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Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 1910

Aerosoft released on September 12th a new AIRAC Cycle 1910 for their NavDataPro.

For operationally significant changes in information, the cycle known as the AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) cycle is used: revisions are produced every 56 days (double AIRAC cycle) or every 28 days (single AIRAC cycle).

NavDataPro users are now able to download and install the datasets for X-Plane. NavDataPro is our new update service for navigational data used by various simulatorsWith this service flight sim pilots will always get up-to-date navdata for flight planning and in flight use.

More information can be found at the dedicated Aerosoft web page.

Navigraph AIRAC Cycle 1910

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on September 12th, 2019. Let’s give some background information about the AIRAC Cycle.

The AIRAC cycle was adopted in 1964 and further improved over the years. Key are the worldwide effective dates with 28 days intervals (e.g. 4 August 2005, 1 September 2005, 29 September 2005, …). Effective days are always on a Thursday. It may look indeed like a long period, 28 days, or even 56, but it should be understood that aeronautical information changes, mostly published through so called AIRAC Amendments.

Back to our Navigraph Cycle 1910, effective from September 12th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

A Moment to Relax

Let me first start with …….

On behalf of the whole review X-Plained teamBruce, Andy and Angelique – I would like to thank everybody. It’s time for us to go out for a while, it’s time to relax a bit. No need to worry or to think that it’s over with X-Plained.Com.

It’s time for my holiday. Time to relax, time to hit the sun, time to enjoy the French, San Fransisco or English moments. After months of stress at home, several difficulties, website issues, and more of these things, we – Bruce, Andy and Angelique –  feel it’s time to go out for a couple of weeks.

And yes, I’m aware, at the end of September X-Plained.Com is looking again to Angelique … and yes, what’s the next review, any special review requests from our readers, any new ideas to implement and so on. Maintaining X-Plained.Com cost me more time then I thought, but there’s still a lot of time left for review and lucky, Bruce and andy are helping me a lot with their contribution.

Anyway, first our holidays, after that, time to look and plan ahead. For now, enjoy all the stuff we’ve got so far. And no worries, when time and wifi permits in Brittany, Angelique answers your emails and/or comments.

What’s our plan to review next; Laminar Research Control Pad iOS/iPadOS app, Carenado Fokker F50, perhaps the Honeycomb hardware equipment, MilViz DHC3 Otter, perhaps the FlyTampa Thessaloniki, perhaps the vFlyteAir Cherokee 140 Modern and so on. There’s a lot to choose from, so we do our best.

See you soon! Bye bye for now!

Impression Carenado Fokker F50

I’m aware that I love Fokker aircraft. Yes, I’m also aware that Fokker doesn’t exist anymore as it was in the good old days at Schiphol-East. Anyway, I know the Fokker F27, but more familiar with t5he Fokker F28. While being a mechanic with Martinair, I worked on the NLM (Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij) F28, the government F28 PH-PBX and for a very short time, at the Martinair F28. and yes, I’m also aware that the F28 isn’t a F50 nor is the F27, but as you might know, the F50 follows the F27. The F27 was a world famous aircraft due to its STOL capabilities which was, by the way, also applicable for the F28.

That Carenado ported the F50 from FSX to X-Plane is for me great news and I hope for others too. I have flown with the model but haven’t tested every part of it. I leave that up to myself or one of my reviewers to review this gorgeous aircraft after our last season holidays.

For the moment I can only say … enjoy these exclusive screenshots which are taken at EBBR, and flying above the Norwegian landscape.

Flightbeam Studios Presents “KPDX” Portland

We would like to share with you the following news from Flightbeam Studios.

Welcome to Portland International Airport, pride of the Rose City, and second busiest hub in the Pacific Northwest of the US.

KPDXHD was lovingly crafted by former Portlander Bill Womack, who took a great many of the source photos himself and spent many months hand-crafting this lovely, modern facility, which in real life was voted best in the United States several years running by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. This version, targeted for X-Plane 11, is designed for maximum immersion. It takes advantage of the advanced capabilities of the 64-bit simulator, and should offer you many hours of enjoyment.

The modeled Portland International Airport comes with the following features:

  • Features the all-new Flightbeam Manager system for X-Plane
  • Reflects the real-world state of KPDX as of 2019
  • Utilizes SAM for advanced jetway interaction with aircraft
  • Includes custom SAM gate marshallers and hangar door animation
  • Includes photo-real area designed to blend seamlessly with Orbx TrueEarth: Oregon
  • Key textures are rendered in 4096×4096 high resolution
  • Makes use of advanced X-Plane PBR materials
  • Includes detailed rendition of Cascade Station shopping area east of the airport

Want to read and see several screenshots as well as where to buy it? Then follow this Flightbeam Studios dedicated link.

Pilot Plus “Bristol Definitive” Released

We’re pleased to inform you one behalf of Pilot Plus that they have released their first Definitive airport series; Bristol International Airport.

According to Pilot Plus “We’re launching our Definitive range, and it all starts with Bristol International Airport! Definitive products are our most bespoke and intricate environments, providing an unrivalled simulation experience with no compromise. The modeled airport comes with a lot of interesting features like beautiful PBR ground and building effects will surround you in the definitive simulated environment or vegetation will adapt to seasons dynamically in your simulator, no simulator restart needed, no experience compromise.

Here’s the complete list of general features as well as World Traffic 3 features:

  • Adaptive seasonal vegetation (changes on the fly)
  • Ultra-realistic buildings
  • Full PBR ground details with crisp surrounding orthoimagery
  • Atmospheric night environment
  • Detailed and accurate 3D models with raytraced occlusion and reflections
  • Optimised for maximum performance
  • Perfectly blends with Orbx True Earth
  • Fully customised World Traffic 3 solution (credits to Kman)
  • Created for X-Plane 11.30+

World Traffic 3 Features:

  • All Airlines that use this airport are represented.
  • Turning Pushbacks where applicable.
  • WT3 Operations File that matches Airport WED Flow for maximum predictability.
  • TaxiFlow where possible to avoid nose to nose conflicts.
  • Gate priority set to terminal gates for realistic operations

Want to know more about it? Then you must check out their dedicated Bristol store page. Soon X-Plained.Com will offer you an in-depth review.