Wednesday, July 28, 2010

feelThere E-Jets v2 Forum Opens with Screenshots

In yet another sign of the imminent release of feelThere's new E-Jets v2, they have opened up a new forum for the product, and will be posting a new screenshot a day of the plane until the release. Here is the screenshot thread!

They have posted a picture of the VC over at their Facebook page, and it is supposed to be up at their forums, too. Looks nice, albeit not much different from the v1 at first glance.

I think we'll be seeing this one any day now. McPhat supposedly has the World Airliners 1 and 2 livery packs already ready to go for this, as well.

By the way, no mention of this yet over at the Wilco page. Then again, they didn't announce the ERJ v2 (branded as the "Embraer Regional Jets" product) on their page until the very last minute. Presumably Wilco will be helping feelThere with distribution of this, once again...but we'll see.

PMDG 737 NGX Sliver - 26-July-2010

PMDG gave the fans another little sneak peek at the 737 NGX virtual cockpit on Monday!

I'm anxious to see this thing coming together...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Aerosoft/Digital Aviation CRJ Update: 19-Jul-2010

Mathijs Kok from Aerosoft also checked in this week with some more preview pics of the CRJ. The virtual cockpit appears to be progressing very nicely!

Mathijs says they are still on track for a late summer release...will be interesting to see if that holds. Nonetheless, it looks like a very exciting product when it finally hits the virtual skies.

feelThere E-Jets v2 Enters Beta Phase, Lots of Previews!

feelThere and their partners over at McPhat Studios, who have been working on a ton of extra liveries, have been showing off some nice previews of the E-Jets v2! This includes the E-175 and E-195 models, as previously mentioned.

Previews are streaming out of feelThere and McPhat now, here are some links for your viewing pleasure:
  • Some E-Jets v2 preview pics are over at feelThere's Flickr page.
  • A really nice screenshot of the new E-Jets HUD is over at the feelThere forums.
McPhat will be doing at least a couple of World Airliners liveries for this one, so stay tuned!

Looks like the E-Jets v2 will be taking the virtual skies before long -- quite possibly any day now.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Captain Sim's 707 Captain in "Beta," Releasing Soon?

Captain Sim announced in their support forums over the weekend that their forthcoming 707 Captain add-on has reached "beta" status, and if all goes well, it will be released to the world around the end of July!

Great news! I am really looking forward to this one. The 707 is truly a classic, worthy of a quality version in FSX. It will definitely be fun to take this great lady for a ride, especially since she so rarely flies the skies in real life anymore.

Looks to be an exciting few months ahead for Flight Sim fans:
  • Captain Sim 707 Captain due out late July/August, as mentioned here.
  • feelThere E-Jets vol. 2 is now in "beta" with lots of repaints being done over at McPhat. I imagine we'll probably see this one drop in August/September, if not sooner.
  • Aerosoft/Digital Aviation CRJ trucking right along. Aerosoft claims an August release is targeted for this, but that date seems very aggressive to me. (Translation: no offense, but I'll believe it when I see it.) Still, I would be very pleased to see this one drop sometime in the fall.
  • PMDG 737 NGX is also trucking right along. Previews of the external model are expected very soon. I think we'll see this one in the fall, too. The Dash-8 and 777 won't enter the wild until 2011.
  • There are lots of other projects in the cooker, too. Who knows? We may get a few surprises along the way. CoolSky is rumored to be working on another project. FlightSimLabs appears to have their roadmap for the next several years set with their new high-fidelity Airbus series. Aerosoft plans to get underway on a BAe 146 sometime this winter. PMDG is working on a Dreamlifter, and who knows what else? Somewhere, Level-D is still toiling away slowly at their 757. feelThere is working on an airport project, and possibly a refresh of their 737 PIC (Classic series). Maybe even AirSimmer will get it together and unveil the advanced version of their Airbus. Captain Sim still has the B-52 Driver, the 767-400, and probably other goodies yet to be announced in the queue.
Interestingly, a few new add-ons for X-Plane have been trickling out fairly recently, too. I've never played X-Plane, but it looks interesting. I'm not sure if this is a trend, or even if X-Plane is gaining any kind of momentum since Microsoft canned the ACES team last year, apparently ending any development of the Flight Simulator franchise.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Digital Aviation CRJ Preview: 02-Jul-2010

DA/Aerosoft have given the fans another update on progress of the CRJ here.

Looks like they have made a little more progress on the VC and the overhead panel. Very nice! Matthias Kok seems to hint that they were a little distracted with the Andras Field project (a virtual airpark) for a bit, but are now hot on the trail again.