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e-Newsletter Issue 17 Published

It’s almost the end of April … time flies

Wow, amazing how fast times flies. Before we know Summer is gone with the wind, Autumn is waiting and let’s not talk about Winter. No, that goes too fast, right? Since our last e-Newsletter a lot of things have past and many products have been reviewed. Suppose you want to have X-Plained.com reviewing a specific product not yet being reviewed, feel free to contact us and we’ll see what’s possible. Products sold by X-Plane.Org, Aerosoft, SimWare Simulations, FlyTampa, Carenado, vFlyteAir, Aerobask or Simmarket and others, are normally not a problem to get.

Via this e-Newsletter I would like to take the opportunity to thank those simmers who donated or supported us. It’s my pleasure and also on behalf of the whole X-Plained.Com team, to offer articles, reviews and whatever more is possible, to help you with your flight simulator hobby. Writing reviews isn’t difficult, writing comprehensive reviews, is different. We do our best!

And, as I already highlighted in my previous e-Newsletter …. when you think you miss something that is worthy for X-Plained to have or to host, or you would love to see a review of a specific product, please feel free to contact us via info@x-plained.com.

Important note:
Those who haven’t received the X-Plained.Com newsletter or for those who would love to receive this newsletter. If you haven’t received anything or would like, please contact me at Angelique@x-plained.com or Angelique.van.Campen@gmail.com and I’ll put you on the list.

With Greetings,
The X-Plained.Com team

Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 1805

Aerosoft released on April 26th  a new AIRAC Cycle 1805 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 1805

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on April 26th, 2018. 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 1805, effective from April 26th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

Early WIP JARDesign A340

Smashing news … early WIP development of the JARDesign Airbus A340.

We’re pleased and honoured to offer you some of the very early WIP screenshots of their Airbus A340. In that respect a logical choice after the fully compatible and updated A330 Series to version 3.x. Although the A340 has 2 more engines, for pilots there’s not so much different. That said, in real A330 or A340 pilots get a short difference training to be able to fly the other model too and before you know, they fly the A330 and A340 mixed.

The JARDesign Airbus A340 screenshots are just to give you an idea although I’ve got the idea, looking to the type of engines and their cowling diameter, we’re talking about the -500 and/or -600 Series. What said, it’s in the early WIP (Work In Progress) stage, but it gives a good idea about the eye for tiny details, known from their other airbus add-on aircraft.

On behalf of Evgeny from JARDesign I would like to say … enjoy these screenshots.

Exclusive ToLiSS liveries

X-Plained.Com is pleased to announce, in consult with and the approval of matthew007800 from MattDesigns and Christoph_T, that we’ve decided to promote several ToLiSS A319 liveries of these painters. We will try to keep his painting/livery list up-to-date, but whenever you see one of his painting not being available via X-Plained.Com, please let us know.

The liveries are, as usual, free to download for registered users. If you’re not yet registered for X-Plained.Com, then do so! The liveries are available via our Downloads menu – Liveries – and then you choose for either Christoph_T (ToLiSS) or matthew007800 (ToLiSS).

Confused, no idea how to do it, no idea where to find it? No problem, the following screenshot who’s it you too. Enjoy and thanks guys for believing in X-Plained.Com.

Reminder …. X-Plained Dimensions

Attention, attention to all of You … “Reminder …. X-Plained.Com preferred dimensions” which is by the way optimised/preffered of a screen resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, but I think there’s need to highlight this. Not that I have had many issues about this, I thought it would be a good idea to clarify this.

X-Plained.Com is a WordPress based website with added to it an awesome template named Divi from Elegant Themes. Although this is the starting point, many things needed to be changed, added or coded to get the look and feel as it is now.

One of the decisions to be made is the website dimension, keeping in mind the optimum monitor resolution of others and of mine. I have an iMac 27 inch which has a native width of 2560 pixels. OK, nice to know, but I can imagine that not everybody has a 27 inch monitor nor a width of 2560 pixels.

Perhaps some have even more pixels, some have less pixels. To cover this, the website contents has a maximum width of 1280 pixels. That said, the website contents is applicable to the three columns. All the rest is filling the page. So on a computer monitor you can always read the contents till a monitor resolution of 1280 pixels. When you have e.g. a monitor with a width of 1024 pixels, then you see a scrollbar, but I think that’s not the case anymore. Adding to this, only simmers who have a width of 2560 pixels see the fullwidth sliders as they are. Any monitor less this 2560 pixels cuts off these fullwidth sliders pictures symmetrically from the left and right. Sorry, that’s the way it is!

Which web browsers can be used? As it looks now, every browser I know. That are for Windows/Mac computers:
– Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (I hope I’m right) (not applicable for Mac)
– Microsoft Edge (not applicable for Mac)
– Mozilla Firefox
– Google Chrome
– Opera
– Vivaldi
– Safari (not applicable for Windows)

That said, X-Plained.com is primary designed for viewing on a monitor although it is also for tablets and SmartPhones although you can imagine that lots of pictures are cutoff due to the lower dimensions.

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