Opinion Pieces

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FSElite Original: In Review – October


The end of the year is slowly creeping upon us. It seemed like just yesterday I was still enjoying cold beers on a sunny terrace, but the harsh and cold reality, mixed with the first snow of the year have reminded me that these days are long gone. Enfin, back to our simulators it is. Perhaps we can get a few more hours of sunlight in some warmer destinations in our sim – it’s not like there has been a lack of Mediterranean scenery releases lately.

For those of you wondering what this article is about, this is a new series of short editorials I want to publish once every month. Looking back at the past month from an FSElite perspective, but most of all, from my own. Please, do let me know what you think of this because your feedback is very welcome. I want to write what’s on my mind, but also what you want to hear about. Consider it a tiny peek in to the FSElite kitchen, if you will.

October has been a fantastic month for the flightsim community. The start of the month saw Flight Sim Show 2018 happening in Cosford. It was my first time to attend and to meet some of the FSElite team in person and it couldn’t have been better. Such a great atmosphere. It was really amazing to see so many people come together over, forgive me, such an incredibly nerdy hobby. I had an absolute blast meeting some of the developers behind my favourite sceneries. But also to meet and talk with some members of our own team for the first time. In an increasingly digital world, sometimes there just isn’t anything quite like meeting someone in real life and having a chat over a beer. Or two.

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FSElite Original: Does it Hold Up – FSBuild

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Huh.  It’s been a long time. Following up on Integrated Simavionics heels, we have another addon from Ernie Alston. This one has been around even longer than ISG. It released in 2006 though versions of it existed long before that. It’s a flight planning add-on designed to convert route strings into a file usable by the sim or other add-ons. It’s notably good a taking a long route string and converting it to PLN format for use in FSX or P3D, even if the waypoints or airways don’t exist in the sim. An updatable navigation database, multiple performance files for time and fuel calculations, custom or automatic route building – it has everything you’d want from a good flight planner. Though it does not really stack up against its competition anymore, I still believe it has a purpose. Let’s take a deeper look.


 Flight Planning

Release Date:

 October 26, 2006

(10 years)

Current Price:



 Ernie Alston

Flight planning add-ons are things I find interesting. Interesting in that each one does the same thing, but somehow does it differently enough that it’s kind of hard to say for sure which one to go with. And when you consider that the sims these add-ons are for generally have decent flight planners included – combined with the fact the most popular add-on aircraft don’t really require a flight planner (just a route for you to program into its FMS) – it becomes increasingly difficult to say “go with this one.”

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Understanding What Flight Sim World Is and Will Be

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Dovetail Games released their fully fledged flight simulator, Flight Sim World, just over a month ago. The announcement trailer highlighted some key aspects of the sim including the rain-windshield effects, the use of third party applications to enhance the sim and of course, being 64-bit ready. The launch of the sim was also before Lockheed Martin finally revealed their entry
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Have You Made The Jump to P3D Version 4

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On May 30th 2017, Lockheed Martin finally released the long anticipated version 4 of Prepar3D. With multiple aircraft, scenery and utilities now available for the 64-bit sim, I want to see how many people have started the transition from a 32-bit era to the 64-bit one. I know that this poll may seem a bit premature considering that some big
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