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FEBRUARY 2006 VOLUME 10 - ISSUE 2 - This is the full magazine in digital form!

On a Wing and some Air
Get back to nature and allow it to have a bigger influence on your next flight. Peter Stark takes a look at soaring options in Microsoft Flight Simulator, where you are, at least to some degree, at the mercy of what your immediate environment throws at you. But be assured that this is some of the most exciting, the most challenging, but also the most peaceful type of flying you can undertake!

Cockpit Building Series Continues
We have more flight deck construction articles for you this month. We explore the concept of switch integration using the X-Keys hardware with Matt Edwards. Don’t miss this one if you are currently building your own flight sim rig.

“Who’s In Control” Series Continues
We continue our series on the matrix of Air Traffic Control. This time out we look at the expansive coverage area that the Center Controller is usually in charge of. The challenge of ensuring aircraft separation over broad expanses is just one of the responsibilities covered.

Flying Memories: The VS-44 China Clipper
Get back to real hands on flying with this series on classic aircraft of yester-year. Join Tom Kurtz as he takes a VS-44 on a long trip from California to Hong Kong! This is what flying is really all about…

Freeware Frenzy – Expanded!
In this issue’s Freeware Frenzy, we have an expanded column showcasing some of the most interesting and most downloaded freeware add-ons over the last 12 months. There is something for everyone so be sure to check it out and get your net connection warmed up!

Mud Moving in the Viper: 103
In this, the third in our series on the various methods of spreading mayhem via high technology, we will be running through the last of our F16 weapons systems. We will start with precision bombing with laser beams and then finish some good old fashioned shoot-em-up action with the Vulcan cannon.

“Playing Games” or Career Preparation?
Roger Curtiss looks at the growing need/trend to operate unmanned aerial vehicles remotely in combat and reconnaissance campaigns. It’s certainly an interesting area of study/application, and one that involves the use of simulators and controls very much like the ones we use at home today.

AlphaTrainer Overview
Resident X-Plane guru, Chuck Bodeen, has been working on a special project called the ‘Alpha Trainer’ for X-plane for some time. Chuck takes us behind the scenes and shows us how this software can be used efficiently and effectively for pilot training using the simulator.

From the EDITOR..
Well, if you have already read the news section this month you will know about the announcement from Microsoft regarding the next version of their popular Flight Simulator line. “Flight Simulator X”, and we’ll assume the X stands for 10 for now, is not due out until the end of 2006. Arghh, why do they put us through this torture! Just when you thought hospital waiting lists were painfully long, along comes Microsoft to add to the drama. I’m just kidding of course. Besides, how can you complain when the major player in the home flight simulation market announces a new release? It’s a cause for celebration really. We get another chance to see how far flight simulation has progressed since the last version and where it might be headed in the future, and hopefully find out that they have addressed all the little bugs in the last release and added more than a few new extras to the product.

Judging by the screenshots made available so far, it looks like the terrain engine itself has not changed a lot, except perhaps for more accurate mesh modeling, a lot of new autogen object, water rendering improvements and even birds! Yes, several screenshots show birds flying around the place. Not only do we have to avoid ground obstacles and other aircraft, but now avoid the chance of bird strikes as well. What a challenge! There also seems to be a few new aircraft, changes to weather effects and how the look and function, and perhaps even some new camera angles to delight the virtual flight sim photographers among us.

Computer Pilot will cover it all of course as new information is released from the development team, so stay tuned. In the meantime however, we will continue along with our current range of sims, which I might add, I am enjoying flying at present with some top new add-ons coming out, and new advancements for Austin Meyer’s X-Plane product, namely the new Global Scenery add-on, look very impressive indeed and betters even what Microsoft can produce in the terrain mesh department by default. I think over the next 18-36 months we will see a titanic battle between the major flight sim players as they try to outdo each other, and there is also an inkling of a new contender to the market in the coming years. Now, who said flight sim was boring, eh?

Enjoy this month’s issue of Computer Pilot. Again, there is something for just about everyone, but I’d encourage you to try new things you wouldn’t normally try in your sim world. It makes it all so much more exciting!

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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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