Today we released yet another wonderful RealEarthX scenery of the Italian Alps – the Dolomites – this time covering the Longarone-Vajont area just north of the (FREE) Belluno Airfield. The latest product in this series is again a wonderful creation by Daniele Tona, who lives near Belluno himself and knows the region as no other.
With this latest release the ‘flyable area’ in the Dolomites has again been substantially expanded and it now provides a load of fun for helicopter and small aircraft mountain flyers over an extremely realistic landscape.
This new part costs only 10 Euros (€ 12.10 including VAT) and is available from our own shop here: http://silvercloud-store.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29900
Daniele has taken a break in development the past year, but is now ‘at it’ again and has sent me the files for a new addition to the Dolomiti X range, the area covering Longarone-Vajont. This is also the sole area in the Alps that suffered from a Tsunami ! Back in 1963 the content of the Vajont lake was pushed over the dam by a giant landslide, crushing 6 villages below it !
We’ll be releasing it in our shop next week!
The Avro Anson beta 2 files should be uploaded to my servers too, soon…… so stay tuned for more news on that.
Oh, and to visitors having found us here through Aerosoft’s News : WELCOME !
The guys over at War History Online were interested in my digital endeavors in recreating D-Day and asked me to write an article about the project. I am very proud to have my modest D-Day Project on their excellent website now !
CLICK HERE to read it (and don’t forget to browse their site, lots of excellent history articles!)
Please note in your agendas: April 3-6 in Enschede The Netherlands…… the annual Low Land Tiger Meet !
The Lowland Tiger Meet event is inspired on the real life NATO Tigermeet. Fighter squadrons bearing the Tiger symbol in their patch come together to fight, learn and socialize. This is what the LLTM is all about. Only without some of the strict military rules. Brotherhood, flying and learning while doing. That’s what the LLTM stands for…
Not your usual flightsim package this one, and not by FSAddon Publishing…….. but I’ve seen it and I like it, so I thought I’d tell you about its release. You can download it from the Aerosoft website here. There’s a free demo available too.Below is the official press release text to go with it.
The exciting and varied job of an air traffic controller on your PC!
Paderborn, 20 December 2013 – Aerosoft is proud to announce the immediate release of the download version of the ATC simulator Global Air Traffic Control which is available now at www.aerosoft.com for 29.95 EUR. The boxed version will be sold at retailers from 30 January 2014 for 29.99 EUR. Global Air Traffic Control (GATC) is a PC-Simulation of the task of Tower, Approach and Departure controllers. For the first time ever all the major airports in the whole world are simulated in literally unprecedented detail. The program uses the same (licensed) database as the majority of airlines so for each of the nearly 14.000 airports you will guide aircraft over the correct routing and procedures. Continue reading
Today I have finally launched my Indiegogo Crowd Funding project for the D-Day 3D scale model plans ! Go have a look. Watching is free ;-)
My goal is to raise enough money to buy a 3D printer and supporting material so I can turn the FSX D-Day models into plastic models that will ultimately become scale model kits or objects.
At least one entire set of the Mulberry Harbour that I hope to create this way will be donated to a D-Day Museum – or in case of major success even to multiple museums. As with the FSX D-Day Project the main drivers here are to make a modest buck AND to provide a hands-on way of collecting and remembering some of the most important moments and places of the Second World War and allow future generations to understand by providing a more visual way of presentation.
The funding is needed because I simply don’t have money left to invest at this time. The websites, servers and PC’s and associated costs gobble up all the FS profits.
So hoping you will contribute and join, or at the very minimum SPREAD THE WORD allowing me to start this exciting project and new business.
THANK YOU in advance for any help you can muster !!
YAY !!! Only 4 days ‘late’…….. *sigh*. There’s always MORE work than one anticipates in releasing a software package. But now it is done. The delay was caused by me wanting to make the User Manual more explicit, and by having the installer tested by a few more people. All seems okay now…… but hey., this is software development, so no doubt something will go haywire anyway!
Included in the package (and please, please, PLEASE read the manual FIRST!) are the freeware FSAddon libraries and the first of a series of D-Day modules; Courseulles-sur-Mer. The project is based upon FranceVFR/FSAddon’s Normandy 1944 for FSX product, but can be used ‘as is’ as well…… up to you.
Oh, and did I mention it is FREE? Officially that means NO SUPPORT. But me being me and knowing myself I also know that such will never happen…… just hope you all get it working and will be patient enough to wait for the PATCHES and further development !
Oh, where to find it? Check out the Download tab and click on FREE STUFF…… that’s where !
Two of our main products will be discounted fora short period at the simMarket.com shop. Both Vancouver V3 and Tongass Fjords X will be there with a 50% discount, from December 9th till 15th ONLY ! Vancouver V3 will remain discounted at our own shop for the entire month of December.
Get 50% off, go to simMarket next week !
in the entire month of December 2013 we will have a couple of our best selling product ‘on sale’ again for ‘Holiday Prices’! Please check out the shop starting December 1st and order those products you always wanted to have but were afraid to order….. you’ll get some nice discounts now !
As to our new Avro Anson….. it will not be available in time for the Holiday Season, but we’ll provide customers with a nice ‘Early Birds’ DISCOUNT once it gets published… SO STAY TUNED !!
Wishing you Happy Holidays,
Francois and the development team at FSAddon Publishing
Kurt Stöckli from Switzerland (Design4FS.ch) has released his second glacier pilot title, now including the FSAddon Fieseler Storch in a special (civilian) wheel/ski versions and with 4 new paint schemes. The product contains a number glacier landing areas, missions and user manuals in English, German and French!
Prerequisite for this product is the Switzerland Professional for FSX product by FlyLogic.
Glacier Pilot Volume 2 is ow available from the FSAddon webshop here!
The D-Day Project is more and more taking shape and we are aiming to have a large (first) part published well before the 70th Anniversary of the landings in June next year.
Hope to see many of you at the stand !!
November 2/3 at Lelystad Airport, Aviodrome Museum, The Netherlands.
Luck of a Lancaster
In between travel and 3D modeling I also get to read stuff…… usually as part of the research I do for various projects, sometimes just because I am interested in many things. Here’s a book I recently received for review from Pen & Sword Publishing, about one of the few remaining Lancaster bombers.
“….During her career, well over two hundred airmen flew in J. None were killed while doing so, but ninety-six of them died in other aircraft. This is their story, and the story of one lucky Lancaster…..”.
200 pages, hard cover. That may not seem like much. It is less than one page for every man that served on the Lancaster bomber with registration W4964, WS-J, aka J-Johnny Walker. Still, it took me quite some time to read the book. Where ‘read’ is probably not the proper word. I rather ‘researched’ it. And that takes time.
And I’ll be there, showing the initial work on the FREEWARE D-Day Project and ready for all to explain what we’re doing….. in Dutch, English, German and French….. so don’t be shy and drop by! You may also want to check our FSClassics website, where I am keeping you up to date on developments.
I’ll have a little stand in the ‘clubs hall’ past the Restaurant and behind the Cinema ! November 2 and 3 at Aviodrome, Lelystad!
Hope to see many of you there and have a great weekend !
Simon has now finished work on his Mk1 model (and continues working on further models and liveries) and the Anson now flies around on my desktop !
Here’s a few pictures of Beta 1……. as usual, no guarantees and no dates for release, but as you can see, we have something tangible !
Many people have complained about the adjustable night lighting of the Lysander’s panel not working. Strangely enough I am CERTAIN that we tested it and that it worked when the model was published. However, even on MY OWN installation it stopped working.
Until now I haven’t found a reason why, and I didn’t have a solution. Until now.
One of our readers has found that by copying the contents of the Lysander ‘effects folder’ into the main FSX effects folder, the lights can be turned back on !
I am no expert in these things myself, so please allow me to copy his text from the support forum to this article. Please try it and – hopefully – enjoy the instrument panel lighting again!
If the panel lights do not work try this…..
Look in either of the Lysander aircraft folders (possible path C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes\FSAddon Lysander or wherever you have installed your FSX) and you will see an Effects folder.
From inside that folder copy the following files to your main FSX Effects folder:
also copy the following textures from the aircraft effect/texture folder to your main FSX Effects/Texture folder. There are two, but one of them might already be in there. I suggest to never just overwrite a old file with a new one unless you back up the original first.
fx_2.bmp (might already have)
Restart FSX (or regenerate the aircraft) open up the aircraft and left click/right click the gauge lighting switch to adjust brightness.
Many thanks to ‘Jeepinforfun’ for finding and sharing this !
Yup, Summer is over. It started with a first stay in our beloved Savoie in the French Alps, it took us back to Holland to tend to some business and Dad and his 94th birthday, and then back to France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania, and back the same way. No, not all on the motorbike…… we drove some 8000 km in the Merc as well.
But now we have said farewell again to our mountains and BMW bike and are back in Holland. Next stop: prepare the Courseulles-sur-Mer D-Day scenery……. and the documentation for our new Avro Anson plane that Simon is about to upload !
The Overlord operation could not have done without ‘the Navy’ of course. How else would ALL of those men and machines been taken across the Channel and landed on the beaches and in the harbours in France. Now that I am building a model of the Mulberry harbour, I also need ships to USE those harbours of course.
And what better ship to start off with than the venerable Landing Ship, Tank, or LST. These were the ships affectionably called Large Slow target by their crews and responsible for landing all the men and their equipment early on during D-Day and the months to follow. After starting my research and initial modelling I was lucky enough to happen upon the US crew of the LST Memorial in the US. They are volunteers, operating one of the very last remaining LST’s in the world and have done a awesome job of restoring the ship, opening it to the public AND sailing it on tours! They are on one of such tours at this very moment, docked in Charleston.
Should you live in that area be sure to pay the ship a visit and maybe donate a few dollars to help them preserve this iconic landing ship!
Surviving Trainer and Transport Aircraft of the World
This is actually part three of a 3-volume series on surviving World War 2 aircraft. The reason I like it is that not so many people know about these wonderful aircraft that in many instances were even MORE important to the outcome of the war then all the iconic and better known aircraft such as the Focke Wulfs, Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerschmitts together!
Let’s face it; without trainer aircraft there would not have been pilots to fly the fighters and bombers….. or not enough aircraft remaining in one piece to fight with. And without transport aircraft those huge armies would have been starved of food and ammo long before they got to end their fights.
Don Berliner’s book covers surviving aircraft like transports, trainers, recce planes, liaison and utility aircraft, gliders, amphibian and even a few early helicopters. And not only from the US. Countries of origin and/or location vary from the US and UK to Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy and many others. Obviously the book is by no means covering ALL types and models, but it does give a very reasonable overview of everything that was used in the above categories.
Here are a few shots of the 3D objects I am currently working on! I also received some wonderful objects for free already, thanks to enthusiastic freeware developers supporting our ‘ cause’. And I have received aerial photos of the Mulberry harbours, shot on June 22nd and in July, very valuable as reference to the various stages of construction ! Stay tuned for more …..
For many years both FranceVFR and FSAddon Publishing have been known among the best Flight Simulator add-on developers and publishers in the world, each having built their very own loyal customer base. And for many years too they have been in touch, appreciating each other’s products and each others passion for quality and detail.
About a year ago they discovered that they also have a passion for history and that ultimately resulted in the plan to build part of the second world war in Flight Simulator X. FranceVFR bought old aerial photos from the entire Normandy region, stretching from Le Havre in the east all the way to St. Malo in the south west, including all the famous D-Day beaches and towns like Cherbourg, Caen and St Lô. And FSAddon Publishing already had a fair number of WW2 aircraft available PLUS tons of knowledge and research on ‘the landings’.
The new product has now been released and is called Normandy 1944 for FSX. And it is very special. Not ONLY because it is the first ever scenery covering history, not only because it uses original black-and-white aerial photographs, and not only because it covers a large area of famous land. It is special because of the intentions of the project.
The two publishers are looking to build a community around this ‘base product’. A community of flightsimmers that are also very much interested in the WW2 history, its aircraft and its operations. A community that will be served not only by this – and further – commercial project, but ALSO by the many freeware sub-products that are planned. And they hope that it will also revive more interest in freeware scenery building, using the Normandy product as a base.
FSAddon is hard at work at building the first of an entire series of add-ons, where each add-on will cover 4 distinct moments in time: before the landings, D-Day itself, the situation after establishing the initial beachhead and ultimately Normandy after the German forces were driven out. The flightsimmer can select the period by switching scenery activity via the Scenery Library.
At the same time FranceVFR is working at developing and adding autogen for the area….. a huge task that will certainly also take quite a bit of time.
Normandy 1944 for FSX Base Pack consists of the entire area of Normandy in BW aerial photo texture, special mesh for the region, 4 BW versions of FSAddon aircraft and a freeware Higgins landing boat, courtesy of Bruce Fitzgerald.
Part of the project too is a dedicated website from FranceVFR, named FSHistoric.com and inclusion in the FSAddon website FSClassics which is also dedicated to history in FS. Also available will be dedicated forums both in French and in English for the users and enthusiasts of the products!
Normandy 1944 for FSX is available from the FranceVFR shop here: http://www.francevfr.com/product_fshnor.htm
We’d prefer it if you buy it directly from us of course, so we get paid in full, enabling to continue our work on FSX. But if you so desire, you can also buy it from simMarket or Simware (Aerosoft).
The Full Versions of the included aircraft are available from FSAddon’s shop here: http://silvercloud-store.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=168
FSHistoric and FSClassics (both still very much under development) can be found here: http://www.fshistoric.com/ and http://fsclassics.com/
First ‘bonus’ add-on to be published later this year will be the town of Courseulles-sur-Mer – Juno Beach, with the rendition of the first two phases of
A little Youtube video on the Work in Progress can be found here:
Also planned is the release of a number of the objects used, which can then be used freely by other freeware developers to build further scenes.
Work in progress is on the Mulberry harbors and on the ALG’s ( Allied Landing Grounds or temporary forward airfields) which will be partly commercial products.
FranceVFR and FSAddon hope that many simmers will join them in this major adventure of using FSX as an educational and adventurous ‘tool’ in addition to
its regular use!
You may have noticed the GoFlight ad in the right-hand column of our site already. We’re now helping some of the best flight simulator cockpit hardware getting onto the market. Of course you all know GoFlight, one of the earlier companies starting to make real hardware to complement the aircraft panels on our monitors and increase the reality level of our hobby.
What you maybe do not know is that they have expanded and improved over the years, amidst an ever growing number of competitors. The GoFlight products are still some of the sturdiest and best quality items you can find on the market and FSAddon is happy to recommend them……. and hey, mabe even make a $ or two from you buying through our links !?
Here’s my personal favorite (being a GA person and all…..):