Flight Sim News: Dovetail Games release trailer for Flight School
Dovetail Games has released a promotional trailer for their upcoming Flight School – due for release in April 2016.
More information is available on the Steam page, which also has a pre-purchase offer:
Pre-Purchase Dovetail Games Flight School
Pre-order before 25th April to receive the Diamond DA42 update (complete with bonus content) 60 days before general release.* Visitwww.DTGflightschool.com for more information. *currently scheduled to arrive in June.
Dovetail Games Flight School overview
Unleash the pilot within with Dovetail Games Flight School! Flight School, from acclaimed simulation software studio Dovetail Games, puts you straight into the cockpit with compelling, interactive missions and challenges that will get you flying like a veteran in no time.
Choose from two highly-detailed aircraft which are individually tailored to different in-depth experiences. Meanwhile, your unique Pilot Profile tracks your achievements and licenses throughout your career, while acting as a log book so you can watch your hours stack up on your way to becoming a fully-fledged pilot.
Dovetail Games Flight School Features:
• Two high performance training aircraft: Piper PA-18 Super Cub and Piper PA-28 Cherokee
• A unique pilot profile which keeps track of your progress
• 15 fun and immersive lessons covering the basics of the LAPL, PPL, and night flying
• 9 challenging missions
• Free Flight mode, so you can try out your newfound skills anywhere in the world
• OS: Windows® 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
Scenery News: Aerosoft release new Norwegian airport for FSX, FSX: Steam Edition and Prepar3D
Aerosoft has recently announced the release of Alta airport (ENAT, ALF) – located in one of the most sparsely populated and remote areas in northern Norway.
On their website, Aersoft say that: ‘This add-on provides a very accurate and realistic recreation of Alta Airport, including high-detailed models and textures that were optimised not only to provide great visuals, but also excellent performance. A custom windsock, flags, people animations, runway lights and night time effects, combine to create a life-like and lively rendition of the Alta airport.’
‘Special highlights include seasonal variations (including 3D snow) that, in combination with the customized terrain mesh, provide an impressive atmosphere especially at winter.’ In addition, the mountains in the nearly 50km² surroundings of the airport make for a challenging approach.’
Here’s a rundown of the main features:
• Realistic recreation of Alta Airport (ENAT, ALF)
• Fully compatible with FSX SP2 (Acceleration), FSX: Steam Edition and Prepar3D v3
• Seasonal variations including 3D snow
• All airport buildings included in high detail
• Models and textures based on photos taken at the airport
• Created using optimal modelling and texturing techniques for optimal performance and visuals
• Custom windsock and flag animations depending on wind speed and direction
• Realistic night time effects
• Custom approach, runway and PAPI lights
• Terminal interior included
• Static aircraft included
• Animations bring the airport to life, including animated people
• Configuration tool included for optimal performance on a wide range of systems
• High resolution photo scenery (20cm/pixel) covering the airport boundary
• Large coverage of 50cm/pixel photo scenery (46.7km²)
• Custom terrain mesh covering the surrounding area.
Aerosoft has produced a promotional video which also showcases the main features.
As the launch customer of the Bombardier CS300, airBaltic’s senior management, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Martin Gauss, paid a visit to the Canadian manufacturer’s Mirabel, Montréal final assembly line to see the progress of the carrier’s first aircraft.
Richard Benedikz visited the ‘frozen north’ to find out how Oslo/Gardermoen Airport in Norway has integrated biofuel into its fuel delivery infrastructure.
Norway has often led the way with initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. Its latest incentive – to make jet biofuel more freely available at Oslo/Gardermoen Airport – is an important step towards creating a sustainable future for aviation.
The airport became the first in the world to offer airlines the option to refuel their jets with biofuel through its existing fuel farm storage facilities and hydrant mechanism, avoiding the high logistics costs and long delays of a dedicated refuelling system. Previously, biofuel had to be delivered by a fuel truck.
Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Norway’s Minister of Transport and Communications, explained: “January 22 is a red letter day for international aviation. Oslo Airport is now the world’s first major international airport with regular deliveries of jet biofuel.”
The project was launched by Air BP in co-operation with Norwegian airport operator Avinor and biofuel supplier SkyNRG, which has agreed to provide a minimum of 274,962 imp gal (1.25 million lit) of jet biofuel; its long-term strategy is to increase the volume over the next several years.
Air BP CEO, David Gilmour explained: “This is the first time aviation biofuel is being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, thus reducing logistics costs significantly. We want to demonstrate that airports can readily access biofuel with relative ease, utilising existing infrastructure. We anticipate this will increase interest and demand as well as contributing to a sustainable future for the aviation sector.”
Germany-based Lufthansa Group was the first customer to confirm it will purchase biofuel at Gardermoen and the first to use the new service when it refuelled an Airbus A320 there on January 22. SAS Scandinavian Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have also committed to take up biofuel at the airport.
The biofuel is produced from Camelina oilseed in Spain and supplied by Camelina Company España (CCE). The plant is native to Northern Europe and Central Asia and can be grown in semi-arid regions as a rotational crop with traditional cereal, or where other oilseed crops are not viable and do not compete with food crops. The feedstock is transported to biofuel specialist Neste for conversion into biofuel at its oil refinery in Porvoo in Finland. It’s then blended with conventional Jet A-1 fuel in Sweden – with a ratio of 48% biofuel to 52% Jet A-1 fossil fuel, which meets ASTM D1655/DEFSTAN 91-91 specifications for aviation turbine fuel – before being transported by road to Oslo Airport. The first batch was delivered on December 30.
The new fuel is produced under the Initiative Towards sustAinable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) framework – a collaborative project for the development and use of sustainable biofuel in Europe funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, a research and development initiative.
Several projects have been launched to extract biofuel from sources such as algae, Camelina or waste oils to produce jet biofuel. But with recent oil prices at a record low, the product is currently four times more expensive than conventional Jet A-1, and the project is part of a longer-term strategy – with Air BP anticipating increased demand from other airlines.
The initiative is in line with industry targets set by the International Air Transport Association to achieve carbon-neutral growth by 2020 and a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Meanwhile, the EU has set a goal for 3.5% of total fuel consumption in aviation to consist of jet biofuel by 2020.
The Norwegian Government has launched tax incentives to encourage airlines to take up biofuel, offering lower CO2 taxes on domestic flights – and its budget for 2016 proposes that flights using 25% of jet biofuel should receive a 25% reduction in airport landing fees. Biofuel is also exempt from the EU quota system, which specifies the number of tonnes of greenhouse gas companies emit.
Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Peterson explained: “With the recent Paris agreement [on climate change] signed and the airline industry’s ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, we’re delighted to be the first airport in the world to [enable carriers to refuel with biofuel] from our existing fuel farm and hydrant dispenser system.
“As first movers we hope to inspire other airports and airlines to follow suit so we can all work towards the desired low-carbon future.”
Fuel from Forests Avinor’s long-term goal is to set up a supply chain using by-products from the Norwegian forest industry to establish large-scale production of aviation biofuels. It has allocated up to NOK 100m (€10m) over a ten-year period up to 2022 to fund initiatives and projects for the country’s biofuel production and hopes to begin production between 2020 and 2025.
Hardware News: Professional Pedals at a reasonable price
The website of MFG Crosswind rudder pedals affirms that these are “Arguably the best value in rudder pedals currently available to flight sim enthusiasts outside of a government contract.” Looking at the feature set and watching the accompanying promotional videos, you can understand why they make this bold statement. The product’s stated key features are: “Unparalleled accuracy, longevity and response time.”
Designed for the more serious flight simmer, the maker of these rudder pedals was motivated by a desire to design a set of high quality pedals at a reasonable price point.
Key features include the following:
• High resolution contactless magnetic sensors guarantee high precision without degradation over time, making spikey potentiometers a thing of the past. Modern electronics provide up to 500 updates per second.
• 3rd generation tri-axis digital Hall sensor on rudder axis (4096 positions) and analog halls for brakes (2048 positions per brake)
• Adjustable pedals angle and toe-out.
*Minimum angle = 20° (goes fully horizontal when brake applied)
*Maximum* angle = 52°
*Toe-out adjustment by changing swivel
* Can be extended up to 62° by adding 10mm support plate under pedals, or by using “width adjustment plates” extra cost option.
Differential Toe Brakes:
• Independent left and right brake axis (20 degree pressing) combined with strong torsion return springs provides excellent braking action.
• Four different settings of braking strength adjustment.
Adjustable and smooth rudder centering design:
• ‘Cam and arm’ centering principle for smooth over the centre transitions
• Fine-tunable knob for rudder ‘return to centre’ force adjustment.
Exchangeable centering ‘CAM’ profiles:
• CAM centering profiles have influence over the progressive increase in force required when deflecting the rudder axis from the central position. This allows for fine-tuning the feel of the pedals to realistically reflect the forces of different aircraft.
The following video gives you an overview of the main features:
GA News: Alabeo working on PA31 Chieftain 350 for FSX/Prepar3D
Alabeo has announced that it is working on a new project: the PA31 Chieftain – designed for both FSX and Prepar3D.
Given that Alabeo’s ‘sister’ company, Carenado, has already released the PA31 Navajo in its ‘HD Series’, it will be interesting to see how Alabeo will treat this later model of the PA-31.
In comparison, the Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain, to give its official title, was essentially a stretched version of the Navajo B, with the fuselage being lengthened by 2ft – allowing for more seat capacity. It was also designed with more powerful engines and counter-rotating propellers to alleviate engine handling problems.
We will of course bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
Just Flight has informed us that it will soon be releasing a Hawk T1 – to the same level of fidelity as their elegant Canberra PR9 and stunning Tornado GR1.
Here’s what they had to say about their upcoming product:
“Following on from their award winning Canberra PR9 and L-1011 Tristar, and their recently released Tornado GR1, this highly detailed simulation of the BAe Hawk T1 for FSX, FSX: Steam Edition and Prepar3D is being developed by Just Flight’s in-house development team after hands-on research with a real-life ex-RAF and ETPS Hawk T1.
The Hawk T1 is a British-built single engine jet trainer with a two-man tandem cockpit. First flown in 1974, the Hawk has served as an advanced training aircraft for nearly 40 years. The design has proved to be very successful, with over 900 examples of over 10 variants sold to air forces in 18 countries, including the UK, Finland, India and Saudi Arabia.
The Hawk T1 variant, first delivered to the RAF in 1976, continues to serve as an advanced jet and weapons trainer. Possibly the most well-known Hawk T1s are those flown by the world famous RAF Red Arrows display team, which has been flying the Hawk T1 since 1979.
The Just Flight Hawk T1 has been modelled to an exceptional level of detail and features a variety of 4096×4096 paint schemes (including the RAF and Red Arrows), realistic payloads (including the AIM-9L Sidewinder, 30mm ADEN cannon gun pod and Red Arrows diesel/dye smoke pod) and ground equipment. Both the front and rear pilot positions are included and the aircraft features a truly 3D virtual cockpit with smoothly animated 3D instruments and fully functioning custom-coded systems and avionics.”
Aerosoft has released Santiago International Airport for X-Plane 10.
The package, developed by Virtualdesign3d.com, is an accurate recreation of Santiago International Airport and the surrounding area, including the fully animated O`Higgins amusement park.
It features extremely high object density including animated ground traffic, moving people, jetways, military helicopters, and realistic vegetation as well as night lighting, all which help bring the airport to life.
• Accurate airport layout with all major buildings
• Custom ATC taxi routes
• X-Plane 10 HDR lighting and night texture
• Custom runway and taxiway textures
• Static models of Chilean´s police helicopter and military aircraft.