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SkyScout for X-Plane

On behalf of XPlane Aviator I would like to share with you the following news.

XPlane Aviator is pleased to announce the release of SkyScout is a web based EFIS (PFD/MFD/EICAS) system specially designed to provide an enhanced experience in the X-Plane environment.

X-Plane pilots will easily emulate a glass-cockpit-style at home just using additional monitor, laptop computer, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone: all you need is one or more devices with a compatible web browser.

Specifically designed for virtual pilots willing to take advantage of all the simulator features in real time, without pausing the sim. X-Plane pilots will enjoy this software maximizing their potential when flying online or offline and increasing their skills by learning how to get the full power available in X-Plane simulator.

Scale your home cockpit by using one or more devices to display the PFD, MFD, moving map, switch panels, weather control, route manager and much more by using SkyScout, the most flexible, easy and cheap way to build your home cockpit.

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux. A demo version is available via this link. SkyScout available at the Org Store from October 21st 2020: https://store.x-plane.org/SkyScout–Web-based-EFIS–PFDMFDEICAS_p_1314.html.

Important: if you already downloaded and installed SkyScout DEMO version you don’t have to do this again, just activate it using provided serial number in your order confirmation.

Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 2011

Aerosoft released on October 8th a new AIRAC Cycle 2011 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 2011

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on October 8th, 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 2011, effective from October 8th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

Globall Art Vancouver Intl. Airport Video

Originally planned as a slide show at X-Plained.Com, but final thoughts changed me to creating a movie. Although being a movie slide show, it’s still a bit better and pleasant to look to.

Enjoy our Vancouver airport impression.
It’s a very detailed and well modelled airport from Globall Art. Animated aircraft are from World Traffic 3.1.9 while the used X-Plane version is 11.41. No additional ad-ons installed. And don’t forget to check out Andy’s comprehensive review of Vancouver Airport.

X-Plane 11.50 Released

It was a matter of time, but we’re pleased on behalf of Laminar Research to inform you that X-Plane 11.50 has seen daylight.

X-Plane 11.50 Released, introducing Vulkan and Metal Rendering
X-Plane 11.50 is a pivotal update to the app that provides faster graphics processing, fewer visual stutters and an overall increase of Frame Rate (FPS). Taking advantage of the latest rendering technology, X-Plane 11.50 ships with compatibility for Vulkan on Windows/Linux and Metal on Mac. Think of these as the language of your graphics card (GPU).

We have measured improvement across a variety of different GPUs, including both AMD and Nvidia-built cards. As always, performance results with Vulkan/Metal will vary from user to user but we are quite pleased with the aggregate improvement.

Here are some more details!

Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 2010

Aerosoft released on September 10th a new AIRAC Cycle 2010 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.