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Verticalsim Tampa International V2 for X-Plane 11: The FSElite Review

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Developer
Verticalsim
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Verticalsim
Price
$16.00
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Version Reviewed
v2
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SimMarket
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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.

Tampa International Airport first opened in 1928 on 160 acres as Drew Field. It was Leased to the U.S. Government for 25 years as Drew Army Airfield, during which time it was expanded and modernized to fit the Government’s needs. It is because of this expansion that Drew Field was perfectly equipped to become Tampa’s main airport when ownership was returned to the city of Tampa.

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Skyline Simulations Previews Dash 8 for XPL

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Skyline Simulations has shared their latest previews for their upcoming Dash 8 for X-Plane 11. The aircraft, which was announced a little while back, has a brand new preview page highlighting the progress the development team are making on the aircraft. On their newly made page, the team this time shared development previews for the modelling work and some of
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Windsock Simulations Previews Barcelona (LEBL)

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Windsock Simulations, an X-Plane 11 scenery developer, has taken to their Facebook page to announce that their upcoming Barcelona El-Prat (LEBL) scenery has entered beta. In their post, Windsock mentions that the airport is complete, as well as the city and ortho-photos for the area. X-Plane users can expect a release by the end of the month earliest. The developer also
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ToLiss Airbus A321: The FSElite Review

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Developer
ToLiss
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X-Plane Store
Price
$79
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Version Reviewed
1.0.2
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Developer
SimMarket
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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.

Introduction

The Airbus A321 is the larger brother of the A320 family and is established as a major competitor within the short to medium range category, having sold over 2000 units. The twin-engine narrow-body can typically carry up to 236 passengers over 3200nm. Thanks to the aircraft developer ToLiss, who also released the A319, the Airbus A321 is now available within the world of X-Plane. I have been using the aircraft since its release on the 28th of February of this year. I have tried to put the aircraft through its paces in different scenarios and routes around the world. If you were questioning whether you should purchase the aircraft for your sim, I hope to address some thoughts you might be asking yourself in this review. I have deliberately not commented or compared the A321 to the ToLiss Airbus A319 as I wanted to review the A321 in its own right. I do own the A319 as well as the A321 and I will be happy to answer any questions in the comments regarding either of the two aircraft.

The initial install is very smooth and once you placed the single file into your aircraft folder, the only step left to do is to activate the A321 using your key through the ToLiss Interactive Simulation Control System or ‘ISCS’ menu. You will be required to reload the aircraft before you are able to use it to its full functionality. You will find that the aircraft only ships with two Airbus Industries liveries but even from the release date, there has been a plethora of liveries available for free download from the X-Plane forum. From the aircraft selection page, you have access to both standard and high definition versions. I would say I have quite a modest hardware setup and even pushing my simulator I have seen good performance using the high definition version, but the standard definition would be useful if you find yourself struggling with FPS using the more detailed variant. The only differing factors between these two are the texture resolution with reference to cockpit textures and liveries. The detail in the model or the systems will remain the same regardless of the variant you choose. 

If you haven’t flown an Airbus before, a great place to start is the manuals folder that comes with the A321. Here you can find three comprehensive manuals to help you get to grips with flying the aircraft. These include step by step instructions on how to complete your first flight, a simulation manual to tell you everything you need to know to get the aircraft setup in X-Plane the way you want it, and finally, a 56-page in-depth look inside the systems that are included in this Airbus A321. The quality of all these documents is of high detail and addresses a lot of information should you need any help in working the aircraft. Even if you are familiar with Airbuses and their systems, these manuals will almost definitely teach you something new.

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X-Crafts ERJ Family: The FSElite Review

X Crafts Erj Family Review
One of the main reasons I have recently added X-Plane to my computer is for the availability of some planes that aren’t available for Prepar3D. One of the main aircraft types that piqued my interest was the Embraer family of airplanes. Predominantly used for shorter regional flights, the planes fit my primary flying style: flights that last 1 to 2
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TrueEarth US Northern California X-Plane 11: The FSElite Review

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Introduction This is where it all began, for myself anyway... Born and raised in Northern California, I was thrilled to learn that Orbx was developing a True Earth scenery for the region. Located on the west side of the United States, Northern California is a beautiful and diverse location both environmentally and culturally, filled with valleys, beaches, mountains, and metropolises.
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