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Aircraft Review | Part II JARDesign JD330-200

Couldn’t we stop or did we had enough time, did we had a holiday or ….? No, we didn’t, but  X-Plained.Com reviewer Bruce Knight had more then enough time to check out once more the JARDesign JD332 version 3.3r1. Anyway, this is Part II and what can we say about it?

According to Bruce “I have never flown an A332- nor will I ever do so, and I wanted to have a good appreciation of what I should expect from an X-Plane 11.41 model vs what would be unreasonable to anticipate would be modelled. I even reached out to a retired A320 captain- knowing that the systems are so similar to an A332 that pilots can transition between one and the other. As I became more aware of the complexity of the systems, I also realized how well the JARDesign aircraft works.”

Curious what I has seen on his US flight, and what Bruce found out more, and decided what to do and so on? Take a cup of coffee, tea or whatever you prefer, sit back, relax and enjoy his comprehensive US test flight review.

Aircraft Review | Part I JARDesign JD330-200

Did we had enough time, was it Christmas time, did we had a holiday or ….? Yes, we had. X-Plained.Com reviewer Bruce Knight and your personal reporter Angelique van Campen has more then enough time to check out the JARDesign JD332 version 3.3r1. And yes, because we had enough time to check the aircraft, we decided to split the review in a Part I and a Part II. Anyway, this is Part I and what can we say about it?

According to Angelique “It’s not easy when you look for example to the JD330, but it’s possible and will cost a lot of time and effort from the JARDesign team to fulfil this wish to model is as real as possible. I also know that JARDesign lead developer Evgeny Romanov visits quite often together with S7 Airbus pilots the FFS Level-D simulator at Domodedovo to check his modeled aircraft versus the FFS Level-D simulator. Still no guarantee that the modeled JD330 is 100 percent reflecting the reality, but is the best way to model systems by seeing it in real.”

According to Bruce “I have never flown an A332- nor will I ever do so, and I wanted to have a good appreciation of what I should expect from an X-Plane 11.41 model vs what would be unreasonable to anticipate would be modelled. I even reached out to a retired A320 captain- knowing that the systems are so similar to an A332 that pilots can transition between one and the other. As I became more aware of the complexity of the systems, I also realized how well the JARDesign aircraft works.”

Curious what we have seen, found, decided and so on? Take a cup of coffee, tea or whatever you prefer, sit back, relax and enjoy this comprehensive review.

Airport Review | Nimbus Studios KATL

We’re pleased to inform you, also on behalf of our reviewer Bruce Knight, that Bruce visited the international airport of Atlanta from Nimbus Studios. According to Bruce “I was impressed by what Nimbus have done with KATL v2. I love the animated people, the plugin functions, as well as the detail in the scenery. The Delta museum and maintenance facility are excellent, and getting inside the concourse with a virtual view looks much like the real thing. The airport has a sense of life to it.”

Bruce continues “I believe that this product will add depth to any XP11 installation, especially if you like flying into and out of the busiest airport in the world! In comparing this scenery product to the XP11.40 default KATL, it’s obvious that a lot is added to this airport by the Nimbus product. And at a framerate that exceeded my expectations.”

Curious to what Bruce has to say more? Then you must read his comprehensive review at X-Plained.Com

Aircraft Review | ML Aero Design Group MiG-15

On behalf of our new reviewer Wisnu Tanggap Prabowo, I’m pleased to inform you that Wisnu has written a comprehensive review of the Mig-15 from ML Aero Design Group (MLADG).

According to Wisnu “We are the students of history. It shapes our identity. It shapes the reality today and the future. Aviation is no exception. The past shapes the aircraft designs. Aviation also learns from the past; the mistakes, errors, accidents, incidents, dogfights, the flops, the philosophy…. everything.”

This is what this product is all about, it takes you back to the decades and help you simulate how it was like to fly one of the most influential aircraft in history, and the deadliest opponent of the west in aerial superiority in the Cold War.The Mig is a part of it, and this addon tries to simulate just that. Has the developer done a good job? I would say yes.”

Via this in-depth review link you can read all about it.

Aircraft Review | SSG 747-8i V2.1

When we say Queen of the Skies, we mean the …… When we say 747-8 Series, we say SSG Anniversary Edition.

According to SSG “the release of the 747-8 Intercontinental version 2.x is something that continues on the version 1.x. Version 2.x has a complete remodelled external model with a lot of new features, while the 3D cockpit is also reworked and system are introduced or improved.” Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen who has been a short period technical instructor on the 744, takes the challenge to master this very big Jumbo Jet. Oops, that the old nickname of the 747-100/200 Series.

According to Angelique “The 3D model is really gorgeous and as far as I could compare the SSG model with real 747-8 external photos, it seems nothing is missing and a lot of work has been put into it. The 3D SSG cockpit is as well modeled with a lot of passion and with a brand new “real” aircraft feel. It’s difficult to say how much of a weathered look should be added.”

Curious what Angelique has to say? I bed you are, but watch out .. the overall review is over 14.000 words, so a very long read, but a very interesting read. Go ahead and follow this comprehensive SSG 747-8i V2 review.

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Special care and attention has been given to color correction, editing and balancing the orthoimagery to ensure the highest fidelity and quality. Using the latest technology, millions of trees have been accurately placed throughout the entire region and grouped together to create an immersive environment if you enjoy flying close to the ground. The vegetation has been hand-coloured to ensure it blends in perfectly with the ground textures.

Northern California prides itself on its varied landscape, giving you plenty of choice for places to explore. Yosemite National Park, famous for its stunning valleys and flower-covered meadows, find life in X-Plane thanks to the TrueEarth technology. If the wilderness isn’t your thing, then take a trip up the Northern California coast and catch the west-coast sunshine as the light bounces off of your aircraft. The sights you will see will be truly breathtaking.

Some of the key features:

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TrueEarth US Northern California SD quality is for those of you who have less then 8GB vRAM while the HD quality is for those simmers who have more then 8GB vRAM. While the SD package comes with ZL16 (Zoom Level) sharpened textures, the HD comes with ZL17 textures. Further on, the SD package has textures with a 2.4m/pixel imagery and the HD is of a 1.2m/pixel imagery. Besides all of this, the disk space differs also a lot between SD (54GB ) versus HD (195GB).

Curious to this gorgeous package? Check it out at the dedicated TrueEarth US Northern California SD and HD Orbx store pages.