Have You Discovered SimControl Yet?

[Utilities] SimControl enhances your flight simulator experience unlike any other app on the market. With the touch of a finger you can instantly re-position aircraft, change wind and weather, fail engine components, instruments, and much more without ever needing to get out of the captain’s chair or interrupt the simulation. This helps make the experience fun again by alleviating many of the common complaints, distractions, and tasks that require navigating through multiple computer screens. SimControl allows users to make these changes without suspending the active flight. The app works with FSX and P3D with X-Plane version 11 compatibility is under development.

SimControl also makes training scenarios easier than ever to achieve. With the use of instant aircraft repositioning you could, for instance, set yourself up for an approach 5, 10 or 15 nautical miles from the runway as many times as you need to retry it or practice engine out procedures with the press of a button.  The app controls your flight simulator from the iPad with use of a free downloadable server for your simulator computer. This allows the two devices to communicate wirelessly and allows you to monitor the connection as well.

Key Features Include:

  • Instant repositioning of aircraft with searchable airport database
  • Change aircraft and paint schemes instantly
  • Set custom weather settings with multiple layers
  • Option to use current real METAR weather settings for your local area
  • Real IFR chart (NOS) overlay on map screen with flight path tracing
  • Quick and easy connection to the simulator over WiFi
  • Fuel top off and battery recharge at the click of a button
  • Dedicated failures page for instruments, systems, and engine malfunction
  • Currently supports FSX, Prepar3D 2.x, 3.x, 4.x & X-Plane 10 (X-Plane 11 coming soon)

SimControl is available on the Apple App Store for $19.99 for iPad.

Forgot MilViz Is Developing The Piaggio Avanti?

FSX/P3D. And I would like to wager a guess that given the time the Avanti started development, all it is really waiting for is the PL21 to complete coding bit my instinct tells me it's a lot more left to do than that. We haven't seen the exterior yet but this is the most detailed interior shot we have seen thus far. But the biggest question besides when will the 350i get here is where the heck is my MooooTooo???? No updates on the Mitsubishi MU2 in a very long time and given the fact that it started development a couple years before the Avanti was announced I think it's time for an update. This may come off as shocking but it's actually the MU2 that's highest on my MV list. In the mean time, should I fire up that Wilco Avanti and see holds up? Maybe not...

FSX3D: Next Up? Gap-Tallard Aérodrome!

FSX/P3D. Only one day off from work this week and I spent the entire morning troubleshooting a number of issues that turned out to all be related to the Windows 10 update. As a result I had to put off 2 livestreams I had planned today which will be rescheduled. But like most of us, I simply cant sleep without a good flight and now that everything is back up to par, I decided to explore the Orbx Saanen freeware and did a couple of sorties to Innsbruck. But once back at Saanen, I was reminded how similar the airport is to FSX3D's Barcelonnette - Saint-Pons as it relates to high altitude airports that are fairly difficult to get to with terrain on all sides.

And in thinking of FSX3D, I wondered what else they might be cooking up for us and behold they are indeed developing another scenic destination in the same Alps region in France only 30 miles away. It's Gap-Tallard Aérodrome and thus far the work looks exciting. And if you missed it, be sure to check out the FSX3D livestream I did a few months back [HERE] more shots via the source link!   

Prepar3D v4.0 Hotfix 1 Released!

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P3D. Gotta hand it to The Prepar3D team, they are continuously keeping P3D patched, updated, and moving forwards. Latest up is the first Hotfix update to Prepar3D v4.0 which can be downloaded immediately from the Purchased Downloads section of the website. As always, the patch addresses many reports and requests from forum users. For the full list of fixes and how to update, check out the source link below!

Planning To Update To W10 Creators Edition? CAUTION! BEWARE! WARNING! Stuff Like That...

[Community Bulletin] You know that feeling like your computer has just been hit with a virus or a crapload of malware? Well that's exactly what upgrading to the new Windows 10 Creators Edition feels like. For months I was getting the damn popups to upgrade so last weekend I went: "fuck it" let's do it. And the entire past week my $6,500 flight simulation rig felt like a $300 eMachine. I have been scratching my head all week. My 250mbps download was sloooooooo as hell and every time I launched a browser I had to wait 30 seconds for the page to load. Every site I visited took as long if not longer as if I were on NetZero dial up or some crap. Earthlink flashback! Despite running tests that my speeds were normal my system was crawling. On top of this, FS addons were getting broken namely my FSFX updates that couldn't download.

Now if you are using the update and have no isssues then goooooooooood for you. For the rest of you, i'd err on a serious side of caution before upgrading. I haven't even begun to list the full barrage of issues I experienced. So why am I taking in the past tense? Because you can rooooooooolllll this crap back!! Here's how: Go to Start>Click the settings icon above the power button>Update & Security>Recovery>Then click Go back to an earlier build and begin the process. Nothing will be lost. This resolved all my issues. Additionally, I encourage you not to take my word for this. A simple google search will confirm all I have said and much more. You have been warned! Click source link for a list of hell this update brings. 

Upcoming Livestreams!

[Livestreams] I am working on the FlightSimCon interview videos as we speak. FYI upcoming streams are still in P3Dv3. v4 streams will come soon as I add that extra 1TB SSD EVO which is still a month away. My P3D beta was on a 7200RPM which is fine short term but not long term. Everyone should be using SSD's now.

  • WAMA: TBD will be displayed in P3Dv4 (Many recently released aircraft will be previewed in this stream)
  • Drzewiecki Design Moscow/Washington D.C. TBD
  • MilViz Beaver: Awaiting addon kit release.
  • Battle of the El Prat's: JustSim/LatinVFR/Simwings [Pending SimWings Release]
  • Bird dog vs Bird dog: Sibwings vs Blackbox Cessna's: Monday Time TBD
  • Flightbeam Studios MSP: Windows Issues Resolved. Rescheduling. 

Orbx Announces L05: SCA Is Still Alive!

FSX/P3D. From Sequim near the heart of the Olympics to Kern Valley in California's heartland, Orbx developer Jordan Gough has returned with a new work of art once again living up to the "Gough" namesake. This marks yet another destination for Orbx in the Southern California region that very accurately reflects the look and feel of the region. Lest we forget, Misha is still working on Santa Barbara which will no doubt be the icing on the cake. This scenery should pair perfectly with Catalina and Misha's own Agua Dulce. More screens via the source link. Thanks to Racoon for the tipoff! 

More news on the way later today including MSP livestream, and the next FSC interview. Stay tuned! 

OctopusG Closing In On The AN-2...

FSX/P3D. If you never heard of this dev team, I can tell you there is some really top quality talent here. If you recall the Wilga released through Aerosoft a few years back then you know who this developer is. Lately they have been developing the AN-2 and I-16 both of which look incredible and I have been quietly following progress on both for quite some time now but I really have to ask, is there really room for another AN-2? I mean SibWings really nailed hard and even though it has been out a few years, it holds up so well it could have been released yesterday. I already know the OG version will be amazing but I don't see many jumping ship on release... I do wonder what the core differences between the two aircraft will be. Time will tell soon enough as they are getting close to release. 

Aeroplane Heaven Releases More Beav Pics...

FSX/P3D. ...I mean Otter but loved the headline nonetheless..The world waits for the better part of a decade for a new DHC-2 and suddenly deHavilland's start to arrive from every direction. With MilViz having released their DHC-2 version with addons to follow, Aeroplane Heaven has also made their announcement of the Otter family. On the other hand MilViz should be giving us a sneak of their own DHC-3 soon! Let's see who delivers them best. Here's the latest renders from the AP side of the fence. 

Glowingheat Lockheed A-12 Cygnus Released:

FSX/P3D. For some reason, the military and reconnaissance aircraft from Glowingheat have flown under my radar for nearly 5 years. What caught my attention today was the release of their A-12 that seems to have a list of some pretty impressive features. But for a price tag of $30 bucks, it had better be really damn impressive. Any of you have experience with Glowingheat? More info via the source link.

MV Beaver Accessories Incoming!

FSX/P3D. Now that the MilViz beaver is here, it's time to accessorize. After all, the DHC-2 is a venerable aircraft capable of fulfilling many roles. In the upcoming payware addon kit, the barn stol, straight floats, and crop duster variants will be added. If you would like to try your hand at getting the addon kit for free, you can enter the MV Beaver Screenshot contest. Tag it #floatsandstol & send MilViz the link. If the boss picks yours, you win the new addon. Send your entries to info@milviz.com and good luck! Contest ends midnight 01/07 EDT. For the rest of us, we look very much forward to the upcoming addon kit! 

Those Airport Dudes Making Progress...

FSX/P3D. A solid 6 months since I reported on the Airport guys. Last I checked in on the team they were working on Virginia's Tazewell County Airport. There have been a few updates since then as well as some collaboration with Hangarcerouno. That name sound familiar? That's because Hangarcerouno is the team behind that G-159 I have been covering for years now. At the moment it appears the team is busy developing static models for object libraries some of which TAG will use in upcoming sceneries. Or at least that's how it seems. Check out Hangarcerouno's developments [HERE] for more on The Airport Guys check out the source link below.

Turbulent Designs Idaho Falls: Now THAT'S Quality!

FSX/P3D. This team is seriously no joke when it comes to detail. Just look at every project that they have released to date especially when you go back and look at all the works they delivered under the Orbx brand. Now I have heard nothing but the best things from the FS community regarding the MBS release earlier this month (I simply love it) and in looking at the latest shots of KIDA, from the ground textures, to modeling, to a parking lot worth dying for, Turbulent has rocketed to the top. Now I am only sharing one screenshot here on ADX because I want you to head over to Turbulent, check out the site, and consider signing up to their forums while you are there. And who know, maybe you will be compelled to to pick up a copy of Angwin or Big Bear. More via the source link. Enjoy! Thanks to Racoon for the tipoff!