x+s+r // freeware june 15th 2018

xsr ukbb hdr

Above, coming into Sydney after flying across Oz from the Broom and man-o-man, there’s a whole lot of nuthin’ on that flight. All of Australia needs an ortho to do that flight justice; you overfly the Ayers Rock area and the ortho kicks in and things get interesting – for about two minutes – then its back to mile after mile of auto-gen blah. So…the point here? Orbx’s YBRM is kind of neat, but it’s an airport file in search of a greater context. A few more Orbx quality airports in the region would make this one worthwhile; as it is, there are a few options but doing them over and over is about all you’ll get with this purchase. Flying from the Broom to Ayers Rock and back is a little more interesting, maybe three times.

If you followed the Sim Conference on Threshold you got to follow the live tweets coming from the main presentations on Friday. Not a whole lot to report, really, other than some incremental changes in default auto-gen and Vulkan-generated particles. PMDG had nothing new for the X-plane market and I don’t know…maybe its time we just gave up on them and moved on. They obviously have other priorities…and we have IXEG…so really, who cares? Yes, we really need a good 787 and yes, we really need a Canadair C300, but waiting for PMDG to make them for Xp is a waste of time. What PMDG DID announce, a subscription-based global/real time airline operations scheme, will appeal to hard-core airline enthusiasts – or ATP-rated pilots training in-sim – looking to give their time in FsX/P3D a deeper layer of operational realism. Casual simmers will have little interest in this type of scheme, I’d assume, as the parameters of this type of experience are way beyond the typical users needs.

A few interesting freeware files out, so let’s take a look.

First up, UKBB Boryspil International Airport, located about 20 miles east of Kiev, Ukraine. The developer is gaining experience with new assets in WED and it shows; the terminal buildings look quite good, and simulate a static environment to good effect. The file is also TerraMAXX compatible, a good point in its favor.

UKBB

A touching dedication, so read the accompanying text at the Org. We’d say this is a Must Have file in its current state, and it’s being revised so we’ll keep you advised as the file develops. You can find it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/45201-ukbb-boryspil-international-airport/

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revised: paulmort’s LFMQ – Le Castellet International Airport

LFMQ

French Riviera biz-jet airport revised today. Nice airport, worth having around. Get it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44989-lfmq-le-castellet-international-airport-france/

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revised: MWCR + Grand Cayman 

MWCR.png

Another freeware Caribbean airport worth keeping on hand, in an almost constant state of revision now and improving fast. Get it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/44639-mwcr-grand-cayman-airport/

We’ll see you next time. Thanks for dropping by – A

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