# October Newsletter #

Phil's October 2018 Newsletter


Welcome.
It is probably true to say many of us are in a post Cosford ‘hangover’. What is certain is that the day was extremely busy  and that must translate to it being a busier and better attended show.

We were once again attending in the capacity of a Community Group and it was amazing to see the number of people who stopped, looked and talked with us, about the hobby we all enjoy.



It is fair to say that for the vast majority of the day, we were entertaining visitors to the stand, either demonstrating and aspect of the hobby; allowing them to get ‘hands on’ with the kit we took; or simply discussing various aspects of the hobby.

One of the messages that we picked up on was how fortunate we are to be part of SWFSG and the mutual support we are able to give each other.  Many bemoaned the fact that they had no local group/club and all wished they could access one.

It’s easy for us to simply say ‘organise one’ but then we blessed to be hanging on Richards’s coattails and benefitting from the organisation he created.

Our advice was always the same, take the plunge- get organised, advertise and you never know what will happen. 

In this role I see publications such as PC pilot as pivotal. They have the power to reach out to isolated simmers and could provide a noticeboard to allow people to identify others who live locally to them.

Given the number of members we took to the show, there was ample opportunity to work a shift and then have time to visit the other demonstrators and commercial stands.

I guess the stand out product of this year’s show was ORBX’s True Earth Great Britain TEGB(S) which was demonstrated using X Plane as the base platform. 
True Earth GB will be released as three packages; the first being the South of England and South Wales. 

To use ORBX’s own words:-
True Earth Great Britain South covers a whopping 42,000 square miles (107,349 km²) and covers Southern England and Wales. We have developed new autogen technology especially for X-Plane which allows for region specific houses to be placed accurately to ensure maximum immersion.

What really makes True Earth Great Britain unique, are the Points of Interest models. We have hundreds of iconic UK landmarks from Tintagel to Cardiff City Stadium, from the Brighton Pier up to Buckingham Palace in London – all based on 2018 data - You won’t find a more comprehensive and up-to-date British flying experience anywhere!

Big claims indeed and, I have to say, based on what I saw, not without justification.

A number of us run the Horizon Gen X scenery with varying success. TEGB(S) is a significant step up. A couple of us were able to fly over the west country and it looks really convincing.

There is none of the earlier ORBX England’s spurious towns in the middle of nowhere. Built up areas are accurate to the real world. Buildings are in keeping, with no massive sky scrapers in the middle of a small hamlet that we see in most generic scenery.

It will be interesting to see what the system requirements are for running TEGB(S) smoothly with sliders fully to the max.

Click this link to take you to the TEGB(S) page on the ORBX website for further information and a number of screenshots.

I also anticipate a number of members will demonstrating TEGB(S) at the next Ipplepen meeting.

What is also interesting is that the same ‘package’ for P3D will roll out, probably in the first quarter of 2019. It will then be possible to directly compare X Plane with P3D. We might finally be able to definitively identify which is truly the best sim!

Oh, hang on a minute, also demonstrated at the show was a late Alpha version of ‘Dead Stick



If you needed reminding, Deadstick captures the life of a Bush Pilot, using your superior flying skills and judgement to contend with dynamic and unpredictable weather and off airport landings to keep you plane intact and deliver your cargo.

There is a comprehensive preview of what you can expect with this simulator on the Flightsim.com website- follow this link.

And to further complicate the picture, the Flyinside Flight Simulator (FFS) has just been released. Developed as a ground up Virtual Reality supporting simulator by the team that brought you ‘Flyinside’, the VR interface for X Plane and P3D; this is certainly not the ‘finished’ article but does show ambition. At launch the programme is already benefitting with some major ‘ add on’ developers already on board with donated stock making up the first   default aircraft.

You can follow this link to see an early review and follow this link to the developers own site.
Not forgetting Aerofly2; the IL2 series, maybe the picture isn’t as clear cut after all.

 I have drawn your attention to his sight before, but is always worthwhile looking at Rob Richardson’s site “ Robs Aero Files”, It is certainly interesting to explore his offerings, there is always something a little ‘unusual’ available and he normally has an interesting project on the go.



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Links to Useful Sites
www.avsim.com              www.cbfsim.org
www.fullterrain.com ORBX Scenery

Whilst we have mentioned this before, we would be most grateful for your observations on this newsletter, its content, depth and style.  Please pass on any developmental feedback, via the website.  We always welcome any items by group members for inclusion in future newsletters. All contributions would be greatly appreciated by the editor. All pictures are taken from the respective developers’/ organisation’s websites and remain their intellectual property. All opinions expressed are my own and are not representative of the SWFSG. (P.C)

Phil's September 2018 Newsletter


Welcome.
It is with great sadness, that I have to share with you the passing of our ‘founding Father’ Richard. For so many years he was the face of SWFSG and it was under his leadership that the group grew from a few friends who would meet at his house, to the group we are today. His smiling face and personable manner made you feel instantly at home at the Group meetings- always supported by the inevitable cup of tea. It is testament to how much Richard did for the group when health issues forced him to step down; it has taken a number of us on the steering group to replace him. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife, family and friends at this difficult time. Forever blue skies and gentle landings.





 Well, it is probably safe to say that a lot has happened since the last newsletter!

Firstly, we have witnessed the end of Dovetails ‘Flight Sim World’ FSW.  You will be aware that FSW was a re-write of the Old FSX engine, with some 64 bit elements and, it has to be said, it always ‘looked’ quite nice.  The base programme was always limited by only containing GA aircraft. And it was slow to embrace the wider community, especially their decision to limit access to freeware developers (interestingly, free access had been a very early commitment made by Dovetail ) From a end users point of view, there was never  the feeling of a clear direction or where the sim was headed. The introduction of two WW2 fighters did little to gain much loyalty going forward. However, I would guess that it was Dovetail’s financial model which eventually ‘did for’ the sim and should be noted by all future developers! You

cannot expect flight sim hobbyists to totally bankroll your development. Interestingly Dovetail who retain a foothold in the Flight Sim market place in with FSX on the Steam platform have had back to back sales on downloadable content. Maybe FSW cost them dearly.

So as one player departs the scene, another establishes it position.  Deadstick was, as we reported, was launched at Flightsim 2017, with an expectation of availability in Autumn 2018.  Well, things are obviously moving forward, with the developer REMEX signing up with Publishers ‘The Irregular Company’ and Deadstick will be sold via the Steam Platform. There is already an information page on Steam, so you can subscribe for updates and options around early access.



 Interestingly The Irregular Company already have a sim on the Market ‘Sailaway’, also available on Steam, an ocean sailing simulator. This link will take you to the Sailaway site, which might give some insight into the quality of product they deliver.

If you needed reminding, Deadstick captures the life of a Bush Pilot, using your superior flying skills and judgement to contend with dynamic and unpredictable weather and off airport landings to keep you plane intact and deliver your cargo.

Having commented on the bigger stories, it is worthy of note the increasing support being garnered by X-Plane 11.   More and more established FSX developers are either developing or ‘porting’ across aircraft to the platform.  Take a look at the recent releases or in development pages of the likes of Just


Flight: Carenado: Alabeo and you will see an increasing variety of aircraft for X Plane.

Similarly scenery produces such as ORBX are releasing the same product across multiple platforms. Arguably, the most interesting of these will be the introduction of their new Photo Realistic scenery range covering the UK.  Entitled Orbx ‘True Earth’ the series aims to provide true photo realistic scenery- initially to Northern Europe, with Holland already available and then the UK and Germany to follow.



So, is this the time to give X-Plane a look? There is a free, although weighty download, demo available. (For those of you visiting Ipplepen, the Demo is on the group PC).

This seems an appropriate point for a small contribution from Alan Wright who shall now be forever know as our X-Plane correspondent.

Time to store the sandals and dust off the flying boots! For those of the X-Plane 11 community we have a new challenge to rise to. A North American P51 Mustang; it’s not a Spit, shame, but its bl**dy impressive I hope you’ll agree.

The central designer, Khamsin, created a version for FSX/P3D which was well received. He has collaborated in an XP11 total rebuild, in a team calling themselves SkunkCrafts. Available from the org store.

They have produced an incredible model that commands respect, not to be trifled with. The P51 had the dubious honour of killing more trainee pilots than enemy ones. Normally docile when flown by the book but don’t take her for granted; it’s definitely female, possibly ginger haired (dare I say?).

The Model looks magnificent and with the 4K textures in HDR, she looks magnificent. Sun glints off the metal during dawn or pre-dusk flights are incredible.
However, it is the joy of “flight” that I enjoy and this has given me a good return on my investment.

My current favourite P51 flight is to fly from Llanbhedr (West Wales) down to Barmouth and then follow the Northern Mach Loop, returning to Llandbehr. You can download a wartime ~ish scene from x-plane.org which had the ident EGOD. This provides hangar facilities for British, American, German (and more) aircraft. Also included are Jeeps, tanks, artillery and even Naval vessels (offshore!) and it was free from x-plane.org but I could not find it when I looked – I have a copy, see below, if anyone would like one, or you could opt to fly from RAF Valley of course.

For those of you who have already taken the plunge and are using X-Plane, you may be interested in a free copy of a Robin DR401 GA Aircraft. From developers ‘Aerobask’, they have released it as a ‘thank you’ to their loyal customer base.  Follow this link to their download page.



CharityWare- Whilst not a new concept, charityware, as its name suggest, supports charity when you by a piece of software. For those helicopter pilots out there, you may be interested in following this link to The Charity Project for a collection of


helicopter landing sites, including the Royal London Hospital. At only £1 a time- with all money going to the London Air Ambulance, you’ll be setting yourself a new challenge and helping a worthwhile cause too.

Let’s look forward to………. A quick roundup of some of the current models in development or due for release. Follow the links to the respective developer’s sites.
Sud Aviation Caravelle (FSX P3D)
Fairchild C119 Flying Boxcar (FSX P3D)
Globe Swift (X-Plane)
Heinkel He 111 (FSX P3D)


Vulcan (FSX P3D)

Tornado F3 (FSX P3D)
VC10 Professional (FSX P3D)
Hawk T1 (X-Plane)

Beechcraft D18 (FSX P3D)

‘World of Aircraft: Glider Simulation’ A stand alone simulator to be released in the Autumn via the Steam Platform.

I have recently been in correspondence with a friend of the Group, John Fellow of Spitsim who has been very busy in his consultant role for the Boltby Spitfire Simulator, which has been CAA authorised for flying training for their fleet of real Spitfire.

Our conversation reminded me that John is still producing his replica Spitfire controls and the more generic ‘Edge’ series of control options.

You can explore his range on his website. Spitsim.co.uk or by following this link




And Finally- don’t forget 



FLIGHTSIM 2018. RAF COSFORD:  Saturday 6th October 2018. 

More information and discount tickets www.flightsimshow.com



Links to Useful Sites
www.avsim.com              www.cbfsim.org
www.fullterrain.com ORBX Scenery

Whilst we have mentioned this before, we would be most grateful for your observations on this newsletter, its content, depth and style.  Please pass on any developmental feedback, via the website.  We always welcome any items by group members for inclusion in future newsletters. All contributions would be greatly appreciated by the editor. All pictures are taken from the respective developers’/ organisation’s websites and remain their intellectual property. All opinions expressed are my own and are not representative of the SWFSG. (P.C)

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