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PC Pilot Issue 55, Jul/Aug 2008 on sale now

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Reviews -
RealAir Simulation's Spitfire 2008
First Class Simulation's Hurricane
Xtreme Prototype's X-15
Just Flight's R44 Helicopter
Space Shuttle Mission 2007
Just Flight's Rescue Pilot
Full Terrain X
Aerosoft's FS Map
Just Flight Denham
Pro Flight Trainer - Helicopter Controls

Features -
Scenery Creation in FSX
Welcome to a new series where we will examine how to create our own scenery projects in FSX. We start the series by showing you how to create your own airfield.

Air Combat Simulation Tutorial
For this issue of our combat we put theory into practice by relating a simulated combat mission.

Beginner's Guide to Flight Simulator
In this instalment of the Beginners Guide, we are going to explore the often-overlooked and misunderstood realm of creating your very own screenshots and flight sim videos.

A Flight Sim Pilot's Guide to Jet Airliners
In this instalment of our Airliner series we shall be taking a break from the technical theory and putting it into practice in an actual flight. The aim of the flight is to review many of the ideas and concepts that have previously been discussed by applying those techniques to a typical scenario.

GA Flight Sim Training - Stage 1, Lesson 9
Welcome to the final instalment of our Back to Basics Stage 1 series. In this issue we take a look at a variety of topics including: airfield markings and FLWOP (Forced Landing Without Power).

Meet the Flight Sim Producers - PMDG
In this edition of 'Meet the Producers' we interview PMDG. The team at PMDG is renowned for producing high quality simulations - most notable of which is the ground-breaking 747-400 simulation. We caught up with founder Captain Robert S Randazzo to find out more about this much-respected company.

Flying the Robinson R44 helicopter
Recently, on the kind invitation of Cabair, Richard Benedikz had the opportunity to visit Elstree aerodrome and spend an hour flying the Robinson R-44 helicopter. Read this special report to find out how the simulated version compares to flying the real thing.


Your Diamond Paddock Package Invitation to Farnborough International Airshow's 60th celebrations

Held from 14th – 20th July 2008, the 46th biennial Farnborough International Airshow is one of the world's largest aerospace airshows and exhibitions. This year, the airshow celebrates two landmarks in aviation history, the 100th year of powered flight in Britain together with its own 60th anniversary.

Soak up the world famous Farnborough atmosphere and join the celebrations in style in our unique “Diamond Paddock Area”, exclusively offered to Key Publishing’s readers and Friends of Farnborough.

The ‘Diamond Paddock Package’ has been newly introduced to offer those with a devoted interest in aviation the chance to enjoy their Farnborough experience to the full in a fitting surrounding, away from the hustle and bustle of other visitors. Diamond Package users will be afforded excellent views of the ever popular flying display from an exclusive area on a prime flight-line position. But remember, tickets are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

The purpose of the “Diamond Paddock Package” is to offer those that have a devoted interest in aviation the chance to witness the exhibits, the static displays and, of course, the ever popular flying display in a private fenced-off area in a prime flight-line position.


Access to the Unique ‘Diamond Paddock’ area

Sit back and relax in comfortable deckchair seating

Dine alfresco within the exclusive paddock area and avoid the queues with dedicated catering*

Private toilets

Plus you will receive:

A Daily Entrance Ticket for either Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 July 2008

A ‘Diamond Paddock’ wristband for either Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 July 2008

Free car parking in general car park areas

The daily flying displays† scheduled so far include: The Red Arrows, The Aerostars, The Blades, The Avro Vulcan, Supermarine Spitfire, EADS Eurofighter, Aero Sekur Shooting Stars, MiG 29, Swordfish, Hawker Sea Hawk, GAP Kestrel JP100, an assortment of classic aircraft types that first flew in the 1948 Airshow and many more aircraft. Visit for more information.

So why not mark this special year by enjoying the pleasures of the day in sophisticated surroundings with a Diamond Paddock Day ticket.

At just £40 per person, we are sure you will agree these tickets offer great value for money. Naturally, we are expecting demand to exceed supply, so these tickets are available on a strictly first come, first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Children under 16 just pay a reduced price of only £17 to enter the enclosure (Proof of age may be needed as an entrance ticket is not required).

Closing date for received applications is: UK applications 9th July 2008, overseas 1st July 2008. Please call if any doubt.

You can purchase your tickets in a variety of ways:

Click here for online payment

Download Form to post or fax

Telephone: +44 (0)1780 480404. Lines open 09.00-17.30 Mon-Fri,24hr answer machine at all other times.

PS Subscribers: We still have a few Enthusiasts Day tickets for Friday 18 July left. Please call for details or view


20 Great Aircraft from the Cockpit

Special Collectors' Edition
Brought to you by the Today's Pilot editorial team, this special 'From the Cockpit' Collectors' Edition features 20 exclusive flight tests. With expert opinion, stunning photography and inspirational commentary plus a foreword by Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown CBE DSC AFC FRAeS RN
Ultimate Flight Test is a must-buy for all aviation enthusiasts.
Flight tests include:
- ACA Super Decathlon
- Aero L39 Albatros
- Skyleader
- Cessna Mustang
- Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo
- Diamond DA-42 TwinStar
- North American T-6
- Supermarine Spitfire TR9
- Piper PA-18 Super Cub
- Eurocopter EC135
- Focke-Wulf FW-44 Stieglitz

Price: £6.99


PC Pilot Summer Special 2008 - Reality check!
On sale now.

Sim v Real
Following on from the success of our 'Live the Dream' Winter Special, we are proud to announce the launch of the much anticipated PC Pilot Summer Special.

Reality Check!
How close are they?
This new exciting issue compares the 'real' with the 'virtual' world of aviation. Inside we compare real aircraft alongside their virtual counterparts - both in terms of internal and external representation, as well as flight modelling. Aircraft under the spotlight include light aircraft, airliner and military. Also we take a look at how the scenery add-on packages compare with the real thing.

Fasten your seatbelt for flight adventures!
Join us on a trip from Phucket to Hong Kong via Singapore in a Boeing 767 and an adventure along the west coast of the UK in a Piper Cheyenne.

The return of our popular FLIGHT SIM BUYER's GUIDE - your guide to everything SIM!

All this and much, much your PC Pilot Summer Special

Available from WHSmith, Borders and other leading newsagents from 15th May 2008 for £4.99.


X-Plane 8
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Concorde Professional
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Lock on Gold
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C-130 Hercules
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Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
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Airbus A380

Airbus A340

VFR Real Scemery Vol 1
REDUCED £21.99

Flying Club X



Your invitation to Farnborough International Airshow’s 60th celebrations

Held from 14th – 20th July 2008, the 46th biennial Farnborough International Airshow is one of the world's largest aerospace airshows and exhibitions. This year, the airshow celebrates two landmarks in aviation history, the 100th year of powered flight in Britain together with its own 60th anniversary.
The flying displays* scheduled are being finalised and will be available nearer the time of the event but displays booked† so far include: The Red Arrows, The Aerostars, The Blades, The Avro Vulcan, Supermarine Seafire, Hawker Sea Fury, Fairey, Swordfish, Hawker Sea Hawk, GAP Kestrel JP100 and an assortment of classic aircraft types that first flew in the 1948 Airshow.

To buy your ticket now click here

*Subject to change


The Trent 900 Engine

Rolls-Royce: Powering the Whispering Giant - The Trent 900 Engine

The Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines power the world’s largest airliner, the Airbus A380.

In February 2001, Rolls-Royce announced the launch of one of the most ambitious engineering programmes in the company’s Civil Aerospace history – to develop the Trent 900 engine to power the Airbus A380, a new and exciting aircraft which would become the largest civil airliner ever built.

The Trent 900 is the 4th member of the Trent family, and holds pride of place as the largest jet engine ever produced by Rolls-Royce. ‘Powering the Whispering Giant’ plots the Trent 900 journey in photographs from concept to design, development, testing, first flight on the A340 flying test bed, flight test on the A380, Route Proving, Service Readiness and Entry into Service in October 2007.

This colourful publication combines the best images from throughout the programme, with descriptions of each major step along the way, to offer the reader a unique insight into one of the most public and most exciting new jet engine programmes ever undertaken.

Buy your copy now


LAST FEW REMAINING!Royal Air Force Celebrating 90 years - Official Souvenir Issue
The story of the RAF as never told before
The Aircraft - The Pilots - The Valour
Created by a world renowned team of aviation writers, this beautiful 132 page official souvenir publication details the story of the RAF from its inception to the present day.
Special features include:
- Squadron directory as on April 1, 1918
- Typhoon bombing operations in World War Two
- Flying Valiant V-bombers in the Cold War
- Harriers in the Falklands
- Jaguars in the Gulf War
- Order of Battle 2008
- Tomorrow’s world, the RAF in 2018
Buy your copy today
Price: £4.99


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