IXEG 737 Classic on finals!

IXEG 737 Classic for X-Plane due Saturday, April 23, 2016

X-Aviation has released the following announcement:

“After six years in development, X-Plane’s most anticipated release is about to touch down and taxi to the gate. We’re ready to let you take command and explore the world with the IXEG 737 Classic! We’re officially announcing Saturday, April 23, 2016 as the release date.”

The announcement went on to provide the following information:

Release time:

When we make announcements like this we make every attempt to get the product out close to midnight time the day of release. This means for some it may be Friday night if you are located in the USA. I cannot provide an exact time, but I would anticipate a release window between 12am-2am EST.

Pricing:

We will be announcing price (as we always do) once the product page is up and running. More details about the product as a whole will be there too.

Liveries:

There will be 20 liveries included upon release. They are:

• Air Berlin

• Air France

• Air Italy

• America West

• British Airways

• Condor

• Delta Retro

• Iberia

• IXEG

• Jet2

• Linjeflyg

• Lufthansa

• Lufthansa Retro

• Norwegian

• SAS

• Southwest New

• Transaero

• United (tulip)

• US Air

• Varig

We will be including a paint kit at release time.

Manuals:

The package will come with quite a bit of documentation, but we don’t want this aircraft to be intimidating. Yes, it’s definitely a study level simulation, but the included tutorials come in PDF and video form. While there’s a lot to learn, we’ve made it as interactive and fun as possible for you. Reading big FCOMs can get rather boring to a lot of people, so we hope you enjoy this! We also recommend Mike Rays 737 handbook as a compliment to this product. His book is excellent and works quite nicely as a follow along guide for this product!

To celebrate this event, a preview video of the IXEG 737 Classic has been released.

Click on the image below to view.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=TfBriSJFeSQ

Look out for a comprehensive review of this highly anticipated release in a future issue of PC Pilot!

The New Orbx light show!

Orbx to introduce new and improved city lighting technology

John Venema, CEO of Orbx Simulation Systems, has announced that the company is working on a new lighting system.

Making the announcement on the Orbx forums, John stated that “Starting with openLC USA/Mexico we’re adding advanced new night lighting tech to major cities. We may not cover all major cities with this tech but it will be progressively rolled out and also added to service packs to the EU and Alaska/Canada openLC areas.”

John added that, “These lights are viewable from a much longer distance than the standard FTX Global lighting and will certainly enhance dawn/dusk/night approaches into the major hub airports.”

The series of shots accompanying this article, using the new lighting technology, are from Nashville and Kansas City. John also went on to say that “performance is not impacted by much because it’s limited to only the main arterial roads and motorways per city.”

This will undoubtedly enhance the immersion factor when flying at night. We will bring you further information as soon as we receive it.

New Recruitment Drive for easyJet

British low-cost carrier easyJet has launched a new recruitment programme aimed at adding up to 450 new pilots.  This includes 400 new cadet pilot positions, along with a further 50 Direct Entry Captains.

The Luton-based airline’s Head of Flight Operations, Captain Brian Tyrrell, said: “We’re really pleased to have opened recruitment for more than 450 new easyJet pilot positions. We pride ourselves on having a team of the highest talent and we offer our pilots a clear career path with the opportunity to develop from First Officer to Captain quicker than at other airlines. This is an exciting time to join easyJet as we continue to grow and develop to maintain our position as Europe’s leading airline and I look forward to welcoming the successful applicants in the near future.”

EasyJet added that new cadets will undertake their flying training with one of the carrier’s three partners – CTC Aviation, CAE or FTEJerez.

United Outlines Fleet Changes

United Airlines is accelerating the retirement of its Boeing 747-400s with the entire fleet to be phased out by the end of 2018.  To fill the void left by the Jumbo’s withdrawal, the US carrier has converted some of its outstanding orders for the 787-8 Dreamliner – due to join the airline from 2020 – into four 777-300ERs and five 787-9s with deliveries beginning in 2017.

“Retiring the 747 fleet and replacing those aircraft with more customer-pleasing, current-generation aircraft creates a more reliable and efficient fleet that provides a better overall experience for our customers travelling on long-haul flights,” Gerry Laderman, United’s Senior Vice President Finance and acting Chief Financial Officer.

United’s short-haul fleet continues to get a makeover too with the announcement of a purchase of a further 25 737-700s in addition to the previously declared order for 40. Delivery of these will start at the end of 2017 and enable United to reduce the size of its 50-seat regional fleet.

The airline currently has firm orders for 35 Airbus A350-1000s, 153 aircraft from the 737 family, plus ten 777-300ERs and 27 Dreamliners.  It also has firm commitments for ten Embraer E175s, which will be flown by United Express partners.

Latin Consolidation

LATAM Airlines Group has confirmed plans to consolidate its air freight divisions into one single brand – LATAM Cargo. The new group will unite LAN Cargo, TAM Cargo, LAN Cargo Colombia and Mas Air to create the largest consortium of freight carriers in Latin America.

Cristián Ureta, Cargo Executive Vice-President LATAM Airlines Group said: “Apart from representing each affiliate’s best and offering consistent and impeccable service, this change also involves an evolution internally in relation to how we do things, how we deal with issues and how we come up with solutions. LATAM Cargo will foster a culture of dedication to customers, with a strong focus on the development of projects that add value and significant improvements to the service experience.”

The new group will serve a combined network of 140 destinations across 29 countries. Re-branding is expected to start imminently and will be rolled out across the fleet over the next three years.

TAP Upgrades

Lisbon-based TAP Portugal has contracted Airbus to complete comprehensive cabin upgrades across its A330 and A320 Family fleets. The deal, signed at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg earlier this month, includes retrofitting new Business Class seats and an updated In-flight Entertainment System into seven widebody jets, and installing new seating throughout the 41-strong narrowbody fleet.

“These significant cabin upgrade programmes for our A320ceo and A330ceo Family fleets reinforce our commitment to invest in enhancing the aircraft and the product we offer to our passengers,” TAP’s Chief Commercial Officer Trey Urbahn said. “We are confident that Airbus will deliver the right upgrade solutions with the highest quality to ensure that these aircraft continue to be the most suitable for our business as well as pleasing to fly in.”

The cabin renewal programme, which will be undertaken by Airbus Upgrade Services, is planned to start in the third quarter of this year for the A320 Family, and in early 2017 for the A330s. All work is due for completion by the end of next year.

Garuda Goes neo

Garuda Indonesia has placed a firm order for 14 Airbus A330-900neos. The deal, signed in London on April 19 in the presence of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and British Prime Minister David Cameron, replaces and extends an existing order for seven A330-300s.

From left: President Civil Aerospace for Rolls-Royce Eric Schultz; CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Arif Wibowo; British Prime Minister David Cameron; Airbus COO Tom Williams and President of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo pictured after signing the deal at 10 Downing Street in London. (Airbus)

Speaking at the signing, Garuda’s CEO Arif Wibowo said: “We are pleased to announce that we continue our long-standing relationship with Airbus. Both Garuda Indonesia and Airbus fully understand the aim of the deal as a long-term strategy to win the global challenge.” He added: “The A330neo represents a more-efficient future for us. This order restructuring is believed to support our continued commitment to deliver the most modern, comfortable and excellent air travel service to all customers as well as to strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company. Furthermore, we are confident that this latest technology aircraft will support us to compete better in the industry.”

Deliveries of the re-engined aircraft, which will be powered by the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, will start in 2019.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in development

FlyTampa working on a new project for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

FlyTampa, well known for producing spectacular and detailed airport sceneries, many of which have been reviewed in the pages of PC Pilot, has been hard at work on a new ‘destination’ – Schiphol (EHAM).

Officially referred to as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, it is the main international airport of the Netherlands and is situated 4.9 miles southwest of the Dutch capital. Also, in terms of passengers, it is the fifth busiest airport in Europe. Schiphol is the hub for a number of airlines such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Martinair Cargo. It also serves as a European hub for Delta Air Lines and as a base for easyJet – to name but a few.

Many visitors to the annual weekend flight sim event, held in Lelystad, will be very familiar with this airport, as it forms part of their journey on the way to the show.

Very little information is currently available on FlyTampa’s latest project, but the screen shots that have so far been released, accompanying this short announcement, promise something rather special is on the way…

Look out for further details in a future issue of PC Pilot.

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DCS: Spitfire LF Mk.IX Update!

Eagle Dynamics releases more details on its upcoming Spitfire

Eagle Dynamics (ED), developer of the DCS range of combat aircraft, has informed us that work continues on its upcoming Spitfire LF Mk.IX at a rapid pace!

In their press release, ED have said that “adjustments to the flight model of the Spitfire LF Mk.IX aircraft continue. As of late, most of our testing and refinements have focused on airframe, engine and propeller parameters in references to actual tests of the World War II aircraft at our disposal at The Fighter Collection.”

They went on to say that “The flight tests carried out in the DCS World have shown that the Spitfire LF Mk.IX is a very easy and predictable aircraft to fly. An accurately implemented pneumatic system of the aircraft used for the brake and flap systems is particularly interesting. Earlier DCS World War II aircraft have not used such a system. Pilots of the DCS: Spitfire LF Mk.IX will be able to feel all the peculiarities of the pneumatics while taxiing and landing the aircraft.”

Recently ED integrated the long-awaited RAF pilot to the cockpit. Primary development on the flight dynamics is nearing completion and they have stated that they are very happy with the results. In fact, they have gone on to say that this is their best work yet. Their attention is now focused on the Hispano-Suiza HS.404 20 mm-calibre automatic cannons. These will include realistic ballistics for all main ammunition types used during World War II.

DCS: Normandy 1944 Map

Eagle Dynamics has also released details on the progress of the development of the specially created “DCS: Normandy 1944” map for DCS World War II. In a recent statement ED say that “Currently, the main effort is focused on airfields with different types of surfaces (a first for DCS World). For example: we are implementing SMT (Square Mesh Tracks) surfaces, which were widely used by the Allies for temporary airfields in Normandy following the landings. We are also developing the possibility to place airfields on the map using the Mission Editor (another first for DCS World).”

We will have more news on these two exciting projects as soon as it becomes available.

SR22 Updated

Carenado has updated the SR22 GTSX TURBO HD SERIES for FSX and P3D to version 2.0.

The new aircraft comes with installation options for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v3 and FSX: Steam Edition.

Flight level change (FLC) mode has been added along with a 2D autopilot and a transponder with different mode options.

The cockpit has also been upgraded with improved 3D knob technology, better lighting effects and minor bug fixes for the Garmin G1000.

Click here for more information on the Carenado website

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