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Your Own Boeing 738NG Simulator

You are a simmer with a dream. You’re a simmer for whom there’s only one awesome aircraft in the world, oh, no sorry, in X-Plane … and that’s the Boeing 737 Series, right?

If this is your favourite aircraft to fly with, wouldn’t it be a great idea to have a room in the house completely alone for you. A room that offers everything that deals with the 737 Series, whatever series it is. A room so big that you can install not one, not two, not three computers, no, where you can install a complete 1:1 scale cockpit. Today, January 11th, a got a new registration from Chris van Rensburg. He requested a registration which is of course no problem, but then I found out via this website ( that Chris is building his own full size Fixed Based 737-800NG Simulator.

A couple of photo’s with his approval can be found here at X-Plained.Com. More can be found at his website. Well done Chris ….. it may cost something, but then you have something great! Thank you for sharing your mockup.

Vive La France with Carenado

It’s such a day as usual in the Netherlands … colder then normal or at the weather forecast they will say … it’s hotter than average. To me it feels cold, windy and whatsoever. Time to do what I promised already a while ago …. flying to France and see how the Carenado Cessna Citation flies.

It’s a long time back that I worked as ground engineer on a Citation. Not this model, but I believe one of the first 500 Series, when I’m right. It was a terrible aircraft to work at. It was small, and it had installed systems as you see in large commercial jets. Working in the cockpit was not a pleasant job, working in the tail was really a disaster. But flying the Citation 550 II from Carenado is fun.

I took virtually off from LFBD (Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport) and created with Little Navmap- one of my favorite nav planning programs – a flight plan to the Pyrenees, and then heading for the Méditerranée and finally back via Frejus to Bordeaux. The created flight plan has the X-Plane 11 “fms” format and the installed navigation equipment is the default X-Plane 11 FMS MCDU. For weather I use already for a while the FlyWithLua scripts and Environment+ lua script. I decided to go for real weather via the Laminar Research weather server.

Enjoy our exclusive screenshots!

Exclusive Screenshots “Carenado C172SP”

Flying the Grand Canyon
We’ve visited many times the US Grand Canyon National Park. Many time it was driving around by car and twice we walked down to the river and back up. Ok, not in one day, but we did it.

During one of those visits we decided to rent an airplane and fly above the Grand Canyon. No no, not what you think. I was not flying the aircraft. We paid that company for a flying trip over the Grand Canyon and for some reason, we had a lot of luck that day since we where the only 2 passengers in that aircraft. It was not a Skyhawk C172SP, but slightly bigger. Anyway, would it be great to do it once more but this time with X-Plane, an awesome photo-real scenery below and a well developed airport near the south rim.

That said, I decided to rent the Carenado C172SP Skyhawk for X-Plane 11, loaded the freeware airport of KGCN National Park airport, loaded all the ortho textures to get the best of the best down below me when flying over the canyon. How was it? Did I like it and how was the C172SP? Curious … check out the following exclusive screenshots. Enjoy!

Carenado PA31 / DO228 Adventures

Today is such a day that you can’t go out, so time to find something else to do. I had a long list of things I needed to do for X-Plained.Com. One of these “things“ to do is replacing the 2nd fullwidth slider on the front page with new aircraft screenshots. But there’s more to do like making a flight about ortho scenery in The Netherlands and about the Grand Canyon National Park with Carenado aircraft.

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen rented the Carenado Piper PA31 and took off from a nearby airport to see the beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park, made possible by Org user Forkboy2. These photo real packages of Arizona and in particular the Grand Canyon are huge, but oh oh, so beautiful.

Oh, there’s much more. Want to see it? Then you must check out the following screenshot impressions. I would say .. enjoy our exclusive screenshots.

Milviz T310R for X-Plane 11 … finally!

MilViz (Military Visualizations) is pleased to bring the T310R to X-Plane11. MilViz is a known high quality developer on the FSX and P3D market and now they finally made the step into the X-Plane world.

According to MilViz; “We’ve focused all of our energy and talent into breathing life into a genuine classic. From careful, highly detailed modeling both inside and out, smooth custom gauge animations, finely crafted textures and high fidelity sounds recorded from a real aircraft, we’ve ensured that our twin is as close as possible to real life.”

The aircraft is designed for X-Plane 11 and is optimized for X-Plane 11 engine and handling behavior, and it includes of PBR materials and textures as well as having an advanced FMOD sounds inside and out. But there’s more. The model coems with physical Based Rendering (PBR) materials and textures for superb real-time reflections and shine, it vhas exterior and interior rendered with exacting detail and precision and last but not least, high resolution, beautiful textures with realistic weathering effects and smoothly animated parts inside and out.

Check out the whole article at our dedicated MilViz T310R screenshots.

ToLiss A319 Factory Primer Surprise

We’re at X-Plained.Com are leased to inform you about the following news …..

What kind of “title” is that … factory primers from ToLiss A319?

Let me try to explain …. Airbus aircraft are, just as any other aircraft, painted with a primer to protect the Aluminum or any other material. The kind of primer and also the color differs a lot. Parts of the current Airbus models aren’t painted, in particular the parts made of CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) or Kevlar. These are recognised by black or yellow parts. But besides these composite materials, there’s still a lot made out of Aluminum and that’s painted with a primer. Some parts from these Airbus primer models are white. For some reason Airbus does this although the final color may be different. As far as I know, the white painted parts are for example the engine cowlings, the belly parts of the fuselage to wing construction and so on.

Want to see how this looks like? Then you must check out this exclusive screenshot link, painted by Christoph.

Why all of this?
I asked X-Plane.Org Christoph_T to paint for me and the community a primer configuration based on the ToLiss A319 and what has come of it … check that out right below. Enjoy his paintwork and the many other paintings we offer at X-Plained.Com.