Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Aerobask: Round Robin's All Around


You are but one or two paragraphs away from owning this beautiful aeroplane...


Can you see yourself flying this beauty over some scenic land perhaps towards a setting sun or away from a summery dawn breaking out from down under?

Well then, Aerobask have done this on your behalf by setting the "Thank-you!" bar as high as it can possibly go. They have said thank you by giving away as freeware this spectacle of an aeroplane to all X-Plane pilots.



This latest Aerobask arrival is a delightful VR-ready four seat Avions Robin DR401 fitted with Gramin G1000's and powered by a FADEC driven diesel engine.



The wow-factor behind this story is that Aerobask haven't just delivered a fabulous aircraft, but they have delivered it to all X-Plane pilots irrespective of whether they are Aerobask customers or not. What a wonderfully generous gift this is!



If you have in the past flown some VFR flights under the skies of MS FSX and/or LM P3D, then you'll know just how real this can seem.



But you see the thing is, until you've flown VFR with photo-scenery and autgen overlays under the skies of X-Plane 11, then you haven't really experienced the very best that FS has to offer, and with aircraft such as Aerobask's Robin DR401, it just gets better and better!



To add to this already heady mix, I am reliably informed that with an Oculus Rift connecting the sim-platform to the sim-pilot as a single entity, simply put, flight simulation just doesn't get any better than this, period.



To Aerobask I say thank-you and well done, but not just for your immaculate Robin DR401, but for the spectacular GA fleet creations that you have brought to life under our most favourite skies - the Diamond DA62 and DA42, the Pipistrel Panthera, Eclipse 550NG, the Epic Victory, the Antares motorglider, the Viperjet, the Velocity V-Twin canard, and the Fokker DR-1 (find them all here).



Aerobask - it's time to sit back, relax, and bask in your own limelight!

Visit X-Plane.org to download your copy.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

QualityWings Release Their 787 for P3D V4!



Seemingly years before it's anticipated released, QualityWings have come up trumps and delivered true to their word their exquisite looking Boeing 787-800 and 787-900 for Prepar3D V4, with the 787-1000 to follow.


Never mind QualityWings own "Complexity Simplified" catchphrase, this seems to me to be a full no holds barred simulation of the B787 as the features list goes on and on...




















Key Features:
Based on hundreds of drawings, photos and videos, the exterior models replicate every small detail of the real airplane. Differences between each variant – such as for the main landing gear – are modeled in great detail. In addition we made sure that material reflectivity, aircraft lights and animations closely resemble the real aircraft.

There are over 100 Custom animations on the exterior models including, but not limited to:

  • Realistic Wing Flex
  • 787-9 HLFC System
  • Environmental Control System inlets & outlets
  • 787-specific “Autodrag” function
  • 787-specific Maneuver Load Alleviation
  • All Flight Controls
  • APU Inlet Door
  • Landing gear incl. Shock Strut Compression
  • Passenger & Cargo Doors with correct animation
  • And much, much more…


Flightdeck:

  • Detailed 3D Virtual Cockpit with 787-8 and 787-9 Flightdeck differences modeled
  • Undockable Multifunction Displays
  • Comprehensive Aircraft Systems Simulation incl. Fuel Balancing function
  • Comprehensive Flight Management System incl. SID / STARS
  • Comprehensive EICAS System
  • Realistic RR and GE engine models and matching EICAS indications
  • Accurately Simulated Fly-by-Wire Flight Control System
  • Accurately Simulated Autoflight System with Autoland Capability
  • Accurately Simulated Tuning Control Panel
  • Electronic Flightbag with dynamic Chart System and Onboard Performance Tool
  • COMM Page with Online ATC Integration
  • Heads-Up Display with normal and decluttered modes
  • Airport Display System
  • Weather Radar System Integration (Requires Active Sky product, sold separately. REX Integration is coming soon)
  • Electronic Normal Checklists
  • Traffic Collision Avoidance System with aural warning sounds
  • QualityWings JumpAhead feature (allows jumping ahead to waypoints on your flightplan)
  • QualityWings ApproachConfig feature (positions your aircraft on a selected approach – perfect to practice landings!)
  • Configuration Options available to be set on the fly (in the Flightdeck)


Flight Dynamics:

  • Each variant comes with its own flight dynamic to ensure that you can actually feel the different handling characteristics. The Fly-by-Wire Flight Controls System has been simulated to great precision and accurately reflects the Boeing C*U, P-Beta and spiral stability logic you find on the real aircraft. Additionally, protective features such as Bank Angle Protection and Tail-Strike Protection help you to operate the aircraft safely. Flight Characteristics have been tested by real-world 787 drivers.


Sounds:

  • We created two incredibly realistic sound packages for the GE and RR engine variants. Each variant comes with a separate sound to truly make you feel and hear that you’re flying with different engines. May it be the humming sound of the electrical system, individual switch sounds, the hydraulic pumps back in the cabin or the loud recirculation fan noise in the flightdeck…our 787’s environment sounds will immerse you right away. All sounds were recorded on the real airplane.
  • Realistic sound package featuring GE & RR engines
  • EICAS Aural Warnings, GPWS and Flightdeck Environment Sounds
  • QualityWings Passenger Alerting System (QWPAS) returns offering an authentic
  • Passenger Announcement experience
  • Introducing the QualityWings Crew Alerting System (QWCAS) – your virtual Captain and First Officer


Liveries:
Choose from over 65 high quality real-world liveries, available for download free of charge from the QualityWings website.

System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X with SP2 or Acceleration OR
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition
  • LM Prepar3D Version 4
  • Windows 7 or higher, recommend 64Bit
  • CPU 3.0GHz Quad Core
  • Memory Min 3 GB, recommend 6 GB or Higher
  • VGA memory 1 GB, recommend 2 GB or Higher

Saturday, 19 May 2018

ISG Simavionics: Prepar3D V4 Friendly



Ernie Alston’s fabulous ISG Simavionics comprehensive suite of primary and secondary AI & ND navdata ready instruments, EFIS panels, and FMC’s has received a very welcomed P3D V4 update.



Existing owners can download the update from the forum. 


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Guesstation Period Over! 26th June 2018

Aerosoft have set a “non-negotiable” release date for their Airbus Professional A318/A318, and it’s the 26th June 2018. 



Somewhat sneakily they posted the date in white text on a white background!

Be it camouflage or subterfuge is for you to decide, but either way, it’s not just given their customers the hump, but it seems also to have given the bus the hump too!


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Pieces of Eight!


The somewhat haughtily named "Precision Manuals Development Group" have released a teaser video of their forthcoming 747-8.

From what I can see, it looks fairly nice, but you can check it out yourselves by searching through YouTube's vast vaults. I'd post the link for you but I'm too busy waiting for something else...

Their long suffering Jetstream JS4100 customers who, despite several reassurances and teases by the developers not so timid CEO, have waited patiently for the long promised re-release of their age old favourite turboprop have fallen back into denial - the jetstream it might seem may be nothing more than hot air which leaves me thinking that El Nino has struck again.

Someone might eventually postulate that the extraordinary delays behind the long-term imminently expected arrivals of Aerosoft's latest Airbus Professional and PMDG's hyped JS4100 have a common cause, which leaves me speculatively considering whether the moniker "Professional" has bitten these two on their corporate arms, and if so, could it be that this contagion will bite us too?

Are we witnessing the unseen dynamics "dues" and "levies" within the mighty dominion of P3D V4 "For Grown Ups Only"?