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COMPUTER PILOT PDF - VOL 10 ISS 12 - DECEMBER 06
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DECEMBER 2006 VOLUME 10 - ISSUE 12 - This is the full magazine in digital form!

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Mega Review
The wait is over! Our mega 20-page review will give you all the information you need to know about the latest version of the best selling simulator software. Doug Horton explores all the new features in this version, find out what has changed from previous versions and offers tips to make your FSX experience that much better. It’s so big it deserves a mention twice on this very page!

Making the Switch to FSX?
Francois Dumas asks the question “Should you make the switch to Flight Simulator X?” He offers cases for both sides of the argument. A must-read if you are still to make up your mind as to whether to buy the new version or not.

AVSIM Conference 2006 Report
If you build it they will come! This philosophy certainly was evident from September 15-17, 2006 when AVSIM hosted its fifth annual conference. Over 300 flight simulator enthusiasts descended on the Dulles Hyatt hotel in suburban Washington, DC for a weekend immersion into their favorite avocation.

Flying the Memories
The young Pilot Officer strained his eyes looking for two small bon fires that would mark the landing strip on a deserted farm just outside of the town of Conde in Normandy. It was 0030 HRS May 22,1944 under the dark of the moon. Earlier at the flight briefing the Station Weather Officer had promised the weather would clear by the time they were over the target area…

Plane Overdue!
At 0200 (02:00 am) on a Sunday morning, the phone rings. The IC (Incident Commander), still fast asleep, wakes up and answers. “Yeah”, he says. “This is Sgt Brown at the AFRCC” (Air Force Rescue Control Center) he hears, which makes him fully alert. “We have a mission for you…”

Freeware Frenzy
If you’re still flying FS2004, David has some more great freeware downloads for you to check out this month.

Virtual Airline Profiles III
We continue our look at selected virtual airlines for pilot suitability.

From the EDITOR..

Welcome to the December issue, our last issue for the year, and the final issue in Volume 10 of the magazine, and all up, our 87th published issue! And in this 87th issue we have a massive 20-page Flight Simulator 10 (aka FSX) review. Phew, that was almost a lesson in mathematics… the numbers are now swirling around in my head!

Yes, the review you have all been waiting for is here. Microsoft’s latest version of Flight Simulator is put under the microscope, with the keen eye of Doug Horton looking down the optical barrel. Find out what Doug thinks of the article on page 18 of this issue.

The biggest issue on many simmer’s minds lately seems to be whether to spend the money and upgrade to this new version. Well, we have addressed that question in an article on Making the Switch to Flight Simulator X with Francois Dumas immediately following the full review this month. I am sure you will find some interesting viewpoints in both articles.

I am aware of an array of issues some users are having with this new release. Most notably seems to be issues with sim performance. This is not new however. There are always these concerns following a new sim release… Microsoft seems to make software built for computers with speeds that are not even available on the market yet! Despite this, many other users have been able to tweak the sim for decent performance and frame rates, so hang in there, and try a little tweaking of your own. We will also be running following up tutorial and performance enhancement articles for FSX in upcoming issues, so stay tuned for those.

But for now, enjoy this special FSX review issue, and all the other great content enclosed within these very pages. And have a safe and joyous holiday season and new year.

See you next month, and next year

Enjoy the December issue of Computer Pilot Magazine – The World’s Favorite monthly flight simulation resource!

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Customer Reviews
LEONARDO SOFTWARE HOUSE SRL - FLY THE MADDOG X MSFS
Calder
An excellent addition to MSFS although the textures feel dated compared to other aircraft for the sim.
SOUTH OAK CO - FS BIRDS - BRITISH ISLES MSFS
Corrado
This includes Wales btw...and it's fine, it's very good even.
DOMINICDESIGNTEAM - VTBD DON MUEANG INTL AIRPORT MSFS
Jakub
Very nicely done. Required if it's your home base airport :)
AEROSOFT - SIM-WINGS GRAN CANARIA MSFS
Lloyd
The airport looks excellent, except I would remove some of the foliage near the runways. I don't remember it being there in real life. Also the default mesh of MSFS caused a bulge to appear behind the airport. After purchasing this scenery it did not fix this issue. Besides that, excellent product.
DOUBLE T - SUVARNABHUMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- MSFS
LIONEL
The modeling is not at the level of what we can expect on MSFS 2020... it looks more like a recycling of FSX than a modeling made for MSFS. It's better than nothing but not worth the asking price. I hope there will be updates to improve that model.
ALPINE SIMULATIONS - ABU DHABI CITYSCAPE P3D3-5
Adil
Amazing scenery ! Extremely detailed. should definitely consider buying it !
SIMBITWORLD - A PILOT'S LIFE - CHAPTER 2
Demetrio
It’s the 1st time I review a Sim product. I’m a real life commercial pilot, using the Sim to practice my IFR procedures since training over 10 years. I was hooked with the FSPassenger and since I moved to the P3D4, I only used the Sim to practice some FSLabs A320 procedures, mostly abnormal proc before the real life Sim checks every 6 months :) But with APLV2… I’m back to having this feeling I had in the early days with FSPassengers in FSX. It’s so well thought… I find myself on my days OFF sitting on the computer for hours, practicing new procedures I’m normally don’t in my real job, at random destinations around I might never go to in real life and getting rewarded for it… the feeling of being on the top 50 worldwide -so far-, only makes me want to get to the top 10 ;) and get hired by a 5* I feel with this, the simming days for just practice or for fun without progress in the sim are long gone. Big 5* for me. I hope they continue improving the product adding new features, attracting more simmers to join, that will contribute in making it more challenging and of course, more enjoyable.
DOMINICDESIGNTEAM - VVPQ PHU QUOC INTL AIRPORT MSFS
Viet
One of the most conscientious developer ever. Great job, great scenery!!!
PROJECT MAX - OJAM AMMAN CIVIL AIRPORT JORDAN MSFS
Amr
Never expected to see OJAM for MSFS so picked this up as soon as it came out. Really cool little scenery for a great price, and dev is super responsive. Highly recommend.
AEROSOFT - MEGA AIRPORT MUNICH FSX FS2004
MR ANSELM J
Very nice airport package lot's of detail in and around the airport and excellent night textures aswell very happy with this scenery package so well done to the aerosoft scenery team on yet another fantastic package defo 5star's for this very happy ;) :)
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