X-Plane 11.0 Public Beta Arrives

According to Ben Supnik from Laminar Research: “Anyone can get a beta copy of X-Plane 11. You don’t have to be in our private beta program, you don’t have to have a special beta key, you don’t have to sign an NDA. If you want to try the public beta, go ahead.”

Customers who pre-purchased X-Plane 11 can now use the full simulator although a demo version is also available on www.x-plane.com.

Ben continued: “X-Plane 11 is still quite full of bugs. That’s why it is labelled as a public beta and why the release notes list a number of known open bugs.

At this point we are in a situation that is not that different from a regular public beta. If you want to try the new stuff, you can do so, but if you want to get flying, you may need to wait for a later beta. Bug reports can be filed in the bug report form, I’ll post more in the next few days, but for now if you email and don’t hear much back, please bear with us – a major release is like a flood, and everyone’s in-box is buried right now.”


Extra for X-Plane

Based on the super successful Extra 300, the Extra 330SC is powered by a Lycoming AEIO-580single with improved roll rate and easier roll stops, designed specifically for Unlimited category competition.  It is the only single-seater aerobatic aircraft currently being built by Extra.  It is the World Champion Aerobatic Aircraft for 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

VERTIGO Design has replicated this amazing aircraft in X-Plane and the care given to the flight model has been so good that a professional pilot of the Red Bull Air Race use it personally to prepare its races.

Features :

  • Incredible flight model made for real pilots
  • High quality 3D model
  • Immersive sounds
  • Realistic pilot animations
  • Detailed liveries and HD textures

Click here for x-plane.org

Gazelle Out Now

MP Design Studio has released the Aerospatiale Gazelle SA342 for FSX and Prepar3D

The package features a highly accurate flight model with efffects such as ground resonance, translating tendency and transverse flow.  Vortex ring, lost tail rotor effectiveness and hydraulic system failures are also modelled.

The Gazelle features a military and civil variant along with custom sounds, audible warnings along with full HD textures, realistic paint schemes.  The virtual cockpit is fully clickable and features special effects such as vibrations and gauge reflections.

Click here for more information on SimMarket

HS 748 Propliner Arrives in FSX and Prepar3D

The new HS 748 Propliner by Just Flight is now available for FSX and P3D v3/v2/v1.  It is on sale by download (£24.99 / €30.95 / $37.99) with double Just Rewards points until 10am (UK time) on Friday December 10.

The package features the Series 2A variant of this enduring medium-sized turboprop airliner in 16 liveries. The detailed virtual cockpit features 3D instruments and a comprehensive avionics suite which includes a GNS 430 and a realistic, easy-to-use autopilot with pitch and bank hold.

In the late 1950s, the search was already on for a worthwhile replacement for the Douglas DC-3; with the introduction of the turboprop engine, the venerable ‘Dakota’ was no longer economically viable in the eyes of many short-haul operators.

The Vickers Viscount was already performing well in the short-haul market and had attracted buyers from all over the world, and the Fokker F-27 ‘Friendship’ was a proven twin-engine design with a high-wing configuration. Avro, the original company responsible for the development of the 748, had indications from potential customers that a sturdier, low-wing concept would be more acceptable, especially for rugged conditions. Avro planned the 748 as a low-wing, high-lift design with the same Rolls-Royce Dart engines as the Fokker, mounted in self-contained pod-like nacelle structures which also carried extremely strong landing gear. Ground clearance was excellent and the aircraft was proven to be able to haul payloads in excess of 10,000lb, operating out of remote short-strip airfields with little or no support services.

The first 748 flew on the 24th June 1960 and, as Avro became engulfed in the Hawker Siddeley Group, the Series 1 aircraft became known as the HS 748. The Series 2A (the subject of this simulation) was given more powerful RR Darts and an optional large forward cargo door.

By the time the last 748 rolled off the production line, 380 airframes had been constructed. So popular was the success of the design in STOL and short-haul operations that many are still flying around the world today.

Click here for more information on Just Flight’s website

Tobago and Trinidad Demo Out Now

Just Flight has released a demo for the TB-10 Tobago & TB-20 Trinidad.

The fully-featured demo, for FSX and Prepar3D, is available as a 434MB download and is limited to ten minutes of flying time below 1,500ft AGL.  Two liveries are included, TB-10 (N5548C) and TB-20 (G-VPPL).

Please note that this demo MUST be uninstalled prior to installing the full product.

Click here to download the demo from the Just Flight website

Dovetail Games Update

Dovetail games has released an update on its upcoming flight simulator.  An official statement from the company explained:

“Earlier this year, we announced the development of our new flight simulator, which generated an incredible amount of excitement in the community. We would like to thank you all for the tremendous amount of interest and support we have received so far.

Based on your feedback, we have been focusing on three key areas: visuals, performance and experience, all of which are instrumental to the hobby. In order to further enhance these areas, we have made the decision to postpone the release of this project.

In the meantime, we expect to have a detailed development update for you in the New Year. As a team, we are incredibly excited to share what we have been up to! Until then, we hope you have a fantastic holiday season and look forward to making 2017 a great year for flight simulation.”

-Dovetail Games Flight Team

Airbus A380 MRO Services in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways Engineering and Airbus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop new A380 MRO services capability.  The partnership aims to establish A380 maintenance, engineering and upgrade capabilities in Abu Dhabi, providing third-party support for airlines’ A380 fleets.

Under the terms of the joint venture, heavy maintenance and upgrade installation will be performed concurrently under one roof in Abu Dhabi.  In addition, all consumable and expendable parts required will be provided on-site by Airbus’ dedicated inventory management subsidiary, the Satair Group.

Airbus and Etihad Airways Engineering have a long-standing history of successful collaboration on delivering A380 MRO services.  The Abu Dhabi-based company also recently delivered Etihad Airways’ first A380 heavy maintenance C-check, along with an extensive cabin refresh.

First Japanese Neo Operator

Kansai-based Peach Aviation has signed a firm order for ten Airbus A320neos and three A320ceos in a deal valued at $1.37bn.

The newly ordered jets will join the carrier’s existing fleet of 18 A320ceos, with a further two examples on order.  The acquisition of the neo means the low-cost carrier becomes the first airline in Japan to purchase the latest member of the popular A320 Family.

Shinichi Inoue, Managing Director and CEO, Peach Aviation, said: “Our A320 fleet is growing as our route network expands, not only in the domestic market but also to various Asian cities.  By introducing the A320neo we will enhance even further our profitability while continuing to offer our passengers greater comfort with 18in (46cm) wide seats.  We also believe the type will strengthen our position in the very competitive Japanese aviation market.”

Peach says it expects the first current-generation A320 from the order to be delivered during its 2018 fiscal year (ending March 2019), followed by the initial A320neo in summer 2019.  The latter will be used to “update” existing aircraft as well as helping with the carrier’s business expansion plans.

Maintenance Growth at Gatwick

Boeing and Gatwick Airport have revealed details of a joint plan to develop a multi-million-pound commercial aviation maintenance hangar at the Sussex aerodrome.

The proposed facility, which is subject to local authority planning permission, will be used to support the US manufacturer’s European GoldCare customers with a tailored range of engineering, materials and maintenance services.

It will also add further engineering capability at Gatwick to support current and future airlines as the airport continues to grow its short- and long-haul services.  The new facility is expected to provide more than 100 new jobs for Boeing and its suppliers in the Gatwick area.

Mike Fleming, Vice President of Fleet Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services remarked: “This is an important investment for us as we commit still further to our customers in the UK and right across the European region.”

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “This new partnership with Boeing will help us to ensure that we can continue to grow and support our operations – especially in the burgeoning long-haul market – as well as providing world class facilities for our airlines.”

Gatwick Airport says it will complete an environmental study before the proposed plan is brought before the Local Planning Authority.  It hopes to receive approval to allow Boeing to start construction before the end of 2017, with the facility opening for operations the following year.  The design and location of the hangar will be announced at a later date.

Flybe Expansion

Flybe has announced plans to open its first European crew base on February 1 after securing an agreement with Düsseldorf Airport.  The Exeter-based regional carrier said the creation a Continental hub “underlines [its] commitment to serving Germany and will ensure an even more efficient and reliable service.”

In preparation for the opening of the new base, the airline has recently embarked on a recruitment drive for more than 60 pilots and cabin crew, and secured engineering support for two based 78-seat Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 turboprops.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer, commented: “The decision to open a new crew base in Düsseldorf marks an important milestone for the airline.  Regional communities are increasingly under-served by mainstream airlines and alternative modes of transport in mainland Europe as they are in the UK.  Local basing of aircraft and crew will help us serve the local community in and around Düsseldorf much more cost-effectively.”