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Orbx FTX Innsbruck for Aerofly FS2 Revealed

We’ve known that Orbx have been working with Aerofly FS2 developers IPACs for a little while now and today, we’ve got a full preview of one of the first airports developed specifically for the 64-bit sim. Innsbruck is known for its beautiful terrain, vast amounts of housing and trees as well as a great transport system. As a result, it’s a dream place to fly for VFR. Since the release of FTX Innsbruck for FSX/P3D a few weeks ago, we’ve been really enjoying it. Now thanks to the in-game engine of Aerofly, Innsbruck has never looked so good on a PC.

“A new era”

Jarrad himself introduced the scenery and provided a HUGE number of screenshots justifying why he described this as a “new era” for flight sim.

Some of the key details of the scenery include the use of a sloped runway, accurate crash detection, new lighting, and outstanding performance. With the sim being built on new technology, VAS, stutters and frame rates aren’t something to worry about. Of course, those who love VFR flying will be pleased to know that the sim has been built with virtual reality in mind, so this will look and feel like you’re really there.

It will be fully previewed at the upcoming Flightsimcon event in June (we’ll be there) and will be released on June 15th. Those who already own the amazing scenery for FSX/P3D will be entitled to a lovely 40% discount through FTX Central 3 / Orbx Direct. Full price will be AUD$39.95 (€27, US$30, £23 approx.) or AUD$24 (€17, US$18, £14 approx.) at the discounted price.

The full feature list is as follows:

– Innsbruck Airport recreated in full HD detail
– Full 2500 square km coverage area
– Sloped runway! A key feature of AF FS2
– Ultra-crisp terrain textures. Defined mountains, roads and rivers all the way to the horizon, no more blurries.
– Incredible performance on even mid-range systems – far superior to FSX/P3D
– Amazing Virtual Reality integration: optimised for performance and smoothness, best-in-class.
– Full animation support: Moving PeopleFlow, vehicles and trains
– Complete autogen system – a major new feature previously unseen in AeroFly FS, expertly designed by the team at IPACS.
– Volumetric grass
– Crisp and accurate shadow engine
– Dozens of landmarks, POI and features, including two heliports.
– Stunning atmospheric engine perfectly suited to VFR flying.

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 announce CAG8 Pender Harbour Seaplane Base

Orbx developer Larry Robinson has announced his third seaplane base, CAG8 Pender Harbour Seaplane Base. He has posted a bunch of screenshots of “the Venice of the North”. The scenery will come with a big area of coverage which will include John Henry’s Marina, the Sundowner Inn and more nearby buildings, over 300 docks and marinas, a lot (300 or more) static pleasure craft (half the amount for FSX), high resolution custom AI objects, custom effects, Orbx PeopleFlow and roughly 20 square km of photorealistic scenery.

Larry has previously developed two other seaplane bases, namely CAC8 Nanaimo Water Aerodome and CAX6 Ganges Water Aerodome which, like this upcoming scenery, are completely free. A selection of the previews can be found below this post. To check out all the screenshots and the full details on this upcoming scenery you can head over to the Orbx Forums.

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Orbx FTX Scotland Service Pack 4 previews

Orbx is hard at work on updating their existing sceneries. A few days ago they shared some previews of the upcoming service pack 4 for FTX Scotland. The update will add over 60 new points of interests in the area. Furthermore they have enhanced some Scottish Islands with reworked land class and geopositioning of building. Also fixed was the monster of Loch Ness…

Orbx Innsbruck (LOWI): The FSElite Review

Developer
Orbx
Publisher
Orbx
Price
$39.95 AUD
Version
1.00
Provided by
Orbx
We want to ensure that you make the most informed decision you can. We will always put the Simmer First as per our Community Charter. When reading, please use of Review Guidelines to help you understand how we review products.

Welcome to Innsbruck. Capital of the state Tyrol (Tirol) and hidden in the Alps. Historic home to the Olympic Winter Games not once, but twice. A busy hub for many tourists particularly during winter. With challenging terrain, tight turns and forever changing weather, it is arguably the most dangerous airport approach in Europe.

If that sounds familiar: that was the exact opening for my review for Innsbruck by JustSim. But that doesn’t make it less true. Innsbruck is a beautiful place with many famous landmarks. And of course the very famous approach through the mountains. With the review mentioned above I wasn’t too impressed for missing out on the details that make this area so amazing (though the airport itself was very nice), beautiful and unique. But did Orbx manage to capture this feeling?

Short answer: yes. Orbx have done an incredible job with Innsbruck. The area looks amazing. The details and landmarks are all there. The airport itself feels very busy and alive, and so do the towns in the area. If you’re here to get convinced to buy this add-on: you will not regret it. For those that want to dive a little bit deeper into it: let’s read on.

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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.

 

 

Orbx Stockholm update preview

Update. 06 April @ 0850z: Ben from Orbx has confirmed this will indeed be a free update.

Orbx is hard at work updating Stockholm Arlanda (ESSA) airport. The addon was released over a year ago and despite being of amazing quality, Orbx felt like this airport deserved an update. And perhaps rightfully so, since over the last year we’ve seen some amazing sceneries coming from Orbx with super cool and exciting features (such as the Orbx Flow technology for animated traffic and people) that ESSA is lacking. We already knew Orbx was working on an update: that was announced a while back. But now we got to see some previews of what we can expect from it.

The update for ESSA will bring with it some updates to already existing features, but also some really new features! To begin with, Stockholm will now make use of the TrafficFlow technology for animated traffic! There will also be more people, luggage carts, busses, trucks and other vehicles to make the airport feel as alive as its real life counterpart. Next, they have redone the entire autogen area. This should give you a modest performance boost according to their post. To round it up, they have re-textured a lot of terminals. Terminal 5F, 5A, 5B, Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 all have gotten new textures that are of higher quality and are more detailed. Also new will be interior in terminal 5F.

One thing to note is that this update, though massive already, will sadly not include the moving jetways that we were promised some time ago. But with such an amazing update to look out for, I’m sure we can overlook that for some time. We have selected some screenshots for you down below, but make sure to check out the original post since there is a huge amount of preview shots there!

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Orbx Innsbruck (LOWI) – Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything is a new and experimental feature we’re trying at FSElite to answer your questions about key releases before our reviews. Reviews often take longer due to the detail, but often, we form first impressions much quicker. As a result, we’ll do our best to answer your questions quickly so you can make a more informed purchase decision a lot sooner.

With the release of Orbx Innsbruck by Jarrad, we know many of you have questions about all aspects of the scenery package. So now is your chance. We have our copy being put through its paces, so if there’s something you want to know, then ask in the comments below. We won’t reply directly, but we will collate the information and form a quick Q and A on this article.

We’ll update it in the next day or so. Make sure you check back then!

[Update – 09:10z on 2APR2017 – Awaiting questions]

Orbx Releases Innsbruck (LOWI) for Prepar3d and FSX

Over the last few weeks we have been showing off some magnificent screenshots of Orbx’s Innsbruck scenery. We have been nothing short of amazed by what we have seen of it so far and I look forward to having it within my sim.

The scenery has just now been released, you can buy the scenery from OrbxDirect for the price of $39.95AUD. By the looks of it this will be money well spent. In typical Orbx style, no detail has been spared and they have even gone to the extreme lengths of modelling 2500 kilometres squared of area surrounding the scenery at 1m/30cm/60cm. A picture showcasing the whole coverage area can be seen above. It’s absoloutely massive!

Please do bear in mind that this scenery REQUIRES FTX Global Base or OLC Europe. It will not work without either one of these other Orbx products installed.

Whilst you’re here, why not check out one of our Orbx Developer Month Interviews by Alex Goff.

Orbx Innsbruck (LOWI) Final Shots Appear

We all know that once Iain says “Final shots“, we are within days of release of an Orbx product. With San Diego just released, we hope you have enough money in your wallets to then be able to buy Jarrad’s Orbx Innsbruck, as it’s looking to be incredible.

Here’s Iain’s final shots before release.

As soon as it’s out, we’ll let you know.

Of course, you can save yourself some money by making sure you enter our competition to win a free copy of San Diego. Don’t forget, we had several Orbx developers stop by giving us some insight to how they develop.

Ken Hall

Misha Cajic

Marcus Nyberg

Alex Goff