The Future of FS2Crew Products – PMDG 747 QOTS II, Ultimate Ground Crew X and More

The team at FS2Crew have updated the community on their plans for their future products, time frames and more. With the completion of porting their products over to the 64-bit sim, Prepar3DV4, they can turn their attention onto bringing out new products. Allow me to summarise what they shared on their Facebook page.

PMDG 747 QOTS II Version

The project is nearly completion with voice sets being finalised. They’re working hard to ensure that the product is as bug-free as possible. They’re currently testing on Windows 10, but if you Windows 7 still, send them a message as they’re looking for testers. Both pax and freighter versions are supported, as well as supporting both FSX and P3D (including P3DV4).

Ultimate Ground Crew X

Still working on patching up some issues, but due to the complexity of the project, they want it as ‘perfect’ as possible. Like the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II FS2Crew project, it will also support both FSX and P3D (including P3DV4). No word on release date other than “it’ll be ready when it’s ready”.

Pilot Assist Pro for Apple IOS (iPad/ iPhone)

The team are also developing a new ‘revolutionary’ Apple app, designed for real-world aviation. Despite that intention, simmers will also be able to use it. FS2Crew are describing it as one of the “best and most modern IOS apps for pilots”. They’re hoping that in 8 to 10 weeks, you’ll be able to use one of the most ‘beautiful and modern’ apps available. No word on an Android version.

And Finally…

The team are also busy working on a few other projects as well. Firstly, they’re interested in developer a P3DV4 64-bit version of FS2Crew for the Level-D 767 and the iFly series of aircraft. This all depends on time. Finally, they’re also working on a secret project which will enter full development once Ultimate Ground Crew X is released. They’re saying it’s neither flight or ground crew related, which sounds interesting.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget, you can re-buy the 64-bit versions of the PMDG 737 and the  PMDG 777 FS2crew bundles direct from their site.

Flightbeam Releases KSFOHD Version 2 – Free Update

After the shock announcement from Flightbeam stating they would be releasing a version 2 of their incredible KSFOHD, they have today released it. The free update brings added functionality, features and further optimizations to the US scenery. If you don’t own it already, you can buy it now from Flightbeam’s webstore for $29.99. 

The biggest change to the KSFOHD package is the fact that it uses the brand new Flightbeam Manager, with Couatl and Addon Manager being dropped. This means easier installation as well as the chance to be able to adjust settings to suit your PC spec. Speaking of performance, the new update sees a 10-40% increase as well as the issue of stutters on approach being resolved.

Furthermore, just like Flightbeam’s KMSP (review coming soon, by the way!), SODE jetways have been implemented so you will be able to operate dual jetways. Additional new features include water puddles, enhanced ground textures, gate revisions and new floodlights. Of course, it also brings dynamic lighting for P3D V4. Keep Reading

New FSLabs A320X Screenshots in Prepar3D V4 – In ‘Early Beta’

After a long period of silence from the team at FSLabs, they’ve come forward with some new screenshots for the A320X in Prepar3D V4.

They were one of the first developers to confirm that they would be bringing over their popular Airbus product to the 64-bit platform, but since then, it’s been back and forth with whether the product is in beta testing. Andrew from the development team confirmed they’re in ‘the early stages of beta’.

The screenshots show off the new high resolution textures for the aircraft, which will only be featured in the Prepar3D V4 version of the product.

No further information is available right now, but be sure to check back with what Lefteris said a few months back. You can also see the first shots which were publicly shown off back in May.

Aerosoft Release Mega Airport Frankfurt V2.0 Professional for P3DV4

Aerosoft have today released their Mega Airport Frankfurt V2.0 Professional for P3DV4.

Following on from yesterday’s announcement, the scenery has been designed specifically for Prepar3D V4 and comes with a range of new features. Such features include snowfall for winter, automatic season changes, optimized 3D runway lights and apron lights that use the new dynamic lighting technology. Of course, this version of Frankfurt V2.0 has been exported using the P3DV4 SDK for maximum optimization.

Whether these features which aren’t specific to P3DV4 make it to other sims is yet to be seen.

The new upgrade will cost you €5.95 if you’re upgrading from the normal version. If this is a brand new product, then it will cost you €29.37 (+VAT). You can buy Mega Airport Frankfurt V2 Professional from the Aerosoft shop.

Mega Airport Professional is a new lineup from Aerosoft that is specifically aimed at Prepar3d V4 compatibility. You can read more about this in our recent article on it.

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Orbx Kern Valley (L05): The FSElite Review

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When Orbx revealed they were working on Kern Valley, I personally had no idea what airfield it was or why anyone would be interested in it. As the previews rolled in, my attitude towards the tiny Southern California airport had changed. It looks pretty good, is set in a nice location, and had complimentary scenery around it. As soon as it was out, I went ahead and downloaded it and have been enjoying some awesome GA flying ever since.

What’s important to remember with L05 Kern Valley is that this is more of an expansion of Orbx’s fantastic FTX Southern California. You need the aforementioned scenery to be able to use Kern Valley, which already begins to add up in terms of cost. If you’re interested in the region, then I recommend you purchase SOCAL, fly around and enjoy that before you invest any further. You’re probably thinking, “but why?” The answer is simply because Orbx have designed to integrate into the region. Everything from the vector to the landclass has been designed so that the airport fits in perfectly. Keep Reading

Aerosoft to charge for Prepar3D V4 scenery updates

In a post on the forums, Mathijs Kok from Aerosoft has given us an interesting insight in the companies stance on their Mega Airports and making these compatible for Prepar3D V4.

Previously the company announced to be working on free updates for P3DV4. These would become available over time, with some of them already ready and working on the updated platform. A good example of this is Mega Airport Oslo which received a free v4 update with dynamic lights, SODE support and an updated installer. Also, the much anticipated Mega Airport London Heathrow was previously announced to be getting an update coming soon™.

However, Aerosoft seems to be moving away from this. P3DV4 versions of airports will be rebranded as Mega Airport <name> Professional. These Professional products will come with support for P3DV4 features such as dynamic lights. This approach may also be extended to non-Mega Airports. It’s expected for Frankfurt to be the first Professional Mega Airport.

This is going to affect the price of Mega Airport addons in the following ways:

Current Mega Airports will keep *roughly* the same pricing. Prices for non-commercial use of Professional products will be around €6 higher and prices for commercial use or licensed simulators, it will remain the same. Updates from a “normal” to a Professional version will be available for a small fee.

Orbx is Hosting a Massive Sale – But What Should I Buy?

If you don’t know already, Orbx is throwing a massive sale. Products that were released before July 1st 2017 are getting a huge 48% off of the usual price until August 22nd AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time). The question is: what product do you buy? With the huge catalogue of products on offer, we figured this would be a great opportunity to look back on some of our past reviews, as well as recommend the must-haves to really boost your flight sim experience.

FTX Global

Without a doubt, this is the first purchase you should make if you don’t own it already. FTX Global is a world-wide texture replacement tool that generates beautiful looking replacement textures for the entire globe. It may be the most expensive item on the list, but when you consider it’s the base package for the majority of FTX airports, it really is a must. Even if you don’t buy any of the airports on offer, FTX Global breathes a new lease of life into the sim. Furthermore, you get a bunch of freeware airports included to make the product even more appealing.

 

FTX OpenLC (Europe or North America).

Whilst FTX OpenLC South America has just come out, for me either Europe or the North America packages are your best value for money – mostly due to the number of airports in these regions that are available. OpenLC SA is a great product, but either of these two will add plenty of new land class data to make your flying more realistic. Similar to the FTX Global package, it is a great package to buy to cover a large number of area amongst the regions.

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Winner Of the Drzewiecki Design New York Airports V2 and Flightbeam KMSP Competition Revealed

Our competition for Drzewiecki Design New York Airports V2 and Flightbeam KMSP was a massive success and today I can reveal the winners of the prizes.

To have been in with a chance to win Flightbeam’s KMSP, you had to answer a simple question: Which gates allow you to use multiple jetways on a single aircraft thanks to SODE? The answer was G4, G5, G6. 

Perry M was the winner for Flightbeam KMSP.

Thanks to SimMarket, we were able to give away a free copy of Drzewiecki Design New York Airports V2. All you needed to do was subscribe to our YouTube channel. Out of over a thousand entries, our winner was subscriber e92m3s65b40a.

Congratulations to both of our winners – your prizes are on their way to you! Keep Reading

Navigraph Announce Desktop App for MacOS

Over on Facebook, Navigraph announced that they have released a brand new app for macOS. The app includes a Simlink client so it can be interactive with X-Plane.

Furthermore, the new client is part of the ongoing beta program that Navigraph has been having for a few months now that features interactive Jeppesen charts. You can download the macOS client here.

You can read our Windows desktop or Android beta impressions in the links provided.

Orbx Stockholm Arlanda Service Pack for P3D V4 Preview

Orbx has shown the community preview screenshots of their upcoming Service Pack for P3D V4 of their OrbX Stockholm Alranda airport, the main airport in Sweden and its capital Stockholm.

This service pack update comes with internal modelling at terminal 2 to 5 which gives a bit of depth in the windows. Moving jetways are not yet implemented in this update but will come in a later update. Users that have tested the SP have also noticed a good increase in performance.

For more look at Orbx’s forum and Facebook page.