PC Pilot Issue 126 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the March/April 2020 issue.

Issue 126 Online Contents Full Download

As requested by our readers, the complete file set accompanying Issue 126 can now be downloaded as a single zip file.

The videos are supplied as links to YouTube links, we are unable to include them in the file due to limitations with file size.

If you are on a low-bandwidth connection, we recommend you download the files individually in the sections below.

Movies

Aerosoft A330 professional

In this video, the beautifully rendered PBR texturing of this A330 release from Aerosoft becomes immediately apparent as the camera pans around the realistic-looking cockpit. Shots of the night lighting add additional atmosphere, while the sleek external lines of the A330 are also shown off to good effect. (Reviewed on pages 20-22).

 

Aerosoft CRJ professional

Opening with a wide shot of the CRJ’s cockpit, this video highlights the sharply rendered details therein. Moving to the exterior view, the opportunity is taken to pan around the aircraft to highlight the attention to detail that has been lavished on the CRJ’s exterior. From some angles, the aircraft looks almost photorealistic. (Reviewed on pages 24-26.)

 

Just Flight Robin DR400

This video makes a point at the outset of initially using close-up views to highlight the attention to detail that has been paid to the exterior rendering of Just Flight’s DR400. This includes things such as chipped paintwork on the propeller blades and nicely created panels that have depth to them. Internally, the 3D quality of the detailed instruments is shown off to good effect. (Reviewed on pages 40-42.)

 

DCS: Deka Ironwork Simulations JF-17 Thunder

You know you’re in for a treat when a video opens with a close-up view of the aircraft’s external panel lines and rivets. This video showcases the almost ‘insane’ level of detail that has been incorporated into this DCS release. Every shot is a close-up of pin-sharp detailing, most notable of which is in the cockpit area. The JF-17’s full inventory of weapons is also put on display. Finally, the aircraft’s awesome agility is showcased. (Reviewed on pages 68-71.)

 

vFlyteAir Simulations’ Cessna 150

As this video attests, for such a small aircraft, vFlyteAir has crammed a lot into this package. Features shown in this presentation include: animated rain effects, a kneeboard with interactive weight and balance and checklists, the pre-flight walk-around, visual fuel check, the ability to choose between male and female pilot, and trainer or commuter panels, plus a sample of the 14 included liveries. (Reviewed on pages 44-46.)

 

Tutorials

Boeing 747 50th Anniversary Flight Adventure

As usual, the download link below contains a full list of where to get the SSG 747, scenery used in the accompanying screenshots, flight plans, as well as some other aircraft and scenery suggestions for FSX/P3D.

Boeing 747 50th Anniversary Flight Adventure Download

Back to Basics - We fly across northern California and learn some new navigation tips

The San Francisco and Klamath Falls Sectional Charts along with the S2L9 flight planner spreadsheet are available from the downloads link below. As an added bonus, the zip file also includes the A2A C182 performance charts and pilot's manual.

Back to Basics Issue 126 Download

Freeware Files

Once again, we have a collection of high-quality freeware files for you to enjoy. These aircraft, scenery and utilities easily compare with many commercial products but don’t forget, if you’ve enjoyed a particular file, please let the author know, it’s their only payback. By the same token, we’re always interested to hear from you if you’ve downloaded or designed a file that you think is worth sharing.

By Joe Lavery

Permission
Although the authors of these files have very kindly given us their permission to include them on our website, they still remain the property and copyright of the authors. You are free to enjoy them for your own use but they must not in any circumstances be distributed, copied, uploaded to any other websites or disassembled in any way whatsoever.

Library files
Most X-Plane users will know that many freeware airport designers make use of Library files to enhance their creations. Consequently, it’s important to read the documentation within each airport to find out which libraries have been used. These libraries need to be installed in order to experience these airports as the authors intended.

Featured Download

Aermacchi AMX-1A Ghibli

Our featured file for this issue is a little unusual in that it was originally a payware aircraft from a company many of you will remember called Lago Srl. It depicts the AMX-1A Ghibli, built with the collaboration of two Italian firms, Aeritalia and Aermacchi, and the Brazilian firm Embraer. It was seen as a replacement for the ageing fleet of Lockheed’s F-104 Starfighter.

This update to FSX/P3D was created by Ed Wells and Henk Schuitemaker. They made contact with the original author Francesco Missarino, who was excited to think that his first ‘baby’ would be flown again after all these years. So with the permission of Francesco and Alberto Sangalli, the work began to convert the AMX Ghibli from the original FS9 model to FSX. Updating the aircraft was started by Sim-Outhouse (SOH) member Bluebear (Ulrich), who did the initial conversion to native FSX. Henk Schuitemaker then did some additional modelling, creating new coding and animations, reworked some of the old FS9 gauges and produced the configuration manager that allows you to add a variety of bombs, missiles and fuel tanks to the external pylons. The result is a very professional little jet fighter that looks nothing like the original FS9 product. It’s great to fly and has a cockpit in which the majority of the displays and switches are operational. The addition of a full 3D cockpit has given it a lot more usability; it’s altogether a brilliant job!

Authors: Original Copyright: Lago Srl

Artwork updates: Ed Wells and Henk Schuitemaker

FSX/P3D conversion: Ulrich (Bluebear) and Henk Schuitemaker

Platform: FSX/P3D

Aermacchi AMX-1A Ghibli Download

Star Performers from the Internet

Air Canada Airbus A220-300

This Camsim Airbus A220-300 includes new V6 animations, static displays and multi-ple animation effects. The cockpit features a new 2D panel; it’s another accurately modelled and painted aircraft from Camil Valiquette.

Author: Camil Valiquette

Platform: FSX/FS2004

Air Canada Airbus A220-300 Download

The Republic Experimental Project

Milton Shupe and his team have created three variants of the Republic XP Thunder-bolt series of fighter bombers: the XP-47J, XP-47H and the XP-72, which were experi-mental developments of the Thunderbolt that never went beyond the prototypes.

Authors: Milton Shupe, Tom Falley, Steve Bryant, Scott Thomas, and Nigel Richards; Pilot figures by Jan Visser

Platform: FSX/P3D

XP-47J Download

XP-47H Download

XP-72 Download

Red Sands Fort

Maunsell Army Forts were designed and built for anti-aircraft defence. They comprised seven interconnected steel platforms. Red Sands Fort (U6) is at the mouth of the Thames Estuary, created here for X-Plane 11 by John Bray.

Author: John Bray

Platform: X-Plane 11

Red Sands Fort Download

Daegu International Airport

Daegu International Airport (RKTN) is a medium-sized regional airport in South Korea. It is half commercial and half military used by and home of T-Way Airlines. This very nice design for FS2004 is by David Kolas.

Author: David Kolas

Platform: FS2004

Daegu International Airport Download

De Havilland (Bombardier) Dash 8-Q202

The de Havilland (Bombardier) Dash 8-Q202 is a development of the earlier Dash 8-100, powered by two uprated PW123D engines and with Anti Noise and Vibration Sys-tem (ANVS). The model here is updated for FSX/P3D by Premier Aircraft Design.

Author: Premier Aircraft Design

Platform: FSX/FS2004

Dash 8-Q202 Download

Fairey Fulmar

The Fairey Fulmar was a British carrier-borne fighter aircraft that served with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) during World War Two. This is a native FSX/P3D model designed by the prolific AF Scrub.

Author: AF Scrub

Platform: FSX/P3D v3-4

Fairey Fulmar Download

Reno Tahoe International

Here we have the latest Reno–Tahoe International Airport (IATA: RNO, ICAO: KRNO). It’s a public/military airport three miles (6km) southeast of downtown Reno, in Washoe County, Nevada, designed here by Flyfree Productions.

Author: Flyfree Productions

Platform: X-Plane 11

Reno Tahoe International Download

Aerodrome of Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole

Charles Macelli created this very nice aerodrome for X-Plane. It’s a mainly general avi-ation field located 21km southwest of Paris, in the town of Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole, France. Charles has done a good job of the field, with plenty of detail to bring it to life.

Author: Charles Macelli

Platform: X-Plane 11

Saint- Cyr-l’Ecole Download

Reviews - Screenshot Galleries

To help give our readers a better appreciation of the products reviewed in this issue, we have compiled the screenshots accompanying some of the articles into a series of galleries.

PMDG's 737 NGXu - The reboot of a classic

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: PMDG has taken the 737 to a new level. The sheer scope of the package combined with in-depth systems modelling promises to keep even veteran flight simulation enthusiasts busy for years to come.

Developer: PMDG Simulations
Price: $99.99 (£76 approx)
Website: https://pmdg.com/pmdg-737ngxubase-
package-for-prepar3d-v4/
Flight Model: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Excellent
Systems: Excellent
PC Pilot Score: 97

Aerosoft's A330 professional - Great Expectations...

PC Pilot Verdict
At a Glance: The era of Airbus long-haul has arrived and it’s a good thing. Aerosoft has done a great job bringing the A330 to P3D v4.

Publisher/Developer: Aerosoft
Price: €70 (£60 approx)
Website: www.aerosoft.com
Flight Model: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Excellent
Systems: Excellent
PC Pilot Score: 95

Aerosoft's CRJ professional - A true study simulation of the CRJ 550, 700, 900 and 1000

PC Pilot Verdict
At a Glance: A true study simulation of the CRJ 550/700/900/1000 with excellent systems accuracy, superb advanced graphics and an excellent flight model.

Developer: Aerosoft / Digital Aviation
Distributor: Aerosoft
Download Price: $70 / €62.98 (£54 approx)
Website: https://www.aerosoft.com/
Flight Model: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Excellent
Systems: Excellent
PC Pilot Score: 95

SSG's 747-8i - Anniversary Edition

PC Pilot Verdict
At a Glance: From power up to shutdown, the rebuilt and updated SSG 747-8i is totally immersive and the best Boeing 747 airliner currently available for X-Plane.

Developer: Supercritical Simulations Group
Price: $65.00 (£49 approx)
Website: https://www.supercriticalsimulation.com
Flight Model: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Excellent
Systems: Very good
PC Pilot Score: 90

Orbx’s TrueEarth US Northern California - Orbx continues to refine the US landscape

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: Orbx continues to super-detail its way across the US with another TrueEarth product, US Northern California.

Publisher: Orbx
Developers: Orbx Simulations
Price: HD £36.18, SD £30.49
Website: https://orbxdirect.com/product/usnorcal-hd-xp11
Performance: Overall good but it is obviously directly linked to the available hardware. My system displayed some stuttering over the city of San Francisco.
3D Modelling: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Very good
PC Pilot Score: 90

Just Flight’s Traffic Global - Bringing AI life to X-Plane

PC Pilot Verdict
At a Glance: Finally a traffic program for X-Plane that’s simple to set up, full of great models and light on the system. Just Flight has done a great job bringing Traffic Global to X-Plane 11.

Developer/Publisher: Just Flight
Price: £34.99
Website: www.justflight.com
Ease of use: Excellent
Graphics: Very good
Documentation: Good
PC Pilot Score: 90

Just Flight's Robin DR400 - Going for a song

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: This Robin is another superb aircraft from the Just Flight team and represents fantastic value for money.

Developer & Publisher: Just Flight
Price: £9.99 by direct download
Website: http://www.justflight.com
3D Modelling: Excellent
Graphics: Very good
Documentation: Excellent
Performance: Very good
PC Pilot Score: 90

Deka Ironwork Simulations' DCS: JF-17 Thunder - A new lightweight, single-engine, multirole combat aircraft for DCS World

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: A mature Early Access project with great functionality, systems modelling and weapons inventory. In need of better documentation, training missions and a campaign to reach its full potential.

Developer: Deka Ironwork Simulations
Download Price: $79.99 (£61 approx)
Website: www.digitalcombatsimulator.com
Flight Model: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Poor
Systems: Excellent
PC Pilot Score: 90

PC Pilot Article Index

Looking for a review on a particular product, feature or tutorial? Our regularly updated PC Pilot index includes references (with accompanying issue and page numbers) to all our past reviews of software and hardware as well as features, tutorials and more. Now you can find that elusive article you’ve been looking for.

PC Pilot Article Index

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