hub within the Netherlands falling only behind Amsterdam Schiphol. The airport is far busier during the summer and is used by airlines such as Ryanair and German Wings to fly to popular tourist spots in Southern Europe.

The sim rendition of this airport as mentioned earlier is created by XYZ Visuals who are also behind the creation of Airport Amsterdam (Schiphol) for X-Plane. The airport has been created using high resolution aerial images, numeroues custom 3D objects and exact ground markings. The entire feature list can be found below.

If you wish to purchase this product you can do so from the Aerosoft website at the price of €15.07.

Features:

  • Realistic rendition of Maastricht-Aachen Airport
  • Photo real textured buildings
  • Ground layout based on high resolution aerial images
  • Realistic reproduction of ground markings
  • Customized night illumination
  • Very good performance and implementation
  • Animated radar facility
  • Numerous details
  • Animated road traffic
  • Fully compatible with X-Plane 10.51
  • Compatible with XPlane 11 Public Beta

Carenado Show Off More E50P Phenom 100 Shots (X-Plane)

Over here at FSElite, we’re not ones for getting too involved in X-Plane news. Our primary focus is towards the P3D/FSX market. I personally aim to change that as I now am an X-Plane user or the dark side as it is seen to many P3D/FSX users. Today I’ve got some news from Carenado. This is regarding their upcoming E50P Phenom 100 aircraft.

The E50P Phenom 100 is a small private jet devloped by Embraer. The jet is one of the smallest aircraft produced by the Brazilian company which are known well for their succesful regional fleet. The aicraft has an impressive range of 1,178 miles and can fly to an altitude of 41,000 feet. A very fun aircraft for anyone that enjoys flying short routes, quickly.

Carenado have not specifically specified whether or not this aircraft will be compatible with both X-Plane 10 and 11 so we will have to wait until we hear more news regarding that. I would hope that an aicraft being developed now will be compatible with X-Plane 11. I will certainly be looking into this aircraft when it’s released.

Carenado have specified on Facebook that this aircraft will be coming soon which is good to hear. We will look to publish an article over here on FSElite when this aircraft is released.

 

Milviz Announce ATR 72

An aircraft that has been far too long awaited in P3D/FSX is finally being created. Milviz announced earlier on their Facebook page that they will be making the ATR as their next project. They did not say much about the product apart from the fact that it’s an ATR. They did not confirm exactly what type but it looks like it will be an ATR 72 of some kind. I personally do not own any Milviz products so am unsure of how detailed they are but I hope that this will be an accurate representation of an ATR 72.

There is no mention or indication of an ATR 42 being made at this stage so we’ll currently just have to hope that they end up creating the smaller ATR varient. Much like the Dash 8, the ATR 72 is a turbo prop that wants to be a jet. A very quick and nimble aircraft that can handle all sorts of airports with ease. I look forward to hearing more about this aircraft. Any more news regarding this product will of course be reported over here at FSElite.

Immersive Audio Release MJC8 Q400 Sound Immersion

The guys over at Immersive Audio have released their latest sound package. This time it is Majestic’s Dash 8 Q400 series aircraft. This is Immersive Audio’s thrid product following up from their excellent PMDG 737 sound pack and their unknown Boeing Stearman. A video was posted earlier this week showcasing the sounds and they seem to be a huge improvement over what Majestic offer as stock.

According to the developers every sound has been changed within the aircraft bar the default announcements that come with the aircraft. I personally do not know what a Dash 8 should sound like but judging from what I’ve heard in the video (below this article) they sound excellent. I am an avid fan of flying the Q400 in the sim so certainly will be picking up this product soon. I look forward to seeing what Immersive Audio have to bring us in the future. If they keep continuining as they are at the moment I am sure we can expect some more top quality sound packs for more of our sim fleet.

If you wish to purchase this product it can be bought from SimMarket for the price of EUR 10.70 (plus VAT / TAX).

Feature List:

– Authentic engine sounds
– New N1 (turbine) sound with correct pitch
– New switches
– Authentic levers
– High quality GPWS callouts
– New TCAS
– Authentic warning sounds
– New ground roll noise with authentic controls rattle
– New authentic cockpit/nose gear wind noise
– Authentic avionics, packs, external APU, Chime, GPU unit, wipers, stickshaker.

FSimStudios Calgary Released

An airport that has not been touched much before in flight simulation has now finally got some scenery. This airport as stated in the title, is Calgary which is a scenery that has come from FSimStudios. I personally have never heard of this developer but they seem to have created a very nice scenery by the looks of it. Maybe we might finally see some decent traffic flying out of Calgary? We will have to see. The scenery comes at the reasonable price of EUR 24.60 and can be purchased from SimMarket.

The feature list contains all the normal features you would expect from a high level scenery as well as some extras such as static planes and seasonal textures. I will certainly be picking this scenery up and look forward to flying out of it in the near future. You can find the entire feature list below.

Features:

  • High detailed, updated representation of Calgary International Airport
  • High Resolution Photoscenery of the airport and surrounding areas.
  • Terminal and hangars modelled and texturized with great attention to detail
  • High Resolution textures
  • Static Planes
  • Winter textures
  • Inverse-Kinematics (IK) Animated Jetways
  • Highly optimized for great performance
  • Tested compatibility with ORBX’s Airdrie Airpark
  • Configurator file for low-end machines.
  • Apron vehicles
  • Volumetric grass
  • Night Lighting
  • Realistic Ground Poly of the airport
  • Charts of the airport

Just Flight Release PA-28R Arrow III

Just Flight yesterday released their most recent product. This time it is the PA-28R Arrow III. A very well known aircraft to anyone that knows anything about light aircraft. I have personally done a few flying lessons on this aircraft in the real world and it is a magnificent aircraft to fly. Judging by the look of this new product, we might be looking at a very well created aircraft.

Just Flight are known well for creating good looking but low compelxity aircraft. However this time they seem to have made an exception to their common trend of aircraft. Although a bold statement, it looks like Just Flight could be knocking on the door of A2A if they continue to make aircraft such as this to a high complexity level. A real world version of this aircraft was used by the Just Flight team in order to create this product and it looks like they have left almost nothing out that you would find in the real aircraft.

The product is pretty reasonably priced and is set at what seems to be a competitve price to A2A. It will set you back a cost of £27.99 and can purchased here. The feature list is vast and a bit too big for me to actually implement into this article so if you wish to check it out for yourself then simply follow the link that I placed in the last sentence.

I am very impressed with what Just Flight have created here and will certainly be picking it up for myself when I have the time. Let’s hope we can see more aircraft like this from Just Flight.

FSdreamteam First Previews of Louisville

Update:

Thanks to reader Danny, he informed us it’s not a new announcement, but something the team have had in the works for a while. As a result, it turns out these are some of the first previews.

On a post to Facebook, Fsdreamteam have announced their next project. They are developing another US airport and this time they have chosen Louisville. Much like Memphis this airport is a large cargo hub. Instead of FedEx this time it is UPS. UPS operate a large fleet of MD11s out of the Kentucky based airport which will provide some fun for all those PMDG Mad Dog fans out there. The airport itself does not serve many international routes but recieves a healthy amount of domestic flights from around the US. As of this article being written the only information we have to hand is one solitary image and the confirmation from Fsdreamteam that it is Memphis. Any more news regarding this upcoming scenery will of course be reported over here on FSElite.

Black Box Simulation Pre Flight Manager Update Coming Soon

An update to Black Box Simulation’s pre flight manager is just around the corner. They have showed off a preview of the update on their Facebook page which gives us a couple of details of what we can expect in this next update. This most significant update within this is the addition of an automatic update feature. This I am sure will act as a useful feature having to no longer manually update. Black Box claim that “this should allow all us to address issues and serve users much more efficiently”. This update should be with us within hopefully the next couple of days. Seems to be useful for anyone that uses that Pre Flight Manager a fair amount.

Milviz Status Update on Upcoming Aircraft

Just recently on Facebook, Milviz gave us a little update on how their current products are doing and what stage they are at. There seems to be a large amount of cool aircraft that they are currently developing. Being more a fan of tube liners I often shy away from aircraft such as the ones that Milviz are currently producing but having had a look through the list I must say that I am tempted towards some of these aircraft.

So, let me actually inform you of which aircraft are at what stage along the production line:

  1. KA FMS – This product is apparently back in code and moving ahead.
  2. C-130J – The has begun on the aircraft and the model is nearly complete. (I am especially looking forward to this product)
  3. F-15C – Reux (VC) has begun and is now in coding.
  4. SR-71A – This aircraft is now roughly 20% done. It will be nice to have an accurate respresntaion of the world’s fastest aircraft in our sims relatively soon.
  5. C-130R – Redux is apparently ‘well on it’s way’.
  6. T-38C – This is now in beta.
  7. F-16C – Currently in the modelling process with planning for coding currently in progress.

Milviz are looking to be progressing well with all of their upcoming products. It is no easy feet to be creating so many projects at the same time and I tip my hat to Milviz for being able to do so in such an effective manner. Any major news regarding these products will of course be posted by FSElite.