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Dear all,

For several reasons I needed to reduce all the “ro-bot” registrations. It turned out that 80 to 90 percent where “bot” registrations while the remaining registrations are from serious interested simmers. The problem with too many bots is that either X-Plained.Com goes down by these uncontrolled registrations or the site will slow down dramatically.

At the moment I’m not always in the position to control all these registrations and because of that I’ve made the decision to stop for the time being all registrations. This is effective for June 24th 22:00 CET. Any registration later then this will be deleted if still possible although it shouldn’t be possible to register from now on. Sorry for this, but I had no other choice. But the good news is that all of you who have an account, can still logon.

e-Newsletter Issue 20 Published

Summer time, Summer time …. Swedish Vacation
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?

I wrote the above line not so long ago, before having a short vacation at Texel, one of the Dutch islands. Just before moving out for another vacation, I want to send you this e-Newsletter. And as usual, 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 yes, I also would like to thank Jon, Bruce, Andy and Arthur for their help, support and suggestions testing and modifying the new login and registration scripts as well as a new “User Account” menu option.

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

Added Libraries and much more

UPDATE Juner 21st 2018:
NAPS Library, FAIB Library, The Handy Objects and much more …..

We’re at X-Plained.com are pleased to inform you that we added the following libraries:
HungaryVFR Library Public Beta 1
RA Library Version 1.0
US Forests and Woodland for Ortho scenery Version 1.0.0

 

 

Whenever you see something that in your opinion is no longer up-to-date, please contact us via info@x-plained.com or directly to angelique.van.campen@gmaiil.com. Another option could be that you’ve seen a library that we haven’t hosted yet. In that case, please let us know to and we’ll see if it\’s possible to host this package too.

For your convenience, here are the direct links to all the libraries we offer (as per June 21st 2018):
New Added HungaryVFR Library Public Beta 1.0.0
New Added RA Library version 1.0.0
New Added US Forests and Woodland for Ortho scenery version 1.0.0

NAPS Library version 5.2
 Aircraft Static and Animated Aircraft to version 5-2017
Handy Objects to version 6.80
The FAIB Aircraft library to version 4.0
x-Prefab Library to version 7.1
– European Vehicles (static) Library 1.01
– People Library 1.11
– Static GA Aircraft Australia Library 1.0
– Waves Library 1.1
Sea Life Library 1.0
Cemetery Library 1.0
Hard Surface Library 1.0
R2_Library 2.0
Static GA Aircraft New Zealand Library 1.1
 3D People 3.9 (external link)
– RuScenery
– RescueX
Flags of the World version 2.0
– Flags of the USA States version 2.0
– FF Library
– FF Library Extended
Flyby Planes version 4.0
THE-FRUIT-STAND Aircraft Library version 3.0
 CDB library version 2.4
 RD library 1.3
 RE library 1.8
 XAirport Scenery library version 1.1
MisterX6 library version 1.5.1
Airport Environment HD version 0.9

Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 1807

Aerosoft released on June 21st  a new AIRAC Cycle 1807 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 1807

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on June 21st, 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 1807, effective from June 21st. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

Alpilotx.net saying “Goodbye” to …..

Incoming news from Andras Fabian from Alpilotx.net:

Dear friends, users the community!

It has been a very long time (if I recall correctly, approximately 11 years) since I have joined this fantastic, and ever growing (now even flourishing) X-Plane community and started development. Out of joy, curiosity, and driven by enthusiasm to visualize better, and better stuff (and ever improving, more-and-more freely available geographic data) in a continually improving simulator environment.

It all started with forest scenery projects in X-Plane 8 and 9 with a fantastic guy called Albert Laubi (whom I want to explicitly thank for his great help, fantastic insight in many areas, and being a good companion all the time). Then continued with the development (as a freelancer for Laminar) of the completely revamped Global Scenery in X-Plane 10.

After that quite long (almost 3 years I think) process came the many, many offspring like HD and UHD Mesh Scenery (going trough 4 version iterations!), and some special projects like “Tree lines and Farms” (2 versions) and the very special new Zealand Pro Scenery. Quite a lot of things to fill those many years. And not only – at least this was my impression – give joy to the community, but also allow me to learn a lot of new things, evolve my skills, and simply have fun doing really cool things (which not many do / did around the entire planet). Finally, not to mention the many, many great people I – virtually – met over the internet (and a few of them I would now call friends)-

But life is also about change! Nothing is static, and everything around us is in a never ending process of change. Some of them we see quite openly, many of them we do not realize or only very slowly … but nevertheless, they are there, happening every second. For quite some time (just to underline that this “saying goodbye” didn’t came to me over a sleepless night) I was already feeling, that I am coming closer to a point, where I need to change … where all the dedication is not as (emotionally) rewarding anymore as it might once have been.

That the work I do is more “just” for the community (which nevertheless always was a big motivation!) and not so much for me … anymore. A point, where I feel that its time to re-focus and give myself more time for other things in my life.

Add to this – as already pointed out above – that continual change happened and happens to me lately quite intensively in real life too. A very intense time, but one which opens up ones mind, where you get much better access to your own wishes and motivations … Simply, a very good point, where I can easily and without regret say : goodbye and thanks for all the fish!

I also have a very positive feeling about X-Plane. I went along with this sim for a really long time. Trough many years where it was a marginalized product (but which didn’t stop us enthusiasts to believe in it and support it) and now seeing how it – finally – begins to thrive / flourish and get the attention it always deserved. This also brings a lot of new developers, which will surpass my work and fill in the “gap” easily … So, I do not even need to feel “guilty” for leaving you.

What does it all mean practically? Simply put: I will stop (didn’t do it anyways lately) any kind of future development for X-Plane (and no, I will neither go to other software!). I will keep up this website for the foreseeable future (its not that expensive) and existing files will stay hosted at the fantastic partners (as long as they want to host them).

I will also try to answer your E-Mails (and maybe even drop by in the usual forums from time-to-time), but maybe not at the same rate (or not even all of them) as I did before and also my options to help you out might become more limited than before (yes, I will even part from all my old hardware). Thus, an important note: if you still intend to donate (as long as I keep that option up), it should only happen if you really, really enjoy what you already have(!) and works for you! Never ever consider to donate – anymore – if you only want to motivate future development (which won’t happen), or you hope to get better support!

Dear friends, users the community! Don’t be saddened! Enjoy what you have now, be happy with X-Plane. But also, never ever forget your real life over this sim, and enjoy life to its fullest! Also, the future is an unwritten, open book … we never know where, or how our trajectories might cross again.

Andras Fabian (www.alpilotx.net)

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