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‘Updated for Prepar3d V4’

A lot of stuff this week was released with compatibility for P3DV4. And there was almost just as much news from developers announcing their plans or giving us an update about their support for the updated platform. Instead of making a whole bunch of different posts, we’ve decided to collect everything that has been updated for Prepar3d V4 this week into one post. And there’s a lot.

REX

Over on their forums REX gave us an update into their product status for P3DV4. WorldWide Airports HD, Texture Direct, Texture Direct w/Soft Clouds and REX Soft Clouds will shortly receive a hot fix to be compatible. Release is estimated for this month.

Weather Architect, Essentials Plus and Essentials Plus Overdrive will require a major service pack to be compatible. The release time is yet to be determined.

ImagineSim

ImagineSim announced over on Facebook that all their sceneries are now compatible with P3DV4. People that have previously purchased any product for P3DV3 will receive a free update. ImagineSim compatible sceneries are: KATL, KLGA, ZSPD, KAUS, VIDP, KSJC and KCLT.

Jetstream Designs

These guys took the time to give a really nice update to some of their previous sceneries. Both updated with P3DV4 support are Marseille and Little Rock. The latter has also been updated with volumetric light halos. But that’s not all, because both sceneries got a nice overhaul and are now featuring brand-new, completely updated SODE jetways. You can find some screenshots of the updated sceneries below.

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Drzewiecki Design

UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo, EPWA Warsaw and EETN Tallinn have all received an update to be compatible with P3DV4.

LatinVFR

Miami V3 is now compatible.

MILVIZ

MILVIZ will be updating the majority of their aircraft. This includes aircraft that has previously been released for P3DV4, with a few exceptions. MILVIZ have stated they will issue a $5 upgrade fee. Every upgrade will come with MILVIZ new MVAMS tool which is used for framework features and includes the capability of updating their products in the future.

Global AI Ship Traffic

This freeware add-on loved by so many also got an update to P3DV4. The add-on has been split up in several separate parts which you can install almost independently (some files are required). There are a lot of new models (the total amount is now 179) and routes added that cover the entire globe.

Airports of Norway

AoN, my personal favourite, got updated as well. This (freeware) package will continue to receive updates to fix issues with airports as they are being found.

Aerosoft Oslo Gardermoen

A big update coming from Aerosoft. ENGM Oslo has been updated for P3DV4 and a lot of new features have been added. The full list can be found over here. Notable though is definitely the added support for SODE for animated jetways, passengers and de-ice service. Another very notable feature is added support for Prepar3d volumetric lighting for flood lights and the headlights from de-ice trucks.

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BlackBox Simulation

Last but not least on our list is BlackBox. These guys have updated both their Aviation Bulldog & Cessna L19 aircraft for P3DV4 for free.

Need a Free Weather Engine? FSXWX Has Your Back

Flight Simulation over the years has improved massively. We’ve seen huge jumps in technology for aircraft and scenery and of course weather engines. These engines all cost money, and honestly, they are worth every penny. However, we know that not everyone can afford to splash out on every add-on available especially those that update every few years and ask for additional money for their new version. I’m not complaining, but that’s the reality.

Luckily, it’s been brought to our attention from reader Gary that there’s a free weather engine with an impressive feature list. Using a custom weather grid, it has worldwide coverage to ensure that winds are accurately depicted, as well as a “natural fluctuation” of wind speed and direction. Furthermore, you can expect true wind aloft data as well as realtime updates. Just like the payware weather engines, it uses 3D interpolated data to make transitions smooth, which helps to ensure realistic visibility, accurate turbulence on aircraft and ensures cloud depiction is visually pleasing.

You’ll also be able to go back a year ago for historic weather via the lightweight interface. It’s an impressive package for FREE! By the looks of it, the last update was in January, and the developer has assured users on the forum that development is still active.

I’ve added some screenshots below, as well as the full feature list. You can find LOADS more screenshots on their website.

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More Previews of Orbx LSGK Saanen

Why not read: Developer Month: Orbx Developer Ken Hall

We have already seen quite a lot of screenshots for the upcoming LSGK Saanen project from Orbx. The freeware project from Sylvain Delepierre will have a huge 70 square kilometers of scenery to view from the Swiss Alps. There’s plenty to see and do including small villages, challenging approaches and touch weather. You can see some of this action in the shots below.

Still not sure on the release, but we can’t imagine it’ll be far off.

Head over to the Orbx forums for even more previews.

 

New FTX Global North & South America Freeware Available

Not only are Orbx excellent at producing high quality add-ons for people to buy, but they also produce a wealth of high quality freeware for the community as a thank you for buying their products. Their biggest source of freeware come from their excellent FTX Global freeware pack. Today, both North and South America have been updated with a wealth of new airports. Created by various developers including Chris Britton, Larry Isenor and Neil Hill, you’ll be able to explore airports including Cavern City (KCNM), Garcon Field (24FL) and Dinsmore (CKX5). Obviously these are typically lesser known areas of the world, but considering they are free, they may be worth downloading anyway!

The full list is below. You can download them through FTX Central V3 or via Orbx Direct.

Chris Britton
24FL, Garcon Field, Milton, FL
41A, Reeves, Tallasse, AL
FL17, Ruckel, Niceville, FL
KNZX, Harold Nolf, Harold Nolf, FL (disable AEC)

Larry Isenor
CJN4 – Assiniboia SK
CKC7 – Rockglen, SK
CKX5 – Dinsmore SK (disable AEC)
CNR4 – Tobermory ON (disable AEC)
CYCE, Huron, Centralia, ON
SABE, Jorge Newbery Aeroparque, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Neil Hill
KALS, San Luis Valley Regional Bergman Field, Alamoso, NM
KBFF, Western Nebraska Regl/Heilig, Scottsbluff, NE
KCNM, Cavern City, Carlsbad, NM – added missing industrial area
KDRO, Durango-La Plata Co, CO (disable AEC)
KELY, Ely, Ely, NV
KEVW, Evanston-Uinta Co Burns, Evanston, WY – added VOR/DME for rwy 5)
KGJT, Walker, Grand Junction, CO (disable AEC)
KLVS, Las Vegas Mun, Las Vegas, NM
KPGA, Page Mun, Page, NM (disable AEC) – added missing town
KPNA, Wenz, Pinedale, WY
KRIW, Riverton Regl, Riverton, WY (disable AEC) –
KRKS, Rock Springs Sweetwater, Rock Springs, WY
KSKX, Taos Regl, Taos, NM – flattens
KTCC, Tucumcari Mun, Tucumcari, NM
KTKI, Collin Co Regl, McKinney, TX

Orbx Announces LSGK Saanen Airport – New Freeware Project

Orbx have today announced that Saanen Airport (LSGK) is in development and will be completely free. Coming from developer Sylvain Delepierre, the Swiss airport will see you soaring above the Alps in style. Sat between Geneva and Innsbruck, the coverage will allow you to see the villages of Saanen, Gstaad and Rougemont – all photoreal. There’s around 70 sqaure kilometers of scenery to view and will immerse your experience even further.

The first shots are below and as of right now there’s not much to show of the airport itself. No release date mentioned, but if we hear anything, we’ll be sure to update you.

 

 

Developer Month: Airports of Norway

Welcome to the FSElite Developer Month. Our theme this year is about delivering for the community and part of that is delivering great content to you all. As part of our commitment to you all, we’re pleased to announced Developer Month – a month themed solely around celebrating our great development community. Over the course of March, you’ll be treated to some behind the scene looks at some of our favourite developers, stories from the FSElite team, exclusive interviews and more.

Anyone that knows me knows that I make no secret about my absolute love for FTX Norway. This region is incredibly beautiful and in my opinion one of the best addons from Orbx. I just love how it’s done. The ground textures are beautiful. The lakes and mountains around it look amazing. The weather in Norway is generally amazing. Wether it’s a bright sunny day or a cold snowy one, Norway looks amazing.

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Developer Month: Soarfly Concepts Interview

Welcome to the FSElite Developer Month. Our theme this year is about delivering for the community and part of that is delivering great content to you all. As part of our commitment to you all, we’re pleased to announced Developer Month – a month themed solely around celebrating our great development community. Over the course of March, you’ll be treated to some behind the scene looks at some of our favourite developers, stories from the FSElite team, exclusive interviews and more.

Soarfly Concepts are a relatively unknown developer who has worked on various projects in the past. Developer Month isn’t just about those developers who are regarded as ‘popular’, but also to highlight the hardwork of the smaller ones who are very much part of the community.

Read our interview from Mark Piccolo from the developer who gives you some great insight into both a freeware and payware model!

Tell us a little about yourselves and how you got started?

Well Soarfly Concepts started out just me, creating my own little additions to airports, I added a few things to Avsim Library and eventually I added a team member and over time started taking scenery requests.

Me and Dan have been using Flight Simulator since the early 90s. The very first scenery released by Soarfly Concepts was a fictional airport, the Thames Estuary Concept. We don’t sell payware for a source of income it’s simply there as a method of support so we can buy things like higher def ground images and design tools. Not a lot of people know this but we also offer a free service to other devs like making installers, models and beta testing.

What made you decide you wanted to develop for Flight Simulator and why?

I have always been a massive aviation enthusiast and the idea of making my own airports in flight sim was just too good to pass up. I discovered ADE by Scruffy Duck and learnt how to make 3d models.

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Soarfly Concepts Scenery Releases Freeware Guernsey X-HD

Yesterday we shared some WIP shots of Soarfly Concepts Scenery’s Guernsey X-HD. Today, the developer informed me that the scenery is actually now out for release via the Avsim download library.

Of course, this is a freeware project, but that doesn’t mean the quality isn’t there. Soarfly Concepts have included photo-scenery for the surrounding area, as well as high definition ground imagery and plenty of 3D placed objects throughout the airport.

With a short runway, plenty of rough weather, this will make for some interesting approaches in your Dash 8 Q400.

Make sure you check them out on Facebook or their website where you can donate for their hard work.

 

Great Freeware for Jersey – Guernsey and Alderney Airports Coming Soon

Mark Piccolo recently contacted us regarding his fantastic looking freeware projects which look at the UK Channel Islands. His latest project, Jersey X-HD, is now available to download for FREE via the Avsim Download section. So why spend time downloading Jersey?

As one of the most challenging airports in the UK thanks to its weather, small runway and limited approaches, it will really challenge both your turbojet and turboprop flying. Of course, the scenery itself boosts some impressive features including high definition ground imagery and detailing, alongside accurate markings. A custom AFCAD for better AI, as well as 3D approach lights, static objects all whilst being very frame friendly.

I’ve downloaded it myself and the screenshots don’t do it justice once it sits inside the Sim itself. It’s advertised for FSX, but I had no issues with using the latest version of Prepar3d.

Not only has Mark worked on Jersey, he’s also working hard on other channel islands including Guernsey Airport (EGJB) and Alderney Airport (EGJA). Mark was kind enough to us exclusively show us some WORK IN PROGRESS shots of both!

Guernsey should actually be released tomorrow. We’ll keep you updated.

 

 

SunSkyJet Detroit Previews!

The highly regarded freeware scenery developer SunSkyJet released some previews to their Facebook page of the upcoming the Detroit KDTW/DTW scenery. Along with the previews they stated the following: ‘Progress continues. Night texturing started and ground objects being added. Jetways on the B/C concourses still need some attention.’ The previews for DTW look absolutely incredible.

It is clear that the team behind DTW are incredibly community driven. The scenery will be free of charge just like: KPHL/PHL/Philadelphia. The DTW previews show some incredibly high levels of detail, additionally SODE integration is also expected at DTW and not all payware developers have hopped onto the SODE ‘jetway’ band wagon…

If you haven’t already check out the SunSkyJet website and their Facebook Page. Stay tuned here at FSElite for more SunSkyJet news!