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    • Cameron
      X-Crafts has released a big update for their Embraer 175 product. This brings the product up to version 1.1, and the changes in this update include:
      E175 v1.1 changelog:
      - Ground equipment and pushback options are now restored after landing (more details below)
      - The winglets can now be changed through a plugin menu
      - There are now 12 liveries included in the package and 21 additional liveries available here - total of 33 Liveries
      - More details and dirt added to all liveries included in the package 
      - SASL updated to version 2.4 
      - Engine start sounds fixed
      - Cockpit windows are fixed (the glass of the windows wasn't moving)
      - New avionics sounds
      - New chrono clock
      - Reverse now works separately with hardware throttle
      - Clicking spots on the MFD are all bigger now - very easy to click on all the buttons
      - Vertical ILS diamonds fixed
      - CRS indicator in PFD is now working
      - GPU can now be turned on and off on the overhead panel
      - ATHR can only be engaged after takeoff
      - Cursor changed when changing the range in MAP Options menu. (TIP: You can also change the range directly from the range indicator in the map!)
      - windshield was shiny in the middle
      - VOR bearing pointer added to the NAV map
      - Alitalia livery has many added details
      - Flap sounds inside are too loud
      - Updated xfmc and xchecklist config files
      - Fans were rotating in the wrong direction
      - The lights on the new winglets also illuminate the surroundings now
      - Big misplaced nav lights on winglets corrected
      - Artifitial horizon was showing wrong values
      - N E S W highlighted on the FMS
      - The little black line on the EFIS horizon is gone

      FMS changes:
      1.  Corrected ability to override warning that a flight plan .fms file exists when selecting a filename to use when saving the current route.
      2.  Corrected coding that does not properly detect and reject waypoint misplacement if the waypoint is an NDB, and a VOR with the same NAVID is found before the plugin finds the correct NDB waypoint.
      3.  Corrected display of the FLT PLAN page when no waypoints have been loaded.
      4.  Added ability to read tail.txt files, placed in livery folders, allowing the RADIO 1 page to display the actual tail number for the aircraft depicted in the livery.  The maximum number of characters that can currently be displayed is eight (8).  (Default is ERJ-175).
      More info regarding the plugin changes:
      1.  Added X-Plane plugin menu item that will allow the user to select the type of winglets that are to be used.  This persists from X-Plane session to session by use of config file.  If the config file is not found at first, one is created and the default winglets are used.
      2.  Ground equipment and pushback options are now restored following a flight, subject to the following conditions:
                  a.  The aircraft has flown, detected by reaching an altitude AGL of at least 100 feet.
                  b.  Ground speed is zero.
                  c.  The parking brake has been set.

    • Cameron
      Laminar Research has released X-Plane 10.45 RC-1 to the wild.
      As per their release, "X-Plane 10.45 is a “small” patch for us in that it doesn’t contain major changes to the code, but it contains a number of features you might like."
      Changes include:
      An update to the global airports. The global airports won’t conflict with custom scenery – new exclusion  technology prevents overlapping buildings. Nav data has been significantly updated – lots of bug fixes are in 10.45. The GPS data for the G430 now contains IAFs, so you can fly GPS approaches with proper transitions. Proper prop torque for aircraft that opt in.

    • Morrigan
      Sundog Software and X-Aviation have announced work on 'Real Weather Connector', a product to work with SkyMaxx Pro v3.
      Real Weather Connector will enhance and alter the way weather is generated for X-Plane.
      Real Weather Connector will be released as its own product, but it will require SkyMaxx Pro v3 to work, utilizing downloaded weather data and generate clouds in their actual locations.
      To read more about the product, and follow Sundog's development, visit X-Pilot's forum thread.

    • Cameron

      JARDesign Previews A330

      By Cameron, in Aircraft,

      JarDesigns has provided Aerosoft Sim News with new previews of their upcoming A330 with Rolls Royce engines.
      You can see the exclusive preview shots at ASN XP.
      We also have an active discussion on this project here at X-Pilot.
      This product continues on JarDesign's successful Airbus series of products.

    • Cameron
      PMDG has officially announced the Douglas DC-6 as their entry product into the X-Plane simulation world.
      Robert Randazzo of PMDG states:
      "The PMDG Classics DC-6B is the lead off product in a new breed of products for PMDG that will bring some "old school" aviation to our product lines for Xplane, FSX and Prepar3D. This product will drop for XPlane first- but shortly after will release for FSX and Prepar3D as well- making it the first PMDG product to appear on three different simulation platforms."
      A topic of discussion can be found here at X-Pilot.
      The original posting from PMDG may be found on their Facebook page.

    • X-Pilot

      SkyMaxx Pro 1.3 Update Released

      By X-Pilot, in Plugins,

      X-Aviation and Maxx-XP have released an update for SkyMaxx Pro, bringing the version number to 1.3!
      This update includes further enhancements and optimizations in performance, including features like forced cirrus layers for a more realistic environment and higher resolution textures than in previous versions.
      You can read more about this update here.
      A list of what has been updated includes:
      Clouds faded out due to visibility are culled, to further improve performance
      New cumulus cloud puff textures
      Clouds should be consistent across multiple displays
      New config option to always force at least one cirrus layer (on by default). If no cirrus layer comes in from X-Plane's datarefs, we create one at 9000 meters
      Improved error handling in the event initialization fails
      Cloud visibility is generally increased
      Random variation added to cumulonimbus cloud sizes
      Prevents a source of a potential crash reported by one user
      Memory leak fixed with latest Gizmo build

    • Cameron
      Leading Edge Simulations and X-Aviation are happy to announce the release of the long awaited Saab 340A for X-Plane 10!
      This aircraft features a study level simulation based on the real aircraft, custom programmed from the ground up! You can grab yours today at the Saab 340A product page on X-Aviation!
      The Saab 340A is entirely simulated based on the real world manuals. All of the systems are entirely custom programmed, including the autopilot, CRT displays (EHSI and EADI), powerplant, hydraulics and more! Our entire simulation has been certified as true-to-life by a test group of five real world Saab 340 pilots. They were amazed at our accurate simulation, and you will be too!

    • X-Pilot
      It's release week for the Saab 340A, and things are still going steady according to the developers!
      A new video has been posted showcasing some of the features, variants, and liveries of this amazing aircraft, and you can watch it here!
      In the event you missed the release week announcement, you can read more on that here.

    • X-Pilot
      Alabeo has released the D17 Staggerwing!
      The product features high detailed reflections, volumetric side view prop effects, dynamic prop shines, and numerous liveries.
      See more at the Alabeo web store!
      This aircraft is priced at a reasonable $19.95USD.

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