Week Highlights: the calm after the storm

Sam Clark
Sunday, December 2, 2018

The calm after the storm.

Welcome to December! Compared to the hectic nature of last week, the 48th week of 2018 was relatively calm, with only two releases, a handful of previews and a pair of announcements. We cannot deny that this week also inundates us with plenty of ActiveSky X-Plane information, with three news entries published on ASXP alone. Not only that, but HiFi's official X-Plane debut has spurred other announcements of the current X-Plane weather products such as UWXP and a new product to come out soon called xAmbience. All in all, this is a week where weather rendition takes the spotlight.


High Alpha Development kicked the week off with news of their freeware E120. The project has been in the works for 4 years, in an on-off state. With this latest announcement, it appears HADG have committed to completing the aircraft, however only time will tell.

Goodwood (EGHR) is the latest offering for X-Plane from Orbx, who announced the airport this week. It follows a string of releases on the platform, including Cardiff (EGFF), Shoreham (EGKA) and Southampton (EGHI):

Russian developer High Sky Tech officially announced xAmbience this week. It was initially planned to release in the days following the announcement, however that has not happened due to a bug found in the release candidate version:

Abdullah Almuntassir showed off the first screenshots of Ultra Weather 2.5 on Friday. Almuntassir has said that v2.5 will be released some time after 11.30 is stable, which indicates a release in Q1 2019:

Breaking away from weather, other scenery and aircraft news has been published:

Runway 26 Simulations released version 2 of their Grand Cayman scenery this week, this being their 4th scenery either in the works or released for X-Plane. Originally a developer for ESP-platforms, RWY26 have been focussing developments on X-Plane recently:

Orbx have their second and final news entry of this week with the release of Cardiff (EGFF) for X-Plane. The scenery features all we’ve come to expect from Orbx, including volumetric grass, 30 cm ground imagery and seamless integration into their TrueEarth GB South product:

The International X-Plane Engineering Group, more commonly known as IXEG are rumoured to be working on an update to their extremely popular Boeing 737-300. Tom Kyler says that improved VNAV and better cabin modelling are on the table for any potential update:

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HiFi Simulations once again dominated late-week headlines with more news about their upcoming Active Sky for X-Plane release. They quashed some frequently asked questions before posting the first screenshots of ASXP late on Saturday night:

Fabio Bellini and Frank Dainese finishes this week with a bang, releasing their latest scenery this week too, in the form of Everest Park 3D. The scenery covers an area of 1000 square kilometres surrounding Mt Everest in the depths of the Himalayas. It includes a rendition of Lukla Airport (VNLK):


That’s all for this week!

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