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Utility Review | SkyScout for X-Plane

Your personal reporter and dedicated reviewer Angelique van Campen is pleased to inform you that she made it. Yes, she finished a comprehensive review of XPlane Aviator SkyScout.

Angelique says “It wasn’t an easy review. It took a while to get the right flow. That has nothing to do with the product. It’s just different finding your way then reviewing an aircraft, an airport, a scenery or hardware.”

And “Most likely, and looking to myself too, simmers who have interest in buying SkyScout will use the upper four SkyScout functions (buttons) which are, just in case, the PFD, MFD, XPD and MAP. Looking to myself, I found the PFD very useful since it offers almost every feature you can imagine. The MAP button/function is very handy for those who want a separate device that shows them a chart or map with one tap/click.”

Want to read the whole article? Take a cup of coffee, tea or whatever you prefer, relax, sit back and enjoy this in-depth SkyScout review.

Attention … DeltaWing Simulations F-16C Block 52+

On behalf of DeltaWing Simulations we’re pleased to share with you the following information.

DeltaWing Simulations proudly presents you, F-16C Block 52+ Fighting Falcon, Airshow Edition. Their first release of F-16 will be orientated into the Airshow Edition of the Jet. No weapon systems will be available in this first Special Edition. Flight model is optimised for realistic performance with basic FBW functions controlled by plugin.

The F-16C comes with tons of features, animations and as we speak, X-Plained is busy writing a comprehensive review, but due to the complexity of the modeled F-16 that will take some time, so be patient.

Some of the included features that this modeled F-16C has are:

  • Highly detailed 3d exterior with highly detailed 3d cockpit model
  • Highly detailed 3d pilot figure with options for show/hide and helmet type
  • Custom HUD and custom JHMCS HUD
  • Custom selectable action camera angles
  • Dual Custom MFD displays as well as custom programmable DED
  • Custom remove before flight objects
  • Almost every possible animation in and out of the plane
  • Tailhook
  • Real sounds
  • 4K and 2K textures
  • Realistic startup sequence
  • Custom particles system, custom cockpit lights and external lights
  • Customised payload that includes optional wing smokers, wing fuel tanks, centerline fuel tank, centerline travel pod and CFT fuel tanks

You can buy our F-16+ from X-Plane.Org and don’t forget to check the dedicated DeltaWing Simulations Facebook page.
And last but not least …. 

Navigraph AIRAC Cycle 2012

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on November 5th, 2020. 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 2012, effective from November 5th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 2012

Aerosoft released on November 5th a new AIRAC Cycle 2012 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.

FlyAgi Tweak Utility (FTU) Update 1.15

Our Update: October 3rd 2020, product update to version 1.15

Update Description from Agi: “FTU has been updated to 1.15 providing X-Plane 11.50 compatibility and much more. According to Agi “I have a new FTU Version with some minor improvements and a new feature. There is now a set of clouds textures included which can be installed with a new button in the clouds options menu.”

“The installer will create a backup of your installed cloud textures set before installing so you can reset the clouds easily via FTU. After installing the new textures you need to either Restart X-Plane or reload the clouds textures in sim using the texture browser (search for ‚puff‘ and reload all puff textures).”.

Why do you need another tweak and settings script?
I know there are some settings and tweaking tools out there but none of them did satisfy me so I always kept tweaking myself with simple scripts for changing the parameters that really impact performance without sacrificing visual appearance to much. For making this easier and to have the possibility to use different tweaks and settings in different aircraft I wrote the tweak utility. All the settings the utility gives access to have an instant effect without the need of a scenery reload (except the extended DSFs switch, it initiates a reload when clicked) and I think they are more or less self explanatory.

Want to know more about it? Then you must read our comprehensive reviews. Check it out via this overall FTU review link and this FTU Cloud related review link.

Your save files will get lost but there is a workaround for this:

  1. With your older FTU version create a sync file if not done already
  2. Save this file ‘FTU_Sync_Settings.ftu‘ on your desktop and rename it ‘FTU_Sync_Settings.lua
  3. Remove the old FTU installation from your scripts directory
  4. Install FTU 1.12 into your scripts directory
  5. Copy ‘FTU_Sync_Settings.lua’ from your desktop into ‘FlyAgi_Tweak_Utility/Userdata/Settings’ folder (create folders if needed)
  6. Start X-Plane and load the sync file into your aircraft

Check it out at our dedicated download page for the latest FTU version.

Updated NAPS Library v7.3

Attention … NAPS Library updated as per November 2nd 2020 to version 7.3

Freddy De Pues from NAPS is pleased to announce the release of an updated NAPS Library, version 7.3. NAPS library created by © Freddy De Pues 2016-2020.

The NAPS library is unzipped 4.6GB and comes with far over the 1000+ objects. Keep in mind that his package is not for commercial use. Do not include Freddy De Pues objects in payware. Do not use freeware airports including his objects for commercial use or not using his objects at all unless you have the specific approval from Freddy De Pues to use one or more of his objects.

So what’s added with this new version? According to Freddy De Pues the updated library comes with a bunch of new buildings pertaining to airports in the Tampa Bay area. Further on, new hangars of all sizes, detailed, photo-realistic textures.

Check it out at our dedicated download page.