Here's an interesting mini-documentary on how Microsoft developed the Icon A5 aircraft that will be featured in the next version of the simulator - Flight.
Posted by kevindg on Wednesday, February 08 @ 15:49:48 CST (2318 reads)
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New Mission: Jet Across American Expansion Pack Released
Jet Across America - a new Mission Expansion Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator X - has been released. The expansion pack was produced by xWerkz Studio and is being released through Flight 1 Software. A free demo version of the software has also been released. The demo contains the first mission in the series and can be downloaded from the Beta section of the Downloads page. The full series includes 11 flights visiting 14 airports in Flight Simulator X beginning at Bangor International Airport and continuing across the whole of the United States. The mission series culminates with a Pacific Ocean approach into Los Angeles International Airport.
The full version retails for $19.95 and is being sold through Flight1 Software. You can download the full version through the Flight 1 Software instant-install system by clicking here.
This has been out a while, but it's always a good show to re-run. One of our posters (jamarogers) suggested that I relink this. Here's the first episode of the PBS series "Carrier," produced by Mel Gibson. There's quite a lot of good stuff here for mission designers and also for pilots who enjoy the challenge of trying to land on a moving airport. Enjoy!
The remaining nine hour-long episodes can be viewed in the Video section of this website. Click "Videos" in the menu to the left under the "Inside The Site" banner.
National Geographic takes you on-board US Airways Flight 1549 as two pilots struggle with limited options after impacting a flock of geese on takeoff from La Guardia International Airport in New York City.
After watching the movie, you can download the mission and try to land the aircraft yourself. Look for the "Miracle On The Hudson" mission in the Acceleration section of the Downloads page.
A USAir Flight departing La Guardia airport in New York City on Thursday landed in the Hudson River following takeoff after reportedly striking a flock of geese, damaging both engines. All passengers and crew survived the crash and were reported safe despite landing in the freezing water.
You can now fly a recreation of this flight in a new mission released today! Check the FSX Acceleration area of the Downloads area for more details. (This version of the mission requires Acceleration and features music, cut-scenes and lots more detail. An SP1-compatible version is available in the Beta missions area.)
Wilco Publishing has released its long-awaited version of the Bell-Agusta BA609 Tilt Rotor, along with four missions to test your skill in handling a vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft in Microsoft's Flight Simulator X.
The missions included with the add-on aircraft will truly test your skill as a pilot, requiring you to land on every type of surface that FSX has to offer a VTOL aircraft: buildings, raised helipads, moving ships and very tight LZs. And you'll have to do it in all kinds of weather conditions as the missions are offered in day, night and IFR versions. Landing an aircraft that flies like an airplane, but which can transition into a helicopter-like attitude opens up all kinds of new vistas. The experience is quite addicting.
The included missions take you to all parts of the world. In "High Roller Shuttle," you'll deliver a high-stakes gambler to his poker tournament at a casino sitting on the cliffs of Monaco.
In the mission called "Carrier Resupply," you must land the aircraft on a very small moving ship cruising into the Meditteranean Sea off the coast of Gibralter supplying an aircraft carrier steaming to assist victims of a volcano eruption.
In "Rig Evacuation" you'll have to land on a very tight raised helipad to evacuate its crew ahead of a hurricane entering the Gulf of Mexico.
In the mission called "Everest Extraction" you'll travel to Nepal and one of the world's shortest runways to attempt a mountaintop rescue that only an aircraft with the VSTOL capabilities and extended operating ceiling of the Tilt-Rotor could pull off.
Here's some video of this truly revolutionary aircraft in action.
You can get more information about the Wilco Tilt Rotor here.
Posted by kevindg on Wednesday, December 10 @ 04:48:09 CST (9928 reads)
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