Welcome to the Threshold Sunday Review, where we recap all of the X-Plane news of the past week. The 1st full week of 2019 was an eventful one, with numerous previews, releases and announcements - as well as an update to X-Plane itself. Without further ado, let’s jump into it.
We began the week with news that Maps2XPlane released an update to their freeware project Antarctica4XP. The scenery comes in three parts, covering the majority of the icy continent. To find links to download, check out our article.
Big news for Prepar3D and X-Plane 11 users alike - ImagineSim announced Austin Bergstrom Int’l would be their first scenery for Laminar’s sim. The team had just finished work on Singapore (WSSS) for ESP-platforms and have an arsenal of numerous high-fidelity renditions of large airports the world over.
Carenado has released its Cessna C172SP Skyhawk for X-Plane 11. It follows on from the announcement a month ago and features an updated default Garmin G1000. The aircraft is also fully VR compatible, has full PBR texturing using industry-standard software, and a realistic flight model.
Stairport Sceneries’ latest ESP-platform conversion is now well underway and with the help of LimeSim and 29Palms, Berlin Brandenburg Airport (EDDB) looks to be closing in on completion. Brandenburg Airport is the successor to the current Berlin Tegel Airport and has been under construction since 2006.
Nimbus Simulation Studios have posted a video showing their work in progress Huey (Bell UH-1H) in action. To see the full video, check out our article about it.
In the heart of Miami, Florida sits Miami International Airport. MIA is a major international hub for aviation, it serves a multitude of airlines through multiple concourses from four runways. Runway 26 Simulations announced the development of this airport for X-Plane this week, with a couple of renders to boot!
Nimbus have also been very busy working on another X-Plane project concerning their scenery lineup. This week, they shared new previews of a winter texture set in action at their Chicago O’Hare (KORD) scenery.
Simulation company Aerosoft have released a long-awaited update to their London-Heathrow scenery for X-Plane. Over two years have passed since the initial release of version 11, however, an official port of EGLL has been notably absent from Aerosoft's growing range of X-Plane 11 sceneries.
FlyingIron Simulations have published a new update detailing the latest advancements in the development of their Spitfire project. In two separate Facebook posts, the team have indicated that the aircraft has reached a stage where beta testing should begin.
In perhaps the biggest news this week, X-Plane 11.30 is now out of beta/release candidacy, with rc3 becoming simply r3 early on Saturday. The update brings the much anticipated new particle system, as well as a multitude of other new features. Check it out over on our previous article.
Airworthy Designs have been working hard throughout the Christmas break on their Princess of the Caribbean series for X-Plane. As a result of this, they had two pieces of news to share with us on Saturday - the first being an update to Part One of the series, bringing compatibility with X-Plane 11.30 and performance improvements. The second, more interestingly, is new previews of Part Two, which will include the airports of Saba and St. Barths. Check it out here.
Orbx have made an X-Plane 11 airport release a weekly occurrence of late, this following the release of Stapleford (EGSG) only 7 days ago. Their latest project, London Elstree Airfield, is a conversion of the existing version for Prepar3D and was released for X-Plane on Saturday.
Windsock Simulations have once teamed up with MK-Studios to bring another of the brand's Prepar3D sceneries to X-Plane. Their latest joint project, Lisbon, is tracking well and is due to release in the next couple of weeks.
The HotStart TBM900 has received a small update today, bringing it up to v1.1.4. Whilst there aren’t many new features in the update, it does include many bug fixes, therefore X-Aviation recommends you update the aircraft by re-downloading the installer from your account.
That’s all for this week!
Happy flying - and have a wonderful day!