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Win a Copy of Dovetail Game’s Flight Sim World

With the release of Dovetail’s Flight Sim World, we wanted to give the community the opportunity to grab themselves a free copy. There’s lots of media attention given to this Sim as it’s the first of many new sims to be released this year. The surprise announcement gave an insight into what the ‘early access’ version of Flight Sim World would be about, but now you’ll be able to test it yourself.

To enter, it’s really simply – just make sure you’re following any of our social media outlets. So that could be Facebook, Twitter or Instgram. Why not follow our Youtube channel as well for good measure.

We have THREE copies to give away – one for each social media account (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram). We’ll then pick one follower from each to win a free copy. So the more you follow, the more likely you are to win. It’s that simple.

If you already follow us, then you don’t need to do anything other then check your emails / PMs as on May 27th 2017, we’ll be informing the winners.

So to re-cap:

  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can follow our Youtube channel, but we won’t be picking people from there (something else is coming for that)
  • The more you follow, the likelier you are to win
  • We’ll be announcing winners on May 27th 2017

Few rules:

  • We have the final say on who wins. We’ll be picking someone randomly
  • Make sure you have a Steam account as we’ll be sending gifts
  • It will be 1 copy per person. If you happen to win twice, we’ll redraw to ensure as many people as possible can win
  • Fake / spam accounts will be discounted from the selection

Good luck!

FSElite Exclusive: Navigraph Charts Cloud (Beta)

As you now know, Navigraph were kind enough to give use the chance to be part of the closed beta for their new chart system. This includes a brand new charts cloud system that allows you to track your flights progress as well as have a clear representation of your route. Covering the whole globe, there is no limit as to how and where you wish to use this new system. Although primarily designed to work with larger airports, small GA airports are also available providing much more diversity to the operational use of this product. The biggest change to note with the new system is that the chart provider has moved away from the LIDO charts that we have become used to over the years to Jeppesen. Although the changes are not overly significant, the new layout and design of the charts will be noticable. The benefit of using these new Jeppesen charts? A far greater expanse of airports are now supported.

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FSElite Exclusive: Navigraph En-Route Charts Android (Beta)

The team over at Navigraph have been working hard on providing their next update to their incredible charts system for desktop, iOS and Android. They’ve provided plenty of details so far and have advanced to their next stage of inviting people to join their beta team.

I was lucky enough to be selected to join the beta team to test out the Android version and I can tell you that this is already a vast improvement from their current app. It’s clearly been built from the ground up supporting the same look and feel as the rest of their product line. It’s already slick, fast and enables you to view your aircraft flying along routes in real time.

I’ve taken some screenshots below and added some annotations explaining what each is doing.

PLEASE REMEMBER, THESE ARE STILL WIP SHOTS.

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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Ultimate Traffic Live: The FSElite First Look (Video)

A few weeks ago, Flight1 released their ‘soft’ version of their latest traffic tool, Ultimate Traffic Live. We recently posted our first impressions on the product and since then Youtube partner Aus Flight Simmer has taken another look at the product and produced yet another high quality video.

You can view it above. If you’d prefer, read our written impressions here.

Either way, leave a comment and tell us what you think about the product.

Ultimate Traffic Live: First Impressions

Our Favourite and Cool Aviation Everyday Objects

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

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 in the dark. As a result, I’ve put together a list of stray thoughts from the product.

This isn’t a review, it’s simply a collection of first impressions for the product.

  • “What the hell is a ‘soft launch?'”

  • “Oh, it’s just beta software. Grrr!”
  • Installation was a bit difficult as Avira thought it was a virus. Ended up having to reinstall a few times to get it to work. Also, when you start the sim, Avira’s real time protection will also identify it as a false positive. Bit annoying really.
  • Main user interface looks good and instantly recognised I use P3D V3.
  • Delving around into the menus a bit more, you’re able to view a ‘live’ map of traffic being populated by the software. Over 14,000 populated and 7000 displayed!
  • Plenty of options to adjust for the sim to get a nice smooth experience. Complete with short cut keys!

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Orbx Innsbruck (LOWI) – Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything is a new and experimental feature we’re trying at FSElite to answer your questions about key releases before our reviews. Reviews often take longer due to the detail, but often, we form first impressions much quicker. As a result, we’ll do our best to answer your questions quickly so you can make a more informed purchase decision a lot sooner.

With the release of Orbx Innsbruck by Jarrad, we know many of you have questions about all aspects of the scenery package. So now is your chance. We have our copy being put through its paces, so if there’s something you want to know, then ask in the comments below. We won’t reply directly, but we will collate the information and form a quick Q and A on this article.

We’ll update it in the next day or so. Make sure you check back then!

[Update – 09:10z on 2APR2017 – Awaiting questions]