Sunday Review: 26th August
Welcome to Threshold’s first Sunday Review
I’ll preface this briefly with what the “Sunday Review” is and what it’ll be used for since this is our first issue.
The Threshold Sunday Review is the next-generation if you will of the Weekly News Recap. Instead of focussing solely on news, the Sunday Review will offer a slightly more editorialized spin on the events of the past week. We’re ditching the list of links to our previous articles for more of an easy-going approach.
I hope I’ve explained that well enough!
Recapping a busy week
It has been all go in the X-Plane scene this week - we’ve had a couple of new releases, a few teasers and announcements, plus some updates to existing products.
Kicking off the week, we see XP mainstays Nimbus Simulation teased us with a new video of the “dynamic world” at KORD. The scenery will feature animated people milling around the terminal and a new customizable departure board screen that can show you information such as departure/arrival fields, delays, temperature and current pressure.
On Tuesday we learnt of Frank Dainese’s next scenery project; the Himalayas. The iconic mountain range features airports such as Lukla, which will finally get proper scenery coverage. The initial shots look stunning and as always we’ll keep an eye out for any further developments.
Just a day later, Polish scenery development team Drzewiecki Design released two new products; Seattle Airports & City XP. The sceneries encompass the area surrounding the largest city in Washington state. The airports package, much like the similar New York airports package, includes 6 local airports.
Aerosoft surprised us this week with the release of Tromsø XP. ENTC is another airport originally created for ESP platforms such as P3D, however it has been lovingly converted by our friends at Stairport Sceneries. We exclusively brought news of the announcement back in July, where you can see more info about ENTC.
Friday brought us two worthy news stories. First up, Airworthy Designs released version 1.5 of TNCM Sint Maarten. 1.5 consolidated scenery detailing, which lead to the end of the 2K texture set and outfitted TNCM with a fancy new PBR runway. Secondly, Thranda Design debuted their latest inhouse project, the Pilatus PC-6. The PC-6 is a single-engined STOL utility aircraft that's designed and manufactured by in Switzerland.
Lastly for big news this week - UK2000 release Cardiff Xtreme for X-Plane. The scenery was announced only about 10 days ago and features all the bells and whistles present in UK2Ks extensive portfolio. You can see more about Cardiff Xtreme and where to buy in the article.
This is the section of the Sunday Review where we talk about news that wasn’t quite large enough to feature on our main site, but is still large enough to mention.
SSG publish new CRJ previews
Supercritical Simulations (also known as SSG) have released more in-development previews of the CRJ-700. The project was originally announced in mid-2015 for the then current X-Plane 10.
The new previews out this week show the exterior modelling of the Canadian Regional Jet bearing the colours of United and American Airlines. The model is based off the Bombardier CRJ-701 with 68 seats. See more information about the SSG CRJ on the X-Plane.org forums.
AFM show off new renders of CitationJet 525
Advanced Flight Modelling have begun work on only their second aircraft project. After the release of the incredibly popular Mooney M20 series, AFM have decided to focus on an area that sees very low representation in the X-Plane community; business jets.
The model is still in its early stages of development, however AFM were kind enough to share some new previews over on the Threshold forum.
Maps2XPlane tease new scenery project
Mesh specialist Maps2XPlane have hinted at a new large-scale scenery project. From the creators of Svalbard XP and with assistance from SpainUHD’s Albert Ràfols comes the Faroe Islands for X-Plane. The scenery will feature high-resolution mesh/overlays and a seasonal textures. Check out more at the M2XP website.
That’s all for this week!
Happy flying - and have a wonderful day!