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Parallel 42 Updates 717 Immersion Pack

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Whilst Parallel 42 may be focused on The Skypark as of late, the team hasn’t forgotten about Prepar3D users. We know that the 777 Immersion pack is being updated for the recent updates to the PMDG line, but in a surprise announcement today, the 717 Immersion pack has been update for free and includes all-new lighting technology.

The 717 Immersion pack is designed for the TFDi Design 717 and enhances the aircraft by adding numerous visual effect across the aircraft. The small size of the 717 means that the effects added are more noticeable than before and each effect has been correctly made for both PBR and non-PBR materials. The new update adds Prepar3D v5 compatibility, but also enhanced lighting tech.

The new lighting technology adds the new Xenon strobes and also new landing, taxi, flood, nacelle, nav lighting and more. All of the lighting is dynamic and also includes volumetric lighting, which is really noticeable during hours of darkness or in low visibility.

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Parallel 42 has released the new update for the 717 Immersion pack free of charge and can be updated through Orbx Central. If you don’t already own it, you can buy the 717 Immersion pack now from OrbxDirect for $28.00 AUD (approximately US$21.96 | €18,06 | £15.70). Likewise, the TFDi Design 717 is also on OrbxDirect (on sale, no less) for $60.89 AUD (approximately US$47.76 | €39,28 | £34.14).

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HST Announces Weatherman Weather Engine for XPL

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In a new development post from HST, the team has announced a new weather engine called Weatherman. The new weather engine will be delivered with xAmbience Pro once it's made available and the developers claim Weatherman will be "better than other weather engines" on the market. The bold claim was made based on the fact that the weather engine uses data
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LatinVFR Releases AREX Europe

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LatinVFR continues to release new products for Microsoft Flight Simulator, with their latest being AREX Europe. Building on the release of the North American version, this version focuses on Europe, Russia and also the Arctic. The utility add-on includes logos and skins for most of Europe's ground handling and catering companies and injects realistic-looking vehicles into airports in the region.
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Volanta Update Released

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Orbx's flight tracking application, Volanta, has seen numerous updates over the last few weeks since release, but the most recent update adds a number of changes and improvements which are worth highlighting. The most significant part of the update comes with the new advanced search tags integrated with the application. When on the flight page, you are now able to
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Mango Studios Releases FlightFactor 767 Sound Enhancement Pack

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Owners of the FlightFactor 767 can now buy the Mango Studios 767 Sound Enhancement Pack. The new sound pack features a range of custom sound and quality recordings from the real-aircraft to enhance the experience for users. The new Mango Studios sound pack for the FlightFactor 767 includes custom sounds for within the cockpit. This includes elements such as the
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xAmbience Pro Releasing Within a Few Weeks

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Dubbed as the “next generation” environmental plugin for X-Plane 11, the development team has confirmed that they intend on releasing xAmbience Pro within the next few weeks. Coming from HST on their website, a new weekly report revealed plenty of new details about the product and what stages the team needs to go through first before releasing the product.

On the blog post, the team said there are two elements of the product left to be completed. The first is a system to mix samples of clouds to ensure they don’t repeat; and also some debugging functions. In addition to the new details, a series of screenshots highlighting how xAmbience Pro will enhance the simulator was also shared.

Whilst the screenshots are impressive, HST were keen to make customers aware that a “lot of work on optimization, modernization of all plugin processes” have been included. This should ensure that performance is smooth for all users, but a series of tests is ongoing to ensure this is the case.

Unlike other developers, HST is being very transparent about its release process. The team confirmed that they plan to finish the product within the next week or so before then going on a testing spree. During this time, the team will preview the product with a series of previews, send copies to the press and then eventually release it to the public.

Following on from a public release, HST will work on bringing 3D clouds to the product. In fact, HighSkyTeam said that the 3D clouds will be compatible with future editions of X-Plane. Edit: HST has removed the X-Plane 12 mention. A preview of it in action was also shared on the blog post.

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Over the next few weeks, the team will continue to provide updates and information including a new weekly report on April 18th and a look at the Q2 development report on April 22nd 2021. We’ll be sure to follow the progress and report back to you.

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Parallel 42’s The Skypark Introduces Game Modes

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Parallel 42 has announced and released all-new "Game Modes" for The Skypark. Designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the application is designed to give simmers the freedom to explore the world and discover all new places to fly. Using a karma system to help drive the narrative, The Skypark delivers a unique experience to load virtual cargo and transport it anywhere
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Leonardo Softhouse Releases Maddog X Instructor Panel

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Developer Leonardo Softhouse has released their MaddogX Instructor Panel for use with the Fly the Maddog X for Prepar3D v4 and v5. The Instructor Panel adds numerous options that is found in real-motion simulators that adds training scenarios for simmers to easily practice specific conditions with the Fly the Maddog X. With the new Instructor Panel, you will be able
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Seafront Simulations Releases Vessels Anguilla, St Martin and St Barts for MSFS

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Following on from their freeware release exactly one month ago, Seafront Simulations has released Vessels Anguilla, St Marting and St Barts for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This particular product adds thousands of vessels around the following airports: Princess Juliana International Airport (TNCM), Grand Case (TFFG), Clayton J. Lloyd International (TQPF) and Gustaf III airport (TFFJ). The new add-on brings thousands of
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