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Honeycomb Aeronautical Reveals New Controls, Xbox Support and More

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Honeycomb Aeronautical has revealed a series of new control options coming soon for flight simulation users across both PC and also for Xbox Series X|S. As reported by, the new controls will build on the already released Alpha controls and also the upcoming Bravo and Charlie controls. Here’s the first detailed look at what to expect from the upcoming controls from Honeycomb Aeronautical.

Tango Foxtrot Flight Stick and Throttle

The first product to be showcased is the Tango Foxtrot Flight Stick and Throttle. This dual controller will feature programmable buttons, toggles, switches and rotary switches for maximum customisation for customers. The stick and throttle sections will be completely detachable and can be swapped depending on which dominant hand you have. The throttle unit features twin throttle levers with thrust reverser and can be configured for both GA and commercial airliners depending on which aircraft you are flying.

The throttle features a TOGA switch, A/T disconnect buttons, speedbrakes and flap levers which also include the “pull to unlock” function found in certain aircraft. Furthermore, the throttle features rudder trim, autobrake, parking brake and also a fire suppression system for both the APU and engines. The planned release date for the Tango Foxtrot controller will be in the second or third quarter of 2021 and will retail for $249.99. It will be compatible with box PC and Xbox Series X|S..

Foxtrot Flight Stick

If you’re looking for just the joystick portion of the Foxtrot Tango,  the Foxtrot Flight Stick is also to be sold separately in the same launch period as mentioned above. It will be sold in a righthanded configuration, but a lefthanded add-on will be sold separately for those who require it. The Foxtrot Flight Stick features everything from the dual combination package. The Flight Stick will be also available for PC and Xbox and will retail for $99.99, whilst the left-handed add-on will retail for $29.99.

Charlie Rudder Pedals

The Charlie Rudder Pedals continue to be developed and are due for a release at some point in the new year for $249.99. The pedals feature a horizontal pedal movement similar to commercial pedals and driven by a heavy-duty belt to replicate the pulley system found in GA planes. The pedals are made out of aluminium and slide on steel rails whilst the toe brakes are equipped with load cells to provide an authentic brake force. Honeycomb Aeronautical will support multiple-sized carpet spikes and inserts for optional weight to prevent slippage. The optional weight units will retail for $39.99.

Xbox Hub for Bravo and Charlie Controls

If you’re looking to hook either the Bravo or Charlie controls up to the Xbox Series X|S, then you will need to link up your controls to either the new Foxtrot Flight Stick or through the Xbox Hub. The Xbox Hub will retail for $29.99 and from what we understand, won’t be needed for the newer controllers. Another way to hook up the Bravo or Charlie will be using the updated Alpha Controls.

Updated Alpha Flight Controls

It is also confirmed that Honeycomb Aeronautical will release a new updated version of the Alpha Flight Controls in the second quarter of 2021. The new version will add Xbox Series X|S support. The support means you can simply plug the controls into the console and it will be instantly recognised, along with having Xbox buttons. The old Alpha Flight Controls will be discontinued at that time, but the new version will retail for the same price at $249.99. No other functionality or improvements were mentioned for the new version of the Alpha Flight Controls.

Bravo Flight Controls

The Bravo Flight Controls are starting to be prepared to be shipped out to customers who pre-ordered the product. As for reviews and first impressions, expect those very soon from FSElite.


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Gaya Simulations Releases Berlin-Tegel Airport for P3D

After its release for X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator, Gaya Simulations has now finally also released Berlin-Tegel Airport (EDDT) for Prepar3D. The airport is (still) the main airport of Berlin, with a planned closure date of November 8th this year. The airport is served by a multitude of European airlines, and is a hub for Eurowings and historically Air Berlin.
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PMDG Previews 737NGXu BBJ, Coming Soon

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PMDG's Robert Randazzo has taken to the forums to inform the community about the upcoming release of the 737NGXu BBJ (Boeing Business Jet) expansion pack for the original 737NGXu on Prepar3D. Robert went into detail about how the BBJ/BBJ2 differs from the standard 737 configurations and some of the changes present in the aircraft product. The BBJ expansion pack will
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Drzewiecki Design Releases Tokyo Narita

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Polish developer Drzewiecki Design has released their Tokyo Narita Airport (RJAA) for P3D V4.5+ and V5. The project was originally announced as a whole Tokyo landscape including both Haneda (RJTT) and Narita (RJAA) airports, and has moved on to what will apparently be two separate products, in which Haneda will be the one including some Tokyo landmarks. The Narita Airport
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Immersive Audio Releases 737XU Cockpit Sound Immersion Lite

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Sound utility developer Immersive Audio has released its 737XU Cockpit Sound Immersion Lite package for Prepar3D v4.5 and v5. The all-new cockpit sound pack has been designed specifically for the PMDG 737NGXu series of aircraft and features over 100 new sounds to bring your cockpit to life. The new sound effects are all recorded from a real-world 737NG cockpit and
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FSimStudios Shares Previews for Vancouver International Airport

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Developer FSimStudios has shared an extensive update for its upcoming version of Vancouver International Airport for both Microsoft Flight Simulator and Prepar3D v4/v5. The post was shared on Facebook and covers everything from features, pricing and the release date.

Firstly, the team wanted to highlight the features which would be coming to the scenery product upon release. The Prepar3D version will feature 178 square KM of imagery which includes downtown Vancouver with custom-made buildings. Furthermore, the airport has been designed and modelled on the current layout as recent as August 2020, to give simmers the most up-to-date version of the airport possible.

The development team is ensuring that all of the details will be there for simmers including PBR texturing, native to both P3D and MSFS, along with seasonal aerial imagery and numerous landmarks such as the local shopping outlets and even the bridges that span the Fraser River.

FSimStudios plans to release Vancouver International Airport for Prepar3D v4/v5 on October 31st 2020, with the Microsoft Flight Simulator release following two-weeks afterwards.

To try and make things as easy as possible for simmers, FSimStudios are releasing the Prepar3D version for $25 USD. This will also include a copy of the airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator. That said, if people are only wanting the Microsoft Flight Simulator version, you will be able to buy it for $11.00 USD. Presumably, this will be made available through multiple stores including OrbxDirect.

As we get closer to the October 31st release date, we’re sure more previews for the airport will be released. In related news, FSDreamTeam released an upgraded FSX port of Vancouver International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FSLabs Updates Airbus A319-X/A320-X/A321-X

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Aircraft developer FSLabs has updated their entire Airbus fleet to version bringing full compatibility to their A319-X for P3Dv5. In a post on their company forum, FSLabs founder Lefteris Kalamaras announced that they have made substantial improvements to their Airbus fleet as well as making their A319-X fully compatible with Prepar3d version 5.  The A319-X has received improvements including
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A_A Sceneries Kuala Lumpur Released

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Shortly after this September preview, A_A Sceneries has released their Kuala Lumpur International Airport (WMKK) scenery for FSX and P3D up to V4.5. The A_A Sceneries is an update of their 2010 release and renders the airport as it currently is, after the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2, dubbed KLIA2 was inaugurated and the old low cost carrier was
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Just Flight Updates their Avro Vulcan with PBR

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Just Flight has pushed a major update to their Avro Vulcan aircraft for Prepar3D, introducing PBR rendering for the 3D exterior model and the virtual cockpit for P3D V4 and V5. The new update also brought some minor fixes also available for the previous versions of P3D and FSX (see changelog below). You can purchase the Just Flight Avro Vulcan
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FlyTampa Updates Sydney Airport

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FlyTampa has pushed an update of their Sydney Airport (YSSY) to version 2.1. The new version fixes flickering ground textures in P3D V4 and V5 and fixes a few layout and numbering errors. The update is done by reinstalling the scenery using the FlyTampa Universal Installer. Changelog Fixed flickering ground polygons on P3D V4-4.5 Removed duplicate jetway from Gate 54
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