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Navigraph AIRAC Cycle 1903

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on February 28th, 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 1903, effective fromFebruary 28th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

FlyAGI Tweak Utility Updated

Update: February 27th 2019, product update to version 1.10b

Update Description: According to Agi “The main feature of this update is the new advanced cloud manipulation submenu (click ‚more‘ on the clouds switcher button) allowing to optimize the cloud appearance with many parameters. I think I will have to add some presets once I have figured out some good settings for the various cloud texture sets available and very likely I will find some bugs in the next few days so there will possibly be some more minor updates coming.”

“Sorry, another update to Version 1.10a providing presets for the following texture sets: Active Sky XP, FSEnhancer and Enviro+. Oops, Agi has added some new features. According to Agi “as I found myself suffering from hpoxia again and again I made oxygen controls available for the tweak utility so it’s now possible to equip all sort of aircraft with the native X-Plane crew oxygen system. Further I splitted up the baro + gyro helper into two separate tools to use them independently and fixed b2volumecontrol lua script incompatibility.”

Why do you need another tweak and settings script?
I know there are some settings and tweaking tools out there but none of them did satisfy me so I always kept tweaking myself with simple scripts for changing the parameters that really impact performance without sacrificing visual appearance to much. For making this easier and to have the possibility to use different tweaks and settings in different aircraft I wrote the tweak utility. All the settings the utility gives access to have an instant effect without the need of a scenery reload (except the extended DSFs switch, it initiates a reload when clicked) and I think they are more or less self explanatory.

Check it out at our dedicated download page.

FTU plus ASXP Clouds

FTU Advanced Clouds + ASXP HiRes Cloud Textures

Oops, for those who don’t know what all those abbreviations mean … FTU mean FlyAGI Tweaker Utility and ASXP stands for Active Sky for X-Plane. Anyway, FlyAGI Tweak Utility main menu can be opened by clicking on the menu helper ‘Tweak Utility Options’ on the lower right corner of the screen or by using the FlyWithLua macros menu (X-Plane menu bar > Plugins > FlyWithLua > Macros > FlyAgi Tweak Utility). The main page gives access to the essential performance and visual tweaks and links to submenus if configuration items are more complex – I will explain the different submenus and what they can do later.

The utility will always store the menu page last opened for quick access to submenus so you will get back to the menu page you have been in before closing the main menu. The menu can be closed by clicking on the button ‘Save + Close Menu’ or by clicking on the helper again. In both cases everything will get saved.

These screenshots show you the combination of the FTU utility in combination with ActiveSky package (HiFi Simulations Technologies).

According to Agi “Possibly the best cloud visuals I’ve seen in X-Plane 11 – and faster then everything else. The first shot shows the clouds setting I used for the screenshots. And just in case you’re lost .. check out these exclusive screenshots, provided to you by Agi from FlyAGI.”

Carenado Saab 340 Released

This is great news. A medium size Carenado commuter for X-Plane 11. Personally, I’m waiting also for the Fokker model, but that’s for later. On behalf of Carenado, I would like to share with you the following news.

The Saab 340 is, logically, only for X-Plane 11 and comes with a huge list of interesting features like high-end 4k PBR (Physically-based Rendering) graphics throughout, with ultra-realistic materials rendition (Dynamic reflections, realistic metal and dielectric materials, etc.), fully customized in-depth annunciator logic/aural warning logic/throttle logic, with friction control, gate, flight idle and flight idle override, custom EHSI and EADI instruments and custom MFD85 with moving map, all featuring detachable pop-up windows and much more. Let’s make a list for you. A bit easier to read, right?

  • Integrated FMS with detachable pop-up window (Laminar default)
  • Custom APS85 Autopilot with detachable pop-up window
  • Fully customized Custom Torque on Take-Off (CTOT) system
  • Fully customized pusher (anti-stall) logic
  • In-depth FMOD sound design implementation, including distance effects, realistic prop reversal effects, etc.
  • Functional gust lock system
  • Custom electrical system/Starter Logic/Fuel System/prop logic/Bleed Air System/Avionics busses/Hydraulic Logic (Requires, among other things, pressurizing brake lines prior to chock removal)/Electrical Temperature system/de-ice logic
  • Custom independent windshield wiper logic (with functional off and park positions)
  • Airspeed Indicator with “Barber Pole” and functional test sequence
  • RealityXP GTN750 support (with 3D panel display support)
  • Extensive VR support with snap points in every passenger seat (All knobs, buttons, dials, handles, etc. also optimized for VR usage)
  • Extensive HDR lighting with gimballed 3D lights and dynamically illuminated tail logo and ice lights for amazing night lighting effects
  • Ground steering (tiller) system
  • Includes air conditioning, pressurization, and oxygen system
  • Features reversionary logic for EHSI and EADI.
  • All passenger seats support seat backs, table trays, arm rests, HDR reading lights, stewardess call buttons.
  • Main door has optional retractable passenger stairs.
  • Functional stewardess control panel
  • Visible and functional Ground Power Unit
  • End-user customizable via Manifest.json file.
  • Goodway compatible
  • Engine design optimized for XP11.30’s new turboprop model
  • Flight dynamics optimized for latest improvements in XP11.30.
  • Support for “librain” plugin, including wiper support (requires separate plugin install)
  • Librain support also includes visual ice effects on windows.

The following requirements are needed:

  • Windows XP – Vista – 7 -10 or MAC OS 10.10 (or higher) or Linux
  • X-Plane 11
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 ghz or faster.
  • Memory: 16-24 GB RAM or more.
  • Video Card: a DirectX 12-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 4 GB VRAM (GeForce GTX 1070 or better or similar from AMD)
  • 755MB available hard disk space
  • INTERNET CONNECTION is required for installing this product.

More information can be found at the dedicated Carenado web page.

Just Flight’s Fleet New and Improved

We’re pleased to inform you on behalf of Just Flight with the following news:

Following the release of version 11.30 for X-Plane all the Just Flight aircraft which we developed in partnership with Thranda Design have now been updated with new features and numerous optimisations and improvements! These include…

Support for rain effects (requires the free third party ‘Librain’ plugin)
Revamped flight dynamics
Improved sounds and sound effects
Improved VR
Upgrade to SASL 3.5.1, which now includes pop-out window support
Revamped RealityXP configuration for the latest capabilities of the GTN 750

There are more improvements, some that cover the whole range and some that are bespoke to each of the aircraft. For current owners you simply need to redownload your aircraft(s) from your account. The updates are inclusive. Any new buyers will benefit immediately from the latest updates. All of our X-Plane aircraft can be found here.

Added Libraries and much more

UPDATE February 12th 2019:

We’re at X-Plained.com are pleased to inform you that we updated / new the following libraries:
– Update (February 12th) CDB Library 2.6

Updated (February 9th) MisterX Library 1.61b

We’re pleased to inform you that X-Plained.Com has updated the NAPS Library. We’ve reached now version 6.3. 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 February 12th 2019):

Update CDB library version 2.6
Update MisterX6 Library version 1.61b

– 3D People 3.9 (external link)
 Aircraft Static and Animated Aircraft to version 5-2017
– BS2001 Objects Library version 1.2
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 Airport Environment HD version 2.1
MisterX6 HD Forst version 1.0.1
NAPS Library version 6.3
– 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