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Orbx Monument Valley – X-Plane 11: The FSElite Review

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7.8
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Developer
Orbx
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Orbx
Price
$24.95 AUD
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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.

Edit: Upon hearing the community and taking a further look into what we have come to expect from the developer, the reviewer has decided to lower both the presentation scores – due to the scenery lacking detail in features such as the airport – and the features score, due to this possible retracting from the overall experience. As a result of this, the value score has also decreased to come more in-line with the changes; this still remains a good aspect of the product, however, due to the vastness of the landscape, as explored in the following review.

 

Introduction

Monument Valley is a natural wonder of a region, located on the Colorado Plateau (on the Arizona-Utah border), covered in a plethora of sandstone buttes. The peaks in the area reach up to 1,000ft above the valley floor and have played home to many Western American movies since the 1930s from directors such as John Ford.

In this scenery, produced by Orbx’s returning developer Frank Dainese and his developing partner Fabio Bellini, the beauty of this landmark location has been excellently translated into X-Plane 11.

 
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Just Flight C152 (X-Plane 11): The FSElite Review

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7
The Cessna 152, a twin-seat tricycle gear general aviation aircraft, is primarily used as a trainer around the world. First introduced in 1977, the aircraft was developed from the earlier Cessna 150, and still has many of the 7,500+ builds flying today. The Cessna 152 can also be retrofitted as a taildragger or STOL aircraft and is often powered by
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Turbulent Designs MBS International Airport (X-Plane 11 Edition): The FSElite Review

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MBS International Airport, located in Freeland, Michigan, is a small airport which services both general aviation and commercial operations. Once used as a World War 2 base for the United States, MBS reopened for commercial use in the mid-1940s and saw a boom in aircraft movements during the 80s and 90s, as airline expansion meant more and more would operate
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Just Flight Piper Turbo Arrow III/IV: The FSElite Review

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Just Flight are a long-standing flight sim publisher and developer for both the ESP platform and X-Plane products, with their X-Plane products generally being made in partnership with Thranda Design. Their PA-28R Turbo Arrow III/IV is a welcomed addition to their extensive fleet and - more importantly - our hangars. This aircraft comfortably compliments their previous release of the PA-28R
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UK2000 EGNX East Midlands (X-Plane Version): The FSElite Review

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7.5
PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
UK2000 Scenery
Purchase From
UK2000 Scenery
Price
£16.99
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Version Reviewed
1.0
Press Copy Provided By
UK2000 Scenery
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

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.

When you think of major airports in the UK that play a large role in the British economy, what comes to mind? London Heathrow is likely right at the top of that list, Gatwick is probably in there too, and Manchester is surely there too. I’d nearly put money on it that East Midlands is somewhere toward the bottom.
It might surprise you to learn that despite being the 13th busiest airport in the UK in 2016/2017, having handled only just over 4.5 million passengers, it plays a huge role in receiving and dispatching huge amounts of cargo every year. In fact, it serves 36 destinations spread over 10 cargo operators, just with freight alone. That’s a huge amount of cargo for a single-runway airport! So if you’re a simmer like myself who enjoys hauling your MTOW of cargo on the odd occasion (mainly because cargo doesn’t complain about those hard landings), you’ll appreciate the job that UK2000 have done in bringing their rendition of East Midlands to X-Plane.

Presentation

UK2000 have always been a name that represents quality and accuracy in sceneries for Prepar3D and FSX (and they even still develop for FS9), and so to expect the same with the X-Plane products is a natural thing. Fortunately, UK2000 doesn’t let us down by just running their sceneries through a conversion and calling it a day – they’ve quite clearly spent the time making sure every last detail is perfect for the X-Plane world. Comparing with satellite imagery, you can spend time yourself going over the airport grounds and spotting out small details like light placements, one by one, and finding that they’re exactly where you’d expect to find them.

 
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ToLiss A319: The FSElite Review

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8.5
2018 is shaping up to be the year of the Airbus in flight simulation. We’ve so far been blessed with the release of the FlightFactor A320, with talk of an updated A350 on the horizon too, and let’s not forget the FSLabs A321 and A319 that are abuzz in the P3D/FSX hemisphere. The hype was no different during the development
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