Aerofly FS 2 – WOW!

I’ve been tired of FSX for years. Lockheed Martin have done an admirable job converting the aging platform to DX11, removed bugs and improved VAS management, but still, things look pretty outdated. The scenery/terrain engine is in need of a major overhaul, and I’m tired of flying jets at 20-40 fps.

After a very disappointing X-Plane 11 beta demo (It had severe stutters on my system and fps were in the 5-20 range) I decided to check out the new Aerofly FS version. It is still a work in progress, but what software isn’t these days. It took forever to download from Steam, but when you launch it and see the scenery you’ll understand why.

It took me just a couple of minutes to get it running and what a beautiful and fluid experience it was. After doing a couple of flights this sim has won my heart and I’m going to go all in and help these folks weed out the bugs and help improve the platform any way I can.

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Comparison of Airport Texture Enhancement Addons

Here’s screenshots showing how Zinertek HD Airport Graphics compares to the new REX Worldwide Airports HD. My setup has Zinertek installed in FSX, REX in Prepar3D V3 and Prepar3D v1 is used to show the default textures.

KANB [Default -> Zinertek -> REX]

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HLLT [Default -> Zinertek -> REX]

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VNKT [Default -> Zinertek -> REX]

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OMAA [Default -> Zinertek -> REX]

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MGGT [Default -> Zinertek -> REX]

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EKAH [Default -> Zinertek -> REX]

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LYPG [Default -> Zinertek -> REX]

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FSX10: Things-To-Come

Things-To-Come were founded by  Frank Maetzler and Jurgen Altzieble in 2003 and grew into a notable addon developer for FS2004. But their masterpiece was made for FSX (Acceleration), namely the default airport of Edwards Air Force Base (KEDW). They even had the opportunity to visit the real KEDW during the development phase (lucky bastards!). Their website is still up, but unfortunately the download links seems to be broken. Some really cool freeware to be found there: http://www.things-to-come.com/downloads/

Things-to-come also made one of the coolest FSX films to date, using their scenery as backdrop:

FSX10: Stan LePard

In wake of the 10 year anniversary of FSX I’ll be doing some tributes to those who were involved in the making of the greatest flight simulator in history.

First out is Stan LePard who did the soundtrack for FSX. Love or hate the music, but in my mind the new user interface and the background music was one of the things that really augmented the leap forward that FSX represented.

You can check out some old FSX tunes or listen to a ton of other stuff from Stan LePard here: https://soundcloud.com/stanlepard. LePard also made the music for MIcrosoft’s Combat Simulator III.

You can learn more about LePard here: http://stanlepardmusic.com/?page_id=8