Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the July/August 2020 issue.
Issue 128 Online Contents Full Download
As requested by our readers, the complete file set accompanying Issue 128 can now be downloaded as a single zip file.
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Specially selected videos of flight sims reviewed in this issue
Aerosoft’s Lukla – Mount Everest Extreme
The challenging and rugged aspect of this Himalayan region is showcased in this atmospheric video of Aerosoft’s Lukla – Mount Everest Extreme, while the detail and sheer beauty of this scenery is shown off to good effect. A review for this exciting package starts on page 16.
Aerosoft’s Zagreb professional
The opening scene of this video, accompanied by stirring music, presents you with a wide view of a snow-covered Zagreb Airport. It then focuses on showcasing the architectural splendour of the airport’s main building from an internal and external perspective, as well as details and features of the surrounding area. Our review starts on page 20.
Toliss Airbus A321 for X-Plane 11
The photorealistic rendition and extreme detailing of Toliss’ Airbus A321 are the first things that strike you on the opening of this atmospheric video. The beautifully detailed and fully appointed cockpit area, as well as the photorealistic rendering of the aircraft are shown off to good effect. This fabulous video was produced by Thomas Rasmussen. Our review of this stunning simulation starts on page 28.
This video focuses on Maps2XPlane’s highly detailed rendition of Seychelles International Airport. Highlights include various animations, static aircraft, the beautifully rendered buildings, photorealistic textures and vegetation and hundreds of custom objects. Read our review starting on page 24.
North American Aviation T-6 Texan Flight Adventure
The accompanying screenshots were taken using A2A Simulations’ T-6 Texan for P3Dv4 (a2asimulations.com), Orbx Simulations TrueEarth Great Britain South and several Orbx airfield sceneries (orbxdirect.com). Details of where to get these outstanding products, as well as some other aircraft and scenery options for FSX and X-Plane 11 can be found in the Pilot’s Notes in the Download section below along with a list of alternative and optional flights.
Back to Basics - Navigation errors and how to correct them
Copies of the Klamath Falls sectional chart for the Back to Basics lesson for this issue are available via the download link below.
Our planned route is drawn on to the Klamath Falls sectional chart. You can obtain a higher resolution copy of the chart using the download link below.
A beginner’s guide to the FMS
This step-by-step guide takes us through the steps necessary to set up the above route on the FMS using one of the more popular airliners in flight simulation, the PMDG 737NGXu.
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
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.
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.
Star Performers from the Internet
de Havilland Vampire FB Mk5
We have another British aircraft for you in this issue. It’s not perhaps as iconic as the English Electric Lightning we featured in the last issue, but is nonetheless one that was quite distinctive in its design. Originally intended as an experimental aircraft, the de Havilland Vampire was the second jet fighter to be operated by the RAF (after the Gloster Meteor) and the first to be powered by a single jet engine.
The design was unusual in that it had a tailplane connected to a twin boom extending from each wing, with the main fuselage supported in-between. Like the Lightning in the previous issue, the aircraft depicted here was also designed for X-Plane 11 by Dom Henry. It’s another beautiful rendition that captures the Vampire perfectly. There’s plenty of fine detail on the airframe and the liveries are created with just the right amount of sheen. More importantly, it’s wonderful to fly, with just the right sort of performance you would expect from an aircraft from this era.
Author: Dom Henry
Platform: X-Plane 11
de Havilland Vampire Mk5 Download
Aérospatiale Gazelle 1.6
It is over 50 years since the maiden flight of the Aérospatiale Gazelle and there are quite a few of them still flying. The superb example depicted here was designed by John Bray for X-Plane 11.
Author: John Bray
Platform: X-Plane 11
Aérospatiale Gazelle 1.6 Download
Nantes-Atlantique is the ninth busiest airport in France handling more than seven million passengers a year. The airport is also one of the factory sites of the Airbus company. This X-Plane version was designed by FlightPilotFR2019.
Platform: X-Plane 11
LFRS Nantes-Atlantique Download
La Araucanía Airport SCQP
This rendition of La Araucanía Airport (SCQP) was designed by Otavio Bonomi for X-Plane 11. It’s version 5 of the airport and features improved ground textures, HD decals, new models, new libraries and better apron lighting.
Author: Otavio Bonomi
La Araucanía Airport SCQP Download
British Airways Boeing 787-10
This British Airways Boeing 787-10 AGS V6 was designed and painted for FSX by Camil Valiquette. It includes new night lighting reflections, animated ground servicing, static displays, landing/taxi soft light beams and a new 2D panel.
Author: Camil Valiquette
British Airways Boeing 787-10 Download
KLWS Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport
Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport (KLWS) is located in northern Idaho. The author of this FSX version, Brett Delana, has added the new tie-down area, the new Airport Operations Facility located south of Runway 08/26 and much more.
Author: Brett Delana
KLWS Lewiston-Nez Perce Download
Ultralight Pipistrel Virus SW80
The Pipistrel Virus SW 80 is a tandem side-by-side ultralight aircraft equipped with an 80hp Rotax engine. The model here has a clickable 3D panel that includes all the functions of the real aircraft. It was designed by Patrick Le Luyer.
Author: Patrick Le Luyer
Ultralight Pipistrel Virus SW80 Download
HA-1112 M Buchón
In 1942, the Spanish government arranged a manufacturing licence with Messerschmitt AG to build the Bf 109G-2. Spain produced its own models with different engines which became the HA-1112-M1L Buchón (Pouter). It was designed by the prolific A F Scrub.
Author: A F Scrub
HA-1112 M Buchón Download
This rather nice depiction of Bristol Airport (EGGD) was created for X-Plane 11 by FSClips. It is located at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset. The modelling is very good considering that the author has never been there.
Platform: X-Plane 11
Bristol Airport 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.
Aerosoft/LimeSim’s Lukla Mount Everest Extreme - One of the most unique settings in the world
Publisher and Developer: Aerosoft/LimeSim
Price: €25.17 / $27.92 / £22.34
Aerosoft’s Zagreb professional - A new airport for Eastern Europe
Developer and Publisher: Aerosoft
Price: €25 (£22 approx)
Maps2XPlane’s Seychelles XP - The Seychelles in extreme detail
Developer: Maps2XPlane and Albert Ràfols
Price: Download €59.99 (£52 approx)
ToLiss’ Airbus A321 - Is this the ultimate Airbus for X-Plane?
Price: €85 (£75 approx)
Carenado's SR22 GTSX Turbo - The sports car of the skies!
Developer & Publisher: Carenado
Price: $34.95 (£28 approx) by Direct Download
Xtreme Prototypes Gates Learjet 25v3 - Learjet lineage
Developer: Xtreme Prototypes
Price: $59.95 (£48 approx) TBC (Discounted upgrade for earlier registered GLJ pilots)
Swissmilsim’s de Havilland Vampire - First-generation jet fighter
Developer & Publisher: Swissmilsim
Price: €52.80 (£46.85)
Available from: https://secure.simmarket.com/swiss-military-pilot.mhtml
Orbx's Global openLC Africa - Africa, the wild continent!
Publisher and Developer: Orbx Simulation Systems
Price: Orbx Global openLC Africa £30.14
France VFR's Paris-Ile de France - Explore Paris in detail without having to leave your home
Developer and Publisher: VFR France
Price: £27.99 by direct download from Just Flight
Price: €34.90 (£28 approx) by direct download from Aerosoft
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