Week Highlights: MisterX6 brings magic to Japan, XP on par with P3D, Orbx to go Global

Sam Clark
Monday, December 24, 2018

Busy week in the lead-up to Christmas

It all kicked off on Monday with MisterX6 announcing his latest freeware project, Japan Pro, exclusively on Threshold. Japan Pro includes custom objects for the cities of Naha and Tokyo as well as overhauled autogen for the entire Japanese archipelago. It was released a few days later.

Following a sold-out event earlier this year, FSExpo have opened registrations for next year’s event in Orlando, Florida. The event will take place across 2 days at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel in June 2019.

Frank Dainese and Fabio Bellini announced their latest scenery this week, following the success of Everest Park 3D which released a few weeks ago. Their newest project will cover the peaks of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy in the Argentine National Park of Glaciers.

Military aircraft development team Flying Iron Simulations have released further previews of their Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX. The new screenshots show off cockpit detailing - FlyingIron say that systems are currently being worked on as well:

Steve Wilson, head developer at X-Crafts has teased the group’s upcoming ERJ series. The plan is to cover 3 variants of Embraers mid-sized aircraft ranging from the 37-seater E135 up to the 50-seat E145:

The results of the 2018 Navigraph Community Survey were released this week, showing strong growth for X-Plane. It is now the largest simulator in terms of sheer numbers, however, Prepar3D V4 still wins out the most used sim.

FlyJSim formally announced their latest project, the Q4XP, on Friday to incredibly positive reception. Many have speculated that an update to the group’s Q400 was in the works, following similar updates to their 732 Classic and 727 Professional earlier this year:

Scenery giants Orbx released their 2019 roadmap via a livestream on Twitch on Friday - they’ve been sure to include plenty for X-Plane, including three new airport announcements, more information of upcoming TrueEarth regions and perhaps most exciting of all, giving us a sneak peek at Orbx (formally FTX) Global for X-Plane:

The Almuntaser brothers have shown off new previews of version 2.5 of Ultra Weather XP, which includes totally new sets of cloud and sky textures. The new cloud sets include three types of colour themes, ranging from white to blue:

The highly anticipated COLIMATA Concorde was again previewed this week. The developers behind the FA-18F Super Hornet and MiG Fulcrum first announced the Concorde project back in March - they plan on having it completed for the Concorde’s 50th anniversary:

Seemingly following the path of Orbx, Aviotek Simulations Software also released their 2019 roadmap this week, detailing their plans for the next year. In the blog post on their website, Vittorio Greco speaks of a new scenery project planned to be released in the new year, as well as updates to their existing range of sceneries.

JARDesign released an update to their A320 just yesterday, bringing it up to version 3.3. V3.3 adds compatibility with X-Plane 11.30 and some minor cockpit modelling adjustments. Since then, JAR have released a hotfix to correct an issue with the EICAS.

Lastly for this week, the Magknight team released the 787 “Aviator Edition”. This follows the controversial announcement that the 787 will be increasing in price, up to $45 USD. This new “Aviator Edition” requires a $10 upgrade fee to paid by existing owners:


That’s all for this week!

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