QualityWings Status Update (3Q2014)


QualityWings have posted a newsy update on their Facebook page to let everyone know what’s happening on their two highly anticipated projects under way at present. The 787 and their 737 Class (courtesy of the Enigma team joining them). As an AirNZ fan I’m super excited about both these models. The 787 given its just entered service in New Zealand (and with Jetstar in Aussie) but also as the Classic has been operated on both sides of the Tasman for so long and this model looks like its gonna beat the pants of the only other payware level competition from FeelThere/Wilco.

We hope you all have enjoyed your last few months as much as we have. Summertime is a great time to spend with your families and friends, and we are no different here. As the season starts to change for most of us here at QualityWings from the summer to the fall and as we exit this 3rd quarter…it’s time to provide our update on all things QualityWings.

Interview With Peter Dowson


There’d hardly be an MS FS install on the planet that didnt have a copy of Peter Dowson’s FSUIPC.dll installed on it. Whether we realise or not a lot of the payware addons and 3rd party tools are dependent on this interface. Find out a little more about what makes Pete tick in this interview at flightsim.com published on the 19th…

I tend to write programs which aren’t so visible, at least most of the time. FSUIPC is the most visible of these now, simply because it has a lot of added user facilities, which got added mainly as it seems a very suitable place for them to be. But it didn’t start like that, and for many installations it isn’t really “visible” at all, but simply acting as the interface between FS and some other program, maybe another of mine (like WideFS) but more often another program entirely. That’s how it originated, as freeware and a derivative (with permission) of FS6IPC. Of course it is still freeware for that original purpose.

Wilco Tecnam P2006T released


Wilco have just published a decent looking rendition of the Tecnam P2006T light twin. With a few of these about in the Pacific, and likely to appear in Aero Club and training companies in the region over time, this would be a nice machine to pickup for local simmers…

Wilco Publishing announce a new title in the HiFi Simulations series : the P2006T by Tecnam. The P2006T is a modern 4-seats light twin-engine aircraft.  It is an excellent trainer for twin engined aircraft as used by real life aircraft training companies.  It is stable and provides superb all-round vision with the wing-high configuration.The P2006T features STOL and rough runway operation capabilities.

see the Product Page

New pics of FlightBeam KSFO HD


As posted on SimFlight this week there’s a very tasty looking HD rework of FlightBeams already excellent KSFO (San Francisco) in the pipeline. Pics look excellent, and makes for a great long-haul destination for Pacific simmers, and a wicked gateway airport to other domestic USA locations…

Many simmers who own the current version 2 of KSFO San Francisco by FlightBeam Studios are dreaming of the same design quality in their Californian airport like the last products they released. The upcoming KSFO HD will be go even beyond. The designers will introduce “crowd-source”, a new optional feature that bring 3D passengers with very little performance impact.

FTX AU AI Traffic V4.22 for P3D V2


As announced by Graham Eccleston in an Orbx forum post last week his team have released an update for the AU/NZ AI pack with a bunch of P3D v2 compatibility improvements..

Here is a small update to the FTX AU AI traffic pack for Prepar3D V2. This update is limited to a cleanup script to delete the temporary files included in the earlier versions of this pack to cater for the issues with the HTAI Cessna aircraft in P3D V2. It also includes updates to the Control Panel plus the User Guide to be consistent with the changes contained in this patch. There is no new content included in this update and it is now in line with the most recent FTX AU AI Traffic pack released for FSX

Simwings Heathrow release imminent


As a long distance destination for Pacific Airlines (AirNZ and Qantas included) Heathrow is one of those mega airports you just have to splash out on at some stage. For some time we’ve had the excellent offering from UK2000 which has recently had a major update, and now we’re spoilt for choice with the soon to be release SimWings Heathrow. The word from SimWings developer Thorston…

Now we´re getting very close. Expect a release in one or two weeks. I hope it was worth waiting :)

follow the thread here

RAZBAM metro-liner review at Aerosoft


Tyler Walter has published a review of the RAZBAM Metroliner over at Aerosoft this week. If you haven’t bought this machine yet you should take a squiz at this review, its positive in almost all respects, and the machine is well represented in real-world in the Pacific… go on, you know you want to..

The Metroliner is much bigger then the Cessna C172, but it flies so easily. You can expect it already; all the flight phases including the landing where a success and while I’m taxing back to the ramp, I can look back to a great aircraft. Great in modeling, a gorgeous virtual cockpit and I think, realistic flight characteristics. Well done RAZBAM! This plane is well simulated, and would function well in my opinion in both of the categories of transition aircraft from general aviation to passenger liner, and good domestic airliner rather like the Dash Q400. I would say that this is a good stepping-stone from general aviation to full commercial airliners.

RAZBAM Fairchild Metroliner discounted


RAZBAM have discounted their excellent rendition of the Fairchild Metroliner (FSX & P3D) to $20 usd. At this price it really is a bargain, a number of included and 3rd party Kiwi / Aussie liveries available as well. This machine seen more commonly in Australia these days but also operating in NZ on overnight postal duties and as an air ambulance. At this price you’d be crazy not to grab it if your a fan of retro turbo props

The Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner or the Fairchild Aerospace Metro is a 19-seat, pressurised,  twin turboprop airliner first produced by Swearingen Aircraft and later by Fairchild at a plant in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The Metroliner was an evolution of the Swearingen Merlin turboprop-powered business aircraft. Ed Swearingen, a Texas fixed base operator (FBO), started the developments that led to the Metro through gradual modifications to the Beechcraft Twin Bonanza and Queen Air business aircraft, aircraft he dubbed Excalibur.

see the RAZBAM store for details

SimFlight Review of MILVIZ – BOEING 737-200C


Whadya mean you haven’t bought a 737-100/200 series for your FSX sim yet? With two excellent models on offer from CaptainSim and Milviz there’s no excuse. You better check out the following review by Rick Desjardins of the Milviz offering just in case you’re still sitting on the fence. NZ and Oz liveries as operated real world are available for both:

The B-737-200c model depicted in this package is a highly detailed replica of its real-life counterpart. The model was created by using high quality digital photos, plans sourced directly from Boeing and many, many countless hours of testing, revising and testing again… I thoroughly enjoyed flying the Milviz 737-200c and highly recommend it. I felt that the overall look and feel of the aircraft were realistic and that the developers found a good balance between complexity and usability making it a great fit for every level of pilot, and also very importantly lots of fun to fly.

read the full review here

JustFlight BAe 146-200/300 for 6 euro!!!


Jeeze, I dont know how they do it, but who really cares if we can buy add-ons at this price huh. Justflight have a deal on for their (well, was built by CLS originally) BAe 146 jet-liner. In years gone by this was a regular fixture on both sides of the Tasman with many of the big operators. Still run by a few charter airlines now but not as common a sight. Get in on this action while the deal still stands, there are Qantas, AirNZ, Ansett and Vincent skins available for it too:

Short haul – high density! With its high T-tail, stubby undercarriage, drooping anhedral wing, four engines and highly distinctive butterfly-style air brakes, you can’t mistake the 146-200/300! The 146 design was originally started by Hawker-Siddeley in the UK in 1973 and production started in 1983. Now Just Flight brings you the superb 146-200 and 146-300 for FSX featuring a highly detailed external model, 21 authentic airline liveries from around the globe, an extremely accurate virtual cockpit (VC) and even a cabin view.

see the JustFlight sale page