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X-Plane Mobile MMO Now Available

Laminar Research has released its latest update for their X-Plane Mobile service which now includes the previously announced massively multiplayer online (MMO) service. Those on the premium subscription will be able to take part in the online world with friends close and far away.

The new MMO is a completely new way to address multiplayer in the mobile worlds and now people can fly with anyone in the world (irrespective of the device). The single shared world means you can be flying online with both friends or those you’ve never met in a safe environment.  This creates a new way to experience online multiplayer.

In addition, a daily event called “Fly-In of the Day” will feature a different airport each day and prompt everyone to check it out. Even if you don’t fly there yourself, Laminar Research has said it makes for a good way to do some virtual plane spotting.

The MMO functionality is still in early access and the team are always looking for ways to improve it. So much so that they have a poll running to see which feature should be added next. Those features are:

  • Voice Chat
  • Text-based, human ATC (requires volunteers to act as ATC)
  • Private groups (fly with only those you invite)
  • Plane-spotting mode (be an observer only)

You can take the vote here.

X-Plane for Mobile can be picked up on both the Google Play or iOS stores. The initial download is free, but future products and add-ons can be picked up within the app.

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Free Webinars to Learn How to Fly Online

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Our friend Sebastian Knoop-Troullier is hosting a series of webinars to help those learn the ropes of flying online. Whilst many are staying at home during the current pandemic, it's meant that many are able to fly online with friends and communities. To help those who may be unfamiliar or just need a helping hand, Sebastian is going to provide
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FSExpo 2019: POSCON Beta Roadmap Updated

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The folks behind the all-new simulation network, POSCON, have updated their beta testing roadmap as part of their showcase at this year's FSExpo in Orlando, FL. For some time now, as the network has been developed and improved, the developers have had a very small testing team of just 58 people on hand to assist them in fault-finding their new network.
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FSElite Exclusive: AccuMap v2 Preview

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For many years now, VATSIM users have relied on either one of two, or a combination of both VATSIM map solutions - VATSpy and Vattastic - to see what's happening in the virtual skies before, during, or after their flights. Then, just over 12 months ago, AccuMap was thrust into the community. The then desktop application was well received for its
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Matt Davies Appointed As Lead Technical Manager Of POSCON

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One of the exhibitors that the community was incredibly keen to check out last month at FSExpo was POSCON. POSCON, an acronym for Positive Control Network, is a brand new multiplayer air traffic and air traffic control network with a focus on improving on the existing networks that are currently available to flight simmers and virtual air traffic controllers. Their exhibit at FSExpo was widely praised for the innovation on display in their demos throughout the expo.

Today, Matt Davies, also previously known as Belynz on his Twitch channel and various other online media, has announced that he has been appointed as the Lead Technical Manager of POSCON in a post to his Facebook page.
In the post, Matt discusses his early experiences in online flying and the issues that face the existing networks, along with his idea of the direction that POSCON is going to take.

While POSCON is currently in closed alpha testing and active development, Matt says that more information regarding POSCON and the integration of his other projects, such as ProjectFLY and Simstall, will be coming soon.

To find out more about POSCON, check out their website. Matt has also invited anyone with questions about POSCON to get in touch by e-mailing him at hello[at]mettarsim.com.

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