Sometimes it feels like X-plane has become the 737 simulator, at least until the new crop of small Airbuses came out earlier this year, and now news that the “Ultimate” crew is hard at work on the 737 Max family. Yes, it will be interesting to see these brand new, 21st century Boeings in X-plane, but there are equally interesting things going on in France, not to mention Russia and China. Surely it will only be a small problem getting hard intel on new Airbus products, but what of the others, planes still wrapped in shrouds of secrecy? It’s so interesting shifting gears and hopping into the Sukhoi Superjet…yet I can’t wait to see what comes next…but maybe that’s just part of being in a community of like minded crazy people…aka: aviators. You know who you are, too: we’re the ones who stop and look up at the sky when we hear aircraft passing overhead. Hard to think of that of us as a brotherhood, but we are, and we’ve been breaking barriers ever since the Wright Brothers broke through the cycles of History at Kitty Hawk. Because aviators…more than anyone else…know what a small world it is we share.
I sit at my desk working on these “reviews” in awe of the fact that less that a quarter of the readers gathered here are from the United States. Readers from European countries form a larger share every day, but I look at our stats and see readers every day of the week from almost any country you can think of, and many more you can’t. All of us united by a passion for aviation, pure and simple. United by a passion for X-plane, and a thirst for the products that fill our little corner of the universe.
The idea is pretty cool, really, when you stop and think about it.
Some freeware today, and we’ll drop by Chios and Gatwick on the way out the door, so read on, Amigo.
xpfr got our little community hooked on Paris and her airports way back in version 8, and for years their city file was one of the most exciting things in X-plane. But things change, and those files are barely relevant these days, yet few developers have attempted to tackle the city, let alone Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports.
But we have a new contender for the title of Best LFPG. It’s rough in places but overall – for a freeware file – this new CDG by Skydiverbiker is a nice effort, and the results are more than useable. Let’s take a quick look, then give it a try and see what you think.
Again, this file seems to be a WIP so some areas may need work, yet overall it’s more than interesting. Get it here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/47348-lfpg-v20-for-x-plane-11/
City files! You gotta love ’em. They bring visual acuity to the sim, get our eyes out of the cockpit for a moment, help open our eyes to Place as important buildings pass by below. Cathedrals, palaces, museums, all the varied infrastructure of our sprawling lives. It was always too much to expect the base simulator could include these monuments to our time here, and so we’ve had to rely on people in the community to bring these things to us, to bring their worlds to our lives.
Now it’s Stockholm’s turn, and there’s a lot to see in this file. Maybe an ortho would help the next version, but as it is this one has a few treats in store…
KOSU – the OSU standing for Ohio State University – is located in central Ohio, near the city of Columbus, a region of the United States quite handy, for our purposes, as a refueling point. Whether headed from New England to points west, or from the American south to the Upper midwest, this large GA airport will be central to your logistical plans. Read about the history of the facility at the link, which is quite interesting too.
We covered the Greek island of Chios, in the eastern Aegean, a few months ago, but this is a file I keep coming back to. The airport is small but intimately detailed, and the night-scapes here are among the best I’ve ever seen. I look around the terminal at night and the only things missing are bugs flying around the lights, perhaps the odor of spilled jet fuel and people laughing as they wait for their flight…
This is a file to pull you into the sim, one of the best we have. Take a look…
This one’s at the Org Store. Along with Corfu, it’s an excellent way to get pulled into the whole Greek thing, and the file is currently on sale, too!
After spending so much time in the Fly-J-Sim 732 last week it was time to grab the IXEG 733 and try out some new paints, and some newer airports, too.
So…here’s a departure from UK2000’s London Gatwick, perhaps that developers best airport for Xp to date. The panel in this file is The Best in X-plane, period, and though it has an FMC it’s still quite easy to fly this one VOR to VOR, just as if you were in the 732. So, you can have it both ways in this file, and that makes it pretty special in my book. I guess all it needs is working doors and air-stairs to keep things interesting on the ground, but in every other respect this is still the best 737 in X-plane, arguably still the best file, too.
Such a joy to fly. If you haven’t yet tried this one, head on over to X-Aviation and look it over. You won’t be sorry.
We’ll be looking at this one again over the next few weeks too, so stay tuned.
We’ll see you next time. Happy trails –