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PMDG Comments on MSFS Trailer Release

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Over on the PMDG forum, Robert Randazzo, of PMDG Simulations has commented on the PMDG stance regarding the release of Microsoft’s trailer of their upcoming Flight Simulator 2020.

Having received many questions about possible developments for the new MSFS platform, in efforts to manage expectations of the community, Robert commented that although Microsoft has clearly been working on the title for some time, PMDG has received no more information on the release than the wider community. Randazzo recapped that PMDG had made contact with Microsoft in order to purchase FSX/ESP platform in the past, Microsoft favouring Dovetail Games for the franchise, and that Microsoft would be able to reclaim their original core code even after any advances were made, should Microsoft choose to re-enter the marketplace for simulation.

PMDG is ultimately taking the ‘wait and see’ approach to the news and development of MSFS 2020. A lack of information released by Microsoft regarding any features and their vision for aftermarket developments has restricted PMDG in making a ‘smart business decision’ to be made in terms of their development and support of their products for MSFS2020.

Randazzo, along with other developers has made comments in reference to Microsoft’s decision to develop add-ons themselves rather than allowing third-party developers access to their platform, possibly in the hope to sway Microsoft to include the option for third-party development.

If you would like to read the full statement made by Robert, you can find it here.

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FSExpo 2019: POSCON Beta Roadmap Updated

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The folks behind the all-new simulation network, POSCON, have updated their beta testing roadmap as part of their showcase at this year's FSExpo in Orlando, FL. For some time now, as the network has been developed and improved, the developers have had a very small testing team of just 58 people on hand to assist them in fault-finding their new network.
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Join FSElite – In-Person Interviews at FSExpo!

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FlightSimExpo is now only days away, and we can't be more excited to meet members of the community, get together as a team, and see all the exciting new announcements and details from developers throughout the industry. This year, we are excited to announce that FSElite will be offering you, the conference attendee, the ability to have an in-person interview
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VATSIM Announces Signups for New Audio System (AFV)

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Flight simulation network VATSIM has announced signups for their new audio solution. The new solution, Audio for VATSIM (AFV), will feature clear VHF communication, minimal latency, realistic range-based VHF range, incorporation of blocking tones and the ability to use voice on any frequency, yes even UNICOM. VATSIM needs help in testing these new systems through beta testers, who can apply
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VATSIM Announces Large Scale Audio Testing

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Over their forums, VATSIM has announced that their team is planning large scale audio tests on the production servers this month. They've notified members that applications will be available to those who wish to be a part of the testing. This audio update has been awaited by many VATSIM members. Most notable of this update is the updated CODECs that will
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Airline2Sim Releases Airport2Sim Schiphol Trailer

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Airline2Sim have recently taken to Facebook to release a pre-release trailer for their upcoming inaugural Airport2Sim product, Amsterdam Schiphol. The 11 minute video summarizes what customers will be able to expect when the product releases. Users can expect six videos with the package, as well as an improved GSX configuration for 3rd party Schiphol sceneries. The package will also include SODE files and a PDF information sheet.

The six videos will cover real-world operating procedures for Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, including analysis of the taxiway layout, intersections you may expect for a short takeoff, which arrival and departure patterns are used at the airport based on the time of day, and much much more. The preview video also demonstrates the enhancements that Airline2Sim have made to FlyTampa’s Schiphol with the use of their own custom GSX profile, which ensures that your aircraft never receives conflicting marshaling instructions, or clips its wings on SODE elements such as jetways.

Airport2Sim Schiphol will cost $9.99 USD and will be made available for purchase on the Airline2Sim website, as well as all major flightsim retailers. No firm release date has been set, however we can expect the product to come out sometime within the next few days.

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PilotEdge Integrates ATIS System

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With the launch of the ATIS system, pilots flying on the network can now obtain up-to-date weather and significant flight planning data published on the respective ATIS frequencies. This includes runways and approaches in use and information on runway closures. Controllers will also have access to this data and will ensure to verify that pilots are reporting in with the exact ATIS code
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FlightSimSoft Previews PFPX Update

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Over the last few days, FlightSimSoft, known for PFPX and Topcat have provided a few screenshots showing off some new features that are due to be added to PFPX in a new update. The first bunch of screenshots posted last Sunday are showing off new options for various charts used in flight-planning including ETOPS and plotting charts to better illustrate
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Summary: Mettar Simulations Presentation At Flight Sim 2018

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Mettar Simulations has provided updates on a range of their projects during their presentation at Flight Sim 2018 this morning. During the presentation, Matt Davies spoke about projectFLY, POSCON and more. projectFLY The widely-used flight-tracking companion for every style of simmer is about to be updated with a number of new and improved features. The items that Matt touched on
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VATSIM Reveal New Voice Codec

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For a long time, many a VATSIM user has asked for a new codec which will bring better clarity and ease to using voice on VATSIM. Well, the time is now upon us and the first preview of the new codec has been shown off over on VATSIM's YouTube channel. The video shows off some of the new features of
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