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Utility Review | JF X-Plane Traffic Global

On behalf of Paul Beckwith, X-Plained.Com is pleased to inform. you that we published Paul’s in-depth review of Just Flight Traffic Global for the latest X-Plane version 12. Traffic Global is a plugin that is designed to populate your airports and airspace with varying types of commercial, military and general aviation aircraft without a significant reduction in performance or frame rates. These aircraft add a level of depth and immersion to the simulation environment especially if your flight is not taking place in a multi-user environment.

The aircraft follow realistic flight schedules based on actual airline schedules to enhance the airport environment such that it becomes more engrossing. The plugin can be as simple to use as install and watch the aircraft populate your environment, or it can be as complicated as creating custom liveries for the aircraft generated by Traffic Global.

According to Paul “JustFlight’s Traffic Global is a rather unique addition to that world and is currently one of two such products available for X-Plane 12. Its sole purpose is to add AI aircraft to your simming world at a frame rate cost that is much lower than adding a large amount of X-Plane’s AI capable aircraft to your environment. Just Flight Traffic Global has lived up to its promise and does, in a very satisfying way, solve that problem. My world is now full of active and inactive aircraft that behave in a mostly very realistic manner and add the sights and sounds of a busy airport to my flight experience. I especially appreciate its attention to general aviation activities since that is where I spend the predominant number of my flight hours.”

Curious to what Paul has to write more? Then you must check out his comprehensive Traffic Global review.

Scenery Review | ALPS UHD Mountain Scenery

Your personal reporter and long time reviewer Angelique van Campen goes back to explore the most famous mountains in Europe, the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The Alps are famous of the Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco, situated nearby the Italian city Aosta or the French city of Chamonix. Then we shouldn’t forget the Matterhorn near the city of Zermatt and the Eiger, Jungfrau and Jungfraujoch, near Grindelwald, all in Switzerland. This mountain scenery “ALPS UHD XP12” is brought to you by Frank Dainese and Fabio Bellini. 

According to Angelique “And as I always say “did I cover everything”, “did I see everything”. I can tell you, no way. Frank told me this “with a lot of patience I placed thousands of 3D objects, all self-built, and tried to improve the mountains by building 3D models with a lot of details”. With that in mind, there’s so much to see and so much left for you to explore. So therfore, can I use one word to express my thoughts, my feelings about ALPS UHD XP12? I would like to use one word, but I don’t know which one to use … awesome, gorgeous, stunning and so on. You got the message, right?”

Check out Angelique’s in-depth ALPS UHD for X-Plane 12 review. Enjoy and feel free to comment.

Aircraft Review | Thranda Stationairs

Our dedicated reviewer Paul Beckwith checked out the oil level, the fuel quality, the different instruments and so much more of the Thranda Design Cessna Stationair 675 / Grand Stationair 208B. Actually, Paul checked out the whole models and did sao many checks that this review is a must be to understand all about the Thranda GA aircraft.

According to Paul “Ultimately, if you are a bottom-line type of person, my bottom line is this: The Thranda U206G Stationair is worthy of a place in your hangar. The high quality of their productions continues in their latest offering, and their end user support and dedication to the X-Plane platform means this transition aircraft is going to have a long and useful life throughout the duration of X-Plane 12.”

Ready to start reading Paul’s review? Check it out via this link. Enjoy!

Hardware Review | Thrustmaster Pedals

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen got the opportunity to review for you the T. Flight Rudder Pedals and the TPR: Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder. Although many reviews can be found on the World Wide Web about these components, she still thinks it was worth her time and knowledge to see what it is, if it is worth it and how special the Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder device is.

The review won’t tell you if you can better buy the T. Flight Rudder Pedals above the TPR: Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder or visa versa. No, the intention of Angelique was to find the good things of each piece of hardware and for whom it is intended. And yes, the TPR is expensive, but it’s almost an unique piece of hardware, made of high quality materials, made of 100 percent metal, and as real as it gets. At the same time the T. Flight Rudder Pedals device offers its own unique quality standards and that for a very competitive price.

Anyway, you can read it all in her comprehensive Thrustmaster Pedals review. Enjoy!

Simulator Review | X-Plane 12

We’re pleased to inform you that your passionate reviewers Paul Beckwith and Angelique van Campen checked out X-Plane 12. We don’t call it a review but more an overview of what X-Plane 12 will bring. As of this writing, December 2022, X-Plane 12 just went official. Paul is doing his share related to the Windows platform while Angelique is taking care for macOS. For Paul “FPS” (Frames Per Second) isn’t really a problem but Angelique needs to think about buying a new iMac or Mac Studio.

According to Paul “Personally, I have found X-Plane 12 to be quite an exciting update to X-Plane 11 and am looking forward to the coming months when the scenery and aircraft become available for this upgrade. I think my biggest disappointment thus far is that all my float planes have been broken by the new aquatic properties.” But good news is on the way; most GA aircraft with floats will become compatible with X-Plane 12 water.

And we found so much more for you and therefore, check out our comprehensive “X-Plane 12 overview”.

Airport Review | SFD KSFO Definitive

On behalf of our dedicated reviewer Paul Beckwith we’re pleased to in form you that Paul finished his comprehensive SFD (Short Final Design) KSFO review. According to Paul “KSFO is a five-star scenery package that is worth much more than the asking price. Period. If you want an example of what every airport scenery package should strive for, look no further than KSFO Definitive by SFD. The attention to detail, the evident skill, the application of texture, orthophotography, and PBR effects are second to none.”

As well as “Add to that the brilliant implementation of what the SAM plugin can bring to an airport, and this becomes an airport to visit again and again. Most impressive is that all of this is done with a negligible impact on frame rate. I could not find one thing to not like about this airport and I do believe that is a first for me.”

No more words needed. Check out his in-depth review via this link.