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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

Wing Creation – Shizuoka Released, Pricing and Development Update

Lots of news from Wing Creation today!

Firstly, they have released Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Aairport (RJNS). The airport is found around 25km from the centre of the city and near Mt. Fuji itself. With plenty of features including realistic modelling, nearby landmarks and animated jetways, there’s plenty to experience. You can buy it now from SimMarket for 19.00eu (+Tax).

Next, Wing Creations have changed their pricing structure of many of their old products. So now, you can expect the following prices for the following airports;

Fukushima RJSF – 19.00 EUR
Narita Intl. RJAA – 29.00 EUR
Sendai RJSS – 21.00 EUR
Nagasaki RJFU – 19:00 EUR
Niigata RJSN – 19:00 EUR

Finally, Wing Creations have confirmed that Tokyo Haneda is next to be developed meaning both Tokyo airports will be available within the Sim.

Mega Airport Frankfurt V2 update

Aerosoft is very hard at work at updating some “older” sceneries. Today they have issued an update for the immensely popular Mega Airport Frankfurt. The update comes with some very much requested features such as animating jetways and the ability to request certain runways for you to depart or arrive on. Furthermore there are some platform specific fixes and general bug fixes. Full changelog down below. Make sure to uninstall any previous version of Mega Airport Frankfurt V2 you have before installing the update.

Want to know more about Aerosoft? We sure do! That’s why we interviewed Matthijs Kok for our Developer Month. Go check it out to find out all about him, including his favourite power drink!

CTRL+J Jetways added

New AFCAD with

– optimized AI Traffic roll of Runway and Taxi to Gate handling

– Runway 18 requestable from FS ATC for depature by User (AI Traffic not use it, limit by FS Engine)

– Runway 07C/25C optional requestable for Landing for the User (AI Traffic only use 07L/25R and 07R/25L for Landing)

– Approaches for GPS/RNAV requestable from ATC based on Airdac Cylce 1703 (ILS limited by FSEngine to VOR/NDB Startpoints)

Runway- and Approachlights now 3D in P3D too

Strobles and REILs added.

Runway- and Approachlights can be switch on at Daytime by setting NAV2=108.00 (not working with all Addon Aircrafts)

Minor Bug fixes, like “flying” Stopbars at the southend of RW18

Autogen Bridges removed in the airport area

Drzewiecki Design Teterboro previews

Drzewiecki Design is hard at work on their update for New York Airports X. This v2 will come with new objects with better visuals, a lot of updated textures, animating stuff and most noticeably a huge performance improvement. A few days ago they have shown us a preview of Teterboro airport (KTEB), included in the package. Keep in mind that the scenery is not done yet and some stuff, like lights and SODE vegetation, is still missing. The new things we can see though are very nice! Teterboro v2 will have new ground polygons with enhanced run- and taxiway markings, updated airport surrounding, 3 new EMAS systems, a new localizer structure at runway 01 and a lot of custom cars. To check out the entire post and keep up to date with New York Airports X v2 you can go over here.

Also make sure to read our Developer Month interview with Drzewiecki Designs to find out all about them!

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