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PC Flight Issue June 2019 Published

On behalf of Terry McGee and his team from PC Flight Magazine we’re pleased to inform you that there’s a new June 2019 edition.

Keep in mind that the free magazine is not only related to X-Plane 11 related articles, links to interesting free airports and so on. This time there’s no X-Plane related reviews included. The rest, and I have to say the majority, is related to FSX and P3D articles including hardware. So actually this edition is all news related to all flight simulator programs.

According to Terry “Summer is upon us with mixed weather but hopefully it will be fine for the Bray Air Display on 27th and 28th July. Check their website for what’s on in the air and on the ground. Flight Sim Show 2019 in Cosford, UK will be a two day event for the first time which should increase attendance. We are unsure whether we will exhibit, so keep an eye on the show website.

Microsoft have announced their re-entry into the Flight Sim market with ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ for PC and X-Box. I don’t think it will be on par with Prepar3d as it has become very popular since its update to 64bit. However, it may mean more business for the add-on publishers. In this issue, John McNeely expresses his opinion on updates and buggy software in ‘Testing Times’. In addition to his Plane Talking column, Ian Broni reports on his visit to ‘DAKS Over Normandy’. John Melville reviews the Carenado A42 500 Series and Brian Church reviews the new Navigraph Charts.”

You can download this magazine via our dedicated PC Flight download page.

OpenSceneryX 4.2 Released

We’re pleased to inform you that there is a new version of OpenSceneryX out, v4.2.0.

New scenery objects in this version with a mobile boarding bridge suitable for regional commuter aircraft, a new set of five seasonal volumetric grass forests, in a variety of heights and colours, two new forests of volumetric flowers.

Further on modified scenery objects in this version like incorporated updates from FlyAgi’s vegetation library – forests and objects no longer cast shadows because they look ugly on vegetation and also cause a hit on framerate, the deep winter texture variant for FlyAgi’s vegetation has been replaced with a new one with less of a blue hue, which fits better with e.g. xflyer’s Winter Mod, and the previous ‘bluer’ deep winter texture is now used when TerraMaxx is selected as the season mechanism, as the colour works well with TerraMaxx’s textures.

Other changes:

  • Major new feature: Core X-Plane® forest overrides. OpenSceneryX now has the ability to replace all core X-Plane® autogen forests with FlyAgi’s high definition versions, this is optional and can be chosen on install. This feature does most of what FlyAgi’s Vegetation Global Trees package does, except it does not replace any core X-Plane® textures in the ‘Resources’ folder
  • The website now provides more information about facades in the library.
  • Fixed ‘Missing object’ errors for the 15 items excluded from RE Library.
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Also, to accompany the new library version, there is a new installer too, which has the following changes:

  1. The library now includes the ability to override core X-Plane® forests with HD forests from OpenSceneryX. The installer now gives the user the choice of whether this should happen.
  2. Fixed “The parameter is incorrect” error which was thrown when running the installer in Hebrew.
  3. The installer now remembers your preferences even if you switch language.
  4. The installer now has an Italian translation, thank you to Matteo Lorenzini.
  5. The Russian translation has been updated, thank you to Murat Vishnyakov.
  6. The Dutch translation has been updated, thank you to Gerrit-Jan Rebel.
  7. The French translation has been updated, thank you to Olivier Faivre.

Grab the new installer from www.opensceneryx.com.

Added Libraries and much more

UPDATE July 15th 2019:

We’re at X-Plained.com are pleased to inform you that we updated / new the following libraries:
– Update NAPS Library 6.8


We’re pleased to inform you that X-Plained.Com has updated the MisterX6 airprot environment HD package to version 2.11. As always, we try to keep our libraries for you up-to-date. Whenever you see something that in your opinion is no longer up-to-date, or that “your library” is not on the list, please contact us via info@x-plained.com or directly to angelique.van.campen@gmaiil.com.

For your convenience, here are the direct links to all the libraries we offer (as per July 15th 2019):

NAPS Library version 6.8

– 3D People 3.9 (external link)
 Aircraft Static and Animated Aircraft to version 5-2017
– BS2001 Objects Library version 1.2
CDB library version 2.6
Cemetery Library 1.0
– DT Library version 1.1.0
– European Vehicles (static) Library 1.01
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
Hard Surface Library 1.0
Handy Objects to version 6.80
 HungaryVFR Library Public Beta 1.0.0
– Japan Pro version 1.02
MisterX6 Library version 1.61b
MisterX6 HD Forst version 1.0.1
MisterX6 Airport Environment HD version 2.11
– People Library 1.11
R2_Library 2.0
– RA Library version 1.2
 RD library 1.3
– RescueX
 RE library 1.8
– RuScenery
Sea Life Library 1.0
– Static GA Aircraft Australia Library 1.0
Static GA Aircraft New Zealand Library 1.1
The FAIB Aircraft library to version 4.0
THE-FRUIT-STAND Aircraft Library version 3.0
The Handy Objects Library version 6.80
– US Forests and Woodland for Ortho scenery version 1.0.0
– Waves Library 1.1
World Models 0,8.0
x-Prefab Library to version 7.1
 XAirport Scenery library version 1.1

Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 1907

Aerosoft released on June 20th a new AIRAC Cycle 1907 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 1907

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on June 20th, 2019. 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 1907, effective from June 20th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

Holiday … but where?

Finally, time has come to say goodbye. No no! No need to worry or to think that it’s over with X-Plained.Com.It’s time for my holiday. Time to relax, time to hit the sun, time to enjoy the “which” 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.

The only problem is .. where to go to? France, Germany, Sweden or perhaps Norway? We really don’t know yet. What we do know is that we are on holiday from June 12th till and including the first week of July.

Anyway, 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. And, I promised myself – now already more then two years ago – to start with my first SketchUp airport creation EHTX or Texel Airport. That will happen, but I can’t guarantee when I will start with this. 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.

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!