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Opinion: Developers, Stop With the Frankenstein Aircraft

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It was always obvious that the introduction of a new simulator meant that many developers would want to harness the new power and technology, whilst also ensuring they could reach a broader range of customers. It was also clear that with a lack of aircraft types available for the new simulator, it was going to be a rush for developers to create their versions of iconic planes for simmers to try. We’ve seen a number of smaller GA planes released, along with a few fighter jets that push the boundaries of the simulator. Whilst the likes of Aerosoft and PMDG have made a great start with their planes in the new sim, some developers are taking a different approach.

I’m talking about those aircraft products that ‘borrow’ pre-existing systems or displays created for the default simulator. Using the same screens, systems or flight dynamics, but packaging them up with a specific aircraft model. At first, it was interesting and gave users some different experiences. However, things are starting to get out of hand and it’s becoming more regular to see these Frankenstein aircraft get released for an unsuspecting audience of simmers.

It first started with the Bredok3D Eurofighter Typhoon, which first released in November of last year. As one of the first fighter jets available for the simulator, it caused a big rush of simmers to want to get the aircraft. However, once you looked at the displays and other elements, it was clear that Bredok3D didn’t create a fighter, but instead a mix-up of several aircraft jammed into one. This upset the community considerably, but I can’t imagine that Bredok3D cared. It topped the charts on simMarket for weeks meaning it was clearly selling well to an audience that saw the headline and jumped in.

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What a mess.

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VirtualCol Releases Embraer 170/175 Series for MSFS

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VirtualCol has released their second aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator. After their Beechcraft Model 99 Series, the company has now released their Embraer 170/175 Series. The package includes 3 models: the ERJ170, ERJ175 and the ERJ175 with extended winglets. The package comes with a large number of high quality liveries. Other features included are mostly related to external features of
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VirtualCol Releases Beechcraft Model 99 Series for MSFS

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Aircraft developer VirtualCol has entered the market for Microsoft Flight Simulator with their first release: the Beechcraft 99. VirtualCol has included two passenger and a freighter version in the add-on, which also contains 20 liveries to choose from. The plane has an analogue cockpit, and VirtualCol expects that a future update will include a glass cockpit for the popular turboprop.
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Virtualcol Releases Beechcraft 99 Series Pack

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Aircraft developer Virtualcol has released their rendition of the Beechcraft 99 series for FSX and all versions of Prepar3D. The pack includes all four variants of the aircraft: Airliner, Airliner B, Commuter C and Cargo. Virtualcol has also included a wide variety of liveries for users to enjoy. The Beechcraft Model 99 is a civilian aircraft produced by Beechcraft. It
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Virtualcol Development Update

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Over on their website, Virtualcol gave a status update in regards to two of the projects they are currently working on. The announcement was made in Spanish, so do let us know if we translated something incorrectly. First off, a status update on an upcoming update to the Ejets Series pack, containing the Embraer E170, E175, E190 and E195. A
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Virtualcol Airbus A220 Series Pack Released

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To follow their announcement in November of last year, Virtualcol has released their Airbus A220 Series Pack for ESP simulators.

The Airbus A220, known previously as the Bombardier C-Series is a series of narrowbody, medium-range aircraft. Prominent carriers for this aircraft include Swiss, Air Baltic, Delta and more for regional routes.

Virtualcol’s A220 Series includes both the A220-100 and -300 accompanied by 6 repaints, 2D panels, a paintkit, ‘original’ sounds, a fully operating VC and more which can be found in the features list at the end of this article.

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Virtualcol Announce Beechcraft 99 And Airbus A220

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Virtualcol very recently announced on their website that they are bringing the Beechcraft 99 and the brand new Airbus A220 to FSX and P3D. These two aircraft will be highly detailed with multiple variations and several liveries. 3D cockpits and operative switches and knobs will compliment both aircraft. The team also added that there will be wiper and wing flex
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