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Feb162012

FSBreak 106: PMDG Announces Douglas DC-6B, Microsoft Flight Release Date, and Much More

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PMDG Announces a special Douglas DC-6B Cloudmaster




At the heart of the PMDG Classics line, you'll find an incredibly immersive flying experience that completely different than anything you might be used to from the jets! Low climbout angles, slow acceleration, carefully planned descents with plenty of drag so you can keep the power up in order to maintain engine temperatures and avoid torque loading the engines! (Don't worry- we'll teach you what all of that means!)


With the external model, you can see we have included plenty of detail including maintenance stands. (If you operate an old radial piston pusher, you need lots of maintenance stands!)


We're going to give you an extremely realistic, feature rich flight deck, too. Detailed to the same degree as the much loved NGX- the PMDG DC-6B is without a doubt a busy place. But we'll get you started and in no time you'll feel just as home here behind all of these levers and switches as you do in the NGX!


For those that enjoy the process of learning a new airplane as much as they enjoy flying the airplane- the PMDG DC-6B will certainly not disappoint! Everything you see here works... From the adjustment levers to the radios to the trim indications... It all works. You'll be doing a bit of learning when it comes to leaning the engines, setting RPMs properly, and of course making sure that you manage fuel correctly to keep the airplane operating as expected!


Also, an interesting nod to A2A in this product description as well.


As usual, we aren't going to talk about release dates because we just don't do that here... But as you can see she has been a project of enthusiasm for members of the team transitioning off the NGX and onto the 777!


Link to forum post! Also here is an interesting post regarding X-Plane 10 and Prepar3d plans for PMDG.

GSX - Ground Services for FSX


GSX, Ground Services for FSX it's a revolutionary new product that simulates several operations on ground, like Marshalling, Catering, Boarding/Deboarding of passengers and Baggages, Stairs, Refueling vehicles, Pushback with realistic behavior, Folllow Me cars, Docking System and more, all featuring many native FSX animations and belivable human characters.


GSX works FOR FREE AT ALL FSDT AIRPORTS, because it greatly enhances the previous ParkMe™ feature, and it integrates perfectly with our airports.


Purchasing GSX, will enable to use it at ALL FSX Airports, both default and 3rd party, even those not released yet.


GSX offers vehicles in many different types and sizes, depending on the airplane used and the geographical location, and every vehicle is available in many different liveries, chosen automatically by your location in the FSX World.


Features:


  • Works with every FSX airport, both default and 3rd party

  • Supports all default FSX airplanes and many popular 3rd party airplanes.

  • Designed for FSX, 100% Pure FSX code

  • Different vehicle models, selected depending on the airplane/airport in use

  • Many sound effects, supports 3D Surround Sound with OpenAL

  • Realistic Human animations using FSX bones/skin meshes

  • Full use of FSX advanced materials

  • Easy to use user interface, fully integrated in FSX using standard ATC-like menus

  • Easy user-customization of vehicles, using the provided Paint Kit

  • NEW Live Update feature, keep GSX always updated automatically, with new supported airplanes and airports!


Direct Airplane Interface™ allows interaction with complex 3rd party airplanes featuring custom door controls, ground equipment like Gpu, Wheel chocks, many popular airplane addons like the PMDG 737NGX, 747 and MD11, Aerosoft and Wilco Airbus, the CS767, QW757, FS Labs Concorde and many others that will be added through Live Updates, are recognized and supported natively!

  • Support for full Airport Customization, already enabled with all FSDT sceneries and some 3rd party, allowing better integration with any airport, also to be distributed and installed automatically by the LIve Update feature.


Link here.

MS Flight to be Released Feb 29th, 2012


Along with the first Adventure pack, and supplemental aircraft. More details here!


FlightGear v2.6 RC


Check it out here, next show we should be having some folks from FlightGear on, be sure to let us know any questions you have!

Aerofly FS?


We talk more about Aerofly FS, have you tried it, what do you think?


Recommendations


Eric: Free 5GB Dropbox, and iPhone 4/4S "life proof" case.

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iOS Flight Sim Apps



I'm not sure if you've seen or heard about an app called Air Track for the I-pad, I-phone and I-pod Touch. It is a full featured PFD, MFD, FMC (and a whole lot more) for Flightsim. It was designed for X-plane but also works with FSX and FS9.


I used it for a few flights this past weekend (on FSX) and I was very pleased with the functionality and the ability to display the PFD and MFD on my i-pod touch which was something I was trying to do with Air Display...(which doesn't work as well, couldn't be used in full screen mode and also not very stable.)


Air Track has a built in FMC with the ability to download the latest nav data from Navigraph as well as tons of other cool features.


It's a little pricey at $25 but well worth it if you are looking to add another layer of realism to flightsim. You can find it here --->http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airtrack/id380647441?mt=8

Another nice find was "Saitek Panels Advanced Driver" (SPAD) which replaces the original drivers for the Saitek panels and allows them to be reconfigured, adds functionality and fixes some of the original driver's bugs (touchy tuning knobs ect).


This could even make the panels work in x-plane but I'm not sure, I'll do some testing in Xplane9. You can find SPAD here ---> http://fstools.weebly.com/

Kevin


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