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FSElite Original: In Review – March

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It’s the end of another month, and that means it’s time to look back. Last month you were able to read how we post news articles here at FSElite. What goes into an article and what process it goes through before you can read it on our website. This month, we’re back with looking at the most popular (and controversial) news of the last month.

Let’s start with what you thought was the most interesting news in the last month. You can probably already guess it: Milviz. Not with their ATR Kickstarter, which I’ll come back to in a bit, but with their announcement of the ATR (Prepar3D) price. And right away, we get into a bit of a sensitive area, with addon pricing. Milviz announced they are looking to price their ATR between $120 and $150. However, it is entirely unsure what the currency is they were thinking of when giving this price indicator. Many believe, due to the context their comment was given, this was referring to CAD, – making the total between $90USD and $130USD (€80-€100). The confusion about the currency was pointed out to us after publishing the original article, though

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Hotstart Release TBM 900 Update

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Hot Start have recently released an update to their TBM-900 addon for X-Plane 11. This update includes various new features, alongside a host of bug fixes and improvements. Notable improvements to the plane include openable windows in VR, sidebar drawer buttons in VR, and increased effects rendering in VR. The full update log is listed down below. You can view
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Aerosoft Previews Köln/Bonn for X-Plane

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Aerosoft has gifted us some screenshots of their upcoming Köln Bonn (EDDK) scenery for X-Plane. Aerosoft released the previews on their forum. The scenery was originally released for P3D (reviewed by Sy here.)  Little is known about the release with no official feature list or release date being announced. We can assume that the scenery will match the excellent standards of
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Vertical Simulations Releases New Corpus Christi Previews

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Vertical Simulations have released new previews of their upcoming Corpus Christi airport for X-Plane 11. According to a post on their facebook page, the scenery is close to release, with just a few items left to complete. The screenshots mainly highlight progress made to the outer reaches of the airport, and the covered parking deck outside of the main terminal
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Honeycomb Aeronautical Preview Upcoming Alpha Flight Controls Yoke

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Honeycomb Aeronautical, a company that is currently developing an all-new yoke and throttle solution for the simulation market, has released updated previews of their soon to be released Alpha Flight Yoke and its companion heavy dual mounting system. This system will help keep the yoke in place when in use better than previous mounting methods, and should ensure a smoother
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UK2000 Issues Statement on X-Plane 10

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Over on their Facebook page, UK2000 have issued a statement on further developments for X-Plane 10. Making Belfast the last airport released for X-Plane 10

From now on, new UK2000 scenery released for the X-Plane platform will not support X-Plane 10.

This decision has been made partly due to technical reasons, as a scenery made for X-Plane 11 with PBR materials and specular lighting does not just carry over to the older X-Plane 10 meaning that a separate X-Plane 10 version has to be developed.

Furthermore, the userbase for X-Plane 10 is getting smaller and smaller as more users move over to X-Plane 11 to a point where no one really uses it anymore.

Though no new airports will be released for X-Plane 10, the airports already released will be updated alongside the X-Plane 11 version of these.

For more on UK2000, stay tuned to FSElite.

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Reality Expansion Pack v3.5.9 Released

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Simcoders has just released version 3.5.9 of their Reality Expansion Pack (REP) add-on for X-Plane 11. This update to REP mainly includes improvements for the Simcoders/JRollon SF.260 light military trainer addon for X-Plane, such as RealityXP GTN650 Support, a printable short checklist, and right/left seat view switching in the cockpit. These improvements and more can be downloaded in the update
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FSElite Original: In Review – November

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November was supposed to be a relatively calm month. Some releases to be expected, some updates here and there, and the big Black Friday sale. However, that should have been about it. It almost sounded too good to be true. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. In all fairness, I might be slightly exaggerating.
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X-Plane 11.30b1 Released

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The team at Laminar Research has taken the wraps off X-Plane 11.30 beta 1 for the general public. This is a major update to the simulator that brings a number of large-scale improvements, primarily in order to facilitate the transition to the Vulkan engine at a later date. As it stands, Laminar has identified a small list of bugs that
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Navigraph Charts – Quick News Update

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On their Facebook page, Navigraph has said they will soon be providing Commercial Airline Overlay Charts (CAO) from Jeppesen, in addition to all other current charts. These charts were developed to better support pilots that primarily operate category C and D aircraft. No news on when specifically these Charts will be released, though I don't think it will be too far
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