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

FSX Celebrating 10 Years!

The best and worst flight simulator in history is 10 years old. Official US release was October 10th 2006.

I can still remember how blown away I was when I had my first flight over Friday Harbour, and all the frustration I had in the following years trying to make it look even better. Despite all the technical problems FSX was a commercial success and laid the foundation for Flight, FSX-SE and Prepar3D which is my current simulator of choice.

What better way to walk down memory lane than look at this video (first video I saw of FSX) and listen to Hal Bryan (Former FS Community Evangelist, and part of the FS team since the late 1990s) on the FSElite podcast:

Downtime & PC Upgrade

My computer has turned 5 years old and with Prepar3D getting hotter with each new update I’m getting restless. My Intel i7 2700K, Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z & Asus NVidia GTX 580 have served me very well. It is time to build a new PC, but two things made me wait.

NVidia is probably releasing their new GPUs “Pascal” in Q2 of this year, so wasting money on a GTX 980 seems like, well, a waste… Also, Intel is probably arriving with their 10nm Canonlake CPUs sometime in the first half of 2017, so to me it makes sense to wait with a new build until fall of 2017.

When I build computers I buy top of the line stuff (albeit, not the extreme variants). That has served me well in the past, and during the last 21 years I’ve only needed 4 PCs. Also I’ll be getting a 65″ 4K TV for my sim next time around, and that will challenge even the mighty GTX 980.

Instead I’m replacing my GTX 580 with a GTX 970, getting some new and faster DDR3 RAM, new Intel 730 SSDs and will hope and pray that the rest of the parts will keep on keeping on for another year and a half (I replace all my hard drives every 2 years). In other words, I’ll be busy dismanteling my PC, cleaning all the parts and putting it back together again. Fingers crossed, I’ll be back simming in a week or so. The mechanics only takes an afternoon of work, but getting all the software, sims and addons up and running takes quite a while.