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PC Pilot Issue 121 Preview

 

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

Reviews

Flysimware’s Falcon 50 – The ultimate high-performance trijet
In flight simulation, high-quality business jets are few and far between. This is particularly true of the Falcon 50. An authentic model of this aircraft has been on my wishlist for a long time, so when Flysimware released a version for FSX and Prepar3D, I couldn’t wait to try it out. The company has been developing high-quality aircraft and helicopters since 2008 with realistic custom-coded systems and flight dynamics which are authenticated by real-world pilots, so I couldn’t wait to see how it measures up.

Leonardo SH’s Fly the Maddog X – A true study sim
The MD-80 is a textbook melding of form and function. Though it is slowly disappearing from the skies around the world, the ‘Maddog’ will live on in our sims, fostered by long-time MD-80 enthusiasts who have assembled under the Leonardo Software House banner. With more than a dozen years of developing the Maddog for FS9 and FSX, Leonardo’s enthusiasm and experience shine through in its recently released MD-82/83/88 for FSX and Prepar3D.

Orbx’s TrueEarth GB North for X-Plane – Orbx completes the British landscape
Finally, Orbx has completed its transformation of the British landscape with the concluding part of the TrueEarth GB series TrueEarth North where we can now travel from the borders of Scotland up to the furthest northern tip of the British Isles.

Aerosoft’s Airport Bergamo XP – Milan’s third airport
This latest product from Aerosoft depicts an Italian airport known as Milan/Bergamo Airport, the third busiest airport in Italy. Due to its relatively close proximity to Milan, it is a busy hub for many of the low-cost carriers and a popular holiday destination.

Leatherneck Simulations’ DCS: Christen Eagle II – An aerobatic delight
Originally designed in the 1970s, the Christen Eagle revolutionised the home-build market. Now available to sim pilots, we take a closer look at the DCS: Christen Eagle II, by Leatherneck Simulations.

Just Flight’s PA28-181 Archer III hits its target
Just Flight in partnership with Thranda Design has produced another superb rendition of the Piper PA-28 that looks and behaves exactly like its real-world counterparts.

Vertx Simulation’s Diamond DA62 – Return of a popular developer
Sean Moloney from RealAir Simulations takes up the development reins again with a new DA62 model. We take a closer look at a this highly anticipated aircraft.

Interviews

REMEX Software’s Deadstick
With Deadstick Bush Flight Simulator nearing early access release, we sat down with Chris Cheetham, the Managing Director of REMEX Software, to get an update on the progress of this new simulation.

1C Maddox’s IL-2 Sturmovik
1C Maddox’s work on IL-2 Sturmovik continues unabated, particularly in the past few months. Jason Williams – Executive Producer at 1C Game Studios, kindly agreed to take part in a Q&A to introduce IL-2 Sturmovik to newcomers, as well as update those who have lost touch with the franchise.

FlightSimExpo 2019
FlightSimExpo is one of the most anticipated events in the flight simulation community. We spoke to event organisers, Evan Reiter and Phil Coyle, to get their thoughts on the upcoming event.

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SkunkCrafts’ P-51D Mustang
In this interview, we talk to SkunkCrafts to find out about the work that was involved in creating their superb P-51D Mustang – designed for X-Plane 11.

Features

Virtual Reality Part 2 – VR-ready flight simulators
In this follow-up feature to his previous article in issue 120, Chris Frishmuth talks about some of his VR experiences with simulators that already support the technology.

Challenging Airports: Manizales, Colombia (SKMZ)
Chris Frishmuth travels to the city of Manizales, deep in the western foothills of the Central Andes. Air travel to Manizales ticks off many of the boxes that should give visiting pilots pause for thought…

Boeing 727 Flight Adventure
In this flight adventure, Peter Stark takes us on three historic routes using what is arguably one of the most iconic jetliners ever built, the Boeing 727.

The Brunner Yoke – The CLS-E NG force feedback yoke
Is there a way to replicate the feel of flying the real thing from the comfort of your desk? Swiss-based Brunner Elektronik AG thinks you can, but as always the proof is in the pudding. Jessica Bannister-Pearce takes a look at the Brunner CLS-E NG force feedback yoke.

Tutorials

GA Back to Basics: Fuel planning for longer routes
In this lesson, Peter Stark explores fuel factors that will enable us to accurately plan and fly longer routes.

X-Plane – Configuring Controls
The introduction of the new User Interface in X-Plane version 11 has gone a long way in making the setting up of joystick controllers a much more intuitive and user-friendly experience. In this tutorial, we take a look at some of the standout features that make this process easier.

If that was not enough, this month’s online section features several videos, including Flysimware’s Falcon 50, Aerosoft’s Airport Bergamo XP, a cockpit preparation tutorial for Fly The Maddog X, Just Flight’s PA28-181 Archer III, Leatherneck Simulations’ DCS: Christen Eagle II and SkunkCrafts’ P-51D Mustang for X-Plane 11. Finally, we also have nine freeware files comprising a mixture of airports, aircraft and utilities.

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