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Imaginesim Releases Austin Bergstrom International For P3Dv4

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Developer Imaginesim has released their new version of Austin Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS) for P3Dv4. Highlighting ‘vastly improved’ performance, the result of a complete model optimization and recompile.

A post on the developers Facebook page says the airport features a big improvement in performance because the procedures are optimized for P3Dv4. According to the developer, this results in a 25 percent increase in framerate speeds over the previous P3D version.

The airport also uses high-definition building texturing and improved ground polygons. According to the developer, all of these improvements promise fluid usage even with complex airliner cockpits and high density AI coverage.

The airport can be purchased directly from the Imaginesim website for $29.99 USD. The update is free to existing KAUS P3D and FSX customers via the Imaginesim Operations Centre.

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New Exterior Previews Shown of HotStart TBM-900

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A few weeks ago we reported on the announcement of a new TBM-900 by a fresh name to the X-Plane development world, HotStart. Since then, the first official previews of the exterior model have been shown off over on the X-Pilot forums. These previews came from Goran of Leading Edge Simulations, who is working on the modelling in this project. With a proven
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UK2000 Announce Edinburgh Xtreme X-Plane Edition

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Another announcement while our servers were being uncooperative (were developers conspiring to leave all of their releases and product announcement until we were down?) was UK2000 announcing Edinburgh Xtreme X-Plane Edition.
With a single screenshot of an arriving Ryanair 737 posted to their Facebook page, UK2000 revealed what users can expect in the upcoming scenery.

The existing scenery on the FSX/P3D platform has features such as:

  • Full detail Buildings
  • Realistic Ground Markings
  • Hi Res ground image
  • UK Runway markings
  • Stunning Night Effects
  • 3D Approach Lights
  • Dozens of Airport Vehicles
  • Excellent Frame Rates
  • Runway Wigwags
  • Full set of signs
  • Fencing
  • Grass edge effects

However X-Plane users can expect further features on top of this, such as custom lighting, taxiways and stand assignments, AI ground routes, PBR, Specular lighting, as well as the much loved but often left out AutoGate safedock and jetways plugin.

No word on when the scenery is due for release as it’s said to be in early development, but we can expect to be paying a very reasonable £16.99 for their hard work. As always, FSElite will keep you posted.

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Blue Sky Star Soundpack for FlightFactor A320 Released

While we were having server troubles over the past 24 hours, Blue Sky Star (often abbreviated as BSS) released their long-awaited soundpack for the FlightFactor A320. The soundpack brings many new and improved sounds to the cockpit, cabin and exterior of the Airbus, including engine sounds, cabin immersion noises such as hydraulics, and much more. Check out the video above
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Skyline Simulations Releases Sangster International for X-Plane 11

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Skyline Productions, in partnership with LatinVFR, has released Sangster International Airport (MKJS) for X-Plane 11. Described as the first detailed Jamaican airport released for X-Plane 11, the software features detailed airport buildings, PBR materials, ground reflections, and extremely detailed resorts and hotels placed around the airport. Located less than 5 kilometres east of Montego Bay, MKJS serves as the most
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Orbx EGCB Manchester City, 3 Freeware Airports Released for X-Plane

It seems like just yesterday that Orbx released Meigs Field for X-Plane as their entry into Laminar's simulator space (check out the FSElite review if you missed it). Shortly after that, Bill Womack re-joined the team after some hiatus to develop his iBlueYonder brand, and the X-Plane products from his time away were assimilated into the Orbx catalogue. Excitingly, the
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TOGA Projects Updates EnvUpdater

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TOGA Projects has released a new version of their EnvUpdater software that adds functionality and makes it easier for the user to keep all of their Env products up-to-date. Writing in a post on their Facebook page, the developer says the latest update gives the EnvUpdater tool the ability to update EnvDir, Envtex, and Envshade without any additional input from
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