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FSElite Original: In Review – November

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November was supposed to be a relatively calm month. Some releases to be expected, some updates here and there, and the big Black Friday sale. However, that should have been about it. It almost sounded too good to be true. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

In all fairness, I might be slightly exaggerating. November started out quite calm with relatively few big news items. Halfway through the month, we saw QualityWings’ surprise release of the Ultimate 146. This was pretty big news and some members of the community got into rather heated arguments in our comment section. Is the price worth it? Should it have been free for previous owners? What’s happening on the Ultimate 787 front? In the end, nobody seemed to be able to find a consensus on these topics.

After the Ultimate 146 news we had a rather calm Black Friday. Nobody rushed to be first in line at any of the digital stores because, well, they are digital. And nobody rushed to even get in line to begin with at FlightSimStore. We probably could have suspected this and see it coming for a bit, but because they were so uncommunicative and keeping up the appearance that everything was “fine”, it still came as a bit of a surprise. It’s sad to see them go. I have been a customer there for quite a few years, and I’m losing access to a fair amount of products. However, there is no excuse for the things they have done. Not paying developers and running off with money is never a good idea. Let’s hope justice catches up with them sooner or later.

But, by far, the biggest news was the Prepar3D v4.4 surprise announcement. With PBR.

 
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Prepar3D V4.4 Possibly Coming Q4 2018 With PBR

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FSElite has obtained verified documents that suggest that Lockheed Martin are preparing to release Prepar3D V4.4 in Q4 of 2018. Even more exciting is the fact that these leaked documents point to version 4.4 being the first step to enabling Physically Based Rendering (PBR) textures in the simulator. The leaked documentation includes an internal email conversation from an internal Lockheed
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Orbx Release New Patch For CityScene Barcelona

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Earlier today, Orbx announced on their forums, that their CityScene Barcelona was just given a patch, bringing it to version 1.10. The patch fixes bugs, adds buildings, and enhances the scenery for FPS improvements, and increased object detail. This patch is available on FTX Central for immediate update. If you don't own it already, you can get it now from
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Lockheed Martin Release Prepar3D v4.3

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Lockheed Martin has just released Prepar3D v4.3. This update comes with a few new features and a number of fixes and enhancements to make your Prepar3D experience even better. For instance, you'll probably be happy to know Lockheed Martin has worked on even more fixes regarding dynamic lighting, with clustering grouped dynamic lights and adding in more distance-based checks. Furthermore,
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BDOAviation Kansai International Released

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BDOAviation, known for their Indonesian airports, have just released Osaka Kansai International Airport for FSX and P3D v3 (v4 support will be coming very shortly.) For those looking to add to their collection of airports in Asia, this is great news, as Kansai International is an international hub for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo. Additionally, it serves as the only hub for Japan’s low cost carrier, Peach.

Features include volumetric grass, modeling of the surrounding area, custom made ground poly, reflective glass, animated vehicles, and SODE jetways all while being FPS friendly.

You can pick up BDOAviation’s Kansai International Airport from Simmarket for a reasonable price of 25 euros, and is currently compatible with FSX SP2 and P3D v3. As previously noted, this airport is not officially compatible with Prepar3D v4, though the v4 edition is coming soon and will be a free upgrade for those who already have purchased the version for FSX and P3D v3.

 
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Aerosoft Announces Rotterdam The Hague Airport Professional

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Nearly 7 years after its original release, Aerosoft has announced that an updated version of Rotterdam The Hague Airport has started development. The airport will be released under Aerosofts all too familiar "Professional" tier. This includes support for Prepar3d v4 and dynamic lighting. Because the original scenery is already quite dated the scenery will include more than just compatibility updates.
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iBlueYonder Heron’s Nest Now Available for P3D Version 4

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The team over at iBlue Yonder have released their first dedicated P3Dv4 product. The Heron's nest installers have been updated for the new version of the sim. The team has also taken advantage of the P3DV4 dynamic night lighting for both hangers at Heron's Nest. The Heron's nest 2.0 is available for free, and you can check it out over
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Setting our Expectations for the Upcoming Prepar3D V4

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Update: Changed the title a little to better reflect the article. Without delving into speculation too much, we’re fairly confident official information from Lockheed Martin is just days away. We’re reported on rumours, facts, insider knowledge and even some accidental leaks over the past few months – giving as much information as we can to you from Lockheed Martin’s worst
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