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TomcatUK

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  1. This will help bring XPlane a step closer to the immersive days I used to enjoy in FSX!
  2. I am very saddened to report that Jan-Michael Vincent, the actor who Stringfellow Hawk in 1980s tv show Aiirwolf, has passed away aged 74. Fly high Jan-Michael. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47502183
  3. Coming soon to an extreme cub club soon???? SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  4. Oh no, this is the last I need with Win 10! Another performance glitch I noticed recently which I want to share is a simple setting that means the last user account is automatically logged in (stealthily in the background) after app or O/S updates are applied. You may have noticed a 'Another user is logged in' message even when you are sure no-one has logged in since the last reboot. This only affects machines with more than one user account being used. Go into Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. Make sure the option at the very bottom ("Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device applying updates .. " is turned OFF. I found this at the following site: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/49963-use-sign-info-auto-finish-after-update-restart-windows-10-a.html
  5. Set full afterburner and prepare for a catapult launch .. the F14 for DCS is with us next week! Last few days to save $10 at pre-order price (69.99 instead of 79.99). DCS: F-14 Tomcat Coming Next Week The F-14 Tomcat developed by Heatblur Simulations will be available next week on 13 March 2019 for both the DCS World e-Shop and Steam. Purchase now and take advantage of the pre-order discount; only a few days are left! Purchase from DCS e-shop: https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/tomcat/?bx_sender_conversion_id=12917090&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=mail&utm_campaign=weekend_news New pre-launch video: The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a two-crew, variable geometry, maritime air superiority fighter that served with the US Navy for 32 years and continues to serve with the IRIAF in Iran. The F-14 was the US Navy's frontline fighter from the 1970s until the mid-2000s. Over the course of its long service life it also became the US Navy’s premier precision ground-attack platform and lone airborne reconnaissance asset. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/tomcat/?bx_sender_conversion_id=12917090&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=mail&utm_campaign=weekend_news NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  6. To avoid disappointment for some of you .. I am referring to hybrid HDD/SSD strorage drives ('SSHD'), and not some futuristic propulsion technology!! I have recently purchased a Seagate 2TB Firecuda hybrid gaming drive, as a way to get a balance between performance, cost and storage capacity. I use the drive as my main Windows OS / boot drive, with XPlane 11 files stored on a separate SSD drive. I am going down this road due to the amount of disk space that ORBX True Earth GB files require (which outgrew my SSD drive capacity)! I was expecting the hybrid to be quicker than HDD, but not as fast as SSD. However, I have found the new hybrid drive to be really slow (slower than my 9 year old Kingston 1TB HDD!), with boot up being slower, and my machine being intermittently unresponsive (e.g. when attempting to open or close programs). It is MUCH quicker to boot than Sparks' machine though (!!), but not as responsive to use once Windows has opened). The drive continues to be slow and almost rendering Windows unusable, even after allowing several restarts when I had hoped that the brain of the drive would learn which files I use the most and keep them cached in the internal SSD. I have run health check tools from Seagate and it says the drive is performing normally. Have any fellow loungers experienced this? I'd be grateful for your views and any tips on improving performance from the Hybrid drive. My tired old rig, purchased new in 2010, is an HP p6658uk (which has an AMD Phenom II processor (can't recall precise model now); with Foxconn H-Alpinia RS780L micro ATX motherboard, upgraded to 8 GB RAM, added Kingston 256GB SSD, plus with uprated PSU and running Windows 10 Home 64 bit). I am connecting the hybrid via SATA cable to the mobo. Many thanks, TCUK SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  7. hazzar! This will be another step closer to getting the add-ons / utilities closer to my days with FSX!
  8. Courtesy of FSElite... Flight1 has released a new version of the GTN 650/750 that is fully compatible with P3D 4.4. Version 2.09 of the updated GTN supports GTN Trainer 6.50.1 and brings with it several changes including: Vertical navigation (VNAV) capability when flying STARS and the initial stages of instrument approaches Along-track offsets in flight plan segments Destination airport remains in the flight plan when an approach is loaded (but the destination airport is removed when the approach is activated) A shortcut to the airport info page added to all procedure headers Load the approach NAV frequency from the approach header in the flight plan QWERTY keyboard option The updated GTN also includes default AIRAC 1803. The update can be obtained from your Flight1 account. The Flight1 GTN Complete Edition (GTN 650 and 750) can be purchased from Flight1 for $64.95 USD. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : http://www.flight1.com/products.asp?product=gtncomplete NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/news/flight1-software-releases-new-version-of-gtn/
  9. This is an interesting proposition and is a timely anouncement following so soon after XP11 seasons was discussed in On Approach #84. This new product promises so much, but there isn't much detail in the announcement and a lack of a free demo (currently) means I am reluctant to buy this yet. I'd be keen to hear if any fellow Loungers purchase this and what they think (visuals, impact on performance, compatibility with other products including blending with add-on airports etc).
  10. I know this place pretty well, having flown fixed-wing and helicopters out of here a few times in my youth. I love the detail brought to the airfield, including the slightly 'scruffy' look of the place and the cafe that I took my kids to last year for lunch whilst watching the aircraft movements. With Aldenham country park next door there is a very pleasant walk around the lake, I wonder if ORBX modelled the playground and farm animals too?? I'll take a look when I pick this one up.
  11. No doubt @Noodle will be picking this up immediately in readiness for FSExpo ?!!!
  12. Fellow Loungers, I have just received an update from QualityWings via Facebook which contains a variety of updates on updates and other development work, this related to their Ultimate 146, 757 and 787 products. The most interesting for me personally is the introduction of PBR materials and a remote CDU (on your phone, tablet etc) for the 787 product, 'due soon' as part of the upcoming v1.1.3 update. == For those of you that are not on Facebook, the main updates by product are as follows: Ultimate 146 Following the release of the Ultimate 146 for Prepar3D Version 4, we received some unbelievably positive feedback and will be providing an update for the 146 in P3DV4 soon. Development work is complete for this update and it is currently undergoing final stages of testing. Ultimate 757 Around the time that we announced that that the 146 was being worked on for a release in P3DV4, we also indicated that the 757 was also in development for the platform. There was a bit more work than anticipated to make the product work in P3DV4, but we assure you that it is in the works. With that said, I must also acknowledge that we are aware of some of the difficulties being experienced by some of this product regarding the activation process. We do apologize for any inconvenience. We will be moving our current Ultimate 757 product from the Esellerate system and migrating the customer database to the Flight1 licensing system. That should alleviate some of the issues some of you may have been experiencing. Again, please bear with us as we work through this transition, which will coincide with the release of the product into P3DV4. Ultimate 787 As previously mentioned, we are continuing to improve the 787 and Update 1.1.3 is due soon. This update to the 787 includes some exciting new additions, one is a result of improved features available with the release of P3D Version 4.4: Physically Based Rendering The 787s models and textures have been adapted to take advantage of these exciting and impressive visual features. PBR is really exciting stuff, but it’s too bad that the 787 fuselage isn’t completely aluminum. Because it would sure be fun to see how that looks. But I guess we will have to wait for upcoming products in development that can really show off bare metal. We sill think it helps the 787 visuals tremendously. We highly encourage everyone to upgrade to the latest version of P3D to benefit from the improved visuals. PBR models will not be available for FSX and outdated versions of P3Dv4. == Plus, additional info via the FSElite page: In addition to PBR, the next version of the Ultimate 787 will bring support for Remote CDU on the lower MFD and the Electronic Flight Bag. Remote CDU will mean you can see any page from the lower display (including the FMS) on multiple mobile devices including Android tablets/phones, Apple products and even Windows tablets and phones. Finally, the team gave a brief list of other updates users can expect in the upcoming update: · Significant Stability Improvements · Autothrottle oscillations above Mach .85 · Improved Panel state loading · PFD Speedtape coffin corner simulation · And many more No timeline was given on when this update would be made available. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://www.facebook.com/notes/qualitywings-simulations/happy-new-year-from-qualitywings/10156134924929639/?hc_ref=ARSWP419wnc-QfpVp_0CreC1_aPaMd3naHY-H7j0vNVQPsKKqaaKFufGobi6cl-vdaA&__xts__[0]=68.ARBhQxwtpkOl8cGdzV2DoW8rKxIZp78Rqhrz2g7NfmAaRwUTzzXxYBSx-S70-kehRDsLx87vi5eu8I-VpOTXuWm1fyONTD2Rzcp2vJyu8oNus5aJRuxIfmT26eCUKjkzIQVApFVZ5_s-NzkOO1iMjx9fFl2gyxRXl1BqO03pw8MGMsDw2ctywu24h_THyd7bsrLd_nsEV9H0GLepue5pctOXZ9BtmJBjLbvmsaWd93rzB-rl8PyXEUc6wD-21LC0ppsaJ7foE1kkAPr9TsrFFCHvZtkBfnaQ3Ok1CXBpur-EHPkJ9f_V2odjO2dfF6Bxjh1T_g5TJOhl3D_kZ92d_yhdvpazZ0iMUQtrhmP40JwR2hrr8mfkj7y-Qvqd2zmf6LETO_wmx6xaCp4AHHMe-6pkc9Jkabe_xkgxev8wQ1NC4ZCdHS0mXDrWwXRXZhm4y0OxZlskqMsAWBLV3IpbnkTTSMo-Z_aTU93xQRw&__tn__=C-R NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/news/qualitywings-simulations-january-2019-update-787-pbr/?fbclid=IwAR3gG5_--Ks8ln_dwAMy0sZI5qTeZkB1V1mLpowkAvJpY-yv3O7OFD86EcM
  13. Very interesting @TheMapleSyrupCan .. shame to see that this is a very male dominated hobby but that and the age range seems like the audience at Cosford.
  14. Courtesy of BBC news, here is another report showing yet more disruption to commercial aviation caused by drones. The sooner they find a solution to irresponsible and downright dangerous drone flying the better: == Passengers at one of the UK's busiest airports have been warned to expect further flight disruption after drones were seen over the airfield. Gatwick's runway remains closed after two of the devices were seen nearby, sparking a string of delays and diversions on Wednesday evening. Outbound flights were grounded and incoming planes redirected - with some landing in Paris and Amsterdam. Passengers due to travel have been told to check the status of their flight. == More details including the misery passengers endured on diverted flights are available via the link below. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-46623754
  15. This update includes the following: The latest update adds compatibility with P3D v4.4 and also fixes a problem which WAMA had with Carenado aircraft, where if you had one of those parked at your destination using WAMA, they would turn off your engine once you came into range.
  16. Courtesy of Flightradar24 / Tom Podolec Aviation : Aeromexico #AM770 from Guadalajara suffered nose cone/radome damage on approach to Tijuana. Local media reporting it collided with a drone. No injuries reported. XA-ADV Boeing 737-800. == Impact was so intense this actually damaged the radome too. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://twitter.com/flightradar24/status/1073278243283877888?s=21
  17. Story I've just picked up on FSElite: == Only released a couple of days ago, the team at HiFi SimTech are hard at work listening to feedback from the community regarding Active Sky XP (for X-Plane 11). Today, they released a small update which was causing issues for some users. Those fixes include a wind aloft issue and the occasional hanging of the application upon exit. Hotfix B6919B is now available via the HiFi download section. You will have to download the full version according to their downloads page, which weighs in at 233MB. Full Change Log: Fixed issue with winds aloft and some other surface wind issues in some cases Fixed occasional hanging issue on exit Fixed issue in web companion app where image would not display properly SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://hifisimtech.com/downloads/ NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/news/active-sky-xp-hotfix-released-b6919b/
  18. Interesting thoughts @Noodle. I am still hoping that v5 will be the foundations towards ray tracing and starting to harvest the additional power of the NVIDIA RTX cards. Here's hoping!
  19. Courtesy of FSElite, news that I hope will be another good reason for @OMGEDSON to finally make the move to open XPlane 11! == Announced in a Forum post, Orbx has released Chichester/Goodwood Airport (EGHR) exclusively for X-Plane 11 to complement their TrueEarth Great Britain South add-on. Goodwood Airport is located in Chichester, West Sussex on the Goodwood Estate. This airfield was built and primarily used during World War II by the RAF as a relief landing ground. Today, the airport sees its fair share of GA traffic and its surrounding road is a well-known racing circuit. From the screenshots below, you can see that developers at Orbx have tried to capture both the history and natural beauty of the airfield and surrounding area with almost every single object seen at the real object photographed, modelled and placed. This airport features 15/60cm/px ground imagery, static objects, animated Ferraris racing, TrueEarth GB compatibility and more which you can see in the key features at the end. You can grab a hold of Chichester/Goodwood Airport (EGHR) from OrbxDirect at a price of AUD$28.01 (Incl. VAT) for X-Plane 11 until the end of the year at a 15% discount. In 2019, it will cost AUD$32.95 (Incl. VAT). Owners of the FSX/P3D version will automatically be granted a 40% discount. = ORBX product page: https://orbxdirect.com/product/eghr/xp11 Link with specficiations and more screenshots below. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://orbxdirect.com/product/eghr/xp11 NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/news/orbx-goodwood-airport-eghr-released-for-x-plane-11/
  20. Courtesy of FSElite, another developer is starting to showcase P3D V4.4 PBR... == With the excitement of Prepar3D V4.4 now starting to die down, developers are starting to pour development efforts into seeing how they can use the new PBR technology in their products. Leonardo Software has already began showing their progress with their MD-XX series, and FSDreamteam with their upcoming Chicago O’Hare. Today, LatinVFR contacted me to inform me that they have been working on updating their current P3DV4 scenery library to include the new PBR texture set. The first product to be upgraded to include the new textures will be Santiago SCELv2. The product was originally released earlier last month to positive community reviews. The team has since been working on how they can implement the new technology and have given us the first glimpse into how it looks. Developer Ricardo described Prepar3D V4.4 as a “game changer” and is “very surprised they added this on a current version of P3D.” SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/news/fselite-exclusive-latinvfr-first-pbr-previews-of-santiago-scelv2/
  21. Courtesy of JustFlight email update ==: Our new Avro Vulcan B Mk. 2 is now on sale! The new P3D/FSX Vulcan from the Just Flight development team comes in 11 high resolution paint schemes covering its time in RAF service and features a range of realistic payload options, detailed animations including a multi-stage brake parachute, ground equipment and custom-coded systems and avionics. The fully 3D virtual cockpit includes a functioning oxygen regulator system, realistic V/UHF radio unit, checklists for every stage of flight and fully functioning magnetic indicators, warning lights and push-to-test buttons. Avro Vulcan B Mk. 2 For P3D v1-v4 & FSX £39.99 / €49.95 / $59.99 https://www.justflight.com/product/avro-vulcan-b-mk2 = This is a 1.3 GB download. Happy flying everyone! SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://www.justflight.com/product/avro-vulcan-b-mk2 NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  22. Yet another bizarre incident in commercial aviation!! Listen to this short clip of ATC (courtesy of VASAviation) as a passenger chooses the wrong moment to use the restroom on a departing flight at KSFO resulting in take-off clearance being withdrawn! SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
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