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Orbx March Madness

On behalf of Orbx Simulation Systems we are pleased to inform you about the following Orbx March Madness promotion.

Save BIG with Orbx’s March Madness flight sim sale! Up to 50% off hundreds of products at orbxdirect.com/

Get started in flight sim with 50% off their best selling Global updates, 40% off airports, and 30% off regions, landmarks and cityscapes around the world. Many Partner products also included. But don’t wait too long. The Orbx March sale ends March 28. Excludes products released in the last 90 days, and some Partner products.

New to Orbx?
Why not try our huge time-unlimited demo regions for free? For Australia we give you the entire island of Tasmania. We also give you Olympic Peninsula, WA in the USA. Or, if you want to get a taste of FTX Global you can try our Iceland demo and you’ll be yearning for more!

Howard DGA-15 Updated to version 3.1

Check it out!
On behalf of Steve Baugh a.k.a. Humbug01 (X-Plane.Org user) we’re pleased to inform you that his Howard DGA-15P package version has been updated again to version 3.1 but it is worth the update and therefore, worth to re-download the package.

The enclosed X-Plane 11.50 model is of the historic GA aircraft, the Howard DGA-15P. The model began life as a freeware FS98-FSX model shell which I converted to the 3D modelling program, AC3D, and completely overhauled and rebuilt for X-Plane 11 over the last four or five months. Please see the enclosed “credits.txt” file for details.

The model has been tested in X-Plane 11.50 and 11.51 (but not with the experimental flight model). This is version 1.0 with many improvements and small fixes planned for the future (e.g., the 3D Wasp Jr. is only half done). But it handles very well and looks pretty nice for the most part. My real interest in model development is in 3D panels and custom instruments with nearly a dozen provided here to match the real-world Howard DGA-15P (though because these 80+ year old aircraft are restored there is a *lot* of variety in instruments today). The radios are loosely modeled on the Becker RMU-5000, but I may put in a Garmin 530 or make some sort of moving map in the future. I also plan to release a “paint kit” for this model in the future, and I would be happy to work with a painter to show him or her what goes where. The interior in particular is very plain and shows the need for an expert painter to help out if anyone is willing.

This aircraft is released as FREEWARE. No commercial use of these files is permitted, but they may be distributed and changed for non-commercial use as long as credit to the original authors is provided. And a special thanks to Pedrovl on the X-Plane.org forum for help with a fuel pressure problem caused by the three in-line fuel tanks which I never would have figured out myself.

Check it out at our dedicated Steve Baugh “Howard DGA-15P” download page, check out all the included updates and don’t forget to check out these additional screenshots.

FScabral weathered FF A350 cockpit textures

On behalf of X-Plane.Org user and our good friend Fabio (fscabral), we’re pleased to offer you his latest creation .. weathered cockpit textures of the FlightFactor A350.

On behalf of X-Plane.Org user and our good friend Fabio (fscabral), we’re pleased to offer you his latest creation .. weathered cockpit textures of the FlightFactor A350.

We’re pleased to offer you on behalf of FSCabral his Flight Factor A350 cockpit textures. This is the replacement cockpit texture package for the Flight Factor Airbus A350´s cockpit. It is only working with Flight Factor A350 version 1.6.8 and up. And it’s not only that the package offers different cockpit colours, also the seats are reworked. Reworked in a way you see them on many photos while searching the Internet. It has stars! Anyway, a lot to explore and when you feel that a bit more weathering should be implemented or something else, feel free to comment or with a suggestion.

 Curious? Check it out at our dedicated fscabral web page.

Howard DGA-15 Updated to version 3.0

Important news!
Check it out!

On behalf of Steve Baugh a.k.a. Humbug01 (X-Plane.Org user) we’re pleased to inform you that his Howard DGA-15P package version has been updated to version 3.0

The enclosed X-Plane 11.50 model is of the historic GA aircraft, the Howard DGA-15P. The model began life as a freeware FS98-FSX model shell which I converted to the 3D modelling program, AC3D, and completely overhauled and rebuilt for X-Plane 11 over the last four or five months. Please see the enclosed “credits.txt” file for details.

The model has been tested in X-Plane 11.50 and 11.51 (but not with the experimental flight model). This is version 1.0 with many improvements and small fixes planned for the future (e.g., the 3D Wasp Jr. is only half done). But it handles very well and looks pretty nice for the most part. My real interest in model development is in 3D panels and custom instruments with nearly a dozen provided here to match the real-world Howard DGA-15P (though because these 80+ year old aircraft are restored there is a *lot* of variety in instruments today). The radios are loosely modeled on the Becker RMU-5000, but I may put in a Garmin 530 or make some sort of moving map in the future. I also plan to release a “paint kit” for this model in the future, and I would be happy to work with a painter to show him or her what goes where. The interior in particular is very plain and shows the need for an expert painter to help out if anyone is willing.

This aircraft is released as FREEWARE. No commercial use of these files is permitted, but they may be distributed and changed for non-commercial use as long as credit to the original authors is provided. And a special thanks to Pedrovl on the X-Plane.org forum for help with a fuel pressure problem caused by the three in-line fuel tanks which I never would have figured out myself.

Check it out at our dedicated Steve Baugh “Howard DGA-15P” download page, check out all the included updates and don’t forget to check out these additional screenshots.

Orbx / Axonos releases Memphis Intl. Airport

Great news from Orbx. Orbx welcomes Axonos to OrbxDirect with their new release KMEM Memphis International Airport for X-Plane 11.

Memphis International Airport has been developed to the highest standard and with no detail spared, featuring crisp color-balanced custom aerial imagery, custom underground highways as well as various other techniques that bring Memphis International airport alive. An airport developed to the highest standards, Memphis International Airport combines the latest X-Plane 11 technologies while balancing visual eye candy and excellent performance, perfect for your next cargo flight!

In case you’ve never heard of Axonos. Axonos was founded in 2019 by CEO Shawn Cheah, with a clear and optimistic vision for the future of high quality flight simulation addons and simulation games. Today they have a team of over 25 developers making that vision a reality. The use of exclusive technology and development techniques allows them to push the boundaries of simulation.

Your X-Plained .Com team III

With a series of articles we would like to introduce ourselves to you. In the time we live today, with social media, and communication that is mostly via the email, Skype, Messenger or any other media source, theres little chance to know each other in person or in this case, to know the people behind X-Plained.Com.

It’s not easy since Bruce lives in Boulder, Colorado US, while Andy Clarke lives in the UK, Angelique in The Netherlands and Marc Leydecker for example in Virginia, Gloucester US. Anyway, we from X-Plained.Com think that this is “a” possibility to know the writers, the owner, the SketchUp modeller and developer a bit better with these articles.

Therefore we’ve decided to introduce ourself to you. Bruce Knight, one of our dedicated reviewers starts with this bio, followed by Angelique and it is time for Andy Clarke.

 

Bio – Andy Clarke

Andy was born in Mansfield, England and grew up in Newark on Trent. After attending school In Southwell my work caused me to move to South West England. I remain living in the UK with Linda and our German Shepherd Ragnar.

Growing up on the Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire border meant that our house was in a military flight area with Vulcans from Scampton and Waddington, Jet Provost from RAF College, Cranwell and F4 Phantoms from Coningsby regularly over-flying the house along with less frequent visits from other military aircraft. I attended my first air display with my Dad, at the age of nine or ten, at RAF Waddington and clearly remember the demonstration of a four Vulcan scramble. It is difficult to forget! My interest in aviation continued through secondary school, during my breaks from playing rugby, and I attended several more air displays as well as going gliding with the RAF at RAF Newton. I applied for RAF air crew selection but was unsuccessful due to colour blindness and so my career path took another route.

I have never qualified as a pilot due to limited time for flying opportunities through work but Linda paid for me to have a flying lesson which I thoroughly enjoyed and she showed her courage by going along in the back seat. In 1990 I volunteered to assist at the Royal International Air Tattoo. That year it was held at RAF Cottesmore but then returned to RAF Fairford. I continued as volunteer until the year I retired in 2013. It was a privilege to work alongside other committed volunteers, full time staff and military personnel and the opportunities it created to be close to some special aircraft were very interesting. These included being allowed in to the Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and watching the deck crew of a United States Navy F18 go through the whole of their flight preparation drill with no verbal orders just hand signals from the team leader. RIAT also gave me the opportunity to attend a display at AFB Swartkop, Pretoria, South Africa when I was taken up in an Alouette helicopter to observe incoming weather. Back at home I was also taken out as a guest on a training flight of the RAF Rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor and witnessed the skill and professionalism of the team.

In terms of aircraft simulators I first started using Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator of various versions and also Flight Simulator up to FSX. Due to recommendations from friends I moved from a Windows computer to a Mac and as X-Plane was the only sim I could use I started on XP10. My use and understanding was really limited to VFR flights, as I did not know how to use the instruments. I was reading the X-Plained site and saw that Angelique was looking for others to assist with reviews. I saw this as an opportunity to learn far more about X-Plane and the various aircraft as I had to use them properly to write reviews. Luckily Angelique accepted me to assist. I do not claim to be an expert in computers, X-Plane or flying and I need to thank Angelique for her patience, assistance and guidance. I try to write reviews from the point of view of a recreational user and to include detail and experience that I would find useful if I were considering the various pieces of software.

Outside of writing reviews I am now retired and living in the countryside. I spend my time at home and also walking Ragnar. We have a caravan for holidays and use it to explore the different areas of the UK. I enjoy reading especially around history and of course aviation. I look forward to learning more about X-Plane and improving the standard of my reviews.