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Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v5.1 Hotfix 1 Released
Posted: 19/11/2020 16:42:51


Lockheed Martin has released Prepar3D v5.1 Hotfix 1. The new hotfix addresses many issues such as cloud issues with Enhanced Atmospherics, rendering issues and other weather-related issues. Looking at the changelog of client fixes and improvements, Enhanced Atmospherics (EA) seems to have a large number of changes based on feedback. Issues with cloud aliasing have been reduced, along with flashing clouds, and shadow flashing. Furthermore, there has been additional configuration options to how clouds are generated. Other fixes include changes to fog/haze implementation, ambient lighting and also how some forms of vegetation is drawn in the simulator.




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FSUIPC7 Released for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 06/11/2020 14:08:48


Utility developer John Dowson has released FSUIPC7 for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This utility will be able to provide simmers with an interface that other programs can read and write data to which can enable more refinement in your simulator. The new version of FSUIPC is specifically designed for use in Microsoft Flight Simulator and features the ability to facilitate joystick control options, direct axis assignment and also additional key press assignments. Within the joystick controls, users will be able to map controls for elements such as reverse thrust, throttles on multi-engined aircraft, trim settings and also spoliers. FSUIPC7 promises to go beyond what the simulator itself can do as well as use WideFS clients for those using networked PCs. Similar options are also available for key pressing and direct axis assignments.




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Honeycomb Aeronautical Bravo Throttle Production Delay
Posted: 04/11/2020 13:43:36


Honeycomb Aeronautical has confirmed there is a small delay to the production schedule. This delay statement was issued by Honeycomb on Facebook and is due to an issue at one of the factories producing the units. Whilst the delay news is unwelcome by some, it has only resulted in a minor delay with the first week of units due to be completed on November 23rd 2020. Following on from that, additional production weeks will follow and a shipping schedule will be reconfirmed once Honeycomb are totally sure of when units will be shipped. Any units purchased from the Honeycomb Aeronautical website will be shipped directly from Hong Kong for the fastest delivery possible, with shipping taking between 3-7 days.




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Orbx Announces Volanta App – Personal Flight Tracker
Posted: 24/10/2020 14:09:00


The new software product from Orbx will always be free to use, but will come with added premium features in the future. Once Volanta is released, users will be able to import their data from services such as projectFLY or SimToolKitPro. More importantly, users will be able to export their data easily and quickly through the application.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator Updated to Version 1.9.5.0
Posted: 14/10/2020 14:09:19


It can be immediately seen that the changes in V1.9.5.0 are not too extensive, with only minor changes in various places.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update I: Japan Released in Patch 1.9.3.0
Posted: 29/09/2020 20:39:18


World Update I: Japan features upgraded digital elevation mapping across the entire country, high-resolution 3D photogrammetry for six prominent Japanese cities (Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya and Yokohama), and six exquisitely hand-crafted airports (Hachijojima, Kerama, Kushiro, Nagasaki, Shimojishima, and Suwanosejima).




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PMDG 737NG3 for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 27/09/2020 12:46:09


The PMDG team is working hard with the Asobo team to present the MSFS community their rendition of the B737NG. Major technical challenges are still to be solved prior to releasing the 737. For that reason, the team has given an expected release date of a year from now. Fourth-quarter of 2021 to be exact.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator Planning to Go DirectX 12 In The Future
Posted: 25/09/2020 16:56:22


Developers have said that DirectX 12 offers a lot more flexibility for creators and more functionality to take advantage of features for the latest graphics cards. How Microsoft Flight Simulator will use the new rendering API is yet to be seen other than fixing an issues reported by the community.




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Pilot2ATC Upgrade 2.6.1.3 Now Supports MFSF2020
Posted: 09/09/2020 23:26:53


Pilot2ATC is a powerfull ATC application for flight simulators has recently been upgraded to version add support for MSFS2020. For those looking to experience flying with full air traffic cotrol but prefer to fly offline this is the perfect solution. Voice recognition allows you to interact with ATC using natural speach. The radios and readbacks can be handled automatically by a virtual co-pilot or you can go "full on" and do everything yourself. It has built in flight planning and will take you from cold and dark to arrival gate and deboarding. Supporting both IFR and VFR flights it is the closest thing to real ATC available. Connection to X-Plane is via its own plugin and connection to MSFS requires FSUIPC V7 which is currently free till the end of October. Finally the moving map, which has options for various sources including open street maps or full satalite imagery, not only displays the taxi routes but also displays all the AI aircraft around your location as well.




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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Official Launch
Posted: 03/09/2020 23:33:02


Powered by Ampere, NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX architecture, GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards feature faster 2nd gen Ray Tracing Cores, faster 3rd gen Tensor Cores, and new streaming multiprocessors that together bring stunning visuals, faster frame rates, and AI acceleration for gamers and creators. GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs also feature several world firsts: they’re the first gaming-class graphics cards with up to 24GB of new, blazing-fast GDDR6X VRAM; they’re the first GPUs with HDMI 2.1, for 4K high refresh rate and 8K gaming; they’re the first discrete GPUs with support for the AV1 codec, enabling you to watch high-resolution streams using significantly less bandwidth; and our Founders Edition cards are the first with innovative dual axial flow through cooling solutions.




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Microsoft Flight Simulator Patch 1.7.14.0 Now Available
Posted: 03/09/2020 23:27:28


Posted just now on the FlightSimulator blog, MicrosoftFlight Simulator patch 1.7.14.0 is now available to download. The new patch, which is free and can be installed now and addresses some issues such as installation issues, content manager problems and also provides a much more stable SimConnect experience to no longer have significant FPS drops when using it.




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Next Level Racing Introduces New Flight Simulation Hardware
Posted: 03/09/2020 23:25:25


Whilst the name of the company implies that flight simulation isn’t their speciality, this is far from the case as Next Level Racing has introduced a new series of products designed specifically to enhance flight simulation. The all-new F-GT Flight Simulator and the GTtrack Flight Simulator are both designed to offer a premium experience for enthusiasts with a desire to have a mounted and realistic hardware set-up.




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VIRPIL Releases Range of Control Panels
Posted: 03/09/2020 23:23:02


Hardware producer VIRPIL has released a new series of products for anyone looking to build up their VPCockpit. The all-new VIRPIL Control Panels are a standalone USB device that can be attached to your PC to add a huge number of customisable switches and buttons for your at-home cockpit.




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X-Plane Updated to 11.50RC1
Posted: 19/08/2020 09:03:45


The Development has been battling many different issues throughout the beta phase, but it seems that there is light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the implementation of Vulkan/Metal for X-Plane. Vulkan/Metal is a new way of utilising the way your computer and its systems utilise the hardware of the GPU. This results in a much smoother experience with fewer stutters and in most cases, a higher frame rate.




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Fulcrum One Yoke Pre-Orders Open
Posted: 17/08/2020 13:58:46


A new yoke which has been in development for multiple years has now just been made available to pre-order. The Fulcrum One Yoke is designed to be a modern yoke using Hall Effect sensors to give eliminate spiking and wear that can happen overtime. The yoke will also feature a unique connection method so that yoke handles can easily be swapped out in the future when additional aircraft types are made available.




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737 Ultimate for X-Plane Becomes Threshold LevelUp
Posted: 14/08/2020 11:57:21


What was once known as the 737 Ultimate project has now been handed over to Threshold to develop. Now branded as the LevelUp series, the project will bring the Boeing 737-600 to the -900 & -900ER to X-Plane 11. The development project is being worked on with both Zibo and Laminar Research to bring the freeware package to simulator users.




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Pilot Experience Sim Releases P3D5 Settings Pack
Posted: 11/08/2020 20:45:51


Pilot Experience Sim has released its P3D5 SettingsPack for Prepar3D v5. The settings pack is designed to give users the ability to create a stable Prepar3D platform whilst adding in other functions such as smart backups, adding in preset settings and more. The product acts as a guide to give you the best performance in your simulator based on a range of criteria you can select through the application. It will work on a network computer, features an online updater tool and the ability to quickly reset your Prepar3D installation to factory settings in just minutes.




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Orbx Announces First Products to come to Microsoft Flight Simulator
Posted: 09/08/2020 21:52:22


Broken through a lengthy post on the Orbx Forums, Orbx has shared the news on the first of their vast product lineup to be hitting the latest Flight Simulator on the market. Orbx is highly commended within the flight simulation community for their vast series of products ranging from regional and global autogen replacements, airports and their True Earth series, although many enthusiasts doubt the future of this series in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.




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Verticalsim Studios VStates
Posted: 06/08/2020 16:16:21


Verticalsim Studios VStates is an X-Plane Orthos product, whcih covers most of the united states where ORBX does not. Although it is free to download, users are encouraged to make a donation. Verticalsim Studios also produce highly competatively priced commercial airport scenery. Check out their web site using the link below.




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Will My Old P3D Addon Work With P3D Version 5?
Posted: 06/08/2020 08:47:05


The team at FSElite maintain a list of addons for P3D that have been tested against V5. For those still yet to make the choice to upgrade or not, a quick look at this section will let you know if your addons are ready.




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