The team at AirworthyDesigns is hard at work on their upcoming Princess Juliana Airport (TNCM) on Saint Martin (Sint Maarten). The scenery will cover not only this islands but also a lot of islands in its region, including the following airports: L’esperance (TFFG), Anguilla (TQPF), St. Barthelemy (TFFJ) and Saba Island (TNCE). The Caribbean scenery package will come with a lot of features, such as photorealistic HD coverage, custom HD buildings, custom HD traffic, airport interiors and much more. The package is being developed for X-Plane. A release date is not yet known, but the team is aiming for October this year.
We have gotten some very exclusive screenshots from the developer that highlight the beauty of this upcoming add-on. Make sure to follow their project over on the X-Plane Forums.
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!
Developer ‘Bridge’ is apparently working on Chengdu Shuangliu (ZUUU) International airport, main hub for Air China, Sichuan Airlines and Changdu Airlines.
We don’t know much about the project, other than SODE jetways will be included. Looking at the screenshots of the addon progress is coming along nicely, so lets hope it won’t be too long before we can add this to our ever growing list of scenery.
FSDreamTeam previewed some more shots of Louisville International Airport from within the sim. I’m not too sure the shots taken do the scenery justice, but as they’re currently previews, we’ll reserve judgement.
Check them out below and be sure to follow them on Facebook to continue to preview development.
Whilst we’re still unsure of a release date, hopefully we’ll be updated soon with some information.
A little less than a year after its release for FSX and P3D, Aerosoft seem to be getting ready for a release of Værøy Airport (ENVY) in Norway for X-Plane 10 and 11. The airport is known for being located right next to a very steep cliff and its ever changing and treacherous winds. This was also the reason of taking the airport out of use in 1990, before that Widerøe had some regular flights. The scenery will cover the entire island in amazing detail and will also include the newer Værøy Heliport (ENVR). Furthermore, there are some beautiful, custom Aurora Borealis effects for during the dark winter months. Screenshots below were taken in X-Plane 11.
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.
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.
Drzewiecki Design is hard at work on their update for New York Airports X. This v2 will come with new objects with better visuals, a lot of updated textures, animating stuff and most noticeably a huge performance improvement. A few days ago they have shown us a preview of Teterboro airport (KTEB), included in the package. Keep in mind that the scenery is not done yet and some stuff, like lights and SODE vegetation, is still missing. The new things we can see though are very nice! Teterboro v2 will have new ground polygons with enhanced run- and taxiway markings, updated airport surrounding, 3 new EMAS systems, a new localizer structure at runway 01 and a lot of custom cars. To check out the entire post and keep up to date with New York Airports X v2 you can go over here.
Also make sure to read our Developer Month interview with Drzewiecki Designs to find out all about them!
Drzewiecki Design has finally made it Facebook-official: they are working on Seattle. Though already confirmed earlier in an exclusive interview with FSElite for Developer Month, they gave us a few new previews and work-in-progress renders. No release date available yet but we should be expecting this year. For now, enjoy the shots!