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The new March/April issue of PC Pilot has finally touched down, and as always it is loaded with exciting reviews, features and tutorials.

Reviews

X-Plane 11.30 – The biggest update so far…
Since the launch of X-Plane 11, the platform has been improving at a steady pace with new features including native Virtual Reality (VR) support, city landmarks and a G1000 glass cockpit. The latest 11.30 version is arguably the largest point release to date, adding new particle effects, a revised ATC voice system, an enhanced flight model and updated systems to name a few. So, in this article, we will look at how X-Plane has evolved since it was first released in 2016.

Just Flight’s Avro Vulcan B Mk.2 – The iconic V-Bomber
During the 1950-60s the United Kingdom created what was officially known as the ‘V-force’; which was basically a trio of strategic bombing aircraft based on a swept or delta wing design. They were the Vickers Valiant, Handley Page Victor and Avro Vulcan. Unlike the other two, the Vulcan was a tailless design and was also the most technically advanced of the three. We find out how Just Flight has simulated this iconic aircraft.

Orbx’s TrueEarth GB Central – Orbx continues to improve the British landscape
In this review, we take a look at a new product from Orbx that complements the first instalment of its TrueEarth GB series, as we travel further north with TrueEarth GB Central.

Just Flight’s Duchess Model 76 – A light twin with some unique system features
In the heyday of general aviation, all the major manufacturers produced a single engine, four-seat aircraft that could be used for more advanced training and cross-country flights. By the mid-1970s, Beechcraft was looking at developing an aircraft to compete with the emerging Piper PA-44 Seminole and Cessna C310 twin piston-engined aircraft. The resulting Duchess 76 quickly found its market and was commercially produced between 1974 and 1982. Just Flight has recently released the Beech Duchess for FSX/P3D which, as we found, has been packed with new features…

SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 – Raising the bar for X-Plane add-ons
In a virtual aviation world dominated by the big names such as Boeing, Piper, Cessna etc, it is refreshing to see a developer focus on a lesser-known aircraft that is still very much up to the challenge. Here we review the recently released SIAI-Marchetti SF260 for X-Plane 11.

Interviews

The Orbx roadmap: 2019 and beyond…
John Venema, the founder and CEO of Orbx, discusses the company’s roadmap for 2019 and beyond, and gives us his views on the future of flight simulation in general and of course the role Orbx will play in that future.

Fly the Maddog X – An interview with Leonardo SH
We speak to Stefano Porrà from Leonardo SH to find out more about the company and Fly the Maddog X.

Wings Over the Reich
Over the Reich is the spiritual and World War Two successor to Old Brown Dog’s popular World War One simulation ‘Wings Over Flanders Fields’. We invited the developer to take part in an exclusive interview to find out more about the product.

Features

Heatblur Simulations’ DCS: F-14A/B Tomcat
Back in early 2017, Heatblur Simulations announced it would bring the venerable F-14 Tomcat to DCS World. With limited early access launched late last year, Chris Frishmuth provides us with his first impressions.

Virtual Reality – The future of flight simulation, part 1
“I feel this is the biggest advance into the future of hardware that I’ve seen in all my decades of flight simulation.” Chris Frishmuth gives his personal perspective on virtual reality based on two products: the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Odyssey + (Plus).

Infinite Flight – Advancing mobile flight simming…
Jessica Bannister-Pearce describes how Infinite Flight, since its initial launch in 2012, has been further developed and grown remarkably quickly, and now boasts a massive community driving both content and innovation.

Challenging Airports: Gilgit, Pakistan (OPGT)
We travel to Gilgit, deep in the mountainous region of northern Pakistan. Serving the local population of nearly a quarter of a million people, the airport is an important gateway to the area via the capital city of Islamabad.

Seychelles Flight Adventure
We venture just south of the equator to explore both an often-forgotten tropical hideaway and another classic aircraft, the DHC-6 de Havilland Canada Twin Otter.

The Spitfire – A Flight Simmer’s Guide: Part 2
In this the second part of our look at Spitfire simulations currently available on the market, we compare their respective graphical treatments, flying characteristics and how well each of them has replicated its real-world counterpart.

Flight Sim Controls – A guide for GA and airliner pilots
Jessica Bannister-Pearce offers helpful advice for GA and airliner flight simmers looking to upgrade their controllers.

Tutorials

GA Back to Basics: Flight plan Onward Bound
In our previous tutorial, we had just arrived over Oakridge, and through good planning, passed overhead exactly on time. Now we continue our navigation exercise by flying on to Crater Lake and Prospect State airfield…

Installing X-Plane add-ons – A hints and tips guide
With the skyrocketing popularity of X-Plane 11 and with many of us moving from FSX and Prepar3D, this seems like a good time to look at how to install and manage third-party add-ons for this platform.

If that was not enough, this month’s online section features several videos, including JRollon Planes and Simcoders.com’s SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D, Infinite Flight, Just Flight’s Duchess Model 76, Heatblur Simulations’ DCS: F-14 Tomcat, Orbx’s TrueEarth GB Central and Old Brown Dog’s Wings Over The Reich. Finally, we also have nine freeware files comprising a mixture of airports, aircraft and utilities.

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