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IVAO Releases New Datalink Module for Aurora Client

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Pushing on with their ambitious online infrastructure upgrade, IVAO public relations director Fares Belkihria has recently taken to the company’s web page, indicating the launch of V1.2.5B of the companies AURORA ATC client, introducing with this update a new data link module that brings both TELEX and CPDLC functionality to the company’s AURORA ATC client.

Fares begins his post by letting readers know that this most recent update is set to increase the level of immersion experienced by active users of the network via novel Datalink functionality that has now been added to IVAO’s AURORA ATC client.

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VATSIM Cross The Pond Eastbound 2020 Airports List

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VATSIM has revealed the final list of airports which will be featured in the VATSIM Cross The Pond Eastbound 2020 event. The event kicks-off on November 14th at 1100Z.

A semiannual event, Cross the Pond sees pilots from all over the world make the trek over the Atlantic Ocean. One event generally happening in Spring sees pilots flying from Europe to America, and the other event happening during Fall sees pilots flying from America to Europe. This year, 16 airports have been selecting in total, with 8 airports for departures and 8 airports for arrival. It is the higher count of airports that has ever been done in VATSIM CTP. It gives a total of 54 city pairs possible.

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Orbx Announces Volanta App – Personal Flight Tracker

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Orbx is going beyond scenery development and will soon be releasing a personal flight tracker called Volanta. This all-new easy to use smart flight tracker integrates flight data across all simulators.

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The concept behind Volanta will be to provide simmers more reasons to fly and find new inspiration challenges, friends to fly with and track your progress within the virtual world. In the forum post on the Orbx forums, they highlighted several key features including the ability to automatically track flight data, regular Orbx giveaways, unlimited storage options and much more.

One of the key features highlighted in the forums is the ability for any flight to be tracked without the need to fill out forms. Described as “get in and fly”, the intelligent tracking system will be able to pick up your flight data, aircraft type, reg and other details automatically and populate the fields based on what you’re doing in the simulator. You can always override this too if you need to edit the data.

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TFDi PACX Updated to 1.1

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TFDi has just pushed an update to version 1.1 for their passenger cabin add-on for P3D and Microsoft Flight Simulator. The update comes with a round of new features, including the cabin layout view with the ability to create custom cabins, and the possibility to map action to controller buttons. It also brings compatibility of the HUD view with Microsoft Flight Simulator. Version 1.1 also comes with some new fixes of which we don’t have the details yet.

Most of these new features were previewed in the previous development update that you can find here.

You can purchase PACX on the TFDi Design website for $29.99.

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IVAO Launches Webeye 3.0

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In the line of the recent upgrade the entire network has received through Aurora, Altitude and the new Voice codec, IVAO has revealed that the next item to be updated would be Webeye, brought to V3.0. The IVAO Webeye is a network activity utility that can be used by anyone to monitor where the action takes place on the network and for pilots to plan their flights accordingly.

The first major update to Webeye is the interface which has been completely redone. While retaining most of the function of the original Webeye such as the flight and airport search functions, Webeye 3.0 brings the previously dated interface to 2020. The new map shows updated FIR and ATC data and enable pilots to add layers such as weather ; or on the contrary can choose to customize the interface as they want and for example, display only flights without ATC. IVAO Public Relations Director Fares Belkhiria further stated that the new interface was easier to maintain, which means for example that FIR boundaries changes are much easier to incorporate than then were earlier. The lower ATC shapes such as TMAs and NOTAMs will also be integrated in the interface but at a later date.

The IVAO Webeye 3.0 is already available since September 26th here. You do not need to be an IVAO member to track flights. You can join the IVAO Online Community through their website.

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FS2Crew Pushback Express & Aerosoft CRJ Development Update

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Shortly after the release of Pushback Express, FS2Crew has shared on Facebook a roadmap of their current development status of their utility add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The first item covered is the publication of the update 1.1, available right now in your customer account, which incorporates an error related to the Settings Panel for some European users.

A version 1.2 is in the works, being scheduled for release around the 4th to 7th of October. The major feature of this update will be Voice Control. The developer, known for the long standing commitment to their line of products, hinted some other features where in the works and this initial release of Pushback Express was “just the beginning”.

On a final note, FS2Crew added that an update to the Aerosoft CRJ add-on would be pushed in the same time frame as for Pushback Express V1.2. This new update will incorporate a flow made by a real world American CRJ First Officer.

FS2Crew Pushback Express is available on Simmarket for €19.96, currently discounted until 14th of October from its original €24.95 price.

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IVAO New Voice Module Release Date Set

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IVAO has announced in an official statement that their long-awaited New Voice Module was to be released to the public on September 5th, 2020. The module was previewed in June 2020, with the short following video.

This new audio codec will enable IVAO to get rid of Teamspeak 2, which has been in use for more than 15 years. The new IVAO pilot client, called Altitude, will have the codec built-in. The new codec will feature much more realistic VHF effects, reproducing a similar bandwidth, transmission blocking by another transmitter, push to talk clicks and background static noise. Aurora, the new ATC module of IVAO, will also feature the new voice codec. The ATC audio will be based on the location of ATC receivers. In the mean time, Aurora will be updated to enable the use of ground radar service.

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vPilot Update Brings MSFS Compatibility

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vPilot, a utility used by virtual pilots to fly on the online network, VATSIM, has been updated to version 2.6, which is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator. 

vPilot is used to enable a virtual pilot to communicate with virtual air traffic controllers and other aircraft, all over the world.

Private beta testers have been putting the client to the test with the new simulator but there has been an issue highlighted after the beta testing had finished. When certain types of SimConnect applications such as vPilot are running with the sim, it sometimes creates frame rate reductions and stuttering for the user. The team at vPilot has notified Asobo and Microsoft who are currently investigating the issue. 

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IVAO Releases MSFS Compatible Client

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IVAO has released its newest voice client, Altitude, which is also fully compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator.

IVAO is one of the largest online flight simulator networks that allow virtual pilots and air traffic controllers to integrate worldwide. In order to log onto and interact with other people on the servers, virtual pilots require a third party client to bridge the gap between the simulator and other users. Altitude is IVAO’s latest pilot client that gives pilots lots of functionality including auto-switching of comm frequencies, setting transponder codes and receiving text ATIS reports, all from the client user interface.

Altitude has been tested by a select number of Alpha and private Beta testers that have put the utility through its paces on the network using FSX, P3D, X-Plane as well as the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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PMDG Development Update – NG3 in MSFS, 777 Update, and more

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Robert Randazzo has posted an update on the PMDG forums, giving us a lot of details about their upcoming products. Covering everything from Global Flight Operations, to the upcoming first Microsoft Flight Simulator release, let’s dive right into it.

NGXu Expansions

The NGXu has two new expansions that are nearing completion. First is the NGXu Cargo Expansion. This product is going into beta testing later this week, and PMDG expects that it will be a short beta cycle before the release. The expansion will include the “737-700 BDSF and 737-800 BDSF (BeDeck Special Freighter) as well as the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter”. The initial release will only have the blended winglet option, but with a micro update, the split scimitar 800 BCF will be added to the expansion. The expansion will only require the NGXu base package to be installed as well.

Second, the NGXu Boeing Business Jet expansion. This will include both the BBJ and BBJ2 aircraft. The product is about to start alpha testing, and PMDG anticipates it will be rolled out in the next few weeks. The team will provide a visual overview when the product goes into beta testing.

777 Update

PMDG has said that the 777 update is progressing slowly, but is still coming along nicely. At the moment, the FMS is being brought up to the same level as the 747 and is now ready to start communicating with PMDG Global Flight Operations. The team is also mapping out a strategy of bringing the 200ER to the product as well.

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The testing team for Global Flight Operations has been expanding as the team is quietly bringing on new users to test out specific functions of the product. PMDG anticipates having some more announcements about Global Flight Operations, as well as a way to join the early access program in the coming weeks.

Fleet-wide Update

PMDG has been working on an update to the whole fleet of products offered by PMDG. This will include an update to the magenta line drawing, LNAV, and Flight Director. The 747 is close to going into beta testing, sometime in mid-August, then the 737 NGXu and 777 will follow in the following months.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

As previously announced, PMDG will be bringing the NG3 to Microsoft Flight Simulator as an exclusive product to the sim. PMDG also intends to bring all of its core products over the new sim, which includes the 737, 747, 777, and DC-6. The NG3 will be the first product from PMDG to be released for the new sim and is not simply a conversion of the Prepar3D product. The team says that just as the NGXu was a big jump from the NGX, the NG3 will also be a big jump from the NGXu.

The NG3 will feature an entirely new flight model that is designed to use the new capabilities of MSFS. The sound design will also capitalize on the abilities of the new sim. The NG3 flight deck also is a lot larger in terms of texture size and number of polygons, with no negative effects on performance. At the moment, the displays are not powered on as they are simply not ready to be shown off. The team expects there to be no functionality lost in the NG3 and expects to be able to add a number of new features to the NG3. The team has been working with Microsoft and Asobo to get development tools to where they need to be to fully develop products. The team is also excited as they say the new platform will allow them to do so much without having to “hack” the platform to get the results they are after.

At the moment, the team is expecting the beta testing to start in the fourth quarter of 2020, with the release coming late in the first quarter of 2021. This, however, is not a very firm timeline as Robert has said that depending on how some of the current development hurdles are handled. The timeline could shift earlier or later depending on a number of things. If progress is accelerated, Robert hopes to give an updated timeline on the NG3 near the end of the summer.

As always, we will share more information once it becomes available. Check out the full update on the PMDG forums for more details.

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