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Support a Local Airport Documentary – Durham Tees Valley Airport

Here at FSElite, we have a huge passion for the flight simulation world, but that doesn’t stop us from having the same amount of passion for developers who want to take their creativity to the outside world. You may remember a few months ago, we introduced a relatively new developer on the scene Soarfly Concepts. The team were behind some awesome UK freeware scenery as well as the conceptual circular runway project. They’re a neat team and their latest project has nothing to do with flight sim.

Mark is looking to raise an ambitious £7000 for his project to be able to create a free to watch documentary around the history of Durham Tees Valley Airport. As it’s home to the Great North Air Ambulance, it’s an airport full of history and ‘potential’.

On his GoFundMe page, he said the following:

I would like to raise some money to create a free to watch documentary about Durham Tees valley Airport, a site full of history and great potential, home to the Great North Air Ambulance, Cobham and the international Fire training centre.

The documentary (if sucessful) will focus on the strong history and the current events at the airfield,
Completly free to watch on YouTube.

Help spread the word!

We asked Mark about what he needs £7000 to complete the project. He said as this is a much bigger project than your typical photoshoot at an airport, this requires professional equipment, media passes and have several people help him put together the detailed documentary. He wants to make sure this project is as professional as possible, so he’ll be bringing over a team of people, buying microphones  and more – all over the course of 4 months. He hopes the money will stretch far enough to make a mini-series looking at different areas such as the flight school, airfield ops and more.

Soarfly Concepts Sandown (EGHN) Nearing Completion

Why not read: Developer Month: Soarfly Concepts Interview

Our friends over at Soarfly Concepts are putting together the last few touches on their new flagship product: Sandown EGHN. Located in the Isle of Wight, the small airfield is used as a great place for excellent GA flying with a few places to grab a drink and a sandwich before taking to the skies again.

I think the team need to work on their screenshot taking skills for the future, but the shots do show the detail going into the product.

No exact word on release, but we’ll let you know.

Don’t forget, this is also the same team that put together the circle runway concept into flight sim.

Developer Month: Soarfly Concepts Interview

Welcome to the FSElite Developer Month. Our theme this year is about delivering for the community and part of that is delivering great content to you all. As part of our commitment to you all, we’re pleased to announced Developer Month – a month themed solely around celebrating our great development community. Over the course of March, you’ll be treated to some behind the scene looks at some of our favourite developers, stories from the FSElite team, exclusive interviews and more.

Soarfly Concepts are a relatively unknown developer who has worked on various projects in the past. Developer Month isn’t just about those developers who are regarded as ‘popular’, but also to highlight the hardwork of the smaller ones who are very much part of the community.

Read our interview from Mark Piccolo from the developer who gives you some great insight into both a freeware and payware model!

Tell us a little about yourselves and how you got started?

Well Soarfly Concepts started out just me, creating my own little additions to airports, I added a few things to Avsim Library and eventually I added a team member and over time started taking scenery requests.

Me and Dan have been using Flight Simulator since the early 90s. The very first scenery released by Soarfly Concepts was a fictional airport, the Thames Estuary Concept. We don’t sell payware for a source of income it’s simply there as a method of support so we can buy things like higher def ground images and design tools. Not a lot of people know this but we also offer a free service to other devs like making installers, models and beta testing.

What made you decide you wanted to develop for Flight Simulator and why?

I have always been a massive aviation enthusiast and the idea of making my own airports in flight sim was just too good to pass up. I discovered ADE by Scruffy Duck and learnt how to make 3d models.

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Soarfly Concepts Scenery Releases Freeware Guernsey X-HD

Yesterday we shared some WIP shots of Soarfly Concepts Scenery’s Guernsey X-HD. Today, the developer informed me that the scenery is actually now out for release via the Avsim download library.

Of course, this is a freeware project, but that doesn’t mean the quality isn’t there. Soarfly Concepts have included photo-scenery for the surrounding area, as well as high definition ground imagery and plenty of 3D placed objects throughout the airport.

With a short runway, plenty of rough weather, this will make for some interesting approaches in your Dash 8 Q400.

Make sure you check them out on Facebook or their website where you can donate for their hard work.