Featured on this month’s front cover is Captain Sim’s 757 Captain III.
We also review the Just Flight VC10 Jetliner, Carenado’s C90B King Air v2.0, REX’s Sky Force 3D, IPACS’ North Eastern USA, Just Flight’s Stinson L-5 Sentinel and Orbx’ Eagle County Regional Airport.
Other highlights include an interview with Matt Wagner, Senior Producer for Eagle Dynamics about the upcoming DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, we speak to Neil Pugh from Team Fusion on the work that has been done on Cliffs of Dover BLITZ and we evaluate Vertical Reality Simulations’ weapons platform TacPack on the MilViz FG-1D Corsair.
Join us on a flight adventure on an epic journey from Sydney to London in A2A’s L-049 Connie flying the 1947 Kangaroo Service; in our Challenging Airports series, Chris Frishmuth heads to Italy and the scenic Aosta Valley in the heart of the Alps; and Jessica Bannister-Pearce evaluates PilotEdge, a virtual air traffic control network that provides full and professional ATC services for flight simmers – 15 hours a day, seven days a week.
For flight training, Mahmoud Fadli describes how he has used flight simulation for real-world flight training, Richard Benedikz discusses the take-off phase and what to do in case of an engine failure, while Peter Stark explains how to execute a safe ‘FLWOP’ – Forced Landing Without Power.
If that was not enough, on this month’s online section features several videos; DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, Carenado’s C90B King Air v2.0, REX’s Skyforce 3D, Just Flight’s
VC10 Jetliner, Just Flight’s Stinson L-5 Sentinel and PilotEdge; plus, we have nine freeware files: comprising a selection of airports and aircraft.
757 CAPTAIN III – A Classic Reborn
Captain Sim is one of the oldest names in the flight simulation industry, developing classic and modern airliners for Microsoft Flight Simulator since 1999. Its most recent release, the 757 CAPTAIN III, is the first of a new generation in the Captain series based on the Boeing 757-200 equipped with Pratt & Whitney (P&W) PW2037 and PW2040 engines. The package is currently available for Prepar3D version 4, with an FSX release due in the future. Captain Sim also plans to release three expansion packs: the Rolls-Royce variant, the longer -300 and a freighter version.
Feel the force – Sky Force 3D
For a successful flight in any simulator, a pilot needs a few things to create total immersion. They need a good quality aircraft, a top class ‘just like being there’ airport to fly from, great visuals and above all, real-world weather in all its glory. While the vast majority of that list has seen massive improvements in the last 15 years, the weather has lagged behind somewhat. We’ve all seen those weird clouds. The upside down ones, the vertical ones and frame crushingly heavy overcast ones. There’s nothing more immersion-busting than seeing something that’s not quite right or something that slows your flight to a crawl. Weather engines have improved greatly but the clouds within have not, until now. Cloud texture master REX Game Studios is back and it promises to change your sim forever.
Airliner Simulation – The Take-Off
In the previous tutorial we pushed back from the gate, started the engines, added the finishing touches to the Control Display Unit (CDU) and completed the Before Taxi checklist. Air Traffic Control (ATC) has cleared the aircraft to taxi to Runway 27R and we have been assigned the BPK7F departure out of Heathrow.
Challenging Airports – Aosta, Italy (LIMW)
For the first time in our Challenging Airports series we head to Italy and the scenic Aosta Valley in the heart of the Alps. Located in the northwest corner of Italy, Aosta Valley is just 20 miles from Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps at 15,774ft. With Switzerland a mere 10 miles to the north and France just 15 miles to the west, the Aosta Valley region is a mix of cultures and languages. Among the popular tourist activities are skiing, hiking, trekking, relaxing at local wineries and spas. History buffs will revel in the many castles that dot the entire length of the valley. A land for all seasons, the region is a perfect getaway and the flight into Aeroporto della Valle d’Aosta is just one slice of the adventure.
Flight Adventure – Kangaroo Service in a Connie
This issue our flight adventure re-enacts a set of historical and ground-breaking routes while exploring what is was like flying in the original Star of the Skies – the Lockheed Super L-049 Super Constellation – as we fly the 1947 Kangaroo Service between Sydney, Australia and London.