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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.

 

Active Sky for P3Dv4 Open Beta Now Available

As promised, HiFi Simulations have released the open beta for their Active Sky series for Prepar3D V4. Known as ASP4, it’s been in testing via a private testing team for some time, but now anyone who owns a AS16 P3D license can now participate. You just need to use the same license key to install and use ASP4. If you don’t own one, then we highly recommend buying it!

As this is still a beta, there are some known issues and the team request you don’t report them numerous times.  These known issues are:

  • Real-Time Sky texture dynamics are disabled.  We expect to enable Sky Texture dynamics within the next couple builds.  While dynamics are disable, ASCA sky textures can only be changed by Activating via ASCA and then restarting the simulator.

  • Navigraph data updater has not been updated yet with ASP4 definitions.  We expect a new updater from Navigraph to be available soon which includes ASP4.

As the beta continues, more builds will improve the experience. The team asks that you head over forums to report any bugs to them to help ensure the transition is nice and smooth. to the and the full “official” release will hopefully be in the next couple of weeks.

As ASP4 is a seperate product to AS16, you can run both side by side for use in other simulator environments.

Now how do I download?

Active Sky for P3Dv4 BETA Full Install:

USA Mirror: http://nimbus.hifitechinc.com/beta232/AS_P3Dv4_Install.exe

Europe Mirror: http://cumulus.hifitechinc.com/beta232/AS_P3Dv4_Install.exe

Make sure that you uninstall any previous versions when updating any new beta versions.  

 

 

ASCA SP2 Update BETA (required for ASCA+ASP4+P3Dv4 use – installs over the top)

USA Mirror: http://nimbus.hifitechinc.com/beta232/ASCA_Update.exe

Europe Mirror: http://cumulus.hifitechinc.com/beta232/ASCA_Update.exe

Pete Dowson Releases FSUIPC 5.10 – First Public Release

Without a doubt, one of the most requested utilities to be compatible with Prepar3D V4 was Pete Dowson’s FSUIPC. Pete has been hard at work (surprised he’s not on holiday) and has already released a 64-bit compatible version of the utility for P3DV4.

Version 5.10 is based off of version 4.967, but will be lacking a few features as Pete is waiting on Lockheed Martin to get back to him for some requests and other bits of information. Over time this will mean that version 5.xx will become a full version of FSUIPC. As expected, the new version will be a paid upgrade for the full version, which will hopefully soon be available on SimMarket. In the mean time, you can download the unregistered version from here.

As of right now, the following features have yet to be implemented into version 5.10. This will change in due time and will be fully documented upon each update. We’ve grabbed the information from the forums as Pete explains it best. Keep Reading

Airline2Sim 777 Cadet+ Training Program Coming This Summer

We’re huge fans of the guys over at Airline2Sim. The team have worked tirelessly to create wonderful video training packages, with the latest being their fantastic 777 Cadet Program. We loved it and you guys should take a look at buying it as even veteran users will learn something new.

Whilst the 777 Cadet Program was great, there’s still much more to the twin-engine beast. Airline2Sim weren’t going to stand still as work has continued on their 777 Cadet + Program, which will bring a new range of lessons for the advance flyer. This will include  ETOPS and North Atlantic tracks, ETPs, enroute diversions, rapid decompression and much, much more. This package will focus primarily on the long-haul operations of the ultra-long range bird.

We spoke to Ben from Airline2Sim who confirmed that the course structure will be the same as the 777 Cadet Program and that pricing will be less than the follow up programs we’ve seen before. He also said that the content will also “look back on the Cadet [program] and some additional content on things that may have changed since we shot it”. He went on to say that there is also some more content on the flight deck controls also.

 

It’s a thrilling sounding package and we can’t wait to see what Ben and the team get up to this Summer.

Need a Free Weather Engine? FSXWX Has Your Back

Flight Simulation over the years has improved massively. We’ve seen huge jumps in technology for aircraft and scenery and of course weather engines. These engines all cost money, and honestly, they are worth every penny. However, we know that not everyone can afford to splash out on every add-on available especially those that update every few years and ask for additional money for their new version. I’m not complaining, but that’s the reality.

Luckily, it’s been brought to our attention from reader Gary that there’s a free weather engine with an impressive feature list. Using a custom weather grid, it has worldwide coverage to ensure that winds are accurately depicted, as well as a “natural fluctuation” of wind speed and direction. Furthermore, you can expect true wind aloft data as well as realtime updates. Just like the payware weather engines, it uses 3D interpolated data to make transitions smooth, which helps to ensure realistic visibility, accurate turbulence on aircraft and ensures cloud depiction is visually pleasing.

You’ll also be able to go back a year ago for historic weather via the lightweight interface. It’s an impressive package for FREE! By the looks of it, the last update was in January, and the developer has assured users on the forum that development is still active.

I’ve added some screenshots below, as well as the full feature list. You can find LOADS more screenshots on their website.

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Ultimate Realism Pack 1.1 Released for Prepar3D

We mentioned a few days ago of a preview video of Ultimate Realism Pack 1.1 and since then, the developer has been working hard on the first release candidate of the new version. Today, you can download it for yourself for free!

With version 1.1, there’s a reworked PTA set alongside new ReShade presets for your disposal. There’s also completely new sky textures with complete dawn, pre-dawn and post-dawn textures.

Head over to the official website, click download and you’ll be able to enjoy it. The instructions are dead simple, but be sure to follow them to ensure everything works properly.

 

FSFX Packages’ Chase Plane Alpha 2 – Starting Today

Since FSFX Packages released Chase Plane alpha at the end of last year, the team have worked really hard on ensuring they listen to community feedback and improve the camera system leading up to their version 1.0 release. It’s safe to say that over the months the improvements have been regular and have greatly enhanced the user experience.

One feature that is key to alpha 2 is the community feature, which was previewed back in February. FSFX Packages have today confirmed that on April 30 (today!) @ 2300z, they will begin the process of migrating servers. The servers will be down for around 10-20 minutes. If you plan on using Chase Plane at this time, then simply ensure your product is up to date and you’ve switched it on by 2300z.

Developer Month: FSFX Packages Interview

They will then gradually switch on the community feature for users. As for when you have access? You’ll have to keep checking as it looks to be a staggered approach. Keep Reading