The Air Hauler 2 team have released their latest early access patch (v51) and now supports P3D V4. The update also includes the new Nomad mode. This difficulty setting doesn’t allow you access to own or build new bases, you can only find jobs and missions by visiting other airports. Great for you explorers and bush pilots.
You can now download the new patch via your Just Flight account or if you are new to Air Hauler? You can visit the Just Flight website for more details on Air Hauler 2.
Matthijs gave us a preview of Prepar3d V4s Dynamic Light capabilities on the upcoming Aerosoft CRJ. It looks very nice, especially the landing light disco (though I am not sure if people in the terminal would agree with me). Check out the post for yourself to get all the latest updates on Aerosofts CRJ or check out the video above.
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.
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 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.
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.
UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo, EPWA Warsaw and EETN Tallinn have all received an update to be compatible with P3DV4.
Miami V3 is now compatible.
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.
JustSim have issued an update for their Innsbruck (LOWI) scenery, of which you can find our review here. The updated version makes use of the P3DV4 SDK and includes the new night lighting. Screenshots of the updated scenery can be found below. You can buy Innsbruck for €17,50 over on SimMarket.
Please note that if you have previously purchased JustSim Innsbruck for Prepar3d V3, you are entitled to an upgrade for a fee of €6. This upgrade fee will be automatically applied when you purchase the scenery.
Good news for everyone using ChasePlane! FSFX Packages, the developer of this immensely popular camera addon, have stated that it will be compatible with the soon to be released Prepar3d V4. ChasePlane owners will be able to get going with this tool right away as, according to a post on their site. Some features may not be working yet, but FSFX are confident they’ll be able to fix these pretty soon. Perhaps already as soon as this week, according to their post.
PrecipitFX will be compatible with P3DV4 pretty soon after release, and FSFX is aiming for a compatible release this week. Due to Prepar3ds new weather effects, PreciptFX enabled rain- and snowparticles won’t work.
FSFX have developed multiple immersion packages for several aircraft, but the future of these addons remains yet to be seen. They stated that they might look at compatibility but can’t say anything as of yet since all the aircraft these immersion packages are made for are not available yet.
GayaSimulations have released a bit of a roadmap about currently ongoing and upcoming projects. Of course we all know that they are currently working on Brussels, and according to their post they are now in advanced development. They also shared a screenshot with us showing off some groundpoly of this airport.
Next up, they announced to be working on LFLJ Courchevel. No previews yet, but these will follow soon.Last but not least, after all this, there will follow a Genoa X V2. As to why they are making a V2 is unclear to us, since Genoa X was released just a few months ago. You can read our review on it here.
They also state that all sceneries they have listed should be out within 2017, hopefully before the summer holidays.
A few days ago, A2A have issued a quite extensive update for their recently released Captain of the Ship Lockheed L049 Constellation “Connie”. Quite a number of fixes and enhancements included in this one; the changelog is down below. For instructions on downloading and installing the patch you can head over to this post on the A2A forum.
– 2D controls: Carburetor air flaps control works in 0-100 range – Input configurator – linear trim axes response – Engine 1 oil temperature initialization issue fixed – Oil viscosity system added – Air conditioning now runs off compressors attached to engines 1 and 4 – Fuel Xfeed corrected – Engine fuel line capacity increased – Captain’s cruise announcement won’t occur in heavy or severe turbulence – Contact points adjusted – 3D model gaps next to rudder pedals sealed – Controls lock depends on engines hydraulic pressure (RPM) – Nav lights “Squares” fixed – DME gauges has got a tooltip. – 2D map displays distance data – Rudder trim tabs animation reversed – CoPilot’s magnetic bearing gauge FROM/TO needle fixed – Landing gear animation corrected – Transponder Alt switch animation reversed – Autopilot pitch shortcut reversed and made less coarse – Upper and lower cowl flaps tooltips corrected – Max RPM and Min RPM key shortcuts inverted – Co-pilot’s altimeter pressure dial animates – 2D Map. Blue wind arrow inverted to show wind direction
We’ve been wondering how the door system in ChasePlane works for a little while. Luckily for us, they’ve created a tutorial video explaining all about this new feature and how it works! Go take a look!
The door system is available right now for all users of the experimental version of ChasePlane.
It’s been some time since we wrote on Navigraphs upcoming update to their charts app. This was because Navigraph has been very quiet about what the next update will bring. Today they have finally given us some insight on what they’ve been working on, and it looks very exciting!
In a new blogpost Navigraph announced to be partnering up with Jeppesen for their charts data. It’s an extensive blogpost and our article won’t go into too much detail about it, so make sure to read it yourself as well. Jeppesen will provide pretty much all the data for the charts: SID, STAR and Enroute data will all be delivered by them. Using one provider to deliver all the data enables Navigraph to synchronise data easier between all different charts. Another thing that Navigraph will incorporate are the enhancements to SID and STAR charts that Jeppesen is currently working on, making them more interactive through overlays and providing a new format for the charts at the same time.
I’m sure you’re wondering what this effectively means for you. Navigraph have taken the time to list some of the biggest benefits in their blog:
First and foremost, the coverage will dramatically increase to 6,784 airports. This is the most comprehensive coverage available.
Secondly, with the Jeppesen chart format we can now offer charts in a darker night mode color scheme.
Thirdly, since Jeppesen charts are generally geo referenced and true-to-scale, we will be able to place an ownship overlay (“moving maps”) on top of the charts, aiding situational awareness during a flight.
The Jeppesen format was decided upon after a survey that was held by Navigraph itself amongst its users. There is also a short Q&A over on their blog that may answer some questions you are having. To summarise it, there is no release data available yet (although it will be ‘soon’). The price of Navigraph Charts may be slightly affected, but Navigraph will honour your current subscription as they make the transition to Jeppesen and update their apps.