Hate to start off this post with bad news, but Chip suffered a mild stroke a few days ago. They caught it early but he may be out of it for a while; anyway, he’s on the mend and will be resting, so I’ll try to muddle on as best I can until he’s back in the saddle again. Also a further note concerning this site, you’ll see the default 738 wearing a Threshold “N-XSR” paint around the ramps today, and that’s not an accident. Not long ago Threshold contacted us and asked if we would like to migrate to their site, and we’ve thought about what that might mean for the future of x+sim+reviews going forward; we’re still not sure what it means for us a year or so down the road, but for now there won’t be many changes, if any at all – beyond a new “address.” We’ll still focus on new files, both freeware and payware, and still only those released for X-plane 11.00+, and we’ve been promised a hands-off policy so we’ll still write like the idiotic morons we strive to be. (I think you’ll agree we’ve succeeded quite well on that score.) At any rate, writing for this blog, as Chip told me once, has been a window through which we can see each other, to share insights and observations about this thing that unites us – this whole X-plane thing. We hope that’s what dropping by has become for you, and it’s an idea we’d like to see carry-on after we can no longer work on it as much as we’d like…hence…Threshold is an opportunity to make that come true. The thinking is that both Chip and myself will continue writing until such a time as either one or both of us simply can’t any longer, and then we’ll turn our duties over to someone in the Threshold community to carry-on. It’s not immortality we’re seeking, but continuity, as – like any such endeavor – our community needs independent voices to help get the word on new files out there, and you may have used our site over the years to look up information on a file that came out months ago, and we want to see that service continue, as well. To that end, we’ll keep this site up and running after we start the transition, and even long after…just so you can search our past issues for information not yet on the Threshold servers.
So…still no changes yet, we’ll still be right here as we work out the nuts and bolts issues of our migration, but we wanted to share this information with you now, because change is the one constant in our little corner of the universe.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
FranceVFR released their long-awaited LFMT file this morning, but when we tried to purchase through their store the transaction stalled out, twice, so we won’t have anything further to say about that one. We’ve noted a trend among smaller developers to try this “independent store” approach for some time, yet many such efforts end in failure if only because of issues like this. The truth is rather simply put, too. Middlemen like the Org, aeroSoft, and Threshold may charge a small percentage, but they help eliminate this kind of nonsense. Many US banks simply flag European transactions for denial, so adding another service like PayPal might make more sense, but nothing beats having a real, live customer service rep online to handle issues like these.
Anyway, best of luck to FranceVFR on their new release.
JColgate’s new EGLC London City is the best version of this fabled airport I’ve seen to date. There is a payware file under development and hopefully this other team will do their homework, because this new jCola London City is a rip-snorter (translation: it’s really very good).
Lots of scenery library objects in this one, including many of the usual suspects…
– X PLANE 11.20 OR ABOVE
– MisterX Library v1.6 (and the new v1.6 is mandatory – so, see, we told you to update last week!)
– FAIB Aircraft Library
– The Fruitstand library
– RA Library
– PP Library (aka the pavement paintings library)
– CDB Library
…so those of you not doing the scenery library dance, you’ll want to shuffle on down through the next few files. For those of you imbibing, just note this file uses assets from Xp11.20, so if you haven’t upgraded yet – now’s the time. The next set was imaged without AlpilotX’s v4 mesh…so there are lots of roadway and railway errors, and dense urban areas are weirdly full of small houses.
Another thing to consider, post v11.05 objects assets in central London were added, so flying over the area is quite fun if you know what to look out for. Central London looks great! Note the London “I” and Parliament/Big Ben below:
This is a Must Have file, and you’ll find it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/46123-eglc-london-city-airport/
Here’s a fun Lego-brick airport for Christchurch, NZ, and it’s a keeper.
This file, by fsclips, requires Xp11.20, as well as the following scenery libraries:
– MisterX library (version not specified, but do we have to nag you to update again?)
– The Fruit Stand Aircraft (for the static aircraft version)
– Cami De Bellis’ (CDB) Library
– Autogate (for animated jetways)
fsclips has released a bunch of decent files lately, so you might check out his other files – located here. His NZCH file can be found here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/46149-nzch-christchurch-int-airport-new-zealand/
And here’s an amazing gray cockpit/panel file for the default 744, by Dak7.
Have to admit this looks good, despite not being legit to the 744, and in a way it simply makes the default 744 much more unusual, kind of like opening up a new airplane. You’ll find these new colors here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/46111-b747-400-bluegrey-cockpit-repaint/
Easy installation, too. Just follow the simple instructions in the ReadMe file.
Hesitate to show this PAKT Ketchikan International, because it’s been yanked from the servers at the Org. Still, it was decent and perhaps it’ll return.
If you need an airport at this location, there remains relicroy’s file:
…which you’ll find here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/37875-pakt-ketchikan-international-airport/
And finally, a few interesting paints to round out the day, with links below:
And I hear the Fat Lady singing so its time to beat feet. We’ll see you next time, on our way over the Threshold – A