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Gaya Simulations roadmap

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.

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FSFX ChasePlane Doors preview

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.

Navigraph Jeppesen charts announcement

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:

  1. First and foremost, the coverage will dramatically increase to 6,784 airports. This is the most comprehensive coverage available.
  2. Secondly, with the Jeppesen chart format we can now offer charts in a darker night mode color scheme.
  3. 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 Teterboro previews

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!

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Drzewiecki Design officially announce Seattle

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!

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Aerosoft A330 previews

More A330 previes from Aerosoft! And it’s not even Friday yet! Crazy world…

Aerosoft have taken a short trip from Frankfurt to Munich in their new Bus . And during that trip they made sure to make some very cool screenshots of the A330 in action. Coolest thing yet? We finally get to see the dual MCDU in action! Very nice shots! We’re getting more and more excited for this addon.

Don’t forget to check out their forums to keep an eye on progress.

Calum loves how Aerosoft show off previews, which you can read about here.

Or you can read our interview with Mathijs Kok as part of Developer Month.

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Aerosoft A330X Previews of the Cargo Area

Another week, another Friday and another round of screenshots of the A330X by Aerosoft.

You can see here just how much detail is going into ensuring that the geometry is right and that the hold doors are all accurately modeled with the correct guides and clamps. It’s great to see a new section of the plane getting some well deserved work.

Aerosoft’s Stefan has said that work has also started on the passenger galleys and doors, which is the last part of the modelling to be done. Once finished, final painting work will continue and the model will be complete.

I spoke about how I enjoy Aerosoft being so open with their development with my article specifically written for Developer Month. Give it a read.

 

Orbx Innsbruck (LOWI) previews

Its been quite some time since we last heard something from Orbx about their scenery for Innsbruck. So you can only imagine how happily surprised we were went just a moment ago we finally got to see something from it again. And it looks amazing. Orbx have put an immense amount of effort into Innsbruck and it is showing. I have never before seen an airport packed with so many details! From the hang gliders club to the apron and the terminal building: everything looks super busy making the airport feel really alive. The surrounding area of the airport that can be spotted in some shots also looks beautiful. We don’t have a release date yet, but here’s to hoping it won’t take much longer! Can’t wait to start making that dreaded turn into LOWI again!

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Washington DC previews from Drzewiecki Design

Set to release in only 4 days Drzewiecki Designs decided to warm us up a little to their next scenery: Washington DC. As the screenshots will show they have done their absolute best and made this city in true Drzewiecki style: the textures look very crisp, very high quality and it seems like no detail has been spared. Even the commander in chief is probably signing some new executive orders in his office.. Washington DC will come with a number of features. One of the features that stands out most is the way they will include airports into the scenery pack. First of all, it will include a high detailed rendition of KDCA including terminal interiors, SODE jetways, beautiful textures and more. Second, other airports, which will come in a “lite” variant, will be KADW Joint Base Andrews, KCGS College Park Airport, KVKX Potomac Airfield and W32 Washington Executive Airport. These lite airports will feature custom airport buildings with realistic ground poly layers. Also included will be a number of helipads.

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