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Douglas DC-8-61 NAPS Livery

Simmers who are NAPS (North Atlantic & Pacific Sceneries) airport enthousiasts and also own the Douglas DC-8 Series from Michael Wilson, for those we’re pleased to offer you an exclusive NAPS painting from Marc Leydecker. Curious how it looks like? Then check out this screenshot link and of course, only for registered users, the NAPS DC-8-61 package. For the package, log in and go to the downloads livery menu item.

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ZonePhoto ... the ZL16 Photo Real Scenery

I felt I needed to write a short impression about photo-real sceneries. A perfect alternative are the packages from ZonePhoto. Although a ZL16 packages aren’t of the same quality as ZL17, it’s still a nearly perfect alternative to download, implement and explore you own flying area in X-Plane 10 scenery. At the end of this short impression, you’ll be amazed that it was worth the downloading. Read Angelique’s impression at X-Plained.
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Part I of the PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster

There’s a lot to write about the PMDG Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster. I’ve decided to split my Cloudmaster impression in two parts. Today I’m pleased to present to your part I of the in-depth look / feel of the PMDG DC-6A/B. Check out our comprehensive part I PMDG Cloudmaster impression.
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Introducing X-Plained Google Maps

We’re pleased to offer you a new and interesting feature … X-Plained Google Maps. Since this is such an easy and handy Google Maps tool, we’ve decided to implemented this feature for all our freeware airports. You can find this new feature under menu Downloads – X-Plained MapsCheck out this X-Plained Maps link and see it for yourself how easy it is to use. You’ll noticed yourself how quickly you’ve found your favourite airport from Marc, Freddy, Camilli or MisterX6.
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Wow, that's the PMDG DC-6B AA

While busy with my PMDG Douglas DC-6A/B review/impression, I’m flying on a regular to test out the system, aircraft behaviour and so on. Some of these flights are more or less VFR based so no further navigation is needed while other flights are using Garmin GNS equipment. Whatever I go for, I thought it would be a nice idea to offer you some screenshots of this remarkable PMDG aircraft. Check out these exclusive screenshots.
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vFlyteair Piper Cherokee 140

What will it be this time …. the vFlyteAir Piper Cherokee PA28-140 Series. Oops, that’s and old, almost historical aircraft, but it must be said, it’s very well modeled and flies like an angel. If it flies like an angel and if it’s well modeled, that’s the task of Angelique van Campen who tries to find out all the ins and outs of this old-fashioned vFlyteAir GA aircraft. I would say … time to check out Angelique’s in-depth Cherokee 140 impressions.
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Dallas Fort Worth – American’s Country

Jude Bradley sees many challenges in Tom Curtis his Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW). According to Jude “Tom has paid major attention to detail with this product, and all types of aviation are catered for here. Whether you are a GA, Freight-Dog or Passenger Hauler, there is something in this airport for you.” Check out his in-depth KDFW review.
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Carenado TBM850 G1000

Rick Verhoog, our Carenado/Alabeo G1000 review specialist, is pleased to offer you an in-depth review of the Carenado TBM850 G1000. The TBM850 may not be as well-known as some of Carenado’s other creations, but it certainly is a welcome addition to the roster of X-Plane General Aviation aircraft. But Rick has so much more to tell. Therefore, I encourage you to read Rick’s comprehensive review.
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Pullmann-Moscow Regional

Angelique van Campen visits Pullmann-Moscow Regional Airport (KPUW) and takes a closer look how it’s all made. Impressive, wow, good looking … these are some of the words she has when thoroughly inspected this regional airport, including the city of Pullman and 60 km2 ortho-photo ground textures. Check out her KPUW impressions.
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vFlyteAir Cirrus SR20

Angelique never heard of the Cirrus SR20, but this latest model from vFlyteAir got my attention. According to Angelique “What else can we say about the latest vFlyteAir Cirrus SR20 X-Plane 10 model? Quite simply – extraordinary 3D aircraft modeling. It’s really 3D modeling at a high level. Nice talk, but now back to reality .. how is it? You can read all about it via this in-depth impression link.
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Richmond International Airport

Marc Leydecker, yes, you know Marc a.k.a Belga12345 and for me, the SketchUp guru responsible for other great airport projects. Marc is pleased to inform you that, finally, his creation of the Richmond International Airport (KRIC) is ready and being released via X-Plane.Org. Your personal reporter Angelique has tried to find out all the ins and outs of KRIC. You can read her in-depth impression via this link.
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Alabeo PA32R Saratoga II TC

Do I like the Saratoga II TC model or do I prefer the older Carenado Saratoga SP? Without doubts I would go for this one. The 3D cockpit is nicely modeled, looking good with not too much weathering although the throttle stand has some scratches. But there’s so much more then I like it, and it’s worth it. You can read here comprehensive impression via this link. Enjoy!
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Nimbus “Chicago O’Hare”

Our dedicated reviewer Jude Bradley flew to KORD or better known as Chicago O’Hare Airport to check out the modelled airport from Nimbus. According to Jude “It fills a gap in the market for mid-U.S Sceneries. It’s well worth the price. The performance is very good even taking into account the aircraft I tested this with. In short, this is a good airport and yes, I would definitely recommend it.” Curious? Via this review link you can read all about it.
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X-Crafts Embraer E-175

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen is enthusiastic when it comes to the X-Crafts Embraer E175. There’s a lot to explore, so I invite you to check out here comprehensive impression of this medium size aircraft. It’s very well modelled with a lot of tiny details as wlel as that weathering is included to give it a realistic look and feel. You can read all about the impression via this link.
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Arturo Merino Benitez Airport

From the makers of Virtual design 3D, and presented to you by Aerosoft and ASN X-Plane, I’m pleased to offer you an inside look in the recent released international airport Arturo Merino Benitez (SCEL). I think this quick look with some thoughts and compliments should give you an idea of the well modelled airport of Santiago. You can read all about Angelique’s findings via this impression link.

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Airfoillabs C172S SP

Your personal reporter Angelique had a thorough look into the Airfoillabs Cessna C172S SP. All together a complex impression of a relatively small GA aircraft. Therefore, I warn you; it’s an in-depth review with many items discussed. Check it out at X-Plained. Additional close-up in-flight screenshots can be found too.
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Rio de Janeiro-Galeão

Ever been to Rio de Janerio? Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen took a flight and flew to Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro-Galvão (SBGL). Why? To check out the modelled replica from X-Plane developer Richard G. Nunes. And …. was it worth the long oversees flight? You can read Angelique’s comprehensive impression here at X-Plained. Enjoy!
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Alabeo Titan C404 Ambassador

When Angelique says “Cessna Titan 404”, I could mean old and rusty or not? Let me refresh your memory a little bit …. the Cessna 404 was a development of the Cessna 402 with an enlarged vertical tail and other changes. This question and the belonging answer and much more can be found in this comprehensive review published for you at ASN X-Plane.
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Lotnisko Chopina

A day at EPWA … any idea which airport this is? When you’re a Polish simmer, you probably know which airport I mean, otherwise there’s a big chance you don’t have a clue! But that will change after you’ve taken the time to read this comprehensive Drzewiecki Design Chopin International Airport impression. No more words needed. Just follow this impression link.
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Flight Factor/StepToSky 767-300ER

Rick Verhoog takes a closer look, no, he’s taking a in-depth inspection in the Flight Factor/StepToSky Boeing 767-300ER Series. It’s amazing and you will not regret it if you’re not set against Flight Factor/StepToSky. Yes, it may possess some features that you may dislike, but these can all be circumvented, and they don’t take away from the amazing core of the 767-300ER. Curious what Rick has to say more? Read Rick’s comprehensive review via this link.
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I Love MCR

Attention … attention …. on special request … brought back to life, the impressive airport design from the Icarus Development team … Manchester Airport. Staff reviewer and reviews editor Jude Bradley flies from his home town to Manchester Airport and it seems he’s quite happy with the end result. And “Although not a large airport by international standards, it’s still a great addition to the X-Plane family and well worth the purchase.” You can read all about Jude’s review. Want to see more screenshots? Check out this I Love MCR.
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NAPS Douglas DC-6-61 Livery

Simmers who are NAPS (North Atlantic & Pacific Sceneries) airport enthousiasts and also own the Douglas DC-8 Series from Michael Wilson, for those we’re pleased to offer you an exclusive painting from Marc Leydecker aka Belga12345. Marc found some time to...

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NAPS KAUAI Lihue Airport Updated

Main airport in Kauai, the garden island. Airport design by NAPS (Freddy de Pues). This is a new updated version. Temporary, simplified version until a reliable USGS orthoimagery becomes available. NAPS customized scenery (SketchUp) including some of Marc Leydecker’s...

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Updated NAPS Airports

On behalf of Freddy De Pues from NAPS (North Atlantic & Pacific Sceneries), we’re pleased to inform you that the following airport download packages including their Library has been updated: – USA_FL_KMCO_Orlando International | Updated to version 1.1...

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100 Facebook Likes, but ….

Although I’m pleased to see that during this holiday period we’ve reached 100 Facebook Likes, the next step must be 250. Way less then I had with Aerosoft Sim News X-Plane., but Ok, it’s a start. And because it’s a start, I would like to thank...

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Right now … looking forward

Hopefully this is my last “private” post regarding my living partner Ingrid. She’s back home from her 2nd non-planned surgery. As I mentioned before, the 2nd hospital visit was due to an open wound with heavily polluted blood. It turned out that she...

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Impression | Part I PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster

Where to start, how to start, and what to write down? That’s the issue I have with the PMDG Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster. There’s a lot to write about and thus a lot to see and to test. Because of this, I’ve decided to split my DC-6 Cloudmaster...

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vFlyteair Piper Cherokee 140 Impression

What will it be this time …. the vFlyteAir Piper Cherokee PA28-140 Series. Oops, that’s and old, almost historical aircraft, but it must be said, it’s very well modeled and flies like an angel. If it flies like an angel and if it’s well...

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Carenado TBM850 GA

Rick Verhoog, our Carenado/Alabeo G1000 review specialist, is pleased to offer you an in-depth review of the Carenado TBM850 G1000. The TBM850 may not be as well-known as some of Carenado’s other creations, but it certainly is a welcome addition to the roster of...

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The Alabeo Piper PA32R Saratoga II TC

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen needed at least 5000 words for this Alabeo Piper PA32R Saratoga II TC impression and as a result, the impression has become quite long, so let’s try to summarise it a little bit. Do I like the Saratoga II TC model or do I...

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X-Crafts Embraer E175

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen is enthusiastic when it comes to the X-Crafts Embraer E175. There’s a lot to explore, so I invite you to check out here comprehensive impression of this medium size aircraft. It’s very well modelled with a lot of tiny...

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Impression | ZonePhoto, ZL16 Photo Scenery

I felt I needed to write a short impression about photo-real sceneries. For some it’s not their favorite, for others it’s a chance to explore their own countries or province. Since SimHeaven stopped with the distribution of their ZL17 Europe photo real scenery...

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Aerosoft “Pullmann-Moscow Regional Airport”

KPUW … what’s that for airport? Yes, yes, KPUW or perhaps easier to understand Pullmann-Moscow Regional Airport. Have you ever heard of this Aerosoft developed regional airport? With this impression I would like to give you some more information of this regional...

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I Love Manchester Airport

Attention … attention … on special request, Jude’s Manchester airport review, developed by the Icarus Development Team. Staff reviewer and reviews editor Jude Bradley flies from his home town to Manchester Airport and it seems he’s quite happy with...

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FunnerFlight J. F. Kennedy Airport

Attention … attention …. on special request … brought back to life, the impressive airport design from FunnerFlight … John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK). This took, even for your personal reporter Angelique van Campen, a little longer...

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JARDesign Ground Handling Deluxe

This short impression deals with the option of adding ground handling equipment to your aircraft. On purpose I write to your aircraft since the JARDesign Ground Handling Deluxe package only adds ground handling equipment to your own aircraft and not to the airport...

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Stick and Rudder Studios “X-Camera”

X-Camera … Have you heard of it? Developed by Stick and Rudder Studios, X-Camera is a replacement camera system that lets you define multiple view categories and multiple views within those categories that are associated with specific aircraft. Angelique found it...

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iGoDispatch for iPad

iGoDispatch for iPad ….. uh, what? iGo stands actually for Igor, the first name of the developer and dispatch has everything to do with aircraft dispatch information like the weather conditions, amount of passenger and cargo thus payload, C.G. (Centre of Gravity),...

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NAPS Douglas DC-6-61 Livery

Simmers who are NAPS (North Atlantic & Pacific Sceneries) airport enthousiasts and also own the Douglas DC-8 Series from Michael Wilson, for those we’re pleased to offer you an exclusive painting from Marc Leydecker aka Belga12345. Marc found some time to...

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Wow, that’s the PMDG DC-6B AA

While busy with my PMDG Douglas DC-6A/B review/impression, I’m flying on a regular to test out the system, aircraft behaviour and so on. Some of these flights are more or less VFR based so no further navigation is needed while other flights are using Garmin GNS...

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vFlyteAir Navion Independance Day

Are you looking for some exclusive Independence Day liveries for the vFlyteAir Ryan Navion GA aircraft? Then you’re lucky on July 3rd. To celebrate Independence Day, vFlyteAir has released for this special US day two new liveries for the vFlyteAir Ryan Navion!...

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Felis “Tu154M” Creation

No no, this isn’t a review yet. A review or impression comes not earlier then after my holiday, but it must be said that the Tupolev Tu154 Series was, oops, they are still flying around, a impressive Russian aircraft. It wasn’t the same at the Boeing 727,...

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Interior Cherokee 140 Original Look

It was a rainy evening. With the vFlyteAir Cherokee 140 models installed on my MBP, I thought, let’s make some screenshots, but this time some close-up interior screenshots of the Piper Original model. This is the basic model with not much navigation equipment...

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Sneak Preview ENHA

Uh … ENHA, what’s that for airport? Actually, ENHA is Hamar Airport, Stafsberg (Norwegian: Hamar flyplass, Stafsberg; IATA: HMR, ICAO: ENHA) is a general aviation airport located at Stafsberg in Hamar, Norway. It features a 944-by-23-meter (3,097 by 75 ft)...

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KPUW Top-down Overview

A top-down view isn’t something you always see. A top-down view doesn’t offer you the size walls and thus the quality how 3D objects are made and perhaps that’s also the reason you won’t find them often in reviews and/or impressions. On the...

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MisterX6 Boston Logan Airport

On a daily based almost hundreds of freeware airport scenery packages are uploaded. Once an a while it’s worth to check these uploads and to investigate “how it’s made”. Today I had the time to explore MisterX6 his latest creation; Boston Logan...

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Part II “Santos Dumont Rio Brazil”

On behalf of Richard Nunes and Marcelo Nielsen de Acevedo I’m pleased to offer you an inside look with their recent released Santos Dumont Rio Brazil International Airport (SBRJ). Right now, part II covers “what you miss” when you don’t buy their SBRJ and further on,...

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Part I “Santos Dumont Rio Brazil”

On behalf of Richard Nunes and Marcelo Nielsen de Acevedo I’m pleased to offer you an inside look with their recent released Santos Dumont Rio Brazil International Airport (SBRJ). Right now, part I covers “what you miss” when you don’t buy their SBRJ and further on, I...

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A typical Grumman Traveler IFR Flight

Although the vFlyteAir Grumman American Traveler can be flown easy under VFR conditions, flying IFR with the AP gives you a lot more time to look outside, making longer flights and try to keep it a little more relaxing. On today’s flight I depart from KBFI (Boeing...

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Animating your Airport in 15 minutes

On behalf of Marc Leydecker, I would to inform you about his mini tutorial of how to create animating airport objects based on GroundTraffic. X-Plane has come a long way in scenery development but that being said, most of our airports are static. Those airports should...

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Realistic AP Trim Indicator Panel

Marc Leydecker, well known of his awesome US airports, needs an extraordinary break. Oops, what does this mean? No, he’s not going on a holiday. Instead, he’s trying to link real aviation hardware to X-Plane. You can buy tons of dedicated hardware suitable to work...

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Roger2009 “DC-9-30 Series”

Good old workhorse, the Douglas DC-9-30 Series. Angelique van Campen explores Roger2009 his Dc-9-30 Series. Although I’ve written a while ago this product story, I found it worth to pinpoint it again on the highlight X-Plained list. Ah! The good old days of the...

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XPFR “Stampe et Vertongen SV-4”

I think many flight simmers, including me, aren’t familiar with the old fashioned Stampe SV biplane aircraft. With that in mind, I think it’s time to check what kind of aircraft this is. Lets check what we can find on Wikipedia. Stampe et Vertongen was a...

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SpainUHD Part I “Menorca Impression”

SpainUHD is a new photorealistic scene high resolution mesh throughout Spain, with zoom level 17 on the mainland and 18 in islands, and elevation data 25 meter resolution for flight simulator X-Plane 10. The performance is very similar to SimHeaven scenarios, but the...

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SimHeaven “the Netherlands”

Not long ago I started a positing with “For those who like to fly about the Netherlands, Europe, there’s currently, using X-Plane’s default ground textures, not much fun with. While living in the middle of the province Flevoland, the default ground textures are far...

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Interesting Stuff


Laminar Research 2nd teaser

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane series of flight simulators, has released the second in a series of “video teasers” to showcase the continuing development of the X-Plane platform.

Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, making it the most realistic flight simulation available on the desktop. This has been accomplished through a continuing release of updates of our current version, as well as the release of new versions on a regular basis.

This second video in the upcoming series of videos continues that journey.

SpainUHD Majorca

Today we’re pleased to offer you part II of our SpainUHD exploration. This movie covers Majorca or Mallorca and although you won’t see everything of this beautiful island in this movie, it will give you an idea what to expect when you decide to download it from SpainUHD.

For those who aren’t still familiar with SpainUHD …. SpainUHD is a new photorealistic scene high resolution mesh throughout Spain, with zoom level 17 on the mainland and 18 in islands, and elevation data 25 meter resolution for flight simulator X-Plane 10. Depending on what you want to explore, it’s worth the download. You don’t believe me? In that case, I would suggest that you fly with me over Majorca and hopefully you like it as I did. Enjoy!

Then you should check out this YouTube link.

SpainUHD Menorca

SpainUHD is a new photorealistic scene high resolution mesh throughout Spain, with zoom level 17 on the mainland and 18 in islands, and elevation data 25 meter resolution for flight simulator X-Plane 10. The performance is very similar to SimHeaven scenarios, but the CPU and RAM requirements are somewhat higher to have one, similar to those of the UHD meshes rather more complex mesh AlpilotX. With a graphical 1Gb of VRAM move perfectly.

At X-Plained we’re pleased to offer you part I of SpainUHD photo real sceneries. Our first YouTube SpainUHD movie deals with a flight impression of the island of Menorca. Curious? Then you must check it out right here at X-Plained. And yes, more to follow since it’s worth to try it out yourself. For more information you must visit the SpainUHD website via this link. You can see it via this YouTube link.

Laminar Research X-Plane teasers

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane series of flight simulators, has released the first in a series of video teasers to showcase the continuing development of the X-Plane platform. Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, making it the most realistic flight simulation available on the desktop.

This has been accomplished through a continuing release of updates of our current version, as well as the release of new versions on a regular basis. This first video in the upcoming series of videos continues that journey. Click the post and enjoy! See it at YouTube.