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Orbx TrueEarth Northern California Released

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Orbx has just released the latest addition to the TrueEarth family of products, this time covering Northern California.

Northern California is home to some of the most diverse types of land you can find in a flight simulator. You can takeoff from a large city like the San Francisco Bay Area, and within an hour you will have flown over quite a few types of land. Fly over the coast of California and the Pacific Ocean, fly over the flat farmlands of the central valley, pass by dense redwood forests near Santa Cruz, fly high over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and more.

TrueEarth Northern California covers over 240,000 square kilometers of the state. VFR is possible with this region as landmarks such as “masts, wind farms, churches, power-lines, and lighthouses” are included in this product. Over 1,000 points of interest have been 3D modeled, as well as over 8 million buildings and 284 million trees being included in the product. The mech is an Ultra-HD 10-meter mesh for this product. A full feature list can be viewed at the bottom of this post.


Orbx TrueEarth Northern California can be picked up for $54.95 AUD, but is currently on sale for $43.96 AUD until June 16th at 1AM UTC. TrueEarth Northern California is available for Prepar3D v4 and v5 simulators.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator June 4th Update – Partnership Series Update, Alpha 4, and more

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The weekly update from Microsoft is here with more details on the upcoming Flight Simulator. This week, we get an update on the Partnership Series, a look into the release schedule for Alpha 4, and more. Let's jump right in. Partnership Series In next week's update, the team will be releasing the next installment of the Partnership Series starting with
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Microsoft Flight Simulator May 28th Update – Feature Discovery Series, Alpha Patch, and more

Feature Discovery Series Episode 8 IFR
Just now, Microsoft has released their weekly update for the upcoming Flight Simulator on their blog website. This week, Episode 8 of the Feature Discovery Series was released and covered IFR in the new sim, as well as some other great information. Feature Discovery Series After being pushed back multiple times, Episode 8 of the Feature Discovery Series has been
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Update May 21st – Alpha Patch, New Invites, and more

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Microsoft has released their weekly update for the new Flight Simulator, and while being a shorter update, there are still some great information to check out. Deliverables This week's update gives us an update on the Feature Discovery Series, and the Partnership Series. Episode 8 of the Feature Discovery Series will be released on May 28th. The Partnership Series is
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Update May 14th – 747-8i Released for Alpha Testing

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Microsoft has uploaded their weekly update for the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator. A lot of amazing information is packed into this update, so lets dive right in.

Watch our video on the 747 update above.

Alpha 3 Released

Ths biggest new this update is that the latest Alpha build, version, has been released to the Alpha team. Included with this update is the Boeing 747-8i. Microsoft has said right away that they are aware this plane still has some issues, like the stall speed being off, not all of the systems are finished, and some graphical issues, but the team is ready to get it into the hands of testers. The team has also made a number of updates to the A320, and other planes. A full list of all the changes and updates to the sim can be found at the below after the screenshtos.

Alpha invitations are also starting to be sent out today. The team has outlined a two step process on invitations.

  • Ensure that everyone that received an acceptance email has access to the Alpha.
  • Assess Alpha participation options for adding more people as quickly as possible.
    • Prioritize access for those that registered early for pre-release build testing.

Postponed Deliverables

Episode 8 of the Feature Discovery Series, IFR, is still on track to be released on May 28th. The Partnership Series updated is also scheduled to come in early June.


The team has reported that the SDK development has been intensified as the SDK moves along its development and feedback from 3rd party developers comes in. They said over 200 companies and 400+ developers now have access to the SDK. The airport side of the SDK is being expanded to allow for more customization. Things like blending custom aerial imagery and creating custom painted lines per airport, as well as working to “simplifying the adaptation of existing assets to the new simulator”. On the aircraft side of the SDK, the team is working with developers to ease the transition to WebAssembly and glTF. They said that just like the airports, they are expanding what is possible and making it easier for developers to post existing assets to the new sim. The in-game developer mode is also seeing plenty of updates off of feedback from 3rd party developers.

Development Roadmap



As always, Microsoft has provided plenty of new screenshots and one new video for us to check out.

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PMDG 747 QOTS II Update – Now Prepar3D v5 Compatible

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PMDG has just released the next update for the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II. This update comes for both the 747-400 base pack and the 747-8 expansion. Starting with the update, this brings updates to the models, both VC and external, update to the PBR, an updates physics model for the wings and tail-plane, as well as updated
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TFDi Design Announces the MD-11

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Earlier today, TFDi Design previewed a single render that showed the under carriage of a new product and had a caption of, "Announcement coming soonTM". TFDi has now officially announced that the preview is in fact the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. MD-11 In their blog post, TFDi mentions that the team has grown for this project who are also more experienced. They
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Gaya Simulations Announces Kristiansand Airport (ENCN)

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Day three of Gaya Simulations announcements, and today they have announced that they will be developing Kristiansand Airport. The airport is on the southern tip of Norway, and sees just over a million passengers a year. Seven airlines serve the airport with just about half of the routes being seasonal. The airport is also known for its incredible landscaped that are
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