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Ultimate Realism Pack 1.1 Preview

Predrag has been working hard on improving his Ultimate Realism Pack to new heights. You can see in this trailer that the improvements to the sim are outstanding!

Make sure you watch it, as once it’s released, we’ll let you know how you can make your sim look this good!

EXCLUSIVE Screenshots of Turbulent Design’s MBS International Airport

Turbulent Designs were kind enough to send us some exclusive screenshots of their upcoming Russ White scenery, MBS International Airport (KMBS).

Detailed in this post, you can expect LOADS of features with this airport and as you can see, the interior part of this airport looks absolutely stunning! We cannot wait to get our hands on this beauty and as soon as we do, we’ll let you know what we think.

You can see some more shots over on their forums as well!

Turbulent Designs’ MBS International Airport Now In Beta

The team over at Turbulent Designs have been working with Russ White extremely hard on their latest scenery MBS International Airport (KMBS). It has felt like ages since we’ve last heard an update from the team, but just now, they announced that the product is in beta and release is “imminent”.

Some of the features of the airport include interior terminal building modelling, fully integrated hangers with operating doors, custom housing and buildings sprawl around the area and is fully compatible with Orbx and Mega Scenery Earth products. As expected, the taxiway details are all in glorious HD and there will be plenty of clutter both land and airside. There will be plenty of use of their “RealFlora” vegetation and custom trees throughout as well! I’ve put the full feature list below, but be sure to check out the screenshots from the testers to whet your thirst for this great looking scenery.

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Orbx FTX Innsbruck for Aerofly FS2 Revealed

We’ve known that Orbx have been working with Aerofly FS2 developers IPACs for a little while now and today, we’ve got a full preview of one of the first airports developed specifically for the 64-bit sim. Innsbruck is known for its beautiful terrain, vast amounts of housing and trees as well as a great transport system. As a result, it’s a dream place to fly for VFR. Since the release of FTX Innsbruck for FSX/P3D a few weeks ago, we’ve been really enjoying it. Now thanks to the in-game engine of Aerofly, Innsbruck has never looked so good on a PC.

“A new era”

Jarrad himself introduced the scenery and provided a HUGE number of screenshots justifying why he described this as a “new era” for flight sim.

Some of the key details of the scenery include the use of a sloped runway, accurate crash detection, new lighting, and outstanding performance. With the sim being built on new technology, VAS, stutters and frame rates aren’t something to worry about. Of course, those who love VFR flying will be pleased to know that the sim has been built with virtual reality in mind, so this will look and feel like you’re really there.

It will be fully previewed at the upcoming Flightsimcon event in June (we’ll be there) and will be released on June 15th. Those who already own the amazing scenery for FSX/P3D will be entitled to a lovely 40% discount through FTX Central 3 / Orbx Direct. Full price will be AUD$39.95 (€27, US$30, £23 approx.) or AUD$24 (€17, US$18, £14 approx.) at the discounted price.

The full feature list is as follows:

– Innsbruck Airport recreated in full HD detail
– Full 2500 square km coverage area
– Sloped runway! A key feature of AF FS2
– Ultra-crisp terrain textures. Defined mountains, roads and rivers all the way to the horizon, no more blurries.
– Incredible performance on even mid-range systems – far superior to FSX/P3D
– Amazing Virtual Reality integration: optimised for performance and smoothness, best-in-class.
– Full animation support: Moving PeopleFlow, vehicles and trains
– Complete autogen system – a major new feature previously unseen in AeroFly FS, expertly designed by the team at IPACS.
– Volumetric grass
– Crisp and accurate shadow engine
– Dozens of landmarks, POI and features, including two heliports.
– Stunning atmospheric engine perfectly suited to VFR flying.

NVIDIA Drivers 381.89 – Community Agrees it Appears to Fix VAS Leak

We’ve kept a close eye on recent NVIDIA drivers lately, especially after some fixes and posts from Lockheed Martin regarding leaks from some more recent drivers. Thankfully, the community are reporting that the latest drivers 381.89 are working extremely well for most users after testing.

Mike Moskovich on Facebook also described it as a “376.33 driver replacement”.  Another user of the social media site, Leon van Dijk, posted a screenshot of VAS usage whilst flying from FlyTampa’s AMS to FSDT’s JFK with the PMDG 747 and ASN and it shows that there was no leakage of VAS using the new drivers.

 

Afonso Vale has also posted his feedback regarding the new drivers, again showing no VAS leak.

I’ve personally just downloaded the new drivers and will spend the weekend testing. Fingers crossed this is a good fix for users using new drivers in the future. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the situation and report back.

You can download the latest drivers from NVIDIA’s website.

New FTX Global North & South America Freeware Available

Not only are Orbx excellent at producing high quality add-ons for people to buy, but they also produce a wealth of high quality freeware for the community as a thank you for buying their products. Their biggest source of freeware come from their excellent FTX Global freeware pack. Today, both North and South America have been updated with a wealth of new airports. Created by various developers including Chris Britton, Larry Isenor and Neil Hill, you’ll be able to explore airports including Cavern City (KCNM), Garcon Field (24FL) and Dinsmore (CKX5). Obviously these are typically lesser known areas of the world, but considering they are free, they may be worth downloading anyway!

The full list is below. You can download them through FTX Central V3 or via Orbx Direct.

Chris Britton
24FL, Garcon Field, Milton, FL
41A, Reeves, Tallasse, AL
FL17, Ruckel, Niceville, FL
KNZX, Harold Nolf, Harold Nolf, FL (disable AEC)

Larry Isenor
CJN4 – Assiniboia SK
CKC7 – Rockglen, SK
CKX5 – Dinsmore SK (disable AEC)
CNR4 – Tobermory ON (disable AEC)
CYCE, Huron, Centralia, ON
SABE, Jorge Newbery Aeroparque, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Neil Hill
KALS, San Luis Valley Regional Bergman Field, Alamoso, NM
KBFF, Western Nebraska Regl/Heilig, Scottsbluff, NE
KCNM, Cavern City, Carlsbad, NM – added missing industrial area
KDRO, Durango-La Plata Co, CO (disable AEC)
KELY, Ely, Ely, NV
KEVW, Evanston-Uinta Co Burns, Evanston, WY – added VOR/DME for rwy 5)
KGJT, Walker, Grand Junction, CO (disable AEC)
KLVS, Las Vegas Mun, Las Vegas, NM
KPGA, Page Mun, Page, NM (disable AEC) – added missing town
KPNA, Wenz, Pinedale, WY
KRIW, Riverton Regl, Riverton, WY (disable AEC) –
KRKS, Rock Springs Sweetwater, Rock Springs, WY
KSKX, Taos Regl, Taos, NM – flattens
KTCC, Tucumcari Mun, Tucumcari, NM
KTKI, Collin Co Regl, McKinney, TX

Orbx announce CAG8 Pender Harbour Seaplane Base

Orbx developer Larry Robinson has announced his third seaplane base, CAG8 Pender Harbour Seaplane Base. He has posted a bunch of screenshots of “the Venice of the North”. The scenery will come with a big area of coverage which will include John Henry’s Marina, the Sundowner Inn and more nearby buildings, over 300 docks and marinas, a lot (300 or more) static pleasure craft (half the amount for FSX), high resolution custom AI objects, custom effects, Orbx PeopleFlow and roughly 20 square km of photorealistic scenery.

Larry has previously developed two other seaplane bases, namely CAC8 Nanaimo Water Aerodome and CAX6 Ganges Water Aerodome which, like this upcoming scenery, are completely free. A selection of the previews can be found below this post. To check out all the screenshots and the full details on this upcoming scenery you can head over to the Orbx Forums.

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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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TFDi Designs Preview 717 Update – FPLN and PROG pages

Over on the TFDi Design forums, Colin has previewed some of the highly awaited updates for their continuously improving 717 aircraft.

This time, he showed off some new images of the 717 FMS and in particular, the FPLN and PROG pages.

The images below show before throttle advancement.

And these show after throttle advancement!

The update itself is getting “much closer” and we are excited to see the improvements and hopefully addresses some of the challenges we faced in our review.

Internally the team have started testing to ensure when it’s pushes out as a community beta, the bugs will be minimal.

Digital Design Release Leipzig

Digital Design have released their long awaited Leipzig scenery. This scenery comes as a welcome replacement to Aerosoft’s slowly dating scenery. Once again it seems that the developers behind the brilliant Salzburg scenery have brought us another wonderful product. The scenery looks stunning judging by the screenshots alone.

The product includes a variety of great features including detailed objects and vehicles as well as photorealistic buildings, custom runways and more. The scenery is currently only available for P3D and FSX. However all the sceneries that have been produced for P3D and FSX by Digital Design have also appeared in XPlane not much later on. So make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that.

If you wish to purchase this scenery you can pick it up for the price of EUR 25.20. A reasonable price for an excellent scenery. You can purchase it from SimMarket.

Feature List:

  • Detailed airport objects and vehicles
  • Photorealistic textures on the airport buildings
  • Custom textured taxiways, runways and apron
  • Highly realistic night time effects with custom 3D runway and taxilights
  • Custom reflection map. Reflection map is used for setting what should be seen in window reflection
  • Custom surroundings
  • Friendly FPS and low VAS usage
  • Compatible with FTX Global
  • Automatic season change
  • Animated SODE Jetways
  • Animated airport vehicles, cars and trains.
  • Inclusion of manual in PDF format