Word out earlier today that Frank Dainese & Co are finishing up their latest mountain-masterpiece, and this time we’re going to get Monument Valley, Arizona. If for some reason you are unfamiliar with this part of the southwest United States, well, you probably haven’t watched enough John Wayne movies. Such timeless classics as The Searchers was filmed here, among the many John Ford/John Wayne pairings. If you’ve seen Clint Eastwood’s The Eiger Sanction this area figured in the first half of the movie, but if you’ve ever flown over this area in X-plane you know it is extremely disappointing, to say the least…so having this area ably represented in X-plane will be nothing short of fantastic. Maybe they’ll try the Grand Canyon area next time out? Or Jackson Hole & The Grand Tetons?
A few images from the preview they posted earlier today, you’ll recall the first was used in The Eiger Sanction:
All you need with that last image is the soundtrack from Rio Bravo. Wow. Can’t wait.
Another airport from out west posted today, a freeware version of KBZN Bozeman, Montana, and this one ain’t bad.
This is a big Delta/Sky West airport, but don’t dismiss this one as too small. Look over the list of carriers and destinations here, and note the deep connections available here too, from SeaTac to Long Beach to SLC, DEN, ORD, and MSP. In years past this was a big 733 airport; these days you’ll find an occasional 738 but by and large this is CRJ-200 territory. The airport is a much more popular gateway to Yellowstone National Park, too, and in the winter skiers come to tackle Big Sky’s spectacular slopes. Bozeman has inherited a new name over the last 20 years, too: Bozangeles…because a bunch of movie stars call the area home, and even a retired shuttle commander lives there, too. Nice scenery library airport, and I’d recommend you try this one; get it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44767-kbzn-bozeman-yellowstone-international-2018/
And don’t forget the other Yellowstone gateway airport: Idaho Falls, by Turbulent, and the file was recently picked up by the Org so now you can buy it there.
This is one of the best payware airports in Xp, and a total Must Have file. KBZN only makes it more so.
A new freeware airport and city file for Cartagena, Columbia came out Thursday, and you’ll want to look this one over:
The airport could use a few tweaks but it gets the job done. File here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44783-cartagena-xplane-11/
Another city file is out, part of the Germany VFR series and this time for Nordhausen; this one will be reasonably close to EDDP Leipzig-Halle. The local airport, EDAO, is not modeled and not in the download manager.
Get it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44759-nordhausen-vfr/
Another CDB file for Kiribati, and another slice of Polynesia to fill out the area in Xp. Smudge-pot landing lights? Really? That’s a first, and very cool!
File here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44732-ngtm-tamana-island-kiribati/
Finally got around to upgrading my DD NYC Airports Vol 1 to version 2 (which includes JFK, LGA, and Teterboro, NJ). I’ve only looked at JFK but the taxiway and ground textures are a major improvement and make it worth the minor cost of updating this file. It’s at the Org.
Also took a look at Mike Wilson’s Xp11 version of his 707-320/420 file, and ya know, it ain’t bad. Maybe about where Jack was with his 732v1; the cockpit is looking decent, and the exterior texture set is quite an improvement:
If you want to round out your classic Boeing stable, this file is getting there. You might check it out, and even though it still has a way to go it’s got that old Boeing feel. This one too is at the Org. and it just looks right at home taxiing the ramps at Kennedy. Sounds good, too.
Later, and have a good weekend.