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Navigraph AIRAC Cycle 2106

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on June 17th, 2021. 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 2106, effective from June 17th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

Support Us to SiteGround

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It’s been a while now that X-Plained.Com is up and running and hosted by a Dutch hosting company. Although we’re satisfied being hosted by this Dutch company, we want, no, we need to expand our services and this also means we need faster servers and CDN (Content Delivery Network) support. It’s not easy to find a fast, stable, and secure hosting company for the simple reason that there are hundreds or even thousands of companies who think they can do the job while at the end, they aren’t as good as they say.

That said, we searched and searched and read lots of reviews and finally decided to switch to SiteGround. But why SiteGround? When you do a search and look for Siteground any advantages pop up. As you perhaps know, X-Plained.Com is based on WordPress. WordPress is the most used CMS (Content Management System) in the world. For us from X-Plained.Com, this is our top choice to use this CMS for our website. And, SiteGround knows that. Thus, they have a special customer support team which is familiar with all the ins and outs of WordPress.

Lightning fast speed, that’s SiteGround too. A fast website also can be very helpful for SEO purposes. SiteGround has taken a lot of measures in order to make their customers’ websites fast. First of all, they have high-quality servers in terms of both hardware and software. Next, they have their own caching plugin (SuperCacher) which is free for every customer. This plugin can dramatically increase the speed of a website.

SiteGround comes with free CDN. CDN or ‘Content Delivery Network’ is a technology which is used to store the content of a website in more than one locations around the world. Thus, it can be transferred to different visitors around the world faster than normal at the same time. SiteGround offers a free CDN service (CloudFlare) with every web hosting account. You can enable more features for a little amount of fee by buying the premium version of that CDN too.

And there’s much more that is good for X-Plained.Com to switch to SiteGround, but for that I, your personal reporter and longtime reviewer Angelique van Campen, Need Your Help! I can’t start a crowdfunding since I can’t offer anything back except for a fast and stable X-Plained.Com so I do it by asking to add a donation to help us switching to SiteGround.

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Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 2105

Aerosoft released on May 20th a new AIRAC Cycle 2105 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 2105

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on May 20th, 2021. 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 2105, effective from May 20th. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

ToLiss A319 Updated v1.6

On behalf of ToLiss we’re pleased to inform you that their Airbus A319 has been updated to version 1.6.

For those who are new to ToLiss aircraft, ToLiss provides high-quality Airbus aircraft for the X-Plane 10 and 11 flight simulator. All our aircraft are officially licensed by Airbus. Their aircraft features a comprehensive FMGS solution supporting alternate and temporary flight plans, navaid auto-tuning, in-flight changes or arrival routes, holdings and much more and come with a state-of-the-art external model, including custom particle effects, e.g. engine heat blur or APU fire. You also have the choice between different engine types and different winglets. Further on, ToLiss aircraft models come with a complete 3d cockpit with custom lighting and all switches modelled. Step into VR and experience the feeling as if you were sitting in a real Airbus cockpit. Here’s a list of all the changes from build 1299 (V1.5.2) to build 1360 (V1.6)

Major new features:

  • Pilot item database allowing the creation and storage of custom waypoints, including associated page reconfigurations on DIR TO, FPLN, RAD NAV page etc.
  • Bleed system upgrade to a quantitative bleed model affecting fuel consumption and take-off thrust
  • Support for LDA, IGS, Localizer Backcourse and GLS approaches
  • Complete rework of the PERF pages to add EO mode information as well as climb/descent predictions to a given altitude
  • Rework of the PROG page to include EO mode information including indication of OEI gross ceiling and predictive GPS function

Minor new features:

  • When flying the IAE engine, the EWD now properly supports revision to N1 Mode
  • TO performance calculator also determines whether packs need to be ON or OFF for the take-off.
  • Complete redo of the SD pages ENG, BLEED, PRESS, and F/CTL for better representational accuracy
  • FPLN page rework: Constraints are now shown prior to filing the INIT B page.
  • FPLN page additional information: The Final approach slope is now shown
  • Improved the lateral-directional handling qualities in manual flight
  • Changes to altitude and speed constraints of the active flight plan create TEMPY flight plan.
  • Added RAT and outflow valve to the external 3d model

Bug fixes:

  • Corrected PFD speed bug location during Go Around
  • Prevented waypoint sequencing when flying in HDG mode in opposite direction of FMS path at current TO waypoint
  • Fixed ILS indication location on PFD
  • Improved AP vertical target tracking when flying with high Angles of Attack
  • Fine tuning of the graphical representation in the EWD.
  • Speed target for flap 3 landings is back to VAPP
  • Waypoints can now be added at end of FPLN directly on the FPLN A page.
  • Fixed issues with ground rolling and flap extension sounds
  • Preventing engagement of both APs for a non-precision approach.
  • Various small bug fixes

For more information check out the dedicated ToLiss A319 webpage or check out our review knowing that the review was written a while ago.

Aerobask Robin DR401 Available

Finally we are able to offer you the following freeware aircraft from Aerobask. That said, on behalf of Aerobask and with their approval we’re pleased to inform you that we are allowed to host one of the Aerobask freeware aircraft models.

The new Robin DR401 is a DR400 upgraded with a glass cockpit, larger cockpit, electric trim and flaps. You can check the Robin Aircraft history via this URL. This model features the 155HP CDI diesel engine, with its FADEC. The aircraft comes with accurate flight model by X-Aerodynamics, FMOD High Quality sounds by Daniela RC, integrated Laminar Garmin G1000 PFD and MFD, functional 3D cockpit, with VR ready manipulators, 3D model with high resolution PBR textures, simulated FADEC test and Pre Heating, windshield reflections, support librain for dynamic rain effect (since 1.18 version), optimized to save FPS and 8 stunning liveries + a white paint.

The aircraft package can be found at our dedicated download page. Keep in mind that you need to be logged on to be able to download it and you need to be a member of X-Plained.Com.