This month marks ten years since the original release of FSX. Michael Hayward takes us on a trip down memory lane, covering the early days of FSX and how it came about and the history of Microsoft Flight Simulator since then.
KAVX Catalina Airport from Sim720 is scenery located on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. This scenic location has been duplicated in great detail with high quality custom models, photoreal textures and hand placement of objects. Reviewer Dominic Smith found it to be a great flying destination.
Eaglesoft's Cessna Citation X Extreme V2 is built for the "advanced" flight simulator enthusiast who wishes to own a "more realistic Citation X with advanced operation and features set" regardless of costs. It lets you fly the fastest available business jet, with an attractive look and modern avionics. Reviewer Gustavo Mercado takes it for a flight and offers his report.
Starting many years ago with FS2002, Nils Lips has been creating scenery to enhance his own flying enjoyment. Now dedicated to X-Plane scenery development, he has created quite a large range of scenery, mostly of smaller airports and mainly in the Netherlands where he lives. Learn more about him and his designs in our interview.
X-Plane 10 pilots can now fly the classic light twin Piper PA23 Aztec F250 thanks to Alabeo. It features custom sounds, high quality 3D model and textures, accurate flight model, six liveries, two panels, reference PDFs and more. Reviewer Stuart McGregor describes it as a gem that any pilot would be pleased to have in his hangar.
Ground Services X (GSX) from FSDreamTeam for FSX is a revolutionary product that simulates operations on the airport ground, like marshalling, catering, passenger boarding, loading baggage, refueling, pushback, folllow me cars, docking system and more, all featuring many native FSX animations and believable human characters. Reviewer Meng Yu was pleased with the extra layer of realism it added to his flights.
Time for another Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Last month's challenge drew quite a few correct answers, but also guesses for quite a few different places that were wrong. So now the challenges keep coming. How well do you know you geography? Take this challenge and find out.
Kings Sceneries presents San Antonio International Airport (KSAT) for FSX. It is advertised as offering exact mesh and newly designed airport as well as photoreal ground images covering the surrounding area in a breathtaking resolution. Reviewer Bill Stack found the description to be accurate with many realistic buildings on the airport, but somewhat tough on frame rates.
Reviewer Dominic Smith focuses on three great freeware biplanes from the golden age of aviation. Included in the review are the Waco F Series by Tim Conrad for FSX, the Boeing Stearman Model 75 by Paolo Matricardi for X-Plane and the Arrow Active for FS2004 by Keith Paine.
In this great hobby of ours there is one thing that we all strive for: a flight simulation world that is as close to the real thing as you can get. In this tutorial author Paul Mort will show you how to create photo-realistic scenery that will enhance your flying pleasure.
The Socata Trinidad TB21 GT is a high performance four seat GA aircraft that has been recreated for FSX and P3D by Lionheart Creations. Reviewer Bill Stack took it for a test flight and found it quick and easy to fly, with nice details on the interior and exterior.
The Golden Age Simulations Curtiss CW-1 Junior is a low and slow flyer ideally suited for exploring the hidden scenery details and "Easter Eggs" found throughout the flight simulator environment. This is a no frills aircraft simulating flight in its most basic form. It's now available for FSX and Prepar3D.
Become part of the Blue Angels team. Blue Angels from RORTOS is ready to take off on Steam, with multi-monitor support and compatibility with joystick, HOTAS, flight yoke and pedals. All are invited to vote for them on Steam Greenlight.
Virtual airline Caal Airways celebrated their fifth birthday recently. To celebrate, they commissioned a new state of the art web site. Caal is a relaxed virtual airline that offers three ways to track flights and a dedicated staff always willing to help members.
Sky Blue Radio is very pleased to welcome Nick Anderson and Max Flight. Nicolas Jackson (NicNac) and Tom Mathieu (Captain Crunch) are your hosts for the all-new FS InFocus talk show. The podcast of this show is now available for your listening pleasure.
Now available from the FS Pilot Shop is the Thrustmaster - HOTAS Warthog Joystick & Throttle. This USB dual-throttle joystick is the result of an intense collaboration between Thrustmaster's development teams and members of the "simmer" community. Exchanges and studies were carried out constantly throughout the product's development in order to create a joystick which meets the most specific and precise requirements of the experts.
The teams at Turbulent Designs and Keystone Games bring you the superb Angwin-Parrett Field. It is located in the small town of Angwin in Napa County, Northern California, USA. This package contains an additional bonus airfield, Pope Lake, located to the north. Modeled from on-site photography, this FSX/P3D scenery offers an incredibly detailed rendition of the airport.
The MCR 01 Sportster ULC (LSA) Ultralight is a side by side two-seater airplane with incredible performance and capability. Version 2 is now available from AFS Design for FSX. It includes seven visual models, authentic engine sounds, complete panel and more.
Now available for FSX is Triple Seven X, the ultimate Boeing 777-300 simulation with a very realistic cockpit, a large variety of liveries and a set of missions as well. According with the Perfect Flight philosophy, this aircraft is designed for all simmers who like a nice and realistic plane to fly but, at the same time, not so complicated to use.
IVAO has released the latest issue of their Virtual Sky Magazine. The team has spent a lot of time upgrading the online magazine to bring it to a more professional level.
VATSIM announces Applications being accepted for VP Supervisors, VATGOV11. Applicants must have a variety of online and professional skills to qualify.