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    • Cameron

      X-Aviation Gets A New Look

      By Cameron, in News,

      X-Aviation has been re-designed from the ground up! The new site is intended to make your shopping easier by placing the information you really want to know at the top of each product page, and brings a modern, mobile friendly shop with it as well. No matter where you are, you can now shop with ease from any device!

    • Cameron
      In the latest SR22 development update, Coop takes us through explanations about the aerodynamics on this aircraft.
      TorqueSim states, "Aerodynamics is one of many reasons why we all love X-Plane. That’s also why, just like with the engine, aerodynamics on the TorqueSim SR22 have been designed to take full advantage of the simulator’s capabilities and get as close as possible to the real world equivalent. Therefore a professional flight model of the SR22 was created by X-Aerodynamics in 2018 – over many months of work using all available resources and documents. It is up to the most recent standards and greatly benefits of the flight model improvements introduced with version 11.41 of the simulator and is ready for 11.50."
      You can read more about the latest update in the SR22 forums here.

    • Cameron
      SkyMaxx Pro v4.9.1 has been released and includes experimental support for Vulkan. Mac users may still enjoy the latest update while using OpenGL.
      This update is free for all current v4 users of SkyMaxx, and includes numerous optimizations for better performance.
      You can find more information about v4.9.1 in the release notes in this forum.

    • Cameron
      Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce the long-awaited Vulkan/Metal update of its flagship desktop simulation product, X-Plane 11.50 Beta
      Laminar normally does not publish press releases for beta versions of X-Plane, but the Vulkan release is so important to the X-Plane 11 roadmap that we decided to publicly announce it before the final-release version is available.  
      Vulkan (PC) and Metal (Mac) are rendering level APIs that change how X-Plane interacts with the graphics card. They are faster than OpenGL that X-Plane has used in the past. 
      Overall, most users will see improved frame rates and reduced stutters when using Vulkan or Metal.
      In X-Plane 11.50 Beta, there is a check-box in the rendering settings that enables Vulkan or Metal.  A restart of X-Plane is necessary for the change to take effect. 
      If for some reason a user encounters problems while using Vulkan or Metal, OpenGL is still available by simply unchecking the Vulkan/Metal check-box.
      X-Plane 11.50 has been in private beta testing since the end of 2019. During the long development cycle for the 11.50 Beta, better handling of plugin drawing was added, 
      a new process for texture paging was added and iterated 3 times, and multiple fixes to increase performance were added. 
      X-Plane 11.50 Beta is now available to all X-Plane 11 users on both the Laminar and Steam sites through the X-Plane 11 update feature.
      More technical information on the Vulkan update can be found on the Laminar development blog.
      About Laminar Research
      Laminar Research is creator of the X-Plane franchise of flight simulators, including X-Plane 11, the latest desktop version.  X-Plane 11 is available in both a consumer and FAA certified professional version. 
      Laminar also offers X-Plane versions for both the iPhone and iPad, as well as other mobile systems. 
      X-Plane’s flight model, scope, versatility, customizability, and 3rd party add-ons make it the ultimate flight simulation experience for Macintosh, Windows, Linux, IOS, and Android platforms. 

      For more information on Laminar Research and X-Plane: www.x-plane.com

    • Cameron
      TorqueSim has posted the fourth update for their upcoming SR22 aircraft.
      In this update Coop covers how the SR22 will include a fully custom engine model, and why it's important to do so rather than using X-Plane's standard model.
      Check out the full update and screenshot previews by going to the forum thread located here!

    • Cameron
      In their latest posting on the Rotate website, the developers state:
      "After a few months of silent work, we can now show some screenshots featuring the MCDUs. Around 30 individual pages were put in the roadmap, and most of them are already operative. Some of the most relevant pages are shown here on these screenshots.
      We have advanced a lot in the FMCs and FCCs, continuing with the dual cockpit approach. The autopilot is now waiting for tuning. We are preparing now to address the few pages and functions that you will miss on this publication: the performance related pages which are part of our next milestone, along with aerodynamics and navigation."
      You may find the full posting of screenshots and information by clicking here.

    • Cameron
      TorqueSim has announced late stage development of their Islander BN-2.
      This aircraft will feature a high quality model, PBR textures throughout, a full custom electrical system with working circuit breakers, support for the AFM G5 avionics on launch, and of course the fantastic roar of its O-540s will be rendered in beautiful FMOD!
      You can read more about the announcement and see more screenshots here.

    • Cameron
      Today is the final day to get the Pocket Rocket at a steep 45% discount. Get yours today by going to X-Aviation!
      The Pocket Rocket is a highly detailed simulation of a PT-6 equipped Pocket Rocket originally inspired by Thomas Dietrich. This aircraft comes with a simulated G1000 that gets its internal Synthetic Vision code from the famous Hot Start TBM 900, includes a simulated Garmin G5, numerous liveries and a maintenance and failure simulation. FMOD sounds are also included to give you that extra edge! 

    • Attitude
      The long awaited update for the amazing Rotate MD-80 is here! Version 1.3 PRO!
      This update is a free one for all who purchased the previous versions.
      The aircraft is compatible with X plane 10.51 and up and is working in the latest X plane 11 beta. They cannot guarantee that future beta releases will offer 100% compatibility. 
      Rotate has stated they've completely reworked the LNAV & VNAV systems and the FMS includes new pages like PROGRESS and HOLD and offers support for ARINC424 instructions (DME arcs, Procedural turns, conditional waypoints, VECTORS, …).
       Many smaller systems and older cockpit functions have been upgraded and some newer systems added with much detail. 
      Here is the official list of features 
      Flight characteristics:
      Precise flight model
      Fine tuned engine performance
      Developed with the help of two MD-80 pilots
      Custom systems:
      Accurate PW-JT8D-219 model
      Engine Starting and Ignition System
      Engine Oil System
      Fuel Distribution, Heat and Quantity Indication
      Thrust Reversers
      Automatic Reserve Thrust
      Thrust Rating Panel
      Engine Display Panel
      Systems Display Panel

      Electrical System:
      Power Generating and Distribution System
      Battery and bus monitor system
      Emergency Power System
      Ground Power Unit
      Hydraulic System:
      Rudder and Elevator HYD/MAN operation
      Ground Pneumatic System
      Reversers and Brakes Accumulators

      Air System:
      Air Conditioning and Distribution with Ground Operation and In-flight Pneumatics
      Cockpit and Cabin Temperature Control
      APU On-Ground Air Conditioning
      Airplane Pressurization
      Ground Pressure Supply for on ground A/C operation

      Automatic Flight, navigation and FMS:
      Dual IRS alignment rutine, NAV and ATT modes
      Custom LNAV and VNAV. Climb, cruise and descend management with altitude and speed restrictions. ARINC424 instructions support
      Performance management, with complete VNAV profile calculation, including T/C, T/D, and time, fuel and altitude predictions
      Lateral Navigation: NAV, VOR/LOC, ILS
      Vertical Navigation: VNAV, VERT SPD, IAS/MACH, ALT HLD
      Speed modes: SPD and MACH sel, EPR LIM, FMS OVRD
      All autopilot readouts simulated
      Flight Mode Annunciator
      All EPR modes
      Flight planning, navigation, performance management and airplane guidance
      FMS pages:
      POS INIT
      RTE page with VIA and DIRECT selection, DISContinuity detection and CO ROUTE
      LEGS with insertion and deletion capabilities and RTE DATA
      DIRect TO waypoint
      DEPartures and ARRivals pages with SIDs and STARs (third party database included)
      PERFormance page with BURN SCHED, WIND/TEMP corrections and calculated remaining fuel
      CLIMB page with estimated times and restrictions and CLB DIR function
      CRUISE page
      DESCENT page with SPEED/PATH, DES NOW and DES DIR modes
      TAKEOFF REF and APPROACH REF with automatic V-Speeds calculation
      HOLD page with entry pattern calculation and Present POS
      PROGRESS pages with pilot selectable waypoint
      Save and load route options
      Aircraft Management page
      Custom PFD and ND with curved transitions and MAG/TRU operation
      Accurate navigation instruments and displays
      Weather Radar and TCAS with TA/RA advisories

      Complete Engine Fire Detection and Extinguishing simulation
      Simulated Tests:
      DFGC, Altitude, Engine Fire, APU Fire, GPWS, Windshear, Flight Recorder, Voice Recorder, TCAS, Brake Temp, Stall, Anti-Skid, LED/Annunciators
      Slat/Flap controls with Dial-a-Flap selection wheel
      Vertical trim control with Take-off Condition Computer
      Hide yoke option

      Hyper-realistic visuals:
      Highly detailed 3D cockpit, passenger cabin and exterior model, with accurate animations
      Accurate control surfaces animations with control tabs. Precise wing flex animation
      Thorough 4K texture work
      Normal and specular maps
      10 High quality liveries (Air Liberté, Alitalia, Allegiant, American Airlines, British Island Airlines Delta Airlines 1, Delta Airlines 2, German Wings, Iberia, Scandinavian Airlines)
      Cockpit crew modelled
      Paint-Kit 4K
      Cockpit flood lamps and thunderstorm lights
      Cockpit instruments, text and digital lights
      Panel flood lights
      Overhead panel flood light
      Wing lights with off, on and deployed positions, and nose lights
      Nav, strobe and anti-collision lights
      Exterior flood lights, wing and nacelle lights.

      Custom 3D sound engine with stereo and doppler effects
      High quality multi-layered engine sounds
      Wind and control surfaces sounds
      Cockpit sounds: varied switches and knobs, avionics and Air Conditioning, tests and alerts,…
      To purchase this aircraft or upgrade to the latest version please click here - Enjoy!


    • Morrigan
      Aerobask, a developer known for their Epic E1000 and Viperjet LXR, have released their long-awaited single engine, super light jet; the Epic Victory.
      But they did not stop there. When you purchase their new release, you get the LISA Akoya, a nimble, single engine amphibious plane, free of charge.
      And if you thought that was a bargain, Aerobask is not done there. Along with the two aircraft, you can also download a free Manuae Airport scenery, made available at X-Plane.org, to really enhance your sea plane experience.
      Feature list:
      Aerobask Quality 3D Model High quality 3D model throughout Flight model defined according to the specifications of public data. Fun to fly. Ultra-High Resolution textures. 4K, Ambient Occlusion, Specular, Normal mapping and night lightning. Fully functional and animated Virtual 3D cockpit. Panoramic windshield with reflections, rain and icing effects. Ground Power Unit First ever modeled Skyview for X-Plane 3 EFIS  Skyview  Extensive custom logic to simulate  the real Skyview Custom MAPs & FMS Flight Plans Management Transponder AutoPilot and radio  All EFIS can be displayed in Pop-up view Other Systems EIS MVP50, 2 Garmin GNC255, 1 STEC5000 Autopilot, ADL110B weather radar, TCAS and vocal alerts. Can also be viewed as Pop-up windows Dynamic Menus Options Menu Fuel & weight management GPU Custom 3D Sounds Engine, gear, flaps, door, vocal alert, callout. Enhanced 3D sound engine using SASL functions. Liveries More than 6 different paint schemes using 4K textures (more available at aerobask.com) Documentation  Victory general manual Aerobask Skyview manual Checklist normal operation Online Flight Planner tutorial

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