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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!

TruScenery EFRY Räyskälä Released

We would like to share with you the following TruScenery news.

According to Olli Laine from TruScenery “We’ve released a brand new X-Plane 11 airport scenery namely EFRY Räyskälä version 1.0. Räyskälä Airfield is an airfield in Räyskälä, Loppi, Finland, about 23 kilometres (14 mi) west of Loppi centre and 37 kilometres (23 mi) east of Forssa town centre.It is the largest sports aviation centre in the Nordic countries and one of the busiest general aviation airfields in Finland.

It is also home to the Finnish Sports Aviation Academy. Räyskälä Airfield hosted World Gliding Championships in 1976 and 2014, Junior World Gliding Championships in 2009, and European Gliding Championships in 1996 and 2005.

The airport which is for X-Plane 10 and X-Plane 11 comes with the following features:

  • High resolution realworld buildings textures
  • 25cm/pix aerialimages
  • 4km square area modeled
  • Animated car traffic
  • Custom ground textures in runaways,taxiways and grass.
  • Custom 3D vegetation with some animation.
  • Many little details, like camping area, Hotel, Crew sauna,Räyskälä willage shop, all traffic/road sings.
  • Included WED XML file, for own customization.

For more information please visit the dedicated TruScenery web page.

SAM Update Version 1.1.0

No no, don’t worry. It’s not Uncle Sam that has been updated, but Marten his Scenery Animation Manager that has been updated to version 1.1.0.

We’re more than pleased to inform you that with the approval of Marten or also known as X-Plane.Org user marten@stairport, we are able to host and promote his X-Plane 11 plugin. Oh no, not just a plugin, no, a great plugin.

According to Marten; SAM (Scenery Animation Manager) is a native X-Plane 11 plugin offering different possibilities to scenery authors focused on animations. A library with pre-animated objects like Jetways, VDGS, Marshaller, Hangars, Wind Turbines etc. is the starting point for developers to experiment with. You can either use these objects or create and animate your own.

Updated version 1.1.0 comes with the following fixes and/or additions or improvements:

  •  Added bridge facades for each jetway type and height
  • Added 737Max configuration
  • Added Colimata Concorde configuration
  • Added X-Crafts ERJ Series configuration
  • Fixed jetway solid 4.0m type 01
  • Fixed Peter Hager A380 livery variant compatibility
  • Fixed white shimmering on Safegate VDGS display

The plugin is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 which means it is free to use for all users and for all freeware sceneries. If you are a payware developer you can get a license for your project in our shop. Check it out at our dedicated SAM download page.

X-Plained.Com Maintenance

Attention, attention … important … Maintenance

I know, perhaps not your most favourite article to read, but it is necessary that you’re aware of it; X-Plained.Com Maintenance.

To keep X-Plained.Com stable, secure, and fast, your personal reporter but also your webmaster – Angelique van Campen – needs to do a lot behind the scenes. More or less on a daily base sections – plugins and themes – of the website are updated. Keeping these plugins and themes up-to-date is not because it looks nice, no, mostly they are needed to keep the website up and running. Either the developer of such a plugin has introduced new features, but in most cases it solves fixes and it keeps it compatible with the basis source of X-Plained.Com, namely WordPress.

Yes, WordPress is a great platform to work with. It’s easy to use, easy to change things or easy to add new features, but it needs to be kept up-to-date. That said, X-Plained.Com has a sister website or if you wish a clone or copy. Within this separate environment Angelique is able to test new plugins, update the X-Plained.Com theme and whenever available, update the WordPress software.

Normally this goes without any problems and once implemented in the clone X-Plained.Com, it can be implemented in the www.x-plained.com site too, but sometimes it isn’t as easy as expected with a different outcome. Lucky our hosting company makes every 2 hours a full backup so in case everything after updating goes wrong, we are always able to restore a previous backup. That said, it is always possible that X-Plained.Com is down for a couple of minutes while in the background the site is fully restored. Try to remember this when you can’t find X-Plained!

Thank You for Your Attention. With greetings, the X-Plained team

The Flying-V

Incoming post Flying-V : KLM and TU Delft join forces to make aviation more sustainable

KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers and Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Professor Henri Werij today signed a new cooperative agreement to work together on making aviation more sustainable at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul. KLM will be contributing towards TU Delft’s research into an innovative flight concept known as the “Flying-V”, which embraces an entirely different approach to aircraft design, in anticipation and support of sustainable long-distance flight in the future.

The aircraft’s v-shaped design will integrate the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings. Its improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean it uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, today’s most advanced aircraft. A flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October on the occasion of KLM’s 100th anniversary.

The aircraft was originally conceptualised as a potential aircraft design for the future, but can be compared to today’s most advanced aircraft, the Airbus A350. Although the plane is not as long as the A350, it does have the same wingspan. This will enable the Flying-V to use existing infrastructure at airports, such as gates and runways, without difficulty and the aircraft will also fit into the same hangar as the A350. What’s more, the Flying-V will carry the same number of passengers – 314 in the standard configuration – and the same volume of cargo, 160m3. The Flying-V will be smaller than the A350, giving it less aerodynamic resistance.

KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers: “In recent years, KLM has developed as a pioneer in sustainability within the airline industry. The development of aviation has given the world a great deal, offering us an opportunity to connect people. This privilege is paired with a huge responsibility for our planet. KLM takes this very seriously and has therefore been investing in sustainability at different levels for many years, enabling it to develop a broad spectrum of sustainability initiatives. We are proud of our progressive cooperative relationship with TU Delft, which ties in well with KLM’s strategy and serves as an important milestone for us on the road to scaling-up sustainable aviation.”

Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft Professor Henri Werij: “We are incredibly pleased to be able to cooperate with our trusted partner KLM on our combined mission to make aviation more sustainable. Radically new and highly energy-efficient aircraft designs such as the Flying-V are important in this respect, as are new forms of propulsion. Our ultimate aim is one of emission free flight. Our cooperation with KLM offers a tremendous opportunity to bring about real change.”

Improved passenger experience
The Flying-V also provides researchers a unique opportunity to improve passenger experience in aircraft, from the seating layout in the wings, to the design of the seats and bathrooms. Everything has to be as lightweight as possible in order to maximise the efficiency gain the new aircraft shape provides. Passenger comfort is also taken into account.

Fuel versus electric propulsion
The Flying-V is propelled by the most fuel-efficient turbofan engines that currently exist. In its present design it still flies on kerosene, but it can easily be adapted to make use of innovations in the propulsion system – by using electrically-boosted turbofans for example. For images and more information please visit www.tudelft.nl/flying-v