FSBreak - The Flight Simulator Podcast

Feb 26 2013 89 mins 185

FSBreak is a weekly show that covers Flight Simulator news, reviews, and hardware all rolled up into one easy to digest weekly show. Host: Eric McClintock of www.fszone.org.








































































FSBreak 63: Happy Easter!
Apr 07 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, and Chris Palmer.  Listen Here: Download Audio Here Video: Download 720P HD | Download Low Quality Aerosoft Airbus X Preview More Information Here! A2A Releases Accu-Sim for the Wings of Power II B-17   The philosophy behind Accu-Sim was born many years ago. This has all been a dream for us, until now. After many years of hard work, we are proud to present our dream to you, our customer. A2A Simulations has made it possible for all of us to have the opportunity to enjoy the unique, challenging and fascinating experience of flying the most authentic, complete and accurate simulation of the legendary B-17 ever created. The creation and application of the unique, proprietary A2A Accu-Sim system enables us to truly put you in the B-17’s cockpit in a way that only flying the real thing could match. You can almost smell the leather seats, the hot oil, and the pungent exhaust from those four Wright R-1820-97 "Cyclone" turbo-supercharged, 1,200 horsepower radial engines. The philosophy behind Accu-Sim was born many years ago. This has all been a dream for us, until now. After many years of hard work, we are proud to present our dream to you, our customer.A2A Simulations has made it possible for all of us to have the opportunity to enjoy the unique, challenging and fascinating experience of flying the most authentic, complete and accurate simulation of the legendary B-17 ever created. The creation and application of the unique, proprietary A2A Accu-Sim system enables us to truly put you in the B-17’s cockpit in a way that only flying the real thing could match. You can almost smell the leather seats, the hot oil, and the pungent exhaust from those four Wright R-1820-97 "Cyclone" turbo-supercharged, 1,200 horsepower radial engines. More Info Here! 7S3 Stark's Twin Oaks Nestled in the rolling farmland of the fertile Willamette Valley near Portland, Oregon, Stark's Twin Oaks Airpark is ideally located for sightseeing in the Pacific Northwest. The rural location makes for less traffic and a relaxed atmosphere, while providing an easy jumping-off point for flights to either the coast to the west, or the rugged peaks of the Cascade range to the east. The scenery includes a large area of 30cm/pixel aerial photoreal terrain, featuring the various orchards, Alpaca ranches, and small farms in the area. One special point of interest in the area is the massive Glacier rock quarry, located a few miles to the southeast of the field. And what is possibly a first for an FS airport: multiple elevations. Twin Oaks is carved from the side of a gentle slope, and as a result, the Starks' house, garage, and two of the hangars are on a hill overlooking the rest of the field. Lead developer Bill Womack has obsessively researched and photographed the airport over the last few years, with the enthusiastic support of owners Bob and Betty Stark. We're proud to offer the definitive sim rendition of one of Oregon's aviation jewels. Ground imagery at 30cm per pixel Crafted by master developer Bill Womack Full of 'little details' that make it charming Superb HD 5m terrain mesh for super clarity Includes a large coverage of photoreal area Lush rural valley with farms, crops and more World first - multiple elevation airfield Made with full support of owners, the Starks Includes custom GA AI Traffic movements Made from thousands of on-site photos Superbly detailed models of all buildings Several years in the making! Orbx TextureFlow optimised models   More Information! 1S2 Darrington Municipal Located in a beautiful valley, Darrington Municipal Airport has one of the most glorious settings in the entire flight simulator world! Serving Snohomish County and dwarfed by the shadow of the mighty Whitehorse Mountain, this airfield is set in the heart of picturesque Darrington village on the confluence of two rivers. Rich in salmon fishing, wildlife and pristine natural surrounding, it's a perfect base for your bush fl




FSBreak 59: Our freeware PC program show!
Mar 10 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Video: Download 720P HD (942MB) | Download Low Quality (442 MB) Eric's Picks: Evernote: http://www.evernote.com/ Handbrake: http://handbrake.fr/ Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp QSynergy: http://www.volker-lanz.de/en/software/qsynergy/ CD Burner XP: http://cdburnerxp.se/ TeraCopy: http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php SuperCopier: http://supercopier.sfxteam.org/ Notepad++: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm Ninite: http://ninite.com/ PC Decrapifier: http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/ Remember The Milk: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/ Windows Live Movie Maker: http://download.live.com/moviemaker Alternative To: http://alternativeto.net/ CCleaner: http://www.ccleaner.com/ Malware Bytes: http://www.malwarebytes.org/ SmartDefrag: http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html DisplayFusion: http://www.binaryfortress.com/displayfusion/ MagicISO Virtual DVD: http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm CrashPlan: http://b2.crashplan.com/landing/index.html LogicBuy: http://www.logicbuy.com/ LogMeIn: https://secure.logmein.com/US/products/free/ Brendan's Picks: Simple Unit Converter: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Unit-Conversion/A-Simple-Unit-Converter.shtml TeamViewer: http://www.teamviewer.com/download/index.aspx PortableApps: http://portableapps.com/suite DropBox: http://www.dropbox.com/features Desktop Calendar: http://www.glenn.delahoy.com/software/index.shtml Rocket Dock: http://rocketdock.com/download CutePDF: http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp Flight Logg: http://flightlogg.in/demo/maps.html AVG Free: http://free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download Pidgin: http://www.pidgin.im/download/windows/ OpenOffice: http://www.openoffice.org/ Wubi: http://wubi-installer.org/index.php Daemon Tools: http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/products/dtLite Flight Memory: http://www.flightmemory.com/poster/ E-Mail PSS Concorde Patch My name is Tony, I live in France and I recently discovered your podcast! I do like it a lot (none of those things exist for Flight Sim french users!) I also own a french community based website for FSX called FSX-Online.com (http://www.fsx-online.com) in which I try to give most useful tips for FSX and a top freeware addons selection. Thanks to you, I can now give plenty of tips for my french users ! Anyway, the concern of this mail was more about reacting about the latest show where you talked about the Concorde! And share with you this News : I have worked on a mod (patch) that could give some users the ability to run the beautiful PSS Concorde under FSX. Here are the main specs : Fully usable overhead buttons and click spots Workaround for starting engines (will be provided later in a note) Reheat (Afterburner) is now working: 0-75% throttle --> 0 to 106% N1, 76-100% throttle --> Afterburner engaged... Overall fuel consumption has been reworked to match FSX parameters! Effects repositioned (AB torch, smoke, …) Some engine specifications reworked to match real Concorde. I hope this will bring a good news to former PSS users that switched to FSX... This patch is still beta and has been tested under FSX SP2 and Acceleration. This is available on AVSIM or on my website ! http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=145071 http://www.fsx-online.com/telechargements-fsx-avion-ligne.html (in french) Hope this will prove useful to your listeners... Cheers from France ! Tony (MaxWaldorf)

FSBreak 58: Orbx Pacific Northwest Released, New FSX Concorde, and More!
Mar 03 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer, and Chris Palmer. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Video: Download 720P HD (1GB) | Download Low Quality (427 MB) Orbx PNW NA Blue Released! Welcome to North America, and Orbx's most ambitious project to date. Over twelve months in the making, the FTX Pacific Northwest region is truly a stunning achievement which combines all the elements of the much celebrated FTX AU region series, but goes much further. To PNW we have amped the quality of the ground textures to the next level, and sourced them from pristine imagery to create beautifully crisp terrain even at ground level. Going further, we've added photoreal areas above the tree line to many mountains, glaciers, lava flows, as well as including photoreal Seattle CBD, the ports of Tacoma and Olympia, KPAE, Bonneville Dam and many other POI's. Additionally we have created brand new autogen textures, hand-crafted every square mile of landclass, included full moving traffic, 3D night lighting and much more! The icing on the cake? Over 400 airports in the region have been upgraded with custom buildings and objects, elevation corrections and other details. FTX PNW is going to reinvent bush flying, and to celebrate Orbx is also releasing many small to medium airports for this area. The most stunning Orbx product ever! Superb ground textures by Matt Tomkins Hand-crafted landclass covers every mile Accurate roads, rivers, coastlines 10m Holgermesh for crisp definition Large photoreal coverage areas New autogen textures and objects Super accurate autogen annotation Over 450 airports upgraded, including KPAE! Works seamlessly with UTX Glaciers, lava flows, river mud flats Photoreal Seattle ... and MUCH MORE! Price: AUD$54.95 (~$50) Download = 4.21 GB. Our episode with John and Holger, and Bill Womack: http://www.fsbreak.net/podcast/43 Other payware sceneries to be released: 7S3 Stark's Twin Oaks (Bill Womack) 1S2 Darrington Muni (Orbx) Videos: Related: FSAddon's Vancouver to be updated... Jon Patch, the main desiger of VancouverPlus, explains on his blog “ Holger (Sandmann) and I are working on a Vancouver+ update for the upcoming FTX Pacific Northwest product (FSX only), aka FTX NA Blue. Photography is complete (thanks, Nigel!), and modelling and other work is progressing... As well as compatibility with FTX PNW, new features will include:   DHC-3 and DHC-6 AI aircraft. The existing AI flightplans in Van+ reference these aircraft. detailed 1m satellite photoreal imagery for the entire downtown area, south shore of False Creek and the East Side and North Shore dock areas. This replaces the existing 1999 5m imagery. completely redone autogen for the photoreal coverage area: much more dense and accurate new buildings: the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Fairmont Hotel and the Living Shangri-La a couple of bug fixes These updates will be available for free for existing Vancouver+ users, regardless of whether they buy the FTX product or not…..”. FTX PNW purchasers who have not bought Van+ to date, will be able to purchase a discounted version of Van+ for €25. They will get the key elements of Vancouver+ which are not redone in FTX PNW: custom bridges, buildings, photoreal coverage, AI, sounds, waterfalls, detailed CYPK and CYNJ and other unique features….”. VancouverPlus will be available via FSAddon Publishing of course, AFTER Orbx’s release. Original Story... New Helicopter Flight Models from Hovercontrol Helicopter Total Realism ver. 1.0 - HTR is a physics library that replaces FSX helicopter physics. You can create your own configuration files for your favorite helicopters. Helicopter Total Realism (HTR) is a program that overrides FSX FS9 flight model with a more realistic model. All the helicopter reactions are calculated using formulas taken from different aerodynamic books. Every helicopter can be configured using a .cfg file similar to the aircraft.cfg but with custom

FSBreak 57: Orbx PNW NA Blue Release Date Announced, IRIS's Diamond Star XLS, and the Twotter Review
Feb 24 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer, and Chris Palmer. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Video: Download 720P HD (911MB) | Download Low Quality (401 MB) Official: Orbx Pacific Northwest to be released Sunday February 28th From John of Orbx: After 14 months of development, the region will raise the bar yet again, and marks the Orbx debut region for North America. The price will be AU$54.95 for the download edition. The DVD edition will be available by the end of March for AU$64.95 - all our resellers will accept pre-orders for the DVD. FSS will accept pre-pay for the download edition from tomorrow morning which gives early buyers a 24 hour exclusive period. Orbx will release 1S2 Darrington and 7S3 Twin Oaks airports soon after the release of PNW. Those airports will also be available on DVD by the end of March. Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and support for PNW - we know you will love flying there! Read the entire thread here, and pre-order here! View all of our PNW shots here! IRIS Flight Simulation Software: "Pro Series" Diamond Star XLS The Diamond Star is our first of a series of General Aviation aircraft from IRIS Flight Simulation Software and has been an enjoyable experience for the team from design & development, through to release. I am also proud to announce that this is the debut design from Mr. Jose Valdez. Jose is a long time IRIS customer who has turned his talents to 3D modeling in FSDS and is responsible for the 3D mesh you see in this aircraft. As usual, our flight modeling was contracted to the fantastic Jade Island Flight Test Center run by Pamela Brooker who has provided an enjoyable flight model which performs closely to the published specifications of the Diamond DA-40 AFM. David Brice has been responsible for the product audio and the development of the gauges in the aircraft including providing a modified G-1000 unit developed specifically for this aircraft. Overall we?re very proud of the work done on our first G.A. aircraft and you can expect more of the same in the coming years. More details here! "Five Minute" Flights... Our Thoughts? This was originally posted on SimFlight, check out the entire article and all 5 flights here... It’s a dilemma I face all the time. I need a place to fly and it needs to be quick. Like many flight simmers, I seem to always be pressed for time, or I sit down at my desk unsure of how long I’ll be able to devote to flying. I think that’s why VFR flights and GA aircraft appeal to me: they’re easy to get into the air without a lot of tinkering around. Load some fuel, passengers, cargo and maybe set up a failure or two and we’re flying. It’s also why I’m partial to flying in the Caribbean: there’s so much to see and the airports are rarely further than 30 minutes apart. So, with that in mind, I bring you my top-five short flights (in no particular order)...  Aerosoft Twin Otter The De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter is one of the most versitile aircraft ever designed. Still Canada's most successful commercial aircraft program with more than 800 built, the Twin Otter remains popular for its rugged construction and useful STOL performance. The De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (aka Twotter) is one of those aircraft that should have been replaced by some new aircraft at least a decade ago. But it's not. The DHC-6 still flies and in fact the amount of registered is risen at this moment. The main reason for it is the fact it is just as much at home at the poles as it is in the tropics. It is used to maintain routes to airports up to 9000 feet and to ferry between islands. It will fly everywhere using wheels, floats or skis. It's a legend. This STOL twin turboprop commuter airliner was in production between 1964 and 1988, with over 800 build it has been the most successful aircraft build in Canada. The model is currently been upgraded to a 400 version by Viking Air who holds the type certificate


FSBreak 56: All listener Feedback Episode!
Feb 17 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, and Chris Palmer. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Laptop Voicemail from Dave http://laptops.toshiba.com/laptops/qosmio Specs: Core i7 4GB RAM Mobile GTS 360M $1500!! Which Sim? From Alex Hi all you guys, If i were going to use a flight simulator platform for general aviation flying, would it be logical to use x-plane or FSX? I know x-plane is more realistic in terms of aerodynamics, but the aircraft graphics are pathetic, compared to some pay-ware from FSX (carenado for example) However FSX is much more detailed in graphics, but in FSX, the aerodynamics are unrealistic because you just tell the airplane how fast it goes, how steep it can turn(as far as i know, correct me if i am wrong ;) ) Any ideas? Cheers Alex Screenshot Program for FSX and FS9 on Win7 Eric, On your first video brodcast I asked if you were having trouble with screenshots on your new PC running Windows7. You said you were. Will I found one that works with both FSX and FS9. Its a program called Aeroshot Image Capture. You can download it from FSPilotShop. It's only $18.00. I've attached some screenshots taken in FSX and FS9. The program works great. You can set where to save your pics, and in what format.It uses your printsren key, and does not pause your fightsim. I gives a sound to let you know it captured your shot. Check it out. http://www.fspilotshop.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=153&products_id=1594 Aeroshot Image Capture (AEF-230) = $18.00 From Phil PS, Chris recommends PicNik for online photo editing. Airplane Recommendations Hey Guys, I really like your show. I would like to recommend to aircrafts, both were released on Dec 25, I don't think they were mentioned during your show. Both aircrafts are products of love. First one is the Westland Lysander, I was captivated by its unique looks, and bought it right away. It has really amazing history - RAF used them to drop and pick up agents in France during WWII. It is easy to fly, but hard to land, great aircraft!! http://fsaddon.eu/wpfsaddon/fsaddon-products/lysander-secret-operations/ The second one is Cessna O-1/L-19 - I just got this one today, activation process (Copy protection is not so great), but overall aircraft is very nice. http://www.sibwings.com/birddog.php Thank you, Ilya From the forums: SimCheck A300 Hey don't forget to mention the new Simcheck A300 airplane available from Aerosoft... truly awesome aircraft! From BionicCrab Aircraft Features: http://www.aerosoft.com/cgi-local/us/iboshop.cgi?showd,,11145   TweakFS Recommendation from George Hi guys Happy New Year from the other side of the pond, were it is freezing cold, and I am buried in about 20cms of snow. Some time ago, in a previous email or voicemail, I mentioned a suite of products for both FS10 and FSX from Australia, which can be found at www.tweakfs.com The utilities are mainly about providing you with tools that make it easy for you to tweak your Flight Sim. I have had these utilities for some time now - but like most things, the more you explore the more you find. One that I would like to suggest as a 'hot' pick, is TweakFlight, which is available for both FS10 and FSX for US$24.95.What is even better is that you can download a demo version for 30 days For those simmers that like setting up scenarios or approaches, this allows you to do it all within a few key strokes, and you can continue to tweak it as and when you want. The navigation bar at the top covers 9 screens, all with different parameters that can be set for your flight, which can then be saved and edited at will. The screens cover:- Main - Title, description, date, time, camera views and aircraft position. This is neat, as you can select your position by just double clicking on a zoomable and moveable map, and set your height, heading and speed - just so cool. Autopilot - any of the functions of the autopilot can be preset Engines - for each engine you can set, Throttle, Prop, Mixture, RPM and Cowl and

FSBreak 55: XP Jets Interview, The Amazon Flight, and ANOTHER new simulator on the way??
Feb 10 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer, and Chris Palmer. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Video:   Download 720P HD (920MB) | Download Low Quality (370 MB) Interview with Dhruv Kalra and Alex Unruh of XP Jets Simulations Check out XP Jets here! Amazon Hamburger Flight Download the PDF here, and be sure to post your thoughts in the forums! New Simulator Coming Dvir Cohen Julius of Sim Giants writes that... I am happy to announce that Sim Giants will develop a flight simulator game. We started to develop the simulator and it will be ready late 2011 (yes, it’s far) but I thought it will be nice to announce this fantastic release... 1) Official development started on Feb 1 2010 after half a year of lawyers, recruiting staff, designs etc. 2) The simulator is stand alone simulator, no relations to MS flight simulator. 3) The simulator will be cross platform, Windows, Mac and will have support for Iphone also or any future product supported by Apple. 4) The simulator will contain SDK for 3rd developers and artiest. 5) Release date is about late 2011. 6) The simulator will support civilian airports and aircrafts, amazing graphics, best performance, multiplayer support and tons of options. 7) The simulator bundle will include few software for developers to develop their dreams and compile it for using with Sim Giants Simulator.” http://www.sim-giants.com, via SimFlight. Aerosoft also drops more news on the Aerosoft  Posted 02/10/2010 Been a tough week. After the Conference last weekend (big success in every possible way), we needed a few days to get all the hardware back our offices and connected, some of us had car troubles and were offline a few days unexpected. So forgive us for being not too active with news this week. All is back on schedule now and we got some good news for you. First of all about a possible new simulator. You know we had several meeting about this over the weekend and we promised to give you some more details. Well we are still not saying it is 100% sure but for sure we made great progress towards Aerosoft Flight Simulator 2012 (that title is provisory for now btw). A lot more pieces are in place now and we are officially investing money in it now. So from a plan it has grown into a project. And we all invite you to give your comments! Your thoughts? New X-Plane Scenery Short Video: It is with great excitement that we are ready to release more info on our upcoming Northern California release. This release will be the first dubbed as a RealScenery Enhanced product. In brief, our Enhanced series of sceneries will introduce many new and exciting features (many of which have been long time requests). Here's what you can expect in RealScenery Enhanced products: Airport/Runway/Taxiway alignment - All airports within Enhanced packages will now line up right over the imagery! Night lighting - As has been seen here in some earlier previews, Enhanced products will include night lighting produced by our own custom software to match the underlying terrain. This includes, but not limited to: Roads, Sports Parks, Parking Lots, proper differentiation between urban and rural areas, and more! Road Alignment - We have gone the extra distance here and created custom roads that are extremely accurate to true life, and we have enabled it so the underlying imagery is the road surface you see. No more flickering roads...just a lot of cars, and very little FPS impact...go ahead and crank up those roads to "Totally Insane!"...you know you want to!  Screenshots, for more click here!   VATSIM Refreshes Website! Check it out! Recommendations Chris: FPS Limiter for FS and other PC games Brendan: VLC Eric: FSX HDR Plugin These three links for more details... http://www.forum.aerosoft.com/index.php?showtopic=25125 http://forums1.avsim.net/index.php?showtopic=248307&st=25 http://forums1.avsim.net/index.php?s=&showtopic=248307&view=findpost&p=1574048 Here are the settings Chris w

FSBreak 54: PMDG 747-8i Released and ends FS2004 development, Aviator 90 Released, and Porting Aircraft to FS9?
Feb 03 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer, and Chris Palmer. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Video: Click Here to Download (720P, 920MB) New X-Plane Photo Scenery Concept Here are some new screenshots from a quick test in the French Alps. This uses very accurate vegetation data to cover the whole areas, with an optimized simplification algorithm to reduce the polys complexity without loosing too much precision. The .for files will be created and optimized later with our own trees textures. For full details, and screenshots, see here! PMDG Released 747-8i/F Expansion and PMDG Refreshes Website Built with technical input from Boeing and using the latest modeling techniques for FSX, the PMDG 747-400X -8i/F Product Model Extension adds the majestic new Boeing 747-8 variant to your existing PMDG 747-400X installation. This high definition visual model raises the bar on large airliner modeling by showing the 747-8i and 747-8F in exquisite detail. Transparent cabin windows, fully detailed flight controls, 3D engine cores, scalloped nacelles and the incredible 747-8 wing flex are all presented in vivid detail. The model is covered with high definition textures, giving an incredibly lifelike appearance to the model, right down to the finest details. The PMDG 747-400X -8i/F Product Model Extension will also please your ears, as we have included a new GEnx based engine sound set so that you can experience the amazing audio experience of the new GEnx engines mounted under-wing. Price: $24.99, More Informaton (Requires PMDG 747-400X) PMDG Has also refreshed their website!   PMDG's view on FS2004; Will Others Follow? Posted By: Robert S. Randazzo Jan 21 2010 Captains- We have been reading some truly ridiculous statements in this forum during the past 72hrs regarding FS2004 vs. FSX development. I have stated PMDG's position on FS2004 a number of times, but it appears that some folks are under the misguided impression that there is a debate to be had on the topic. There isn't. As I have stated many times, PMDG has at our fingertips a wealth of data on current market trends for the entertainment flight simulator market. These trends for some time have been making it increasingly clear that the market for FS2004 customers is shrinking at an astonishing rate. When analyzing the sales data available to us, we are seeing trends that make it clear that the long-awaited migration from an FS2004 centric community to one centered on FSX started in May of 2009. This trend began to accelerate rapidly in September, and has continued during the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first two weeks of 2010, leading to year-over-year increases for FSX products, and very steep declines in demand for FS2004 products. The reasons for these trends, in our opinion, have everything to do with the steady advancement of computer hardware during the past three years combined with the performance gains seen in the conversion to Win7. In fact, the release of Win7 coincides with the VERY dramatic shift in sales performance of FSX products and a VERY dramatic decline in the sales of FS2004 products. With these trends in mind, let me be abundantly clear on two things: 1) The future of an FS2004 based 737NG2 is doubtful at best. We will make this decision while the FSX version is in beta testing. While we do not doubt that some of you would be very interested in this product under FS2004, we are less and less certain that such a development cycle would recoup its own costs, especially when compared to the growing strength in FSX sales. One of the most critical factors that we will consider in this decision will be the projected costs in dollars and TIME to product this product in FS2004. I will be candid and tell you that right now, I am not comfortable sustaining FS2004 development- and this is based upon my review of 4Q09 trends and our considerable experience with development of complex add-ons. We will make a decision when the FSX version of this product

FSBreak 53: FOUR PMDG Teases, Google Earth as an engine for MSFS, and who wants to built an airplane?
Jan 27 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer, and Chris Palmer. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Video: B-52 From Captain Sim Released Update on Last week's mention, the "external only" model has now been released here for € 9.99. Mark's Secret to Improving your FSX FPS... Compress! Website Here! Also: TileProxy Revisited  Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowserp.swf", "PictoBrowser", "600", "500", "8", "#FFFFFF"); so.addVariable("source", "album"); so.addVariable("userName", "fszone"); so.addVariable("names", "TileProxy02"); so.addVariable("albumId", "5431253536892481073"); so.addVariable("titles", "on"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "on"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "FFFFFF"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser100126221933");    Honolulu International From FSDreamTeam Honolulu International is a scenery developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) and Flight Simulator 2004 (FS9). It's has been created with great attention to visual quality and performance, using the latest available programming techniques, both in FSX and FS9. The product is sold as 2 Products in One. This means, by buying one version, you will automatically get the other for free, since activation and serial codes are shared between FSX and FS9. Features: Fully customized ground and runways in high resolution, both in FSX and FS9 Ground terrain seamlessly integrated with Flight Simulator. Native animated inverse-kinematics based jetways in FSX. AES support in FS9 planned Animated custom ground vehicles. Use of the advanced material properties in FSX, like bump and specular mapping. Fully 3d taxiways lighting. Intensive use of LOD techniques in order to offer the best possible performances. Improved Night Effects High resolution building textures. NEW YouControl™ feature: custom airport actions with easy on-screen menu to trigger animations, events,etc ( FSX only ) RLG Automated Guide-In System docking. Price: 22.90 EUR, download here. Several "teases" from PMDG PMDG 747-400X -8i/F Product Model Extension: Estimated Release: January 2010. (very firm)   PMDG 737-NGX: Estimated Release: Mid 2010. (not firm)   PMDG Bombardier Dash-8 Estimated Release: Late 2010 (not firm) PMDG 777: Estimated Release: Late 2010/Early 2011(not firm) X-Plane 9.42 released X-Plane 9.42 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux. No extra drag for jet engine nacelles, as was always intended. Rain, hail damage, birdstrikes, sun glare on scratches on the windshield should now cover all of the monitor, no matter the screen res... let me know if you find a case where this does not happen! Control-s in Plane-Maker to save the plane... any time. Kind of convenient. Fixed: Mouse won't jump when fly-by-mouse is selected. Fixed: Draped lit orthophotos become lit all at once. Fixed: Idle speed dataref works on turboprops. Fixed: Landing lights start off - better for panels without lan-light switches. Fixed: Generic text instrument works with "mechanical" lighting now. Fixed: Key frame table works right with generic rotary push button. French translation improved. X-Plane's Austin Meyer wants to build a REAL plane! X-Plane is doing well, but I want to see if I can push the current state of the art in HARDWARE forward a little bit as well. IF I can come up with a new plane that can benefit the aviation community, then I want to. To do this, I give you the "Laminar Research X-1 Cavallo" ("Cavallo" is Italian for "Horse"). The Objectives: 1: Design the plane I want to build by flying models of the above in X-Plane, submitted by multiple learned sources. 2: Build it and fly it hither and yon across the country for personal, business, evaluation, and marketing p

FSBreak 52: We Welcome Chris Palmer, OZx Tuscany, Captain Sim B-52, and Much More!
Jan 20 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer, and Chris Palmer. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Video Intro Chris Palmer & Aviator 90 Also, check out some of the recent announcements about Angle of Attack and Aviator 90 here. Captain Sim – B-52 BUFF Exterior Announced   Expected Release: Jan 2010 Key Features: Unparalleled visual quality and realism Designed according to FSX standards DirectX 9/10 compatible Highly detailed and accurate Boeing B-52H Model 4x high resolution* textures of USAF Livery Hundreds of Custom Animations Wing Flex Wing Vortices Exhaust Smoke Custom Self-shade Custom Views Manual Repaint Kit (coming soon) Growing number of Free Liveries Exterior only** Link with more screenshots: http://www.captainsim.com/products/b520/ OZx Tuscany Photoreal Updated OZx is proud to release the expected upgrade to the version 1.1 of Tuscany! As in the previous version, where people had a sensation of full immersion in this new concept of photoreal, this upgrade wants to improve the autogen of the already covered area, adding anyway a new zone, Lucca and its environment. The coast from Marina di Pisa to Lido di Camaiore has been fully implemented with the autogen, along as the wonderful area of Puccini lake. Inside the Apuan Alps (provided with mesh developed by Holger Sandmann), another fantastic lake, the late of Vagli, with its little city. Beautiful landmark 3d objects have been added, we speak about the famous miracles' square in Pisa (developed by Dario Bortot) and an ancient castle, the castle of Malaspina, in Massa (developed by Loreno Venanti). The Isle of Elba and other cute islands are also availables here (developed by Antonio C.) All the territory is perfect to be flown also at the sunset or in the night, a real experience with the well experimented true nightlights system. Fluidity and hi graphic details, a project by Maurizio G. This release will be the base to cover the entire area with the autogen, and to develop completely in 3D the town of Lucca too (already in progress). Download for free here. Via SimFlight. CLS releases FSX version of their 767 Features: The GMAX models are FS9 native, yet compatible with FSX Highly detailed exterior models High quality interactive 3D Virtual cockpit 2D panel with custom gauges Highly detailed liveries Easy to read Manual Option for showing the wings from the interior view (wingview) Pushback truck (can be switched on/off for FSX) Air stairs. For passenger models Dynamic wing-flex Detailed flight deck when seen from the exterior Animations abound; Passenger doors, lugage-cargo doors, flaps, rudder, elevators Animations abound; undercarriage, engine fans, thrust reversers and spoilers High quality sound sets for RR, GE and PW engines Rolls Royce, Pratt and Whitney and General Electric engines modelled Both 767-200 and 767-300 modeled Price: € 23.95, More Information - Via FlightSimNetwork. XP Jets B777 for X-Plane Preview Also, check out the Internal and External gallery!! FS2Crew Looking For Voices FS2Crew’s new Mad Dog needs YOU! FS2Crew’s new “Voice Commander” for the Leonardo Mad Dog has entered beta testing and will be released very soon. However, FS2Crew wants to expand its Mad Dog voice set. We’re looking for men (and especially women) of all nationalities who can record their voice for the program. Please contact FS2Crew if you are interested in assisting with this project. Do you think Mark can make the cut? Via SimFlight. Flight Replica's Super Cub Released Flight Replicas has produced 18 variants of this historic, hard-working and fun-to-fly aircraft. As you may have a specific interest in one type of flying rather than all of them, plus to keep prices low and tailored to needs, the Super Cub is available as one complete package or in smaller role-specific packages. One complete pack for $40, includes 18 variants. Standard Variants, including Early and Military ($19) Classic Bushplanes (

FSBreak 51: X-Plane to the Palm Pre, 100 Dollar Kilauea Volcano Burger, and More!
Jan 13 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, and special guest Ben Supnik. Listen Here: Download Audio Here Wilco’s Third Airline Pack Released The third Airlines pack for Embraer Regional Jets is now available. It features 13 new real-world airlines liveries to improve the ERJ135 and ERJ145 series for both Microsoft Flight Simulator X and 2004. The addon texturees are created by Mcphat Studios: With a 'out of the box', stock 90+ pixel per meter ratio, which is one of the highest ratios, you can expext textures as sharp as they can be, without being HD. This combined with our signature style, our highly acclaimed textures and our devotion to bring you the best, you may expect what you have come accustomed to from us : Textures that bring your add-on to the next level. More Info RealAir Beech Duke B60 1.5 Update You can now download the Version 1.5 Update of our Beech Duke. This update adds a number of new features to the Duke, resolves a few minor issues, and gives a slight performance improvement on most systems. The major changes are as follows: Optimised LOD (Level Of Detail) models. Optional medium and low polygon exterior models. Optional mip-mapped textures. Animated rain-drops on the windscreen glass. Improved GPS HSI integration (using Reality-XP or default GPS). HSI Auto or Manual DTK. Improved ‘Cold and Dark’ function. Improved engine starting. More realistic generator gauges. VATSIM Apres Ski Triangle Event Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCwS1SDaH3g VATSIM have released details of their Apres Ski Triangle online event due to take place on the 30th January, 2010. As the northern parts of Germany this year eperienced something like a real winter with a lot of snow and low temperatures VATSIM Germany wants to celebrate this by adopting a custom with a long tradition in the Alps and therefore invites the community to the Après-Ski-Triangle on Saturday January 30th 2010 18-22 UTC. http://edww.org/300110/ This update also includes all of the older SP1 updates. For this reason the Duke SP1 Update is no longer available. X-Plane comes to the Palm Pre X-Plane for is the most powerful, flexible, and realistic flight simulator in the world for desktop and portable personal computers. It is the gold standard for accurate flight simulation, offering realism that is unmatched by any other simulator. To get the flight-modeling accuracy that leaves all the other simulators behind, X-Plane uses blade element theory to predict the airflow over each bit of the airplane, determining the forces that will act on each bit of the plane, adding them all up, and using that huge amount of information to predict what the plane will do next... about 30 times per second! THIS is how X-Plane has the most powerful and accurate flight model available for personal computers. The flight model is so accurate, in fact, that X-Plane has earned FAA certification for pilots to log flight time towards actual pilot ratings (when used with the appropriate hardware), and is used by many aircraft companies to predict how their next-generation aircraft will fly. As in the full desktop version, X-Plane for Palm lets you experiment with different times of day, weather, sky conditions, wind, turbulence, weights, aircraft configurations and centers of gravity, all while flying multiple different aircraft though many different scenery locales from the stunning terrain topography of Innsbruck, Austria, (home to some of the most challenging mountains and topography for aviation) to the deserts of the American southwest. Fly the popular Cessna 172, the sleek Columbia-400, the speedy Piper Malibu, the revolutionary Cirrus VISION very light jet, the stunning and efficient 350-mile-per-hour Piaggio Avantu, the stout and strong King-Air, or the fascinating little Eclipse-500. Fly in various weather and times of day over Austria, Hawaii, Alaska, Desert Sky in the American south-west, San-Francisco, or the hotbed of general aviation

FSBreak 50: Top FlightSim Pilot Shop Products, and our Predictions!
Jan 06 2010
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Download Here Please check back in 24 hours for the Video Version!! Here is a pic of Mark's new GA ride!  AirSimmer A320 Basic Update V1.1 Update Includes: - ADDED: Basic Descent Profile Calculation - ADDED: Various LIMs and RLIMs for AP - FIXED: OP DES not possible from CRZ ALT - FIXED: Aileron Position with flaps extended: corrected logic and smoother extension - FIXED: Managed Speed Targets - FIXED: PMDG incompatibility - FIXED: Loss of control assignments - FIXED: Win 7 - blank screens after crashing the aircraft - FIXED: FSUIPC/FS assignment - FIXED: Loosing throttle assignments if using more than one joystick. - FIXED: Brake efficiency without electrical power supply - FIXED: IDG reconnection - FIXED: Ground power availability - FIXED: Barometric pressure goes from STD to local when pressing "B" - FIXED: Packs reopen logic - FIXED: Discrepancy in Fuel Used indication - FIXED: CTD when loading and reloading the aircraft - FIXED: Loss of manual control after disconnecting the autopilot - FIXED: Inverse logic for VC and 2D switches - FIXED: Master Warning for AP disconnection - FIXED: AP Pitch-Up issue corrected - FIXED: AP Pitch-Down upon engagement - FIXED: Indication on engine page of SD - FIXED: Opening/closing 2D panels - FIXED: 2D/VC panel discrepancies - FIXED: CTD when raising gear - FIXED: FP dashed in LOC mode - FIXED: OP CLB/OP DES/CLB/DES speed error in the turn - FIXED: N2 indication during starting sequence - FIXED: N1 max values fixed - FIXED: Active Camera issues - FIXED: Squawkbox 4 compatibility issues - FIXED: Ground Spoilers logic - IMPROVED: Autopilot Behaviour - improved smoothness and performance - IMPROVED: Cabin VS - IMPROVED: Flight Dynamics - IMPROVED: EGT parameter - IMPROVED: CONF1 deceleration on glideslope - IMPROVED: Fuel Used parameter with Eng working at low N1 values - IMPROVED: Acceleration Parameter in ADIRS - IMPROVED: Autopilot Behaviour - improved smoothness and performance Top FlightSim Pilot Products of 2009 Head on over to the Flight Simulator Network for a full list of the top 20 products sold by the FlightSim Pilot Shop here. 2010 Predictions, 2009 Thoughts Predictions or Thoughts for 2010 or 2009? Let us know! Leave us a Voicemail at 513-201-5426. Recommendations Brendan: JustPlanes DVD. Eric: XPUIPC for X-Plane and Plan-G. Mark: Hovercontrol AS332 Helicopter   E-Mails and Voicemails E-Mail from Chris Hey guys, Great podcast this week. Very entertaining. I've known Cameron for some time just by chance. The stuff he has been getting done with X-Aviation is quite impressive. I'm particularly excited about this CRJ project and I'm glad you guys took the time to get his thoughts on X-plane. A month or so back, Cameron finally talked me into getting Xplane. Because I am an MSFS, I was very reluctant. But because of the new great stuff coming out for it, I knew that I better get into the mix now and learn a few things. My first impressions are that there is a lot of powerful potential with X-plane in addition to some things that it flat out does better than MSFS. Naturally, each sim has it's strong points, and it's fair to say that MSFS is much more developed with 3rd party software. I believe we are about to see a wave of X-plane users. Can't wait for what the future brings! 2009 has been a really great year in Flight Simulation. Here's a list of my recommendations: A2A Piper Cub (with Accusim) Tongass Fjords Saitek Pro Flight Headset REX for FSX (and it's WX generation) F-16 from Aerosoft (this came out in late 2008) I found myself very anxious to get your podcast this week. It's something I've come to really look forward to every Wednesday. With all the Christmas goings-on, it was a busy day, and I fell asleep while listening to it. I just barely got caught up today. All the same, I'm excited for next week. By the way, thanks for the mention and the link to Angle of Attack. You guys didn't have to d

FSBreak 49: Live stream testing, and news!
Dec 30 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Download Here PS, if you're looking for the video version please see here for a recording of the live broadcast. We are working on improving the quality of the high resolution version for next week! Orbx FSX Go Tweak & Launch Released Welcome to Tweaker's Heaven! The ULTIMATE FSX Launcher. Orbx's FSX Go puts your favourite tweaks and saved flights together into a single profile. Setting your tweaks and launching FSX with your saved flight is now done in one simple action. FSX Go has been designed with both casual and ardent tweakers in mind. The package comes with a lengthy list of the most popular tweaks for the FSX.cfg which should satisfy most tweaking needs. It also ships with a tweak editor, which allows you to add and edit your own tweaks to the Master Tweaks list. For those with some knowledge of batch file scripting you can point FSX Go at your own batch file to launch FSX giving you even greater flexibility. Features The ultimate FSX launcher application Add as many or few custom tweaks as you want Create your own master list of tweaks Launch your saved flights, plus apply tweaks on launch Launch using your own custom batch files Apply custom FSX splash screens Many more features! More Info Real Environment Xtreme FS2004 Service Pack released REX for FS2004 has been updated with the released of their Service Pack. Changes Added WASys icon to taskbar when in use (per user feedback) Added FSUIPC options to Configuration window to allow user to config custom general FSUIPC settings (per user feedback) Fixed cloud handling and missing clouds issue with the REX weather engine Fixed the cloud layer issue within the wxtemp.xml file Fixed reset of re-load of weather if aircraft passes weather range before auto re-load Fixed issue with importing FSBuild flight plans and waypoints not showing Fixed water environment reflections Fixed Cumulus 32 transparency (per user feedback) Fixed Cumulus 53 transparency (per user feedback) Fixed Restore function in Configuration window Fixed Ocean Water colorization and installation Fixed Ocean Water Set 1 (per user feedback) Fixed Wave Animation set 05 (per user feedback) Revised aircraft reflection file (per user feedback) Increased time before auto-loading weather into FS9 when using the REX weather engine Adjusted formula for winds aloft More Info FS(X)Pilot Is Now Freeware Both versions of FSPILOT, the universal and standalone autopilots for both helicopters and fixed wing planes, have been transformed to freeware recently. Go to the homepage (-> downloads) of their development team to grab your copy of the program and your registration key. Via Avsim.com, More Info. Orbx Releases BOB For FSX For Free Merry Christmas everyone! Here's your little gift from all of us at Orbx - BOB! "He's had a few birth pains over the past week as we've wrestled with the black science of the FSX aircraft dynamics to get him to behave like something resembling human motion. Anyway, he's now ready for you to take on leisurely strolls through our airports." via Avsim.com, More Info. Airshow Pilot Released from JustFlight More Info. RealityXP GPS for X-Plane Leveraging the latest capabilities offered with X-Plane 9.41, the Reality XP GNS 430/530 WAAS can guide you to fly your aircraft through holding patterns, procedure turns and other position-critical IFR flight procedures, with full autopilot coupling for both lateral and vertical path guidance. The new integration also permits coupling HSI LCDI and VCDI for maximum awareness during any phase of the flight. You can now fly fully coupled LPV approaches with the autopilot and experience the extra capabilities of the GNS WAAS in mission rehearsal scenarios and personal self-paced learning environments More Info. Chicago X From Aerosoft Remember the good old days when MS Flight Simulator dropped you in Meigs Field for your first flight lessons? Meigs was sadly closed a few years ago but now it'



FSBreak 47: News, News, News, and our Captain Sim 767 Review
Dec 16 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Download Here More information on Cascade Game Foundry Full Article: http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=25919 Co-founder and managing director Kathie Flood spent about 15 years with Microsoft in various roles, mostly concentrated on Aces and sports titles like Project Gotham Racing 3 and 4; she's joined by co-founder and creative director Rick Selby, who spent half his 10 Microsoft years with Aces, primarily working on Train Simulator, product design and business development. The team is comprised currently of 15 individuals: "We're a bunch of people very passionate about working on sims that can take us to the next generation," says Flood. "We loved doing that inside Microsoft, and we decided we wanted to keep doing it. It turns out there are a lot of opportunities to do things different, better... as much as we loved doing it inside Microsoft, we're having quite a lot of fun." Resetting The Genre Selby sees an opportunity to "step back and do a reset of what sims could be about." The genre has traditionally focused on the same elements; vehicles, for example. "We thought there's a lot more you could really do with this," says Selby. The hardcore simulation audience is "a very loyal, viable entity for us to pursue," he says. "But I think there are some things we can build into the sim titles to give them more of a broad appeal." For example, Flight Simulator pleased its hardcore fanbase with its detailed renditions of the nuances and details of flying. "That's all still valid," says Selby. "But what's missing is... if you start thinking about what you could do around those single-player experiences that do simulate some aspect of a life or a location, suddenly you start to see a lot more opportunities." Flood says that traditional sims have been somewhat "intimidating" to those outside of the genre's fans, and Selby says that simplicity is definitely now a design goal for the team. "We want stuff to be simple enough that my mom can use it," he says -- and yet it's important to offer the opportunity for a player to grow into the high level of detail traditional sim fans have always desired. "We still want to give the ability to grow into that level of caring, but not eclipse any gameplay opportunities that may exist downstream from there... those complexities can't be a barrier to [other players] enjoying the experience." Reaching Broader Audiences Flood envisions "sliders on reality," simulation experiences where players can customize the granularity of realism to a level that's comfortable and interesting to them. "You could turn off or tone down certain elements so that somebody who is less knowledgeable can still enjoy the fantasy of the experience." And the idea of allowing players to control the complexity of their experience -- having further details open to them as they acclimate into the simulation -- necessarily lends itself to learning experiences, something Selby is excited about. Another area of focus for the Cascade team is offering high-quality toolsets alongside their projects. Flood notes that traditional simulation fans have enjoyed modifying and working with toolsets to customize their experiences even when those tools aren't very good. "Certainly, the tools that we will need to build the games ourselves... can be a much more accessible toolset, and extend the audience of people who can participate." Closing The Gap The challenge ahead of the Cascade team, then, is making experiences that are compelling and yet approachable -- and therefore bridge a gap Flood sees in the addressable audience. "There's such a big gap in the game market right now between, say, the big blockbuster first-person shooters and the casual online games. We feel like sims, if done correctly, the design would be multigenerational," she explains, pointing to the broad audience that enjoys television programming on Discovery Chan

FSBreak 46: REX for FS2004, AirSimmer and Quality Wings, X-Plane Releases, and More!
Dec 09 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Download Here Real Environment Extreme for FS2004 Released   Complete with the same great flight planning and weather tools that come with the FSX version. It also includes great HD 3D clouds, and more. More screenshots and details here. It is slightly cheaper than the FSX version, at around $35 US.. Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowserp.swf", "PictoBrowser", "600", "500", "8", "#FFFFFF"); so.addVariable("source", "album"); so.addVariable("userName", "fszone"); so.addVariable("names", "REXFS9"); so.addVariable("albumId", "5413095742114998289"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "off"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "FFFFFF"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser091208235747"); AirSimmer A320 Basic Edition Released   AirSimmer A320 Family is a complete, ultra-realistic and immersive simulation of an Airbus A320 Family of aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and Microsoft Flight Simulator X. The A320 Family comes in two editions: Basic and Advanced.The Basic Edition is perfect for Flight Simulation enthusiasts who are just introducing themselves to flying the A320 and want to learn the basics without the pressure of having to read extensive documentation. It is also perfect for those who enjoy top-quality visual models, immersive sound environment, and the ease of flight that the A320’s Fly-By-Wire technology offers. The Advanced Edition is geared towards seasoned flight simmers and hard-core Airbus fans who want a simulation that will challenge their knowledge of both Standard and Emergency Flows, Systems, and airmanship. The table below allows you to see which edition is perfect for you.Whichever one you choose, there is no compromise in regards to the fidelity of  simulated systems and features.To learn more about product features, click on the feature title.  More details here. Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowserp.swf", "PictoBrowser", "600", "500", "8", "#FFFFFF"); so.addVariable("source", "album"); so.addVariable("userName", "fszone"); so.addVariable("names", "Airsimmerbasic"); so.addVariable("albumId", "5413095354636734353"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "off"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "FFFFFF"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser091208235818"); QualityWings Ultimate 757 Collection Released   The Ultimate 757 Collection is the most extensive 757 Package ever created for Microsoft Flight Simulator. There is truly something for everyone. Every 757 ever to come off the line from Boeing has been reproduced for your enjoyment. And with Mid-Level systems programming, we've simplified the simming experience while providing you the look and feel that makes the Boeing 757 such a special airplane to fly. For full details, click here! Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowserp.swf", "PictoBrowser", "600", "500", "8", "#FFFFFF"); so.addVariable("source", "album"); so.addVariable("userName", "fszone"); so.addVariable("names", "QualityWings757"); so.addVariable("albumId", "5413095935972225841"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "off"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffs

FSBreak 45: Scott and Cody from A2A Simulations, And More!
Dec 02 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer, and Special Guests Scott Gentile and Cody Bergland. Listen Here: Download Here A2A Simulations Join us as we talk to Scott and Cody with A2A Simulations about their history and future, and their Piper J3 Cub with AccuSim, and past and future products from them. Recommendations Eric: Plan-G - Free IFR and VFR Flight Planner for FS9 or FSX http://www.tasoftware.co.uk   Google Maps interface for rich topographical and satellite detail Shows airspace, airports and navaids on the map (from Flight Sim data) Configurable levels of detail (objects displayed) for each zoom setting Fully editable plans can be saved in FSX or FS9 format Existing FS plans can be loaded Reverse flight plan Print map and PLOG Customisable database of user waypoints, VRPs, airstrips etc (UK CAA VRPs, plus some OZx airstrips already defined) Connects to FSX via SimConnect Aircraft telemetry, breadcrumb trail, traffic, weather etc available when connected to FSX Saved flight trails can be displayed for later analysis Range Rings can be configured to show distance or flight time Mark: FourFlights Four flights is a web site that publishes 4 flights a day to find 4 different degrees of weather happening in real world locations. Danton: Ground Environment X Europe Ground Environment X Europe represents our new approach in texture design, incorporating high level detail graphics in the default Flight Simulator X 1-meter texture resolution format. This delivers a hi-fidelity image without using excessive disk space or processor power. Our design allows a simulation pilot to enjoy clearly defined visuals from nearly ground level up to higher altitudes. Brendan: ZurichX airport scenery for FSX and FS9 Zürich Airport is a scenery developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) and Flight Simulator 2004 ( FS9 ). It's has been created with great attention to visual quality and performance, using the latest available programming techniques, both in FSX and FS9. The product is sold as 2 Products in One. This means, by buying one version, you will automatically get the other for free, since activation and serial codes are shared between FSX and FS9. Voicemail X-Plane and 8 Cores from Ben E-Mails E-Mail from Gerry My name is Gerry First I want to congratulate you and your team. FSBreak has grown to be a fantastic podcast of the highest quaity. You should be very proud. I have listened to every broadcast and look forward each week to the next one. I've been a flight sim fan since the very beginning and spend a lot of my flying time on Vatsim. It's hard to believe when I look back and think how excited I got flying in a wireframe environment. FS has on gotten better and better since then and I look forward to what the next generation will bring. This is for Danton, but Eric should also go this route. As one who uses Matrox Triple Head-2-Go, I could never see myself going back to a single monitor. I don't care how large the monitor is, you still only have a narrow field of view. The additioal monitors give you an expanded view that you will not believe. And yes, you can still use your track IR. Go to Matrox web site and look at the examples they provide. Since you are building a fantastic system, you should take another look at this type of setup. You won't be sorry. Keep up the great work. Many thanks again, Gerry New Bush Pilot VA I was wondering if you guys could give my new VA a plug, I have Bill Womack as a pilot, and John from FTX, has given us his endorsement! I know you probably don't do this type of thing, but what we have is something unique! We are the Only VA designed for A2A's J3 Piper Cub! With Hubs and FBOs located in TongassX, FTX Australia, PNG, Plum Island and the Pacific Northwest! Our Forums are only open to pilots, but I have a few things to look at! Stop by! And give Us a Look & Shout! http://www.backcountryservicesva.com Thank you for your time and considerat

FSBreak 44: MyCockpit.org, and NC Nights Burger Flight
Nov 25 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, Mark Stewart, and special guests Matt Olieman and Vybhav Srinivasan. Listen Here: Download Here MyCockpit.org We talk with Matt and Vybhav from the website MyCockpit.org, here are some links you might find useful!   MyCockpit.org A340 Project XUIPC $100 Hamburger: North Carolina Nights Click here to download! Click here to share your results in the FSBreak forum! Recommendations Danton: FTX AU 3 Disk Set Eric: BananaBob's Kodiak PhotorealKodiak Textures Super Pack! E-Mail Correction from Ben Hi Eric, Hrm...looking at those Tom's Hardware numbers for MSFS, I can only speculate that: - Core configuration isn't that important for MSFS because MSFS isn't bound by pixel fill rate. Remember, core config is telling you that many hands make light work when it comes to filling in pixels on screen. But what if there are no more pixels to fill? Many hands then make many idle workers. Looking at the Tom's hw numbers, MSFS doesn't go much past 30 fps even when bigger and bigger video cards are thrown in. Other games do see an increase. This implies that MSFS is bound up on CPU speed or some other separate system bottleneck. The implication of a CPU bottleneck is that a nicer video card simply won't help you much _at all_, and that money should be spent on better single core CPU performance. This is, of course, all speculation..I have no idea what goes on inside MSFS. I can tell you for X-Plane that whether we are bound on pixel fill rate (in which case core config of the GPU matters _a lot_) or CPU (in which case throughput of a single CPU core matters) has everything to do with how the user uses the sim. Some features hit one, some hit the other. cheers ben    

FSBreak 43: John Venema and Holger Sandmann talk about FTX NA Blue, Repaint Contest Winners, and More!
Nov 18 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, Brendan Farmer, Mark Stewart, and special guests John Venema, Holger Sandmann, and Bill Womack. Listen Here: Download Here We talk with John, Holger, and Bill about FTX and the Pacific Northwest The A2A Simulations Piper Cub and Orbx's FTX NA Blue make the ultimate companions! Listen to the first part of the show for an entire interview with John Venema and Holger Sandmann of Orbx Simulation Systems, creators of FTX AU and the much awaited Pacific Northwest (PNW) scenery. We also talk with Bill Womack about the Pacific Northwest region too! If you're following this project at all, you're not going to want to miss this episode. Listen to this week's show for several surprises! Also, Eric wanted to share just a few of his screen shots from the PNW region using FTX NA Blue, check our gallery here. Of course a huge thanks to Orbx for letting us bring this content for you.   "Around The World" Repaint Contest Winners Over the past few weeks Aerosoft was nice enough to lend us their user base and offer a free download to anyone who did a repaint of the Carenado Mooney M-20J for the upcoming "Around The World" flight. (Check out our PBY Catalina or Discus Glider X Reviews if you need some ideas for your free download!). The grand winner got an additional two downloads (Three Total) and three runner ups got one additional download (Two total). And here are the results!! First Place (3 Downloads) - Kurocl Eric's Pick (2 Downloads) - RedEye Brendan's Pick (2 Downloads) - FourtyFreak Mark's Pick (2 Downloads) - Guenseli All winners should be contacted shortly. Here is the original thread! And here are all of the entries, good work everyone! First Place: RedEye (Runner Up): FourtyFreak (Runner Up): Guenter (Runner Up): Other Entries: Want More AU Burger Flying? Well, we are extending the usual $100 Hamburger updates since it took longer than usual to get the last one up. But Steve has also published a second flight which you can download here to hold you over! Thanks Steve! Recommendations Danton: FSXMark07 & Fraps 2.9. Set Up of FSBreaks's FSXMark07 Challenge! Download: Fraps 2.9 Download: FSXMark07 1) Download and install FRAPS 2.9. 2) Configure FRAPS FPS options as follows: A) Disable Overlay Display Hotkey B) Set Benchmarking Hotkey to P C) Leave "Only Update Once a Second" off D) Set benchmark to automatically stop after 300 seconds E) Check box to save "MinMaxAvg" statistics 3) Download FSXMark07.zip and unzip the contents into your "Documents/Flight Simulator X Files" folder 4) Under Settings in FSX, customize the Graphics settings to: A) Target Frame Rate: Unlimited (far right) B) Full Screen Resolution: to 1280 x (800 or 768 or 720, depending on your screen proportions) x 32 C) Advanced Animations: ON D) Light Bloom: OFF E) Preview DirectX 10: OFF F) Lens Flare: ON G) Global texture resolution: High I) Anti-Aliasing: ON J) Filtering: Anisotropic 5) Click OK and at main Settings window, set Aircraft, Scenery, Weather, and Traffic all to Medium High 6) Load FSX and select Free Flight 7) Click "Load", select FSXMark07 in the saved flights, and click "Fly Now" 8) When the game is ready, it will be paused. Hit "P" which will unpause the autopilot flight and start the benchmarking at the same time. Let the autopilot fly the plane! 9) After 5 minutes, the yellow FRAPS frame counter will reappear to show benchmarking is complete 10) Right click the FRAPS icon in your system tray to see your benchmarks 11) Post a screenshot of the results! Brendan: http://www.protu-154.com/index_e.html Project Tupolev Tu-154M Eric: Two Picks First: FSX.cfg modification to make autogen easier to handle (Credit: John from Orbx): This simple tweak will limit the number of autogen trees being displayed whilst still allowing you to have a high autogen slider setting. Add the following two lines to your [TERRAIN] section in your fsx.cfg file: [TERRAIN] TERRAIN_MAX_AUTOGEN_TRE


FSBreak 41: FTX PNW Blue Announcement, A2A Simulation's Piper Cub Review, $100 Hamburger Down Under, Mission Design Winners, and more!
Nov 04 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, Brendan Farmer, and Mark Stewart. Listen Here: Download Here FSBreak Announces World Exclusive on Orbx's new FTX Pacific Northwest Scenery That's right, as Danton alluded to on the forum. We're happy to announce that the folks over at Orbx Simulations has graciously allowed us to have access to exclusive media copies of their newest FTX Pacific Northwest Blue scenery. We will be previewing it over the coming weeks! But for the time being, enjoy these screen shots and video from their product page: Win a free copy of FTX PNW once it is released... That's right! You have the change of winning One of Two free copies of FTX's PNW Scenery on DVD once it is released! Just visit our forum, in and in the FSBreak forum tell us in 25 words or less... "I love flying in the Pacific Northwest because..." And that is it! Whoever comes up with the best and most creative reason will be picked to win a copy! A2A Simulation's Piper J-3 Cub with Accusim Review Listen to this week's episode for a full review, including an in cockpit recording! Check back shortly for the entire written review! Videos:   Want to learn more about the Piper Cub? Check out the website here.   Danton & Steve's $100 AUD Hamburger Sorry for the delay everyone, you can find the PDF download for the $100 Hamburger Flight HERE. Steve was even nice enough to put together an audio clip explaining the flight, you can listen below, or download here. Be sure to share your shots in the forum, here are some of Stevo's shots from X-Plane! Mission Design Contest Winners A HUGE thanks to everyone who entered our mission design contest! Everyone did a great job and we got a lot of creative ideas. Unfortunately we had to pick only two winners, and they are... Faris Hassan, and his Tuscan Night mission for First place. And Kev Middleton and his Twister Mission for a close second. Great job everyone! First place gets to choose two items from the Aerosoft online store, and second place gets to choose one item from the Aerosoft online store. We're also submitting both mission ideas to Thorsten Reichert, who has created plenty of mission packs such as African Airstrip Adventures, for FSX for consideration for actually programming the missions. We decided to share all of the entries we have received because many are great ideas for flights as they are, and would make great starting points for some $100 Hamburger Flights! You can view them all here, they are all in PDF format for easy printing: First Place: Tuscan Night from Faris Hassan Second Place: Twister Mission from Kev Middleton    Mission 90210 From Dave AU Air Taxi Service from Steve Berlin Airlift from John Canada Olympics from Maxwell Gaudet Cascade Mountain Adventures from Luke Corporate Pilot Mission from Bman D.B. Cooper Flight from John EAA Airventure Arrival from John The Flying Anglers from Bman Hayward Air Rally from Tory Schulz Labor Day Flight from John "The Living Airport" from Bert Daanje Mountain Air Hamburger Fly-In from Tory Schulz Wildfire Adventure from Tory Schilz "How do I get myself into these things" from Naveen The X-Game Pilot from Bman Thank you to everyone who entered! Recommendations Mark: Snow Dog Tours FSX Scenery--Snow Dog Tours v2.0. Includes 147 airports and seaplane bases in Alaska (AK). Includes Glacier Bay National Park. Eric: Gazelle.com - Sell, Donate, or Recycle old electronics without having to deal with the hassle of listing them on an auction website. Brenden: VATSIM Chart Finter  




FSBreak 38: From the Avsim Social 2009, and your E-Mails
Oct 14 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Download Here On Location at Avsim Social 2009 in Chicago, IL  It was a blast meeting up with everyone who showed at the Avsim.com Social event in Chicago this weekend. This episode was recorded with Eric and Danton, and Brendan joining as usual over Skype! Here are just a couple shots... A shot with many of the folks at the Fancon Event Danton and the setup at the hotel for recording the episode   Cirrus SR-22 & It's Glass Cockpit   Reminders Win up to TWO free downloads form Aerosoft, check out the mission design contest. We're still looking for everyone's $100 VOR Hamburger Screenshots, Post them here! Aircraft Painting Contest, Each Entry gets a free Aerosoft Download, Full Details Here!    E-Mails Hi In the last FSBreak podcast there was a discussion about using a three monitor setup, using the Matrox Triplehead2Go adapter, versus using a single large screen, like a big LCD TV. I'd like to take the opportunity to recommend the Triplehead solution. Here is a picture of my monitor setup: it's three Samsung 22 inch widescreen monitors running FSX in 5040 x 1050 resolution. I set it up recently, and I've been having a fantastic time using it. Just in terms of immersion, it really adds a lot to the flightsimming experience. Add to that having the Virtual cockpit really scaled up, so you can see all the gauges clearly, and the panoramic view of the scenery, it's really something special. There are some things to think about. The monitors have to run the same resolution. Mine are running 1680 x 1050, and that requires a monitor that supports 57hz screen refresh rate. While LCD monitors are very inexpensive at the moment, the adapter itself isn't cheap. I've heard that the new range of Eyefinity graphics cards from ATI will be able to do something similar, without using an adapter. On the widescreen gaming forum website, there is a section with lots of information on triplehead gaming: http://www.widescreengamingforum.com Anyway, just wanted to share my experience. Pharis Congratulations to everyone who did the hamburger flight on Vatsim this weekend. I wish I could have been by my computer Saturday to join you. I was able to carve out some FS time today however, and I just finished putting together a functional trim wheel. It ain't pretty, but it works great, and it's very cheap to throw together--maybe even free, depending on what you've got kicking around the house. Supplies: 1 coffee can 1 old USB mouse that was collecting dust (with scroll wheel) 1 wooden chopstick (free with order of Shanghai noodles) 1 small screw some scotch tape 1 free usb port To get this contraption functioning like a trim wheel, all you need to do is check the"use your mouse wheel as a trim wheel" function in the miscellaneous section of a registered copy of FSUIPC. If you don't have a registered copy of FSUIPC, you can download the free "RealTrim" module (http://code.google.com/p/fscode/wiki/RealTrim) and enable "mouse wheel as trim wheel" under the "modules" menu inside the sim.   The only glitch I had testing the trim wheel for the first time was that the trim wheel in the VC was turning in the opposite direction I was turning my coffee can lid. I solved this by installing a free program called "X-Mouse Button Control" (http://www.highrez.co.uk/downloads/XMouseButtonControl.htm), which includes an option for inverting mouse wheel scrolling.   Like I say, it may not be much to look at, but it really does work great, and having a trim wheel adds a lot to the simming experience. So if you've got an extra mouse, some other junk, and about 15 minutes to slap it together, give it a try.     I have only recently happened upon the podcast but I LOVE IT. I am an avid Uncontrolled Airspace listener and you guys fill that niche for the Flightsim world. I noticed that lately you guys have been "coming of age" on VATSIM...good for you! Yo

FSBreak 37: Palm Springs VOR Burger, Aerosoft Discus Glider X Review, Avsim Social, and More!
Oct 07 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, Brendan Farmer, and Mark Stewart. Listen Here: Download Here Aerosoft announces more details on: Aerosoft Flight Simulator 2012 Announced on Aerosoft forums on October 1st: Gentlemen, I will make this a short and sweet post. Last weekend we had a lot of meetings regarding the new possible simulator to be done by Aerosoft. Now first of all I got to state that we are NOT yet ready to say that there will be one. But I can say that the probability is a lot larger now. From 50% last week to 80% now. We are currently investing officially money in this project. We are currently using the unofficial name Aerosoft Flight Simulator 2012. A brilliant name if I say so myself, we got our name (Aerosoft) in it, we got what we intend to do (Flight Simulator) in the name and we even got the release year in it. I do not expect this name to be used for the release btw, but for now lets call it AFS2012, okay? Mathijs also mentions (Joking or not) Easter 2012 as a possible release date? Read all details, and participate here.   Related: Aerosoft Simulation4U Section Okay, not exactly brand new. But we just wanted to talk about the new Simulation4U section at Aerosoft. What are your thoughts? Avsim Chicago Social Chicago O'Hare Hilton on Saturday, October 10th, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. If you are under the age of 21 you must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP with Avsim for entry. Danton and Eric are also thinking about going... If you are going, let us know! Also: Avsim File Library now accepting uploads! Our tech team has been hard at work since the commencement of the AVSIM restoration to bring the website back to its previous state. We are happy to announce that as of today, our Library upload capability has been restored. Your uploads will go through the same process as before, approved and edited by the Library Managers ans then placed on our electronic shelves for your access. Thanks to all of our Library users for their patience. Let the uploads begin.... http://avsim.com $100 Hamburger: Palm Springs VOR We highly recommend downloading the full document here, you will find screenshots and sectionals! If you flew the two previous $100 Hamburger flights (Lost in Traffic, and the ZLA Swarm Event) you should now be a master of your COM radios and your Transponder. In this flight were going to learn how to use your NAV radios to navigate the airways using VORs. What is a VOR? (VHF Omnidirectional Range) I think this definition from the excellent website navfltsm.addr.com (Recommended by Danton) sums it up best:  The VHF Omnidirectional Range navigation system, VOR, was probably the most significant aviation invention other than the jet engine. With it, a pilot can simply, accurately, and without ambiguity navigate from Point A to Point B.  The widespread introduction of VORs began in the early 1950s and 50 years later it remains the primary navigation system in the overwhelming majority of aircraft.  The basic principle of operation of the VOR is very simple: the VOR facility transmits two signals at the same time. One signal is constant in all directions, while the other is rotated about the station. The airborne equipment receives both signals, looks (electronically) at the difference between the two signals, and interprets the result as a radial from the station.  The GPS, Global Positioning System, is making inroads onto the navigation scene and offers a flexibility unavailable with either NDB or VOR systems. However, it is supplementing these systems, not replacing them. What is a DME? (Distance Measuring Equipment) Aircraft use DME to determine their distance from a land-based transponder by sending and receiving pulse pairs - two pulses of fixed duration and separation. The ground stations are typically collocated with VORs, as shown in the picture above. In short, VORs allow you to navigate to a specific location, from anywhere as long as you are in range. DME’s tell you

FSBreak 36: Thorsten Reichert of Aerosoft, SimFlight 2009 Award Results, and More!
Sep 30 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Danton Berube, Brendan Farmer, Jordan Greene, and special guest Thorsten Reichert. Listen Here: Download Here (MP3)   SimFlight 2009 Award Results In To see the winners, click here! What do you think, were you happy with the results? Let us know in the forums, or by contacting us! AirHauler 10 Day Trial Released The demo is limited to 10 days of use and includes almost all the features of the full release version. It won't let you install add-on aircraft and scenery into Air Hauler, use AI pilots or upload your company statistics to the Air Hauler Portal, but otherwise includes almost all the many flexible features which have made the full program such a hit. Click here for all information. Thorsten Reichert, Scenery Designer & Mission Designer for Aerosoft Joins Us A huge thanks to Thorsten for spending a little more than an hour with us, he tells us about his background of devloping for Flight Simulator, and the process of creating scenery and mission addons for FS. He has been a part of almost too many addons to name, but a few of them include African Airstrip Adventures, Flight Tales, and Bush Hawk XP! You can also check out some of Thorsten's Freeware work here, and it has come to out attention that if would like to help with the recent Drought problems that have risen up in Kenya, you can help out by donating to the Kenya Red Cross.   FSBreak's Mission Design Contest As a side contest, we're announcing the Mission Design/Mission Concept contest! In this contest, you will do as much as you can twards designing the concept of a mission for FSX. This can include: Ideas for missions Story Lines for missions Flow Chart/Chain of Events for a mission Photos/Screenshot Samples You can even recommend scenery and/or aircraft for your mission More? You can do as little or as much as you want, but the more complete your mission is the higher chance you have in winning! Prizes include... 1st Place: TWO (2) items from Aerosoft's Online Shop, you are able to select any two products as long as they are in electronic/downloadable form. (IE, No Boxed Products) 2nd Place: ONE (1) item from Aerosoft's Online Shop, again electronic delivery only. A HUGE thanks to Aerosoft for sponsoring the prizes for this contest! Contest Deadlines You have until October 28th at Midnight, winners announced Episode 41, November 4th. Also, there is a chance that if you mission is interesting enough, Thorsten may consider coding the mission for you and releasing it as FreeWare! FOR FULL/UPDATED DETAILS, AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ENTER... Please see this link to our forum! Recommendations Eric: The "New to the Show" section at the top of the FSBreak website for my personal picks of episodes to start out with if you're a new listener. Brendan: HDE - High Def Cloud Textures for FS2004. Danton: Scenery Tech's African Landclass - Replacement land class areas for Africa to make the default textures look MUCH more complex and much better. Jordan: Wilco "E-Jet" series - Embraer 170/190 Addon   ZLA $100 Hamburger Screenshot Contest If you are a regular to the forums, you will have seen a chance for a small reward for posting a screnshot of our recent Swarm event. Congradulations to 'FSXHD' and his screenshot of LAX in the Mini-Route!   E-Mail: Graham has some SquawkBox Tips Good show Sir! I'm really sorry that I couldn't do the ZLA swarm this year. It sounds like I missed a great event. Anyway, couple of things: you recommended QuteScoop, did you know that is is an offshoot of Dolomynum (for Windows) http://dlnm.net Also, for SquawkBox users, there is some documentation on the website about the dot commands but for your info, here they are (they are a great time saver)   .msg callsign message (send private message) .info ATCcallsign (get info from ATC callsign) .com1 frequency (set com1 to the frequency) .com2 frequency (set com2 to the frequency) .x nnnn (set transponder to nnnn) .metar ICAO (get weather for ai

FSBreak 35: Swarm 2009/VATSIM Burger Wrap Up
Sep 21 2009 132 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Danton Berube, and Casey. Listen Here: Carenado PA-28-181 ARCHER II for FSX FSX features: external dynamic shadows internal dynamic shadows on VC volumetric normal mapping specular mapping and bloom lights Polygon optimized model Friendly FPS IFR certification Three models: with and without fairings and a mix of both Four different paints plus a blank texture Maximum details and realistic textures Original HQ digital stereo sounds (44100 HZ) recorded from the original aircraft GPS 295 installed in the cockpit Includes: Interactive virtual cockpit Full moving parts: Ailerons, elevators, rudders, flaps, rolling wheels and trim tab Animated sections such as: doors, sun visor, copilot seat and vibrating antenna Lights: Navigation lights, beacons, landing lights Transparent windows - 3D modeled pilot and cockpit area Many details as: pitot, antennas, chocks, pitot cover, baggage area Custom VC panel and gauges This model doesnrsquo;t have a 2D panel Realistic light effects on gauges Nightlight effects on panel Built-in zoom gauges - Separate switches for instruments lights and dome light Toggle yoke at VC Full checklist and reference text about the procedures Realistic performance - Real behavior compared to the real airplane Real weight and balance Pilot, copilot and passenger views Price: USD $ 25.95 [Link] AS332 Superpuma From Nemeth Designs Nemeth Designs - Eurocopter AS332 L2 Superpuma The AS332 Super Puma is a medium-weight helicopter with a large cabin and exceptional lift capability. With excellent power reserves, operational safety level and comfort, the AS332 is well suited for offshore and other civil operations, as well as para-public uses. A full de-icing system (rotor blades, engine air inlets, stabilizer and windshields) enables flight in known icing conditions, and the Super Puma is equipped for true all-weather IFR operations. Integrating the latest technologies in safety, aerodynamics, avionics and maintenance, the AS332 has proven to be a worldwide best-seller, with approximately 70 percent of the Super Puma fleet being operated for offshore transport. For utility work, the Super Pumarsquo;s takeoff weight of more than 20,000 lbs. can accommodate heavy loads, and its maximum cargo sling load is 9,920 lbs. Large sliding doors allow the transportation of bulky freight, while the helicopterrsquo;s rear access facilitates the handling of long loads. The L2 Super Puma Mk II features a further fuselage stretch permitting a further row of seats, EFIS flight instrumentation, spheriflex rotor heads and longer main rotor blades with parabolic tips. Some of the features: Accurate and detailed interior and exterior visual models Custom exterior and interior animations Fully clickable dynamic virtual cockpit with 3D instruments Perfectly flyable from the VC Realistic flight dynamics Four liveries PDF manual Price: 29.74 Euro [Link] From SimFlight. X-Plane Betas #38; USB Key Beta 5 Refinements in EGT-modeling. We get closer to redline in redline power and mixture conditions. Refinements in CHT-modeling. CHT should not go to huge negative values when you enter unrealistic values in Plane-Maker. Better ability to hold position on the runway under high power settings, if the real plane would have the braking ability to do so. Flight path should plot in the proper place in the weather-map in the set-weather window. If the localizer fails on a localizer or ILS with DME, the DME will continue to broadcast, as in reality. If you are in approach mode and hit the APR button, it will drop you out of all approach modes, as in reality. New button in Plane-Maker to enter the number of degrees off that the autopilot will auto-select back-course on. Enter 0 to not auto-select back-course. X-Squawkbox works aga...

FSBreak 34: Preparing for the VATSIM Hamburger, Aerosoft's Super September, and More!
Sep 16 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Danton Berube, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Movie Talk: One Six Right The Romance of Flying is an independent film about the general aviation industry as seen through a local airport. Within a short period of time, it has achieved a passionate following and presence among pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide who see the film as being able to communicate their passion for aviation. Concurrently, the film has garnered both local and national political attention in the United States as an accurate depiction of general aviation and its important contributions to all aviation industries worldwide. As recommended by Danton, you can find more info on this movie in several places: Their Website Purchase DVD from Amazon.com Rent the SD or HD (Recommended!) movie, or purchase it from iTunes Also recommended from Danton is the Sprit of St. Louis! Pushing Tin Brendan recommends the movie Pushing Tin. A slightly more "hollywood" and less "aviation", but still a good watch! Here is the link on Wikipedia, and you can watch it for free on Hulu.com. PS, we know that likely all of the links for the movies will probably only work if you are in the US. Please don't be mad at us! :-( Share your thoughts about the movie in the forums! Future of FS in Bing Perhaps? An interesting Post by Danton ended up spinning off into a brainstorm session of a new "MMO" flight simulator. Be sure to listen for our ideas! What did you think? And here is the link for that "Google Maps" based ship simulator... Interesting. Payware models and 2D Cockpits Online Surveys#160;#38;#160;Market Research FlightSimX.Co.Uk Becomes FlightSimDaily.com This may seem a little sudden given Irsquo;d only just mentioned that I was thinking about moving domains, but the truth is, Irsquo;d been thinking about it on and off for over a year. The biggest reason for not moving prior to now was not being able to think of a good (hopefully!) domain name to use. I came up with FlightSimDaily for a couple of reasons. One, it removes the emphasis from Flight Simulator X to something more generically flight sim and also implies that wersquo;re more of a Flight Sim Daily News site, which is indeed what we are. Wersquo;ve also now got a ldquo;properrdquo; .com address, which I hope also emphasises that wersquo;re aimed at a global audience. Irsquo;ve given everything a thorough test and everything is looking good. All old links to FlightSimX.co.uk and any sub-pages should automatically redirect to the corresponding page on FlightSimDaily.com. If you notice anything weird, please do let me know. If yoursquo;ve been kind enough to link to us, please also change your links to the new flightsimdaily.com address. Abacus UAV Predator Released The UAV Predator is a stealth aircraft. UAV is short for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This state of the art aircraft is remotely controlled and takes on the multi-role tasks of quiet evesdropping and reconnaisance. Its sophisticated electronics allow it to be controlled from tens of thousands miles away. You'll fly the Predator from either the Ground Station control panel or from the spot view. Bonus for FSX users - Eight challenging missions. Screenshots: What do you think of Abacus products? Why do you or why don't you like them? Share your results in the forum! X-Plane 9.40 Beta 1 #38; 2 Released Beta 1: X-Plane 9.40 Beta 1 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Herersquo;s whatrsquo;s new (itrsquo;s a big list and itrsquo;s Austinrsquo;s usual emphasis!): New features, mostly added for total system-realism for FAA-Certification: New elec sys modelling improvements. Now you can have up to 4 buses, and each system can draw from any of, or all of, those buses. As well, you can assign any generator and any battery to any bus. As well, each generator can have a different max amperage. This really lets you start to dial in the electri...

FSBreak 33: Our SimFlight 2009 Award Picks, Danton's $100 Italy Burger, And Swarm 2009
Sep 09 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Danton Berube, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Movie Talk: One Six Right The Romance of Flying is an independent film about the general aviation industry as seen through a local airport. Within a short period of time, it has achieved a passionate following and presence among pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide who see the film as being able to communicate their passion for aviation. Concurrently, the film has garnered both local and national political attention in the United States as an accurate depiction of general aviation and its important contributions to all aviation industries worldwide. As recommended by Danton, you can find more info on this movie in several places: Their Website Purchase DVD from Amazon.com Rent the SD or HD (Recommended!) movie, or purchase it from iTunes Also recommended from Danton is the Sprit of St. Louis! Pushing Tin Brendan recommends the movie Pushing Tin. A slightly more "hollywood" and less "aviation", but still a good watch! Here is the link on Wikipedia, and you can watch it for free on Hulu.com. PS, we know that likely all of the links for the movies will probably only work if you are in the US. Please don't be mad at us! :-( Share your thoughts about the movie in the forums! Future of FS in Bing Perhaps? An interesting Post by Danton ended up spinning off into a brainstorm session of a new "MMO" flight simulator. Be sure to listen for our ideas! What did you think? And here is the link for that "Google Maps" based ship simulator... Interesting. Payware models and 2D Cockpits Online Surveys#160;#38;#160;Market Research FlightSimX.Co.Uk Becomes FlightSimDaily.com This may seem a little sudden given Irsquo;d only just mentioned that I was thinking about moving domains, but the truth is, Irsquo;d been thinking about it on and off for over a year. The biggest reason for not moving prior to now was not being able to think of a good (hopefully!) domain name to use. I came up with FlightSimDaily for a couple of reasons. One, it removes the emphasis from Flight Simulator X to something more generically flight sim and also implies that wersquo;re more of a Flight Sim Daily News site, which is indeed what we are. Wersquo;ve also now got a ldquo;properrdquo; .com address, which I hope also emphasises that wersquo;re aimed at a global audience. Irsquo;ve given everything a thorough test and everything is looking good. All old links to FlightSimX.co.uk and any sub-pages should automatically redirect to the corresponding page on FlightSimDaily.com. If you notice anything weird, please do let me know. If yoursquo;ve been kind enough to link to us, please also change your links to the new flightsimdaily.com address. Abacus UAV Predator Released The UAV Predator is a stealth aircraft. UAV is short for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This state of the art aircraft is remotely controlled and takes on the multi-role tasks of quiet evesdropping and reconnaisance. Its sophisticated electronics allow it to be controlled from tens of thousands miles away. You'll fly the Predator from either the Ground Station control panel or from the spot view. Bonus for FSX users - Eight challenging missions. Screenshots: What do you think of Abacus products? Why do you or why don't you like them? Share your results in the forum! X-Plane 9.40 Beta 1 #38; 2 Released Beta 1: X-Plane 9.40 Beta 1 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Herersquo;s whatrsquo;s new (itrsquo;s a big list and itrsquo;s Austinrsquo;s usual emphasis!): New features, mostly added for total system-realism for FAA-Certification: New elec sys modelling improvements. Now you can have up to 4 buses, and each system can draw from any of, or all of, those buses. As well, you can assign any generator and any battery to any bus. As well, each generator can have a different max amperage. This really lets you start to dial in the electri...


FSBreak 32: Black Dog Run Mission, More X-Plane Betas, and X-Plane tips!
Sep 01 2009
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Danton Berube, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Movie Talk: One Six Right The Romance of Flying is an independent film about the general aviation industry as seen through a local airport. Within a short period of time, it has achieved a passionate following and presence among pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide who see the film as being able to communicate their passion for aviation. Concurrently, the film has garnered both local and national political attention in the United States as an accurate depiction of general aviation and its important contributions to all aviation industries worldwide. As recommended by Danton, you can find more info on this movie in several places: Their Website Purchase DVD from Amazon.com Rent the SD or HD (Recommended!) movie, or purchase it from iTunes Also recommended from Danton is the Sprit of St. Louis! Pushing Tin Brendan recommends the movie Pushing Tin. A slightly more "hollywood" and less "aviation", but still a good watch! Here is the link on Wikipedia, and you can watch it for free on Hulu.com. PS, we know that likely all of the links for the movies will probably only work if you are in the US. Please don't be mad at us! :-( Share your thoughts about the movie in the forums! Future of FS in Bing Perhaps? An interesting Post by Danton ended up spinning off into a brainstorm session of a new "MMO" flight simulator. Be sure to listen for our ideas! What did you think? And here is the link for that "Google Maps" based ship simulator... Interesting. Payware models and 2D Cockpits Online Surveys#160;#38;#160;Market Research FlightSimX.Co.Uk Becomes FlightSimDaily.com This may seem a little sudden given Irsquo;d only just mentioned that I was thinking about moving domains, but the truth is, Irsquo;d been thinking about it on and off for over a year. The biggest reason for not moving prior to now was not being able to think of a good (hopefully!) domain name to use. I came up with FlightSimDaily for a couple of reasons. One, it removes the emphasis from Flight Simulator X to something more generically flight sim and also implies that wersquo;re more of a Flight Sim Daily News site, which is indeed what we are. Wersquo;ve also now got a ldquo;properrdquo; .com address, which I hope also emphasises that wersquo;re aimed at a global audience. Irsquo;ve given everything a thorough test and everything is looking good. All old links to FlightSimX.co.uk and any sub-pages should automatically redirect to the corresponding page on FlightSimDaily.com. If you notice anything weird, please do let me know. If yoursquo;ve been kind enough to link to us, please also change your links to the new flightsimdaily.com address. Abacus UAV Predator Released The UAV Predator is a stealth aircraft. UAV is short for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This state of the art aircraft is remotely controlled and takes on the multi-role tasks of quiet evesdropping and reconnaisance. Its sophisticated electronics allow it to be controlled from tens of thousands miles away. You'll fly the Predator from either the Ground Station control panel or from the spot view. Bonus for FSX users - Eight challenging missions. Screenshots: What do you think of Abacus products? Why do you or why don't you like them? Share your results in the forum! X-Plane 9.40 Beta 1 #38; 2 Released Beta 1: X-Plane 9.40 Beta 1 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Herersquo;s whatrsquo;s new (itrsquo;s a big list and itrsquo;s Austinrsquo;s usual emphasis!): New features, mostly added for total system-realism for FAA-Certification: New elec sys modelling improvements. Now you can have up to 4 buses, and each system can draw from any of, or all of, those buses. As well, you can assign any generator and any battery to any bus. As well, each generator can have a different max amperage. This really lets you start to dial in the electri...

FSBreak 31: The FSBreak Flight Sim, One Six Right, and More!
Aug 26 2009 146 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Danton Berube, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: Movie Talk: One Six Right The Romance of Flying is an independent film about the general aviation industry as seen through a local airport. Within a short period of time, it has achieved a passionate following and presence among pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide who see the film as being able to communicate their passion for aviation. Concurrently, the film has garnered both local and national political attention in the United States as an accurate depiction of general aviation and its important contributions to all aviation industries worldwide. As recommended by Danton, you can find more info on this movie in several places: Their Website Purchase DVD from Amazon.com Rent the SD or HD (Recommended!) movie, or purchase it from iTunes Also recommended from Danton is the Sprit of St. Louis! Pushing Tin Brendan recommends the movie Pushing Tin. A slightly more "hollywood" and less "aviation", but still a good watch! Here is the link on Wikipedia, and you can watch it for free on Hulu.com. PS, we know that likely all of the links for the movies will probably only work if you are in the US. Please don't be mad at us! :-( Share your thoughts about the movie in the forums! Future of FS in Bing Perhaps? An interesting Post by Danton ended up spinning off into a brainstorm session of a new "MMO" flight simulator. Be sure to listen for our ideas! What did you think? And here is the link for that "Google Maps" based ship simulator... Interesting. Payware models and 2D Cockpits Online Surveys#160;#38;#160;Market Research FlightSimX.Co.Uk Becomes FlightSimDaily.com This may seem a little sudden given Irsquo;d only just mentioned that I was thinking about moving domains, but the truth is, Irsquo;d been thinking about it on and off for over a year. The biggest reason for not moving prior to now was not being able to think of a good (hopefully!) domain name to use. I came up with FlightSimDaily for a couple of reasons. One, it removes the emphasis from Flight Simulator X to something more generically flight sim and also implies that wersquo;re more of a Flight Sim Daily News site, which is indeed what we are. Wersquo;ve also now got a ldquo;properrdquo; .com address, which I hope also emphasises that wersquo;re aimed at a global audience. Irsquo;ve given everything a thorough test and everything is looking good. All old links to FlightSimX.co.uk and any sub-pages should automatically redirect to the corresponding page on FlightSimDaily.com. If you notice anything weird, please do let me know. If yoursquo;ve been kind enough to link to us, please also change your links to the new flightsimdaily.com address. Abacus UAV Predator Released The UAV Predator is a stealth aircraft. UAV is short for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This state of the art aircraft is remotely controlled and takes on the multi-role tasks of quiet evesdropping and reconnaisance. Its sophisticated electronics allow it to be controlled from tens of thousands miles away. You'll fly the Predator from either the Ground Station control panel or from the spot view. Bonus for FSX users - Eight challenging missions. Screenshots: What do you think of Abacus products? Why do you or why don't you like them? Share your results in the forum! X-Plane 9.40 Beta 1 #38; 2 Released Beta 1: X-Plane 9.40 Beta 1 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Herersquo;s whatrsquo;s new (itrsquo;s a big list and itrsquo;s Austinrsquo;s usual emphasis!): New features, mostly added for total system-realism for FAA-Certification: New elec sys modelling improvements. Now you can have up to 4 buses, and each system can draw from any of, or all of, those buses. As well, you can assign any generator and any battery to any bus. As well, each generator can have a different max amperage. This really lets you start to dial in the electri...

FSBreak 30: The RC Airplane Show, and $100 Hamburger: Lost in Traffic
Aug 19 2009 143 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, and Danton. Listen Here: FREE Airport from JustFlight! FWI La Gomera (GCGM) FREE AIRPORT FOR FSX This airport is to show off JustFlight's FWI Canary Islands X Product. Features: 3D Signage and taxi lights Numerous static objects New Landclass New Mesh terrain Corrected coastlines For FSX only. [Link] FSDreamTeam Products on Sale until August 31st Save 30% on all FSDreamTeam Proucts until August 31st. Brings their JFK from $35 to $24.50 Brings their O'hare from $33 to $23 All of their products have demos/free trials. More details [Link]. Building Recreational Flight Simulators Released This is a broad ranging introduction to building a flight simulator for recreational use. It touches upon most aspects of simulator building. Because the focus is on recreational rather than training simulators, the common thread throughout is improving the flight simulation experience rather than building a picture perfect training device. Each topic is presented in terms of what it can do to enhance the illusion of flight and deepen the sense of immersion. This provides a means for prioritizing where onersquo;s time and hard earned cash should go. The book is intended for hobbyists, and takes a strong hands-on approach. There are many projects, both large and small. However, even the most enthusiastic DIY-er, will occasionally want to buy rather than build. I feel it is important to present at least some information about purchase options. (From other vendors, not me!) This is something of a risk. Our hobby is small and does not support many vendors. Frequently, new vendors learn the hard way and vanish overnight. Portions of the book might rapidly go out of date. Nonetheless, making the reader aware of options other than building seems valuable. Check out this page with more info and a sample! [Link] Danton Talks R/C With Us! Links to all items we talked about in the show: Multiplex Easy Star Complete Kit $190 (Maybe the best starter plane, especially learning by yourself) [Link] HobbyZone Super Cub LP Complete Kit $180 (Slightly more advanced model of my first plane) [Link] ParkZone F4U Corsair Complete Kit $280 (2.4GHz warbird suitable as an aileron trainer with help) [Link] Find a local club to give R/C a try and learn for free [Link] Academy of Model Aeronautics (Membership required by most clubs; provides insurance policy) [Link] Park Pilot website (Focusing on smaller electric planes ideal for beginners) [Link] RC Groups ndash; Beginners Forum (Over 10 million posts on the website!) [Link] RealFlight G4.5 R/C Flight Simulator with controller $200 (FSX of R/C sims, but easier on computers) [Link] ESKY Controller with FMS R/C Flight Simulator $29 (Cheap, but far less eye candy) [Link] Danton also sent along these videos, check them out! Corsair RC - Onboard Video! RC Slideshow - With Info on RC Aircraft Easy Star RC Aircraft Training Flight 3D RC Demo Video RC Combat Flight New $100 Hamburger Flight: LA Lost In Traffic HEY YOU! Before preceding, download the FULL PDF which includes all of these notes, graphics, and all charts and sectionals required! By Mark Stewart Welcome to Los Angeles! This is a very personal Hamburger for me having done all of my flight training in this airspace and worked in this airspace as well with Professional Pilot Training (PPT). This is hands down one of the most challenging airspaces in the country. You have the San Fernando Valley with Van Nuys airport. It is the airport of legends, with the likes of Amelia Earheart and Howard Hughes. Many famous movie and television studios have used this airport over itrsquo;s 80 year history. Van Nuys is currently the #1 busiest general aviation airport in the world and #25 in busiest airports period, of all airports worldwide. I feel privileged to have ha...

FSBreak 29: IVAO, REX 2.0, and your feedback
Aug 12 2009 137 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Brendan Farmer, Danton, Vybhava Srinivasan, and Josh Rice. Listen Here: FS-GS Experience Danton tells us more about his experience with FS-GS, a professional Flight Simulator tweaking service. More about their "Level II" service: This service is conducted through live chat and involves a detailed investigation of the hardware and software environment of the users machine. We will investigate the problem and use hands on methods to enhance both the machine performance and the graphic software performance. On this level we will also make recommendations to the user regarding hardware or software upgrades that may be necessary and we will follow through with detailed descriptions of installation methods. Danton is very pleased with it, as are many other customers! You can find out more about the service at fs-gs.com. Real Environment Extreme 2.0 Released Completely re-written Weather Engine that is detached from flight planner. They also Added new Random Weather Generator system. Completely re-written Flight Planner. Simplified processes and added ability to load/delete previously created flight plans. Ability for user to import FSX/FS9 flight plans. Added new waypoint mapping feature. Improved overhead performance throughout. Improved graphic user interface. Increased speed of graphical map overlay generation. Increased process performance. Enhanced realistic Thunderstorm Shear/Turbulence. Added support for VATSIM weather Added the ability to add/delete waypoints within the flight planner. These items are just a few among the long list of features #38; fixes. The update is free to existing customers. X-Plane: Inside Passage #38; Final Frontier Airports On Sale The sale lasts until August 14th! Inside Passage Scenery Pack: 75+ Airports 600 Miles of custom scenery from Vancouver to Prince Rupert, BC. Includes Mountains #38; Glaciers, as well as airports. Final Frontier, Alaska Scenery Pack: Covers the South East panhandle of Alaska - From Misty Fjords National to Skagway. More than 120 Airports #38; Seaplane bases. The pack includes thousands of miles of scenery, including mountains, airports, seaplane bases, and ships. It also includes winter textures. Inside Passage + Final Frontier Pack: $34.95 for both. [Link] Orbx Hervey Bay Airport for FSX Orbx Simulation Systems is pleased to announce the immediate availablility of FTX YHBA Hervey Bay Airport. Key Features: Uses photoreal imagery captured directly overhead from an aircraft. More than 100 square km of 60cm photo real scenery of the surrounding township... 16cm resolution around the airport and surrounding areas. The entire township is reproduced in precise detail, with custom modelled marina, shops, hotels, apartments, jetty and much more. The detail on the ground is such that you can drive a vehicle around on the roads and peek into shop windows, walk along the piers or boardwalks or even land a helicopter at the marina pontoon. Includes: Full GA AI traffic. GPS Nav Approach Support Airport Terminal, Hangers, vehicles, etc. Price: ~$34.00 [Link] Interview: Vybhava Srinivasan from IVAO This week we spent about an hour talking with Vybhava Srinivasan, who serves as the PR Director, NPO Assistant Secretary, and NPO Governor #17 for IVAO. Check out IVAO at IVAO.aero! Recommendations Danton tells us more about Aerosoft's African Airstrip Adventures, and shares his screenshots! More information on African Airstrip Adventures: African Airstrip Adventures (AAA) is a cross over product that merges an advanced mission mode with high definition scenery. This addon will bring you closer to the fascination, the wildlife and the beauty of Kenya/Africa. The African Airstrip Adventures take FSX to the adventure level. With this addon you can finally experience all the wildlife yo

FSBreak 28: Listener Feedback and New Hamburger!
Aug 05 2009 124 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, and Brendan Farmer. Listen Here: X-Plane.com Website gets a facelift! Check it out, a lot of great and easy to find information! Rise of Flight available in box and download Rise Of Flight is the latest in a long list of PC Flight Simulators featuring air combat over the Western Front during the First World War. Together with the Battle of Britain this era is known as 'the pinnacle of aerial combat'. The best pilots from both sides met in the sky, they were matched equally with machines and conditions not favoring either party. Nothing but the pilot's skill determined the outcome. Flight Simulator fans have always appreciated the simplicity of the aircraft and weapons of this period which allowed the pilots to focus on the dog fight and not on the systems. You can find out more information here! SimFly.EU Giving Away 'Ultimate FSX Gaming PC' August is a very special month on SimFly.EU, to mark this occasion we have a fantastic ultimate FSX gaming machine to give away to one lucky member courtesy of our sponsors. We will choose the winner based on the amount of time spent using simfly services over the month of August. The PC has the following specifications: Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 3.2GHz 8MB Black Edition Memory: 8 GB High Speed DDR Hard Drive: 2 x 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA Optical Media: Blu-Ray, DVD-ROM, CD-RW Drive Display: 2 x 22" Samsung DVI Displays Graphics: Asus GeForce GTX285 648Mhz 1GB Controller: Pro Flight Yoke System #38; Pro Rudder Pedal Operating System: Microsoft Vista 64 Ultimate Edition Others: Microsoft Flight Simulator X + Acceleration Pack Others : Choice of Software from Flight1, First Class and Aerosoft This PC will play FSX at high settings, even with many addons, SimFly claims. The winner will be choosen on the 1st September 2009. You can find out all of the information here. MyTrafficX Update New AFCADs are now available for customers using MyTrafficX, complete with some custom scenery improvements. Get all of the information here! Listener Questions Great YouTube Flight School Resource As Mark and Eric know, I have flown combat flight sim in the past. I am currently a beginner venturing out for more realistic flying. One tip I have is to understand how runways are numbered. As I have started flying the hamburger flights, it is sometimes a challenge as a beginner for simple things like runway numbers. I found a series of videos on YouTube by a gentleman by the name of "georgewscott". One of those videos is a short video on how runways are numbered. It is a short #38; very easy to understand video. The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eAI3bQWAcw Ted Best Video Card Settings? Could you tell me or point me in the direction for information on how to adjust optimal settings on a video card for FSX? My motherboard is an AMD dual core 2 gig mem with an ATI: HD3600 series video card with 512 mem. Some info to include would be nice such as fast write on or off? antialiasing feature controlled by the card or by FSX? And so on. Thank you, Bob Lacy This looks like a great resource to get started on: http://www.highflightsimulations.com/recommended.html I also just found that trial and error is sometimes the best way to go too, since not everyone's system is exactly the same. Try tweaking individual settings to find out how each one of them affects your performance/eye candy, and then pick the best combination of them. Everyone also has different tastes too. For example Mark likes a full and smooth 20FPS with so-so visuals. But personally I like eye candy, even if I am getting a 5FPS slideshow! Helicopter Recommendations You really should check out both www.dodosim.com and www.hovercontrol.com The dodosim team create extremely accurate helicopters for FS. Their first FSX heli is a Bell 206 Jetranger. But these are not just models and paints, but full start up systems, programming that acc...

FSBreak 27: Everything you ever needed to know about VATSIM from Kyle Ramsey, and your feedback
Jul 29 2009 136 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan Farmer, Chris D, and Kyle Ramsey from VATSIM. Listen Here: Everything you need to know about VATSIM Well, maybe not everything... But it is enough information to get you started and then some! A huge thanks to Kyle Ramsey, from the Board of Governors (#9) for VATSIM, for joining us for about an hour and a half to talk about the in's and out's of VATSIM. Listen to the episode for the entire interview! Avsim.com File Library Back Online! A quick heads up, part of the Avsim.com file library is back online, a huge pat on the back to the crew over at Avsim who worked so hard to get everything restored! Voicemails and E-Mails Dan from Michigan Gabe from Denver - Question on Laptops Here is a possible laptop: HP HDX 16t Premium Up to a Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz 6MB Cache CPU Up to 8GB DDR2 Memory 512MB Geforce 9600M GT -or- 1GB GeForce GT 130M Recommended Configuration: Intel Core2 Duo 2.66GHz (3MB Cache) 4GB DDR2 Memory 1GB Nvidia Geforce GT 130 Total: $1,275 http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/load_configuration.do?destination=review#38;config_id=3125668 Dave from North Carolina - Flight Lengths? What is your average flight length?? Emails Question about Views from Rob I have recently found you on I-tunes and I am really happy that you have a show that is dedicated exclusively to Flight Sim. I have been playing around with FSX for about a year now and have only recently gotten serious about learning more about it. I have learned how to download textures and aircraft which has only served me well to make me want more. I come from a previous airline career and am working on my private license. FS is a much cheaper way to go. I did have one question... I have a heavy-airliner preference and want to change my "views" from the passenger cabin. Most of the views out of the cabin look aft of the wing. Is there a way to change this setting or am I stuck with using the views that they delegate? I prefer looking at the leading edge of the wing and the engines on the wing. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I have the Captain Sim 727-100,200, the CLS 747-200 and 300, the DC-10 and the 777. I plan to get the PMDG 747-400, 737, and the MD11 after hearing your rave reviews of this company. Budget allowing. Thanks guys and keep up the good work. Rob. I remember for FS2004 there was a great payware program (It was like $10) called Active Cam which allowed you to walk around the inside or outside of the aircraft. However I don't think this has been updated to FSX... You can also check out a program called Walk #38; Follow which does the same thing and IS FSX capable. Their website is http://www.dbsim.com, however it is expensive ($30). An Accurate 737 Greetings from sunny Texas. Irsquo;m studying to complete my ATP, and will also add on a 737 type rating. Do you have any suggestions for an accurate (Complete systems, FMS, etc) 737 sim for MS Flight Sim, either 9 or X? Irsquo;ve been reading reviews on the PMDG 737 sim, and 737 Pilot in Command as well. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks and I really enjoy the show. Ric Brendan would recommend the PMDG 737 with FS9. New DIY FlightDeck Book from Mike I've just finished a book which will be of interest to some (hopefully, a lot) of your listeners. It's titled Building Recreational Flight Simulators. It's a broad reference covering just about all aspects of the hobby. For details, please see my site: http://www.mikesflightdeck.com/upcoming_book.htm The page is not quite current with the final manuscript edits, but has more information than I could stuff in a single email. The book is currently being printed. I should have physical copies early in August. I just listened to your interview with Matt Ford. Last week I took in your Austin Meyer interview. Most enjoyable. Mike Powell, Mike's Flight Deck Books Thanks $100 Hamburger Ex...

FSBreak 26: Talking with Bill Womack, Recommendations, and questions?
Jul 22 2009 101 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, and Bill Womack. Listen Here: We talk scenery with Bill Womack A BIG thanks to Bill Womack (@bwomack) for spending some time with us to talk about his scenery projects. Check them out here: Dillingham airport in Hawaii (Aerosoft) Plum Island, Massachusetts (FSAddon) Airports in Tongass Fjords X (FSAddon) Also be sure to visit his site at http://iblueyonder.wordpress.com. $100 Hamburger: Inside Passage You have less than a week to get us your results for the latest $100 Hamburger Flight! We need to see more than just RedEye's results to keep it up! Be sure to tell us if you have flown the flight by posting in the forums or dropping us an email message at [email protected]! Or post them here in the forums! Recommendations Eric: Moller Skycar 400 http://flightsim.com/zview.php?cm=list#38;fid=76248 The Moller Skycar is a prototype personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft mdash; a "flying car" mdash; called a "volantor" by its inventor Paul Moller,[1] who has been attempting to develop such vehicles for many years. The design calls for four ducted fans - the propellers being covered which is safer and more efficient at low speeds... Yes, a flying car. Another, more practical flying car... The Terrafugia. Mark: X-Plane Falcon 7X (Free!) Check out the full manual here! Voicemails #38; E-Mails Thank You to George in the UK for sending us along a voicemail. In regards to the Aerosoft Discussion, I think we have managed to pull it up here. Re: Show Length - From Gabe Hi Guys, Just found your site / broadcasts and must say you guys are a riot. Never mind 5 1/2 hours, I could listen to you all day ! With an average flight time in a 747 of 9 hours, it's good to have something to do enroute. It's nice to listen to knowledgeable people for a change -there's a lot of garbage on the forums. I liked your interview with 'Matchew' from Aerosoft - very interesting stuff. You should have a TV show really. Thnx again for your efforts, I will become a regular listener. Gabe Logan PS Have you tried AirHauler yet ? I'm sure Duncan would love to do an interview. Flattering... Gabe. This represents a lot of the feedback we received about the episode length. Gulfstream and Falcon 2000 Insight I listened carefully to the Mathijs Kok interview, very, very interesting. One of the interviewer (Eric or Mark?) wonders why there is no Gulfstream V (G5) modeled for FS, and no Dassault Falcon 2000 either. The answer is simple: Gulfstream and Dassault companies don't want to have their aircraft modeled in FS. I have been discussing for years with Dassault Falcon (I am in France, it is easier) to get an agreement with them. They are interested, but nothing has been done yet. This is why modeling a Gulfstream or a Dassault aircraft is just... illegal. Hardware Question from Mike I think that the podcast is never too long. I can't get enough. Just a suggestion, I would like to hear about computer hardware that helps or gives the biggest performance increase in FSX. It would really help those of us who are trying to upgrade to be able to run FSX well. Thanks, Mike Mike: Basically spend your money on the CPU and the Memory, and check out FSBreak 12. Other Links: Co Host Information Voicemail #38; Other Contact Info Just leave a comment (Bottom of Page)

FSBreak 25: Mathijs Kok of Aerosoft joins us, $100 Inside Passage Hamburger, and your questions
Jul 15 2009 142 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, and Mathijs Kok. Listen Here: Mathijs tell us about Aerosoft, more details on their Sim, and Piracy in FS... A big thanks to Mathijs Kok from Aerosoft. Have a listen to the show and learn more about Aerosoft as a company, the new Aerosoft Simulator, and we talk a little more about Piracy in the FS community. If you're interested in getting involved with the Sim suggestions, have a look at the Aerosoft forums and chip in! $100 Hamburger: "Monument Valley" results... Check out these notable results from the last Hamburger flight! Bluewolf flew it in the Carenado Piper Arrow, with REX! [Link] Redeye flew it with the Carenado Mooney M201 and would recommend the freeware scenery for this area... [Link] Mark Stewart did the flight in X-Plane with superb results! [Link] New $100 Hamburger Flight: The Inside Passage Download the addon scenery here and here (Two Parts!) Download the full text with Images, Sectionals, and optional flights here! Welcome To Alaska! Home of the midnight sun, narrow passages, high mountains, quaint towns and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It is also home to some of the most skilled aviators in the world, the Alaskan Bush Pilot. It is a place often so remote that if your plane goes down, your childrenrsquo;s children might be the onersquo;s that are told they found your aircraft. As part of your assignment, go to www.hulu.com (free, region limited) or YouTube.com and watch the movie ldquo;The Snow Walkerrdquo; about an Alaskan Bush Pilot. It will define the word ldquo;remoterdquo; Alaska. I have had the privilege of visiting all but one of todayrsquo;s stops and have traveled the whole length of inside passage from Vancouver Island north. It is one of the reasons I bring you this Hamburger Flight and share my passion for flying in this area to you the listener. This flight will introduce you to flying some of the northern section of the Inside Passage. It is likely 90 minutes of flying depending on the performance of the aircraft. It is back to basics again with ldquo;NO GPSrdquo; and propeller driven single or twin-engine aircraft. As a treat for our listeners that still do most of their flying in FS2004, I have included special 2004 scenery that will really enhance your experience. I use this scenery, I love it, and would suggest all FSX users give this flight a try in FS2004 using this scenery. The scenery even includes special traffic and moving Cruise Ships! Departure Point You have a buddy that that is in town from the lower states. He is staying in Haines on business. Fly over from Skagway, pick him, grab a hamburger in Honnah and then drop him at the airport in Juneau for his flight back home. Great chance to show him the beauty of Alaska from the air. SKAGWAY : PAGY Dimensions: 3550 x 75 ft. / Surface: asphalt, in good condition Runway edge lights: medium intensity RUNWAY 2 RUNWAY 20 HAINES ALASKA ndash; PAHN (STOP #1) Dimensions: 4000 x 100 ft. / 1219 x 30 m / Surface : Asphalt, in good condition. Runway 8/26 HOONAH ALASKA ndash; PAOH (STOP #2) Hoonah is just across the channel from the entrance to Glacier Bay. Referred to as the Bay of Thunder by the Indians, it is a marvel and contains many active tide water glaciers. Take a optional detour up into this area and if using the optional FS2004 scenery, see if you can spot any ranger cabins. Optional route marked in yellow on maps. Dimensions: 2997 x 75 ft. / 913 x 23 m / Surface : Asphalt, in good condition. Runway 6/24 JUNEAU ALASKA ndash; PAJN (STOP #3) Drop off your buddy so he can grab his flight back south. You can then fly back home to Skagway or stay over for the night. Dimensions: 8457 x 150 ft. / 2578 x 46 m / Surface : Asphalt, in good condition. Runway 8/26 CHARTS #38; AREA OVERVIEW In this Hamburger, we are not going to list the NAV AID available. ...


FSBreak 24: Matt Ford's 737-700 Sim, Carenado, Captain Sim, X-Plane, and an insight into Multi-Core from Ben
Jul 08 2009 116 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, and Matt Ford. Listen Here: Matt Ford's 737-700 Sim We'd like to thank Matt Ford for taking about 90 minutes out of his day and telling us all about his home built 737-700 simulator. For even more details, and more photos head over to his website. Thanks Matt! Carenado releases PA-34 200T SENECA II for FSX The Seneca is made since 1970 and some 4500 were made since then. It has six seats in a pretty large cabin, and two turbocharged engines producing 200hp. Certification for flights into known icing conditions and the nice single engine behavior made the Seneca a popular multi engine trainer. The aircraft is fully FSX and DX10 compatible with high resolution textures. It was developed with all FSX features plus two new features: volumetric normal mapping and Original HQ digital stereo sounds (44100 HZ) recorded from the original aircraft. Price: 29.95 US [Link to more details] Screenshots: [nggallery id=45] Captain Sim previews 767-300 Pro Pack Key Features: Unparalleled visual quality and realism Designed according to FSX standards DirectX 9/10 compatible Systems: Extensive Systems Programming Flight Management System (FMS) 2 high resolution full-screen 2D Panels 40+ additional 2D Panels Exterior: Highly detailed and accurate Boeing 767-300 Model High resolution textures Hundreds of Custom Animations Animation Control Panel Stewardess model Wing Flex Wing Vortices Winglets Exclusive Effects Custom Self-shade Custom Views Interior: Highly detailed VC including: Flight Deck Complete Passenger Cabin Galley and lavatory Custom Self-shade Hundreds of custom 3D Animations High resolution Textures Custom Views Custom Lighting Misc Features: Realistic Flight Model ACE - Aircraft Configuration Editor Authentic Sound Set Exclusive visual Effects Extensive Manuals Unfortunately, at this time no pricing or release date has been announced, but you can visit their preview page here. [Link] Screenshots: [nggallery id=46] X-Plane 9.30 RC1 Released Features: Real-Weather lsquo;allow cu cloudsrsquo; preference is now remembered between runs. Helicopter rotors, and tail-rotors, no longer require rpm to change pitch. Turbulence effects somewhat less strong. lsquo;Ramp-startrsquo; option should start you on ramp when opening new planes, as well. iPod/iPhone app lsquo;X-Plane Remotersquo; should work with old Power-PC Macs nowhellip; give it a try! Workaround for texturing problem on NVidia cards on OS X 10.5.7. Fix for crash on OS X 10.4 when setting full-screen with ATI hardware. Panel doesnrsquo;t jitter up and down anymore. OBJs with diffuse material attributes look correct when shaders are on. Rotaries with reversed key frame tables work right You can find out more details on the latest version of X-Plane Here [Link, story from FlightSimX]. Recommendations Eric: Bell X-1 The Bell X-1 "Second Generation" was an advanced version of the original X-1, the first aircraft in history to have broken the sound barrier with Army Air Corps captain Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager. The second generation of X-1s, built in the late 1940s and early 1950s, were designed to double the speed of sound and set new altitude records in excess of 90,000 feet. The new X-1s were similar to the original (orange) aircraft, with the same XLR-11 rocket engine (equipped with a turbopump), but were about five feet longer, 2500 pounds heavier and had a conventional glass canopy. Price: $44.99 US [Link] Screenshots: [nggallery id=47] Mark: Chris Carnel - Caribbean Seaplane Tours Scenery Introduction: First, I would like to thank you for downloading this freeware project. It is a fictional airlines based on ldquo;Real Worldrdquo; places. Where possible, Irsquo;ve tried to stay as true to the photographs I had available. The ldquo;...

FSBreak 23: Monument Valley Burger, Bye Bye FANCON, and X-Plane
Jul 01 2009 142 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Gavin, and Nolan. Listen Here: Avsim Cancels Fancon 2009 AVSIM's Board of Directors today voted to cancel the FANCON 2009 event. Due to poor in-advance registrations, the Board concluded that this year's event would not be a viable one. The Board of Directors regrets that this action has to be taken and apologizes to all who have planned to intend. If you have paid for your entry as either an attendee or as an exhibitor, your payment will be refunded in full. We will start issuing those refunds tonight. If you do not receive notice of your refund within the next ten days, please leave a note in the FANCON Forum and let us know. Again, our apologies for the cancellation. Hopefully, there will be a FANCON 2010. At the same meeting today, the Board of Directors voted to hold our Fall Board of Directors meeting in Chicago over the weekend of October 9th, 10th and 11th. Tentatively, the BOD meeting will be held at the O'Hare Hilton and we will hold our traditional social on Saturday evening, the 10th. We will be posting more details on this as our plans firm up. X-Plane 9.30 Beta 15 Released Changes in Beta 15: Plane-Maker can snap wings OK now RESET PATH map-button and menu-option now reset the paths of ALL planeshellip; not just yours Frame-rate counter should run a bit smoother Ever so slight tuning of the rotor/propeller model lsquo;Start on Ramprsquo; option back in the Operations and Warnings window Should now work with REMOTE for iPhone, even if you are still on an old power PC! APU n1 saved with the situation and replay Runway bumps fixed when ldquo;runway follows terrain contoursrdquo; is off Runways no longer bright at night with shaders on and per-pixel lighting off Facades drape on sloped ground App icons look correct on OS X 10.3 and 10.4 Orthophoto distance tuned for anisotropic filtering 72 hz frequency monitors recognized in rendering settings Text entry into numeric fields improved Datarefs for PFC equipment are writable Rotation-speed datarefs for wheels/props/engines wonrsquo;t go negative Will we see an RC version or Final soon? What do you think? Monument Valley Burger Thanks Redeye/Mark for posting his results on the last Hamburger flight! Be sure to check out his results here [Link]. Be sure to download the flight HERE [Link] which contains these instructions, and all charts/sectionals you need! Background Monument valley is an area in the Navajo Nation Reservation, which is scattered with sandstone buttes, some reaching over 1,000 feet above the floor below. Located on the Southern Utah and Northern Arizona borders, it is a popular tourist destination and sports horseback rides, camping, hot air balloon rides, and aircraft tours. You work for a small private company that specializes in airborne tours of Monument valleyrsquo;s best sights. You are the only pilot for this company of only 3 employees, so as the pilot you must strive to make the experience for your guests unforgivable. This means providing the smoothest flight possible, and the best view possible. You should use things at your disposal, such as tourist maps, and photos and other information about the spot to give the best tour possible. Your company works solely off of word of mouth advertising, and if you donrsquo;t provide the best experience possible there are plenty of other pilots who will! The Goal This is what your company is famous for, itrsquo;s ldquo;Last Call Tourrdquo;. This is right at sunset where the entire valley is lit up with the deep colors of the sun setting into the West, this is where you make your big bucks, after all this only happens once per day! You can use wither a small single prop aircraft, or a helicopter, your choice, but timing is everything. You will be taking off from 0V7 ndash; Kayenta Airport. Be sure to check out the airport information for any important information...

FSBreak 22: Austin Meyer from X-Plane, and Real Environment Xtreme
Jun 24 2009 113 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan, and Austin Meyer Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Interview with Austin Meyer of X-Plane "Very slow to build the team, very quick to build the simulator"... Check out all of our questions in the first segment of the podcast, we ask Austin his thoughts on the future of FS #38; X-Plane, get some secrets of X-Plane, and more! The interview also features a voicemail from George, you can listen here and hear Austin's response in the show: Also check out the new X-Plane "remote" application for the iPhone/iPod Touch! [Link] Review: Real Environment Xtreme (REX) Install The install process of REX canrsquo;t be any easier. I have never used the FlightSimStore.com wrapper, but anyone who has used the Flight1 wrapper system should find this process similar. The wrapper is able to download all files you need, which totals around 4GB of data over about a half dozen different individual files ndash; Much better than downloading each one by itself. After downloaded, you just put in your order number and serial key and away it goes. Once installed, yoursquo;re greeted with the REX Configuration Manager interface. The first thing you need to do is locate your FSX.cfg file (If it canrsquo;t find it automatically), and backup your existing default textures - very reassuring. The last step is to enable or disable what options you want to use in REX, they also let you pick your general system specs and it will determine these settings for you. Configuration Manager The configuration manager is what makes REX come full circle. It gives you FULL control over your virtual environment. Lets go through just a preview of the possible optionshellip; Sky Selection: bull; Sunrise (~12 Sky Textures) bull; Daytime (~24 Sky Textures) bull; Sunset (~12 Sky Textures) Cloud Selection: bull; 3D Clouds (~50 Cloud Sets) bull; Cirrus Clouds (~24 Cloud Sets) hellip;You get the idea. Each different texture includes a sample screenshot. In addition to the two different categories, you are also able to customize the inland water, Tropical Water, Water Animation, Runways and Taxiway Textures, and Lighting Effects (Sun, lightning, landing lights, strobe lights, runway lights). Once yoursquo;ve picked your settings, you almost forget that you are actually able to load this into FSX! The great interface and sheer number of options of the theme creation make creating a custom theme an enjoyable experience. You are also able to ldquo;Just Flyrdquo; though, and pick between a list of premade themes. Flight Planner One feature that surprised me was the ability to plan your flight using the REX configuration utility. The process is very simple, simply input your flight information (Type, Aircraft, departure, arrival, etc) and REX gives you printable flight plans, along with navigation information, and weather information. With the weather information, REX relays the conditions at the airport, the TAF forecasts, and an interactive weather map with your flight plan overlaid onto it. The Results So far everything Irsquo;ve talked about have all been pre-FSX. Once yoursquo;re ready, just click ldquo;Fly Nowrdquo; in the Configuration Manager, and REX will install the necessary textures, which takes about 5 minutes every time you change the textures, and then it starts FSX. If yoursquo;ve entered a flight plan, it will automatically load that too. Starting your flight, you will be met with your custom weather theme, and complete texture set. The clouds are picturesque, however donrsquo;t appear to be lsquo;picturesrsquo;. They look and move realistically, which is something you canrsquo;t do with just a photo of a cloud. I also noticed something right away too, the performancehellip; But something was d...

FSBreak 21: Caribbean $100 Hamburger, AES 2.0, Logitech Flight System G940, and Your Questions
Jun 17 2009 98 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, and Mark Stewart Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Do you have a question that you would like to ask X-Plane's Austin Meyer? Send them ASAP to us, find all of the details and our voice mail number at our Contact Us page. AES 2.0 Officially Released for FSX and FS2004 Right after you landed and departed on the runway, a follow me van will be waiting for you that brings you to the gate or parking of YOUR CHOICE. It adapts its speed to your taxi speed and even blinks its turn signals to alert you to a turn! As you get close to the gate you will see a 3d marshaller with detailed animation that guides you to your location and even signs you to cut your enigine(s). Then he plugs in his headphone and tells you the blocks are in location. At the same moment the jetway starts moving towards your aircraft and will PERFECTLY align to the door on your aircraft (any aircraft!). If the gate has dual jetways BOTH will work. Even the rubber seal that keeps out the rain is animated. When you depart the jetway is moved back (you even hear the warning siren) and the ground crew will hook up the push back truck. Of course they will inform you of progress and tell you what to do. The push back is fully automated and AES even knows EXACTLY where to put the aircraft. The push back truck looks great and even has engine sound. During the push back you are told that you can start engines (but only when the area is clear). At the end of the push back the ground crew will signal you all is clear Complete Feature List: Pushback with sound, animated objects and automatic perfect alignment Push-In for backward parking positions Pushback now available as TBL (towbarless) that lift the nosewheel and conventional that uses a towbar to move the aircraft Animated gates that link up perfect to the doors of the aircraft (unlike other system), Moving service vehicles that link up perfectly to the aircraft (catering, air stairs, cargo, buses, cleaning and refueling services) De-icing in winter Boarding passengers with sound Follow me car to show the way to the parking position (looks a lot better than those strange arrows used by Microsoft!) Sound effects while rolling over the centerline lights at the runway Simulation of water or snow at the runway Highly detailed (3d) marshaller at all parking positions that do not have docking assistance systems Detailed configuration of door/hatch location on aircraft, sound effects and vehicles Alternative configuration for AES Airports, momentarily in EDDT New sponsor mode for special airports e.g. LSZH from FreeZ How does the payment system work...? The AES Addon itself is free, however you are required to purchase "credits" in exchange for enabling AES addons at airports you pick. Some airports are free, others can cost anywhere from 1 to 5 credits. Every airport includes a 10 minute demo. 10 Credits = ~$18.00 USD. List of compatible ADDON airports and # of credits here [Link]. Link to product page, with videos. [Link, Story via SimFlight] Screenshots: [nggallery id=43] Vox ATC VoxATC is a huge advance in Flight Simulation that adds a whole new dimension to the experience. VoxATC is the first ATC add-on for FSX that has been developed with integrated voice recognition. Talk to the controllers using standard ATC phraseology and what you say will be heard. Just like in the real world, requests must be properly constructed, instructions complied with and read back correctly. Features: Fully integrated Voice Recognition Intelligent agent controllers and AI aircraft VFR and IFR flights All ATC units are included (Clearance Delivery, Ground, Tower, Departure, Approach, Center and Flight Service Stations) Unicom and Multicom operations handled Traffic have user configurable call signs and user set levels for different airspace types SIDs, STAR

FSBreak 20: Flight1 Cessna Citation Mustang Dissected, and our Aviation Stories?
Jun 10 2009 62 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Brendan, and Jordan. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Do you have a question that you would like to ask X-Plane's Austin Meyer? Send them ASAP to us, find all of the details and our voice mail number at our Contact Us page. Flight 1 Cessna Citation Mustang Review Reviewed by: Eric McClintock #38; Mark Stewart Click each image for original size. Installation #38; Documentation: Anyone who has ever used the Flight1 system knows that the process is extremely painless and easy. Just download the installer package from Flight1 (194MB), put in your order details and you will be on your way, or you can purchase right from the installer. One useful tip that can be gained from the flight manual is not to start a brand new flight with the Citation Mustang, instead start a flight with a different plane, any default plane will do, and once in game switch to the Mustang. This will ensure that all gauges and flight systems load properly. The product is very well documented. It includes a 93-page user manual, with plenty of visuals and sections. In order to get the full experience if yoursquo;re not a Citation Mustang expert, I would recommend printing out the manual and keeping it nearby. The manual also includes all of the checklists you need, and aircraft data. Model: The aircraft model is detailed down to the last light in the full virtual cabinhellip; But wersquo;ll start with the external model for now. The Flight1 Citation Mustang includes 6 different paint schemes, including one used for the certification test flights. It also includes front and rear baggage areas, which can be controlled through that standard Shift + E + # key commands, or a pop up control panel, and the same for the main exit. In order for any of these surfaces to be activated, Engine 1 N1 must be below 25%, which will prevent accidental opening while in flight, leading to depressurization of the aircraft. The Flight1 Cessna Citation Mustang includes a lot more than just fancy doors. As you would expect, all external surfaces are modeled. Including aircraft lights, engine fans, speed brakes, flaps, rudder, ailerons, elevator, and even communication equipment at the top of the aircraft. In addition to all of this, the pilotrsquo;s head moves according to your joystick input, a nice touch. The aircraft includes a full slew of aircraft camera views to enjoy. Going inside the aircraft is where the work put into this aircraft really shows, Most specifically in the Virtual Cabin. The virtual cabin includes dozens of ldquo;clickablerdquo; items to interact with, including seat arm rests, lights, tables, drawers, the main cabin door, even window shades and the toilet. Yes, there are even instructions in the Pilotrsquo;s Guide about how to interact with the Mustangrsquo;s toilethellip; But we wonrsquo;t be spending too much time in the cabin, lets move on to the cockpithellip; Virtual Cockpit: Before going on to the Virtual Cockpit, I think we should really start with the 2-D cockpit, which is something typically not included in a lot of modern payware packages, which is a shame because in my opinion, it comes in useful and yields better FPS than a VC. The 2-d cockpit also makes clicking switches and turning knobs easier. This model includes a full 2-D cockpit, with 6 separate viewing angles, and 7 additional pop-up panels for the Throttle, MFD Controller, Autopilot and lighting panels, and the auxiliary panel for controlling the items wersquo;ll talk about in the ldquo;extrasrdquo; section. The aircraft can be totally managed from the 2-D panel if needed. However, lets move on to the Virtual cockpit. Like in the virtual cabin, there are plenty of extras such as dome lights, map lights, and no aircraft is complete without a ldquo;Seatbeltrdquo; light, complete with the ldqu...

FSBreak 19: New Hamburger Flight, Aerosoft?s New Simulator, Avsim is back (Almost), Free Citation X, and More!
Jun 03 2009 110 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Patrick Ashley, and Brendan. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Avsim Returns? From Avsim.com: It is not often that we bring particular attention to AVSIM Volunteers, but the events of the last 16 days demand that we do so. The AVSIM Editorial Staff would like to put the shine of the public spotlight on these hard working guys, so that you know the team that put the AVSIM Humpty Dumpty back together again. Matt Johnson, John Binner, Stanly Thompson-Harmon, "The Un-Named One": With their special forensics talents, AVSIM was able to restore all of the web site, all of the forums and we anticipate 90% of the library including all FSX and FS9 files. We expect to be able to serve files dating back to FS98. Thank you UNKNOWN GUY for your assistance and skills. Aerosoft Simulator? Mathijis Kok, from Aerosoft says on their forums: Following up on a topic on another part of these forums... Aerosoft is currently seriously investigating the development of a new simulator, directly aimed at replacing FSX. This project is in very early stages, far from even started. We are now talking to each other and developers we trust to come up with a project definition. With this definition we'll look at the market potential and finances, we are talking a multimillion Euro project here after all. Now the investments do not scare us but the building of a platform we can all agree on bothers us tremendously. If we get that wrong we lost even before we start. You all know that Aerosoft (and me especially) believes in working with customers... Check here [Link] for the full text. Here [Link] is also their first posing. Freeware Cessna Citation X Features: FSX SP2 Only Fully Functional VC Completely modeled interior including cabin By Alejandro Rojas Eric and Mark both agree that the model has potential, but has some serious flight dynamic flaws. But no hurting in trying it out. This model is only available from SimViation, you can find it here. [Link, via SimFlight] Video: CaptainSim CS Weather Radar Key Features: Works with any FSX aircraft Comes with WxR Editor tool for one-click installation/removal Outstanding visual quality and realism DirectX 9/10 compatible Compatible with Ultimate Weather FX and REX weather add-ons Price: 9.99 EUR, ~$15 USD. You can find it at Captain Sim [Link], via FlightSimX [Link]. Ultimate Traffic 2 Released Key Features: 550,000 Real World Scheduled Flights 1.3 Million General Aviation Flights 95 FSX AI Models Ability to addon flight schedules Printable timetables, flight plan assignments, status boards, and a beautiful flight view map that depict the activity of the 550,000 flights that Ultimate Traffic 2 uses. You can find Ultimate Traffic here [Link], and it is going to set you back $44.95. From FlightSimX. Screenshots: [nggallery id=40] MyTrafficX Responds... From the MyTrafficX Forums [Link]: After a long time, finally a second good AI traffic package for FSX has hit the market today. Flight 1 has published its long awaited Ultimate Traffic 2. Quite a while ago, Tom Main and I agreed to cooperate for the benefit of our common customers... One of the outcomes is the fact that UT2 contains some models you know already from MyTraffic, with a small subset of the paints. UT2 aim's it's models to be around the schedules they have, so it only contains those airlines that they got hands on the schedules. With the new editor that you find in the Patch52a uploaded today, you can set for each airline if it is contained in UT2... You can easily create a set of schedules for those airlines that aren't part of UT2. Mile High $100 Hamburger The Hawaiian $100 Hamburger Thanks to everyone who took the time to participat

FSBreak 18: AVSim.com Update, Addons for addons, Free AOPA, and more!
May 26 2009 106 mins  
Note: If you downloaded the podcast before Monday at 8:30PM Eastern and got the incorrect download, please download again. Thanks! Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, Marty, and Rafael. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Followup From Last Week From the comments from last episode: The landing gear "bug" you talked about in the Catalina is not a bug. That particular model is a non-amphibian model and that is a non-retractable gear that was clipped on by divers so they could take the Catalina ashore. I should also add that the gear was strictly for beaching purposes only and would not have been strong enough to be landed on (they would have obviously been removed once the Catalina was returned to water). Avsim.com Update It looks like Avsim.com has put up a placer page on their website with more information on the situation. Here is the latest status report from Tom, as of Saturday May 23rd: "Our team at the NOC are reporting that the contents of WWW.AVSIM.COM may be recoverable. Data for *.net (the library and the forums) and *.org are still to be determined. What this means is that the web site and its reviews, history, and all of our hosted sites may be able to be brought back online sooner than we had anticipated. I am still concerned about the forums and the team is working on the library. Everything depends on how much damage was done to the NAS." He comes back later and says: "I have just received some very good news. With a lot of help from individuals pulling together from around the world, including experts in data recovery, we have been able to confirm that the web site will be brought back and so too will the forums. We are transferring data, as I write this, to a temporary storage unit and that process will take most of the night. Once we have the data in the storage system, we will then transition the entire web site and forums on to the new servers." Tom has also stated in the temporary forum that the 2009 Avsim Fancon scheduled later this Summer is still a go for all attendees and vendors. They have set up temporary pages for members and vendors to sign up. [Link] FlightSimulatorXWorld.com Reopens Patrick Ashley Writes: After a ruinous crash 2 years ago, I was so devastated I just moved on; but some interesting personal things came together that made me think again about reviving FSXW. That was some 5 months and several hundred man-hours ago! That's all in the past! The new FSXW has features no one else has! We have awesome, animated tutorials, insightful opinion pieces, and product reviews which include movies! You can also make comments on just about any article. Of course, a library that has some great features - including several large screenshots, fine searching parameters, you can even rate and review the files! On the lighter side, we have online flight games, the BEST FSX videos from around the net, and more. The basic features of FSXW are free - news articles, forum, on-line games, movies and even the library - download as much as you like without speed restrictions! Special features, including the animated tutorials, opinion pieces, and Celebrations are available for only $4.99 a month! We also have a yearly membership for $39.88, which is a 33% savings! You may cancel your membership at any time. Have a look at flightsimulatorxworld.com! 777-HD Addon for MyTrafficX 777-HD for MyTrafficX is a new flight simulator add-on offering brand new and highly detailed texture replacements for the MyTrafficX 777 AI Aircraft. Main Features: Completely redesigned from scratch, all textures are supplied in both 1024times;1024 and 2048times;2048 resolution, allowing you to see even greater detail and step even closer to your favorite 777 airliners. All textures made from a specially designed HD template, featuring ...

FSBreak 17: Avsim Hacked, MyTrafficX, and a new 100 Dollar Hamburger!
May 20 2009 123 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark Stewart, and Mark Avey. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Avsim.com Hacked Avsim was hacked on May 12th 2009 in such a way that it would seem unlikely that it will return. Tom Allensworth made this announcement: "We regret to inform the flight simulation community that on Tuesday, May 12, AVSIM was hacked and effectively destroyed. The method of the hack makes recovery difficult, if not impossible, to recover from. Both servers, that is the library / email and web site / forum servers were attacked. AVSIM is totally offline at this time and we expect to be so for some time to come. We are not able to predict when we will be back online, if we can come back at all. We will post more news as we are able to in the coming days and weeks...". "I want to provide everyone with a non-technical view of what took place yesterday and last night so that some of the rumors that are already starting to spread are corrected. During the early evening yesterday, we noticed that some alarming things were starting to happen on our servers. The first sign of an issue was that some functionality disappeared on our web server. That progressed to not being able to access the web server via FTP or SSH. Finally, the web/forum server tripped offline. Next the library/email server started to exhibit issues. We went in to reboot it, and that is when it failed entirely. The partitions on both of the servers had been removed. We shut down both servers until we can get a technical member up to our Network Operations Center (NOC), and do a comprehensive inspection of the damage. I have seen some rumors and speculation already on the various forums in the community, and I would like to make sure that everyone knows the facts. Here are some: Early in the evening, I sent out a bulk email to all forum members letting them know that we anticipate shutting down the Web/Forum server for a period of time. About a third of the way through the process of sending that email to all 60,000 forum members, the hacker succeeded in bringing the server down. The email was did not get sent to everyone. The reason I sent the email, based on what we knew at that time, was because that a minimum, we would need to shut the web/forum server down to inspect the unit and do repairs. At the time the email was sent, we were unaware that a hack was in progress and that our system would be taken offline entirely. There were no hoaxes involved, as some have asserted." When asked about the subject of Backups... Some have asked whether or not we had back ups. Yes, we dutifully backed up our servers every day. Unfortunately, we backed up the servers BETWEEN servers. That is, GREEN, our library server, would be backed up to PURPLE, our WEB/Forum server. That way, if one or the other failed, we would have a back up on the remaining active server. The hacker took out both servers, destroying our ability to use one or the other back up to remedy the situation. As of current, Avsim has set up temporary forums here: http://linux.myalbemarle.org/forums Via various sources... [Link], [Link], [Link], [Link]. Carenado C172N Skyhawk II Float for FSX Carenado have released one of the most versatile aircraft for bush flying and surveillance tasks - the C172N Skyhawk II with Floats for FSX. This aircraft is a standalone package (It isnrsquo;t an extension pack for our previously released C172N). [Much like the C172 Ski Edition last week] This product was developed only for FSX taking advantages of all the FSX and DX10 features like cast shadows on VC, external dynamic cast shadows, normal mapping, specular mapping and bloom lights, resulting in a high quality aircraft. Price: $12.95 [Buy Here, Via FlightSimX.co.uk] Screenshots: [nggallery id=33] Free X-Plane Trainer for iPhone/iPod Touch X-Plane Trainer is a free applica...


FSBreak 16: Aerosoft Catalina, Carenado C172N Ski Edition, MySpace for Flight Sim, and your E-Mails
May 13 2009 50 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Brendan, Marty, and Jesse. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Just a note! We are still taking comments/screen shots/suggestions about last week's flight! Check out the Show Notes for last week for more details on how to participate! Aerosoft Catalina Released The PBY Catalina is without a doubt one of the most famous flying boats ever build. After its first flight in 1935 it quickly transformed into the PBY-5A amphibian model that it is best known for. Despite its strange shape it became a true work horse of many air forces and navies and kept patrolling the oceans for decades. It had many roles, search and rescue, any shipping or anti submarine patrols or long range reconnaissance. To this day the Catalina is well known to millions and a guest of honor at many air shows. Features: 11 Different Models based on the PBY-5, PBY-5A, and PBY-6A. Different flight behavior for all different models that are checked with all available data and by current Catalina pilots. Now this is said a lot for FS add-on aircraft, but one Catalina operator is actually using this product for simple training in the winter when most Catalina's are hangar queens. Impressive and powerful sound set, you actually will be able to tune the engines using your ears. Aerosoft Sound Module that adds sound to switches, controls and events. From hydraulic pumps to the sound of the engines problems, this creates a far more immersive environment. Two different cockpits, one typical for the 1940s and 1950s and one as many Catalina's are flown today (with modern radio and GPS equipment). Cowl flaps, floats and landing gear has better simulation of influence on drag. More realistic water operation by use of additional coding. Manual (400+ pages) in two parts, includes full actual operational manual of one of the few PBY-5A's flying at this moment. Gauges and Instruments: All instruments done in full 3d. Highly realistic Bendix King radio stack (feel free to download the real manuals and use those!) Highly realistic and complex Bendix King KLN-90B GPS receiver Realistic simulation of the Sperry A-3A (Jack #38; Heinz) Autopilot for the vintage model. The newly developed Interactive Checklist helps you to prevent problems by showing the correct settings with red or green checkmarks. It even includes sound effects and allows you to configure the aircraft for take-off or for a complete dead and cold setup. Added Simulations: Non standard and far more realistic calculations of engine temperatures, taking cowflap position, ambient air temperature, fuel/air mixtures setting, airspeed and engine heat generation into account. Accurate electrical load and hydraulic pressures calculations. Realistic cold engine startup, requiring use of engine primers and fuel boosters. Realistic auto mixture that controls auto rich and auto lean. Realistic carburettor icing that takes moisture and carburettor air temperature into account. Structural icing that will accumulate ice on the structure, adding weight until the aircraft becomes unflyable. Non standard engine failure module that includes sparkplug fouling, damage caused by excessive cylinder head or oil temperature, shock cooling and more. Power reduction due to excessive carburettor air temperature. Price: 27.95 EUR (~32.00 USD) [Link] via Fszone.org [Link]. Screenshots: [nggallery id=30] Carenado's C172N Skyhawk II Ski Released This aircraft is a standalone package (It isnrsquo;t an extension pack for our previously released C172N). This product was developed only for FSX taking advantages of all the FSX and DX10 features like cast shadows on VC, external dynamic cast shadows, normal mapping, specular mapping and bloom lights, resulting in a high quality aircraft. The model includes two...

FSBreak 15: One Hundred Dollar Hamburger, X-Plane: The First Week, ADE Updated, and SimFlight 3D?s C172
May 06 2009 107 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Nolan, and Mark. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. 1958 C172 from SimFlight 3D Now Released It is a four-seat, single-engine, high-wing airplane, capable of cruising at 131 knots. Original models shipped with 145 horsepower, 6-cylinder engines. Its considered the most popular flight training airplane in the world and is still being produced today. More than 35,000 aircraft have been built. Features: First professionally produced classic 172 (straight tail) Optimized for FSX Working, highly detailed virtual cockpit, GPS and localizer with glideslope Doors, windows and engine compartment open (for oil check) Full 2D and 3D IFR Ready panels Includes checklist and performance information 4 paint schemes Price: $22.95 More information here [Link], via Fszone.org [Link]. Screenshots: [nggallery id=26] Airport Design Editor Updates to V1.40 Airport Design Editor is a graphical design tool to create and enhance airports for Microsoft Flight Simulator X. It takes it's inspiration from the excellent AFCAD2 developed for FS9 by Lee Swordy. ADE does for FSX what AFCAD does for FS9 and adds support for new FSX features such as fences, jetways and terrain. ADE is being developed with the help of a small group of dedicated airport designers with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Version 1.40 Features: The major new function is the Visual Approach Designer. In the past creating approaches has meant writing xml code and repeatedly checking it in FS. With Version 1.40 we have introduced a graphical interface for approach design that mimics the FSX GPS Display. ADE is available as a free download from the author's website, and a full feature list for 1.40 can be found there. More more information on ADE, look here [Link], Via FlightSimX.co.uk [Link]. X-Plane: First Impressions Eye Candy I liked: Moving traffic on roads, like in FSX, I think it adds a lot of realism. Power lines, Again, I think this adds some realism to the mix... AI Trains Runways slope with terrain (Something MSFS has been struggling with for some time) Night airports look incredible. Features I liked: Simulator ran very smooth, and tended not to stutter even in high autogen (Is this what it is called in X-Plane?) areas. Water #38; Wave Configuration More key combos, overwhelming at first, but after they're all set up they come in handy Ability to assign a macro-like function to a key. X-Plane has more helipads, all of the local hospitals and even the Police helicopter station down the road from my house were in X-Plane. The Ugly: Joystick controls sometimes buggy, needed to reverse certain functions when it seems like they shouldn't need to be reversed, etc. Still having intermittent issues with plane veering to the left. Default aircraft models.. Suck (Honestly), addons are better, but not the quality of MSFS freeware models (Ex. Project Opensky), or Payware models (PMDG, etc). Helicopter controls are very touchy, could not actually get a heli airborne without flipping it. Flight Physics seem to go crazy at times, for example I've been able to drop 500-1000 feet in a cessna, go back up 1000 feet, drop 1,000 feet, and then pull out and recover all in about 3 seconds. I've never flown a real plane, but doesn't seem likely. Normal flight physics seem OK. When adjusting the weather, I set "Precipitation" to "None", yet it still rains. I'm probably missing a setting though. Compared to FSX: Amount of addons? Smaller airports just aren't up to par with MSFS. For example, KCVG looks like a parking space with three runways, larger airports like LAX look good, though. While it may seem like a small feature, FSX is loaded with real world road data from Navteq, which also supplies data to GPS makers, and is used to recrea...

FSBreak 14: Free FSCheckRide, VASFMC V2.0 A9, Motion Flight Sims, Avsim redesign, and more
Apr 29 2009 84 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Brendan, Patrick, Prash, and Jack. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. A Free Gift from FS2Crew FS2Crew is happy to announce that they're giving out FSCheckride for FREE as a gift to the flight sim community as a token of their appreciation for 5 years of fantastic support and encouragement!!! FSCheckride is a brand-new concept in desktop aviation that allows users to create and run professional, feature-rich, interactive examinations using Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 or FSX as the platform. The core idea behind FSCheckride is that the best way to learn (or refresh) your understanding of aviation regulations, laws and concepts is through studying and doing exam questions. Features: Attractive and simple-to-operate User Interface Compatible with both FS9 and FSX Utilize videos, images, and audio to make your exams 'come alive' Utilize flight situation files to put questions into real, visible context Creating exams requires NO programming knowledge Distribute your created exams on the internet Product comes pre-packaged with a 50 question FAA Instrument Test Edition Featuring the voice of Mike Foor, B747 Captain And many questions taken from actual FAA test databank You can pick up your free copy from their website [Link], and read the original article here [Link]. [nggallery id=24] What are you thoughts on FSCheckride? Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426. VASFMC 2.0 Alpha 9 VASFMC adds a fully operational FMC to any aircraft in your FS library. VASFMC 2.0 adds support for FSX, and all Windows/Mac/Linux versions of X-Plane. This latest alpha version comes in three different varieties: Gauge Version for MS FS2004 Standalone Version for MS FS2002/FS2004/FSX Standalone Version for XPlane Win32/Mac/Linux It also includes AIRAC 0609 navigation database with terminal procedures from Navigraph. Complete Feature List [Link] Documentation [Link] Download it! [Link] Doc Hollowayrsquo;s Cloudwalker Motion Flight Simulator Doc Holloway has created a video pitch for Dragonrsquo;s Den to try and raise some capital to get his latest device - the Cloudwalker - into production. He is asking for people to vote for his invention in order to try to get it in mass production and for sale on the market. Here is a video: You can vote for Doc's design at Dragon's Den [Link] (Via FlightSimX.co.uk [Link]). Would you feel safe in the Cloudwalker simulator? How much would you pay for it? Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426. Avsim System Redesign in Progress Avsim.com Writes: The management from AVSIM is pleased to announce that a total system redesign is underway. Our first priority is to do a complete remake of the file library system. That will be followed with a front page, and major functions redesign. Our goals are simple; clean up the library, add functionality and increase reliability. As we are sure that most users have noticed, the reliability of the library and the speed at which is serves our users are decreasing. We know that this is a function of outdated architecture and a reliance on backend systems that are much more hardware intensive than they can be by updating to today's latest technologies. We plan to implement similar changes within the AVSIM web site as well. Modern, fast, and reliable are our goals. Another significant goal is to converge user ID's and passwords. We want to have a user database that allows access to all functions, library and forums as the two most prominent examples, with one User ID and Password. We will be keeping you up to date on these improvements over the coming weeks and will most likely announce the opening of wide area BETA Testing in some areas soon. Stay tuned for mor...

FSBreak 13: Orbiter Space Simulator, X-Plane Impressions, FSDreamTeam McCarran, and More!
Apr 22 2009 87 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Richard, Mark, and Adam. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. FSDreamTeam's Las Vegas McCarran Features: Fully customized ground and runways in high resolution, both in FSX and FS9 Animated custom ground vehicles. Full 3d taxiways lighting. Improved Night Effects High resolution building textures. NEW ParkMetrade; feature: working SafeGate docking systems with automatic airplane recognition, and parking accuracy evaluation ( FSX only ) NEW YouControltrade; feature: custom airport actions with easy on-screen menu to trigger animations, events,etc ( FSX only ) You can try a free timed trial for free, and the full version can be unlocked for 22.90 EUR, or ~$30.00 USD. Upon purchasing, you get a serial code that works for both the FS9 and FSX version. [Link] [gallery columns="2"] Carenado Releases PA28RT 201 Arrow IV for FS9 As covered in Episode 10, Carenado has reworked the aircraft to support FS9. It is available separate from the FSX version at a stand alone cost of $27.95 USD. [Link] Heli Traffic 2009 Also Updated for FS9... Heli Traffic 2009 is the first Flight Simulator add-on that adds realistic AI helicopters that take off and land vertically, fly like helicopters and use helipads and not runways. This innovative product brings it's own AI engine that fully controls AI helicopters, instead of relying on FS to fly them. This allows a much greater degree of control, which translates into a realistic helicopter flight behavior... Heli Traffic 2009 also allows you to create your own helicopter flight plans, and now has been updated to support FS9... Price: $24.95 [Link] Adaptive Lighting in FSX? It sounds incredible, but it really works (NVidia card needed, newer models only 9xxx and later, probably 8xxx as well - couldnrsquo;t test it on ATI, yoursquo;ll have to try yourself): This little .dll adds HDR to FSX in DX9 - without noticeable impact on framerates (at least on newer cards). Itrsquo;s the same effect you see in Half Life, for example, and it mimics the eyersquo;s adaption to bright light and darkness. All you have to do is to open the archive, copy the DLL and the ini-file into your FSX directory and start up FSX to see the effect. What happens is that colors become more vivid, the image is less flat and it now makes a difference if you look into the direction of the sun or away from it. Even during the night, it adds more realism. The effect works windowed or in full screen. Be careful, you might become addicted to it. If you have the ldquo;affinity maskrdquo; setting in your fsx.cfg, you should take it out in order to keep high frame rates. To see the dll in action, have a look at this clip on youtube: You can find more info via SimFlight [Link] or YouTube [Link]. More X-Plane Links #38; First Discussions www.XPJets.com - Excellent X-Plane 777 [nggallery id=22] www.freeworld-airways.com - X-Plane Virtual Airways. X-Plane Flight Planner, Now in 4th Edition, www.xpgoodway.com The OpenSceneryX project is a free to use library of scenery objects for X-Plane v8.50 and above. It is a collaborative effort by members of the X-Plane.org community and the aim is to provide a good range of high quality scenery components for authors to use in their scenery packages - www.opensceneryx.com www.xsquawkbox.net - Directory for Plugins, SDK's, and online resources for X-Plane. www.petersaircraft.com - Great PayWare A330 Model, ~$19.00 USD. Orbiter - A Free Space Simulator Orbiter is a closed source freeware space flight simulator for the Windows operating system. The first version was released on November 27, 2000 and is an ongoing project with the latest version 060929 released on September 29, 2006. Orbiter was created by Martin Schweiger, Ph.D, a Senior Research Fellow at University College London. [Link] ...

FSBreak 12: Our FSX PC, X-Plane, and your E-Mails
Apr 15 2009 108 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Brendan, Mark. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Our FSX PC First: Custom Built HP Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - 2.83GHz Processor / 12MB Cache Option: -$100 for a Q9400 - 2.66GHz Processor / 6MB Cache Option: -$200 for a Q8300 - 2.5GHz Processor / 4MB Cache 6GB DDR2 800MHz RAM (2x 2GB, 2x 1GB) Option: +$80 for 8GB DDR2 800MHz RAM 500GB SATA Hard Drive nVidia GeForce 9800GT 1GB VRAM Option: -$100 for a 9600GS 768MB VRAM Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Price: Fully Configured $1,239.99. HP Customized M9500T. Direct link to machine: Link Low cost Built to Order machine from Newegg... Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33GHz / 4MB Cache 8GB DDR2 800MHz 640GB SATA Hard Drive nVidia GT120 1GB DDR2 VRAM Note: DDR2 not the typical DDR3/GDDR3 in GPU's Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Price: $779.99. Gateway LX6810-01. Direct Link: Link Mid Range Built to Order from NeweEgg: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 - 2.5GHz / 6MB Cache 8GB DDR2 RAM 2x 640GB SATA Hard Drive nVidia GeForce 9800GT 512MB VRAM Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Price: $899.99. Acer Aspire AM5621-EQ9300A. Direct Link: Link Results... We looked at various PC's from Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Gateway, and specialty vendors such as Falcon Northwest, Alienware, etc, and we eventually settled on HP's line because they offer the most compatible hardware for FSX. Tests from Tom's Hardware universally show that nVidia GPU's run FSX better than ATI CPU's, nVidia GPU's are universally on the top 10 preforming cards before ATI shows up. [Link] and [Link] Tests from Tom's Hardware also show that the best card is an nVidia 9800 series card paired with a high speed Quad core CPU. Mark also recommends Glary Utilities to speed up your computer [Link], you can also check out CCleaner [Link]. (Be sure to back up your registry changes!) What DOES CPU Cache actually do? Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426. Video of SSD RAID: Jeppesen Discontinues Support for SimCharts 4.0 Dear Customers, This email is to let you know that the sale of our SIMCharts 4.0 service which works in conjunction with Microsoft Flight Simulator version 10 (FSX), will end on April 1, 2009. There is no new version being planned at this time. Support for the SIMCharts 4.0 service will continue for 1 year thereafter or until March 31, 2010. Access to the service after March 31, 2010 will no longer be available. We appreciate you as a customer and encourage you to visit our website, jeppesen.com, to view the full breadth of services and offerings Jeppesen has available to you. Link to E-Mail. [Link] Are you a customer of SimCharts? WIll this affect how you fly? Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426. New JaggyRoad Film #38; Videographer New video by the name of "She's My Queen", features the talented Xavier, the new videographer at Jaggyroad! Be sure to check it out in 720P here! [Link] Fszone Spring 2009 Landing Competition James from Fszone.org will be accepting video submissions through the end of April for the Spring 2009 Landing competition. The airport will be the classic... TNCM - Princess Juliana Airport. For a full list of contest guidelines and aircraft guidelines, visit the link. [Link] Mark Talks X-Plane Some great addons to spice up your X-Plane Experience: -Mitsubishi MU-2 from X-Aviation [Link] Screenshots: [nggallery id=19] Price: $30.00 -Peter's Aircraft - Airbus A330 and A340 [Link] Screenshots: [nggallery id=20] Price: ~13-15 EUR -Cessna 172 Garmin 1000 [Link] According to their site, it turns out it is only a dummy Garmin 1000, but still w...


FSBreak 10: Photo Real Scenery, Mach 1 Design Group, and our picks!
Apr 01 2009 76 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Nolan, Brendan, Marty, and Andrew. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. FSX Tweak: Fix up your FSX Water for Free! There are many programs out there to make your FSX's default water textures look good, such as payware programs like Real Environment Extreme or Flight Environment Extreme... But for simmers on a budget, you can make your water look a lot better with a freeware application called FS Water Configurator. Easy to use freeware program that lets you tweak how you want your water to look just by dragging sliders, no configuration files need to be tweaked! Comes with several presets, and you can tweak each setting such as water reflection, surface shine, and more. You can even make real time changes without having to restart FSX! You can download FS Water Configurator [Link], and be sure to check out SimTips! [Link] [nggallery id=15] Carenado Debuts PA 28 RT 201 Arrow IV On March 25th, 2009 Carenado has released one of the most successful and popular "T" tail aircraft: the PA28RT 201 ARROW IV for FSX. This aircraft is full FSX and DX10 compatible with high resolution textures and a very friendly FPS performance. It takes advantage of all the FSX features like cast shadows on VC, external dynamic cast shadows, normal mapping, specular mapping and bloom lights. The new features of the aircraft include: External Dynamic Shadows and Internal Dynamic Shadows on the VC. Interactive Virtual Cockpit Full moving parts and animated sections such as the doors, co-pilot seat, etc. Other details such as antennas, chocks, even the baggage area. Full aircraft lights, and many additional features. To add even more to the realism, the model also includes a full checklist, reference material about the flight dynamics, and a PDF manual of the Virtual cockpit. The PA28RT 201 Arrow IV from Carenado is only available for FSX, and retails for $27.95 USD. Check it out from Carenado here [Link], or view the release here. [Link] Swiss VFR Airports Part 3 Explore five more highly detailed airfields in "Swiss VFR Airports Part 3". The product series ldquo;Swiss VFR Airportsrdquo; is the brainchild of the developer of the famous Switzerland Professional X scenery. An important aspect was to make the airfields and their immediate surroundings as realistic as possible and for this reason, photorealistic textures were used. Distinctive objects around the airfield were placed as an orientation guide. Each airport also fits seamlessly into the photo realistic scenery "Switzerland Professional X" thanks to the exact ground layout. The "Swiss VFR Airports Part 3" add-on is compatible with both FS 2004 and FSX. Here are the airports included in that package: LSZL Locarno LSZS Samedan LSZE Bad Ragaz LSMF Mollis LSPA Amlikon These 5 airports will run you 29.99 Euro Plus Shipping cost, and you can find them at SimMarket. [Link] Vehicle Flight Simulator Released Vehicle Simulator is a unique simulator, combining land, underwater, sea surface, air and low orbit environments into one, the program makes it possible to drive, fly, sail, dive, and go into space in one convincing simulation environment. After more than two years of intensive development a new simulator called Vehicle Simulator finally released. The program excels especially as a flight simulator and as a naval simulator combining the powers of two previous simulators Micro Flight and Virtual Sailor into one, however the game engine was completely re written and has far greater capability and capacity than any of the previous ones it was made of. Vehicle Simulator has some unique and innovative features that stand out compared to other programs of its kind, here are some of them: Ability to see air flow visualization, allowing you to learn how to soar cleverly using the rising currents of a...

FSBreak 9: FSX 8 Cores, FS Bloggers Network, PilotShop TV Returns, and More!
Mar 25 2009 67 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Nolan, Brendan, and Adam. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. FSX: More than 4 Cores? Comment from Juan on FSBreak 8 about FSX and multicore. [Link] Phil Taylor is quoted saying that "FSX will scale up to 256 cores". Does FSX use 8 cores? CAN FSX use 8 cores? Quoting an article from Phil Taylor in 2007 about FSX's multi-core capabilities: Today Intel announced their new 2.93G QX6800 Quad Core processor. As part of this press release, Aces Studio participated with a quote about our improved multi-core support in SP1. The quote stated ldquo;The latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator* X, Service Pack One (SP1), due out later this month, is a great match for the extreme multi-core processing delivered by the new Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processorrdquo; ldquo;Flight Sim X SP1 greatly increases multicore utilization and will scale as more threads are available leading to reduced load times as well as frame rate improvements and greater visual complexity during flight. The Flight Simulator team at Microsoft is pleased to work with Intel to provide our end users with a great gaming experience." Our multi-core support will take advantage of both 2 and 4 cores today, and more cores in the future when they become available via a config setting. This is for both Intel and AMD processors. At render time, we run the terrain texture synthesis on threads across the cores. During flight on multi-core machines, as terrain and terrain textures are loaded you will notice significant multi-core usage. As all tiles are loaded, the multi-core usage will fall off, this is expected. As the terrain is re-lit, approximately every minute, you will see multi-core usage increase. As you bank and load terrain tiles, or as you fly forward and force a load of more terrain tiles, you will see the multi-core usage increase. Note - hyperthreaded is not multi-core. Our current plan is to treat HT machines as single-core since we noticed extensive collisions between threads which caused stutters. You can find the article here [Link]. This article was written in April 2007, and since then FSX SP2 has been released. Here is an important bit of information: The new Core i7 It is a physical 4 core CPU, with 4 logical cores - Otherwise known as hyperthreading, which makes it look like 8 cores to the OS. Since the release of SP2, the "Not Using Hyperthreading" statement could be false. Tweak FSX for 8 Threads As it turns out, some members are able to 'unlock' all 8 'cores' (or all 8 threads) by making some changes to the FSX.cfg file. Change the "AffinityMask" entry to "AffinityMask=255" if you are a core i7 user, there are reports that this may help with the problem. You can also set it to 254 to leave 1 core free for programs other than FSX that require CPU, such as TrackIR, etc. Members report that using AffinityMask=255 helps with loading speed, but not in game stuttering! Here is a link to the AVSim Forum post [Link], and more information about AffinityMask from Phil. [Link] Members on AVsim report the the method that BEST helps stuttering #38; FPS is AffinityMask=15, With hyperthreading off. Final Intel Core i7 overview here at AVSim. [Link] Share your FSX tweaks, and your system profile to us! Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426. Flight Sim Bloggers Network The Flight Sim Bloggers Network (FSBN) is a Network of bloggers dedicated to flight simulation. They currently have over 15 blogs in the Network, covering all aspects of flight simulation. The Network gathers all the news items posted by every member, so they can build up a huge resource of available articles, searchable on any blog in the Network. The number of blogs and websites involved produces dozens of (mostly) FS related news articles every day, this ca...


FSBreak 8: Most Expensive Home Built Flight Simulator, Problems for Computer Pilot Magazine, and Sully?s Flight!
Mar 18 2009 48 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, #38; Joe. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. The World's Most Expensive Home Built Flight Simulator Matthew Sheil, owner of a trucking parts company, has the most expensive home built flight simulator, an almost exact replica of a 60 Million dollar 747-400 simulator, cost him just $300,000 to build. The simulator is housed in his Sydney Australia warehouse. The cockpit features: Over 45 different software programs running on 14 different computers. He rents out the simulator to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and then donates the money earned from the rentals. His Simulator offers full motion. Matthew also is a real life pilot and owns a beechcraft baron B58, and says he prefers flying the real plane but enjoys the limitless posibilities of the simulator: He says: In the [real] plane I fly, you take off and you point it in the direction of Melbourne and you press a button and away it goes until you come into land, whereas a simulator you can do whatever you want - if you want to fly upside down, fly upside down, If we hit a mountain or the ground the simulator just freezes in its current state and everything goes red - and then we just hit reset. You can find the news article here [Link], or find moe information on Matt's website. [Link] More Pictures: [nggallery id=9] Show us your home cockpits! Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426. Problems For Computer Pilot Magazine? (Correction, in the podcast I stated that they have gone for 3 years on a monthly release date, the actual time is 7 years.) Robert, the owner of the popular Computer Pilot Magazine, sent out a note to subscribers explaining that they are selling less, and hence the cost have gone up, forcing him to reduce the frequency back to once every TWO months instead of once per month. Computer Pilot started as a bi-monthly and then went monthly in 2003. While we enjoyed 7 years of month-after-month issues, a recent slowdown in readership and advertiser support due to the toughened economy has forced us back into the bi-monthly schedule. They also state: Donrsquo;t worry, wersquo;re not planning on going away any time soon. In fact wersquo;re taking this opportunity to regroup and recreate a better magazine with a complete new look and improved content based on reader feedback. So while it will be 2 months between issues, they will be ldquo;betterrdquo; issues from this point forward. If you are currently a subscriber, donrsquo;t worry, you havenrsquo;t lost anything. You will still receive the number of issues that you are signed up for. If you have 8 issues remaining in your subscription, you will still receive 8 issues. Nothing else will change. Computer Pilot will be a better magazine with a new and improved look and improved content, published and delivered every other month. View the article on SimFlight here [Link], or see the release directly from Computer Pilot Magazine here. [Link] X-Plane releases "Sully's Flight" for as an iPhone Application Based on X-Plane, 'Sully's Flight' starts you on runway 4 at LaGuardia in an Airbus A-320, at similar time, weather, and weight conditions to that fateful flight. YOU will fly the plane yourself, following hoops plotted in the sky showing Captain Sullenberger's approximate ACTUAL flight-path... This will let YOU fly the same profile Sully did, from take-off right through to landing... all with realistic physics and accurate land and river placement. As well as the actual location, airplane, time, weather, and flight-path, the ACTUAL radio transmissions are played at the right time, giving a full immersion into the actual 5-minute flight... and with flight physics that are accurate enough to make it very similar to the real plane. Touch down below 120 knots, at less t...


FSBreak 7: FSX Thunderbirds, X-Plane Beta, and AVSIM Fancon
Mar 11 2009 79 mins  
FSX Thunderbirds, X-Plane Beta, AVSIM Fancon, #38; More! Hosted by Eric McClintock, Joe, Jon, #38; Nolan. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Update: X Plane Racing Released Last week we mentioned the upcoming X-Plane racing iPhone/iPod Touch Application The application is now for sale for the expected $9.99 For more information, visit the direct link to the iTunes App Store. [Link] X Plane For iPod/iPhone updated to 9.08 Version 9.08 is the 8th free upgrade to the X-Plane line-up! Updates include: An autopilot on Glass Panel planes New scenery, frame rate enhancements, and sound enhancements. Updates also include local multiplayer support The 9.08 update is available as a free update for current owners. For more information, visit the X-Plane.com website. [Link] X Plane 9.30 Beta 4#38;5 Released The new flow-field visualization for X-Plane 9.30 Beta-4. Pitch-rate, downwash, and wake effects are all clearly visible. For the full feature list, visit the Beta information page. [Link] Care to school us in what these updates really mean? Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426. AVSIM Announces 2009 FANCON Key Note Speaker Captain Robert S. Randazzo is the founder of PMDG and an Airline Transport rated pilot with more than four thousand hours of pilot in command experience. He has flown nearly two dozen aircraft types from Cessnas to restored warbirds and holds type ratings on five aircraft types from the BAe JS4100 to the Boeing 747-400. Robert has been working on, under, or near airplanes since the age of fifteen, and spent almost all of the past twenty years in the airline business. He began his career with United Airlines as a part time cabin/lavatory cleaner working an overnight shift, but, convinced that such endeavors would eventually lead to the flight deck, Robert capitalized on many job opportunities presented by United. He served on the employee team that opened Denver International Airport, served as a Negotiator/Account Executive in Washington, DC., was a member of the Critical Incident Response Team, and was a member of UAL's operational management team at Washington Dulles International Airport. In November of 1999, Robert accepted a First Officer position flying Jetstream 3200s for United Express carrier Atlantic Coast Airlines out of Washington, Dulles Airport. In January, 2001, he upgraded to Captain flying the Jetstream 4100 on routes throughout the eastern United States. A year later Captain Randazzo was promoted to the Chief Pilots team where he assumed responsibility for drafting an airlinewide operational plan that was largely credited with giving industry leading on time performance to Atlantic Coast Airlines and follow on carrier Independence Air. Robert has been involved in flight simulation since 1981 with the release of SubLogic Flight Simulator for the Apple II. Founded PMDG in 1997 to bring his real world experience to the simming community. Find this story on Avsim [Link], and learn more about the 2009 FANCON event here. [Link] Microsoft Flight Simulator MVP asks a question Nick Whittome was at the game studios during the MVP summit, He asks a question for the community: If the former flight simulator team at Microsoft made available, in a rough form, an unsupported set of tools that they may (or may not) have that would improve the current design tools available to FSX right now, would that at least soften the blow of ACES closing as we knew it and would it be helpful in keeping you all developing for the platform ongoing? Nick asks for the community's feedback on his blog article. [Link] What could these unsupported tools really mean? Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426. A new Mike Ray Article on FSVisions This month FSVisions is happy to

FSBreak 6: X-Plane Racing, VA Talk, BigFoot Adventures, and more!
Mar 04 2009 42 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Brendan, and Joe Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. X-Plane Racing Coming Soon For iPod Touch/iPhone X-Plane racing lets you have timed races against a computer, or in multiplayer. Multiplayer will be soon updated to ALL versions of X-Plane to iPhone for CURRENT customers, however Racing will only be sold with this new version. Other versions will be upgraded once testing complete. Multiplayer is ONLY for LAN! No Online Multiplayer. More about X-Plane racing: X-Plane racing comes with 4 regions, and 4 planes: F4U Corsair P-51 Mustang F-4 Phantom F-15 Eagle A race course for each plane in each region, 4x4=16 total races. Familiar "Green Hoops" in other flight racing games (Like FSX Airbull race, etc) "Coming Shortly", our best guess is $9.99 for X-Plane racing. Link to Article here. [Link] UPDATE! X-Plane Racing has now been released for $9.99 as we predicted. [Link to iTunes Store] Mike Stonersquo;s Aircraft Available Again Garry J. Smith from Australia reports ldquo;hellip;.. As many of you know Mike Stone has retired from the simming community and model development and has no desires to return to the hobby of model creation, modification or revisions. However, Mike has graciously granted permission for me to host for download all of his aircraft via the GJSmith.net sitehellip;hellip;rdquo;. ldquo;hellip;.. This is an excellent opportunity to gather together all 107 of Mikersquo;s models and make them all independently available to the simming community from the one spot. To facilitate this I have created a web within a web which is exclusively dedicated to presenting all of his aircraft over several pages. The web pages now contain download access to all of the Mike Stone Aircraft. The new pages are herehellip;.rdquo;. View the article on SimFlight.com [Link], orgo straight to the website here. [Link] Out thoughts: We respect Mike's decision to keep control of his property, but the site can use some work (A search function and more robust server for starters) and the copyright can be loosened up a bit as it currently does not even allow the FS2004 aircraft to be converted to FSX by the community... RDJ Simulation's Bigfoot Adventures for FSX Have some unusual fun as a bush pilot in several exotic locations around the world while landing by ground, float plane and even freefall parachute. You then go on foot to track and tranquilize these elusive beast to cover it all up for the government. You get paid well and find all kinds of great hunting and fishing spots along the way for when you take your R#38;R. 5 Total Missions included: Australian Outback Louisiana Amazon River Washington DC Tibet Price: $18.00 [Link] Share with us! What is your weirdest FS addon you have ever owned? Screenshots: [nggallery id=7] SimFlight.com wants you to know about ForkLift Simulator Yes, the simulator recommended by Adam on Episode 5... Not Sure You Want To Know This But simMarket now carries a Forklift Simulator (in German language only). It is published by Astragon, the same company that also brought you the amazingly popular Farm Simulator and another few lsquo;gamesrsquo; away from the ordinary. Actually, it is quite fun so why not give it a go? Available here on simMarket. [Link] Again, this addon is available only in German, and will run you back EUR 19.99, or about $26 USD. Link to article. [Link] VA Discussion Joe is a member of Delta Virual [Link], and Brendan is a training manager at Fusion Airways [Link]. If you are a member or an owner of a VA, tell us what your VA offers! Call our voicemail at 513-201-5426. Quick Links OpenSceneryX 1.10.0 Released The OpenSceneryX project is a free to use library of scenery objects for X-Plane v8.50 and above. It is a collaborative effort by members of the X-Plane.org c...

FSBreak 5: Free Megascenery Earth Download, Air Hauler Previewed, and More!
Feb 25 2009 43 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Adam, Cam, #38; James. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Free MegaScenery Earth Download Pick and choose areas that you want photo scenery for. Prices for the scenery range from 1/4 cent to 1/2 cent per square mile. Most areas are between 1,200-2,000 Square miles, and are priced at $7.49. Approx. 1GB of scenery per area, available for instant download. Complete states are priced at around $120, and a 65GB download. (They do have a price to include a hard drive shipped with the scenery) City packs are also offered for $15-$30 per city. They currently have almost 300,000 Square Miles in 182 areas in the United States. They are adding new areas all of the time. The scenery is FSX Only, and displays at 1.19 meters per pixel. Each area includes day scenery and night scenery, and enhanced autogen scenery. Free Scenery: They are offering one area free, "WA-004" which includes a 1,300 Square Mile area around Mt Rainier in the state of Washington. Free scenery is a 1.14GB download. As a special promotion they are offering the first area purchase for $2.99, instead of $7.49. Link to Free Scenery. [Link] Air Hauler Previewed Air Hauler is an automated program that allows you to manage all aspects of your own air cargo company, and fly the flights in FS2004 or FSX. Features: Airline startup options, you get a plane and a small amount of cash to grow on. Manage multiple companies as their own entity. Complete airline route, airport, and financial information. Each airline has a base, Air Hauler will import your custom airports from FS2004 or FSX. Each airport has a startup cost and a monthly lease. It is able to automatically suggest possible airport candidates to add to your inventory. Remembers where you left off your game progress. Even if in the middle of a flight and Flight Simulator is shut down, next time you start the game it will pick up where you left off. Fuel prices vary from region to region, airport to airport, and between different fuel types that your aircraft require. It also pulls the oil price from the internet to reflect the real world price of fuel. The program assigns jobs that need to be flown, and you are able to filter them and fly the ones you want tom and expire after 72 hours. You are able to adjust FS settings such as time and simulation rate without penalty. Aircraft limits are enforced. If your cargo is over weight you are not allowed to leave the airport. For a fee you may have the airport remove some fuel to make your aircraft lighter, and you are able to make stops for refueling, but careful flight planning is required! Any aircraft can be used, freeware an payware. However, aircraft must either be purchased or leased. The price depends on the condition of the plane. Loans can be taken out to lease or purchase assets, and there are different loans available with different terms and interest rates. Air Hauler even includes a stock market feature. You can use your company's cash to purchase shares of real world companies at current market prices that are downloaded from the internet. All costs are automatically determined from your flights and company. Including airport use fees, fuel, aircraft repairs, insurance, and loan fees. At a certain point in the game, you are able to hire on virtual staff. Pilot's skill levels differ, as do their salaries and efficiency. Complex flight planning can be used for the flights flown by you. The game is currently in late beta and will be released for FS2004 and FSX priced at $36.99 from JustFlight. [Link] You can also read John Allard's full preview. [Link] Screenshots: [nggallery id=3] Tecnam P92 for X-Plane The P92 is an advanced microlight, two-seater (side by side), single strut braced, high

FSBreak 4: Support Flightsim, PTaylor Comments, and more!
Feb 18 2009 49 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Jordan G, #38; Adam J. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. Support Flightsim This petition is to serve as an open letter of support for both the ACES studio members and the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise as a whole. Over its 25+ year history the franchise has built an unmatched fan-base stretching across generations. With the closure of the ACES studio, we, the loyal supporters of the franchise are concerned with the continuity and quality of the brand. Though the franchise remains the property of Microsoft Corporation, the real value remains in the dedication and creativity of the ACES studio members that have now been lost. Check it out and sign the petition at SupportFlightSim.com. [Link] End of an Era, Part III New blog post from Phil Taylor where he wraps up the various press coverage Microsoft has gotten. Is the FS Franchise dead? Here is some information from Phil: Two groups being formed, Group one involves using using character animation, that was supposed to be in Train Sim 2, in a social networking environment lead by Microsoft Research. Group two is the most interesting, it will be centered around a flying game - NOT FS11 - But still a flying game. Group two has 30 employees, and plan to take on 15 more over the next year. The job postings last week which mentioned a "flight orientated game" were for the second group. Also remember that some employees from the ACES studios were asked to find another position in the company, presumably to 'group two'. So what does this mean? Phil speculates: This is a serious change in direction for the hobby, but the jury is out in terms of the exact details until Microsoft Game Studios releases more information. Phil mentions the possibility of a pay to play type system, similar to other games like world of warcraft, where you pay a monthly fee in order to play the game. He also has said that it could be a possibility that it might not feature the entire world, and not as a deep simulation experience. Question? If this were to happen, what would happen? Would you pay to play a FS? Online Surveys#160;#38;#160;Market Research Tell us what you think! Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected], or call 513-201-5426 Phil ends the speculation by saying that it is clear Microsoft has SOMETHING in the works, but we will just have to wait and see. Until then FSX is a great platform to build on. View the full article here. [Link] New Film from JaggyRoad Films Imagine you are watching an amateur edited video with a bit of music in the background to spice things up a bit. Nothing crazy, just a relaxing but fun experience you might find at a friend's TV on a late night while tipping back a few beers. Video: Watch this video and JaggyRoad's other videos here. [Link] GoFlight Integrated Communications Console Features a Full-size COMM and NAV stack Includes a prewired USB hub, just plug it in and use the configuration software. Will run you about $900. View more about the console here. [Link] Picture of Jordan's friend's setup: [nggallery id=2] Share your home cockpit! Use the form on our contact page, email [email protected] and include an attachment or a link to your home cockpit! Quick Links Sandspit "X" Airport This is one of the most popular and yet often forgotten airports in North America. From the very detailed and unique terminal building to animated "birds in flight" and Orca whales "splashing about" just off the coastline, we have done our best to capture the area's overall peaceful and serene feel. Both FS2004 and FSX versions included. Price: $15.00 USD. More info at this article. [Link] Sky Diver 2009 A skydive 'simulator' for both FS2004 and FSX. Features 5 different types of animation. Also features a watch with Altimeter and different canopy colors.

FSBreak 3: X-Plane Beta 2, X-Plane Extreme for iPod Touch, and more!
Feb 11 2009 52 mins  
Hosted by Eric McClintock, Mark, and Cam. Listen Here: Subscribe to automatically get the latest podcast: iTunes, Zune, RSS XML, E-Mail, All Other. X-Plane 9.30 Beta-2 for PC/Mac New engine model to handle the proper air density at critical altitudes. Auto-throttle PRESERVES the differences between various throttles in multi-engine airplanes. Example: If you MANUALLY drag the throttles in a multi-engine plane to somewhat different settings, such as, for example, 10% more throttle on engine #1, and then engage the auto-throttle, engine #1 will continues to run at 10% higher throttle than the others. Rudder-pedal joystick-button/key-commands are back. New option in Plane-Maker: Auto-slats below a certain SPEED. Many other features, for more information and to download see X-Plane's website. [Link] The reduced price of $39.99 for X-Plane has also been extended due to the recent news from Microsoft. A summary of new features can also be found at this website. [Link] X-Plane Extreme for iPhone/iPod Touch X-Plane Extreme Edition has been released for the iPhone and iPod touch. This features a full simulation platform on your portable device, you can adjust your throttle, flaps, speed brake, etc. You also have the option to pick between 6 different regions, each with around 4 airports per region. You can also adjust the weather, time of day, and many other features. On the iTunes music store, Austin Meyer mentions that there may be a free update to allow for multiplayer flight. Included Aircraft: F-22 Raptor B-1 Lancer B-2 Spirit SR-71 Blackbird Price: $9.99 iTunes Store Link. [Link] What's next for Microsoft's Flight Sim partners? The register interviewed Scott Phillips of Just Flight [Link], and Steve Halpern of Flight One Software [Link]. Both third party company's agree that for the time being, FSX is enough to develop for in the short term. However, Halpern calls for Microsoft to announce any news about the series final future in the coming months, so his company can make long term decisions.[POLL HERE] Online Surveys#160;#38;#160;Market Research The article goes on to mention other simulators such as X-Plane [Link], and the open source FlightGear [Link]. To read the entire article from The Register, visit the page. [Link] [caption id="attachment_216" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="FlightGear - The Open Source FS"][/caption] New Microsoft Job postings New job posting from Microsoft [Link] : Join the team responsible for building the most fun and rewarding flying experiences available on Games for Windows Live. Microsoft Game Studios is looking for a veteran Lead Program Manager/Producer to help lead the development of a new broad-attraction flight-oriented game on the PC. And another [Link] : Join the team responsible for building the most fun and rewarding flying experiences available on Games for Windows Live. Does working on a small, innovative team that delivers the most immersive flight experiences available today on the PC intrigue you? Our technology makes available entire continents - potentially the entire planet - for a detailed and dynamic 3D experience. We are looking for a Project Art Lead who can define, refine, and extend the visual elements while balancing the need for fun and approachability for a broad set of users. Read the article from SimFlight here. [Link] Last Week's Poll: Do you think we will see MSFS11 released as a game on the xBox 360? The results were more than 5 to 1 NO: Manhattan X for FSX Released Covers the entire Manhattan Island (East Side, West Side, Uptown and Downtown) plus Ellis Island, Governors Island, Roosevelt Island, Statue Island. Four heliports. Very high density scenery with hundreds of detailed buildings. Full FSX features using bump maps, advanced shading and reflections. Scheduled ship traffic (Staten Island Ferries). Many special effects included (like sounds,




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