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Drzewiecki Design Releases Olsztyn-Mazury Airport on MSFS

Drzewiecki Design has released Olsztyn-Mazury Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Olsztyn is located in north-east Poland and is seen as the gateway to Masurian Lake District. The airport only has a handful of flights to places such as Luton, Kraków and Dortmund from a limited number of airlines.

The airport comes with numerous models of the airport that represent the many buildings found in the area, along with “epic” night textures and dynamic lighting. Furthermore, there’s interior modelling in the terminal buildings and in the control tower. Despite the detail, Drzewiecki Design says that the airport is frame-rate friendly.

You can pick up the airport from simMarket for €9.00.

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Fenix Simulations Bringing the EFB to the A320

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On Friday, Fenix Simulations gave another detailed development update for their upcoming A320 in Microsoft Flight Simulator. This development blog update focuses on the EFB that is being added to the aircraft product.

Whilst the team took some time to take a break from weekly updates, development work continued on the EFB which is taking shape nicely in the aircraft. Whilst, the feature is still heavily in development, this was now a good time to share some images and features for the component. Starting with the overall look, the team opted to use a generic non-specific look but one that uses a high resolution. In fact, the team detailed that it uses a 2048x1536px resolution on a v024×768 viewing portal. This emulates display tech found in modern tablets and gives a sharp and clear image on the screen.

The tablet will come with a number of ‘apps’ which allows you to access various features. For example, you will be able to use Navigraph Charts and SimBrief. In addition, takeoff and landing performance calculators are being worked on and will be integrated – although this wasn’t shown off at the time. Another small feature of the tablet will be the ability to change the background to whatever you like. Perhaps more impressively is the fact Fenix say they have simulated the charge and discharge characteristics of a lithium-ion battery. You will need to keep your tablet charged and plugged in or you may find yourself without it. Finally, it was confirmed you will be able to use the tablet on real piece of hardware, too, providing your PC is hooked up to the local area network.

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Although the development update focused heavily on the EFB, the team said that “progress is good” on the plane as the team awaits Sim Update 6. With Sim Update 6 having a change to the aerodynamic model, the team will hope to be polishing the final intricacies with the flight model. That said, they shared that the plane is already flying well even for complicated and challenging approaches. This was highlighted by the RNAV X approach for runway 12 in Ponta Delgada, where the Fenix A320 flew itself and respected the constraints all the way until minima. There are some examples on the Fenix blog if you want a more in-depth look.

Finally, the visual team continues to refind the aircraft, including the PBR mapping and weathering effects on the plane. Alongside that, the livery artists continue to produce quality looking liveries.

As work continues, be sure to check out 30 minutes of footage of the plane in action, or our first look article. There’s also a number of other feature reviews you can check out including the pneumatic systems, CDPLC functionality and also the MCDU and FMGS.

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Orbx Releases Hammerfest

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Announced just last week, Orbx has released Hammerfest Airport (ENHF) for MSFS. Located in Norway, Hammerfest is considered the worlds northernmost town. It has a unique atmosphere due to its location, as the sun does not set during summer and does not rise during winter. The approach to the sloped runway is challenging and will take pilots through some nearby mountains. The airport is only served by Widerøe, but has a rather large number of connections to other parts of Norway.

Orbx’s Hammerfest Airport features high quality models and PBR textures, custom terminal interior and custom static planes. Developer Finn Hansen has also included the city of Hammerfest itself, as well as the LNG facility on an island off the coast of Hammerfest. The scenery is available for $22.72 AUD from Orbx Direct.

Features

  • Accurate depiction of ENHF Airport
  • High-quality PBR textures
  • Custom terminal interior
  • Crisp orthoimage surrounding Hammerfest
  • Custom mini-cityscape of Hammerfest
  • Highly detailed LNG facility
  • Custom approach lighting for RWY 22 (circle-to-land)
  • Custom Statics
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SimBrief and Navigraph Updates Website and Data

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Another month and another month of AIRAC data is available to download through the FMS Data Manager. However, this update actually enables some new features in Microsoft Flight Simulator and also on the SimBrief website.

Starting with SimBrief, the latest AIRAC data (2110) now enables users to select aircraft type-based procedures. If you look at charts, you will see that certain SIDs and STARs have procedures that can be only completed by a specific aircraft type or if it has certain equipment. With the new updates, SimBrief will now filter out procedures based on the aircraft type you are flying. You can view procedures and their restrictions in the Route Finder section of the Integrated Dispatch System.

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In addition to the changes with SimBrief, Navigraph has updated its offering in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The latest data means that the localizer beamwidths in Microsoft Flight Simulator are more realistic. In the blog post by Navigraph, the simulator has a fixed value of 5 degrees, although some airports in the real world have a variation on the localizer beam. For example, Zanesville Municipal Airport has a beamwidth of 6 degrees. From AIRAC 2110 and onwards, Navigraph will include this data for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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As a small reminder, don’t forget to run your FMS Data Manager to get the most up-to-date FMS data for your simulator and aircraft. If you missed it, Navigraph acquired SimBrief and promises to keep the service free.

Thanks to Kwarazi for the tip.

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FeelThere Releases La Guardia International Airport for MSFS

Scenery developer FeelThere has released La Guardia International Airport (KGLA) for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The gateway to New York City is now ready to fly in the simulator, thanks to the development team. Often referred to as USS LaGuardia, the airport features two short runways and is surrounded by water from the East River. As such, it makes for a challenging approach over the busy city below. The airport serves domestic routes only due to a lack of border controls at the small airport.

FeelThere has incorporated highly detailed models throughout the airport product to bring it to life in the simulator. Furthermore, there is custom ground texturing, PBR and numerous other 3D objects to bring a realistic rendition of the airport to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

FeelThere’s La Guardia International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is available from simMarket for €12.99.

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Just Flight’s Palma De Mallorca Airport Now Available for MSFS

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Following months of teasing and previews from Just Flight, their awaited Palma De Mallorca Airport (LEPA) is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Palma Airport is a busy airport during the summer months with many airlines frequenting the Spanish Balearic Island. The airport is able to handle a huge number of aircraft types, including wide-body planes such as the 747 and A340.

The airport comes with over 300 custom built buildings and 3D objects, interior modelling and various custom ground textures and markings. This includes elements such as custom aprons, surrounding streets and the taxiways too have been reworked for the airport. In addition, there is a working VDGS, custom jet bridges and numerous ground handling vehicles throughout. Finally, Just Flight has corrected the ILS for all runways and ensured that it performs well even on lower-end PCs.

You can buy it from Just Flight for £14.99.

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MK-Studios Releases Porto Airport for MSFS

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Scenery developer MK-Studios has released Porto Airport (LPPR) for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Porto Airport is located in the North of Portugal and is an important hub for the likes of Ryanair, TAP and other European carriers. Passenger numbers and operators increased dramatically during the late 2010s (before COVID), meaning there are plenty of destinations to visit from the airport in the simulator.

The airport comes with full 4K texturing (with PBR support, a custom terrain mesh with accurate runway profile, along with interior modelling of the terminal building. The latest airport changes have also been faithfully recreated with the airport product from MK-Studios.

You can buy the product from either simMarket (€15.00) or through OrbxDirect ($19.95 AUD, approximately US$14.53 | €12,57 | £10.69).

It is worth noting that TropicalSim just released their version of Porto Airport for for €18.00. 

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Flight Sim Labs Control Center Released; MSFS Option Listed

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Flight Sim Labs announced their new Control Center a few weeks ago and has been undergoing final testing in the past few weeks ahead of today’s release. The application will be used to allow users to easily update aircraft, install liveries and generally manage their Flight Sim Labs products.

The primary aim has been designed to allow a one-stop update facility for the product line and improve the experience with micro-updates rather than full reinstalls for every update. You will be able to easily uninstall any products, update them and also deactivate license keys should you change hardware, without the need to contact support for any reactivation issues. You can also enter HOPPIE and SimBrief details to make the process easier moving forward. You will also be able to be part of the ‘experimental’ channel to try product updates ahead of public releases. This may not always be stable so you may want to think about it first.

Perhaps most interestingly is the fact that the Flight Sim Labs Control Center supports Microsoft Flight Simulator. Whilst this is no way confirmation of a product coming to Microsoft’s platform, it certainly is an indication that the development team are assessing the platform for something.

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If you want to download the Flight Sim Labs Control Center to manage your FSL products, you can do so from the forums.

Thanks to Tafia for the tip.

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VREF Simulations Releases Saint Chamond Airclub for MSFS

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Developer VREF Simulations has released a small little airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Following on from releases such as Calvi St. Catherine Airport and Glacier Park International, the team has developed Saint Chamond Airclub in France.

This small airfield in France has a single grass runway, a helicopter landing spot and plenty of hangars to put your aircraft in. VREF Simulations has developed the airport with plenty of quality details such as the bespoke buildings, night lighting and handmade ground textures. In addition, the scenery also fixes the highway issue with the default scenery.

The small airport can be picked up from simMarket for 8.45 (plus taxes).

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Just Flight Hawk T1/A Trainer for MSFS Previews, Video Tutorials and More Info

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The Hawk T1/A Trainer for Microsoft Flight Simulator continues to speed along in development and Just Flight is sharing even more previews of the bird in action. The military add-on for the new flight simulator has been developed in-house after having extensive hands-on time with a real-life Hawk T1/A that was used in the RAF. The aircraft is incredibly popular across other platforms and Just Flight says that this will be the best version of the plane yet. In fact, Just Flight say this is even a step-up from the original development on other platforms.

To help people get accustomed to the aircraft, Just Flight has started creating a number of tutorial videos. So far, six tutorial videos have been shared by Just Flight, including how to set up the onboard EFB, an overview of the hydraulic system and also how to operate the radios. You can see all of the videos so far released over on the Just Flight YouTube page. 

Whilst the team continue to refine the flight model and the last few bugs, Just Flight has also given us a number of new images to share with the community for this famous bird. As you can see below, the aircraft will come with a number of liveries and comes with highly detailed 3D modelling.

Just Flight confirmed to us that a release is very close. No exact details were shared at this time, but rest assured you’ll be able to fly this iconic aircraft very soon.

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