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Taxi2Gate Paris CDG update

Taxi2Gate have been working hard on an update for Paris CDG with a whole lot of fixes. They have fixed numerous flickering issues, signage issues around taxi- and runways, missing jetways, missing colors, missing buildings and more. They have also added a season configurator to make switching between seasons easier than having to copy files from one folder to another. You can get the update for LFPG right now from SimMarket.

 

FSimStudios Calgary Released

An airport that has not been touched much before in flight simulation has now finally got some scenery. This airport as stated in the title, is Calgary which is a scenery that has come from FSimStudios. I personally have never heard of this developer but they seem to have created a very nice scenery by the looks of it. Maybe we might finally see some decent traffic flying out of Calgary? We will have to see. The scenery comes at the reasonable price of EUR 24.60 and can be purchased from SimMarket.

The feature list contains all the normal features you would expect from a high level scenery as well as some extras such as static planes and seasonal textures. I will certainly be picking this scenery up and look forward to flying out of it in the near future. You can find the entire feature list below.

Features:

  • High detailed, updated representation of Calgary International Airport
  • High Resolution Photoscenery of the airport and surrounding areas.
  • Terminal and hangars modelled and texturized with great attention to detail
  • High Resolution textures
  • Static Planes
  • Winter textures
  • Inverse-Kinematics (IK) Animated Jetways
  • Highly optimized for great performance
  • Tested compatibility with ORBX’s Airdrie Airpark
  • Configurator file for low-end machines.
  • Apron vehicles
  • Volumetric grass
  • Night Lighting
  • Realistic Ground Poly of the airport
  • Charts of the airport

Just Flight Release PA-28R Arrow III

Just Flight yesterday released their most recent product. This time it is the PA-28R Arrow III. A very well known aircraft to anyone that knows anything about light aircraft. I have personally done a few flying lessons on this aircraft in the real world and it is a magnificent aircraft to fly. Judging by the look of this new product, we might be looking at a very well created aircraft.

Just Flight are known well for creating good looking but low compelxity aircraft. However this time they seem to have made an exception to their common trend of aircraft. Although a bold statement, it looks like Just Flight could be knocking on the door of A2A if they continue to make aircraft such as this to a high complexity level. A real world version of this aircraft was used by the Just Flight team in order to create this product and it looks like they have left almost nothing out that you would find in the real aircraft.

The product is pretty reasonably priced and is set at what seems to be a competitve price to A2A. It will set you back a cost of £27.99 and can purchased here. The feature list is vast and a bit too big for me to actually implement into this article so if you wish to check it out for yourself then simply follow the link that I placed in the last sentence.

I am very impressed with what Just Flight have created here and will certainly be picking it up for myself when I have the time. Let’s hope we can see more aircraft like this from Just Flight.

FSdreamteam First Previews of Louisville

Update:

Thanks to reader Danny, he informed us it’s not a new announcement, but something the team have had in the works for a while. As a result, it turns out these are some of the first previews.

On a post to Facebook, Fsdreamteam have announced their next project. They are developing another US airport and this time they have chosen Louisville. Much like Memphis this airport is a large cargo hub. Instead of FedEx this time it is UPS. UPS operate a large fleet of MD11s out of the Kentucky based airport which will provide some fun for all those PMDG Mad Dog fans out there. The airport itself does not serve many international routes but recieves a healthy amount of domestic flights from around the US. As of this article being written the only information we have to hand is one solitary image and the confirmation from Fsdreamteam that it is Memphis. Any more news regarding this upcoming scenery will of course be reported over here on FSElite.

Orbx Innsbruck (LOWI) previews

Its been quite some time since we last heard something from Orbx about their scenery for Innsbruck. So you can only imagine how happily surprised we were went just a moment ago we finally got to see something from it again. And it looks amazing. Orbx have put an immense amount of effort into Innsbruck and it is showing. I have never before seen an airport packed with so many details! From the hang gliders club to the apron and the terminal building: everything looks super busy making the airport feel really alive. The surrounding area of the airport that can be spotted in some shots also looks beautiful. We don’t have a release date yet, but here’s to hoping it won’t take much longer! Can’t wait to start making that dreaded turn into LOWI again!

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Black Box Simulation Pre Flight Manager Update Coming Soon

An update to Black Box Simulation’s pre flight manager is just around the corner. They have showed off a preview of the update on their Facebook page which gives us a couple of details of what we can expect in this next update. This most significant update within this is the addition of an automatic update feature. This I am sure will act as a useful feature having to no longer manually update. Black Box claim that “this should allow all us to address issues and serve users much more efficiently”. This update should be with us within hopefully the next couple of days. Seems to be useful for anyone that uses that Pre Flight Manager a fair amount.

Orbx Will NOT Be Charging for Upgrades to Prepar3d V4

Prepar3d V4 rumours and information have been rife lately, and today, Orbx CEO John Venema adds to that. Based on his previous statements [Editor’s note: sorry, couldn’t find the original post], Orbx have today announced that there will be NO UPGRADE FEE for when Prepar3d v4 is released.

This is excellent news as many people have been worried that the new version, likely to be 64-bit, will mean that many developers would charge additional upgrade fees. Not only will Orbx be updating their entire library free of charge, it’ll be done ‘magically’ through FTX version 3 without even having to download gigs and gigs of data.

John wants to remind everyone to not pester people on the Orbx team as they are all under strict NDAs, but wanted to reassure the community they are as committed as ever to bringing the best scenery to Prepar3d.

You can read the full forum post over on the Orbx forums, but we’ve pretty much covered it all here.

Did Aerosoft Just Give Let Slip of Prepar3d V4?

Just a quick one from me. We recently outed some rumoured information regarding Prepar3d V4 and Aerosoft may have let slip a little more than they wanted to.

Whilst talking about the new Connected Flight Deck feature for their upcoming A330, Mathijs showed off what he does whilst working to keep his mind busy. As you can see, he enjoys reading upon datalink, watching TV and writing documents! Fun!

But what’s really interesting is the icons on his desktop itself. In the top, far right hand corner is a black icon that looks a little too familiar. Once zoomed in, you can see it’s clearly Prepar3d V4.

Now we know, we know, anyone can set an icon for the desktop, and maybe it’s Mathijs just teasing us (he does hint at it in his post). Regardless, whether it’s a developer poking some fun or a “whoops, I messed up” mistake, it’s lighthearted.

Before anyone screams FAKE NEWS, it’s not ‘fake’. You can see the image and you can see the post here. Anything relating to Prepar3d v4 is conjecture until Lockheed Martin say something official. Anything going forward is simply discoveries made by us or the community.

Of course, we’ll always verify any information to ensure it’s as accurate as it can be.

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