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Tailstrike Designs Airport Bergamo Released for MSFS

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Scenery developer Tailstrike Designs has released Bergamo Airport (LIME) for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The airport, also known as Orio al Serio International Airport, is one of three main airports in the Italian city of Milan. Situated north of Milan, the airport is a key hub for low-cost carrier Ryanair, but also sees plenty of traffic from other European carriers. The airport serves over 11 million passengers each year and considered one of the most important airports in the country.

Tailstrike Designs has built the airport to a high standard, focusing on a good balance between quality and performance. The team has included an up-to-date version of the airport with the current 2021 layout, and updates to the main terminal building and apron. Bergamo Airport has been designed with full native PBR models, features animated jetways and includes an AFIS system. To also ensure a seamless experience, Tailstrike Designs has included full surrounding details to ensure there’s no blurry satellite imagery.

You can buy Tailstike Designs’ Airport Bergamo for Microsoft Flight Simulator now from Aerosoft for €16.77 (excluding VAT).

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Orbx Releases Zadar Airport for MSFS

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Following on from an announcement earlier this week, Orbx has released Zadar Airport (LDZD) for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Zadar Airport is an international airport serving a varied number of airlines, albeit with seasonal destinations only. Zadar Airport is the fourth largest airport in Croatia in terms of passengers. It also serves as a hub for Ryanair.

According to the product page, Zadar Airport comes with a number of features such as PBR materials throughout, custom POIs across the city and also weather-influenced changes. As mentioned, the city of Zadar has been modelled with the addition of several points of interest and landmark buildings. These include the historic Land Gate, the Church of St. Donatus and the Kresimir Cosic Sports Hall, amongst others.

You can buy Zadar Airport from OrbxDirect now for $22.72 AUD (approximately US$16.82 | €14,21 | £12.12).

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Pyreegue Dev Co. Updates Edinburgh Airport for MSFS

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Developer Pyreegue Dev Co. has updated Edinburgh Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The new update includes many additions and changes that were brought in due to feedback and fixes to the SDK following Sim Update V.

Some of the more prominent changes include the addition of new 3D scanned static people, a remodelled Spitfire memorial (with correct material applied) and also new glass rain effects to the terminal windows. A number of bugs were also corrected such as stand labels and also moving the DME to be in the same position as the ILS antenna. Furthermore, you can now disable/enable static jets, along with new 3D car models that were added near the ATC tower.

You can get the update through Orbx Central now. Otherwise, you can pick up a copy for $29.95 AUD from Orbx.

You can watch our video review for the airport here.

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Aerosoft Airport Trondheim-Vaernes Update, Now on Xbox

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Aerosoft has updated its Airport Trondheim-Vaernes to version 1.0.8.0 which improves performance, adds new functionality and also numerous other improvements.

The new update has added numerous optimizations around the airport and also reduced the chance of jetway models from being missing within the sim. In addition, the team has improved the terminal and jetway glass textures, whilst also adding missing ground markings on the closed runway. Additionally, the update also makes the airport compatible with World Update V by removing default church models.

In addition, the airport has been made compatible and available on Xbox consoles. This means if you use the Xbox version of the simulator, you will be able to jump into the airport from your home console. You can download the Xbox version of the airport from the Microsoft Marketplace.

Otherwise, if you’re looking to pick up Trondheim-Vaernes on Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC, you can grab it from Aerosoft for €15.08.

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[Update: New Release Date] Junkers JU-52 for MSFS Delayed by a Few Weeks

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Update 10-Sept-2021 @ 12:35z: From the Microsoft Flight Simulator blog, it has been confirmed that the Junkers JU-52 will now release on September 28th 2021.

With World Update VI now in the hands of simmers, the next exciting release for Microsoft Flight Simulator was to be the Junkers JU-52. Initially announced at Gamescom last month, the product was originally due to release not long after the anticipated World Update. However, it has been confirmed that the local legend aircraft has been delayed.

Taking to the official forums, Jummivana confirmed that the Junkers JU-52 will be delayed by a few weeks in order to polish a few remaining bugs. During the final bout of testing, the team has discovered a number of bugs that they want to iron out before releasing to the public. Whilst the team were keen to see people take flight over Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the historic aircraft, we will have to wait just a little longer to get the plane in the air.

The Junker JU-52 was flown by 12 airlines and was to carry both passengers and freight. As time went on, the aircraft saw a large role in the military, deploying troops and cargo during the Second World War. It was also briefly used as a medium bomber. However, it is today maintained for aviation displays and aerial sightseeing. Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, said the team has worked with pilots and organisations that work to keep the aircraft type maintained at various heritage sites and museums in order to create the plane for the simulator.

As Jorg said in our exclusive interview, “this is the beginning of a series of classic planes. The mental model I have in mind for these local legends is that these aircraft are pre-1950s. When we go into a region [for World Updates], we’ll see what’s famous here and what means something to people.”

When we get a new date, we’ll be sure to let you know.

For now, check out the trailer for the Junkers JU-52 coming soon to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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World Update VI: Germany, Austria, Switzerland Now Available

Microsoft has released the 6th World Update for their Flight Simulator. World Update VI focusses on Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The region offers a large variety of different landscapes. From hazardous mountains to calm and rustic farm fields.

The update, like usual, includes new aerial imagery, high resolution elevation maps and covers several cities with new 3D objects. Furthermore, over 100 handcrafted points of interest have been included,  and the airports of Lübeck, Stuttgart, Klagenfurt and St. Gallen have all been recreated as well.

To get World Update VI, you first need to make sure your simulator is up to date. Once updated, you can download the package from the in-game marketplace.

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Got Friends Releases Gee Bee R3 Special for MSFS

Developers Jonx, Got Gravel and 270 Inc have collaborated together under a new developer name, Got Friends, to release the Gee Bee R3 Special for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The aircraft comes with a number of features that allow for thrilling, fun and competitive flying in the simulator.

Described as a “real beast of an aircraft,” the Gee Bee R3 Special is a fast aircraft designed specifically for competitive air racing. The aircraft will come equipped with the GTN 750, smoke trails and the ability to use Nitrous oxide to boost your speed to get a competitive edge over those you’re flying with. Also modelled is the pneumatic speed brakes that dramatically affect the aerodynamics. This opens up for some interesting manoeuvres in the sky, but more importantly, will help you slow down when it comes to landing.

This unique aircraft has been developed with some experienced people behind it so we’re expecting something good to come from it.

You can buy the Got Friends Gee Bee R3 Special from simMarket for €12.67. Alternatively, you can buy it from the newly launched Flightsim.to store for $15.00.

If competitive flying is your thing, check out the trailer for the upcoming Reno Air Races DLC coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator, or find out what Interview with Jorg Neumann on WU6, Helicopters, Racing, eSports and MoreJorg had to say about how the sim can be used for eSports in the future.

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VATSIM Cross the Pond Eastbound 2021 Happening October 30th

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The bi-annual VATSIM Cross the Pond (CTP) even will be heading Eastbound on Saturday, October 30th. The eastbound event will see pilots depart from a selection of airports within North America and head over to the UK and Europe across the Atlantic. The exact timings have yet to be confirmed at this point in time.

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. The 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 to this year?

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PMDG Status Update

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PMDG has shared a new status update about their ongoing efforts with Microsoft Flight Simulator and a few other things. First off, there is a very small update for PMDG’s DC-6 for MSFS. The update fixes a few issues that have been found with the plane, that PMDG did not want to delay amidst general MSFS updates and changes. Other changes that the company has been working on are related to get the plane in a state where they feel it’s ready enough to go to the MSFS Marketplace. The full changelog (however small it is) of the DC-6 update can be found at the end of this post.

MSFS, DC-6 and 737NG3

The team has also been working on general MSFS platform changes, which of course affect the DC-6 but also the 737NG3. The recent Sim Update 5 changed some core mechanics of the sim that also affected PMDG’s planes, and the team has had to shift their focus a bit to make the DC-6 work, causing some delays on the 737NG3 side. The process of fixing, according to Robert Randazzo’s post, has been a bit slow due to the holiday season and slowed responses from Asobo. Furthermore, some of the changes on the sim have been challenged, leaving the question whether or not these things might change again in the future. However, the outlook for the 737NG3 is still good and if everything goes according to plan, Randazzo remains confident that they can start previewing the plane during this month.

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The team has not only been working on their MSFS efforts. Development on the Prepar3D side of things has been going on steadily. PMDG has been working on a new LNAV module for the 747 for a while now, and beta testers will receive another update later during the week. The new module is a significant update over the “legacy LNAV model”, and once ready will be rolled out as a micro-update. However, the timeline for that is not quite clear yet.

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