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Orbx openLC Africa Enters Beta

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After a period of uncertainty surrounding the release of openLC Africa, Ed from Orbx took to the forums to confirm that beta testing for the new pack is underway. To accompany the announcement, fresh new screenshots of the product were shared.

No additional details were shared at this time for the product.

As mentioned previously, the product was due to release many years ago, but a range of reasons caused a delay to the product. However, with the product now firmly in the hands of the beta testers, it should only be a matter of time before the region is available to the masses.

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Re-Watch Our Aerosoft A330 Professional Live Stream

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Yesterday, we hosted our live stream on the all-new Aerosoft A330 Professional on Prepar3D V4. Despite a crash to desktop just as reached cruise on the initial flight, it went well. At long last, we were able to showcase this long-awaited plane. Over 720 of you joined us across both YouTube and Twitch for the event. Hopefully, we answered as many
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FlightFactor Posts Statement on A320 Ultimate

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FlightFactor developers have taken to the X-Plane forums with a new statement regarding their A320U aircraft. The FlightFactor A320 Ultimate is nearing the release of version 1 and developers and testers are hard at work finding and fixing bugs in the beta version 0.11.5 that was recently released. The A320 Ultimate was initially released as a "non-beta final" Just over
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Fly the Maddog X Open Beta 1.5b492 Now Available

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Open Beta Leonardo Softhouse has released another open beta today, in anticipation for an 'official' release next week. The update introduces some fixes, but also an exciting new feature: an ACARS message printer. The printing functionality allows you to print your ACARS messages to any Windows printer (whether that be a physical of virtual one). But if that's not enough,
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Microsoft Releases October 10th Dev Update

As promised, Microsoft is delivering the deliverables and this is no different with the October 10th update. Posted on the MSFS 2020 website, the October 10th update will give us more information on the feedback pipeline, the Tech Alpha timeline, and a build program update.

The first episode of the Feature Discovery Series has been released. Episode 1 will feature the world and will give us an in-depth look at the world inside of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The full 9-minute video goes in-depth about what to expect from the world in the simulator. Many of the talking points were highlighted in our technical piece, but this is the first time the presentation has been shared with the public beyond the Global event. You can watch the video if you’re an insider.

Microsoft gave us some insight on how their feedback dashboard is used and how features are implemented into the new sim. The amount of feedback after the recent Global Preview Event was incredible. The team will focus on feedback because they believe it is critically important to ensure the voice of the community is put into action.  The dashboard Microsoft uses contains a summary of all feedback collected from the community on a daily basis. Once this feedback is collected, the data is prioritized and assigned a current plan of action. As time progresses Microsoft will regularly provide the community a document called the “Feedback Snapshot” so we can see how feedback from the community is assessed and implemented. The first “Feedback Snapshot” will be announced in the next update.

Moving along to the Tech Alpha update, Microsoft will close applications for the Tech Alpha 1 next week on October 15th. If you would still like to sign up, head over to the Insider Area to fill out a survey. On October 17th, build release preparation will begin. Communication with those accepted into the Tech Alpha 1 will begin and will continue to run through October 24th. The release window opens on October 24th and those accepted will be granted access to the Tech Alpha build.

Finally, a build program update is expected to take place in the middle to late November. The recruitment for this tech Alpha 2 is expected to open near the end of October. A final date will be given in the next update on October 17th.

That’s all the information for now, check back with FSElite on October 17th for another Microsoft Flight Simulator update.

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Microsoft Releases September 19th Dev Update

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Following the road map provided last update, Microsoft has released the current schedule for the Tech Alpha Timeline. Microsoft also released an image with procedurally generated grass in a field. The caption reads, "The grass is always greener... especially when its procedurally generated" hinting at volumetric grass being stock to all parts of the sim. On September 26, we can look
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Microsoft Releases September 12th Dev Update

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True to their roadmap, Microsoft has opened up the application process for the Technical Alpha testing group. After logging into the Insider Program at their official site you will be given a series of questions set to gauge your involvement in flight simulation, how much you use simulators, and other demographic questions - likely so Microsoft can have a well rounded testing
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xPilot Beta Client Now Available for Testing

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Announced a week or so ago on Chewwy94's live stream, the xPilot client is a brand new client for X-Plane users when flying on the online network VATSIM. xPilot is now available to download if you're part of the Audio For VATSIM Beta Test program. If you are part of that beta testing program, then you can simply head over
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