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Thandra Quest Kodiak Review

Our dedicated reviewer Andy Clarke takes a closer look into the Thranda Quest Kodiak for X-Plane 11. And yes, it has become an impressive review, a review you don’t want to miss! The review is based on model version 1.6.

According to Andy “The Kodiak is described as an exceptional model. Every part of the model is created in detail and the emphasis is around recreating the character and capabilities of the real thing. Looking at the list of features and benefits provided on the X-Plane store page the model does not disappoint. The detailed graphics both inside and out, and the sounds provided, create a very immersive flight experience.”

But there’s more. Andy continues “The areas of the aircraft that are modelled to work and move really add to the value of the aircraft and allow the user to experience the various considerations when using this aircraft for real. The developers have worked very hard to not only create a very realistic model but also to enable the user to customise the aircraft, within sensible boundaries, to make it the variant they want it to be.”

And still Andy thinks there’s so much more to tell you. Therefore, Andy invites you to read his comprehensive review at X-Plained. Enjoy!

SimHeaven Releases “X-Europe”

We’re pleased to inform you that SimHeaven has released an brand new product for X-Plane …. X-Europe! A personal note from myself (Angelique); I had the opportunity to see X-Europe during one of the beta tests myself and it’s awesome. I flew over the Netherlands and included with X-Europe also the necessary ortho packages. The end result was a highly realistic VFR flight. So, worth to see, worth to try and worth a donation for Armin and his team.

According to Armin from SimHeaven; The default scenery is the first step, the second step will be the localization, i.e. different looks for different regions. This XP11 scenery is made by me and my core team Axel, Roland and Sven) totally new from the bottom, with these features:

  • mainly uses OSM data to ensure the most realistic view
  • default objects are original XP11 objects (with LR permission)
  • no other libraries needed
  • highly configurable via library system to change/add objects easily
  • different layers (extras, scenery, network)

I’ve made some demo videos with beta versions including a comparison between Ortho4XP/Standard/X-EUROPE, you will find them at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZzxqygX3ZRF5rIlZuEE7RA/videos. And some (not actual) screenshots you will find in the announcement on my website: http://simheaven.com/x-europe-on-final-approach/

Have fun flying across Europe and exploring all the things we brought to you. If you find it useful, buy me a beer or make me drunk! All relevant information can be found at the dedicated SimHeaven web page.

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We’re trilled to inform you about all the new features that are already implemented or will be implemented soon in X-Plained.Com.

One of the things I wanted to start again with, are the monthly e-Newsletters. Due to the growing list of registered flight simmers, we had to seek for another “Email Service Provider”. Not easy, and all of that isn’t free. The same as that we have introduced a special feature to protect X-Plained logon for brute force attacks. We’ve found a wonderful brute force attack plugin, but again, good WordPress plugins are difficult to find and do cost money and not to forget the hosting company on which X-Plained.Com runs.

Therefore your donation is welcome but above all, much appreciated. Normally it’s not my intention to ask for a donation, but I’m also aware that maintaining a website including all the features cost time and money.

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New … “Environment+” Plugin

On behalf of Org user MagikarpDrowned, we are very pleased with his approval to offer you their extraordinary Environment+ FlyWithLua plugin for X-Plane 11.

Whatever you and I tried before, I was never happy with the environment and then in particular clouds. I do own “Enviro”, but that’s for Windows only thus seeking for something else wasn’t easy till I found this package. In one word ….. awesome!

Yes, I know, you would say .. SkyMAXX Pro, but for many reason I’m not happy with that and it’s frame rate consuming so I would say …. Environment+_ is a must have!

According to MagikarpDrowned ……

Hello, and welcome to Environment+, the new and improved mod for your sim environment! The “Enviroment” is what we’ve done to make the sim so much more immersive, and the + is your contribution to it! We love seeing what people will add on top of it! From skycolours, to cloud textures, to tweaks of the .lua itself!

This mod primarily came about when Dusty296 noticed that most other .luas had their clouds placed as much as 7,000+ feet above where they were supposed to be! To bring the weather back down to its proper layer and keep it looking nice was a difficult, time consuming task, but with the help of MagikarpDrowned (Creator of Project Better X-Plane), we’ve crafted an amazing new environment.

This of course isn’t simply a .lua tweak, which is why it’s not called any old .lua tweak. It’s an environment tweak, and that means it comes with cloud textures! Courtesy of FSEnhancer’s amazing work laying out the clouds, and Magikarp’s tweaks to their already fantastic puffs, we’ve got some perfect fits for the new environment! I greatly encourage using the skycolours from the aforementioned mod, or Soft Cloud Art’s similarly stunning skycolours!

But, you may be wondering, “What if the textures tank my FPS? What if it doesn’t perform as well? What if I just don’t have the VRAM for it?” Well, I had thought about that a lot, and that’s why the .lua was primarily built to focus on making the DEFAULT cloud textures as magnificent as possible. If you have performance issues, or just prefer the look, I greatly encourage you try out the default X-Plane 11 cloud textures with this .lua!

Curious what MagikarpDrowned has to say more? Curious what it can do for you? Curious how it looks like in real? Then you must check out our dedicated Environment+ download page, but keep in mind, only for registered users!

Updated MisterX6 Phoenix Sky Harbor (KPHX)

On behalf of MisterX6, known from his beautiful freeware and payware airports, we’re pleased to inform you that he has updated his Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to version X-Plane 11.This freeware KPHX comes with the following features; accurate 3D models for all major buildings, accurate airport layout, photoreal scenery for the airport area, animated airport vehicles and SkyTrain, animated 3D people, animated Jetways and Marshallers, HDR night lighting, static aircraft and much more.

Version 1.1, exclusively for X-Plane 11 has got the following updates:

  • Added more exclusions, fixed roads on airport when using HD Mesh V4
  • Updated static aircraft, can now be toggled off in the X-Plane options
  • Improved ground textures, taxilines
  • Added new vehicles
  • X-Plane 10 is no longer supported. Use version 1.01 instead ( see separate download on page.

More information can be found at our dedicated MisterX6 KPHX download page.

FlyJSim Boeing 732 TwinJet v3 Review

Oh oh, that was a bit more work to test and write then expected, but it was worth every minute as well as the product itself. Your personal reporter and investigator Angelique van Campen, took the time to review the FlyJSim Boeing 732 TwinJet (737-200 Classic) version 3.0, fully optimised for X-Plane 11.

According to Angelique “During my review years I’ve seen, tested many commercial aircraft, but this is one of those aircraft that has realism at an unbelievable high level. After testing the FlyJSim 732 for many hours with X-Plane 11, I can only conclude that I’m a happy simmer.”

Anything else to tell you? Oh yes, when you like reading a comprehensive review, then relax, sit back, take a cup of coffee, tea or something else since this review is over 10.000 words!

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