RailSimulator.com head Paul Jackson has announced that the company is changing name to Dovetail Games, as part of a rebranding exercise due to expansion into gaming areas other than rail simulation.
In this post at their “Engine Driver” site, Paul Jackson writes “It was clear to me that with our new, broader perspective, we would need a new company name. RailSimulator.com has been the perfect name for us over the past few years, but once we start to expand into new areas outside of trains, this name could create some confusion.
Do not think that our focus on train simulation is set to change – far from it. I will continue to grow our train simulation team and we are currently putting together our most ambitious product release plan to date.“
Fans of German bus simulator OMSI have just over 24 hours to wait until they can get their copy of its successor, featuring reworked versions of old content, plus a new vehicle and route.
The sim is backwards compatible, so content for OMSI will work in OMSI2, but unlike the first version, a Steam account is required to use the simulator, although it will be available through both Steam and the Aerosoft website, where you can already pre-order.
Users of Pete Dowson’s FSUIPC4 for FSX and Prepar3D have another update in the form of a full new installer for version 4.924 of the utility.
A full list of changes is included in the installer zip file – which as usual can be found on Pete’s support forum here – but of particular interest to many people will be compatibility changes to work with HiFi Tech’s new Active Sky Next. There are also work-arounds for some problems in P3Dv2, as well as new functions and requests from users.
Regardless of whether you are experiencing problems or not, it’s always worth trying to stay up to date with FSUIPC, at least the ‘major’ new installer versions, because of the bug fixes introduced and hence support being available only if you are up to date.
IVAO members received an email from the network to inform them about Crystal Skies event to take place this saturday December 14th.
Their goal is to achieve the maximum number of pilots and controllers connections between 06:40 pm and 07:20 pm UTC to gather funds for humanitarian aid project. The sponsor Aerosoft will give 1 Euro for each connection during this time frame. Pilots have to fly for 2 hours, and the controllers must manage their ATC position for 1 hour at least.
Synchro-Soft‘s latest soundset is for the RB211-535 engined Boeing 757 medium airliner.
Originally developed for the Lockheed L1011 Tristar, the RB211 series has gone on to provide sterling service on a number of Boeing airframes as well, including being a launch engine choice for both the B757 and B767 series. The video above showcases Synchro-Soft’s replacement soundpack in use with the Captain Sim B757, but in theory, it will work with any appropriate aircraft. Click here to purchase.
Colorado is home to a number of the best skiing resorts in the United States, as well as some fantastic vistas and the Mile High City itself, Denver.
The state as a whole is well over 100,000 square miles, but due to the terrain, only(!?) has 272 aiports. It makes up for that in mountains, with 50 peaks above 14,000′, let alone the 4,000′ used as a limit worthy of inclusion in other state packages. Whether you want to fly passengers into Denver, VIPs into Aspen or military jets into the ANG base at Buckley, the 50cm/pixel photoreal scenery of MegaScenery Earth‘s coverage will give you a lifelike landscape to fly over. Take a look here for full details.
Newly released for X-Plane 10 is SSG‘s 747-8 Intercontental Advanced – a high end add-on representing Boeing’s latest 747 passenger variant, licensed by the real world manufacturer and produced by VMAX.
Rebuilt from scratch for commercial release, rather than being a development of SSG’s freeware releases, the package includes many complex systems, gauges and a flight model that meets “most” of the real world aircraft’s performance data. Among the systems are a simplified Electronic Flight Bag, a Vertical Situation Display on the ND and a custom FMC with updatable NavData using Aerosoft’s NavDataPro.
Full details, more screenshots and purchase information can be found on the product page at X-Plane.org.