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Popular Online Community SimBuddy Closing

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The popular online community that brought virtual pilots together is closing on October 12.

In a letter on the SimBuddy website, the founders said the time and effort that is being put into the ongoing development and maintenance of the site has begun to take its toll.

“I put roughly 30-40 hours a week into developing SimBuddy and a further 40+ hours into my day job.” Commented one of the developers, “As you can imagine, this is getting pretty difficult to maintain, and it’s having a huge impact on my life.”

The site aimed to bring users of different sims together on one virtual map. Billed as a community for flight sim enthusiasts, the site offered both free and premium plans that allowed users to track a variety of flight statistics, run virtual airlines, and experience in-sim passenger and crew management. Users could also participate in daily challenges for points, and participate in live group chats.

The letter goes on to say that all development will stop immediately and that all paid subscriptions will be suspended immediately to prevent any further bank charges, and that current premium users will receive a £4.99 refund.

The website will continue to operate until October 12, 2019 at which time the members area will close. The Discord channel may continue to operate under a different title, depending on whom is available to manage it.

With over 10,000 members, developer Georgio finished the letter by saying “It’s a sad day for me, and I’m sorry it’s come to this. It’s been a fantastic journey, and I thank you all for being a part of it.”

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FS2Crew Ultimate Ground Crew X Released

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Finally, after many years of development and quite lengthy delays, FS2Crew has released their highly anticipated Ultimate Ground Crew X (UGCX) add-on. With UGCX, FS2Crew aims to enhance your pushback and ground-crew experience. UGCX features custom pushback methods, with advanced and customisable pushback options and several custom pushback vehicles. It also features towing, fire trucks, follow me vehicles, marshallers and
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Lanilogic ‘Self-Loading Cargo’ First Release

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Newcomer Lanilogic Technology Solutions has released their very first add-on: Self-Loading Cargo (SLC). SLC is a tool that aims at enhancing your flight experience by simulating passenger conditions. Much like competitor add-ons that aims to do the same or something similar, SLC will monitor the status of your flight and actions that take place during this flight, to calculate how
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JustFlight VFR Real Scenery NexGen 3D Announced

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Over on their website, JustFlight has announced the next generation of their widely popular VFR Scenery series of photographic scenery for the United Kingdom which will be distributed in four volumes. VFR Real Scenery NexGen 3D makes use of 25cm/px and 50cm/px aerial imagery from 2015 onwards to create a general in-sim resolution of 1.2m/px. But, around airports and points of
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MegaSceneryEarth Australia Release

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The teams over at MegaSceneryEarth/PCAviator have released their very first addon package focussing on the land down under. MegaSceneryEarth is an addon that adds high-resolution photo scenery to entire areas, improving the visuals and making the environment more realistic and immersive. MegaSceneryEarth Australia uses the latest MegaSceneryEarth v3 technologies, which includes accurate water masking, texture colour correction, 1m source imagery
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LatinVFR Release Baltimore-Washington Intl. for FSX / P3D V1-3

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After originally being released for P3D V4, LatinVFR’s Baltimore-Washington International Airport is now available for FSX and P3D V1-3. The feature set is very similar for the P3D V4 version, but minus a few V4 exclusive elements:

  • Highly detailed terminal, modeling and texture resolution, internal modeling on terminals and FBO
  • Seasonal textures and features managed by a configuration tool.
  • Highly detailed animated SODE jetways
  • Excellent night effects and customized runway lighting.
  • Downtown buildings
  • Highly detailed 5 meters Mesh.
  • 15 square miles of photo scenery with thousands of hand placed autogen.
  • Optimized for great performance
  • And much more…

LatinVFR’s Baltimore-Washington International Airport for FSX / P3D V1, 2, and 3 is now available from the Simmarket store for only 21.99Euro.

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FSDG La Romana Released for FSX/P3D

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FSDG has released La Romana for FSX and P3D. La Romana Casa De Campo International Airport (MDLR) is a single-runway airport located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, right next to the town of La Romana. It has a small terminal with 4 main gates and sees the majority of the business action in La Romana. FSDG's version
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SXAirportDesign Share WIP Images of KHOU

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SXAirportDesign shared a few images of their rendition of William P Hobby airport in Houston, Texas. KHOU  is like the little brother between big brothers Dallas Fort-Worth (KDFW), and Austin (KIAH). The team mentioned that about 90% of the modeling is done, and just a few items remain. SXAirportDesgin's version will include SODE jetways, night lighting,'GP AO', vehicle and vegetation
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Milviz Releases DHC-3T Turbo Otter

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Developer Milviz has released the DHC-3T Turbo Otter for FSX and P3D. Known as a true workhorse, this follow-up to their award-winning DHC-2 and DHC-3 brings closely simulated flight modelling and tons of configurable options to your simulator. This sturdy bushplane features the 750HP Pratt and Whitney PT6A-34 turbine engine, giving it powerful performance and increased reliability. Available in a
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Flight Sim Development Group share Project Schedule

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Flight Sim Development Group (FSDG) shared their project schedule on their Facebook page. Their 'road-map' includes: La Romana LITE - July 2018 Rhodes - August 2018 Cape Town LITE - October 2018 Enfidha-Hammamet LITE - November 2018 Bremen - late 2018 Casablanca LITE - late 2018 Dalaman LITE - early 2019 Also on the active list but not yet scheduled:
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