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TFDi Announces SmartCars 3

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Developer TFDi Design has announced their plans to release smartCARS 3.

With a complete code rewrite, the new version of smartCARS 3 will allow flexibility to developers, offering a platform to build on. The platform will offer better support of mobile services, as well as enhanced flight tracking – allowing pilots to see a variety of flight data at any point in the flight, including during playback after the flight.

The new version of the tracking software will also offer better API support for using maps. A recent change in Google’s API licensing model has meant that TFDi has resorted to using a resource-intensive mapping model that has offered them limited flexibility. This has meant that they have had to remove maps from the server, and hope to release an updated version along with smartCARS 3.

Used by a variety of Virtual Airlines, the new version of the software will allow users to see which VA’s are using smartCARS and users will be able to use a single installation of the software with all of their virtual airlines, eliminating the need to install multiple instances of the same software. This consolidation will also allow users to track their hours across all of their virtual airlines in one central location.

Developers are currently working on the user interface, and it is expected that a new version of the software will be revealed in the next several months. With TFDi focusing on the recent release of their PACX software, developers are busy with multiple projects.

A pricing model for the software will be determined before release, and developers expect pricing to fall in line with the current smartCARS 2 pricing model.

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UTLive Roadmap Update

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In a recent post on their forums, the developers of Ultimate Traffic Live gave an update on the state of the software and also gave readers a preview of upcoming features and changes in UTLive 2.0.

In addition to integrating PowerPack into future versions, UTLive 2.0 will come with a variety of new features and be a free upgrade for current users of UTLive 1.0.

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Flightsim Apps Releases Remote Server 5.5 Update

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On their website, Flightsim Apps have released their version 5.5 update to their Remote Overhead product. The developer states that the product “adds a whole new dimension to the Remote Overhead..”. The product is available for the PMDG 777, and that it will work as a web app on a tablet/mobile device.

The update is available right now from the Flightsim Apps website. A free trial is available to test the product. The Remove Overhead Client costs 15 Euros, though the Remote CDU and EFB cost 10 Euros which will cover a single addon. You can purchase the product through the server app (SimServer).

 

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Virtual Airline Schedules Summer Data Update

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VA SYSTEMS’ Virtual Airline Schedules has pushed out their latest real-world Summer 2019 schedule data for purchase. They have sent us an exclusive 20% discount code for FSElite readers which can be used on all orders: FSELITE20.

Virtual Airline Schedules now has over 70 million flight records in the database. This gets converted into over 2 million schedules in total. With about 200,000 schedules updated and exported each month for the schedule packs. At the moment Virtual Airline Schedules generate data for over 600 real-world airlines and support various formats such as PFPX, phpVMS v3 & 7 and more.

Included with the purchased schedule data, is matching fleet and airport data which you can import into your desired system. Pricing starts at £5.00 (Incl. VAT) for a one-off purchase and schedules can also be purchased in advance at a discounted rate. Subscriptions to the service are also available. You can visit Virtual Airline Schedules here.

If you’d like to test out the data, you can get a free sample of your choice on your account page.

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AivlaSoft Announces EFB Compatibility for X-Plane

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AivlaSoft has announced over on their forum that their EFB is now available for X-Plane.

The utility has impressive features including flight charts, vertical guidance, weather and more.

The EFB also includes custom checklist features that allow you to customise the checklists to your prefered company’s procedures.

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ChartFox AIP Charts Released

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Over on the VATSIM forums, ChartFox announced its first release. ChartFox is a product aimed at collecting every countries individual instrument procedure charts, and offering them in an easy to use and single solution. This would be really useful for those without access to AIP charts, as VATSIM controllers often rely on users having access to these. Of course, you can also replace your existing charts solution with this one. The charts currently already cover a large number of countries and airports, with 20.000 charts and 1706 airports covered.

ChartFox will be updated with every AIRAC to make sure you have the latest information available. It also comes with some other handy features, such as a dock where you can save charts for quick access between charts and the ability to share your charts to a friend. ChartFox works in your browser, on your tablet and even on your phone. But most of all, ChartFox is available for free right now. Simply sign up on the website through your VATSIM account to get access to it right away.

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Flightsim Apps Remote Server 5.1 Released

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As already teased and previewed in the QualityWings 787 Update post, Flightsim Apps has updated their Remote Server with support for the plane. The update adds support for the lower MFK (CDU), as well as the EFB that comes with the plane. Because of this, and how the 787 MFK’s work, you can now stream your ND to your tablet for the first time!

The update is available right now from the Flightsim Apps website. You can try out the free version for viewing only,

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FS-FlightControl Updated to Version 1.3.39

Over on their Facebook page, FS-FlightControl has announced that they’ve pushed out an update to their instructor operation station application.

Version 1.3.39 introduces many improvements, tweaks and fixes along with the ability to now request a jetway on the pushback module where supported by the scenery. You can view the complete changelog at the end of this article.

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Pilot Assist Pro App Updated

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The Pilot Assist Pro (PAP) app has been updated to version 1.2.4.

Changes to the app include an update to the weather code to match the requirements of the weather service provider and numerous bug fixes.

Pilot Assist Pro has also changed the pricing model, making the app available as a two-week free trial before being asked to sign up for an All Access Pass for $2.99 USD per month (on a subscription basis).

Current PAP owners will retain the app for life.

Try Pilot Assist Pro for free by visiting the iTunes App Store.

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SimBrief Update – Default AIRAC Update & More

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Over on their Facebook page, SimBrief has posted enticing information regarding a couple of recent updates they’ve pushed to their online virtual flight planning solution.

Keeping it more up-to-date for those who do not possess of the latest Navigraph navigational cycle, SimBrief’s default AIRAC cycle has been updated to 1803. All users who are not on a newer AIRAC cycle should have 1803 unlocked and available immediately.

For a while now, SimBrief has been electing routes based on a mixture of sources including FlightAware. All of the routes are retrieved and prioritised based on their source, AIRAC validity, popularity and efficiency.

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