SSG E-170 Evo Updated

Supercritical Simulation Group has updated the Embraer E-170 Evolution to version 1.05.

The X-Plane 10 and 11 versions are separate files and it is high recommended it update.

X-Plane 10 changes:

  • Tuned fuel consumption
  • Fixed bug issue in the synoptic display
  • Fixed APU bug issue
  • Fixed bug in the AP
  • Auto brake tuned
  • Descent speed at Perf init fixed
  • Removed the TD and TC from the Flight plan in the MCDU.
  • Flight Performance tuned
  • Engine Performance tuned

X-Plane 11 Beta version

  • Replacing .acf file no more needed
  • Fuel flow in XP11 is better tuned especially at IDLE.
  • Tuned fuel consumption
  • Fixed bug issue in the synoptic display
  • Fixed APU bug issue
  • Fixed bug in the AP
  • Fixed issue with Auto Throttle
  • Auto brake tuned
  • Descent speed at Perf init fixed
  • Removed the TD and TC from the Flight plan in the MCDU.
  • Flight Performance tuned
  • Engine Performance tuned

The update is free for all E-170 Evo purchasers.

Click here for more information on x-plane.org

American Battles CAAC

American Airlines has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for an extension to the start date of flights between Los Angeles and Beijing because it hasn’t yet been allocated any slots by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The DOT awarded the Dallas-based carrier seven weekly frequencies on links between the US and China’s Zone 1 and 2 in December so that it could begin daily services between LAX and Beijing/Capital using a Boeing 777-200ER.  The deadline for the launch of flights was March 16.  However, the CAAC rejected American’s request for slots on January 18.

“The CAAC did not, as it had done in the past, even offer American slots at commercially non-viable times, such as between midnight and sunrise when few passengers want to take off or land,” the carrier noted in its filing to the US DOT.

“To date, the CAAC has refused to provide any slots to allow American to exercise its bilaterally conferred rights.”

American has therefore requested an extension from the DOT of either one year from its original March 16 deadline or within 90 days of it obtaining commercially viable slots at Beijing.

The airline has history with the Chinese authorities.  In 2010 CAAC refused to grant American slots in the Chinese capital except at 2:20am and 4:20am for its Chicago-Beijing service, forcing the oneworld member to cancel its initial flights and delaying the launch of daily services for three months.

To counter these issues, American has filed an objection to the renewal of Air China’s exemption authority to fly scheduled services between Beijing and Houston, Texas.

“American recognises that Air China has timely filed for renewal of its authority and does not take issue with any aspect of Air China’s operation of this service; rather, American bases its objection on the failure of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to make commercially viable slots at Chinese airports available to American and other US carriers on a reciprocal basis,” the carrier stated in its filling.

American says these difficulties result in the “integrity of the Civil Air Transport Agreement” being questioned.

Penzance Heliport Approved

Cornwall Council has granted planning permission for a new heliport in Penzance.  The £2m project, launched by a group of private investors known as Penzance Heliport Ltd, includes construction of a new terminal, apron and hangar near the site of the former facility at Eastern Green.

The public consultation, which started last October, generated more than 2,600 messages of support for the heliport.  Local councillors approved the application after hearing it would bring “significant benefits for local businesses and visitors”.

Robert Dorrien-Smith, owner of Tresco Island and an investor in the initiative, said the decision “marks the start of the project that we believe will bring about a revival for the islands and dramatic improvements for their residents, businesses and visitors.”  He added: “The volume – but also the content – of the public support demonstrates without a doubt the importance of this project to the future of tourism on Scilly, and in Cornwall as a whole.”

Helicopter services from the new facility to the Isles of Scilly are expected to start in spring 2018 with a fleet of 15-seat AgustaWestland AW139s.

New Hunter Unleashed

The Hunter F.6/FGA.9 from Just Flight is out now.

This FSX/Prepar3D collection features the F.6 and FGA.9 ground attack fighter variant, each with their own virtual cockpit representative of the type as operated by the RAF.

Features include 13 paint schemes, covering both British and overseas air forces, authentic sounds and animations including the correct landing gear sequence, flap actions, airbrake, canopy and an animated pilot.

Other details include a deployable braking parachute on the FGA.9, retractable reticle gunsight, 3D gauges and accurately modelled electrical, hydraulic and fuel systems.  The engine fan is visible through the intake mouths and the models feature other detailed areas such as flap recesses and gear wells. External animations include boarding steps, wheel chocks, pre-flight flags, and a GPU (Ground Power Unit).

Brief history
The Hunter entered RAF service as an interceptor and was the first jet-powered aircraft designed by Hawker and was sold to air forces around the world.  First flown in 1951, the last example in military service was retired more than 60 years later, in 2014.

Click here for the Just Flight website

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Normandy 1944 Map Update

Eagle Dynamics has revealed details of the upcoming DCS World War II.

Normandy 1944 is the first map in development for DCS World War II series.  Although originally scoped to just include the immediate area around the Normandy landing areas, the product has grown to create a great single player and multiplayer environment.

A portion of southern England has been added, directly opposite of Normandy.  This area includes the RAF airfields of Tangmere, Ford, Chailey, Funtington, and Needs Oar Point. While not at the detail level of Normandy, we believe these airfields will add valuable gameplay options.

Another area DCS is working on is the inclusion of Le Havre city and port and providing all the cities and towns many types of every-day objects to make the urban areas look lived-in. This includes cars, carts, bicycles, tractors, laundry lines, etc.  Along the Normandy coast, the team is also creating the “Atlantic Wall” with coastal batteries and pill boxes.

Other features will include realistic road and rail traffic that includes the option for period trains and auto-generated road traffic. In addition to the map, a very important aspect to create an immersive experience is to have the option to populate it with period air, land, and sea units. Many such units are being created now, and one of these new units includes the AI B-17G bomber.

According to DCS, the Normandy 1944 map is rapidly coming together and will be available soon. To give you a preview and answer questions you might have about the map, DCS will be broadcasting a live stream video of the Normandy 1944 on February 25 .

Please find the details here: Normandy Map 1944 Live Stream

Chieftain ready for immediate departure

The PA31-350 Chieftain by Carenado is now available for X-Plane 10.4 and above.

Features include a detailed 3D model, six HD liveries, two different colours for the instrument panels and a blank texture for custom paint schemes.

Inside, the cabin has been accurately recreated while the flight deck features the Alabeo G500 and scroll wheel support.

The package comes with two different models: commuter and standard, custom sounds and effects such as a volumetric prop.

As with their other products, the package features normal and emergency procedures, performance tables and a reference PDF.

Click here for the Carenado website

Air India Receives First Neo

Flag carrier Air India has taken delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A320-251neos it is leasing from Kuwaiti-based Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO).  The aircraft, VT-EXF (c/n 7459), was flown to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 16 where it received a traditional water cannon salute from the fire department.  The jet will undergo crew familiarisation before entering commercial service on the Delhi to Chennai route at the end of the month.

This is also the first neo handed over to ALAFCO from its order for 85 A320neo Family aircraft.  They were ordered in two separate batches, at the 2011 Dubai Airshow (50) with 32 more added in February 2012.

FSiPanel Update

The developer of FSiPanel have announced support for the newly released 747-400 Queen of the Skies II from PMDG.  The software positions the aircraft on final, downwind, base, or on vectors/take-0ff.  It will also set the systems up, spool up the engines, set the trim  and program the NAV setting for the approach.

FSiPanel is compatible with FSX or FSX: Steam Edition or Lockheed Martin PREPAR3D V2.5 or V3.x.

For more information, go to http://www.flight1.com/products.asp?product=fsipanel

Orbx confirms no upgrade fee for next version of Prepar3D

John Venema, CEO of Orbx has said the company will not be charging for their products for the next version of Prepa3D.

“[Our products] will be 100% free to use on the new platform. Better still, through the magic of FTXCv3 you won’t even need to re-download them.”

The release date for Prepar3D version 4 from Lockheed Martin (LM) has yet to be announced.  Although there has been speculation on whether it will be 64-bit, this has yet to be confirmed by LM.

Venema concluded: “Please do NOT ask me or any member of the Orbx team about any tech details about any new P3D releases from LM, or why we can make this zero-cost promise. We are under NDA and we will not be pressed into talking about it for obvious reasons. If and when LM give us permission to discuss things publicly then we’ll do so.”

A330neos for Air Mauritius

Air Mauritius has agreed long-term leases for two Airbus A330-900neos with Air Lease Corporation.  The two aircraft will join the carrier in September and October 2018, replacing two A340-300Es whose leases expires in November and December 2018.  Air Mauritius will initially deploy the aircraft on medium haul routes to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Delhi and Perth.

The A330-900s will be configured in a two-class layout accommodating 291 passengers with 28 fully lie-flat seats in Business Class and 263 in Economy.  The jets will also feature a new inflight entertainment system as well as Wi-Fi.

“This decision follows a thorough evaluation process and accelerates the fleet renewal program of the airline with another state of the art aircraft,” Air Mauritius said in a statement.

“The replacement of the two A340-300E by the A330-900 aircraft is key to modernising the fleet of Air Mauritius and will offer enhanced passenger experience and comfort, operating efficiencies and technological innovation.  The new aircraft will also allow Air Mauritius to improve its products and competitiveness in the current dynamic and challenging market environment.”

Air Mauritius also has six A350-900s on order and has announced it is deferring delivery of the last two from 2020 to 2023.