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The Future of FS2Crew Products – PMDG 747 QOTS II, Ultimate Ground Crew X and More

The team at FS2Crew have updated the community on their plans for their future products, time frames and more. With the completion of porting their products over to the 64-bit sim, Prepar3DV4, they can turn their attention onto bringing out new products. Allow me to summarise what they shared on their Facebook page.

PMDG 747 QOTS II Version

The project is nearly completion with voice sets being finalised. They’re working hard to ensure that the product is as bug-free as possible. They’re currently testing on Windows 10, but if you Windows 7 still, send them a message as they’re looking for testers. Both pax and freighter versions are supported, as well as supporting both FSX and P3D (including P3DV4).

Ultimate Ground Crew X

Still working on patching up some issues, but due to the complexity of the project, they want it as ‘perfect’ as possible. Like the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II FS2Crew project, it will also support both FSX and P3D (including P3DV4). No word on release date other than “it’ll be ready when it’s ready”.

Pilot Assist Pro for Apple IOS (iPad/ iPhone)

The team are also developing a new ‘revolutionary’ Apple app, designed for real-world aviation. Despite that intention, simmers will also be able to use it. FS2Crew are describing it as one of the “best and most modern IOS apps for pilots”. They’re hoping that in 8 to 10 weeks, you’ll be able to use one of the most ‘beautiful and modern’ apps available. No word on an Android version.

And Finally…

The team are also busy working on a few other projects as well. Firstly, they’re interested in developer a P3DV4 64-bit version of FS2Crew for the Level-D 767 and the iFly series of aircraft. This all depends on time. Finally, they’re also working on a secret project which will enter full development once Ultimate Ground Crew X is released. They’re saying it’s neither flight or ground crew related, which sounds interesting.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget, you can re-buy the 64-bit versions of the PMDG 737 and the  PMDG 777 FS2crew bundles direct from their site.

REX 4 Texture Direct Enhanced Edition Imminet Release

REX will tomorrow release their updated and enhanced version of REX 4 Texture Direct for FSX, FSX Steam and P3D V1 to V4. This is a FREE update for current users of Texture Direct. It comes with a new integrated global environment texture and effect software as their previous product did. Furthermore it will be compatible with DirectX 9 to 11 and of course it doesn’t matter if you own a powerful or weaker PC, it will work just as good on both. It comes in a package of 17 GB so it does take a bit of space on your storage. 2GB of it is brand new textures, which is what makes it the enhanced edition.

A fully detailed feature list can be found at their website, but here are some of the key features below.

  • All new textures, more than 16.000 files. This is the reason why it is 17 GB.
  • Intellectually Synced Texture Engine that works with REX 4 Weather Direct and REX 4 Weather Architect software.
  • Lightning fast installation of new textures, at most it takes around 5 seconds to load it in.
  • Capable of network.
  • Individually textures can be installed or if you like as a whole theme at once.
  • New unique types of cloud base structures
  • New cloud types such as Cirrus, Cirrostratus, Cirrocumulus.
  • Worldwide tropical water classification fix which gets rid of the repetitive texture effect.
  • All airport receives a payware upgrade in both FSX and p3D such as light to runways.
  • Dirty and soiled runway markings are also coming
  • Support for larger aircrafts markings like for instance the 777.
  • Smoother transition at dusk and dawn on the algorithms.
  • A enhanced and highly detailed ground rain effect

This product can be purchased from The REX Store, SimMarket, Flightsim Pilot Shop and The Flightsim Store once it is released. Price is 19.95 USD at REX Store or 21.19 EUR incl 25% tax at SimMarket.

At SimMarket if you previously purchased REX Essential Plus w/Overdrive FSX P3D or REX Essential PLUS (BOX) or REX Essential German Version (BOX) you are entitled to a discount upgrade price that varies where you are in the world. If you own Texture Direct already, this is a free update.

More can be found at REX Facebook.

VATSIM Update – New Voice Codec and UNICOM Voice

The past weekend saw VATSIM have their annual VATCON event. This is a time for members of the VATSIM community to gather and new announcements to be made. Two of the biggest announcements to come from the event was the fact that VATSIM will finally be updating the voice codec. If you don’t know, the codec is what compresses and decompresses the audio through the network. Improving the codec will allow for high quality voice over transmissions, which will hopefully aid in the quality of service. You will still need a decent mic though.

The second piece of news is the fact that VATSIM are now investing to enable voice chat whilst on the UNICOM frequency. This is a huge change in technology and procedure, and so multiple stakeholders and developers are involved with the process. The senior leadership team have made it clear that they should move on ahead ‘without delay.’

VATSIM said we should expect more news over the coming months.

MJC8 Q400 Cockpit Sound Immersion 1.1 Now Available

The latest version of the MJC8 Q400 Cockpit Sounds Immersion is now available for you to download via your SimMarket account. New changes include a less “bassy” prop sound and new alternative sounds for the switches and flap levers. With these new sounds, you’ll be able to find the new information in the quick user guide. Finally, there is a brand new ‘external sounds; section which details how to reduce to the volume of the external engine sounds.

Be sure to watch our video on our impressions.

Here’s the full update list:

– Included new alternative less bassy prop sound, alternative switches and flap lever sounds.
– Added “Alternative Sounds” section in the Quick User Guide
– Added “External Sounds” section with step by step explanation how to reduce the volume of external engine sounds.

You can buy it from SimMarket now for 10.70 Euro.

Navigraph Chart Beta Testing

A couple of us at FSElite are lucky enough to have had the updated Navigraph Charts for a couple of months. With all Navigraph users being included more recently. But more platforms have now been added, most notably the opportunity to test the iPad version of the software.

In a post on their website, they detailed exactly how you can take part in the various betas that are currently running. We have already covered the earlier releases and can be found in our post here.

The iPad software is open to all Navigraph customers but this will not be an open beta due to Apple restrictions. This means 1,500 places will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Another new piece of software is the open beta for Naviraph Play. This is a set of videos showing off verious different movements around major airports across the globe. Explaining for example, how to perform ILS approaches.

Any more updates regarding the various Navigraph betas will be reported here at FSElite.

Navigraph Now Supporting Prepar3D V4, Subscription and fee changes

We’ve been huge fans of Navigraph’s work and their latest work with the cloud charts has been fantastic. I really love the app and we can’t wait for it to be out of beta and released in an official capacity. In the mean time, Navigraph have updated the community with some information about their future.

Firstly, with the release of Prepar3D V4, there is now support for the FMS Data Manger to locate the new sim and automatically detect an installation. If you already use the software, the update is pretty straight forward and will allow you to download the new version. If you don’t, then you can use this link: https://www.navigraph.com/FMSDataManager.aspx#download

 

As we mentioned before, the Charts for Android and the desktop version has been going well for some time now. To use the in-built Moving Maps, you’ll need software called Navigraph Simlink. It’s just been updated and you can download the new beta version here:

https://www.navigraph.com/downloads/navigraph-simlink-beta-1.0.1.0531.exe

 

In light with all the new work going, there will be a few changes to the subscription model. In an attempt to simplify everything, they will be removing the option for people to buy FMS Data 4 cycles (1 year) and FMS Data (30 days). Instead, the team recommend that you bu the Navigraph Ultimate Monthly which will give you access to both FMS data and the charts. This will only cost a few cents more and there’s no binding period so you can cancel at anytime.

Finally, with all the new features from the charts there will be a price increase. From June 9th 2017, the monthyl recurring charge will change from EUR 7.50 to EUR 8.30 (excluding VAT).

Don’t forget to read our beta hands on with the new charts system. It’s seriously good.

 

PTA Will Continue to Live on with P3DV4 Thanks to Matt Davies

We published an article yesterday indicating that a Reddit user has been reverse engineering the original PTA to be able to work with Prepar3D V4. We were contacted by a few developers asking us to remove it due to the fact that it wasn’t clear if the Reddit user had acquired the rights to do so. As a result, it appeared that wasn’t the case, and as such, we removed the post immediately.

However, Matt Davies then contacted us to confirm he has purchased the original source code and will be releasing a new version which is compatible with Prepar3D V4, as well as a host of other features.

This is completely separate from the information we posted yesterday regarding the Reddit user. There is no connection between the two developers here at all.

The tool will be suitable for both P3DV4 and P3DV3 and also use new technology to make for a slicker experience. The biggest news is the fact this new update will have a community section which will allow people to browse and apply other people’s settings immediately. So if you’re on Twitch and like the look of their sim, look them up, download and enjoy.

As the PTA was purchased for a high amount, this will be a payware tool. The amount hasn’t been disclosed yet, but it “won’t be expensive”. Release is expected in the next couple of weeks.

We’ve contacted Matt to ask for some screenshots of the new tool. We’ll update this post if we get anything.

Ultimate Realism Pack (URP) 1.1 Now Released – P3D V4 Ready

The team behind the Ultimate Realism Pack have just announced the immediate release of version 1.1 of the tool is now available to download.

If you don’t know, URP is a tool that allows you include a set of new sky and sun glow textures to produce realistic ambient lighting in the Prepar3D environment. It’s a piece of freeware that really enhances your experience. Just watch this video to see for yourself.

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FSUIPC 5 Paid Version for P3D V4 Now Available at SimMarket

Pete Dowson recently released the first public version FSUIPC 5 specifically designed for us within Prepar3D V4. The now 64-bit compatible software will allow you to interact with the sim in many ways as well as be a vital tool for many add-ons for P3D. In particular, it’s commonly used to enable simmers to tailor their aircraft to their individual hardware controls. For example, joystick controllers, direct axis assignment and more.

You can grab it now from SimMarket for the discounted rate of 24 euros until 3rd September 2017, at which point, the price will be a still reasonable 29.99 euros.

Pete will continue to improve and add features to FSUIPC 5 in due course. You can be sure to check out his support forums.