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Navigraph Charts Open Beta announcement

Navigraph Charts Open Beta

Navigraph have opened up their Charts Beta for all existing customers! We’ve been reporting on Navigraphs upcoming Charts update for a while now, and some of the details are already known. But now we can finally get our hands on it and start using it! The beta is meant to really test the product and iron out as many bugs as possible before the release and Navigraph encourage people taking part to give feedback on their forums. Furthermore, it should be noted that not all features are working yet. Such features include terminal procedures and/or terminal maps amongst others. But enough about that, lets see what we can start using.

Included features

Of course a lot of stuff is already working in the beta. The list of features is as follows:

  • Jeppesen Charts
  • Day and Night mode
  • Moving Maps both on enroute charts and airport diagrams
  • Flights accepting route strings
  • Pinboard for flexible organization of airport charts
  • Dynamic, interactive and fully searchable enroute charts
  • Decentralization of server structure for good responsiveness around the globe

How to get started?

To start using the Open Beta of Navigraph you have to be a customer of Navigraph Charts. This means you either need a Charts or the Ultimate package that provides Charts as well as NavData. After that, Navigraph recommend using a modern web browser with a reasonable screen size. Furthermore, there is additional software that needs to be installed to make Moving Maps work in FSX (Plane users won’t have to do this). Please note that at this point we’re unsure about compatibility with the soon to be released Prepar3d V4, but we doubt it will work. So keep that in mind if you want to start testing this product. Navigraph Customers have received an email with exact install instructions, so it’s best to just follow this!

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SamScene Milan RealCityX Preview

Over on their website SamScene has previewed their latest RealCityX project: Milan City will include many famous buildings, churches, shopping malls and a whole lot of autogen. Also covered will be custom hangars and the terminal building of Bresso Airfield.

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Carenado 390 Premier IA Preview Video

Carenado recently published a quick preview video on their Youtube channel showing off the Beechcraft 390 Premier IA. The IA model of the aircraft included improved cabins and systems. The business jet itself can reach speeds of 530mph and has a range of 1645 miles.

The preview video itself is short and sweet showing off the excellent external model.

When we have more information, we’ll tell you.

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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TFDi Designs Preview 717 Update – FPLN and PROG pages

Over on the TFDi Design forums, Colin has previewed some of the highly awaited updates for their continuously improving 717 aircraft.

This time, he showed off some new images of the 717 FMS and in particular, the FPLN and PROG pages.

The images below show before throttle advancement.

And these show after throttle advancement!

The update itself is getting “much closer” and we are excited to see the improvements and hopefully addresses some of the challenges we faced in our review.

Internally the team have started testing to ensure when it’s pushes out as a community beta, the bugs will be minimal.

AirworthyDesigns Exclusive TNCM Previews

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.

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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