The new July/August issue of PC Pilot has finally touched down, and as always it is loaded with exciting reviews, features and tutorials!
Featured on this month’s front cover is Eagle Dynamics’ DCS: F/A-18C Hornet. We also review Eagle Dynamics’ DCS World 2.5, Flight1’s B200 King Air v2, Orbx’s Netherlands TrueEarth HD, MilViz’s Cessna 310R Redux, FlyTampa’s Corfu for X-Plane and Just Flight’s C152.
Other highlights include an interview Scott Gentile from A2A Simulations on the upcoming V-Tail Bonanza. Richard Benedikz travelled to Spain to discover how flight simulators are being used to improve safety in firefighting and Jessica Bannister-Pearce attended the 16th annual German Flight Sim Conference hosted by Aerosoft at the world’s biggest general aviation show, Aero Friedrichtshafen.
Join Peter Stark on an epic journey as a NZ Charter Pilot in the MilViz 310R Redux; in our Challenging Airports series, Chris Frishmuth heads to Lord Howe Island (YLHI), Australia; and with this year marking the centenary of the end of World War One in 1918, it seemed fitting to take a look at what is probably the most detailed and comprehensive simulation of the 1914-1918 air war produced to date: Wings over Flanders Fields.
Our virtual airlines section features one of the oldest VAs in the UK, TUI Virtual; our airliner tutorial covers the climb-out and cruise segments; and in his Back to Basics series, Peter Stark combines all the skills we have acquired to help us get through a checkride.
If that was not enough, this month’s online section features several videos; DCS: F/A-18C Hornet tutorials by Matt Wagner from Eagle Dynamics; Milviz’s C310R Redux; Orbx’s Netherlands TrueEarth HD; Just Flight’s C152; and FlyTampa’s Corfu. Finally, we also have eight freeware files comprising a selection of airports and aircraft.
To give you a flavour of what we have to offer in the latest issue, we have included the following extracts.
DCS: F/A-18C Hornet – The new flagship module for DCS World
In January 17, 1991 four US Navy F/A-18Cs launched from the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga on a mission to bomb an airfield in Iraq. Slung under the wings of each jet were four 2,000lb Mk-84 bombs, two AIM-9L Sidewinders and two AIM-7 Sparrows. En route to the target, a Navy controller passed along that two Iraqi MiG-21s were headed towards them. At three miles, with a positive visual ID, pilots Mongo Mongillo and Mark Fox shot down both MiG-21s with their air-to-air missiles.
After the brief engagement, the Hornet pilot pressed on towards the target, an enemy airfield in southwestern Iraq and performed an accurate strike before making the long two-and-a-half hour flight back to the Saratoga. On that mission, the F/A-18C Hornet fulfilled the ‘F’ (Fighter) and ‘A’ (Attack) designations simultaneously. Now, Eagle Dynamics, in collaboration with Belsimtek, has brought the iconic Hornet to the skies of DCS World.
Orbx Netherlands TrueEarth HD
We rarely get to see anything truly ground-breaking in the world of flight simulation. Yet I don’t imagine many people would disagree that Orbx is one of the companies leading the field in terms of scenery design. The realism and detail it manages to achieve, particularly in smaller airfields, is rarely matched. So, when it announced the first of a totally new range of scenery, that it described as “a game-changing product,” I just had to check it out.
Flight1’s B200 King Air v2
Thirteen years ago, I learned of a King Air B200 simulation product in development for Flight Simulator 2004 and I reached out to the developers. To my great amazement, one of them lived only a mile or so away from me and we quickly became good friends. At the time, the Aeroworx King Air B200 was arguably one of the most advanced and authentic aircraft developed for Flight Simulator.
As is often the case in software development, teams dissolved, products were acquired and when it all shook out, the accomplished development house at Flight1 had acquired the rights to further develop the Aeroworx B200. Over the next decade, we saw continuous improvements to the already fantastic model with versions released for FSX and early versions of Prepar3D (P3D). Earlier this year, Flight1 released a new all-in-one B200 package that includes updated versions for FSX, FSX: Steam Edition, P3D v3, and P3D v4.
Challenging Airports – Lord Howe Island (YLHI), Australia
In this instalment of our Challenging Airports series, we cover our first Australian airport after skirting the continent on previous trips to New Zealand and Antarctica. In keeping with the recurring theme of exotic locations that one might find on a ‘bucket list’, we will visit the tiny airport on Lord Howe Island, a sub-tropical paradise known for its stunning geology, fauna, birds and marine life.