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MilViz FG-1D Corsair: The FSElite Review

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MilViz
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MilViz
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$39.99 USD
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1.0.0
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Hello everyone, Patrick back again and today we’re taking a look at the MilViz FG-1D Corsair. The Corsair is an American fighter that first took flight in 1940. Going on to serve in World War ll and later the Korean War. Now in 2021 it’s serving you in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

During late January 1945, The FG-1D was first delivered to the Port of Columbus Airport in Ohio. Today the airport is called John Glenn Columbus International and that’s where I will be showcasing the Corsair for you today. 

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Orbx Catalina Airport MSFS: The FSElite Review

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Orbx
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Orbx
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$22.72 AUD
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Version Reviewed
1.0.0
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Orbx
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This is a redux of a former P3D scenery brought to the new modern standard of MSFS. Much has been updated with the new technologies available and Tom takes you for a visit.

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Captain Sim 777-200ER for Microsoft Flight Simulator: The FSElite Review

CAPTAINSIM 777 For Msfs Review

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Captain Sim
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Captain Sim
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$29.99
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Version Reviewed
1.0.2
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FSElite Purchased
SimMarket
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Since the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator, simmers have been craving the first long-haul third-party aircraft. Captain Sim is the first to step up to the plate, but don’t get your hopes up. Simply put, this is one of the worst payware releases from a known developer in many years. At this point, I imagine some of you won’t read on, but let me expand on why Captain Sim has truly sunk to the bottom with this release.

Over the years, Captain Sim has had a rocky relationship with the community. During the early years, they established themselves as a developer who would make good looking add-ons but with a lack of system depth and detail that would make them stand out compared to others. There were always a handful of issues that stopped their aircraft from becoming must-haves, but often they developed aircraft in a particular niche which gave them an advantage. It was almost like a guilty pleasure; you knew it was going to be just ‘okay’ but would be prepared for it. Then the 757 Captain III was released and suddenly, a somewhat decent simulation of the narrow-body Boeing jet was available for Prepar3D. After years of promises from Level-D for a good 757, many settled for the Captain Sim version. It did a good job and actually received a number of great free updates that added a number of requested features. It was not a top-tier aircraft, but I honestly felt like Captain Sim was on their way to improving their reputation. The expansion packs which followed didn’t do that any favours with engine models costing huge sums of money and issues with related types in the subsequent Freighter Expansion. That said, they did at least listen and release some “lite” editions that tried to resolve this.

That relationship remained turbulent with the release of the 767. An aircraft which has a lot of history and desire with simmers. When it was announced, people were keen to fly and get to grips with the newest release. Regrettably, the plane was disregarded due to its pricing model and how many of the promised updates and expansions have taken a sideline to enable the developers to work on other projects. Before the 777-200 Base Pack, the team did release a new rendition of the 737 Classic series and from comments I’ve seen, it seems fairly well received. Again, it was a guilty pleasure for many.

So what’s the point in exploring the past with Captain Sim when this is a review on the 777-200 Base Pack? They clearly have had a good idea on their community standing so understandably when they release a new product, certain expectations are considered. So when a new long-haul aircraft for a new and modern sim is released, there’s bound to be measurable hype. That hype, however, can lead to false hope and ultimately make people feel like they were cheated out of their money. I’m not suggesting or saying that this product is a scam, but it certainly has the hallmarks of a desperate release designed purely to make money.

In simple terms, this product is simply a model for the 777-200 Base Pack. To be honest, the model itself does look really good. On the outside, there’s plenty of attention to detail that certainly shines when flying through the visual delight that is Microsoft Flight Simulator. The use of PBR is excellent and the sun shining on the fuselage adds a great level of realism. It certainly looks the part and Captain Sim has done a good job at providing a great looking plane.

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FlyInside Bell 47-G2: The FSElite Review

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FlyInside
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FlyInside
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$34.95
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Version Reviewed
1.1.6
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The Flight Sim Deck
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This is the very first payware helicopter for Microsoft Flight Simulator, developed by an actual Bell 47 pilot. The flight dynamics have been completely customized and run off of an app called “Flyinside Heli Manager.” Resulting in a very realistic and challenging helicopter experience.

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Sim-Wings Aerosoft – Hamburg Airport: The FSElite Review

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Sim-Wings
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Aerosoft
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€16.77 (excluding VAT)
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Version Reviewed
1.0
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simMarket
SimMarket
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Located in northern Germany, Hamburg Airport serves as an important hub for many airlines across Europe. Its location means many airlines from around the world visit the airport on a regular basis and developer Sim-Wings has brought the airport to Microsoft Flight Simulator to enable simmers to recreate many of those flights. Let’s take a look at how Sim-Wings has brought the busy airport to the sim.

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Drzewiecki Design Reagan National: The FSElite Review

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Developer
Drzewiecki Designs
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Orbx
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$18.50 USD
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Version Reviewed
1.0
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Orbx
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As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

From interior to exterior, let’s talk about Reagan National Airport by Drzewiecki Design.

Produced by: Spencer te Wildt

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LatinVFR AREX: The FSElite Review

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Latin VFR
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Latin VFR
Price
9.99
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Version Reviewed
1.0
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Latin VFR
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As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

Lets talk about Latin VFR’s AREX addon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Overall Summary
Bottom line, LatinVFR has developed new ground vehicle models with a good configuration tool for ground servicing. It works great, and the liveries look good, but it costs about $10. I think that’s a little steep, let’s talk about why.
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Dislikes
  • Only covers US and Canada
  • Price is a little high for what you get
  • Liveries blurry when up close


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Brand New Aerosoft CRJ Previews In MSFS

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Over on Facebook, a series of new images for the upcoming Aerosoft CRJ for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been shared. The brand new previews highlight a series of new liveries and parts of the external modelling. Furthermore, there are some eye-candy shots of the aircraft in action from the pilot’s perspective.

On the official Aerosoft forums, there was also some new tidbits of information regarding release timelines for the 900/1000 expansion pack. When answering the question about when customers could expect the CRJ 900/1000 expansion packs, Mathijs said that the current plans are tentative but possibly available “between 6-12 weeks” after the initial release of the CRJ package for the new simulator. In addition, it was confirmed that once you start seeing streamers and content creators showing off the CRJ through their channels, customers can expect a release about a week after that. There’s still no exact clarity on when the Aerosoft CRJ for Microsoft Flight Simulator will release.

We have now seen numerous previews of the aircraft in action for the new simulator. We’ve seen various previews and you can even read a draft of the first volume of the manual. We’ll keep you informed of any new information.

You can also read more about the fact that FS2Crew is developing a CRJ package for the aircraft in the new simulator.

 

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Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Update: FSElite First Look

MSFS VR First Look
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Developer
Asobo Studio
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Microsoft
Price
Free Update
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1.12.13.0
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Microsoft / HP
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When Microsoft Flight Simulator was released back in August 2020, the list of features that were yet to be implemented at the request of the community was still quite long. One of the most requested features that were on the desired list was the ability to fly using Virtual Reality technology. In a subsequent update just before Christmas, developer Asobo Studio, released the all-important feature, in a free update, to allow users to experience the platform from a whole new perspective. Personally, I have only used VR once before and I was astounded with the gaming experience but the game I played was simplistic and one-dimensional. I wondered how such a high resolution, complex simulation would work and how it would operate on my moderate PC setup using the brand-new HP Reverb G2, which currently has the highest resolution at 2160×2160 per eye, of any VR headset available for PC. I explore exactly what MSFS in VR has to offer in this FSElite First Look.

Setting up the Reverb G2 is rather straightforward. The headset only requires one cable that splits into two at a junction box that does need to be plugged into a mains power source. The first of the two cables plug into the Display Port found on most graphics cards. The second is a USB-C connection but also comes with a USB-C to a conventional USB connector. Once you have put the 2 AA batteries in each of the hand controllers, you are ready to turn your PC on and get installing the headset. The HP Reverb G2 communicates with your PC through the Windows Mixed Reality Portal, a VR app that can be downloaded through the Microsoft App Store. Once this is installed, you will need to run the WMR app every time you use your VR headset. Luckily, it is not performance heavy. I have found that the WMR app does load a few secondary applications so if you are suffering from performance issues, you can terminate these to free up some resources.

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Imaginesim Atlanta for Microsoft Flight Simulator: The FSElite Review

INTRODUCTION

Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport saw over 110,000,000 passengers in 2019, 10 million more than the next airport. With Atlanta not being one of the handcrafted airports included with Microsoft Flight Simulator (it later was added in the USA world update after the Imaginesim scenery was released), this scenery is a welcome addition to anyone’s sim. 

INSTALLATION

Imaginesim Atlanta is sold through the in sim marketplace and on Imaginesim’s website. 

For this review, Imaginesim provided a dedicated installer for the scenery, away from the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace or their website. So I can not comment on if there were any hiccups or hardships in the ordering or installation process, but from my experience with other downloads of Imaginesim products, there shouldn’t be any issues with installation.

TERMINALS

Modeling for the terminals is good. Each of the terminals has features that can distinguish them from the others at the airport. However, a lot of the middle ground details are missing. You get the impression that this is Atlanta, but when you look up close for some substantial sized details, you may find it lacking in some areas. Items such as the missing lounge at concourse B, the missing stairs from the terminal to the ramp at most gates, and jetways either being positioned where gates shouldn’t be or the walkway into the jetway being wrong or missing entirely. 

Parking spaces are a bit of a problem with this scenery. Concourse C has odd-numbered gates C31-C55 labeled on the ground with gate C33 skipped. At the real Atlanta, C33 does exist, and C39, C45, C51, and C53 skipped for spacing. Because these gates are not skipped in the scenery, it makes parking at these gates with any sizeable aircraft impossible without spilling into another gate. This is not just an issue at concourse C, but also other concourses like concourse D.

Atlanta has some very distinct color changes on the ramps. Unfortunately, these are not represented in the scenery. The rest of the texturing is very good for the terminal area with only a few areas being questionable, such as the dark roof color for part of concourse C. The lack of ground equipment around the airport also makes the scenery feel empty and have no life to it.

CARGO/GENERAL AVIATION

Atlanta offers not only plenty of commercial aircraft parking but plenty of space for cargo and general aviation aircraft as well. Both the modeling and texturing for these areas is quite good and has a lot of accuracy to them. 

The cargo areas have more static objects like containers scattered around than the terminal area, which helps bring that part of the airport to life. 

One issue with this area is the lack of a perimeter fence in areas. In some places it exists, only for it to stop for no reason. This also isn’t just an issue in the cargo and general aviation areas, the fence is missing from many places at the airport. This is such a small detail but helps bring realism to the airport.

Atlanta airport also has a lot more elevation changes than most people realize. The runways slope up and down a lot as well as different ramps being at different heights. Unfortunately, this causes issues with the airport having fairly steep slopes going in and out of ramps. I have been told this is one of the limitations with the current SDK and will hopefully be improved in the future.

NIGHTLIFE

The night time experience with this scenery is stunning. The ramps are all lit up very evenly without being too bright in areas. Some areas feel a tad dark, but not by much. The runway and taxiway lighting are nice and bright for easy navigation around the airport. Runways and taxiways are easy to tell apart so taxiway landings should not be an issue. My only issue is that the runway lights and green taxiway centerlines disappear when looking at them from the side until you get up close. Nighttime building textures are lacking, unfortunately. Some building windows have lights on, others do not have night textures for the windows, making the building feel dark.

SURROUNDING AREA

Imaginesim also includes some details for the surrounding area. The Delta Museum is modeled with all three aircraft outside modeled with great detail. Also modeled, are the surrounding hotels that help bring the surrounding area to life.

PERFORMANCE

Parked at the gate with the A320 running in the cockpit, FPS is stable around 30-35 FPS with a custom medium/high set for the graphics. Nighttime sees no drop in performance. Comparing the performance with the default Atlanta (not the world update Atlanta), FPS is only about 5 FPS higher than the Imaginesim scenery, so good job to Imaginesim for making this scenery very optimized, without impacting performance too much.

COMPARED TO THE NEW MICROSOFT ATLANTA

With the latest world update to Flight Simulator, Atlanta received an upgrade, bringing the quality between the two sceneries to be very similar. Terminal details are more up to date and complete in the Microsoft rendition, with some newer buildings, like the east parking garage, being modeled in the Microsoft scenery and not in the Imaginesim scenery. The Microsoft scenery also has more accurate gate configurations, not having the crowded gate issue that I experience with the Imaginesim scenery. Imaginesim has more consistent and accurate taxiway/runway textures and markings across the whole scenery, but the Microsoft scenery has a more accurate color in areas. Imaginesim also has vastly better night lighting compared to Microsoft’s scenery. The terrain sloping on the north side of the field is also much improved in the Microsoft scenery, making the ramp no longer slope when compared to the Imaginesim scenery. Performance is about even between the two.

Both are great with the detail they provide. While the Microsoft scenery is more accurate overall, some details like ramp textures and night lighting need some updating. Imaginesim feels more polished in areas, but the accuracy lacks in others, such as the terminal parking space issues.

CONCLUSION

Imaginesim Atlanta is currently sold through the Marketplace built into the sim for $19.99 USD and on the Imaginesim website for £14.99. Being compared to other sceneries on the marketplace, it is one of the more expensive sceneries. At this price, some of the issues are unacceptable, like the terminal parking spaces issue. With the release of the free world update, it makes recommending Imaginesim Atlanta difficult although, plenty of things are still done better in the Imaginesim scenery, like the night lighting. If Imaginesim can fix these issues, the scenery would be much more worth the price. Depending on what you care about in a scenery, you might enjoy Imaginesim or the Microsoft scenery more.

Overall Summary
The scenery overall is very good. The scenery feels polished and optimized really well for the new sim. Areas of the scenery can be improved like the sloping in areas as well as bringing other parts of the scenery up to date. With the Microsoft scenery update, it's worth taking a look at the two airports side by side to see if one has features or details you personally would like before purchasing.
Likes
Dislikes
  • Gate positions are not accurately positioned making them way too small
  • Some parts are out of date
  • Hard to recommend with the updated new free Microsoft scenery

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