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Impression Carenado Fokker F50

I’m aware that I love Fokker aircraft. Yes, I’m also aware that Fokker doesn’t exist anymore as it was in the good old days at Schiphol-East. Anyway, I know the Fokker F27, but more familiar with t5he Fokker F28. While being a mechanic with Martinair, I worked on the NLM (Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij) F28, the government F28 PH-PBX and for a very short time, at the Martinair F28. and yes, I’m also aware that the F28 isn’t a F50 nor is the F27, but as you might know, the F50 follows the F27. The F27 was a world famous aircraft due to its STOL capabilities which was, by the way, also applicable for the F28.

That Carenado ported the F50 from FSX to X-Plane is for me great news and I hope for others too. I have flown with the model but haven’t tested every part of it. I leave that up to myself or one of my reviewers to review this gorgeous aircraft after our last season holidays.

For the moment I can only say … enjoy these exclusive screenshots which are taken at EBBR, and flying above the Norwegian landscape.

Photo-real Norway From East to West

The following exclusive screenshots are representing a flight from East to West which are left-over screenshots from a “test” flight I did from ENHA to ENOV, near the coast. Some other screenshots will be used in my Norwegian review Part II where I review the freeware airports from Orbx Simulation Systems, who are originally from Tony Wroblewski and still available via the dedicated X-Plane.Org web pages.

Anyway, adding a flight in an airport review wasn’t really the plan, but I wanted to test the ortho textures (photo-realistic) from ZonesPhoto and although they are ZL16, for a flight at 12.000 feet, the end result isn’t bad at all. Actually, it looks awesomely realistic. The screenshots are based on a combination of freeware add-on products like the mesh packages from AlpilotX (HD mesh version 4.0 and UDH mesh version 4.0), ZonesPhoto ortho packages for Norway, FlyWithLua NG, FlyAgi Tweak Utility 1.11 and default clouds.

Check out this exclusive Norwegian photo-real screenshot link, available at X-Plained.Com. Comments or suggestions are welcome!

Exclusive Screenshots Cheyenne II

During these days it’s fun to fly over my own country. In my case that’s the Netherlands, Europe (for those simmers who have no idea where the Netherlands are situated). It gives me a moment to relax, a moment to test all the aircraft I have in my huge hangar.

This time I decided to make a photoshoot session of the Carenado PA-31T Cheyenne II for X-Plane 11. And no, in case you think that, this is not a review of the aircraft, it’s just a bunch of photos I make on this IFR trip, starting at EHBK to EHTX. I created with Little NavMap, my favourite flight planning program (besides that, the program can do much more then only flight planning), an scenic IFR flight from Maastricht-Aachen airport via RKN (Rekken VOR) to EEL (Eelde VOR), via PAM (Pampus) to Texel airport (EHTX). Yes yes, I know, when you’re familiar with the Netherlands then this is far from an economical flight plan, but that’s the advantage from you fly offline and if you want, you could do it in real too although it will cost you a lot of money. For now, enjoy these exclusive screenshots, offered by X-Plained.Com for you!

Anyway, to give the overall a good look, I decided to install the following freeware add-on packages, besides of course the Carenado aircraft itself:

  • X-Europe from SimHeaven
  • ZonesPhoto photo-real textures for the Netherlands with adjacent packages from Belgium and Germany
  • FlyWithLua NG
  • FlyAgi Tweak Utility (FTU) lua scripts
  • X-Visibility lua script
  • Cloud textures Environment+

Carenado’s Saab 340, so beautiful

No no, this is not a comprehensive review, and it’s also not an in-depth impression although it’s an exclusive screenshot impression I made today, February 28th while test flying in Germany. It was during this short flight, departing from ShortFinal Design EDDM, where I discovered the beauty of this latest – mid February 2019 – Carenado aircraft, the Saab 340.

It took a while before the model came to X-Plane, but now we finally have this medium size commuter also for X-Plane. What said, this is not a comprehensive review, but what I quickly saw was a well modeled aircraft with a beautiful interior, including a well designed virtual cabin.

I could write many words what I felt when I made those screenshots, but I think it’s better when you look and judge for yourself. Enjoy these exclusive Carenado Saab 340 screenshots. Comments and/or suggestions are always welcome.

FTU plus ASXP Clouds

FTU Advanced Clouds + ASXP HiRes Cloud Textures

Oops, for those who don’t know what all those abbreviations mean … FTU mean FlyAGI Tweaker Utility and ASXP stands for Active Sky for X-Plane. Anyway, FlyAGI Tweak Utility main menu can be opened by clicking on the menu helper ‘Tweak Utility Options’ on the lower right corner of the screen or by using the FlyWithLua macros menu (X-Plane menu bar > Plugins > FlyWithLua > Macros > FlyAgi Tweak Utility). The main page gives access to the essential performance and visual tweaks and links to submenus if configuration items are more complex – I will explain the different submenus and what they can do later.

The utility will always store the menu page last opened for quick access to submenus so you will get back to the menu page you have been in before closing the main menu. The menu can be closed by clicking on the button ‘Save + Close Menu’ or by clicking on the helper again. In both cases everything will get saved.

These screenshots show you the combination of the FTU utility in combination with ActiveSky package (HiFi Simulations Technologies).

According to Agi “Possibly the best cloud visuals I’ve seen in X-Plane 11 – and faster then everything else. The first shot shows the clouds setting I used for the screenshots. And just in case you’re lost .. check out these exclusive screenshots, provided to you by Agi from FlyAGI.”

Exclusive X-Codr Sedona Screenshots

Welcome to America’s Most Scenic Airport! Sedona Airport (KSEZ) is located in Sedona Arizona, a popular tourist destination for Arizona tourists. Due to its location atop a 500 foot mesa Sedona Airport is a destination that pilots often go out of their way to land at.

Enough for now about the real Sedona, up to the X-Codr Sedona Airport and surrounding area. According to Connor from X-Codr “Since I released Sedona, my development skills have become much better. So in December I started work on a major update to Sedona to say “thanks” to all those who supported me when I entered the payware market. The original version of Sedona was ok, but my goal is not to have an “ok” scenery, but one that is great, and something that users truly enjoy. The new version will be a free update to all users, and it will feature:

Improved airport buildings
3D People
New ambient airport sounds
New custom town
New custom 10 meter ortho4xp mesh (big thanks to NinjaWithGuitar for providing me with the correct format DEM)
New custom 3D rock models for Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and Cathedral Rock
New custom forests and clutter for the surroundings
Improved orthophoto coloring and hand removed shadows
Improved model of Midgley Bridge”

We’re pleased to offer you on behalf of X-Codr some exclusive Sedona Airport screenshots. Enjoy!