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First Images of PMDG DC-6 In Prepar3D V4

The PMDG 737 isn’t the only PMDG aircraft yet to be released for Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D version 4, as their DC-6 has yet to see light of day either. Released for X-Plane over a year ago, the four engine-d aircraft will change the way you fly. You will be without many of the comforts that allows you to fly the 747 or the 777 so effortlessly, as the DC-6 relies on a very different type of piloting.

Whilst we prosper over what’s possible in this upcoming aircraft, beta tester lasnubes shared some impressive images of the PMDG DC-6 in P3D V4.

lasnubes really wants to draw your attention to the detail in the lighting and weather effects in these shots. The detail in the shots look incredible, and this is thanks to the power of P3DV4.

Check out the Avsim forums if he adds any more. Don’t forget, the DC-6 is also planned to be released for FSX, FSX:SE, P3D v3 all on the same day. As of today, it’s still looking like a first-half of July. Not long now!

Navigraph Charts Open Beta announcement

Navigraph Charts Open Beta

Navigraph have opened up their Charts Beta for all existing customers! We’ve been reporting on Navigraphs upcoming Charts update for a while now, and some of the details are already known. But now we can finally get our hands on it and start using it! The beta is meant to really test the product and iron out as many bugs as possible before the release and Navigraph encourage people taking part to give feedback on their forums. Furthermore, it should be noted that not all features are working yet. Such features include terminal procedures and/or terminal maps amongst others. But enough about that, lets see what we can start using.

Included features

Of course a lot of stuff is already working in the beta. The list of features is as follows:

  • Jeppesen Charts
  • Day and Night mode
  • Moving Maps both on enroute charts and airport diagrams
  • Flights accepting route strings
  • Pinboard for flexible organization of airport charts
  • Dynamic, interactive and fully searchable enroute charts
  • Decentralization of server structure for good responsiveness around the globe

How to get started?

To start using the Open Beta of Navigraph you have to be a customer of Navigraph Charts. This means you either need a Charts or the Ultimate package that provides Charts as well as NavData. After that, Navigraph recommend using a modern web browser with a reasonable screen size. Furthermore, there is additional software that needs to be installed to make Moving Maps work in FSX (Plane users won’t have to do this). Please note that at this point we’re unsure about compatibility with the soon to be released Prepar3d V4, but we doubt it will work. So keep that in mind if you want to start testing this product. Navigraph Customers have received an email with exact install instructions, so it’s best to just follow this!

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FSElite Exclusive: Navigraph En-Route Charts Android (Beta)

The team over at Navigraph have been working hard on providing their next update to their incredible charts system for desktop, iOS and Android. They’ve provided plenty of details so far and have advanced to their next stage of inviting people to join their beta team.

I was lucky enough to be selected to join the beta team to test out the Android version and I can tell you that this is already a vast improvement from their current app. It’s clearly been built from the ground up supporting the same look and feel as the rest of their product line. It’s already slick, fast and enables you to view your aircraft flying along routes in real time.

I’ve taken some screenshots below and added some annotations explaining what each is doing.

PLEASE REMEMBER, THESE ARE STILL WIP SHOTS.

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First PMDG DC-6 FSX/P3D Beta Video Appears

We have known for a little while that PMDG’s DC-6 has been in beta testing for FSX/P3D. After the release of the experimental product on X-Plane, fans have been eager to get their hands on their preferred sim version.

One of the beta testers has uploaded the first video for the DC-6 on YouTube and talks us through some of the features we can expect.

The 30 minute tour shows us the external view as well as an in depth look at the virtual cockpit and some of the in-sim menus.

We’ll continue to keep an eye out for further information and get back to you in due course.

PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster enters Beta for FSX & P3D

Over on the AVSIM forums Robert Randazzo from PMDG did an interesting announcement. In a detailed and extensive posts he announced that PMDG have moved the DC-6 Cloudmaster over to Beta phase. According to his post they’re not finished yet but they are getting close and most of the issues right now come down to fine-tuning. He also mentions there will be additional functionality over its XPlane counterpart, and the team is hard at work to bring some of the best features of the 747 into the DC-6 as well. To wrap it up he talks about the Virtual Flight Engineer that will eventually join your cockpit and the ability to take great care of your aircraft through an aircraft maintenance tool.

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TFDi announce Community Beta

A lot of news over from the guys at TFDi design on their recently released Boeing 717. In a post on their blog they announce that they are working on a new update for this product. This update, named 1.0.6.0, will bring introduce many requested features such as pop-up 2D displays and panels and the ability to hide the yoke. This update will also bring new tools with it that TFDi will use to analyse some of the edge-cases and issues that people have been reporting. It is yet unknown when this update will go live.

Wanna get access to this update already though? TFDi also announced to be working with a new way of distribution that just so happens to allow you to! Their Community Opt-In Beta project has gone live and will allow you to download 1.0.6.0. Keep in mind that this is a beta and everything is subject to change. This will allow TFDi to work on perfecting the next update for everyone while being able to get some test-results directly from you.

Interested in the TFDi Boeing 717 and want to know more? Recently we took our time to make a great review on it which you can read here. Or head over to our YouTube to check out our video on it!

Pac Sim Salt Lake City Enters Beta

The developers at Pac Sim have announced that their Salt Lake City (KSLC) scenery will be entering beta later this week, by showing off their “final” dev pics on FaceBook.

The scenery is expected to have the usual range of custom night lighting, vegetation and volumetric grass, season textures, SODE jetways (T and full animation types), airside ground equipment (tugs, trucks containers, etc). But most unique is the inclusion of the surrounding area and suburban region around Salt Lake!

Head over to the PacSim FaceBook page to check out the full gamut of images.

(Is anyone else as excited for TFDi Delta 717 flights out of SLC as I am?)

First PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies 2 Beta Prepar3d Shots

The PMDG 747v3 has been in beta for some time now, with many shots showing off how glorious she looks in FSX. Like most of you, we’ve been dying to see her in Prepar3d and today, beta tester, Jorge, was kind enough to show some amazing shots of her on the PMDG official forums.

As you can tell, it looks breathtaking in the more modern Sim. Showing off the advance lighting and shadow work.

With the livery list coming along nicely and now this, we can only hope we’re moving very close to a release date!

 

PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II – Official Livery List

Courtesy of Kyle Rogers over on the PMDG support forums has listed what is currently the working list of liveries available for the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II.

There are currently a whopping 20 different liveries available for the Boeing 747-400, 13 for the Boeing 747-400F as well as a handful of others for the Boeing 747-400BCF and the Boeing 747-400M.

The list is pretty extensive covering old favourites like British Airways, Qantas, United and Cathay Pacific. The list is current as of 22 DEC 2016 and is subject to change in the future. So if your favourite isn’t on there (*cough Virgin cough*), then don’t worry as the team possibly are working on it.

…and if not, then we’re sure your favourite painter will do you a favour!

With the liveries now available to beta testers, hopefully things are begining to wrap up on beta builds and testing will soon start on possible RTM (release to market) installers!

Boeing 747-400:

  • Air New Zealand – ZK-NBS – Classic
  • Air New Zealand – ZK-SUH – Historic
  • British Airways – G-CIVX
  • British Airways – G-CIVI – oneworld
  • Cathay Pacific – B-HUI
  • China Airlines – B-18208
  • Delta Air Lines – N661US
  • Japan Airlines – JA8075
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – PH-BFA – City of Atlanta
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – PH-BFN – City of Nairobi
  • Korean Air Lines – HL7495
  • Lufthansa – D-ABVM
  • Malaysia Airlines – 9M-MPI
  • Qantas – VH-OJM
  • Singapore Airlines – 9V-SPQ
  • Thai Airways International – HS-TGP – Retro
  • United Airlines – N127UA
  • United Airlines – N197UA – Saul Bass
  • United Airlines – N175UA – Battleship Gray
  • United Airlines – N177UA – Blue Tulip

Boeing 747-400M:

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – PH-BFT – City of Tokyo

Boeing 747-400BCF:

  • EVA Airways – B-16462

Boeing 747-400F:

  • Atlas Air – N475MC
  • Cargolux Airlines International – LX-VCV
  • Cathay Pacific – B-HUO – Metal
  • China Airlines – B-18708
  • EVA Airways – B-16483
  • Japan Airlines Cargo – JA401J – Metal
  • Korean Air Lines – HL7462
  • Malaysia Airlines – 9M-MPR
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines – JA04KZ – NCA Pegasus
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines – JA05KZ – NCA Apollo
  • Polar Air Cargo – N451PA – DHL
  • Polar Air Cargo – N452PA
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) – N581UP

FSLabs A320X P3D In Final Stages of Testing

In a very short and sweet post on Facebook, FSLabs have confirmed that the P3D version of their upcoming A320X is in the final stages of development! After the extremely detailed update for FSX, we’re pleased to hear development is almost over.

Thanks to the dreadful UK weather, they’re able to show off the lighting effects which have been designed for Prepar3d specifically.

Alongside the post was a short video showing off these new lights, which you can watch on Facebook now.

We’re in the final stages of testing for P3D – the foggy weather today in the UK provides a perfect opportunity to show off some of our new lighting effects, specifically designed for use in P3D.

We are so excited to finally have this available on all platforms in the near future.

Stay tuned to FSElite for more information.