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Volanta Update Released

Volanta Flight Tracker

Orbx’s flight tracking application, Volanta, has seen numerous updates over the last few weeks since release, but the most recent update adds a number of changes and improvements which are worth highlighting.

The most significant part of the update comes with the new advanced search tags integrated with the application. When on the flight page, you are now able to sort and search with a number of different filters. You can simply type in things such as the origin, destination, registration and aircraft type directly into the box to filter your flights.

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Other changes include improved flight metadata storage, updated translations and also a variety of improvements to the flight plan import system. For example, departure and arrival information is picked up better, along with a minor UI improvement to show the whole route upon import at the right zoom level.

The new update will automatically be downloaded once you load up the tool from your desktop. If you don’t already have Volanta, you can download it from the website.

Volanta is a freely available flight tracking tool from Orbx that works across all major flight simulator platforms and includes automatic flight tracking abilities, 3D maps and an easy-to-use interface.

You can read our First Look article on Volanta here.

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Boundless Release Donegal Airport, Announces Burg Feuerstein Airport as Freeware

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Scenery developer Boundless has released Donegal Airport (EIDL) for X-Plane 11 as freeware. Alongside releasing the Irish airport for free, the team has also announced Burg Feuerstein Airport will be released for free in the future. Donegal Airport has been voted as one of the most scenic airports in the world thanks to its impressive coastal views. Despite being freeware,
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Preview of FlyByWire A32NX EFB In Action

The FlyByWire A32NX mod for Microsoft Flight Simulator continues to grow in features and the EFB is something highly sought after by the community. YouTube content creator Easyjetsimpilot has the EFB installed and gave a brief overview of it in action.

The EFB with the FlyByWire’s A32NX A32NX has various pages such to perform specific actions. The dashboard page appears to be an overview of the current flight and route, whilst the ‘Dispatch’ page provides an overview of fuel, weight and balance. The ‘Ground’ page enables you to interact with the airport’s jetway, baggage trucks and catering, along with push back instructions. For those who use SimBrief will be pleased to know that there is full integration enabling you to pull in flight data directly to your plane, similar to how it’s already integrated with the ATSU.

It should be noted that the FlyPad (what the tablet will be known by) is not yet functional, it is a demonstration of what is to come. Currently, the EFB is a work in progress and will be released as part of the stable build in the future.

In the mean time, why not check out the latest development preview of the FlyByWire A32NX we posted to see what else the team is up to.

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