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    • 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

    • 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.

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