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Active Sky 16 and Active Sky Cloud Art for P3D updated

As we all know P3D got a hotfix yesterday. One of the things that usually holds people back from updating straight away, is Active Sky.

Not this time though. Soon after Lockheed Martin released the hotfix, Hifi Simtech released the update required for Active Sky 16 and Active Sky Cloud Art to work with the new hotfix.

The full changelog can be found on the Active Sky forums. For the sake of convenience it has also been pasted in this article.

Changelog:AS16
– Fixed an issue where custom weather METAR was not included in current_wx_snapshot.txt
– Added functionality where Disabling cloud motion effect (cloud options) now prevents all high-res cloud detection and should improve performance when in/near clouds
– Attempted improved P3D volumetric fog visibility blending to prevent visibility from rendering too low in certain cases as well as improving performance
– Fixed a get runway API issue
– P3D Compatibility Updates for version 3.4.22.19868
– Added new Random Light Chop Percentage option, default 25%, which controls the frequency of experience random light chop turbulence independent of weather conditions
– Adjusted wind/jet layer boundary turbulence triggers to be less severe based on user feedback
– Fixed annoyance issue where AS wx theme would not be selected in saved flights as a BMP theme file was missing (did not affect weather depiction, only wx theme name shown in saved flights)
– Added reference to FSX:SE with explanation of potential path names within Simconnect chapters of the user’s guide
– Improved documentation regarding maximum wind shear setting affecting gusts, and added this notation in the options detail (options UI)ASCA
– Adjusted all overcast models for increased performance
– Added new Overcast Quality slider setting providing 3 options: High Performance (full left), Balanced (middle) and High Quality (right). Higher performance = less coverage and higher frame rates. Higher quality = more coverage and lower frame rates. Defaults to Balanced, which is improved in frames approximately 20% from previous SP1 overcast, with minimal coverage loss.
– Updated documentation to reflect changes, and added a Performance Considerations section which is a recommended read for all ASCA users.

For more information, stay tuned to FSElite and the Active Sky forums.

PMDG 747 v3 release imminent

So just a few minutes ago, Robert Randazzo posted another update regarding the new 747 v3 on the PMDG General Forum over on Avsim. Boy is this a big one.

The update reads:

“Captains,

“Ladies and gentlemen, we will begin boarding PMDG Flight Operations, flight number 1 shortly.  Your flight today will operated onboard our brand new flagship 747-400 Queen of the Skies II, flagship.  We are just waiting on the crew to finish their preflight checks… We will have more information for you shortly!””

For more information, stay tuned to FSElite.

UPDATE – JustSim Scenery Now Back Available at SimMarket

UPDATE

We have spoken to JustSim and they will issue a full statement soon. The original issue of SimMarket not selling the product has been resolved and you can now buy the products again.

We will have a full and detailed update from the developer soon.

Flight Sim Store will have the scenery back up in a few hours.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

It would appear that scenery developer JustSim, known for their Innsbruck, Nice and Barcelona sceneries have had their products removed from both Simmarket and the FlightSim Store. The reason is still unknown, but SimMarket sent an email to developers regarding providing a legal licence from the provider of satellite imagery.

As of right now there is no word on when JustSim products will be available for purchase again.

Flightsim Labs A320X for P3D updated

Just shy of an hour ago, FlightSimLabs updated their A320X which recently released for P3D!

The update focuses on the VAS usage of the plane, for which it has been criticized quite a lot since release.

In the update changelog posted by Lefteris on the FSLabs forum it is said that “testers are very happy with, reporting back VAS savings that vary from 250mb up to 400mb”

Not only this, the update also brings with it a new version of FSL Spotlights.

For the full post and links to where you download the updates visit the FSLabs forums

 

Ultimate Traffic Live announced

It would appear that long time users of the rather old but still really nice AI traffic pack Ultimate Traffic 2 will get a replacement soon.

On the closed support forum, only accessible for registered owners of Ultimate Traffic 2, developer Steve Halpern announced that beta testers are needed.

This was posted quite some time ago, so they have probably filled the spots.

The full statement reads:

“Hi,

We have been working on an all new version of Ultimate Traffic. The next edition will be called “Ultimate Traffic Live”.

In short, it takes the best of UT2, along with many new features and a new interface, and provides a totally new product from the ground up.

This will be for the FSX and Prepar3D product line.

Watch your spam blocker to make sure any replies are not stuck there.

We hope to have more news soon. It is still very early, so keep enjoying UT2. As things get closer more info will be posted here.”

 

A2A Simulations L049 Connie released!

Just a few moments ago, A2A Simulations released their anticipated Lockheed L049 Constellation for FSX and P3D.

The L049 is their second product in their Captain of The Ship line, the first being the rather old Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.

As per usual with A2A, the feature list is long and very impressive. The A2A Simulations Lockheed L049 Constellation is available for FSX and P3D on the A2A Simulations Store.

Do note that the FSX and P3D versions are separate purchases and that there are two different P3D versions. The FSX and P3D Academic versions will set you back 59.99 US Dollar and the P3D Professional version will set you back 79.99 US Dollar.

All prices mentioned above are before taxes if applicable.

 

 

 

SimWings announces Barcelona X Evolution

So. The day after JustSim announced Barcelona, which we covered here, Aerosoft and SimWings joined the club of developers doing Barcelona.

Today SimWings announced and previewed their upcoming version of Barcelona on the Aerosoft Forums. No word on the feature list just yet but do expect the usual SimWings feature list.

It seems like Barcelona got the attention it has deserved for a long time. Stay tuned for more information on SimWings’ Barcelona X Evolution as it becomes available.

Orbx 35 for 39 sale!

Just a few minutes ago, Orbx announced a sale on their Facebook page.

The sale contains a 35% discount on all products released before 1 November 2016.

The sale starts now and will run for 39 days, ending on 1 January 2017 23:59 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

The 35 products can all be bought from www.orbxdirect.com and will automatically show up in FTX Central V3.

 

 

Alabeo Conquest II released

Just half an hour ago, Carenado released their C441 Conquest II for FSX, P3D and FSX Steam edition. The Cessna 441 Conquest II was the first turboprop made by Cessna. The Conquest II was introduced in 1977 at the Paris Air Show. 362 of them were made when production ended in 1987.

The Alabeo version features everything we are used to with Carenado and Alabeo, including 4096 textures, 5 liveries, the Carenado GNS530 (Which can be replaced by the Flight1 GTN 750) And the usual manuals including normal and non-normal procedures, performance tables and a bunch more.

The plane is available from the Carenado store with a price of $34.95

Bridge releases Zhuhai Airport

Scenery developer Bridge, known for their Guangzhou scenery released in May of 2015 is back with a new product. This time they treated us with a great looking rendition of Zhuhai (ICAO ZGSD)

The airport is located approximately 50 kilometers from the city of Zhuhai in the Jinwan region of China. The airport also hosts China’s biggest airshow. Zhuhai Airport opened in 1995 and handled 4.7 million passengers in 2015

The scenery is available on Simmarket with a price of €22.80 before applicable taxes.

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