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WATCH: A Beautiful A26 Invader Was Ruined at an Airshow

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It’s pretty painful to watch, so you may want to click away! This beautiful warbird suffers a nose gear failure on landing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016.

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Why Are You Still Using FSX?

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I’ve been Simming since FS2004 was new and exciting. Since it came out I was with FSX before it was all there was, and as many members of the community over the years I have spent hundreds thousands of dollars on different add-ons and plugins to expand upon the experience that was released 11 years ago.

Obviously, when taking age into consideration, it’s amazing just how good FSX is by today’s standards (once you account for add-ons like the NGX), and how really usable it is. Despite the age points an the fact that with some investment you can keep your FSX in relatively good condition there’s no doubting that its really beginning to show its age, especially when it comes to performance and system crashes.

I picked up my first copy of X-Plane (I believe it was 9) at some point long ago, while I was in the midst of getting into FSX from the older version. Really I wasn’t impressed with X-Plane at the time, and more-less just skimmed it, only flying once or twice. As FSX was still fairly new there simply wasn’t much there to entice me to make the jump over to X-P and the lack of freeware/payware add-ons made it hard for any sort of switch to be justified.

Over the years I grew accustomed to FSX and it’s flawed systems. As time passed the amount spent to upkeep the sim (add-ons, etc.) grew and the thought of X-Plane all but faded from my mind completely. It wasn’t until the announcement of Flight Sim World from Dovetail that I really got thinking about the future of my sim, prompting me to shop around a little.

It started with a quick (lol, more like 20 hours) download of the demo for X-Plane. And from then on I was utterly hooked on the platform.

Basically, I am writing this short article to save others from the years of wasted time spent flying and expanding FSX that I had to in order to finally see the light and completely switch to X-Plane (though FSX and other platforms still reside on my PC for reviewing purposes).

X-Plane features Laminar flow technology, something FSX noticeably lacks, which essentially means that any aircraft fly and handle exactly as the would in real life. The shape of the model has an actually meaningful effect on performance as the platform replicates the airflow over the wings and fuselage and the result is noticeably more realistic look and feel right from the word go.

Another big thing I noticed was the add-ons, specifically those offered as payware. While many of the top aircraft for FSX run $70+ you can pick up some truly great add-ons for XP 11 from $6 (ground handling add-on) or just $25 (Bombardier Q400) and these aren’t cheaply made at all. The Q400, from  FlyJSim easy tacks up to the Majestic model for FSX which runs for $59.99. It’s just a lot easier and more affordable to expand upon the platform, which is especially handy when your just starting out from FSX and need to quickly build upon your library.

Truthfully I can’t believe I had my head buried in the sand like I did, and literally, every single aspect of X-Plane 11 has left me amazing and pleasantly surprised. I know I’m never going back, and I really recommend that, if you haven’t already, you at least give the free demo a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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QualityWings Ultimate 787 Released!

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The time has finally come and QualityWings have released their long-awaited Ultimate 787 series for FSX and FSX Steam. A P3D version is listed as no-yet-available, however, it can be assumed that will be released in the near future.

The add-on features the 787-8 and -9 with the -10 coming soon, still with a TBD release date.

According to the Flight1 product page, where the aircraft is currently available for $69.95 USD, the add-on features:

  • Realistic Wing Flex
  • 787-9 HLFC System
  • Environmental Control System inlets & outlets
  • 787-specific “Autodrag” function
  • 787-specific Maneuver Load Alleviation
  • All Flight Controls
  • APU Inlet Door
  • Landing gear incl. Shock Strut Compression
  • Passenger & Cargo Doors with correct animation

Although I haven’t yet got around to installing or flying the Ultimate 787 it looks really great, and I can’t wait to get some hands-on experience with it soon.

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