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Cockpit Impression JARDesign A345

On behalf of the JARDesign team and Evgeny Romanov we’re pleased to offer you some screenshots of their A340-500. As for now, the A345 project is still beta thus all screenshot are still under development and work in progress. We would like to offer you also some external screenshots since the model looks gorgeous, but in consult with Evgeny we only offer you for the moment 3D cockpit screenshots.

Not sure if you’re familiar with the A340-500?
Combining performance, comfort and range for highly efficient ultra-long-haul operations, A340-500 is popular with passengers and airlines alike. The four-engine, twin-aisle wide-body jetliner’s range of up to 9,000 nautical miles allows the A340-500 to operate some of the world’s longest non-stop routes, while its optimised 222-inch fuselage cross-section gives airlines the cabin versatility to match market requirements.

As a jetliner in the A340 product line, it joins the A340-200, A340-300 and A340-600 in fully benefitting from Airbus commonality. All four aircraft can be flown with the same type rating, while the cross-crew qualification concept means pilots can more rapidly qualify for another aircraft type within the Airbus fly-by-wire product line, leading to significant cost savings.

The A340 Family aircraft have amassed some impressive numbers: Over 600 million passengers have flown well over 20 million flight hours and 2.5 million flight cycles with airlines flying A340s as long as 16 hours per day. This illustrates the continued appeal of an aircraft family that introduces passengers to the most modern standards of comfort whilst remaining one of the most reliable, efficient and profitable in the sky.

For now, enjoy these beta JARDesign A340-500 cockpit screenshots. Feel free to comment as usual.

It’s Holiday Time

Holiday … finally, time has come to say goodbye for a couple of weeks. No no! No need to worry or to think that it’s over with X-Plained.Com. It’s just time for my holiday. Time to relax, time to hit the sun, time to enjoy the French life. After months of stress at home, several difficulties, website issues, and more of these things, I feel it’s time to go out for a couple of weeks. This time we’re a bit limited in where we can go to due to all the Corona or COVID-19 restrictions. We had the idea to go to England, or Denmark, Sweden or France. Since all other countries are either increasing restrictions, or are heavily restricted to enter, France is for now the only country that is relatively safe to go to.

And yes, I’m aware, at the end X-Plained.Com is looking again to me … and, 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 more time then I thought. Not that this is a problem, but the result of all these promises is that other “X-Plane wishes” move to the background. And, when back from France, there’s another job to wait .. switching from hosting company. Our current contract with the Dutch company ends on August 4th 2021, so before that date we have to switch to SiteGround or another well-known WordPress hosting company. I’ll keep you informed about that and when you have any suggestions or advices, please let us know.

Anyway, first my holiday, 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, I’ll answer your emails or comments.

See you soon! Bye bye for now!


Howard DGA-15 Updated to v4.0

Important news ….. Check it out!

On behalf of Steve Baugh a.k.a. Humbug01 (X-Plane.Org user) we’re pleased to inform you that his Howard DGA-15P package version has been updated to version 4.0.

The enclosed X-Plane 11.50 model is of the historic GA aircraft, the Howard DGA-15P. The model began life as a freeware FS98-FSX model shell which I converted to the 3D modelling program, AC3D, and completely overhauled and rebuilt for X-Plane 11 over the last four or five months. Please see the enclosed “credits.txt” file for details.

All files in this download are released as freeware for the enjoyment of the flightsim community. No commercial use may be made of any part of this project. If you alter any portion of the Howard DGA-15P model or any of its components, please give credit to me as the original author and to jetdoc if you alter the flight model.

This aircraft is released as FREEWARE. No commercial use of these files is permitted, but they may be distributed and changed for non-commercial use as long as credit to the original authors is provided. And a special thanks to Pedrovl on the forum for help with a fuel pressure problem caused by the three in-line fuel tanks which I never would have figured out myself.

Check it out at our dedicated Steve Baugh “Howard DGA-15P” download page.

Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 2106

Aerosoft released on June 17th a new AIRAC Cycle 2106 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 2106

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on June 17th, 2021. 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 2106, effective from June 17th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

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That said, we searched and searched and read lots of reviews and finally decided to switch to SiteGround. But why SiteGround? When you do a search and look for Siteground any advantages pop up. As you perhaps know, X-Plained.Com is based on WordPress. WordPress is the most used CMS (Content Management System) in the world. For us from X-Plained.Com, this is our top choice to use this CMS for our website. And, SiteGround knows that. Thus, they have a special customer support team which is familiar with all the ins and outs of WordPress.

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SiteGround comes with free CDN. CDN or ‘Content Delivery Network’ is a technology which is used to store the content of a website in more than one locations around the world. Thus, it can be transferred to different visitors around the world faster than normal at the same time. SiteGround offers a free CDN service (CloudFlare) with every web hosting account. You can enable more features for a little amount of fee by buying the premium version of that CDN too.

And there’s much more that is good for X-Plained.Com to switch to SiteGround, but for that I, your personal reporter and longtime reviewer Angelique van Campen, Need Your Help! I can’t start a crowdfunding since I can’t offer anything back except for a fast and stable X-Plained.Com so I do it by asking to add a donation to help us switching to SiteGround.

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