Week Highlights: More scenery fest from ShortFinal, Orbx, & Skyline. New E1000 from Aerobask out.

Sam Clark
Peter Tram
Sunday, February 17, 2019

The 7th week of 2019 was pretty slow compared to the previous in terms of X-Plane news, though it got noticeably more exciting towards the end, with a couple of announcements from major developers! Here is a quick roundup of what happened in this week:


At the beginning of the week, Vertical-Simulations released their second payware airport,  Eastern Iowa (KCID). The field serves the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with numerous domestic services from the likes of Delta, United, American and Allegiant. The scenery is retailing for €21.17 - for links and more info, see our full article.

Just a few days later, the same development team announced their next scenery project; Corpus Christi (KCRP). Around the same size as KCID, Corpus Christi offers multiple trans-Texan flights with American and Southwest. The scenery is planned to cost just $10 - see the full announcement for more.


Aerosoft continued its streak of X-Plane scenery updates with Frankfurt (EDDF) receiving some small changes. SAM compatibility was the main drawcard of v1.10. Check out the article for the changelog.


Orbx’s latest UK airport was debuted this week - Sumburgh (EGPB) being the next to make the jump from Prepar3D to X-Plane. The largest airport on the Shetland Islands is the first scenery to integrate with the recently released TrueEarth GB North and will be available very soon.


Skyline Simulations have shown off more progress on their upcoming Toronto Billy Bishop scenery for X-Plane. The project was first announced back in November of last year and has come along very quickly since then, with the latest previews this week showing the full skyline of Canada's largest city, just a few kilometres from the airport.


Further down the week, a new reimagined version of Aerobask’s Epic 1000 has been released. The “G1000 Edition” adds touchscreen G1000s to the business jet, replacing the older Dynon Avionics fitted units. It is important to note that the G1000 Edition is a standalone aircraft, however, a $15 discount can be acquired by existing owners of the E1000.


Recent X-Plane converts Turbulent Designs have previewed some new PBR renders of ground vehicles at an unannounced Prepar3D/X-Plane airport. See more in our full article.


Confirmed through a Tweet on their Twitter feed as well as their email newsletter, Just Flight, in partnership with Thranda Design, have completed updating all their X-Plane 11 aircraft with full 11.30 compatibility. The updates include added rain effects, revised flight dynamics, improved sounds, improved Virtual Reality (VR) support, and more. See the full story here.


The Ultimate 737-900 has received it’s first substantial update since October this week, with developer AudiobirdXP announcing the release of 1901 on Thursday evening. The update brings the -900 up to current Zibo mod specification (3.34).


Lastly for this week, news from ShortFinal Design and the announcement of SFD Global. Threshold had the exclusive pleasure of debuting this new scenery package, which will feature completely overhauled terrain, custom autogen and PBR materials. You can see the full announcement here.


That’s all for this week!

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