Carenado Short 360 FSX/P3D Announcement

The folks over at Carenado have recently announced their newest project, the Short 360. 

The Short 360, S360 for short, has been a highly requested aircraft for Carenado product users. It is a commuter aircraft that was built by British manufacturer Short Brothers throughout the 1980s. It served many purposes for commercial travel, carrying up to 39 passengers. 

We do not have an official release date, but we hope to see the S360 on the product shelves soon (and will let you know)!

Rotate MD-80 V1.4 Currently in BETA!

Great news today from Rotate! Developer cucoman on the X-Plane forums has announced that: 
 “v1.40 is already in beta phase, and will be available soon.”

Cucoman also mentions in the forum post that there will be an implementation of a complete load manager, where CG deviation can be computed according to the specific aircraft loading scheme.

This is great news for Rotate MD88 users! We will keep you posted when V1.4 is publicly released!

VRS TacPack and F/A 18E Superbug P3D v4 now Available!

The folks over at VRS Simulations have just released the F/A 18E SuperBug & TacPac for P3D v4 users! 

TacPack, short for Tactical Combat System & Development, enables combat systems within the flight simulator such as lethal weapons, radar, radar warning receivers, etc. It allows for military immersion such as the ability to spawn AI Ships, refueling tankers, drones, and lethal SAM sites directly into the flight simulator. 

The F/A 18E Superbug has also been released, which is a professional-level, feature-rich military aircraft for P3D and FSX users. It is fully combat-compatible and has a true 3-axis fly-by-wire combat control system.

You can purchase TacPack for FSX/FSX:SE, P3D v3 & V4 at USD $34.95, $39.95, and $49.95, respectively, here!

You can purchase the F/A 18E SuperBug here for FSX, P3D v3, and P3D v4 for USD $44.99, $44.99, and $59.99, respectively.

JustFlight Releases Turbo Arrow III/IV for X-Plane

JustFlight's in-house development team have released another aircraft in their Piper Cherokee line, the P28R Turbo Arrow III/IV. The single engine, retractable gear monoplane is an extremely popular aircraft that is operated by most flight schools around the US (if not the world). The complex aircraft features in-depth systems and looks phenomenal within X-Plane! The lengthy product features list is available below. The aircraft can be purchased from the JustFlight store for $41.99, or as a bundle with the Arrow III for $59.99.


MODEL
 

  • Accurately modelled PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III and PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV, built using real-world aircraft plans
  • Numerous animations including multi-animation passenger door that, when open, responds to G-forces and air resistance, baggage door, cockpit window, sun visors and oil cover
  • Ground equipment including chocks and tie-downs
  • 4096 x 4096 textures are used to produce the highest possible texture clarity
  • PBR (Physically Based Rendering) materials with real-time environment reflections for superb quality and realism
  • Detailed normal mapping for down-to-the-rivet precision of aircraft features.
  • Ability to use the in-flight livery switcher to switch between the Turbo Arrow III and IV variants in real-time without needing to use the aircraft menu.


COCKPIT
 

  • A truly 3D virtual cockpit right down to accurately modelled seat belts and screw heads - every instrument is constructed fully in 3D with smooth animations
  • Cockpit textures feature wear and tear based on reference photos taken in the real aircraft to produce an authentic environment
  • Interactive engine start checklist that responds to user inputs and sim variables
  • Interactive checklists for every stage of flight
  • Aircraft configuration system that will allow you to choose between 'cold & dark' or 'ready for take-off' (if aircraft is stationary on the ground)
  • Fully functional and comprehensive IFR-capable avionics fit including:
     - KMA 20 audio selector unit
     - Fully featured X-Plane-native GNS530 (supports procedures out of the box,  and supports Navigraph and Aerosoft custom nav databases)
     - KX 175B COM 2 / NAV 2 radio
     - KN 62 DME unit which can display information from NAV 1 or NAV 2
     - Piper Autocontrol IIIB autopilot unit with navigation, heading and roll hold (hidden autopilot altitude hold system included for convenience)
     - KT 76A transponder unit
     - KR 85 ADF unit
     - Support for RealityXP GTN750 (sold separately, Windows only)
  • Interactive logbook panel for logging your flight details (X-Plane native)
  • Flight computer panel with useful information such as fuel burn, endurance, speed and wind speed/direction
  • Yoke-mounted flight timer/clock
  • Independently operated left and right (standby) altimeter
  • GoodWay compatible
  • Ability to change barometric units from InHG to MB in altimeter adjustment
  • Option to activate flashlight from within pop-up window, to aid in those pitch-black 'cold and dark' starts at night
  • Pop-up autopilot window
  • Option to remove window and instrument reflection effects
  • Animated toe brakes
  • Functional throttle quadrant tensioning system
  • Radio knob animations routed through plug-in logic, for optimum movement fidelity and sound synchronisation


AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
 

  • Custom-coded fuel system, including the option of automatic fuel tank switching for use on those long distance cross-country flights (this option is remembered for future flights)
  • Custom-coded electrical system with functional circuit breakers. Circuit breaker logic is linked to X-Plane's internal failure logic, so if the plane is set to fail a certain electrical component after a certain number of hours, the circuit breaker for that element will pop out.
  • Realistic landing gear system with intricate retraction animation, slow/fast tyre rotation animation (blurry when rotating fast), precise shock absorber animation with multiple linkages animated accurately, and wheel chocks and tie-downs
  • Functioning alternate air and static source controls
  • Fully implemented back-up landing gear system
  • Dedicated interactive engine pop-up window displaying values such as fuel tank weights and imbalance, fuel pressure, oil pressure, oil temperature, battery charge (with quick charge option), and information about spark plug fouling and vapour lock condition
  • Simulated vapour lock condition, with warning pop-up and suggested actions
  • Simulated spark plug fouling condition, with indication of percentage of fouling
  • Lighting system includes separate lighting control for gauges (via rheostat) and realistic implementation of navigation light / radio light rheostat
  • Functional electric trim control on yoke (requires electric trim button to be pushed)
  • Functional ELT which is automatically triggered above 4.6 G
  • Simulated fan and vent system with realistic blower sounds (linked to circuit breaker logic and electrical system for realism)
  • Custom external light logic with custom strobe light pattern and custom light halos for added realism


LIVERIES

The aircraft is supplied in ten paint schemes which can be swapped on the fly using a pop-up window.

The Turbo Arrow III is supplied in the following five paint schemes:
 

  • N48427 (USA)
  • D-ERMT (Germany)
  • G-OBAK (UK)
  • HB-PMB (Switzerland)
  • VH-LLA (Australia)

The Turbo Arrow IV is supplied in the following five paint schemes:
 

  • D-EAIV (Germany)
  • G-BOGM (UK)
  • OE-KFT (Italy)
  • OK-MAN (Czech Republic)
  • N3023K (USA)


OTHER FEATURES
 

  • Realistic and accurate flight dynamics based on real-world performance and handling data, and input from Arrow pilots, including realistic T-tail behavior (visible using the X-Plane physics visualisation system)
  • Flight dynamics switch in real-time as you swap between the Turbo Arrow III and IV variants
  • Authentic sound set, generated using X-Plane's state-of-the-art FMOD sound system
  • Custom sounds for switches, doors, gear warnings and more, featuring accurate location placement of sounds in the stereo spectrum, 3D audio effects, atmospheric effects, adaptive Doppler, exterior sounds spill in when window or door(s) are opened, different sound characteristics depending on viewing angle etc.
  • Comprehensive manual with panel guide and performance data, adapted to X-Plane 11 usage
  • PSD Paint Kit included so you can create your own paint schemes
  • Dedicated pop-up window for sound mixing, allowing for individual adjustment of the volume of exterior sounds, in-cockpit sounds and various effects
  • Option to launch X-Plane's weight and balance manager window from the custom pop-up panel

PMDG Hints at New Products...Holiday Miracle Coming?

Perhaps the most well known developer within the flight simulation community, PMDG, has hinted towards their next product on their forums page, and it appears that a new announcement is imminent. PMDG CEO Robert Randazzo responses to a thread on their forums with the following:

"Gents,

I'd personally LOVE to do one of the 170-190 series and/or the new C-series.

Our schedule is pretty heavy with the 747-8, and even when we get that one released, we will still be pretty MAX'd out...

Hard to keep up with it all..."

Of course, the obvious hint here is that PMDG may be developing a Boeing 737 MAX! The forth generation of the super-popular twin engine narrowbody just entered service with airlines this year, and simulation enthusiasts have been clamoring for a simulated version of the aircraft even before it's real entry into service. As well, PMDG un-pinned most pinned posts on their forums, perhaps clearing up space for a new announcement? PMDG team member Kyle Rodgers responded to the same thread just a few minutes ago, saying "...and we still have more news for later." PMDG has said in multiple forum posts that more information is right around the corner, and now the whole community is holding it's breath waiting to see what PMDG has in store. Only the gents on the team there know now, but hopefully there will be some clarity soon.

SSG Releases E195 Evolution

Following their previews earlier in the week, Supercritical Simulations Group (SSG) has released their second aircraft in their Embraer Evolution series, the E195! The largest variant of the twin engine regional jets, the E195 (as well as the rest of the E-Jet family) is flown by most major carriers across the globe. The new E195 Evolution follows on the company's earlier release of their Embraer 170 Evolution, and in fact the two can now be purchased together for $64.95 (as opposed to $49.95 for just the E195). The new E195 has a lengthy features list (below) including a custom FMS and navigation systems, realistic PFD/MFD/EICAS screens, custom engine sounds, multiple documents including a QRH, and much more. The aircraft can be picked up now from the X-Plane.org store now for $49.95 (or $64.95 for the E195/E170 bundle).

Advanced FMS and Navigation system

  •     Custom-built FMS (done by FJCC)  designed for the SSG Evolution Series
  •     SIDs, STARs, transitions, approaches, flare and rollout modes.
  •     FMS is compatible with Navigraph navigation databases.
  •     Manufacturer's performance data embedded as tables in the fully functional FMS.
  •     Option to use either a 2D pop-up (resizable) MCDU or one within the 3D cockpit.
  •     Radio communication audio consoles optimized for on-line virtual ATC operations.
  •     FMS performance information based on real aircraft data, including V-speeds.
  •     FMS includes capability for autotuning navaid frequencies.
  •     Vertical Situation Display (VSD) on the MFD, Unique in XP.
  •     Terrain display mode on the MFD, which is a part of the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) on the real aircraft.

High-Res 3D modeling complete with detailed animations and textures

  •     Realistic displays (PFD, MFD with system synoptics, and EICAS)
  •     External lights and strobes operating realistically, with dynamic lighting in the scenery.
  •     Display management similar to that in the real aircraft.
  •     Autobrakes with anti-skid system that works in all conditions and includes a realistic rejected takeoff mode.
  •     Realistic wing flex and other animations.
  •     Window rain effects and animated wipers.
  •     Option menu incorporated into the 3D cockpit.
  •     Ground vehicles include a tow truck, GPU and airstairs.
  •     Over 10 detailed liveries come with the package.

Custom systems and Flight Model

  •     Aircraft will meet most of the real aircraft's performance data for consumption, AOA, speeds, flight dynamics, etc. in close consultation with real world E-Jet pilots.
  •     Realistic 3D cockpit with high resolution.
  •     Many systems are implemented with realistic logic, such as electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, engine fire extinguishing, fuel, wing and engine anti-ice (including automatic mode), communications, and TCAS.
  •     Comprehensive autopilot functioning in modes similar to those of the real aircraft
  •     First Officer's MFD display is independent from the Captain's.
  •     EICAS messages based on the real aircraft's with lists and scrolling

DreamEngine Sound System

  •     3D sounds with DreamEngine plugin.

Comes with a comprehensive documentation

  • Airplane Operations Manual (AOM)
  • Quick Start Guide (QSG)
  • Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) to permit easy reference to data for FMS entries and other necessary data

I Have the Little Fokker In Sight! More Carenado F50 Previews

Carenado released more previews of their upcoming Fokker 50 today on their Facebook page. The twin turboprop represents a venture for Carenado into more of the airline world, and it is heavily anticipated. These previews include some renderings of the cockpit as well as some instrumentation (such as the overhead annunciators). While there is still a lot of work left to be done (reference black screens), the aircraft appears to be progressing nicely.

ToLiSs A319 Delayed by a Month, A350 SID/STAR to Come 6 Months Later

Some more information about the upcoming ToLiSs Airbus 319 has been released on the X-Plane.org forums. The aircraft will be compatible with X-Plane 10 AND 11 for all three operating systems (Windows, Mac and Linux), although only 64-bit (so anyone running 32bit X-Plane will not be able to use the ToLiSs A319). Unfortunately, the A319 is being delayed by a month so the developers can iron out a few bugs and improve the documentation. While it is disappointing that we will have to wait to get the aircraft on our desktops, it is good to see developers doing their due diligence and making sure they're relesing top-notch products.

In related but unrelated news, the A350 by FlightFactor now has a timeline for integrated SID/STAR features in the FMGS. It has been confirmed that we can expect to see SID/STAR and more added functionality to the A350 FMGS around six months after the release of the ToLiSs A319, as there is a lot of work that has to go into it.

Michael Wilson DC-8 Update Coming

X-Plane developer Michael Wilson has shared some previews of an upcoming update to his popular Douglas DC-8 aircraft over on the x-plane.org forums. The iconic four-engine jetliner has a bunch of fixes and additions in the works, but this update focuses on;

- Wings, engine, belly and engine pylons updated to PBR material (for X-Plane 11)

- Added a functional CIVA to XP 11 (thanks for Jakob Ketterl)

- Many 3D instruments made for the L-1011 upgrade will be added to the DC-8s (for example, the ball type artificial horizon)

The post included detailed photos of both the CFM and Pratt and Whitney engines that the DC-8 was equipped with, and it's looking great!