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FSDreamTeam – Huge Update – P3DV4, GSX 2.0 and More

With all this excitement over the announcement of Prepar3D version 4, we need to remember that developers also have products of their own with announcements. We’ve detailed the smaller updates from other developers in this post, but FSDreamTeam deserved their own post as they have lots of details to share about their upcoming products and code base.

Firstly, they wanted to reiterate that their products will be updated free of charge. So even products like their Las Vegas which started out as a FS9 project, will be updated to 64-bit code absolutely free. With all of their products using Addon Manager, the team had to port the code over to 64-bit architecture to ensure it worked. As part of this, the team also worked on fixing problems and improving things based on feedback.

The team have now committed to a single FSDT folder installation. So regardless of number of sims installed on your PC, FSDT products will install outside of the sim and install straight away. Also part of this is the new way add-ons will be configured with P3D v3 and V4.

If you remember from P3Dv3, scenery config files were private for scenery, textures, simobjects etc. This meant that if you had to uninstall or reinstall the sim, then you wouldn’t lose any of the previously installed scenery. Of course, if you already have everything set up nicely, FSDT aren’t forcing you to change anything as the old installers will still work. Keep Reading

Prepar3D V4, What We Know from Developers

A number of developers are now coming out with their plans for P3D V4. Please note that this post will be a continualy updated post as and when more developer news is provided.

TFDi Design 

The team over at TFDi design announced on their forum that their 717 will not be available with P3D V4 immediatley. They are currently working on finalising their 717 version 1.0.8.0. Hopefully we can expect this aircraft to come to P3D V4 not too long after it’s release.

FSDreamTeam

FSDreamTeam have been showing off some great videos of P3D V4 over on YouTube. This includes a video showing off the new snow particles at their upcoming Charlotte scenery.  This is one of two videos which also includes a video of them flying around the scenery in the default F35. This is a good video that shows off not only their Charlotte scenery once again, but also showing the new levels of LOD radius that can be set within this new sim.

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Prepar3D V4 Revealed Officially by Lockheed Martin Coming May 30th

May 23rd will be go down in the history books as the day Lockheed Martin finally put rumour to rest and reveal their next iteration of desktop flight simulation. We have known that version 4 of Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D series was bound to happen eventually, but today, Lockheed Martin have revealed the future of their product line.

It’s official – 64-bit simming!

Prepar3D V4 has been officially revealed by Lockheed Martin and as told by us, V4 is indeed 64-bit. The added memory will ensure that simmers will be less likely to encounter out of memory errors and increase detail to suit their hardware without running the risk of running out of available memory. This is fantastic news as it brings the platform to a modern era, as well as bringing the final major flight simulator to  a 64-bit era.

Some great features have been inclued in this upcoming version of P3D.

Other features Lockheed announced:

  • Dynamic Lighting
  • Rain/Snow particles
  • Global 3D trees
  • A fully reworked development software
  • New default vehicles

Now that the NDA has been lifted, we expect to see plenty of streams and screenshots of the new sim over the course of the coming days. We’ll do what we can to get you some exclusive stuff!

Now that it’s finally cleared up, read our article on setting our expectations for the new sim. We’re eager to hear details from third parties about how they plan to support the new platform.

Also, a special thank you to everyone who believed in us from the start. We take this community very seriously and are extremely pleased that our sources  have been honest and truthful. We’ve always taken journalism seriously and only aim to provide you with accurate information even if it is rumour or speculation.  As always if you have feedback, please email or contact us!

MilViz Preview ATR 72-600 Renders

Milviz has previewed another screenshot of their upcoming ATR 72-600 for P3D and FSX. This time it’s the cockpit that is being shown and every new screenshot they release make us want it more and more.

For more information and the progress of this aircraft head over to FSElite and Milviz website.

 

Aeroplane Heaven Announcement

The guys over at Aeroplane Heaven has announced their new DHC-3 Otter. But it won’t only come with wheels it will also feature floats and ski versions as well as military and civilian versions.

The Twin Otter released by Aerosoft was such a fun plane to fly, both tarmac and wild runways but they haven’t updated it so now Aeroplane Heaven has decided to create theirs.

More info will come at a later date but for now this is all we have and for more info follow FSElite.

IAD Roma Ciampino X Preview

Aerosoft has just showed us some previews of their upcoming scenery of Roma Ciampino X by IAD – Italian Airport Developers. It’s good that more Italian airports are being made to fill the empty space in FS with high end add-ons.

Rome Ciampino X will feature the following:

– 3d Gpoly (light effects and rain effect) (P3Dv3 only).

– Custom Meshes.

– Ciampino Town reproduced using autogen with optimized textures.

– Industrial Area around the airport.

– 3d Cars in parking lot, custom trees and 3d grass.

– 3d custom apron vehicles and aircraft.

– Animated windsock variation reflecting the wind (SODE).

– Night textures developed using ambient occlusion modeling.

– Night lights effects using SODE

– Unaligned left PAPI lights on RWY 33 (as real ones) made using SODE.

– 3d Approach lights using SODE.

– Configuration program to set the 3d object density.

– Seasonal variations.

Make sure to follow FSElite for latest news of this scenery and other releases.

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Carenado 390 Premier 1A Coming Soon – More Previews

Over on Facebook, Carenado showcased a few more screenshots of their upcoming Premier 1A.

A short teaser video was recently published, but today on Facebook, the screenshots show off a few new details of the aircraft. According to the same post, it will be “coming soon”. The business jet itself can reach speeds of 530mph and has a range of 1645 miles.

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FSDreamTeam Announce Pittsburgh International Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

FSDreamTeam, known for their work on GSX (Ground Services X), JFK and LAX have announced their next projects will be Pittsburgh International Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg.

Update 21MAY2017: I’ve updated the article to correct a few spelling and factual errors. Thanks to reader Richard for pointing these out to me.

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh International Airport is a large USA airport that is frequently visited by airlines such as Delta, United and Southwest. It serve a huge range of destinations both inside the USA and a select few internationally. In total, there are 4 runways to make traffic flows nice and easy for ATC during the final approach.

As for Basel Mulhouse Freiburg airport, the Switzerland airport serves as primary base for easyJet Switzerland meaning there are plenty of European destinations top choose from.

No further details were given at this time, but we’re looking forward to seeing the scenery when we do.

Orbx Bilbao (LEBB) – More Previews of the Stunning Spanish City

Since we interviewed Marcus for Developer Month about Bilbao, we have been extremely excited to see the product come along in development. Development has been steady for a while, so it’s no surprise to see the previews below showing as much detail as they are. The Spanish city  is known for it’s interesting terrain and harbours so we’re keen to fly our airlines and GA aircraft in there.

Over on the Orbx forums, Marcus gave some more insight into what we can expect from the product when it’s released. As for when that will be, we’re not sure yet, but he did say that the project is moving onto the next phase with beta testing ti commence, followed by night-lighting, cross platform installers and optimisation.

The scenery itself will include the whole city of Bilbao, with around 300,000 – 400,000 hand placed buildings and trees scattered around. This will include the famous Iberdrola skyscraper complete with functional helipad. For heli-pilots, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll also be able to land on some nearby tanker ships situation in the fully modelled harbours. The airport itself will benefit from high-resolution scenery, internal modelling, movable gates and other small details including people, objects and vehicles.  It’s sounding like an incredibly detailed package. You can see that in the previews below!

I’ve left the 40+ preview shots below, and the feature list afterwards.

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Aerosoft Announce Singapore

Just an hour ago, Mathijs from Aerosoft announced a new scenery on the Aerosoft preview forum

This time we are headed to Singapore Changi International Airport (ICAO: WSSS)!

Changi is the main airport of Singapore and handles a wide verity of international traffic with over 100 airlines airlines operating in or out of Singapore. In 2016 it handled an impressive 58,698,039 passengers. On top of that, it has received numerous awards as Best Airport in the world, including Skytrax Best Airport in 2017.

Not much detail was shared about the scenery, other than it being made by Antti Haka.

From the screenshots posted, it looks absolutely gorgeous