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Parallel 42’s The Skypark Updated with ‘Daily Costs’

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Before anyone starts to panic by the title, there’s not suddenly some kind of daily subscription service coming to The Skypark, but instead, it’s a new feature for the ambitious virtual world. Parallel 42 has announced via its Medium blog that along with Pilot Relocation Costs, Daily Operation Costs will now play a part in the world.

In The Skypark, Daily Operation Costs works all in the background and will incur additional costs on a day-to-day basis. Described as “intelligent transactions,” these costs will occur on schedule or scenario triggers. You’ll get notified and a transaction record in the Holdings App so you can monitor your costs. The first of these daily costs will be Loadmaster Staffing.

In this world, ‘Bob’s Aero Service’ provides the virtual loadmasters to load cargo into your aircraft when you select a route in the sim. According to the internal memo from the app, this will work as follows:

“Loadmaster Daily Fee, All pilots at Level 5 or above will now absorb the cost of having a Loadmaster.

When you begin a Cargo job, “Bobs Aero Service” will withdraw $250/day* from your Stranded Holdings account. This charge only applies to actual gameplay days, not calendar days, and only if you start a cargo contract within that period. The Loadmaster will take 21 seconds to load in your cargo; this will be a real-time delay in Skypad before you can depart. For safety reasons, if the aircraft moves, loading will stop.”

This is just yet another addition to Parallel 42’s The Skypark, along with all of the other features it comes packed with. If you’re keen to get flying and challenge yourself, then you can jump into The Skypark by picking up a copy from OrbxDirect for $42.00 AUD.

Now we just need to learn a little more about the FreedomeFox coming from the team.

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[Reminder] FlyJuly Cross-Community Panel Discussion Happening on July 24th

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On Saturday 24th July 2021 @ 20:00GMT, a panel of industry experts will be holding a special live event discussing the future of flight simulation. During this special live event, video panelists from Aerosoft, HeliSimmer.com, Hype Performance Group, Orbx, Parallel 42, and TFDi Design will discuss the state of home flight simulation and answer questions submitted by content creators and livestreamers. The event will be moderated by myself, hosted
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Parallel 42 Announces FreedomFox for MSFS

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Known for The Skypark, Chase Plane and the Immersion Packs, Parallel 42 is soon to expand its product offering with an all-new aircraft. Introduced on YouTube, the team has announced the FreedomFox for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This new aircraft has been developed in collaboration with Trent Palmer and is already in the sim being tested. To celebrate the announcement, a short
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[Update] Parallel 42 Releases 777 Immersion v2

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Parallel 42 has released the all-new 777 Immersion v2 for Prepar3D V4 and above. The new immersion pack is specifically designed for the most recent PMDG 777 update and also the PMDG 777-200ER. This is a whole new product since the original 777 package reached the end of the line back in February 2021. The new version brings the immersion
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Parallel 42 Updates 717 Immersion Pack

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Whilst Parallel 42 may be focused on The Skypark as of late, the team hasn't forgotten about Prepar3D users. We know that the 777 Immersion pack is being updated for the recent updates to the PMDG line, but in a surprise announcement today, the 717 Immersion pack has been update for free and includes all-new lighting technology. The 717 Immersion
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Parallel 42’s The Skypark Introduces Costs

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When we last spoke to Edson at Parallel 42 about the future of The Skypark, we tried to get him to spill the beans on how costs would be implemented with the newly implemented game modes. After all, flying any type of cargo has an associated cost and The Skypark is all about how you interact as a pilot within the virtual world. Now, at long last, The Skypark will introduce costs and payments for your trips across the world.

Going forward, users within The Skypark will be able to take on contracts with regular payments, but will now see fees and costs associated with them. Oceanic Air (an company within the ecosystem of The Skypark) has been set up to provide trasnport for pilots to get to new contract locations. When browsing for new contracts, you will see an overview of your estimated fees associated with moving around the world. Costs, fees and discounts will vary depending on variables such as distance and pilot reliability, adding a level of strategy to your experience with the app.

In addition to the new Oceanic Air section of The Skypark, a few other elements have been updated to help you understand the fees. Within CONTRAX, relocation range rings have been added to give you an idea on how much it’ll cost you to move between airports. Furthermore, the tabs have been update to show you your fees. This will ensure you always have the information you need right at your finger tips.

For the team at P42, this is a signiciant milestone. It opens up many possibilities for the future (such as passenger operations) and the team can now spend time ensuring there is a delicate balance between adding new gameplay whilst also providing a challenging environment. What P42 has made clear is that The Skypark will keep things as realistic as possible and never pay pilots a million dollars or more for simple 1-hour flights.

You can read more about the new Oceanic Air on the Parallel 42 blog. You can also read our interview with Edson from Parallel 42 here. If you haven’t done so already, you can buy The Skypark from Orbx Direct. It currently is on sale for $33.18 AUD (approximately US$25.60 | €21,34 | £18.43) for the next few days, before going back to the original price of $42 AUD (note that all prices do not include any local taxes).

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Parallel 42’s The Skypark Introduces Game Modes

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Parallel 42 has announced and released all-new "Game Modes" for The Skypark. Designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the application is designed to give simmers the freedom to explore the world and discover all new places to fly. Using a karma system to help drive the narrative, The Skypark delivers a unique experience to load virtual cargo and transport it anywhere
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The Skypark: The FSElite First Look

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This video is all about The Skypark from //42 (Parallel 42). It should be worth noting this is an "Early Access" product. A full review will follow after early access. Developer walkthrough: https://youtu.be/G1rxXVQEFX4 Produced By: Ronnie Wainscott PC Specs Case: Lian-Li 0-11 Dynamic XL Mobo: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master CPU: Intel i9 9900K (Stock Clocked) GPU: Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX
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