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Utility Review | SAM World Jetways

Your personal reporter and reviewer Angelique van Campen virtually travelled around the world to check out Stairport SAM World Jetways. She visited default Laminar Research airports, but also a lot of payware add-on airports. The last one she visited for her comprehensive review of SAMs World Jetways was Vancouver International Airport modeled by Globall Art.

According to Angelique “To get an idea of what World Jetways can do for you, it doesn’t cost much effort to find that out. I mentioned this before, by default all X-Plane airports equipped with jetways are just static objects. They don’t do anything when you’re parked at the designated position or arriving at that location. One of the functions of the SAM World Jetways plugin is to bring these jetways alive.”

She continues “Was it worth my time to figure out all the ins and outs of this payware plugin/extension? Yes, it was although it took me a lot of time to find the right words and the right flow, but luckily, she managed it.”

You can read all about her SAM World Jetways experience via this in-depth review link. I hope you like it and whenever you haven’t bought it yet, decide to buy it at the X-Plane.Org store.

Utility Review | JARDesign Co-Pilot ToLiss A319

Our dedicated reviewer Andy Clarke took a new challenge in reviewing products; the JARDesign Co-Pilot plugin for the ToLiss Airbus A319. According to Andy “Usually when flying X-Plane models we may be assisted by autopilots and other automated systems and we may be able to view the cockpit with animated figures, representing the the pilot and co-pilot, clearly visible but ultimately we fly the aircraft alone, unless we let X-Plane AI take over. Many aircraft are not designed to be flown by one person and developers have come up with some ingenious ways of allowing us to swap seats or take the co-pilots view.”

Andy continues “JARDesign have approached this issue by modelling a co-pilot who sits in the cockpit with you, interacts with the user and carries out some of the functions and procedures.”

There’s of course a lot to tell you about this plugin which is not only available for the ToLiss A319, but also for other aircraft types. But for now, check out what Andy has to say with his comprehensive review about this Co-Pilot plugin for the ToLiss A319.

Utility Review | Laminar Research Control Pad app

It’s time for another utility review. Time for a freeware iOs or iPad OS review. It’s time for Laminar Research Control Pad app.

According to your personal reporter Angelique “When you own an Apple iPhone or iPad, and using X-Plane 11 on your Mac, Windows or Linux, then this article could be very interesting to you. Oh yes, I’m aware that this free Apple Store app is already for a long time available, but I get the impression that it’s a bit “a forgotten Laminar Research app”. But first, let me introduce you to the Laminar Research X-Plane Control Pad.”

This was fun.
I know this Laminar Research app already for a while, but I’m not always using my iPad in combination with X-Plane on my Mac. Strange isn’t it and at the same time also a shame since many other developers make also great add-ons to project for example the FMS MCDU on the iPad and/or iPhone or maps, charts and so on. That said, this Laminar Research app is free of charge. It doesn’t cost anything and you can change settings, change the aircraft, change the airport and so much more on the fly. Worth trying it out I would say and that was also the idea of writing this review/impression; try it!

Curious what Angelique has to say about the Control Pad app? Check out her in-depth review of the LR Control Pad.

Utility Review | Agi FTU Advanced Clouds

Since our in-depth FlyAGI Tweak Utility (FTU) review, published at X-Plained.Com, the FlyAGI utility has changed a lot. Agi added many new features, and one of these new features or expanded features is the modification or manipulation of clouds. Apart of the environment is clouds, but there’s so much more like controlling the sky colors, haze, rshade and so on. Since I was seeking for the right or good looking clouds, I felt that there was a need to write this article.

The reason for this additional article of FlyAGI Tweak Utility is that since my review a lot of things have been changed, in particular settings to clouds. The current add-on package version 1.10q offers a lot of cloud related changes and that’s then directly the reason for this article.

This additional review deals with the Advanced cloud settings that are possible with FTU version 1.10q. Curious? If you’re curious and I bit you are, I invite you to sit back, relax and read this combined in-depth Advanced Clouds review of Agi and Angelique van Campen.

Utility Review | FlyAGI lua Tweak Utility

Once an a while there’s something that triggers Angelique’s attention. This time she was seeking for a lua utility that could do a bit more then she normally sees. Together with the recent update of X-Plane to version 11.30r3, she ran into trouble with her clouds, but she found, not only for clouds, a interesting freeware utility; FlyAGI Tweak Utility.

We should do this more. We from X-Plained.Com should do more freeware reviews since it’s fun seeing what developers can make. FlyAGI does have an own website in German and English. It’s more a forum, but with some interesting downloads too. One of them deals with this utility review. According to Angelique “I think I covered most of the FlyAGI Tweak Utility. It was not my intention to write a thorough review, although it has become a much longer story then planned.”

She continues “Anyway, I like this tiny freeware lua package and although we at X-Plained can’t host is, it’s worth to download it from the FlyAGI website and give it a try. Feedback of your experience is always welcome and perhaps you come up with good ideas to be added to the product and perhaps the developer is willing to implement that.”

Want to read her FlyAGI Tweak Utility look and feel review? Then you must check out this in-depth review link.

Utility Review | XP Realistic Pro

Although Angelique van Campen had a lot of fun reviewing XPRealistic Pro, it wasn’t easy to write a review about this utility. But she finally found the flow. She’s pleased to offer you an in-depth review of XPRealistic Pro version 1.0.92, tested on macOS Mojave withX-Plane 10.26r2 with different FlyWithLua plugins.

According to Angelique “An aircraft, whatever kind of, an airport or a scenery or sometimes utility programs that can be touched in one way or the other are easy to write about. In that respect, XPRealistic Pro is difficult to see, to touch or to experience. I could make a movie, but there are already so many out there, even the developer has made a couple, so why should I add another one. I prefer to look to the facts, to settings that can be made and so on.”

Great add-on that works more or less out of the box. Curious what Angelique has to say? Check it out … here’s the comprehensive review link. Enjoy!