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Review: Aeroplane Heaven Supermarine Spitfire Mk1A for MSFS

AEROPLANE Heaven Spitfire Review

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Developer
Aeroplane Heaven
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Aeroplane Heaven
Price
$32.95
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Version Reviewed
1.4
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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.

The Supermarine Spitfire is a plane that barely requires an introduction. It is one of the heroes of World War 2, and the Battle of Britain specifically. The plane was designed by R. J. Mitchell, although he would sadly never live long enough to see what his plane would eventually be capable of. R. J. Mitchell passed away in 1937.

Aeroplane Heaven’s rendition of the Spitfire is that of the Mk1A. As the name might suggest, this is the first version of the Spitfire. It would later lead to many different variants with several differences over the original. In this review, we will dive into Aeroplane Heaven’s latest release and see how well made it is, and how such a vintage plane holds up in our still relatively new simulators.

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Black Square’s Real Taxiways USA: The FSElite Review

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Developer
Black Square
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Just Flight
Price
$39.99 USD
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Version Reviewed
1.0
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Just Flight
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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.

How do you feel about the taxiway signs that default Microsoft Flight Simulator has to offer? Personally, I think they’re pretty mediocre. Lacking in accuracy, tough to read, and have a slight tendency to get in your way. The folks at Black Square and Just Flight agreed, and decided to develop Real Taxiways USA. Let’s find out if it’s worth picking up…

Video produced by: Spencer te Wildt 

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Pilot Plus Bristol Airport for MSFS: The FSElite Review

Pilot Plus Reiew Brs Review

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Developer
Pilot Plus
Purchase From
Pilot Plus / Orbx
Price
£14.49
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Version Reviewed
1.0.0
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Pilot Plus
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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.

Welcome to Bristol Airport. This regional airport in the south west of the UK is home to airlines such as easyJet, TUI, Ryaniar, Aer Lingus and many more.

Installing the scenery is easily done. You can either buy the airport directly from the developer at Pilot Plus’ website or through Orbx Central. If you download directly, then you will use the Pilot Plus installer, which takes just a few moments. Using OrbxDirect is easier, but neither method is difficult.

If we start by taking a look at the airport as a whole, we’ll see that Pilot Plus has done a fantastic job at blending the environment with the default scenery of the simulator itself. It is worth noting that Pilot Plus has made the airport inline with the current airport layout, including some of the construction work that is ongoing at the old terminal building. In addition to having the airport seamlessly integrate with the default scenery, Pilot Plus has included precise 1m mesh, which means the runway is sloped accurately. This is a step beyond what was seen in previous versions of this airport from this development team on other platforms.

As mentioned earlier, I have travelled through Bristol all of my life. To see it recreated in this level of detail is really amazing. Taking a trip through the terminal building, we can see that all the shops, cafes and check-in desks have been included. Banners advertising certain routes and airlines have been included, while the easyJet bag drop zone has been branded really nice. Shops such as WH Smiths, M&S and Soho coffee have been modelled to an impressive level of detail. Continuing through the terminal, we can see that the security lanes have been included, along with a great rendition of the main terminal building. There are a few big shops missing, but that is only noticeable to those who frequent the airport a whole lot. Plus, this is a flight simulator so that’s hardly a big issue for anyone looking to add the airport to their UK collection.

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Just Flight PA-28-161 Warrior II for MSFS: The FSElite Review

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Developer
Just Flight
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Just Flight
Price
$44.99 USD
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Version Reviewed
0.2.0
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Just Flight
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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.

Tom takes us on a tour of Just Flight’s latest aircraft addition to Microsoft Flight Simulator. This popular training aircraft has many features that are sure to appeal to a large audience.

Video Produced By: Flight Sim Global

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Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox: The FSElite Review

MSFS Xbox Review Fselite

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Developer
Asobo Studio
Purchase From
Microsoft
Price
$59.99 USD
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Version Reviewed
1.18.13.0
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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.

Never in my lifetime did I see a full flight simulation product be made available for a home console. In fact, I didn’t expect Microsoft to re-enter the flight simulation market after the tragic events of Flight back in 2012. Yet here we are in 2021 with both of those things. In fact, Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox could not have come at a better time. In a time where most of the world is still under some form of lockdown, exploring our planet from the comfort of your own living room has never felt so appealing.

I reviewed Microsoft Flight Simulator last year when it was first released and I was already hugely impressed. This review will focus on the Xbox experience more so than what the simulator offers. As they are both like-for-like, you can get an idea of what’s going on under the hood with our previous review. Having that said, I will be looking at the most recent update that paved the way for a lot of the technical and accessibility improvements that the Xbox version required for the new way to play.

Let’s just get this out of the way: this is a true flight simulation n experience. There are no gimmicks, no limitations on where you can fly and certainly no restrictions on how you fly. If you own the PC version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, then you will already know what it will be like on Xbox as they are like-for-like. That’s right, the whole experience of a flight simulator can be enjoyed in your living room from a tiny little box. No need for an expensive PC or worry about ensuring you have the right hardware – you can truly explore the world using a game console.

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I admit that it must seem a little incomprehensible that a game console could even run a flight sim. After all, we have spent years as a community trying numerous performance tweaks and/or buying the most expensive hardware to get every frame possible from the sim. Yet now, a $299 game console can run the simulator at a steady frame rate and still look good.

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Pyreegue Edinburgh Airport MSFS: The FSElite Review

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Developer
Pyreegue Dev Co
Purchase From
Orbx
Price
$29.95 AUD
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Version Reviewed
1.0.0
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Developer via Orbx Central
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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.

Discover what makes this release of Edinburgh Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator special in this FSElite review.

Edit – 11 Aug 2021:

We have been made aware of some of the following corrections to our review:

– The runway textures do match the airport as of 2021. Our comparison of 2018 imagery is incorrect.
– The runway edge lights aren’t meant to line up due to runway drainage. This was a mistake on our part.
– Performance of this airport was tested using 16gb of ram, as per the recommendation from Microsoft for the simulator. 32gb of ram is being recommended by the developer, but this information is not specified on the product page.

Overall Summary
It's a masterpiece. There's just an astounding amount of details across the whole airport. I have a few minor gripes here and there, but nothing that can't be overlooked. It's not a cheap scenery by any means, but it's worth the buy.
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  • Poor performance saw a 15-20% hit.

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MilViz FG-1D Corsair: The FSElite Review

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Developer
MilViz
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MilViz
Price
$39.99 USD
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Version Reviewed
1.0.0
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MilViz
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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. 

Video Produced By: The Flight Sim Deck

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Orbx Catalina Airport MSFS: The FSElite Review

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Developer
Orbx
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Orbx
Price
$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.

Video Produced By: Flight Sim Global

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

CAPTAINSIM 777 For Msfs Review

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Developer
Captain Sim
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Captain Sim
Price
$29.99
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Version Reviewed
1.0.2
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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.

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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Developer
FlyInside
Purchase From
FlyInside
Price
$34.95
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Version Reviewed
1.1.6
Press Copy Provided By
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.

Video Produced By: The Flight Sim Deck

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