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AES 2.45 Released

A new update has been released for Aerosoft’s AES ground services. This update is relatively small but adds a few more airports to the product. This includes a variety of products such as UK2000 Manchester V2, KDM/Aerosoft Pisa X and many other airports. If you would like to check out this update you can take a look at this link here which will take you to the detailed forum post.

Just Flight Preview PA-28R Arrow III

Just Flight have shown off one of their new aircraft that they are developing. This time it is the PA-28R Arrow III. Just Flight are well known for their production of light aircraft and it is nice to see another one coming from the reputable developer.

The description of the product claims that the aircraft has been created to the up most of detail using a real PA-28R Arrow III to correctly model this aircraft. Apart from the stock British livery that they have modelled the aicraft off of, there will be ten other liveries included within this package. From the looks of it those of you who own the GTN 750 or 650 will be able to intergrate the product into this aircraft.

We look forward to seeing this aircraft and we will keep you updated on any further news regarding this product. You can check it out here.

Orbx Show Off New KSAN Screenshots

Orbx’s upcomig San Diego scenery has been shown off with some more screenshots over on the forums. These shots come from Ians Emms who’s title is ‘screenshot artist’ and as you would expect the screenshots are very nice. We look forward to seeing more of this scenery.

With the scenery not looking too far from release we will make sure to keep you updated on any future updates or of course the release over here at FSElite. For now enjoy some of the wonderful screenshots

 

 

 

PMDG Release 747-400 Queen of the Skies 2

One of the most highly anticipated products of the year had arrived! PMDG dropped a bomb shell earlier today announcing that the product would be with us shortly. This aircraft has been long in the making and a much wanted add on for all those Boeing or 747 fans out there. You can purchase the aircraft here for the price of $89.99 (FSX) and $134.99 (P3D)

This is PMDG’s 3rd rendition of the Queen of the Skies and once again it looks like they have blown our expectations out of the park. They have included almost all 747-400 models that are currently avaliable with the 747-8 to follow soon. We have been teased for quite some time about this product and it is great that we have finally got our hands on it.

The beta testers over at PMDG have been doing an excellent job to make sure that the release has been as quick as possible and that any issues were quickly eradicated. Some of the technology that has been implemented into this 747 will soon be coming into the 777 which is exciting news. We look forward to seeing what PMDG have up their sleeve regarding future products.

Any news regarding the 747-8 expansion will of course be reported over here at FSElite. God save the Queen!

Aerosoft/GayaSimulation Genoa X : The FSElite Review

DEVELOPERGayaSimulationPRICE€25.78
PUBLISHERAerosoftBUY FROMAerosoft

Genoa is a small city that is situated in North Eastern Italy with a population of just over 500,000 people. The city itself has a large port that is situated directly next to the airport with the airport being placed within the port itself. Genoa airport as it is known to most people also resides with the name of Cristoforo Colombo Airport.  The airport sits upon an artificial peninsula that juts out into the sea. It serves a very important purpose and is the biggest and busiest airport within the Liguria region of Italy handling almost 1.3 million passengers in 2014.  Genoa is used by a variety of airlines coming in from a variety of destinations. To name a few, British Airways from London Gatwick, Air France from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Alitalia from Rome Fiumicino and even airlines such as S7 Airlines that operate from Moscow-Domodedovo.

The scenery is distributed by Aerosoft so it uses one of their very simple installers that involve very little hassle. Once the scenery is installed there is no configuration tool that comes with the airport so you are left with what you have. However this is no bad trait. The scenery is very pleasant on performance and I have seen no issues with with performance having flown into the airport various times now. It always makes a pleasant experience when flying to a scenery as detailed as this with minimal effect on performance.

The airport is located within the port of Genoa and is encapsulated by mountains that rise above the city. This scenery makes for some captivating approaches with some coming in through the mountains and others such as the circling approach for runway 10 swooping round the port and lining up with the runway at the last minute. I would highly recommend the circling approach as it allows you to have a good look at the city as well as experiencing a challenging approach.

It seems to be that GayaSimulation have cut no corners when creating this scenery. All aspects of the scenery are accurately modelled and extremely well textured. Hopefully something that we will be seeing in Brussels which is soon to come from them. They have modelled a large portion of the surrounding area which makes the scenery far more complete with the ports being very well detailed and other buildings being accurately modelled and textured also. However, apart from the autogen that directly surrounds the airport it seems to be that they have used default autogen and hand placed it. None the less this does not impact the feel of the scenery too much and it is still excellent. All buildings that lie directly on the coastline also seem to be custom autogen with marinas and sports facilities being well modelled. Overall the airport and surrounding area have been created in excellent detail and you will be more than impressed when flying into this airport. It is hard to notice that some of the buildings are default as they have been hand placed and not generically placed by P3D/FSX.

The night lighting at the airport like most airports we see nowadays is excellent. Upon my first visit to the airport I was surprised as my night lighting seemed to be quite poor. It was in fact due to the fact that my SODE was not up to date. SODE is required for this scenery to function properly. Without it installed you will notice that the night lighting does not function properly and that you will have no jetways appear. Once it is installed it does massively improve the scenery especially with the implication of SODE jetways. This is a newer replacement to the traditional Ctrl + J or no jetways moving at all. It accurately lines the jetway up with the aircraft and is being seen in more and more sceneries. It is good to see developers taking more advantage of this awesome tool and I look forward to seeing it be implemented in more sceneries to come. The jetways that are used at Genoa airport are ones that only move forwards and backwards. This means that your jetway aligment with the door must be pretty accurate in order for SODE to recognise that your aircraft is there.

The scenery has been very well implemented into the surrounding area if you are using either default or Orbx mesh. It will of course look better if intergrated within Orbx scenery but it will still look perfectly fine with default. In my shots of this airport you should hopefully see this. If you are wondering what Orbx packages I am using then I can tell you that it is Orbx Global Base, FTX Open Land Class Europe and FTX Vector. With these three products installed I get a seemless transition between the airport and it’s surrounding area. I would not be able to tell you how it intergrates with other mesh from different developers but I am sure that it would work well. On top of the mesh and terrain intergrating well, the night lighting also flows seemlessly into the surrounding area. It is great to see developers such as Gaya Simulations putting such a great amount of effort into making their airport look good stand alone and when placed amongst the terrain around it.

Airline2Sim Announce 747-400/F Cadet Training Programme

Over on the avsim forums a few hours ago Airline2Sim posted some excited news regarding their next product. Which is now confirmed to be the 747-400. They teased a shot earlier in the day of what looked to be a 747 flight deck and our suspicions were correct and what a great time to be correct. With PMDG’s 747 just around the corner now I am sure that many people will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of Airline2Sim’s next training video. The pilot that will be helping them is called Roger and according to Airline2Sim was a captain on the 747 for many years with a Hong Kong based airline before he transitioned to the 777. We can only presume that he was talking about Cathay Pacific. Recently retired they have reigned in the help of him to aide them along with the process of creating a new series of videos that will show off the Queen of The Skies in all her true glory.

With the fact that he was a Hong Kong based pilot for quite some time it is exciting news to hear that a Kai Tak approach will be performed ‘properly’ to quote Ben. This approach video will be sold separately from the actual 747 training programme for those that want it but it will also be included within the 747 programme. The video will be aptly named ‘Airport2Sim Kai Tak’ and will be the first video in their new airport series. According to Ben he was a Type Rating Instructor so it is likely that we can expect a very in-depth video that will expertly teach us how to properly fly the Queen in our sims. They have also said on the post that they will try to spend more time in Asia this time as the 777 cadet programme was largely based in the USA. We look forward to seeing this product hit our shelves and we will of course keep you updated on any progress regarding this product.

As we found yesterday, we can expect a Dec 2017 release.

Orbx Announce San Diego

Orbx have just showed off their newest in development scenery. This time they are creating another Californian scenery for us. They have decided to create San Diego as their next project. They have said that they will be modelling both the airport as well as the surrounding area of San Diego. This includes hand placed trees and buildings. Judging from the screenshots alone it looks like it will be no exception to the excellent quality that we always receive from Orbx. They have also placed some excellent looking static aircraft around the airport that will help to create a more immersive experience. The scenery also looks to include accurate ground markings as well as excellent night lighting that we commonly see with Orbx. They have even gone as far as modelling the intricate details such as placing sailing boats within the port. We look forward to seeing more updates on this scenery and will of course keep you updated over here at FSElite.

Aerosoft/KDM Pisa Released

Just after the release of Jetstream Designs’ Milan Linate was released another Italian airport has been released in the form of Pisa. Pisa airport serves the entire city of Pisa and is the largest airport within the Tuscany region. KDM have gone up and above with this scenery not only accurately modelling the airport as well as the city of Pisa but they have even gone as far to provide modelling and texturing for the whole of Tuscany. I look forward to picking up this scenery and having a flight down to this famous Italian city. Expect lots of news coming in the following days with some huge products on the brink of release. The full feature list is below this article.

Features:

Pisa International Airport incl. military section
The city of Pisa
Leaning Tower, Cathedral, Stadium & more.
30cm/pixel photoreal ground imagery
2K textures / 1K optional
Baked ambient occlusion
Internally modeled terminal and tower
Static GA- and military aircraft

Jetstream Designs’ Milan Linate Released

Just earlier today Jetstream Designs published their highly anticipated Milan Linate scenery. Linate airport is one of Milan’s three main airports and serves traffic from British Airways, Air France and other big carries. Although not nearly the same size as Malpensa it still serves a decent amount of traffic considering its size. From having previous experience with Jetstream Designs before this scenery seems to be no exception in their excellent quality of development. Judging by the screnshots alone this is a scenery that I will certainly be adding to my inventory. You can find the full feature list below.

Features:

Scenery configurator for seasons, levels of detail, etc.
Native P3D ground polygons with reflections, rain, etc.
Animated jetways
Volumetric grass
Detailed airport objects and vehicles
Animated airport vehicles
3D runway and taxiway lights with halos
Ramp lights with halos
4 seasons (snowy conditions included)
Realistic ground layout with HD textures
Extended custom autogen
Night environment
Custom taxiway signs with realistic night textures
GSX© compatible
Static GA aircraft
And much more!

UK2000 Release Manchester V2

Just the day after the release of I.D.S’ Manchester, UK2000 have released theirs. It is always good to see some competition and this comes as very strong competition. UK2000 are renowned for their good quality British airport sceneries and this one seems to be no exception. Having heard reports of problems regarding the I.D.S scenery maybe this version of Manchester will be slightly better. The product comes in at the regular UK2000 price of £16.99 which is well priced considering the size of the airport. The full feature list will of course be linked below but some of the most notable features include high resolution imagery and accurate buildings. You can purchase the scenery here if you wish to take this product over I.D.S’. We look forward to seeing UK2000’s new upcoming releases in 2017.

Features:

Full detail Buildings
Realistic Ground Markings
Hi Res ground image
UK Runway markings
Stunning Night Effects
3D Approach Lights
Dozens of Airport Vehicles
Excellent Frame Rates
Unique Service Fleet
Animated Traffic
Runway Wigwags
Full set of signs
Fencing
Static Aircraft
Manual and Options
Docking systems
Special ‘Effects’
Improved runway lights