xEnviro 1.08 is coming really soon and it seems like it will introduce some spectacular effects on the ground caused by snow or rain.

I suspected something like that when I read about the rain effect on the ground implemented in JustSim’s Larnaca that will be controlled by xEnviro 1.08, but my expectations were overtaken when I saw this pics on X-Plane 11 Espana facebook group.

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One of the most detailed airport created for X-Plane and P3D is slowly coming to life, and the latest shot by SKYLINE shows it

It’s quite a satisfaction to write again about the wonders done at SKYLINE Simulations headquarter. And, as Chris said in this interview, KCVG is slowly coming to life in a stunning way.

 

This pic shows the incredible level of detail of this scenery (thanks to Niilo who corrected as i wrote “aircraft”) that aims to be “one of the most detailed airports ever created for P3D and XP platforms”, as the developers wrote in their official facebook page.

Can this scenery really push the boundaries of X-Plane possibilities in terms of textures? Yes, but it need a super-optimization to run on different PCs, not only on top rigs!

 

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The photoreal tiles by MB Liveries are still waiting to be released, but the work has proceeded in a really outstanding way.

It’s a great pleasure for me to accomplish that one of the best photoreal project is still going on, maybe less smoothly than the past, but still alive.

Indeed MB Liveries has released some news about his work on facebook, that allowed us to discover the actual coverage of his work. Also Malta is included in his project (thanks to Malcolm for remembering me that).

 

As you can see we still miss some of the major italian airports, but the italian peninsula is almost complete. In my opinion this is the right project that invites simmers to my native land. The best with Frank Dainese’s Dolomiti 3D.

The detail will be stunning since all the tiles are ZL18 and the extraordinary knowledge of photoshop will certainly allow Matteo to fix the ugly color transition as he promised (and of course has done) in the launch post on x-plane.org forum that you can read here. I’d advise you to buy a new hard disk because the estimated space needed is almost 800 GB! But, as everything, perfection needs space.

 

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The official apparel and gadget store is finally online! Feel free to buy something to support both the blog and “La magia di un respiro”.

It’s a pleasure to introduce our official gadget and apparel store that you can visit here. There is only a sweatshirt but more articles will come in the next hours and days.

If you are a European citizen you can buy directly from the store, otherwise contact me at [email protected] if you live outside of Europe borders (not intended as EU, but as continent).  I will send you all the informations to pay the article and shipping.

Note that tomscockpit.com earns a percentage for every article, so the price does not depend on us actually. If you desire any article that is still not in the shop then contact us! We will be happy to assist your wishes.

 

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Let’s take a look to the major update of New York Airports packages by Drzewiecki’s designs. Payware update also for v1 owners

We all know how stunning was the view while landing in any New York’s airport with the Drzewiecki’s design amazing scenery. While New York City XP is still available, they updated the New York airports package, sold in two different (and independent) volumes. Let’s see the differences between v1 and v2.

New in version 2 or New York Airports:
  • Much better visuals
  • 100% of objects re-exported
  • new ground polygons with better textures
  • new aerial images
  • better detail objects (ground service vehicles, cars, people)
  • animated objects
  • Performance up to 200% higher than in v1
  • Extensive LODs
  • Custom shadows
  • Lights done from scratch
  • All models re-exported and highly optimized
  • All textures compiled to 4096pix sheets
  • Ground polygons highly optimized
  • New, optional static aircraft
  • Updated layouts (aprons, taxiways, markings etc.)
  • Full compatibility with XP10 and XP11
  • Support for XP11 native features like reflections, ATC, AI traffic, animated vehicles

The update for v1 owners is still payware but with the 35% of discount (total price is 15.6$, not bad).

The two packages contains the following airports: John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Teterboro in Volume 1 and Newark Intl, Essex County, Linden in Volume 2.

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The A-37 Dragonfly is released at x-plane.org. This is the new entry on military market and it’s interesting in the way it flies.

If you were thinking that Cessna produced only little passenger planes and business jets you are wrong. Indeed they produced also some military aircraft that are not well-known as the C172 and the Eclipse series.

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