PC Pilot Issue 133 Out Now

The new May/June issue of PC Pilot has finally touched down and as always, it is loaded with exciting reviews, features and tutorials.

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Reviews

Microsoft’s UK Update – Welcome to the United Kingdom

For its third world update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Microsoft/Asobo team has given the UK a makeover, applying improvements such as more accurate terrain elevation, new textures as well as upgraded airports and points of interest.

Pilot’s Boeing B314 Clipper – Peter Stark previews this study-level simulation

One of the most unique and perhaps romantic aircraft ever built in the golden era of aviation – the Boeing 314 Clipper Flying Boat – has a fascinating and rich history. The team at Pilot’s has spent years researching and producing a study-level sim of this remarkable aircraft and we test-fly the ‘Early Bird’ model designed for Prepar3D.

IRIS Simulations’ Jabiru J160/ J170 – Jessica Bannister-Pearce discovers the world of ultralights

We take a look at the Jabiru add-on pack, designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator and created by Aussie developer IRIS Simulations.

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Orbx’s Paris City Landmarks – Taking scenery to the next level

In this review, we visit the capital of France and take a closer look at some of the 200 new points of interest added to Microsoft Flight Simulator by the Orbx TrueEarth team.

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FlyTampa’s Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport – A tour de force in scenery design

We travel to the land down under and explore Australia's largest hub, Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

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IndiaFoxtrotEcho’s MB 339 – The Italian stallion

IndiaFoxtrotEcho is one of the first developers to release a military aircraft for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform: the Aermacchi MB-339....

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Cowan Simulations’ 222B and 222UT Helicopters – Bell’s versatile light helicopter

Chris Frishmuth test flies the Cowan Simulations' Bell 222 in X-Plane 11. Let’s turn up the subwoofer and dive in.

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Digital Design’s Liverpool John Lennon Airport – Welcome to the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

We visit the home of The Beatles and one of UK’s regional airports: Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport made by Digital Design.

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Drzewiecki Design’s Chicago Landmarks – The windy city

In this review, we return to Chicago and have a look at the area after this latest makeover from the Drzewiecki Design team.

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Interviews

The Human Element – Virtual Fly

In this first instalment of our new ‘Human Element’ series, in which we talk to publishers, developers and end-users within the flight sim industry, we met up with Pere Casellas, technical director and co-founder of Virtual Fly and Oscar Mateos, sales and marketing manager of its parent company, Aircatglobal.

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DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI – The ‘wooden wonder’ lands in DCS World

In this comprehensive interview, we sat down with Sergey Gerasev, the project manager and team leader for the World War Two projects at Eagle Dynamics, to discuss the upcoming de Havilland Mosquito for DCS World.

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Features

A Guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator: How to design scenery – Part 1

In this new series, Joe Lavery walks us through the process of creating a custom airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Challenging Airports, Cochabamba, Bolivia (SLCB)

In this instalment of the Challenging Airports series, we revisit the Cordillera Central mountain range in Bolivia and explore the high-altitude airport of Jorge Wilstermann, home to a fleet of relics from the golden age of aviation.

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UK Discovery Tour – Land’s End to Shoreham
Welcome to the first of our four-part UK Discovery Tour, in which we visit some of the new hand-built airports and cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In the first leg of our grand tour between Land’s End and Shoreham, we explore some of the famous landmarks in the south and western part of the British Isles.

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DCS World: 2021 Roadmap
After closing out a highly unusual 2020, Eagle Dynamics, the developer of Digital Combat Simulator World, released a 2021 Roadmap providing an outline of what fans can expect over the coming year as the title continues to evolve.

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Tutorials

Back to Basics - Sensory illusions
In this lesson, Peter Stark looks at sensory illusions and teaches us some piloting techniques to stay out of trouble.

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Hardware

Building a 737 Home Cockpit - The Main Instrument Panel
Joe Lavery continues with his home-built 737 cockpit series by explaining how he made the Main Instrument Panel and highlights some of the challenges that he encountered along the way.

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