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Timothy Thomas

FSX for 10 years, FS9 before that. Real World Private Pilot. Freeware Scenery developer for FSX. Gamer, youtuber, and Part time Weeb.System Specs MOBO: Asus P8z-77V PRO CPU: i7 3770k GPU: GTX770 RAM: 16GB DDR3 https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Desparoto/saved/#view=3Yw6hM
Flight Sim World

Flight Sim World! And everything that Entails.

Dovetail announced Flight Sim World. In a move surprising no one, yet still garnering a lot of attention. I want to talk about the trailer and some observations I had from it. As well as some theories. We will be mentioning the other sims that will be coming out, or have already. For the sake of clarity go watch the trailer here if you haven’t. Alternatively if you don’t want to watch the trailer, Christian Thomsen wrote a brief summary on it here. With that out the way continue reading this if you so wish. Also know that I will be making comparisons to Dovetail’s other game Train Sim World; And possibly comparisons to other games not centered around Flight Simulation. I also emailed some questions to the brand manager for Flight Simulation at Dovetail Games, Aimee Sanjari. Hopefully her answers can put to rest some of the rumors that have started since the release of the Trailer.

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Flight Sim World

Flight Sim World Live Stream recap

Dovetail Games had a Live stream showcasing their upcoming title Flight Sim World. This was the first Live stream of meany as they apparently plan to utilize them to discuss things with the community as they Develop FSW. This live stream featured Steve Hood and Cryss Leonhart. The FSW Executive Producer, Flight community Manager for Dovetail games respectively. There were meany things talked about including their road map for development of Flight Sim World. They also showcased a new trailer, and some game play footage. Release date and price was confirmed, and 5 lucky people got a free copy of FSW. All in all it was a good showing. You can watch an archive of the live stream on Dovetails Twitch channel here. Lets recap what happened in the stream.

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X Plane

The new X Plane numbers are in…

So X Plane 11 came out on the 30th of March to mostly positive reviews. Good for it, It deserves it. But in this hobby you can never talk about X Plane without comparing it to FSX. Throughout its history X Plane has always been the footnote of Flight Simulation. It was always kind of there with its small following of users. However with X Plane 11 it was clear the Laminar Research wanted to change that. And for seemingly the first time ever they put some actual effort into game design and marketing. But the question remains; How well did they do? Now that some time has passed since release we can look at the numbers generated by X Plane 11 and compare them to those of FSX and X Plane 10.

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Flight 1 GNS530: The FSElite Review

Developer
Flight 1
Publisher
Flight 1
Price
Version
1.01
Provided by
FSElite
We want to ensure that you make the most informed decision you can. We will always put the Simmer First as per our Community Charter. When reading, please use of Review Guidelines to help you understand how we review products.

The Flight 1 GNS530 had to by far be one of the hardest products to review I have ever seen. It’s not perfect no. But any problem I could find with it could be excused by simply saying “That’s how the real thing works.” Normally that’s a terrible excuse! But this time, given the way this particular addon works; Well it’s a perfectly viable counter argument. I could not decide how to approach this addon. Is it awesome, and all its problems excused by it being realistic. Or is it bad and all its problems are just that, Problems. That is until it occurred to me that my writers block was caused by a perfectly viable argument to make. It’s good and realistic, But has problems that consumers should be aware of before purchase. So that’s how this review is going to be written. There will be a score but I want to state right now that this is a good product. It has issues but the issues are excusable.

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Cessna 162 SkyCatcher 1

Flight 1 Releases Cessna 162 SkyCatcher for free

Today Flight 1 has released their Cessna 162 SkyCatcher add on for Free. Note it is still licensed software so you may not redistribute it! But you can now download it for free if you wish. The download process is a bit abnormal compared to other freeware downloads. You must download a Key, then an installer form a page that may make you think your purchasing it. But don’t worry, just follow the instructions listed by Flight 1 one This Page to get the aircraft for free. The add on works in all versions of FSX including the Steam edition. Plus Prepar3D V3.

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SamScene Munich RealCity VFR

SamScene3D releases Munich RealCity VFR

On March 30th SamScene released their new scenery covering the city of Munich Germany. Munich RealCity VFR!

The scenery is available from their website for $12.95 (€12.22|£10.43). A separate purchase is required for the P3D version which cost the same as the FSX version. The scenery features ground textures for Summer and Spring. Presumably Autumn and Winter textures will be added later for an additional fee, as they did with their Luxembourg scenery. Additional features of Munich include Custom buildings, and freeways with traffic. You can purchase the scenery from SamScene’s website. For best results they recommend flying your aircraft between 2600 and 3400ft above the ground.

Video on SamScene’s youtube Channel showing off the scenery

REX Simulations logo

REX Simulations anounces their plans for 2017

03/16/2017

Today REX Simulations announced their plans for the year of 2017. They made these announcements in a forum post in which they reflected on 2016, then went on to make several announcements. Their plan for 2017 is “Improve and Expand.” How they plan on doing this was detailed in the post, but the bullet points were: release enhancements and expansions to existing REX products. Along with several other very interesting announcements.

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REX Worldwide Airports HD: The FSElite Review

Developer
REX Game Studios
Publisher
REX Game Studios
Price
$29.95
Version
5.1.2016.1212
Provided by
REX Game Studios
We want to ensure that you make the most informed decision you can. We will always put the Simmer First as per our Community Charter. When reading, please use of Review Guidelines to help you understand how we review products.

REX Studios released an interesting product not long ago. Worldwide Airports HD! The goal of this product was to improve the textures of Default Airports. Now they have improved textures of airports before, Mostly in the surface and marking department. This addon however set out to improve the building textures of default airports. To quote their own feature list, “Give all default airports the payware treatment.” A very ambitious project indeed, and a really good idea. Since it was 10 years ago some of you may not remember that moving from FS9 to FSX, airport buildings saw a massive texture upgrade. But now those textures do feel a bit lacking when compared to dedicated scenery addons. So if this addon truly accomplishes what it sets out to do; Then it will surely be a must have addon.
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Developer Month: Carenado – They aren’t All that Bad

Welcome to the FSElite Developer Month. Our theme this year is about delivering for the community and part of that is delivering great content to you all. As part of our commitment to you all, we’re pleased to announced Developer Month – a month themed solely around celebrating our great development community. Over the course of March, you’ll be treated to some behind the scene looks at some of our favourite developers, stories from the FSElite team, exclusive interviews and more.

As part of Developer Month, the FSElite team wanted to look at some of their favorite developers and write a short story celebrating why it is they are their favorite. This could be for a single reason or many, but the fact remains, these developers hold a special place in each person’s heart.

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