It’s now out and available via PMDG’s store for $69.99. That’s for both FSX and P3D versions.
We will update this post once it’s confirmed released.
The past few weeks has seen PMDG work extensively on delivering P3Dv4 compatible versions of their extensive Boeing line-up of aircraft. The 747, 777 and the 737 (except the 600/700 add-on package) now sit firmly in your new sim. Also during that time, they have been teasing the release of their DC-6 aircraft.
Over the past 5 years of development, it’s seen a release on X-Plane and has since been converted for FSX, FSX: SE, P3Dv3 and P3Dv4. The team have been previewing the classic aircraft over on their forums and Facebook, but today, Robert confirmed that the DC-6 is planned to be released today.
Along with the news, he gave a very detailed insight into what you can expect from the new aircraft once it arrives in your sim. Furthermore, there are plenty of images to feast your eyes upon.
We will update this post with an official price and feature list when available.
Flight One Software have released an update for their iFly 747, which is a highly popular aircraft as it was the only quality 747 we had for quite some time. The ‘Queen of the Skies’ received an update to be compatible with Prepar3D v4. Flight One states that this is not just a port from the previous version, but rather a new version completely recompiled with the v4 SDK. This is important because this improves the performance of the aircraft and adds some unique v4 features, such as the new HDR reflections and dynamic lighting.
For more information, or to purchase this amazing plane you can head over here.
Carenado announced in February that they were in the midst of developing the 690B Aero Commander. The anticipated 690B release for all avid GA and Shrike 500s fans is now available. The 690B is compatible with FSX, P3D v2, v3, v4, and Steam platforms.
Among some of the features advertised by Carenado, the 690B includes five different liveries, HD quality textures & real 690B Turbo Commander sounds.
You can buy it now for $39.95. For more information, visit Carenado’s website.
Richer Simulations is known for their photoreal scenery in the Caribbean. Their previous releases have been St. Kitts and Grenada, both of which provided detailed coverage of the islands showing off their charm and beauty. This time, the “Pearl of the Caribbean”, Barbados, has been chosen for their next effort.
Caribsky Barbados 2017 boasts an impressive 431 square KM of photoreal scenery, all at 0.5m/px resolution. There’s also 750,000 custom autogen objects such as trees, buildings, shrubs and more, it will allow you to get a sense of what the island is like. There’s also use of advance nighting as well as a scenery configuration tool that allows you to tweak for the best performance.
It’s fully compatible with FSX, FSX:SE and Prepar3D versions 1 – 4.
A lot of stuff this week was released with compatibility for P3DV4. And there was almost just as much news from developers announcing their plans or giving us an update about their support for the updated platform. Instead of making a whole bunch of different posts, we’ve decided to collect everything that has been updated for Prepar3d V4 this week into one post. And there’s a lot.
Over on their forums REX gave us an update into their product status for P3DV4. WorldWide Airports HD, Texture Direct, Texture Direct w/Soft Clouds and REX Soft Clouds will shortly receive a hot fix to be compatible. Release is estimated for this month.
Weather Architect, Essentials Plus and Essentials Plus Overdrive will require a major service pack to be compatible. The release time is yet to be determined.
ImagineSim announced over on Facebook that all their sceneries are now compatible with P3DV4. People that have previously purchased any product for P3DV3 will receive a free update. ImagineSim compatible sceneries are: KATL, KLGA, ZSPD, KAUS, VIDP, KSJC and KCLT.
These guys took the time to give a really nice update to some of their previous sceneries. Both updated with P3DV4 support are Marseille and Little Rock. The latter has also been updated with volumetric light halos. But that’s not all, because both sceneries got a nice overhaul and are now featuring brand-new, completely updated SODE jetways. You can find some screenshots of the updated sceneries below.
UUEE Moscow Sheremetyevo, EPWA Warsaw and EETN Tallinn have all received an update to be compatible with P3DV4.
Miami V3 is now compatible.
MILVIZ will be updating the majority of their aircraft. This includes aircraft that has previously been released for P3DV4, with a few exceptions. MILVIZ have stated they will issue a $5 upgrade fee. Every upgrade will come with MILVIZ new MVAMS tool which is used for framework features and includes the capability of updating their products in the future.
Global AI Ship Traffic
This freeware add-on loved by so many also got an update to P3DV4. The add-on has been split up in several separate parts which you can install almost independently (some files are required). There are a lot of new models (the total amount is now 179) and routes added that cover the entire globe.
Airports of Norway
AoN, my personal favourite, got updated as well. This (freeware) package will continue to receive updates to fix issues with airports as they are being found.
Aerosoft Oslo Gardermoen
A big update coming from Aerosoft. ENGM Oslo has been updated for P3DV4 and a lot of new features have been added. The full list can be found over here. Notable though is definitely the added support for SODE for animated jetways, passengers and de-ice service. Another very notable feature is added support for Prepar3d volumetric lighting for flood lights and the headlights from de-ice trucks.
FlyTampa is completely prepar3d for V4, and has made updates available for all airports that weren’t working right off the bat. You can find the downloads over here. Note that they will need to be applied manually! Great to see developers getting their products ready so quickly. I was already afraid that I’d have to go without a good rendition of Amsterdam Schiphol again..
The very popular fleet management tool Air Hauler 2 received a new update adding many very useful features. The update adds system failures to badly maintained aircraft, the ability to load a flight mid-flight in case you have to leave your sim (or, you know, it crashes) as well as the ability to save and load flights and auto-pause them.
Furthermore there is now an option to disable jobs being generated at certain airports and airports in its vicinity. Last but not least there are some fixes for Orbx-style airports where you won’t take surface damage.
The developer also spoke about future plans of Air Hauler 2. The tool will not support P3DV4 at launch, but the developer will see what changes are necessary in order to support V4 (and 64-bit in general). The same goes for FSW support, so we may hear something about that in the (near) future.
Just Flight have released their PA-28R Turbo Arrow III/IV for FSX and P3D.
The PA-28R Turbo Arrow III/IV are turbocharged engine aircraft fitted with retractable landing gear. Building on the success of the success of the brilliant PA-28R Arrow III, Just Flight have included a 3D virtual cockpit with accurately modelled seat belts and each instrument is modelled correctly. There’s an interactive engine start checklist, panel state system and aircraft configuration system.
The aircraft is incredibly detailed in terms of systems, with custom-coded fuel, realistic landing gears and even failures. There are 5 liveries for each variation and of course a highly realistic sound system.
The PA-28R Turbo Arrow III and Arrow IV are four seater, turbocharged piston-engine aircraft equipped with a retractable tricycle landing gear and constant-speed propeller – ideal for touring and instrument training.
With all the excitement surrounding Prepar3D V4, other developers are coming out sharing information about their new projects. One project we are excited to see a quick update for is the QualityWings 787!
In a new Facebook cover image just uploaded, it would appear that QualityWings are setting “Summer 2017” as their release target for their highly anticipated 787.
A quick Google shows that summer runs from Wednesday 21st June until Friday 22nd September! We can only hope this will be the estimated release date. The project has been in beta for some while now.
Also on the image was re-confirmation of their attendance this year at FSCon 2017. Lucky for you, we are there as well to report as much as we can so hopefully we can update you there.
We have reached out to QualityWings for comments regarding P3D V4
In the heart of the Alps lies the little town of Saanen, accompanied by its equally named airport. Orbx just released their rendition of this small, yet really nice airfield accompanied by a beautiful rendition of its immediate (70 square km.) surroundings. LSGK Saanen will feature full seasonal PR, ObjectFlow technology, animated objects, interior models, custom aircraft models, several points of interests and of course high detail airport textures. The best part about it though? It’s completely free! You can pick up Saanen now from Orbx Direct.