29Palms Scenery Design Preview Skiathos 1.5

The team over at 29Palms Scenery Design have previewed the latest beta shots of their upcoming Skiathos 1.5. The new and improved version of the Greek island is only available for Prepar3D V4. This is in line with their statement lately that all future developments would focus on the newer 64-bit sim.

As you can see from the previews, the new build will include new autogen, dynamic lighting as well as all new lighting effects. Furthermore, the team have said that improvements have been made for performance and that users will be able to switch between simple and complex vegetation thanks to the scenery configuration tool.

The update will be free of charge for all customers who own Skiathos X. Keep Reading

TOGA Projects Release ENVTEX SP1 for FS9, FSX and P3D

After an extended period of being in open beta, TOGA Projects has officially released service pack 1 for their popular ENVTEX program.

Some of the biggest changes since the release version are thanks to feedback left in our review. The new update sees a brand new user interface, ability to change sun and moon sizes, new effects, and of course official Prepar3D V4 support.

This is a full new installer so includes all previous hotfixes and updates. They recommend you uninstall the version that you may have right now and install it completely fresh.

If you are still using FS9, then you’ll have to launch the software via the specific FS9 launcher as TOGA Projects have said they’ll no longer be developing for that platform.

The new update is free for all current users and installers are already available on SimMarket. Keep Reading

Win a FREE Copy of the Aerosoft CRJ 700/900 X

After such a long wait, Aerosoft has finally released the long awaited CRJ. With such anticipation, we know people have been keen to try it out. Well, thanks to Aerosoft, we’re able to give away two free copies of the Aerosoft / DA CRJ.

All you need to do is answer the question below and provide us with your name and email so we can get in touch.

Question: When did Aerosoft originally plan to release the CRJ?

A – Late Summer 2010

B – Late Summer 2013

C – Late Summer 2015

We’ll be running the contest until the end of August with the last entry allowed at 23:59 GMT on August 31st.  Once then, any correct answers will be put into Random.org and it will select a random winner. Winners will then be announced soon after. Keep Reading

X-Plane A380 – A Statement from the Developer

Yesterday, a forum post over on the X-Plane official forums sparked us to look into an A380 project being designed as freeware for X-Plane 11. That developer was previously involved with the Cloud Surf Team scandal that we exposed back in February of this year. Because of the association with the previous development team, we were skeptical on the situation and re-posted our original editorial providing context and proof of what was going on.

We were then contacted by the developer who shared this statement with us:

To begin with, I fully understand you being skeptical about this project. However I was hoping that nothing would be made public before we would officially announce it on our (still being built up) Facebook page. As of now we only have our own personal facebook accounts, where we have been posting updates over the last few months. Nothing official. Same goes for the XP11 forum post. That was me on my private account since we don´t have anything official yet.
However, I have spent the last 5 months looking for talented people to join me after the disaster of CST. I fully regret my mistake I made, but I moved on and tried to forget what happened. I always wanted to give something to the community and I thought why just stop believing because of a stupid mistake? So I spent months looking for people to join me and so far have found like the most talented people I could think of. I was hoping to do everything right from the beginning on, not like CST. That´s why we internally decided not to post anything official too early to ruin it again.
Also to proof people that we are legit this time, Nicholas Isaacs, the head of our modelling department, recorded his work and put them as timelapses on youtube. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpPqdUILtcpjlK5umTxdYvg)
To begin with the search I messaged James (HD Aviator). We had a long and brief talk about what happened and together we moved on and are still trying to get the best we can do, but this time with our own work.
We do have a name for our “company” and the facebook page to it. However, “Advanced Dynamics Development Group” is still invisible on facebook since we need to add nessecary information and haven´t finished our logo´s and banners yet.
Furthermore, the original X-Plane thread has been closed by forum admins until more information has been provided.
We’ll keep an eye on how this progresses and of the developer provides any further insight.

Cloud Surf Team Update – Piracy and Fraudulent Development Practices

Update 14th August 2017

We have received a statement from the developer regarding this situation. You can read it here.

We have removed some of the content posted before regarding our suspicion as we now have more context into what this situation is.

As always, we are keen to work with the community (both consumer and development sides) and to look out for both.

We may have jumped the gun slightly, but we felt it was important to bring this topic back to light considering their past.

What happens in the future for this project and development group is now down to them. We’ve offered our support to them should they require it in the future.

— Original article posted Feb 8th 2017 —

I recently posted an in-depth look at Cloud Surf Team and their announcement of the A380 they claim to be developing. If you’re read the article, you will know I have valid reasons to believe they will turn out to be another vapor-ware developer with no substance.

What made matters worse is the fact they’re asking people if they would help “donate” up to 20,000 euros for a dumped A380 project from NLS. The 20,000 euros would go towards the modelling, flight dynamics and more. Again, a developer with no proven record asking for money so soon is a massive red flag in my books.

With that article spread among the community, someone who was previously involved with Cloud Surf Team contacted FSElite team. This person will remain anonymous. Proof has been provided to FSElite regarding the legitimacy of their involvement, as well as a detailed account of the mishaps of Cloud Surf Team. Keep Reading

TFDi Designs Announces RealLight for P3Dv4

The team behind the ever improving 717 has today announced a new technology: RealLight.

RealLight is a new lighting technique to improve the night lighting of the virtual cockpit. The team first looked back at some of the feedback given regarding their 717 night lighting, and explained that it was designed and based on old blending methods. With this in mind, moving forward, the team will be focusing this on new technology for Prepar3D V4. This is thanks to the new dynamic lighting engine and also the fact there are no longer software-based memory constraints.

The results speak for themselves and you can see a comparison shot below.

P3DV3
P3Dv4 with RealLight

The team decided that instead of limiting this technique to just their 717, it will also be compatible with future products – and there are also talks on how they can license it out to third parties.

You can also watch the video that TFDi Designs produced.

You can get it now if you are a part of the 717 Community Opt-In Beta.

Samscene3D Releases I AMsterdam City X

Samscene3D has released their next capital city scenery which this time is I AMsterdam City X for both FSX and P3D. And best of all, it’s part of the 20% off August sale. The discount code is AUGSALE so go and grab a copy before the sale ends; it’s only $14 USD on their website.

Amsterdam, as we know, is the capital of the Kingdom of Holland or the Netherlands depending from where in the world you’re from. Scenery covers the capital city with different styles of autogen buildings.

Feature list of I AMsterdam City X:

  • Photoreal texture of Amsterdam
  • More than 20.000 autogen buildings with the design and style of Amsterdam
  • Lots of custom hotels, buildings, business center, banks, churches, squares and landmarks etc
  • Textures for when it’s night
  • Autogen vegetation throughout the city
  • Main station buildings of the capital city
  • 3D world landmarks by I Amsterdam
  • Compatible with other sceneries for Amsterdam
  • Overall good frame rate

This scenery is compatible with the following scenery add-ons:

OrbX FTX Global, Vector, Europe LC and FlyTampa Amsterdam

The developer makes no mention of NL2000, but give it a try and it may work.

MK Studios – August Update

MK Studios has reached out to us virtual simmers with a new August update that covers a lot.

1. Fuerteventura
Starting with Fuerteventura that enters beta testing phase this Monday, some shots below for you to admire.

Fuerteventura scenery’s feature list:

  • Fully detailed rendition of  the Fuerteventura island and the airport itself.
  • Many monuments as well as custom objects on the island.
  • Ground textures that are high resolution – 2048×2048 pixels.
  • Photo real terrain that covers the island and 3D night lighting
  • Realistic lighting at night based on real world pilots point of view
  • Dynamic lighting in P3D V4
  • Shadows that are realistic on all objects that are 3D and on the ground.
  • Optimized for P3D V4
  • All traffic addons are compatible with this scenery.

The price for the Fuerteventura scenery will be around 25 euros including VAT (20 euros without VAT). MK Studios say that their scenery will support both P3D V3 and V4 directly on release day.

But it doesn’t end there – like some other developers, they are also looking for specialists for X-Plane 11 that can help them to export scenery to that simulator. It’s a paid position for an experienced individual – send them a PM if you are the person they are looking for.

2. MK Global Data – Europe
Yes, MK is not only going to create scenery here and there, they are thinking big, at least as big as Europe is. More info will come at a later state when we know more exactly what MK Global Data – Europe is but it sounds very promising. The Europe part is on final, they are just testing and fixing some stuff.

3. Lisbon 2018
You might be aware of it, but MK Studios are creating a 2018 scenery for Lsibon and the estimated date for release is mid-2018 due to some real life stuff taking time.

4. Mega Airport Rome – P3D V4 Update
Not much info other than they are working on it.

5. To be announced
Since a few months back MK Studios developing team has expanded which means that there are some projects you don’t know about that will come at the end of this year.  A clue is that one of them has almost 10 runways. Another one is located on the Atlantic Ocean.

We’ve done some thinking, and there are only a handful of airports in the world with close to 10 runways.  One of them being Chicago’s O’Hare airport.  Our question to our readers: what airport do you think it is?

More will come once MK Studios give us another update but for now, take a look at the preview screenshots of Fuerteventura below.

FSDG Shows Off More Mauritius Previews

Flight Sim Development Group, or FSDG, has announced that they are working on their next airport which is Mauritius. There is not much information, but the release is scheduled for late August.

For more head over to FSDG’s Facebook.

According to the screenshots below, it looks very promising, and we can’t wait to get a copy to fly into this beautiful airport. Great textures that are of high quality – as always from FSDG – and highly detailed modeling.