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X-Plane 11 – Full Version Now Available for Download

X-Plane 11 is now available to download. Laminar Research has ended a long and challenging beta test and have finally released their release to market version of the new flight simulator. You can buy it now from their store for $59.99, or you can buy it from Steam.

Buying it will entitle you to free updates from now until version 11.XX, including any airport improvements. So you will be safe knowing your purchase is future proofed.

As for which aircraft come packaged with the sim, you can expect:

Cessna 172SP, McDonnel Douglas MD-80, Sikorsky S-76, Boeing 737-800, Schleicher Ask 21, Beechcraft Baron 58, Boeing 747-400, Cirrus Vision SF50 and the Beechcraft King Aair C90. A large variety of aircraft, complete with 3D cockpits and more. Of course developers will soon add their own products to the collection.

If you’re unaware of what features the new sim brings, here’s what is described as per their website;

Overhauled fleet

Aircraft models that stand up to scrutiny, from the gear trucks to the rivets.

3-D cockpits

Every aircraft in the fleet comes with a beautiful, usable 3-D cockpit.

IFR-ready cockpits

Every 3-D cockpit is usable for instrument flight.

Brand new user interface

Easier to learn for new users. Faster for power users.

Tutorials

Learn the basics of flight, navigation, & more in X-Plane.

Improved 3-D cockpit interaction

Cockpit controls are easier than ever to set just right.

Pushback tugs & fuel trucks

Watch other aircraft get service, or request services for your own aircraft.

New lighting, sound, & effects engine

Bringing new tools to aircraft add-on makers.

New scenery for Europe

Roadways, buildings, & more now feature European-specific variants.

If you’re unsure or need some help decided, you can download the free demo to help you decide.

Going forward, FSElite are going to commit to more X-Plane content including news and reviews.

Aerosoft Previews More of Svolvaer for X-Plane

It’s been a little quiet on the Aerosoft front lately. However, Jo Erlend has been showing off more images of his upcoming Svolvaer for X-Plane 11, really showing you what the lighting engine of the new sim can do.

The level of detail in the night lighting looks exceptional and even the ground texturing looks great. Although not a user of X-Plane myself, I can certainly begin to appreciate why users love it so much.

Check out the screenshots below and tell us what you think.

Aerosoft/XYZ Visuals Release Maastricht-Aachen

XYZ Visuals in partnership with Aerosoft have brought us a new scenery for X-Plane. This time they have created Maastricht-Aachen airport. It looks to be a very good little airport and definitley one for any X-Plane users that are looking for something a little bit more off of the beaten track.

Maastricht-Aachen is a small international airport located 10km north east from the city of Maastricht and 30km north east from the city of Aachen. Suprisingly it is the second biggest cargo hub within the Netherlands falling only behind Amsterdam Schiphol. The airport is far busier during the summer and is used by airlines such as Ryanair and German Wings to fly to popular tourist spots in Southern Europe.

The sim rendition of this airport as mentioned earlier is created by XYZ Visuals who are also behind the creation of Airport Amsterdam (Schiphol) for X-Plane. The airport has been created using high resolution aerial images, numeroues custom 3D objects and exact ground markings. The entire feature list can be found below.

If you wish to purchase this product you can do so from the Aerosoft website at the price of €15.07.

Features:

  • Realistic rendition of Maastricht-Aachen Airport
  • Photo real textured buildings
  • Ground layout based on high resolution aerial images
  • Realistic reproduction of ground markings
  • Customized night illumination
  • Very good performance and implementation
  • Animated radar facility
  • Numerous details
  • Animated road traffic
  • Fully compatible with X-Plane 10.51
  • Compatible with XPlane 11 Public Beta

Carenado Show Off More E50P Phenom 100 Shots (X-Plane)

Over here at FSElite, we’re not ones for getting too involved in X-Plane news. Our primary focus is towards the P3D/FSX market. I personally aim to change that as I now am an X-Plane user or the dark side as it is seen to many P3D/FSX users. Today I’ve got some news from Carenado. This is regarding their upcoming E50P Phenom 100 aircraft.

The E50P Phenom 100 is a small private jet devloped by Embraer. The jet is one of the smallest aircraft produced by the Brazilian company which are known well for their succesful regional fleet. The aicraft has an impressive range of 1,178 miles and can fly to an altitude of 41,000 feet. A very fun aircraft for anyone that enjoys flying short routes, quickly.

Carenado have not specifically specified whether or not this aircraft will be compatible with both X-Plane 10 and 11 so we will have to wait until we hear more news regarding that. I would hope that an aicraft being developed now will be compatible with X-Plane 11. I will certainly be looking into this aircraft when it’s released.

Carenado have specified on Facebook that this aircraft will be coming soon which is good to hear. We will look to publish an article over here on FSElite when this aircraft is released.

 

Aerosoft launches new design

Aerosoft have launched the new design for their web shop! The new design brings the shop into current day standards, looks a lot nicer and cleaner and should make it a lot easier for anyone to find their favourite products and purchase them. The site is also completely responsive so you don’t have to fiddle with your phone or tablet when you want to buy a new scenery.

The new homepage comes with a layout with big tiles, each for another category of Aerosofts products. Whether that be aircrafts, busses, trains or other services; you can now easily go there from the home screen. Quickly checking up on news and updates or looking at some new screenshots for that scenery that just came out has become a lot, lot easier.

Also pretty nice is the new customer page where you can more easily see your details, see the products that you bought or check your wish list. We haven’t made any purchases through the new store yet but supposedly this has become a much better experience as well.

We’d love to hear what you think about their new storefront so make sure to use that comment area down below!

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UPDATE – JustSim Scenery Now Back Available at SimMarket

UPDATE

We have spoken to JustSim and they will issue a full statement soon. The original issue of SimMarket not selling the product has been resolved and you can now buy the products again.

We will have a full and detailed update from the developer soon.

Flight Sim Store will have the scenery back up in a few hours.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

It would appear that scenery developer JustSim, known for their Innsbruck, Nice and Barcelona sceneries have had their products removed from both Simmarket and the FlightSim Store. The reason is still unknown, but SimMarket sent an email to developers regarding providing a legal licence from the provider of satellite imagery.

As of right now there is no word on when JustSim products will be available for purchase again.

Orbx Cancels Project X (X-Plane Scenery)

Orbx’s John Venema has today announced that Orbx will NOT be continuing development of Project X. Despite the detailed road-map posted just a few weeks ago, the team have determined through various criteria that X-Plane won’t be a platform Orbx will develop on for the foreseeable future.

John said that “it’s important for a company to share its vision with customers and generate excitement around future plans” before detailing this is exactly why Orbx, and probably many developers, refrain from showing off pre-alpha screenshots. It’s understandable in this competitive market, but a decision that will surely disappoint many users.

To rub salt into the wound, it appears that the screenshot shown off from Project X was a “98% complete” KCGX Meigs Field which was contracted out to Orbx to be ported. Other than animated characters, the scenery was a real product and ready for both X-Plane 10 and 11.

 

With so many projects on-going and different experiments happening, the team had to make a decision. Unfortunately, internal measurements, SDKs and community markets all had a part to play in that choice being one  X-Plane users probably won’t like.

 

He went on to confirm what we knew anyway, that Project A is Aerofly FS2, that there will be major announcements in June at Flight Sim Con and that they will continue to develop for FSX/P3D and install the P3D 4.x SDK to see what it’s like. And of course, the Dovetail SDK whenever that comes out.

Disappointing news to many I’m sure, but in a business world, this seems to be the right decision for them.

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SkyMaxx Pro v4 released

Popular weather engine SkyMaxx Pro for X-Plane has today released version 4. Version 4 comes with a bunch of new features and upgrades from the previous version. You can check those out over here, as well as purchase SkyMaxx Pro v4 from X-Aviation for $39.95.

Xenviro released for X-Plane 10 and 11

The popular weather environment software Xenviro has released for X-Plane 10 and X-Plane 11. This weather engine adds new textures and effects, new sound effects, realistic wind simulation as well as realistic effects simulations amongst others. Xenviro replaces the entire built-in X-Plane weather system and is completely customisable up to your likings. The tool is available for $69,90 from the X-Plane.org store for Windows.

X-Plane 11 Demo/Public Beta Released!

Laminar Research has released a Free Demo for X-plane 11. A tweet from X-Planes Official twitter called it a Public Beta. So there may be bugs and such that wont appear in the final version on release day. As a reminder they wanted to have X-Plane 11 out by November of which there are 5 days left. So you may not have to wait long for the full release version. At first glance there appears to be no restrictions listed on the demo like limited play time, limited aircraft selection, ETC. So if your looking to give X-Pane 11 a try go ahead and download the Demo from their webpage here.

 

EDIT (1613EST): It appears the demo area is limited to Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State. There was no mention of this on the web page or the Tweet. I only found out once i ran the demo and changed my graphical settings.

EDIT (1650EST): There is also a play time limit of 20-30 minutes TOTAL! This is not per flight, thats all you get to play around with it and see if its what you want. Laminar maybe tell us the limits next time!