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Gaya Simulations roadmap

GayaSimulations have released a bit of a roadmap about currently ongoing and upcoming projects. Of course we all know that they are currently working on Brussels, and according to their post they are now in advanced development. They also shared a screenshot with us showing off some groundpoly of this airport.

Next up, they announced to be working on LFLJ Courchevel. No previews yet, but these will follow soon.Last but not least, after all this, there will follow a Genoa X V2. As to why they are making a V2 is unclear to us, since Genoa X was released just a few months ago. You can read our review on it here.

They also state that all sceneries they have listed should be out within 2017, hopefully before the summer holidays.

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A2A Constellation update

A few days ago, A2A have issued a quite extensive update for their recently released Captain of the Ship Lockheed L049 Constellation “Connie”. Quite a number of fixes and enhancements included in this one; the changelog is down below. For instructions on downloading and installing the patch you can head over to this post on the A2A forum.

Changelog:

– 2D controls: Carburetor air flaps control works in 0-100 range
– Input configurator – linear trim axes response
– Engine 1 oil temperature initialization issue fixed
– Oil viscosity system added
– Air conditioning now runs off compressors attached to engines 1 and 4
– Fuel Xfeed corrected
– Engine fuel line capacity increased
– Captain’s cruise announcement won’t occur in heavy or severe turbulence
– Contact points adjusted
– 3D model gaps next to rudder pedals sealed
– Controls lock depends on engines hydraulic pressure (RPM)
– Nav lights “Squares” fixed
– DME gauges has got a tooltip.
– 2D map displays distance data
– Rudder trim tabs animation reversed
– CoPilot’s magnetic bearing gauge FROM/TO needle fixed
– Landing gear animation corrected
– Transponder Alt switch animation reversed
– Autopilot pitch shortcut reversed and made less coarse
– Upper and lower cowl flaps tooltips corrected
– Max RPM and Min RPM key shortcuts inverted
– Co-pilot’s altimeter pressure dial animates
– 2D Map. Blue wind arrow inverted to show wind direction

JustFlight PA-28R Arrow III update

JustFlight have issued an update for this popular aircraft. Full changelog below. Please note that the previous updates (SP1) are also included in this update.

  • ADF gauge logic fixed
  • ‘Refill Menu’ option added to menu bar
  • FDE improvements
  • Sound-set improvements
  • VOR indicators still functioning when NAV radios are switched off – fixed
  • Manual PDF updated to reflect software changes since release

 

More Flightbeam Minneapolis (KMSP) Previews

Mir from Flightbeam was kind enough to show off some new shots of his upcoming Minneapolis scenery package. This time, he wanted to focus our attention to the SODE jet bridges he’s worked hard to include. Due to the nature of the complexity of the jet bridges, there won’t be a CTRL+J option. Not sure why this would be an issue considering that the use of SODE is completely free. If you don’t want to install SODE, you’ll have the option for static jet bridges.

Not only that, but he also confirmed that the airport will be going into beta testing in the next couple of weeks, with a release hopefully not too far behind.

Touchdown Zones

Finally, Mir couldn’t resit another shot, but time of the touchdown points of the runway. He has said that lots of “research and hand painting” has gone into these section to make them look extremely real. Not only that, but they change specularity in realtime depending on the colour of the sky! How awesome!

You can check out this month’s previews below. Don’t forget, in February, Mir showed off some great shots too.

 

As soon as we hear anymore, we’ll let you know.

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FSFX ChasePlane Doors preview

We’ve been wondering how the door system in ChasePlane works for a little while. Luckily for us, they’ve created a tutorial video explaining all about this new feature and how it works! Go take a look!

The door system is available right now for all users of the experimental version of ChasePlane.

Navigraph Jeppesen charts announcement

It’s been some time since we wrote on Navigraphs upcoming update to their charts app. This was because Navigraph has been very quiet about what the next update will bring. Today they have finally given us some insight on what they’ve been working on, and it looks very exciting!

In a new blogpost Navigraph announced to be partnering up with Jeppesen for their charts data. It’s an extensive blogpost and our article won’t go into too much detail about it, so make sure to read it yourself as well. Jeppesen will provide pretty much all the data for the charts: SID, STAR and Enroute data will all be delivered by them. Using one provider to deliver all the data enables Navigraph to synchronise data easier between all different charts. Another thing that Navigraph will incorporate are the enhancements to SID and STAR charts that Jeppesen is currently working on, making them more interactive through overlays and providing a new format for the charts at the same time.

I’m sure you’re wondering what this effectively means for you. Navigraph have taken the time to list some of the biggest benefits in their blog:

  1. First and foremost, the coverage will dramatically increase to 6,784 airports. This is the most comprehensive coverage available.
  2. Secondly, with the Jeppesen chart format we can now offer charts in a darker night mode color scheme.
  3. Thirdly, since Jeppesen charts are generally geo referenced and true-to-scale, we will be able to place an ownship overlay (“moving maps”) on top of the charts, aiding situational awareness during a flight.

The Jeppesen format was decided upon after a survey that was held by Navigraph itself amongst its users. There is also a short Q&A over on their blog that may answer some questions you are having. To summarise it, there is no release data available yet (although it will be ‘soon’). The price of Navigraph Charts may be slightly affected, but Navigraph will honour your current subscription as they make the transition to Jeppesen and update their apps.

iBlueYonder are Looking for Beta Testers

We know the Flight Simulator community is always growing and with a range of simulators and options always growing, beta testers are becoming more and more important. Beta testing is important as it allows a select group of people to try the product and put it through its paces before being released to the general public. If this sounds like fun to you, then iBlueYonder may have a job for you!

With the new version of Heron’s Nest due for release soon, the team are looking for 5 new testers to help make sure the product is ready for release. You can see their criteria below, but this will be a great chance for those looking to find their feet in the flight sim community.

  • Own more than one version of the sim – targets include the original FSX/Acceleration, FSX Steam Edition, and Prepar3D v1, 2, or 3.
  • Have previous testing experience (not absolutely necessary, but nice to have).
  • Take testing seriously, but be willing to have a little fun with it, too.

If this sounds like you, drop me a comment [at this link] so we can talk. If you don’t meet the above criteria, but feel you’d be a great tester anyway, let me know that as well.

Don’t forget, you can read our exclusive interview with Bill from iBlueYonder here as part of Developer Month.

Orbx San Diego International – Full Project Details

A little while ago, Orbx teased some excellent images of their upcoming San Diego project. Since then, multiple images were available on the forums to view. Today Matteo Veneziani has shared more details including that the project will span 1800km^2 of photoreal scenery, hundreds of points of interest and of course a “very accurate” rendition of San Diego airport.

As you can see areas covered include Bostonia, Imperial Beach and the city centre itself. All of which have been highly optimised to give a great experience in the sim.

Being an Orbx project, this will obviously be compatible with the recently updated FTX openLC NA pack as well as FTX Global.

I’ve posted the screenshots below and make sure you leave a comment as they look simply amazing!

Ultimate Traffic Live Previews

Over on the Flight1 forums, some previews for the upcoming Ultimate Traffic Live was shown off. Complete with a brand new interface a new traffic engine and fully compatible with Prepar3d v2 / v3 (as well as FSX).

As you can see from the previews, there’s plenty of statistics to be viewed including the breakdown of domestic and international routes, number of airlines and number of flights per hour/day/week.

You can see the inflight maps, adjust various options and look at a live traffic board.

Some cool stuff in the shots so take a look.

 

Product Update: Orbx FTX openLC NA 1.20 available

Quick post from us on behalf of Orbx. Quite simply, load up your version of FTX Central V3 and it will prompt you update to version 1.20 of FTX openLC NA. Fix list is below. Just make note, some corrections will be available via FTX Vector in a future update for the Caribbean coastline.

– Corrections to the LandClass in the Caribbean area (Bahamas, Guadeloupe, etc.)
– Added more than 2,000 settlements in Mexico
– Adjustments to other landclass textures
– 86 corrections to Caribbean airports by Neil Hill

Keep an eye on the forums for further updates.

Don’t forget, we’ve interviewed TWO Orbx developers over the past few weeks. Make sure you read them!

Alex Goff

Marcus Nyberg