Pilot Plus KBID – Block Island State Airport Released

Pilot Plus recently released their latest scenery: KBID – Block Island State Airport that can be purchased at X-Plane Store for 19.195 USD. Also head over to Pilot Plus Facebook page for more about this release as well as other releases. Airport is compatible with both X Plane 10 and 11.

KBID is a public use airport located on Block Island in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. Airport is only a few miles east of Long Island, New York.

Pilot Plus has not only reached the possible limits of X Plane but also gone beyond it. From the incredibly detailed ortho-imagery to the luscious 3D vegetation surrounding the airfield, all aspects has been replicated to make sure you can enjoy the most realistic experience when flying.

Features built in to this scenery of KBID

  • Whole island Ortho coverage at 30cm/pixel
  • over 25,000 hand placed objects
  • Baked ambient occlusion
  • Dense foliage and forestry
  • Comprehensive building coverage
  • Abundant custom vegetation including grass and bushes
  • Marine Traffic with detailed Yacht model
  • Ground Traffic routes in airfield
  • Custom 3D South Lighthouse

Many more photos can be found on this Google Photos link. Also make sure you check-out FSElite website for very latest info.

Trailer can be seen here below as well as screenshots below.

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FSLabs announces P3D v4 plans

In an update thread made by Lefteris on the FSLabs A320 forum, Lefteris announced that the A320 will come with a free update to support the newly announced Prepar3D v4 platform. When the A320 is released for P3D v4, the upgrade price from FSX to P3D will be discontinued however.

Lefteris did however not only talk about the A320 in his post.
A manager tool was also announced. This tool, much like the PMDG Operations Center will allow for updates, livery installation and support. The plan is to release this tool sometime after the initial release of the A320 for P3D v4.

The long awaited A319 also got a bit of attention.
The A319 will be released for both 32 and 64 bit platforms. These are early plans however. A more firm decision will be made once the aircraft is in a later beta stage.

Probably the most exciting bit of the post (yes, possibly even more exciting than the A320 update being free) is that a new “FSLabs XXXX-X” product has been teased. It is still in the initial stages of development, so dont expect it to release any time soon. Not much was said about it other than it “Can take… well… more fuel than the A320-X series”

Lefteris also briefly mentions that home cockpit and professional versions future customers can look forward to more news on those versions by the end of the year.
Select hardware providers have been eager to lend FSLabs products to ensure compatibility.

There is an elephant in the room though: the Concorde-X customers will have to wait on any news regarding the Concorde in P3D v4. At the moment FSLabs are dedicating all manpower to the A320 series. FSLabs will however look into the possibilities, so the door is still not closed for good.

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Aeroplane Heaven Republic P-47D Renders

Aeroplane Heaven has just released a First Look at their Republic P-47D renders and for more information head over to their Facebook.

For now this is all information I have but will update this once more is available to us, in the meantime check out FSElite for latest info on other releases and announcements.

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More screenshots of the Just Flight C-46 Commando

Just Flight has previewed even more screenshots on their C-46 Commando. Their C-46 Commando will feature 12 different authentic liveries for each variant. The cockpit will be designed in both civilian varients with modern gauges based on Buffalo Airways and the WW2 military authentic layout.

The aircraft will have realistic and accurate flight dynamics based on real-world performance and handlig data developed with assistance from real world C-46 pilots including an ex-Buffalo Airways pilot. And of course it will also come with a PSD paint kit where you can paint your very own paint schemes.

A long list of features has been included with this aircraft  which can be found on the website. You can also sign up with your email to be informed of it’s release as soon as it’s dropped.

More screenshots can be found here at my earlier post of this aircraft.

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Just Flight Vickers VC10 Development Preview

Just Flight has shown development screenshots of their Vickers VC10. They haven’t confirmed this yet but they are looking into the possibility in working on a Super variant of the VC10 but what is confirmed is that a BOAC livery will be included in the release.

VC10 is famous for being one of the most graceful jetliners ever created with it’s long slim slim fuselage and graceful swept back tail surfaces.

It will be available for both P3D and FSX, featuring authentic recreation of the Standard version of this aircraft. Including a highly detailed virtual cockpit with a highly detailed exterior model painted in many classic liveries.

Just Flight doesn’t mention P3D V4 so we have to wait and see if they will also make a 64bit compatible version of this aircraft.

More information can be found at FSElite and Just Flight website.

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FSDreamTeam – Huge Update – P3DV4, GSX 2.0 and More

With all this excitement over the announcement of Prepar3D version 4, we need to remember that developers also have products of their own with announcements. We’ve detailed the smaller updates from other developers in this post, but FSDreamTeam deserved their own post as they have lots of details to share about their upcoming products and code base.

Firstly, they wanted to reiterate that their products will be updated free of charge. So even products like their Las Vegas which started out as a FS9 project, will be updated to 64-bit code absolutely free. With all of their products using Addon Manager, the team had to port the code over to 64-bit architecture to ensure it worked. As part of this, the team also worked on fixing problems and improving things based on feedback.

The team have now committed to a single FSDT folder installation. So regardless of number of sims installed on your PC, FSDT products will install outside of the sim and install straight away. Also part of this is the new way add-ons will be configured with P3D v3 and V4.

If you remember from P3Dv3, scenery config files were private for scenery, textures, simobjects etc. This meant that if you had to uninstall or reinstall the sim, then you wouldn’t lose any of the previously installed scenery. Of course, if you already have everything set up nicely, FSDT aren’t forcing you to change anything as the old installers will still work. Keep Reading

Prepar3D V4, What We Know from Developers

A number of developers are now coming out with their plans for P3D V4. Please note that this post will be a continually updated post as and when more developer news is provided.

You can read PART TWO HERE

TFDi Design 

The team over at TFDi design announced on their forum that their 717 will not be available with P3D V4 immediatley. They are currently working on finalising their 717 version 1.0.8.0. Hopefully we can expect this aircraft to come to P3D V4 not too long after it’s release.

FSDreamTeam

FSDreamTeam have been showing off some great videos of P3D V4 over on YouTube. This includes a video showing off the new snow particles at their upcoming Charlotte scenery.  This is one of two videos which also includes a video of them flying around the scenery in the default F35. This is a good video that shows off not only their Charlotte scenery once again, but also showing the new levels of LOD radius that can be set within this new sim.

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Prepar3D V4 Revealed Officially by Lockheed Martin Coming May 30th

May 23rd will be go down in the history books as the day Lockheed Martin finally put rumour to rest and reveal their next iteration of desktop flight simulation. We have known that version 4 of Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D series was bound to happen eventually, but today, Lockheed Martin have revealed the future of their product line.

It’s official – 64-bit simming!

Prepar3D V4 has been officially revealed by Lockheed Martin and as told by us, V4 is indeed 64-bit. The added memory will ensure that simmers will be less likely to encounter out of memory errors and increase detail to suit their hardware without running the risk of running out of available memory. This is fantastic news as it brings the platform to a modern era, as well as bringing the final major flight simulator to  a 64-bit era.

Some great features have been inclued in this upcoming version of P3D.

Other features Lockheed announced:

  • Dynamic Lighting
  • Rain/Snow particles
  • Global 3D trees
  • A fully reworked development software
  • New default vehicles

Now that the NDA has been lifted, we expect to see plenty of streams and screenshots of the new sim over the course of the coming days. We’ll do what we can to get you some exclusive stuff!

Now that it’s finally cleared up, read our article on setting our expectations for the new sim. We’re eager to hear details from third parties about how they plan to support the new platform.

Also, a special thank you to everyone who believed in us from the start. We take this community very seriously and are extremely pleased that our sources  have been honest and truthful. We’ve always taken journalism seriously and only aim to provide you with accurate information even if it is rumour or speculation.  As always if you have feedback, please email or contact us!

MilViz Preview ATR 72-600 Renders

Milviz has previewed another screenshot of their upcoming ATR 72-600 for P3D and FSX. This time it’s the cockpit that is being shown and every new screenshot they release make us want it more and more.

For more information and the progress of this aircraft head over to FSElite and Milviz website.

 

Aeroplane Heaven Announcement

The guys over at Aeroplane Heaven has announced their new DHC-3 Otter. But it won’t only come with wheels it will also feature floats and ski versions as well as military and civilian versions.

The Twin Otter released by Aerosoft was such a fun plane to fly, both tarmac and wild runways but they haven’t updated it so now Aeroplane Heaven has decided to create theirs.

More info will come at a later date but for now this is all we have and for more info follow FSElite.