• Op-Ed: Flight Sim Community Encouragement

    The future of the flightsim pastime we love so much is in our own hands, so says author Paul Mort. He suggests that you don't take a back seat and leave it to other people to make their contribution. Encourage scenery and object makers by giving them constructive feedback. And finally, please participate by having a profile so we get to know you.

    August 23, 2016, 10:50 am

    Review: Embraer 505 Phenom 300

    The FSX/P3D EMB505 Phenom 300 HD from Carenado features a G1000 Prodigy glass cockpit, Automatic Flight Control Unit, HD textures, original HQ sounds, complete back cabin, real behavior like the real plane and much more. Reviewer Justin Cogo was very pleased by the look and feel of the plane and all its modern features.

    August 20, 2016, 4:56 pm

    Interview With Bob Chicilo

    One of the hardest tasks for a flightsim designer is getting the plane to fly correctly. Many released planes really don't, and a few people have taken on the task of trying to fix that. Bob Chicilo is one of those people who enjoy tinkering with the air files and plane configurations. Learn more about him in our interview.

    August 17, 2016, 1:37 pm

    X-Plane Livery Editing Tutorial

    Ever wanted to create your own custom livery for your X-Plane aircraft? It's actually not as hard as you might think if you have some basic skills with a computer graphics program. In this tutorial Paul Mort covers the steps involved and offers some tips that he has found useful.

    August 14, 2016, 7:52 am

    Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Frankfurt V2

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    Review: Mears Field to Darrington in X-Plane

    In this review, Matthias Spaniel takes a look at some very scenic scenery add-ons created by Shawn Weigelt in the northwestern US state of Washington. Mears Field Airport and Darrington Municipal Airport are only 27 miles apart in an area loaded with recreational opportunities.

    August 7, 2016, 7:33 am

    The Flight Simulator 2D Panel

    Many people still like having a 2D panel for their FS aircraft. Frustrated by the lack of a panel for a favorite plane, Klee C. Dobra taught himself how to create 2D panels and found it not as hard as he imagined, and ultimately fun and rewarding. In this tutorial he covers the basics so that you can do it too.

    August 5, 2016, 7:23 am

    Review: RORTOS Extreme Landings Pro Updated

    It's rather amazing the quality of a flightsim that can be created for iOS and Android devices. Extreme Landings Pro from RORTOS is a good example. It includes a variety of different aircraft, over 500 airports, over 8000 waypoints and lots of features. Reviewer Nirosan Pragash offers his perspective of the sim.

    August 1, 2016, 7:11 am

    Review: Flysimware - Grumman G-44A Widgeon

    One of the latest Flysimware aircraft is the Grumman G-44A Widgeon for FSX and Prepar3D. The Widgeon was originally designed for the civil market. It is smaller but similar to the earlier G-21 Goose. This is Flysimware's first model that was developed with 3DS MAX giving you full AO effects on all 3D parts. Reviewer Bill Stack found that it lives up to its description and is good to fly.

    July 29, 2016, 4:47 pm

    Interview With Michael De Feyter

    A long series of events has brought about iFMS. In this interview, author Michael De Feyter tells us how this tablet based cockpit instrument app came about and some of his own history in software and as a pilot.

    July 25, 2016, 10:04 am

    Where In The World #86

    Who knew that Batman was in Turkey? Well, those who correctly answered last month's challenge did. Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Rather few got last month's challenge. This time you'll need to identify "one of the most beautiful places in the entire southern hemisphere". Are you up to the challenge?

    July 21, 2016, 3:43 pm

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  • FSGenesis - Australia NEXTMap Bundle FSX

    Now at the FS Pilot Shop is Australia NEXTMap Bundle FSX. In partnership with Intermap Technologies, and blending FSGenesis terrain mesh expertise with Intermap's cutting-edge, top-of-the-line NEXTMap source data, they are pleased to provide the NEXTMap product line to the flight simulator community.

    August 24, 2016, 9:38 am

    X-Plane Mobile 10.3 Released

    Laminar Research has announced on their Facebook page that X-Plane 10 Mobile version 10.3 has been released and should be appearing in the App Store and Google Play Store as soon as possible. This was a long development cycle because the entire guts of the app were essentially moved from the desktop product to the mobile product.

    August 24, 2016, 9:01 am

    "Jet-Way" Flight Sim - A Way Of Life

    Russell Williams / Jet-Fuel Studios has begun a Kickstarter campaign aimed to create a new flight simulator called Jet-Way In his FAQ, he claims they will have the single player done by September 2017 and multiplayer not far behind it, which is a pretty ambitious schedule.

    August 24, 2016, 7:55 am

    FS Pilot Shop Back To Flight School Sale

    It's time to go Back To School... Flight School that is! The FS Pilot Shop has lined up some great deals from dozens of publishers on over 1300 titles, with some savings up to 60% off. Three additional publishers have just been added, but these are only sale only through Thursday.

    August 23, 2016, 8:22 am

    VATSTAR's 200 Pilot Certifications

    On August 21 VATSTAR completed the certification of its 200th pilot for the VATSIM network. This milestone was accomplished in less than 14 months.

    August 22, 2016, 10:18 am

    Big Fat Sim - Airport Madness 3D

    Big Fat Sim announces the release of their latest ATC game Airport Madness 3D. This edition initially offers four airports that include Jamaica, Toronto Island, La Guardia and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan, with bimonthly free airport add-ons. Each airport has two separate traffic patterns, which is a big step upwards from previous versions of Airport Madness.

    August 21, 2016, 2:11 pm

    Big Fat Sim - Airport Madness World Edition

    The sixth game in the Airport Madness series includes great new features such as assignable arrival and departure runways, different game modes, human pilot voices, achievements, weather, and radar. It also adds a player efficiency meter, to show controllers how well they are performing plus an amazing music soundtrack that can be optionally muted.

    August 21, 2016, 11:14 am

    Flightsoft - Fly To Hawaii, Hong Kong & Caribbean v2 Bundle

    Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Flightsoft is their Fly To Hawaii, Hong Kong & Caribbean v2 Bundle for FSX/P3D. Included are three previously separate add-ons, offering sophisticated approach flights into many of the world's great airports.

    August 20, 2016, 3:55 pm

    Flightsoft - Fly To Italy, Great Britain & Greece v2 Bundle

    Now available at the FS Pilot Shop from Flightsoft is the Fly To Italy, Great Britain & Greece v2 Bundle for FSX/P3D. This products combines three previously separate add-ons into one giant bundle, including aircraft and intricately programmed automated approach flights into many of Europe's great airports.

    August 20, 2016, 11:44 am

    MAIW Releases More 10th Anniversary Gifts

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