Skyline Simulations Announce Dash 8 200 & 300

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Skyline Simulations has today announced, via their Facebook page, that they’re currently working on a couple of the often forgotten models of the Dash 8 family for X-Plane. The developer, primarily known for their scenery products, used the announcement to show off some early renders of the Dash 8 200 and 300 models that are currently being worked on, while also outlining their intentions for the project.

In the post, Skyline Sim stated that they intend to produce a “study level” simulation of the aircraft with “accurate flight dynamics and systems simulation”. This includes the UNS-1 Universal FMS System that the real-world aircraft is equipped with.
This should hopefully come as welcome news to X-Plane users and fans of the Dash 8, who have been crying out for an overhaul of FlyJSim’s Q400 for quite some time.

Additionally, the developers promise an accurate and true 3D model which they say “will be extremely faithful to the real aircraft and will be impeccably detailed at a standard the XPlane [sic] community has come to expect from developers”. While this may sound like it’s going to take up a large amount of the developers’ time, they do assure their fans that their current scenery projects are not being delayed as a result, and work continues on projects such as KORD and an upcoming CVG update.

The only question that comes to mind with this announcement is if Skyline Sim are producing the Q200/Q300 models, or their earlier, non-ANVS brothers.

Without doubt, the X-Plane community will be watching this project very closely, as will FSElite. We hope to see work continue on this project and will aim to bring you updates as they’re made available. For now, check out the renders below.

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Orbx Announce NZGS Gisborne

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Over on the Orbx forums, Community and Marketing Manager Aimee Sanjari announced the latest offering in Oceania from Orbx; NZGS Gisborne! NZGS is located on the outskirts of Gisborne, which itself is located on the East coast of the North Island in New Zealand. The airport is unique in the fact that it has a rail line crossing the main
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Thranda Design Pilatus PC6 Announced And Previewed

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Over on the X-Plane forums, it was announced by Thranda Design that another in-house project would be coming from them, this time the venerable Pilatus PC6! Along with the announcement and previews, Thranda stated that at least two versions would be available, including the G1000 version and different engines,  along with several configuration options available such as floats, tundra tires, and
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X-Crafts Announce ERJ Family For X-Plane

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X-Crafts has today announced to the community that they're currently working on the Embraer ERJ family jets as their follow-up to their E-Jets product, released as a version 2 refresh around 18 months ago. The ERJ Family product line will include all three of the Embraer models under the ERJ umbrella; the E135, E140 and the E145, and there is also the
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PilotEdge Sends Out Massive Update To All Platforms

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PilotEdge sent an email to the FSElite team that announced some updates coming to their software.

These updates allow PilotEdge to increase the amount of Sky High Charter scenarios and bring X-Plane a massive overhaul. PilotEdge expressed that because of the overhaul, they started to think about how they could input more changes for a more realistic and performance friendly experience.

Sky High Charters

Scenarios one and two have been posted to the site. It’s planned to add one scenario per month (one is viewable by anyone, while two requires you to have an active account with PilotEdge).

X-Plane V1.5.0 Overhaul

X-Plane V1.5.0 received a major overhaul. This overhaul allows VHF simulation with dynamic distortion based on location and altitude on the fly. A demo video is provided below but do keep in mind that PilotEdge did state that the software has “improved since that video was shot. In that video, the signal strength is calculated every 5 seconds. We are now doing it every second as of last week.”

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Formation flying as well as dynamic loading and unloading of visual models have been updated. These updates have given PilotEdge more freedom, allowing “massive server-side libraries of visual models with clients downloading new models on the fly in the background.” PilotEdge went on to tell us that this includes ‘asynchronous’ loading of visual models. This means that the 3d objects and textures are incrementally loaded in the background while the sim continues to run. The benefit of this is that the sim no longer pauses when it needs to load visual models based on traffic that’s within visual range. They went on to say that because of this, the amount of storage space that had been taken up prior  to this update will drop a significant amount.

If you would like to try out PilotEdge’s network, you can start your two week free trial here, or if you would like a full membership, the pricing is available on their Pricing and Plans page.

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Orbx Release New Patch For CityScene Barcelona

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Earlier today, Orbx announced on their forums, that their CityScene Barcelona was just given a patch, bringing it to version 1.10. The patch fixes bugs, adds buildings, and enhances the scenery for FPS improvements, and increased object detail. This patch is available on FTX Central for immediate update. If you don't own it already, you can get it now from
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Aeroplane Heaven Announce Heinkel HE111

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Aeroplane Heaven has announced on their Facebook page what their newest aircraft will be after having teased it earlier that day. Now presenting, the Aeroplane Heaven Heinkel HE111! The Heinkel HE111 was a German fast medium bomber and was the most numerous bomber in the Luftwaffe arsenal. It proved to be a resilient workhorse, capable of sustaining heavy damage and
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Orbx Triengen and Luzern-Beromünster Coming Soon

Over on the Orbx forums, it was announced that the next airport in the Orbx lineup will be LSPN Triengen and LSZO Luzern-Beromunster for FSX and P3D! The product itself will contain both airfields in typical Orbx quality.. Key features include a scenic landscape location, realistic HD textures, 30cm coverage around the airport, Orbx Flow technology, detailed visual charts, and
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