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Timothy Thomas

FSX for 10 years, FS9 before that. Real World Private Pilot. Freeware Scenery developer for FSX. Gamer, youtuber ETCwww.youtube.com/countryflyboy

Drzewiecki Design Releases Washington X

On the 17th of February Drzewiecki Design released their latest addon Washington X. Covering 5 Airports, Meany Heliports, and recreating several of the famed cities landmarks.

2017-02-17. Users may fly around the area of Washington DC and enjoy 1500 custom made buildings putting all of Down Town DC in 3D plus other landmarks and bridges, Night and Seasonal Textures, and Detailed Autogen. Washington National Airport (KDCA) has been recreated in Detail, along with Lite versions of Joint Base Andrews (KADW), College Park Airport (KCGS ), Potomac Airfield (KVKX ), and Washington Executive Airport (W32 ). Lite meaning the airports have Custom Buildings and a Ground Poly Layer. All scenery in the package was made with a highly advanced performance friendly design. the package is also compatible with UTX, FS Global, as well as FTX Global and Vector. Its also compatible with Airport enhancement services.

The Scenery is compatible with FSX, P3D V1, V2, and V3. Installation of the scenery is fully automatic however do remember to uninstall all versions of included airports you may have before prior to installing this product. The product is available from SimMarket at the price $31.72 (€28.45, £26,81). There is no registration key and you simply download the installer upon purchase. If you wish to try before you buy a Demo is available. The demo features the same airport layout as the full version but with limited 3D objects and Low-res textures.

Normally I would include a brief description of the area the scenery is modeling. However seeing it is Washington DC I feel the point of that is a bit moot. I will however link to the Wikipedia page on the city here. Below are a few select images of the scenery from Drzewiecki Designs website.

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Red Bull Air Race the Game

Today Wingracers Sports Games has released their Anticipated Red Bull Air Race game available for free. The games Beta was introduced at Gamescon 2016 where it won the GamesCom’s Best Racing Game Award. Featuring 7 race tracks and 13 different aircraft. You race to beat your personal best time, or the best times of other players around the world. In addition there is also Meany top pilots and Authentic locations of Red Bull Air Race World Championship. And now you can download the game and fly like the pilots of the Red Bull Air Race.

Visit the Red Bull Air Race website to download the game for free.  http://www.redbullairrace.com/en_US/thegame

RealAir is closing down!

RealAir Simulations announced today that thew will be closing their doors. Sean Moloney said “Early in 2015 my partner Carla was diagnosed with aggressive cervical cancer.” He goes on to say that treatment has been unsuccessful and sadly she has only been given 1-2 years to live.

He then ended on a more positive piece of news saying “The great news is that further scans taken several months later suggested the cancer was clearing up, and each scan since then has been good news.”

On behalf of FSElite I would like to extend our best wishes. Rob Young has stated that having reached retirement age he feels he no longer has the energy to continue working for RealAir. The two have decided to shut down the company.  This development is sad to hear as Real Air has been one of the most popular and innovative developers for Flight simulator over the past 16 years. I think I speak for everyone here when I say we wish both of them well in their future’s. And we all thank them for their hard work over the years.

Real Air has stooped selling their addons as of right now. Currently it is unknown what exactly will become of their products, or how they plan on handling activation in the future is Unknown. Real Air has been known over the past 16 years to develop some of the best, and most innovative products for Flight Simulator. Pioneering such things as Smooth Gauge Technology, RealView (a system that simulates the forces experienced by a pilot in flight), Realistically simulated engine failures, And user-configurable VC panel layouts.

 

X-Plane 11 Demo/Public Beta Released!

Laminar Research has released a Free Demo for X-plane 11. A tweet from X-Planes Official twitter called it a Public Beta. So there may be bugs and such that wont appear in the final version on release day. As a reminder they wanted to have X-Plane 11 out by November of which there are 5 days left. So you may not have to wait long for the full release version. At first glance there appears to be no restrictions listed on the demo like limited play time, limited aircraft selection, ETC. So if your looking to give X-Pane 11 a try go ahead and download the Demo from their webpage here.

 

EDIT (1613EST): It appears the demo area is limited to Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State. There was no mention of this on the web page or the Tweet. I only found out once i ran the demo and changed my graphical settings.

EDIT (1650EST): There is also a play time limit of 20-30 minutes TOTAL! This is not per flight, thats all you get to play around with it and see if its what you want. Laminar maybe tell us the limits next time!

Switching Simulators | How I’m going to decide what my next sim is

The time has come. Like FS9 before it, and FS8 before it. FSX is dying. It’s not dead yet, nor will it die overnight. It will be a slow process but eventually people will move on. Already addon devs are switching exclusively and soon the player base will follow. On the horizon we see 3 simulators heading our way. X-Plane 11, Prepar 3D v4, and Dovetails Flight Simulator. One of these 3 is what people are going to go to. One of these 3 is what I’m personally going to go to. With X-Plane’s minimum requirements and list of default airplanes released recently, I thought now’s a good time to talk about how I’m going to judge each sim, and ultimately how I will decide which to go with. My list is simple. Performance, graphical quality, available aircraft, extra features, Switching cost, the deal, avionics modeling, and flight model. And in that order of importance. The list is probably a wee bit different from what you’d expect; Notably avionics and flight model are on the bottom. This article I’d like to explain why I list those things in that order.

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X-Plane 11 FMOD Sound Preview

Laminar Research has released another Video previewing X-Plane 11. This time they showcase the new sound engine. To Quote the press release, “The new FMOD sound model is a versatile engine that will be in the default Cessna 172SP on day one, but is also highly customizable by third party developers. FMOD sound reacts to the physics of the world, and everything you do makes a difference in what you hear.”

A video is attached to the press release showing of the new Sound engine on the Default Cessna 172. Unfortunitly it seems from the Post the only Airplane that will have this is the Default Cessna and any Third Party planes that choose to make use of it. They do however imply that more aircraft will have this as time goes on. One other thing I picked up from the video is that there may be Cat Simulation. A Cat can be heard at 1:48. it may be Possible we have to keep the cat off the glare shield for full immersion. No word in the press release that confirms or denies the presences of Cat Simulation so I guess we will have to wait until release day.

FMOD is a sound effects engine for video games developed by Firelight Technologies. Its used in Meany Game Engines including Unity, Unreal Engine 3 & 4, Cry Engine, and Source. Its also the Technology that runs the sounds in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, War Thunder, Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War, iRacing.com, LittleBigPlanet, And meany more High Profile games.

Just Flight Socata TB-10 & TB-20: The FSElite Review

DEVELOPERInnovative Design Studios, Turbine Sound Studios, Various IndividualPRICE$41.99
PUBLISHERJustFlightBUY FROM Just Flight Store

As part of our Community Charter, we provide full disclosure at FSElite.

Just Flight Socata TB-10 & TB-20 was provided free of charge to FSElite for the purpose of reviewing for the community.

Scoring System

I want to summarize my Scoring system. Everything is carefully calculated. ) means the product did So bad it can only be described as unfinished. 1-3 is Low Quality, 4-6 is Average Quality. Average is not bad. Its just average, run of the mill, normal, nothing special. 7-8 is High Quality. 9 and 10 are reserved for Not only High quality, but new and innovative things. Things that have not been done before. However all that only applies to Performance, Avionics Modeling, Visuals, Sound, Flight Model, and Options. Overall quality and value are more subjective, and I already explained above. I personally would put this addon in the Low budget AAA range of $20-$40. And on the lower end of that. However I’m attaching a caveat to this. If the main problems I have mentioned get fixed. The problems like GPS position, and HSI Drift. And add an Option to swap the Altimeter out for one that lets us set it by inHG; I could see this addon being on the higher end of that range. However Just Flight charges $41.99 for this plane. And it ships with the issues I mentioned. That puts it on the lower side of the High AAA price range.

Justflight recently released a small airplane named the Socata Tobaga. A small single engine airplan that if I had to compare it to another airplane, it seems to want to fill the role of a Cessna 172. It even uses the same engine as the early C172 the O-360. Unlike the C172 however it has a constant speed prop. Just Flight was kind enough to include the TB10’s more complex cousin the TB-20 Trinidad. Which continuing the Cessna comparison, is most like the C182. In fact these planes are so much like the C172/C182 that honestly with the exception of the bigger engine in the TB-20; Everything I say about one essentially carries over to the other. They fly roughly the same, and are operated roughly the same. So while I did test flights in both airplanes, I’m only going to focus on the TB-10 in this review. Rest assured however they are mostly the same and any differences I will point out.

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