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xEnviro, the Impression

I never thought I will make it, a comprehensive review/impression of xEnviro, the Ultimate Environment Engine. This was really a complex review/impression because it’s not always something that can be compared or can be seen. All together Angelique concludes that she has a strong preference for xEnviro. Curious what Angelique figured out? Check it out at her in-depth xEnviro impression.
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Impressions QuickPlan for Mac

Another in-depth review. This time from FSWidgets “QuickPlan for Mac” (or Windows). I wrote on purpose also for Windows, although I didn’t tets this, it has in basic the same product features. To me, QuickPlan for Mac does what I had expected, when you want to fly VFR and even for IFR. That said, using the QuickPlan flight planner without all the bells and whistles as you can find with other flight planners, is still a useful and easy to handle flight planner. You can read all about it via this QuickPlan for Mac link.
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EFB for Mac Impression

This impression has everything to do with FSWidgets EFB for Mac, a “remote map” visualization app. You can read all about the FSWidgets EFB for Mac by reading Angelique’s comprehensive impression.
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RWDesigns Twin Otter DHC-6

We’re welcoming – and I hope you too – X-Plained.com new reviewer Gavin Browett who tries to find out all about the RWDesigns DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300. You want to know all about it? Then check out Gavin’s review at X-Plained.com.
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Rotate McDonnell Douglas MD80

Back to the good old days …. the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Series from Rotate. With actual working experience on the MD-80 Series, Angelique decides to have a closer look into it. Curious? Then you must read his in-depth impression of the Rotate MD-80 Series.
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FunnerFlight KLAX

Jude Bradley flies “virtually” during his Christmas holiday to the west-coast of the United States, or to be more precise … to FunnerFlight’s Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX). Jude thinks that without doubt the Theme building is the centrepiece of this product along with the light show included. But there’s much more to explore in Jude’s review. You can read Jude’s in-depth review at X-Plained.
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FlightFactor aero/QPAC A350

X-Plained is pleased to offer you an comprehensive impression of the FlightFactor aero/QPAC Airbus A350-900 Series v1.3.1. According to Angelique van Campen “The modeled Flight Factor A350 is the Advanced model that comes with a lot of features and offers many possibilities to make every flight a success, but there’s so much more she has to tell. Pick up first a cup of coffee or tea, relax, sit back and enjoy her in-depth FF aero/QPAC A350 impression.
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A Look into “iGMapHD for Mac”

This impression has everything to do with iGMapHD for Mac, a “remote map” visualization app, a program developed by FSWidgets. Angelique concludes with “To me, iGMapHD for Mac is exactly what I had in mind. I does what I expected, it does where I had hoped for. Curious? You can read all about it in Angelique’s comprehensive impression.
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Alabeo Diamond DA42 G1000

On behalf of Rick Verhoog, our dedicated reviewer, X-Plained is pleased to inform you that we’ve release Rick’s comprehensive Alabeo Diamond DA42 Twin Star G1000 review. According to Rick “For anyone who likes GA aircraft that aren’t much bigger than the average Cessna, but carry more modern technology, along with sleeker and modern looks and powerful, fast engines, this DA42 is a treat.” Want to know all about it? Then you must read Rick’s review.
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JustSim Klagenfurt Airport

Flying to Klagenfurt from Ireland is not a long flight and that’s what our reviewer Jude Bradley had in mind … visiting JustSim Klagenfurt Airport and city (LOWK). According to Jude “Although this is a small airport, with little flights in reality, there are quite a few gems here and theres’ so much more. You can read Jude’s review via this link.
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Take Command! IXEG 737 Classic

Our dedicated reviewer Jude Bradley takes a dive into the world of the IXEG Boeing 737 Classic. According to Jude “I cannot be but blown away by how smooth this aircraft is, the knobs and buttons move flawlessly and the framerates are excellent. The immersion factor is superb on this model and it’s the Gold Standard in X-Plane at this time.” But Jude has to say so much more. Therefore you must read his comprehensive review at X-Plained.
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You Are Not Alone in the Sky!

You Are Not Alone in the Sky! … what’s that for title or what does it do? Is deals with JARDesign’s X-Life so this impression has everything to do with the X-Life Traffic plugin from JARDesign. This was even for me a complex impression, but it all worked out fine. Want to read how Angelique experienced X-Life? Check it out at X-Plained via this link!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Part II of the PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster

My dear simmers, readers, X-Plained enthusiastic members …. I’m sorry, it took a little longer to start with the promised part II impression of the PMDG Douglas DC-6 Series.
Curious?
Check out part II of the PMDG Cloudmaster Douglas DC-6 Series impression.

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Fullwidth Slider XP11 Specs

In case you're going to ask .... We've added a new feature to X-Plained, dedicated to X-Plane 11 .... Our fullwidth slider. This dedicated slider will grow day by day, at least, that's the idea. As I posted yesterday, when you have your favourite X-Plane 11 screenshot...

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SkyMaxx Pro v4 Released

SkyMaxx Pro version 4 ...... it's finally here for X-Plane 10 and 11. With all kinds of amazing features, like all-new HD Cloud textures, 3D precipitation, vastly increased cloud draw distance, performance increases, larger cloud volume, improved integration with Real...

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GPS and FMS

X-Plane 11 includes a redesigned FMS and GPS with new features that make them even more useful. Now you can pop out the G530, G430 or FMS and freely resize the window. You can move it wherever you want, including to a second monitor.  In addition to selecting...

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First Public Beta X-Plane 11 release

Laminar Research is pleased to announce the release of the first public beta of X-Plane 11. Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, providing the most realistic flight simulation available, with flight modeling...

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An All New Layout

Yes without doubt that can be said ... an all new layout, but for sure there's so much more to explore. Flying - yes, yes, I know, logically - is also on my program, but I found it first a good idea to look around and get the feeling with this all new X-Plane 11...

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Seeking for X-Plane 11 Screenshots!

Are you the ultimate X-Plane 11 flight simmer and able to make awesome screenshots? Then we need YOUR screenshot(s)! The only requirement of your exclusive screenshot(s) is that the screenshot has a dimension of 2560 x 730 pixels. Normally the screenshot/monitor...

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X-Plane 11.00 Public Beta 6 Is Out

Time to move on ... time for another X-Plane 11 public beta. That said, pb6 is Out! According to Ben Supnik from Laminar Research "Framerate should be back to where it was in beta 3. Betas 4/5 were not deleting smoke particles, so over time the total number of...

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NAPS Liege Airport Released

There X-Plane 11 only airport is provided to you by NAPS (North Atlantic & Pacific Sceneries) with leading person Freddy De Pues. Liège Airport (IATA: LGG, ICAO: EBLG), previously called Liege-Bierset, an international airport located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8...

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JARDesign A330 beta Vancouver-Halifax

The look and feel is OK, but this title could be everything,so what exactly is it? The exclusive screenshot link will speak for itself ... I hope. While testing X-Plane 11pb5, many issues I've heard, but that has nothing to do with this new posting, I flew the beta...

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Wake Up Call … X-Plane 11pb5

Hi all ..... good news ..... X-Plane 11 Public Beta 5 Oops, it seems I've missed for some reason Public Beta 4, right? But there's a good reason for. Ben Supnik posted at his blog the following .... If you guessed “X-Plane 11.00 public beta four”, you are right. I...

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X-Plane 11 Map

The X-Plane 11 map looks quite a bit different than the map in X-Plane 10, but much of the same functionality is there. You can open the map by using the 'm' key, the icon in the top right corner of the menu, or from under the Flight menu.       Use the...

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Ben’s recipe to get FPS

No no, this message is actually from Ben Supnik when it comes to X-Plane 11 FPS, in case you struggle with it. According to Ben ...... First start with: Turn off scenery shadow, no clouds, 25 miles vis, minimum reflections, turn off AI planes, no anti-aliasing. Set...

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SimToolkitPro Now Available

SimToolkitPro would like to share with you the following news. SimToolkitPro has entered public alpha. It can be downloaded from the Download page. According to SimToolkitPro "It will receive regular patches, the crash reporter does work and is important to pushing...

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Maps2XPlane “Prince Edward Islands Mesh”

Maps2XPlane is proud to announce its first X-Plane Mesh covering Sub-Antartic Islands: The Prince Edward Islands, two small islands in the Indian Ocean named Marion Island and Prince Edward Island. This base mesh for X-Plane 10+ is an extension for the...

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Rotate MD80 Series Impressions

Back to the good old days .... the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Series from Rotate. With actual working experience on the MD-80 Series, Angelique decides to have a look into the Rotate MD-88 since that's actually them model they made. For your personal reporter and...

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A Look into FunnerFlight KLAX v1

Jude Bradley flies "virtually" during his Christmas holiday to the west-coast of the United States, or to be more precise ... to FunnerFlight's Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), developed by Jeff Mueller. According to Jude "Wow, well as I said at the beginning...

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JustSim Klagenfurt (LOWK)

Flying to Klagenfurt from Ireland is not a long flight and that's what our reviewer Jude Bradley had in mind ... visiting JustSim Klagenfurt Airport and city (LOWK). According to Jude "Although this is a small airport, with little flights in reality, there are quite a...

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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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xEnviro, the Impression

I never thought I will make it, a comprehensive review/impression of xEnviro, the Ultimate Environment Engine. This was really a complex review/impression because it’s not always something that can be compared or can be seen. I don’t matter that I highlighted some...

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A Look into “EFB for Mac”

This impression has everything to do with FSWidgets EFB for Mac, a “remote map” visualization app and much more then that. And yes, another program developed by FSWidgets. Angelique concludes with "To me, EFB for Mac offers a realistic EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) to...

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You Are Not Alone in the Sky!

You Are Not Alone in the Sky! ... what's that for title or what does it do? Is deals with JARDesign's X-Life so this impression has everything to do with the X-Life Traffic plugin from JARDesign. This was even for me a complex impression. It took me much longer than...

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A.T.S. Simulations MD82 on Approach

On behalf of A.T.S. (Aircraft Training Solutions), we’re at X-Plained are pleased to inform you about a brand new add-on X-Plane 10 aircraft. And this is not just an add-on, but more then that. Oops, almost forgotten … check out our exclusive screenshots, but...

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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) runway...

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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 other hand, top-down views...

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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 International Airport...

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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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Belga tutorial … Saitek FIP Interface Part 2

At X-Plained.com we're pleased to offer you part 2 of Marc Leydecker (Belga12345) his Saitek FIP (Flight Instrument Panel) adventure. This time Marc. Starts with "A picture tells a thousand words …. The screenshots used in this part2 tutorial are of a Bendix King...

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Belga tutorial … Saitek FIP Interface

Not on approach, not on final, it has landed ... Belga12345 "Saitek FIP" tutorial. Recently we published an article about Saitek FIP. For those who aren’t familiar with Saitek FIP; a FIP (Flight Instrument Panel) is a colorful 3.5-inch LCD screen that seamlessly...

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Mountains by Marc Leydecker

What the heck is this for tutorial .. creating sand/construction mountains on airports, of course, if applicable for you. Even when you know how to do it, perhaps this tutorial will offer you an easier way to create them. Whatever is applicable to you, we're pleased...

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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 Belgian...

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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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Interesting Stuff


X-Plane 11 Presentation – Part I

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce the next version of its flagship desktop simulation product, X-Plane 11.

Watch X-Plane’s Presentation from Cosford.
If you weren’t able to attend Flight Sim 2016 in Cosford over the weekend, you can still catch the presentation that Austin Meyer, creator of X-Plane, and Ben Supnik, lead developer, gave at the conference. Check out this Youtube movie.

X-Plane 11 Presentation – Part II

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce the next version of its flagship desktop simulation product, X-Plane 11.

Watch X-Plane’s Presentation from Cosford.
And with this second YouTube movie the X-Plane 11 story continues. With a wealth of information, Austin and Ben try to offer the audience the latest information about X-Plane, but above all, what you, me and all others can expect from X-Plane 11. Enjoy part II. Check out this Youtube movie.

X-Plane 11 – Lighting, Reflection and Fog

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce the next version of its flagship desktop simulation product, X-Plane 11.

X-Plane 11 continues the evolution of the desktop version of X-Plane. Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, providing the most realistic flight simulation available, with flight modeling so accurate that it has been adopted by numerous commercial aviation organizations. X-Plane 11 continues this evolution with new aircraft, scenery, and 3-D airports. This new version also incorporates the newest technology available in computing and graphics processing, resulting in breathtaking visual and dynamic effects. Check out this Youtube movie.

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. Check out this Youtube movie.

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. Check out this Youtube movie.

NAPS Beauvechain Air Base

Beauvechain Air Base (ICAO: EBBE) is a Belgian Air Component military airfield in Belgium, located 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) south of Beauvechain (Walloon Brabant Province); 20 miles (32 km) east-southeast of Brussels.

It is home to the 1st Wing, operating A109BA helicopters, and the Basic Flying Training School, operating SIAI Marchetti SF.260 trainer aircraft. It is used as a base for the operational helicopter squadrons, and as a training center for pilots. Beauvechain also houses the Wing Meteo and the Air Force Band. Perfect match for Zone Photos Brussels orthoimagery, not tested with Global Airports, not tested with any OSM.

Made with NAPS library objects and Marc Leydecker ‘s © assets and finally, military objects by David Austin, JP antennas by Pugwash. Check out this Youtube movie.

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.

JARDesign DeLuxe

JARDesign is pleased to offer you a movie on how to deal with their XDL (X-Life DeLuxe) traffic plugin for Windows and Mac OS. It covers a demo flight from EDDM (Munich International Airport) to LOWW (Vienna International Airport) with full functionality of the X-Life traffic plugin. Additional information of the freeware and payware X-Life DeLuxe plugin can be found at our recent released comprehensive review at X-Plained. You can see it via this YouTube link.