The freeware files in Issue 111 are now available for everyone to download. For the remaining files that accompany the magazine, click on the following link here.
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Featured Download: Aero Commander AC680S
The Aero Commander is a light-twin piston-engined turboprop aircraft, originally built by the Aero Design and Engineering Company in the late 1940s. It was later renamed the Aero Commander company in 1950, which eventually became a division of Rockwell International in 1965. One of the earlier models used by the United States Air Force became a presidential transport aircraft for Dwight D Eisenhower between 1956 and 1960. This was the smallest ‘Air Force One’ and the first to wear the now-familiar blue-and-white livery.
This model of the Aero Commander AC680S was created by Milton Shupe and his team and consisted of Scott Thomas, André Folkers, Bill Womack and Sounds by Gary Jones. The package includes three models, with two custom panels featuring gauges typical of the era. It also has custom sounds, a custom flight model and four liveries.
As my screenshots show, it’s once again a superb model from the team, portraying the Commander beautifully. The interior has been recreated in great detail, from the polished black leather trim to the plaid cloth seats. The instrument panel is nicely designed and those period gauges are not so different from those we use today.
Externally the aircraft have all the nuances we’ve come to expect from the team, animated control surfaces and landing gear, with colourful liveries that include the first ‘Air Force One’. My own favourite is the metallic grey and red Pegasus scheme from the Magnolia Pipeline Company. The Commander presents no problems in flight; it’s a well balanced aircraft that has a fair turn of speed for its age. All in all, another fine model to add to your hangar.
Authors: Milton Shupe, Scott Thomas, André Folkers, Bill Womack and Sounds by Gary Jones.
Click here to download the Aero Commander AC680S
Rheine Eschendorf Airport
Jens Hicken has created a very detailed rendition of Rheine Eschendorf Airport (EDXE). It includes all the features that help to bring a small strip to life, with lots of animated people, accurate buildings and a cafe where you can enjoy a coffee before your flight.
Author: Jens Hicken
Platform: FSX/FSX: Steam Edition
Click here to download Rheine Eschendorf
Boeing 787-9 AGS V5L WestJet
Here, we present here another fine jet aircraft from Camil Valiquette. This 787-9 is adorned in the WestJet livery. As usual it comes with Camil’s own unique static displays and Animated Ground Servicing (AGS)
Author: Camil Valiquette
Click here to download the WestJet 787-9
The latest in the Alf’s UK airfields series portrays EGKA Shoreham (Brighton City Airport). As usual, it includes lots of static aircraft and plenty of fine detail around the buildings. Designed by Alf Denham.
Author: Alf Denham
Platform: FSX Acceleration with SP2
Click here to download EGKA Shoreham
CYYJ Victoria International Airport
This is version 7 of Don Grovestines Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) International Airport (CYYJ). It also depicts the aviation museum, Pat Bay floatplane base (CAP5) and Coast Guard station, adding the recent major construction and apron expansion.
Author: Don Grovestine
Platform: FS9, FSX and Prepar3D
Click here to download CYYJ Victoria
Cessna 182 Skylane
AF Scrub turns his attention to an American classic four-seat, single-engined light aircraft that was introduced in 1956 as a tricycle gear variant of the 180. A nicely designed and accurate model from a very prolific author.
Author: AF Scrub
Click here to download Cessna 182 Skylane
This is an update to Little Navmap, the free open source flight planner, navigation tool, moving map, airport search and airport information system for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D that we featured earlier this year. By Alexander Barthel.
Author: Alexander Barthel
Platform: FSX and Prepar3D
Click here to download Little Navmap
Schweizer SGS 1-26E glider
This is an example of the Schweizer SGS 1-26E glider which was produced as an all-metal monocoque sailplane. It was the last model of the SGS1-26 produced by Schweizer.
Author: Ray Girdler
Platform: FSX SP2 and Prepar3D v2
Click here to download the Schweizer glider