Embraer Rolls Out E-Jet E2

Embraer has unveiled its prototype second generation E2 jet. The new aircraft is an upgrade of the successful E-Jet family and incorporates Pratt & Whitney PW1000G Geared Turbofan engines, a new aerodynamically advanced wing design, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems.

Speaking at the roll-out ceremony at the Brazilian firm’s São José dos Campos facility on February 25, President and CEO Paulo Cesar Silva remarked: “Today we have taken another step into the future of Embraer commercial aviation with the world premiere of our second-generation E-Jets. I’m sure that as a result of this event, the market´s interest in the E2 will grow even further, increasing the commercial success of this programme throughout the world.”

The rollout of the first E190-E2, PR-ZEY (c/n 19020001), kicks off a two-year testing and certification campaign that will include an eventual eight airframes – four E190-E2s, two E195-E2s and two E175-E2s.  The new type’s first flight is expected to take place during the second half of this year with the three variants planned to enter service in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Boeing Launches 737NG Freighter Conversion

Boeing has officially launched a passenger to freighter conversion programme for the Next-Generation 737.

Under its Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) programme – available initially on 737-800 only – the manufacturer will take existing airframes and modify them for use in the air cargo role. This includes the installation of a large main-deck cargo door, a cargo handling system and seating for up to four passengers.

These changes will create 5,000cu ft (141.5m3) of space on the main deck – sufficient for 11 standard pallets and one half pallet – in addition to the aircraft’s two standard belly holds. In this configuration, the jet will be able to carry up to 52,800lb (23,900kg) of cargo over almost 2,000nm (3,960km).

Unveiling the initiative in Shanghai on February 24, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services, Stan Deal, said: “The Next-Generation 737 provides exceptional value to express freight carriers through its superior payload, range, reliability and efficiency.” He added: “While the recovery of the global cargo market has been slow, we see demand for freighters (such as the 737-800BCF) that will carry express cargo on domestic routes.”

The 737-800BCF programme has already secured 30 firm orders and 25 commitments, including ten conversions apiece for Hangzhou-based YTO Airlines and China Postal Airlines, plus five for lessor GE Capital Aviation and a further five for an unnamed customer. The US manufacturer has also received commitments from SF Airlines of China and Sofia-based Cargo Air. The first example is expected to be delivered in late 2017.

Air Manager Updated

Air Manager now supports FSX and Prepar3D add-on aircraft.

Sim Innovations has released version 2.1.1 of its flight simulator panel creation software. The new release allows you to interface with FSX and P3D custom aircraft just as you could with standard FSX and X-Plane aircraft types. Two way interactivity between 2-D instrument panels and custom aircraft takes place without the added layer of FSUIPC.

Air Manager allows you to fly using life-like and interactive 2-D instrument panels, which can be run locally or on a networked computer or tablet to greatly enhance the realism of your simulator experience. If used with a touch screen device, this allows you to perform flights without relying on a mouse and keyboard. The program also allows for easy one click download from hundreds of free online instruments.

Air Manager also allows for easy creation of custom instruments using its simple authoring tools and it runs on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux computers and is compatible with X-Plane, FSX, and P3D.

To learn more about Air Manager, or to purchase, visit the Sim Innovations website atwww.siminnovations.com

Registration for FlightSimCon 2016 is now open

The 2016 edition of North America’s largest flight simulation and aviation conference will be held on June 11 to 12 at the New England Air Museum, Bradley International Airport, Hartford, Connecticut).

FlightSimCon is an annual flight simulation and aviation conference for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. For existing flight simulation enthusiasts, the conference is a chance to interact with vendors, attend seminars on improving simulator performance and speak with flight simulation personalities. FlightSimCon also introduces pilots to the world of flight simulation with interactive how-to seminars on setting up a first flight simulator.

Last year’s event welcomed more than 320 attendees from across the US and around the world, as well as 19 exhibitors, 31 sponsors, and 16 speakers.

This year, the conference is poised to expand again, and we’re hoping to top 500 attendees. There are already more than 15 confirmed exhibitors, which include Orbx Simulation Systems, Bower Flight Decks, FltPlan.Com, Boston Virtual ARTCC, VATSIM, FSFX Packages, Quality Wings, IVAO, Jetline Systems, EasternHops.Com, VolairSim, Javiator, FlyInside, Dovetail Games, and HiFi Simulation Technologies. Attendance is expected from sponsor Flightbeam Studios, and our media partners: FlightSim.Com, AirDailyX, LiveATC.net, and PC Pilot.

The event features back-to-back seminars, presentations, and panel discussions from some of the biggest names in the flight simulation world as well as ‘sim pit’ builders, flight dispatchers, a tactical helicopter pilot and accident investigator, developers from Orbx, the creator of X-Plane, and several flight simulation add-on and platform developers.

There are two panel discussions lined up for the event. On Saturday, a panel of real-world aviators will explore the benefits of connecting by flying online. The seminar is a must-see for pilots who have never tried online simulation networks like VATSIM. Then, on Sunday afternoon, flight simulation developers from across the exhibitor line up, including from Orbx Simulation Systems and Dovetail Games, will get together to talk about the future of flight simulation based on questions submitted from the audience.

During the event, attendees will have the chance to explore exhibitor demonstrations and try out different simulators, including a full-size Cessna 172 ‘sim-pit’ from Tom Gauvin (also speaking at the event). VATSIM’s Boston Virtual ARTCC will be showcasing a live demonstration of online flying and air traffic control with an impressive setup of more than 30 online pilots and air traffic controllers flying together on the VATSIM network.

Prizes will be available during the event including a round-trip flight on regional airline Cape Air, 3 TrackIR 5 Pro Bundles, DVDs from JustPlanes, and free online game codes from Big Fat Simulations.

Registration for this two-day weekend event is available for $60 atwww.flightsimcon.com. It includes full, two-day access to the conference, and also gives attendees access to explore the 5-hangar New England Air Museum. Further discounts are available for students, student pilots, and groups.

Please visitwww.flightsimcon.com or like and follow FlightSimCon on Facebook and Twitter to see the latest information.

ALABEO PA23 AZTEC F 250 FSX/P3D RELEASED

Alabeo announce the release of their new PA23 AZTEC F 250.

Alabeo has announced the release of their new PA23 AZTEC F 250.

Features include:

Flight1 GTN 750* integration

Reality XP GNS530* integration (only for FSX)

Alabeo GNS530

Full FSX – Steam and P3D v2.5 and v3.0 compatible.

Cold and Dark start option

Stormscope weather radar

Superb material shines and reflections.

Volumetric side view prop effect

Gauges reflections

Knob click sounds

Windows scratches and blades shines

High quality 3D model and textures

Realistic behaviour.

Requirements

Windows Vista/7/8 (32 or 64 bits)

Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX with SP1 and SP2 (or Acceleration Pack) installed or Lockheed Martin – Prepar3D Flight Simulator v2.5 or v3.0. or FSX Steam Edition

Pentium V/2GHz or similar – 2GB RAM – 512MB graphics card.

1.1GB available hard disk space

INTERNET CONNECTION is required for installing this product.

Read a full and comprehensive review in a future issue of PC Pilot.

DOVETAIL GAMES PRESENTS THE FLIGHT SIMULATORS OF THE FUTURE

Leading games publisher to launch two new flight simulation titles in 2016

Since acquiring the rights to develop and publish new titles utilizing Microsoft’s genre-defining flight simulation technology back in 2014, Dovetail Games has been clear about its intent to make headlines in the flight simulation category. Today, it is pleased to announce that it will launch two brand new flight simulators in 2016.

Dovetail Games Flight School is first to arrive, and is set to release in April 2016, with Dovetail Games Flight Simulator scheduled for launch in the latter part of the year.

Flight School is a carefully crafted and rewarding experience designed to teach would-be pilots the basics of flying a light aircraft as well as the essential premises of flight simulation. It will offer newcomers to flight simming an engaging and accessible introduction to aviation, whilst also being highly realistic and authentic. Players will learn to fly in iconic training aircraft, undertaking a series of tutorials and training missions, which will provide the perfect introduction to the genre. There will also be a Free Flight mode, for those players who want to head off and explore the entire world.

“Flying an aircraft is a rewarding, awe-inspiring experience unlike any other and we want to give more people the opportunity to enjoy that by breaking down the barriers that make flight simulation feel inaccessible,” said Stephen Hood, Creative Director at Dovetail Games. “By empowering players to handle the controls of the aircraft, we will help them to immerse themselves in the very best and most thrilling aspects of flying in an up-to-date and technically cutting edge environment.”

Paul Jackson, CEO at Dovetail Games added, “People have always dreamt of being able to fly and through Flight School we aim to satisfy that dream and give people the opportunity not only to learn to fly, but to really soar as they explore the world. Flight simulation has always been important in the world of gaming but it hasn’t kept up – the core experience hasn’t progressed since the launch of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X back in 2006 and that means we’ve missed at least one or maybe even two generations of players who would have adored flight simming, but for whom it wasn’t appropriate. Our aim is to get back to that place, to restore the former glory of flight simulation as an enjoyable and engaging pastime. Consumers today expect a much slicker experience across all genres. They want simulations that are realistic but also accessible. They want to be led to a place where the focus can be on reaching great levels of accomplishment, rather than struggling to get to grips with the operational aspects. And that’s precisely what Flight School will deliver.”

Dovetail Games Flight School and Dovetail Games Flight Simulator will both be available on PC.

To follow the latest news and developments, please visitwww.DTGflightschool.com or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

To read a full exclusive interview with DTG on these two upcoming titles, see the March/April Issue of PC Pilot on sale February 18.

New King Air Out Now

Carenado has released version 1.2 of the Beechcraft C90 GTX KING AIR HD SERIES for FSX and Prepar3D.

The aircraft comes with high quality (HQ) digital 3D stereo sounds, five high definition liveries and a blank paint scheme for creating custom paint jobs along with a detailed rear cabin.

The virtual cockpit includes (4096 x 4096) HD quality textures, 3D knobs and ProLine21 systems including the primary flight display (PFD), multi function display (MFD), flight guidance panel (FGP), display control panel (DCP), control display unit (CDU) and a flight management computer (FMS) with an updatable Navigraph database. The ProLine21 system featuring VNAV and NAV, weather radar and traffic display.

Other features include a panel for controlling windows transparency, instrument reflections and static elements such as wheel chocks.

Documentation includes emergency and normal checklists, performance and limitations tables. It also comes with a Proline 21 and a Carenado RTU PDF along with a guide with recommended settings.

Click here for more information on the Carenado website

Embraer Takes Off on Steam

The Embraer 135LR and 145XR regional jets, developed by FeelThere, are now available for FSX: Steam Edition.

The long-range ERJ 135LR features increased fuel capacity and upgraded engines, while the larger ERJ 145XR (extra long range) has an additional ventral fuel tank, higher top speed along with several aerodynamic improvements. The -short to medium-range twin jets are typically operated by regional US carriers such as American Eagle, jetBlue, Trans States Airlines and ExpressJet.

The package from FeelThere feature a detailed model with a fully interactive virtual cockpit, including working hydraulic, pressurisation/bleed air and electrical systems along with full authority digital electronic control (FADEC) with a automatic take-off thrust control system (ATTCS).

As with the Embraer E-Jets 175/195, both of these add-ons come with configuration tools, which can be accessed in the ‘Tools’ section on your Steam library.

A bundle is also available featuring both of these jets. Click here for more information

Click here for more information on FSX Insider

New Tri-Jet for X-Plane 10

The Lockheed L1011 TriStar is now available on x-plane.org.

Commonly known as the L-1011, the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was the third widebody passenger jetliner to enter operation, following the Boeing 747 and the Douglas DC-10. Lockheed manufactured a total of 250 examples between 1968 and 1984.

The package, design by Michael Wilson, includes three versions: 150 (seven liveries), 200 (six liveries) and the 500 series (nine liveries).

All flight models have been tested by two retired L-1011 pilots and the flight manual was written by retired Air Transat TriStar pilot Andre Poirier, and is available in both French and English. It also includes checklist adapted for X-Plane and performance charts for the L-1011-150, L-1011-200 versions.

The exterior 3D model comes with animated thrust reversers and undercarriage. It also features a detailed 3D cockpit with high-resolution day and night textures and reflections on glass objects along with animated yokes, pedals, handles and hatch.

All instruments and buttons are default X-Plane, but many are customised for higher definition and visibility. The cockpit also includes a flight management computer, Nav/Comm/ADF receivers, transponder, ECAM display, GPS receiver and audio selector for ATC.

Click here for more information on X-Plane.org

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UTX Tropical America & Caribbean V2 Out Now

Flight One and Scenery Solutions have released UTX Tropical America & Caribbean V2 for FSX Boxed and Steam Editions, Prepar3d 2.4+, and Prepar3d V3.

The package comes with a new multi-platform installer that supports all versions of Prepar3D, FSX, and FSX Steam Edition in one download.

The islands of Trinidad and Tobago have been added to the original coverage area along with a reworked USA/Mexico border region along Rio Grande.

Other features include reworked vegetation landclass for the Caribbean islands, new autogen lighting to all UTX roads.

It also includes five new fully detailed photoscenery airports and four nearby seaports designed with the new XpressSim software. Future airport projects will enable them to create high quality airports with a relatively short development cycle, resulting in great value for customers.

UTX TAC V1 users can get it at a discounted price of 50% off using a coupon that is available on the product page.

For more information go towww.flight1.com/products.asp?product=utxtropicalv2

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