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Flightbeam Studios Wellington: The FSElite Review

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It’s the land of kiwis, hobbits and unprecedented natural beauty. It’s also the country of Flightbeam Studios’ latest scenery. Of course, I’m talking about nothing other than the wonderful country of New Zealand.

For an area of the world that receives so little love, it’s great to see some developers give it some attention. Luckily Orbx has done this in the past, with their excellent NZ North and NZ South Island region packages, as well as a few airports. And there is Flightbeam, who announced back in August of 2016 that they were working on the main airport of the country, Auckland Airport. Unfortunately, this project was delayed again over a year ago due to ongoing work at the airport. But, in the meantime, we’ve got their Wellington scenery to keep us happy.

Wellington may not be quite as large as Auckland, but it’s still the third busiest airport in the country. It offers connections to Australia, Asia and a long list of regional destinations. It also has some challenging airport conditions. The runway is rather short, limiting the use of the airport for long-haul destinations. It also has challenging weather conditions, due to strong and gusty winds coming in over Cook Strait.

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FSElite Original: In Review – February

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Virtual-Fly Yoko the Yoke Video Review [The Flight Sim Deck]

Our friend and fellow video producer TheFlightSimDeck was also lucky enough to get his hands (literally) on the Virtual-Fly Yoko The Yoke. Whilst this review is independent of the FSElite written review we published late last year, the comments on what Patrick liked and disliked are very similar. Furthermore, as we work closely on a daily basis, it only made sense to share this review with our community. Let’s call it an ‘unofficial’ FSElite review in that sense.

Regardless, you can visually see the Virtual-Fly Yoko the Yoke in action thanks to Patrick’s video.

If you’d like to read our written review, you can do that here. Or you can visit our Virtual-Fly hub to stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and content from the team.

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FSElite Original: In Review – January

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Orbx Santa Barbara (KSBA): The FSElite Review

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Cremonasoft Airbus A310: The FSElite Review

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