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SimToolKitPro Updated to Version 0.7.X

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SimToolKitPro has been updated with the “single largest performance update” to date. The new update has a big focus on performance improvements, along with a new user dashboard and a reworked live map page.

The new update from SimToolKit has a brand new map that has been enhanced for speed and efficiency. Furthermore, there are new import options for those looking to bring your flight logs from other platforms or services.

In the announcement post, Dan from SimToolKitPro said that “this is just the start” with more features and performance improvements coming soon. In particular, Dan wants to improve the user experience when flying with a VA or friends, with more interactive elements coming soon.

Currently, SimToolKitPro is on version 0.7.3, with new patches being made available through the application when there is an update.

For those who don’t know, SimToolKitPro is a freeware tool that enables you to track your flight, plan future flights, monitor your fleet and much more. It supports all major simulators and also multiple operating systems. You can see an overview (albeit an older version) here.

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REX Services Impacted by Outage

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Whilst we usually wouldn't report on news of downtime for maintenance, the latest from REX is fairly significant and will impact many simmers across the community. In an email sent out to customers, the team said that pretty much all products by REX will be affected from Thursday 27th April (00:00z) until Sunday, May 2nd (00:00z). The temporary outage is
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Navigraph Purchases SimBrief

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In an announcement on Facebook, Navigraph has confirmed they have completed a purchase of popular flight planning tool SimBrief. In the statement released by both parties, the community has been reassured that this acquisition is a "natural progression of the already close collaboration between Navigraph and SimBrief" and that users should know that flight planning functionality will continue to be free.
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VATSIM Announces CTP – Westbound 2021 Participating Airports

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With virtual voting booths having closed only recently, VATSIM, taking to their official Facebook page, has released the results and shared the list of Cross The Pond Westbound 2021 participating airfields. With the event scheduled to occur on the 24th of April, 2021, interested participants can rejoice with the number of airfields participating in this year's westbound edition of the event. With
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VATSIM Announces Velocity

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VATSIM has today announced the approach of a critical update to the network. Titled Velocity, the all-new technology will see vast improvements to the online network for flight simulation to include functionality that the community have been requesting for a long period of time. The trailer for VATSIM Velocity is below. From the short trailer, we know that the new
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VATSIM Cross the Pond Westbound 2021 Announced for April 24th

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It has been confirmed that the bi-annual VATSIM Cross the Pond event will start with westbound routing on April 24th 2021. The westbound event will see pilots depart from a selection of airports within the UK and Europe and fly across the Atlantic to various North American destinations. The first slot will be from 11:00am zulu, with the event due to end 12-hours later at 23:00am zulu.

The release date was confirmed on Twitter. However, whilst the event date is now set, there’s no information yet on what airports will be available to vote for the event airports this year. We’re told to keep our eyes peeled, and we’ll let you know once we learn anything new.

For those who don’t know what Cross the Pond is, the bi-annual event sees thousands of pilots fly alongside a team of controllers to fly across the Atlantic in a realistic manner. Te goal is to replicate at best the specific Oceanic procedures with full ATC from departure to arrival. The lack of radar coverage for traffic deconfliction above the Atlantic Ocean means that the aircraft must obtain a specific clearance, follow a given route and report their position regularly.

You can prepare for the event now by checking out our Pilots Guide. The guide is based on last year’s Eastbound event, but many of the principles will apply. We’ll of course provide pilots with a new guide in time for the event. Which airports are you looking forward to flying this year? Will you be taking the recently released PMDG 777-200ER across the pond this year?

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Navigraph Adds New Familiarization and Qualification Charts to Over 270 Airports

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Navigraph has added a brand new feature to their Ultimate subscription service for all current and new customers. As of the recent AIRAC cycle (2101), customers can now access Jeppesen’s Airport Familiarization and Qualification Charts directly through Navagraha Charts. As of today, over 270 airports have these charts available to virtual pilots for use in any flight simulator. The new
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Navigraph FlightSim Community 2020 Survey Results Now Available

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The results from the Navigraph FlightSim Community 2020 Survey has been released. The survey took place late last year and saw over 23,500 people respond to the survey answering a range of questions to help developers, publishers, media outlets and content creators better understand the community to continue creating great flight simulator related content. The results of that survey has been
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Airline2Sim Airbus A320 Cadet Training Program New Episodes Now Available

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Late last year, Airline2Sim released the first module of their long-awaited Airbus A320 Cadet Training Program. The release saw Ben and James (real-world A320 pilot) take you through some of the basics of the aircraft and introducing you to the many training scenarios the collection of videos will take you through. The new batch of episodes, available to all current
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