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Microsoft Reaches End of Partnership with Dovetail Games Over Flight Simulator X

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Back in 2014, Microsoft entered an agreement with Dovetail Games to bring Flight Simulator X to Steam, but as of today, it was confirmed that the partnership is now coming to an end. The news was shared on the FlightSimulator.com website (formally fsi.microsoftstudios.com) by Microsoft.

As part of that statement, Microsoft said “We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to Dovetail Games for the partnership they’ve provided over the past 5 years. Going forward, Microsoft will take over support of Flight Simulator X and we look forward to sharing our next steps with the community in the very near future.”

Dovetail Games also gave a statement. Paul Jackson, CEO of Dovetail Games, added: “We are incredibly proud to have looked after this fantastic flight sim during the last 5 years and we will continue publishing existing and new add-ons for FSX: Steam Edition on Steam”.

It should be noted that this end of the partnership will not change how users will engage with their simulators or impact existing or future add-ons purchased from Steam.

Microsoft went onto say that returning Microsoft Flight Simulator X back to them is a step in “accountability and responsibility to those that have come before us”. They continued by saying “that passion, investment, and appreciation must be recognized and reflected in our commitment to carry the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise into the next generation. We are not building on, but building from, the product and history that is Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

Microsoft closed off their statement by concluding “today, with a bit of bittersweet sentiment, we say “Welcome Home” to an old friend. More on our FSX plans coming soon…”

Earlier last month, Microsoft said that they would deliver an update on August 8th (which is today), but it wasn’t clear whether this was the aforementioned update or whether there’s more to come. In any case, we’ll be sure to update you with the latest.

Be sure to read more about Microsoft had to say about their upcoming plans in their July update here.

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BinerSim Soekarno-Hatta Updated

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BinerSim has issued an update for Soekarno-Hatta airport. The update comes with a highly requested fix for dynamic lighting, as well as a fix for AI aircraft so they are able to take-off. Also included are some fixes for ground shadows and improvements to the runway texture. Terminal 1 and 2 have also been updated and improved, though the team
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PMDG’s New Website Live with Sale

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New Store PMDG has opened the doors to their new store. The transition, which began last week, has now been finished. During this time, users were unable to purchase any PMDG products or download their already purchased products. Everyone should have access once again. Robert Randazzo, who made the announcement on the PMDG forums, also shared some other important information
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Just Flight Releases the PA-38 Tomahawk on P3D & FSX

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After a few weeks of teasing, Just Flight has released their PA-38 Tomahawk on P3D and FSX. The PA-38 Tomahawk is a two-seater piston-engine with fixed landing gear is capable of flying a range of over 500 miles. It's a great aircraft for training and touring thanks to its 112hp engine and lightweight design. As the product is based on a
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FSDG Rhodes Previews

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Flight Sim Development Group (FSDG) has shared a few more teasers of their upcoming Rhodes scenery. The scenery was announced back in May, coupled with a few preview images of the island itself. This time, the previews focus more on the direct surroundings of the airport. Shown in the previews are some well-known landmarks, such as Old Town Rhodes, Casino
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Orbx Central Now Available to Download

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Building on the success of Orbx’s FTX Central V3, Orbx Central is your one-stop-shop for browsing, purchasing and downloading Orbx products. Built from the ground up, Ben and his team have delivered an easy tool to manage installations and purchases with just a few simple clicks.

The new Orbx Central features a range of brand new features that make it more efficient and advanced than before. For the first time, Orbx Central is cross-platform compatible, so whether you’re on Windows, macOS or Linux, you can now buy and install your products into your simulators on any platform. That means X-Plane users can now download to macOS with just a few clicks and avoid unzipping large files. To make purchasing products easier, you can now do in-app purchasing for the entire Orbx collection. Exploring pages with the new UI is fast and when you find a product you like, you can securely input your payment details and keep them in your account for the next time.

One of the more significant changes to Orbx Central compared to previous iterations is the focus on speed. Using new technology, downloading and installing Orbx products is now extremely fast and efficient. Download times have improved, and users have the ability to pause and auto-update products on the fly. To make installation easier, Orbx Central now enables you to install scenery on any hard drive attached to your PC and your simulator will know exactly where to load it. Furthermore, Prepar3D V4 users will be pleased that Orbx products now support add-on.XML meaning uninstalling P3D will mean you don’t have to re-install your Orbx products.

Orbx Central is available for all users on all platforms right now. A brand new dedicated page has been created for you to familiarise yourself with the platform. There’s also a new user-guide available you can get stuck into before downloading.

Full details and the forum thread can be found here.

Primary Features of Orbx Central

  • Cross-Platform: whether you use Windows, macOS or Linux, Orbx Central will work for you.
  • Modern UI: the user interface has received a full overhaul, making it easier to use than ever before.
  • In-App Purchasing: you can now purchase and install Orbx products completely within Central! If you take the optional step to save your card, you can even complete purchases with just a few clicks!
  • Automatic Updates: never wonder if you’re using the latest version of Orbx scenery – Central will keep them up-to-date automatically.
  • Install Anywhere: want to install your Orbx scenery to another drive? Libraries make this easy. You can choose any location you wish, and have your Orbx scenery intelligently linked back into your simulator (using symbolic links in X-Plane and Aerofly, and add-on packages in Prepar3D v4).
  • Add-On Packages Support (add-on.xml): we now use add-on packages for Prepar3D v4! This means that if you need to re-install your whole simulator, you will not need to re-install all of your Orbx products.
  • Speed Improvements: the download and install component of Central has been completely re-written. It is now more robust, stable, and faster than ever before!
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FS2Crew Shares Brief Update on Multiple Products

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PMDG Announces Imminent Transition to New E-Commerce Solution

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PMDG has provided their community with an update in regards to their transition to the planned new e-commerce solution, and the changes are coming very soon. On July 31st, at approximately 0500 Zulu, PMDG will bring down their existing e-commerce solution for about five days in order to migrate all of their customer, order, and processing data to the new
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TropicalSim Releases Buenos Aires SAEZ

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TropicalSim has released their much awaited rendition of Buenos Aires' main international airport, ICAO SAEZ, for Prepar3D v1.2+ and FSX SP2. Unsurprisingly, the airport looks great; in traditional TropicalSim style, it's a highly detailed rendition of Ministro Pistarini International Airport, in Ezeiza, a city within the district of Buenos Aires. The airport is located 22 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires,
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