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Our Favourite and Cool Aviation Everyday Objects

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On our private channel, Patrick shared an image of a cool beer dispenser which used a Boeing throttle quadrant to pull the delicious drink into your glass. It was really cool and I spent some time then looking through the internet to find some cool aviation everyday objects.

The definition of cool is subjective, but hopefully you’ll agree on most of these in here.

Boeing Beer

Who doesn’t enjoy a good beer after a long day of flying? Even better, they’re designed using Boeing’s throttle handles. What we can’t tell is if the more ‘thrust’ you use, the more powerful the pump. Sadly, I don’t think reverse thrust will suck the beer back up for the tank.

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Ultimate Traffic Live – First Impressions

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Ultimate Traffic Live came out the other day as a “soft launch”. Many of you have been asking our thoughts on it as part of a review. Right now, we have around 20 product reviews currently on-going, so this one will fall behind until an official ‘full’ launch has been released. Of course, we didn’t want to leave the community
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My thoughts on the Cloud Surf Team A380

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Yesterday, a developer called Cloud Surf Team announced that they would be developing an Airbus A380 for Prepar3d. Queue loud cheers and a round of applause. Except… wait, WHO!? That’s right, the shock announcement came from a team that is pretty much unknown to the Flight Sim community. Cloud Surf Team have only been around since August 2016. Well, publicly
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FSElite 2016 User Awards

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To celebrate the start of 2017, we take a look back at some of the "Best-of" 2016. Everything from aircraft, and scenery to utility and publisher of the year. The selection below was carefully picked by the FSElite team, and we're looking to YOU to pick the best from the best. All the products below have been released or updated
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Flight Simming is a Game

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And that's okay. There's this thing in Anime where people argue whether or not Western shows like The Last Airbender, RWBY, or the Boondocks can be classified as Anime. One group in this argument says no, they can’t because anime only comes from Japan. It has to come from Japan to be an anime. Which ignores the real reality. Anime
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The Rise of Corporate Aviation

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For years, the presence of general aviation within the flight simulation community has stood the test of time. Not always have the heavy metal airliners been everybody’s fancy. Though they may occupy the majority of traffic (at least from what I’ve noticed over the years), right behind them is the twin Cessna pilot in command.

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Today, developers and our computers alike are taking us further to satisfy our aesthetic appeal. Never would I have imagined the quality or joy I get from performing the RNAV 31L approach into Orbx’s Palm Springs airport using the PMDG 737 twelve years ago when I first started with flight simulator. Eventually, I would grow a bit tired of always flying the same scheduled routes using the same airplane. The excitement was slowly deteriorating. Maybe I’m not the only one who has experienced the loss of interest in our hobby, only to get the craving again just a few weeks later.

I seem to underestimate the actual number of flight simulator users out there. I’m sure, like me, there are a large number of individuals who try to make the simulation as real as possible. To me, that means: realistic fuel loading at the gate before pushback, following flows and checklists, the ability to share the same flight deck as my friend who lives across the country, and to load my aircraft in the last panel state I left it in at the airport I previously landed at. With advancements of our simulators (FSX: SE, P3D, XP10/11), developers are making my wishes come true. Slowly, but surely.

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