JustSim have pushed an update for their Barcelona El Prat airport (LEBL) to SimMarket. This update will include a number of fixes and enhancements to the airport. According to JustSim there is a 30% VAS reduction and are the ground poly’s fixed (although this meant they had to sacrifice on some parts of the coloured asphalt. There is also a new model for Terminal 1 with new geometry and textures and they have added ground vehicles.
Nvidia released a driver update for their GeForce graphics cards, version 378.49 which was reported to leak VAS. They later released another update, version 378.66 which fixed the leak but still had P3D running high VAS usage. The only solution was to roll back to version 376.33 and hope Nvidia fixed the issue.
After being a little annoyed, I actually took it upon myself to simply report this issue to Nvidia using their forums. Prepar3d doesn’t get much, if any, attention in the GeForce forums so it isn’t any surprise the problem existed in two driver builds. After posting the issue with links to the Prepar3d forums I was asked to try the hotfix 378.72 driver to see if the problem was fixed.
I’m happy to say the hotfix driver solved everything and appears to be stable with P3D! In addition, I am actually seeing better VAS results than I was on the 378.66 build. So, if you’d like to update your drivers, go ahead and grab the 378.72 build and see how it goes for you.
Vidan Design can add another airport to their long list of Danish airports. Billund, Denmarks second largest airport and one of its busiest cargo centres is now available for FSX and P3D. Vidan Design have put a lot of effort into the features for this scenery: there are a lot of custom buildings, vehicles and vegetation, there are photorealistic ground textures, animating traffic, SODE jetways and much more. They have even gone as far as modelling the city of Billund itself! You can pick up this scenery for €15,96 from SimMarket right now, or wait for our review that will come soon!
HiFi Simulations have released a new hotfix which improves the max upper visibility rendering for Active Sky 16 for Prepar3d, as well as other fixes and updates for all current weather engines. This includes Active Sky 16 and Active Sky Next for both FSX and Prepar3d.
The team have also fixed high CPU utilisation when you disable wake turbulence and other minor things.
You can read out full review on Active Sky 16 and Cloud Art here.
The full list of changes is here:
Changelog for AS16 for P3D/FSX Hotfix 021517
– P3D Experimental upper visibility depiction handling change via previous HotFix made permanent
– Fixed issue where CPU usage would climb and app may eventually crash if Wake Turbulence Strength setting was set to zero (disabled)
(Experimental upper visibility depiction handling change with Volfog on (P3D), attempts to increase apparent visibility while still masking cloud draw distance using typical “masking” upper max visibility settings of approximately 80 miles)
Changelog for ASN for P3D/FSX Hotfix 021517
– Fixed CPU usage increase issue when Wake Turbulence Strength option was set to zero (disabled)
– Fixed issue where custom/manual weather would not export into current_wx_snapshot.txt file
You can download from the HiFi Simulation’s downloads page.
On the 17th of February Drzewiecki Design released their latest addon Washington X. Covering 5 Airports, Meany Heliports, and recreating several of the famed cities landmarks.
2017-02-17. Users may fly around the area of Washington DC and enjoy 1500 custom made buildings putting all of Down Town DC in 3D plus other landmarks and bridges, Night and Seasonal Textures, and Detailed Autogen. Washington National Airport (KDCA) has been recreated in Detail, along with Lite versions of Joint Base Andrews (KADW), College Park Airport (KCGS ), Potomac Airfield (KVKX ), and Washington Executive Airport (W32 ). Lite meaning the airports have Custom Buildings and a Ground Poly Layer. All scenery in the package was made with a highly advanced performance friendly design. the package is also compatible with UTX, FS Global, as well as FTX Global and Vector. Its also compatible with Airport enhancement services.
The Scenery is compatible with FSX, P3D V1, V2, and V3. Installation of the scenery is fully automatic however do remember to uninstall all versions of included airports you may have before prior to installing this product. The product is available from SimMarket at the price $31.72 (€28.45, £26,81). There is no registration key and you simply download the installer upon purchase. If you wish to try before you buy a Demo is available. The demo features the same airport layout as the full version but with limited 3D objects and Low-res textures.
Normally I would include a brief description of the area the scenery is modeling. However seeing it is Washington DC I feel the point of that is a bit moot. I will however link to the Wikipedia page on the city here. Below are a few select images of the scenery from Drzewiecki Designs website.
Update: I have changed the title to be a fairer reflection. Whilst I fully believe in the information and the source, I appreciate the confusion. Apologies to anyone who felt as though this was clickbait. I assure you, I did research before presenting this information to the community.
Thanks for your continued support and if you have further feedback please let me know.
*Rumour from verified source*
We’ve been posting news and information regarding Lockheed Martin’s worst kept secret for a while now. We all know that Prepar3d v4 is coming and will be 64-bit. Multiple developers have hinted at a 2017 release, but now, we’re hearing from beta testers that actually, it is sooner than expected along with some new features.
A conversation happening on Facebook led to a member of the beta team discussing certain things about the upcoming platform that probably impact their Non-Disclosure Agreement.
The source, which has been verified by a member of the FSElite team and someone external, comes from a well known developer within the community. However, as it’s not confirmed by Lockheed Martin, we’ll still mark this as a rumour.
This person has stated that “P3D 64 bit coming soon” with an emphasis that beta testing has been on-going for a while now. Not only that, but this person stated their “add-ons seem to work,” which suggest that many developers have already taken the time to ensure that they are compatible with this new Sim. What’s interesting is that they mention that a new lighting engine has been added.
This is obviously good news, but not something that should come unexpected. What this source did say was that we can expect a “surprise” when it’s out in the near future. This surprise is an alternative to X-Plane 11’s physics based rendering engine.
The entire transcript is posted on a private Facebook page, but I’ve selected the highlights below. I’ve covered names and photos to help protect identities, but this will only go so far as it’s in public view on social media.
We’ve contacted the source for any further information, but have yet to hear anything back.
Green is the original source and orange is other members asking questions.
- The “my Facebook account was hacked” was simply a joke among some of the people in the comment section. The information is genuine. In a further comment, the source said “Lockheed Martin have black vans outside my house to take me away” (or words to that affect), so we can assume this is a joke.
- The developer is a scenery dev. As a result, when he says “all add-ons work”, this is probably referring to scenery products. Why? Scenery products are the least impacted by 64 bit as they typically don’t require DLLs to function.
- I contacted the source a day ago, but haven’t heard back. I’ve used the people I verified the person with to reach out, but no such luck. If I have any updates, I will let you know.
Whoa, calm down there guys! Only a few days after they have released Hamburg, JustSim have announced to be working on Dusseldorf next! It looks like Aerosoft is finally gonna get some competition when it comes to the German sceneries. And that could be a good thing for us as customers with the original scenery from Aerosoft dating back to 2012! No previews have been released yet. But make sure to follow us to find out as soon as we hear and see more!
Set to release in only 4 days Drzewiecki Designs decided to warm us up a little to their next scenery: Washington DC. As the screenshots will show they have done their absolute best and made this city in true Drzewiecki style: the textures look very crisp, very high quality and it seems like no detail has been spared. Even the commander in chief is probably signing some new executive orders in his office.. Washington DC will come with a number of features. One of the features that stands out most is the way they will include airports into the scenery pack. First of all, it will include a high detailed rendition of KDCA including terminal interiors, SODE jetways, beautiful textures and more. Second, other airports, which will come in a “lite” variant, will be KADW Joint Base Andrews, KCGS College Park Airport, KVKX Potomac Airfield and W32 Washington Executive Airport. These lite airports will feature custom airport buildings with realistic ground poly layers. Also included will be a number of helipads.
FranceVFR make some absolutely amazing area sceneries. And next up from them is Languedoc-Roussillon. This is a Provence in the South of France on the Eastern coast. Some key cities in this area are Perpignon, Béziers and Montpellier. But let me not hold you up with any words. This area is set to release next week so let’s just get right to the previews.
Richer Simulations have released their rendition of St. Kitts island! This island is home to Robert L. Bradshaw airport, formerly known as Golden Rock Airport. It services a certain number of airlines with destinations around the entire world. But the real beauty of this addon is that Richer Simulations have covered the entire island in beautiful photorealistic textures. This makes flying around in some GA aircraft absolutely amazing. Other features include a lot of custom autogen and mesh as well as custom night lighting and textures for the reefs that can be found nearby the island. You can pick up this addon now for only €12,50 from SimMarket.