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A2A Constellation update

A few days ago, A2A have issued a quite extensive update for their recently released Captain of the Ship Lockheed L049 Constellation “Connie”. Quite a number of fixes and enhancements included in this one; the changelog is down below. For instructions on downloading and installing the patch you can head over to this post on the A2A forum.

Changelog:

– 2D controls: Carburetor air flaps control works in 0-100 range
– Input configurator – linear trim axes response
– Engine 1 oil temperature initialization issue fixed
– Oil viscosity system added
– Air conditioning now runs off compressors attached to engines 1 and 4
– Fuel Xfeed corrected
– Engine fuel line capacity increased
– Captain’s cruise announcement won’t occur in heavy or severe turbulence
– Contact points adjusted
– 3D model gaps next to rudder pedals sealed
– Controls lock depends on engines hydraulic pressure (RPM)
– Nav lights “Squares” fixed
– DME gauges has got a tooltip.
– 2D map displays distance data
– Rudder trim tabs animation reversed
– CoPilot’s magnetic bearing gauge FROM/TO needle fixed
– Landing gear animation corrected
– Transponder Alt switch animation reversed
– Autopilot pitch shortcut reversed and made less coarse
– Upper and lower cowl flaps tooltips corrected
– Max RPM and Min RPM key shortcuts inverted
– Co-pilot’s altimeter pressure dial animates
– 2D Map. Blue wind arrow inverted to show wind direction

JustFlight PA-28R Arrow III update

JustFlight have issued an update for this popular aircraft. Full changelog below. Please note that the previous updates (SP1) are also included in this update.

  • ADF gauge logic fixed
  • ‘Refill Menu’ option added to menu bar
  • FDE improvements
  • Sound-set improvements
  • VOR indicators still functioning when NAV radios are switched off – fixed
  • Manual PDF updated to reflect software changes since release

 

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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.

Mega Airport Frankfurt V2 update

Aerosoft is very hard at work at updating some “older” sceneries. Today they have issued an update for the immensely popular Mega Airport Frankfurt. The update comes with some very much requested features such as animating jetways and the ability to request certain runways for you to depart or arrive on. Furthermore there are some platform specific fixes and general bug fixes. Full changelog down below. Make sure to uninstall any previous version of Mega Airport Frankfurt V2 you have before installing the update.

Want to know more about Aerosoft? We sure do! That’s why we interviewed Matthijs Kok for our Developer Month. Go check it out to find out all about him, including his favourite power drink!

CTRL+J Jetways added

New AFCAD with

– optimized AI Traffic roll of Runway and Taxi to Gate handling

– Runway 18 requestable from FS ATC for depature by User (AI Traffic not use it, limit by FS Engine)

– Runway 07C/25C optional requestable for Landing for the User (AI Traffic only use 07L/25R and 07R/25L for Landing)

– Approaches for GPS/RNAV requestable from ATC based on Airdac Cylce 1703 (ILS limited by FSEngine to VOR/NDB Startpoints)

Runway- and Approachlights now 3D in P3D too

Strobles and REILs added.

Runway- and Approachlights can be switch on at Daytime by setting NAV2=108.00 (not working with all Addon Aircrafts)

Minor Bug fixes, like “flying” Stopbars at the southend of RW18

Autogen Bridges removed in the airport area

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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FlyTampa Amsterdam Schiphol updated to v1.1

Finally! After two months of very little word on this update, FlyTampa have finally released an updated installer with fixes for some issues that have been plaguing users of this addon. Of course, many of these issues had already been fixed in the forums themselves but now we finally have an installer! You can find the full changelog down below. I’m very happy to see that some issues I pointed out in my review have been fixed, such as missing landmarks in Amsterdam. A bit of a shame there is still no SODE support for the dual jetways though. You can grab the update from the FlyTampa forums.

-Optimised AFCADs
-Included ‘all rwys open’ AFCAD variation in configurator)
-Both types of SafeGate are now fully functional in latest P3D version
-Increased visibility of twy centreline lights
-Fixed flickering issues
-Optimised VDGS distances
-Corrected some gate numbering and positioning on ground
-Taxisign corrections and additions
-Minor corrections to apron vehicles and other details
-Amsterdam scenery landmarks added
-Apron gatehouses added
-Added detail elements on 3D bridges
-Minor editing to various textures to remove errors
-Airport ground detail added and other minor corrections
-RWY guard lights updated (changed from red/green to red/OFF)
-Various small fixes to improve colors and performance

 

Aerosoft Ibiza X Evolution update

Aerosoft have released an update for their Ibiza X Evolution scenery. Quite a few changes here actually. To begin with: the static jetways are (finally) gone. Second, the adverts on these same jetways have been removed to reflect their real life counterpart. Furthermore the texture resolution of the concrete slabs on the ground has gotten higher and the AFCAD got an overhaul with more realistic traffic sequences that are in line with Navdata cycle 1702.

You can obtain this update through your store of preference. Keep in mind that the updated installer is a complete replacement of previous versions so you will need to remove any old versions installed.

CaptainSim 777 Service Pack 1.8 released

CaptainSim have released version 1.8 for their Boeing 777 package. This update contains all previous updates. A lot of updates are included in this package (changelog down below). One of the most notable features is support for the CaptainSim 777 Wireless CDU app. This is a brand new app, available for both iOS and Android, that will allow you to get a virtual CDU screen on your device of choice. The app is available completely free too, so that makes the CaptainSim 777 in general even more attractive.

You can obtain the 1.8 service pack through your profile on the CaptainSim website. Make sure to check out the update page as there are a few steps involved in installing it.

Full changelog:

  • Compatibility for iPhone/iPad application added
  • ADIRU reworked
  • FAST ALIGN function on the FMC’s Setup page added
  • FMC pages added:

– EFIS CONTROL
– EFIS OPTIONS
– DISPLAY MODES
– DISPLAY SYNOPTICS

  • Barometric reference selector and BARO altitude settings fixed
  • ENTER INERTIAL POS message fixed
  • Landing Altitude (LDG ALT) Selector fixed
  • TCAS warning problem fixed
  • SPEEDBRAKE EXTENDED message fixed
  • EFIS POS button fixed
  • PFD and ND minor fixes
  • Minor graphic issues fixed

Taxi2Gate Paris CDG update

Taxi2Gate have been working hard on an update for Paris CDG with a whole lot of fixes. They have fixed numerous flickering issues, signage issues around taxi- and runways, missing jetways, missing colors, missing buildings and more. They have also added a season configurator to make switching between seasons easier than having to copy files from one folder to another. You can get the update for LFPG right now from SimMarket.