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10-24-14

Showcasing Captain Sim’s 777 Trainer for Prepar3D

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The Prepar3D team is proud to welcome Captain Sim to it’s solution developer team!  Captain Sim has been producing and releasing world class add-ons for FSX for some years, and is now developing and releasing add-ons for Prepar3D.

Captain Sim also creates Lockheed aircraft add-ons as well, see more information at their home page:
http://www.captainsim.com/index.html

Exclusive 4K Ultra HD Gallery of the Captain Sim 777 Trainer in Prepar3D v2.4:

*Credit and thanks to Rob Ainscough for the beautiful high resolution gallery, and to FlyTampa for their Dubai airport and terrain add-on.

Key Features
  • Weather Radar (CS exclusive)
  • Electronic Flight Bag (CS exclusive)
  • Electronic Check List
  • Advanced systems programming
  • Authentic sound set

Exterior:

  • Accurate digital replicas of the 777-200ER (including GE, PW and RR engine variants) and 777-200LR aircraft
  • 4X high resolution textures of 12 popular liveries
  • 108 free liveries and growing
  • Hundreds of realistic animations
  • Transparent windows
  • Passengers
  • Stewardess model (various airline uniforms)

Interior:

  • Highly detailed and functional flight deck
  • Hundreds of accurate animations
  • 4X high resolution textures
  • Complete (3-class) passenger cabin including galley and lavatories

Misc Features:

  • ACE – Aircraft Configuration Editor
  • Manuals
  • Repaint kit
  • FPS friendly
  • Presaved flights
  • Realistic flight model

Bonus Features:

  • Navigraph navdata including Terminal Procedures
  • AIRAC support

10-14-14

The Next Revolution in Weather Realism

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Active Sky Next brings an entirely new level of realism to your simulation experience!  Advanced technologies enable incredible levels of accuracy and smoothness.  Realistic radar simulation, cloud position awareness and synchronized ambient effects, brand new air effects, brand new thunderstorm depictions, microbursts, thick overcast, smooth cloud transitions, variable cloud areas, voice weather briefings and forecast data integration are just some of the features that await you!

Exclusive Image Gallery of Active Sky Next in Prepar3D v2.4:

Service Pack 1 Now Released Officially for P3D

Active Sky Next has just been upgraded officially to SP1 and brings dozens of new features, improvements and adjustments to raise the bar even further in high fidelity weather simulation for Prepar3D v2.4:

  • Higher Performance
    New cloud depiction techniques, new storm depiction variations, and improved smooth theme reloading brings new levels of performance with reduced cloud-drawing overhead

  • Increase Data Resolution and Coverage
    Enhanced global gridded weather data synthesis provides new kinds of data and over 10 times the previous resolution, offering much improved realism and coverage for all kinds of conditions in all areas, regardless of availability of METAR reports

  • Improved Oceanic and Sparse-Coverage Weather Accuracy and Variation
    Utilizing the new data resolution and coverage, oceanic and sparse-coverage flights now include realistic weather conditions and cloud coverage that does not rely solely on interpolation

  • Improved cloud-based effects
    A new local cloud detection process greatly improves the synchronization of cloud-based effects including visibility reduction and turbulence

  • New in-sim Weather Request Menu
    Receive weather updates for local area, flight-plan stations, and winds aloft via an integrated SimConnect text menu that can be used directly within the simulator

  • New Prepar3D-based Enhancements
    ASN for P3D is now compatible with P3D v2.4 and includes additional performance tuning specific to P3D

  • New Dynamic Positional Variation for Sigmets and Airmets
    Airmets and Sigmets are now fully dynamic and provide variable conditions simulation for turbulence and icing in addition to convective activity
  • Improved Stability
    New installation and configuration routines provide a smoother user experience
Details

Active Sky Next (ASN) is the next weather simulation engine from HiFi Technologies, Inc. In development for 3 years, this new version of Active Sky has a completely new depiction system to enable enhanced visuals, accuracy and smoothness never before possible.

Using new low-level weather control techniques, the new depiction system eliminates many problems faced in the past, including inaccurate cloud locations, inaccurate coverage, thin overcast and excessive coverage gaps, non-smooth cloud transitions, inaccurate winds, and required compromises in depiction settings.

With ASN, your skies will be accurate, smooth, visually stunning and uncompromised. No longer must you configure complicated settings to achieve accuracy in certain areas while compromising others. You can have it all, all the time.

ASN also introduces, for the first time ever in a weather engine: Complete cloud position awareness, synchronized cloud-based ambient weather effects and an integrated accurate radar simulation. Precipitation is accurately depicted in the proper locations within and below appropriate cloud structures. Entering or exiting a cloud brings an appropriate change in precipitation, visibility and turbulence. The exact position of clouds and precipitation cells are always synchronized between the simulator depiction and the radar display.

Thunderstorms have been given great attention, utilizing the new depiction system, ambient effects, radar and cloud position synchronization. Completely new microburst, updraft and downdraft, enhanced turbulence and wind-shear effects combine to make thunderstorms beautiful yet dangerous. Using the new radar system will be key to safe piloting in the vicinity of these storms.

Full International Airmet/Sigmet simulation is now provided in real time weather mode, with airmet/sigmet areas shown visually on the map and/or gauge.  These areas are now also synthesized, influencing weather depiction appropriately.  If a Sigmet warns against severe turbulence, convective activity, or icing, you can expect to encounter this appropriately during your flight.

New voice weather briefings, a new intuitive user interface with resizable/undockable and multi-window support, redesigned high-resolution wake turbulence simulation and enhanced air effects are just a few of the other new features in ASN.

Features

Hybrid Weather Depiction System

  • Utilizing a combination of Theme Control, SimConnect Interfacing, and new Low-Level interfacing via our brand new AS Connect module, comprehensive control of the weather environment is finally achieved
  • Ambient conditions including Visibility, Wind Direction and Speed, Pressure, Temperature and Precipitation type/density are completely controlled, smoothed and synchronized for accurate and realistic conditions at all times
  • Higher performance depiction and updates utilizing new features such as dynamic Cloud Draw Distance Control

Smooth Cloud Theme Transitions

  • Clouds depicted using the Theme Control method are smoothed during transitions to new conditions using our unique Smooth Theme Reload method

Newly Designed High-Fidelity Air Effects

  • Air effects are brand new, bypass all internal simulator air effects and include:
    • Wind Shear with Predictive Detection and Alert System (via audio warnings and visual mapping overlay)
    • Microbursts synchronized with thunderstorm activity
    • Updrafts and Downdrafts with high-resolution terrain awareness
    • Thermals with realistic simulation based on temperature and surface type
    • Wake Turbulence with realistic moving wake trails effected by wind
    • Cloud Turbulence synchronized with cloud sprite positions
    • Enhanced Wind Turbulence with direct aircraft attitude control vs. simple camera head movement

Cloud Sprite Awareness For Accurate In-Sim Depiction Synchronization

  • In-cloud visibility reduction
  • Cloud-related turbulence
  • Accurate ambient precipitation localization and control
  • Accurate radar precipitation graphics
  • Accurate cloud position graphics

New Precipitation Radar Graphics

  • New levels of realism are provided with totally accurate precipitation radar that is aware of actual cloud sprite positions in the simulator
  • See and avoid dangerous conditions on the radar that accurately match the in-sim depiction

Graphics Compatibility

  • ASN works with any graphics add-on, or default graphics textures

Included Radar and Weather Mapping Gauge

  • Easily installs into any aircraft using the Installation Wizard
  • Realistic satellite-wx-based mapping display with NEXRAD precipitation simulation
  • Predictive Wind Shear system provides aural wind shear alerts

New Thunderstorm/CB Simulation

  • Thunderstorms are bigger, higher, and more consistently depicted
  • Integrated Turbulence, Wind Shear, Microburst, and Vertical Air effects
  • Strong thunderstorm cells can be difficult if not impossible to fly through
  • Different effects depending on position relative to the thunderstorm clouds

Uncoupled Audio/Voice System

  • Allows playback of audio on either client or server in networked configuration
  • Allows selecting the desired audio device
  • New voice sets and new voice weather briefings
  • New voice SIGMET and AIRMET warnings

Comprehensive Weather mapping With New Overlays:

  • Precipitation Base Reflectivity and Echo Tops
  • Detailed Cloud Positions
  • Predictive Wind Shear
  • Other Aircraft (includes wake trail representation)
  • Winds, Visibility, Sigmets, Airmets, Pireps, Stations, Airports, NDBs and VORs
  • Flightplan Route and Waypoints with integrated flight plan editing capability
  • New high performance display with click and drag panning and track-up display mode

Integrated Real-Time Sigmets, Airmets and Pireps (Both USA and International)

  • Sigmets and Airmets provided by actual data for all global regions
  • Sigmets and Airmets provide influence in weather synthesis (i.e. appropriately injecting forecasted turbulence)
  • Pireps provided by actual AS user reports

Aloft Inter-layer Interpolation

  • Provides smooth and realistic vertical transitions of wind direction, wind speed and temperature as you climb and descent

Weather Cell Awareness and Depiction Control

  • Complete awareness and synchronization of weather cell-based cloud model drawing for the ultimate in cloud depiction accuracy
  • Prioritization of inter-cell weather station data depending on departure and/or flight plan relevant stations

Forecast Weather Integration Including New Forecast Aloft Data

  • With the click and drag of a mouse, see forecast conditions, graphically and textually, hour by hour, up to 24 hours in advance
  • Improved winds aloft planning accuracy
  • Dynamic weather changes based on forecast conditions when METAR information becomes stale

Brand New User Interface

  • Multi-monitor support
  • Resizable and undockable windows
  • Multiple weather condition window support

Access to the Improved HiFi Weather Data Network

  • Multiple high-performance servers in different regions for excellent redundancy and availability
  • Always-improving coverage and resolution
  • High-resolution surface and wind aloft data collected from multiple sources
  • Newly incorporated multiple forecast-window wind aloft data (real-time and historical)
  • Historical data access for the past 2 years

Accurate Winds Aloft

  • Using World Area Forecast System data (a.k.a. GRIB data), developed and improved since 2002
  • Enhanced high-altitude wind and temperature simulation above 50,000ft
  • Completely smooth transitions at all times with no wind shifts

Hurricane Simulation

  • Realistic hurricane simulation based on actual hurricane data
  • Overrides surface weather station data (which is usually erroneous during hurricanes)

Full Flight and Weather Planning

  • Manually enter, import, or build a flight plan using auto-routing
  • Easily change waypoints/route during planning or while in-flight
  • Receive updated navigation log, weather briefing text, or voice weather briefings
  • Receive favorable wind/altitude information, dynamic ETAs per waypoint and live conditions updates

Integrated Voice Features

  • Receive realistic voice weather updates via ATIS, FlightWatch and FSS simulation by tuning your radio to 122.0, 122.02 or 122.05

Enhanced Weather Search

  • Easily find weather conditions with improved station/range filtering

Smart Data Interpolation

  • More robust data interpolation for more realistic weather conditions and depiction in areas with fewer reporting stations

Station Database Management

  • Easily add, edit or disable different types of stations (Weather, Airport, NDB, VOR)

Additional New Features

  • New Hail simulation and included hail audio effects
  • Automatic Simulator Flight Plan Import (optional)
  • Customizable User Option Presets and EASY/REALISM mode option sets
  • Favorite Weather Stations (add, remove, and recall any station’s conditions from the favorites menu)
  • Quick Start-up (ASN loads in less than 10 seconds in most cases)
  • Persistent Windows (all screens position, size, and docked/undocked status restored at startup)
For More Information and to Purchase Visit the Active Sky Next Home Page

http://www.hifitechinc.com/products/activeskynext

10-07-14

Showcasing A2A Simulations Accu-Sim C172 Trainer for Prepar3D

c172The Prepar3D team is proud to welcome A2A Simulations to it’s solution developer team, partner with them on future enhancements to the Prepar3D platform, and showcase their innovative development efforts.

A2A has released the Accu-Sim C172 Trainer for Prepar3D. If any aeroplane ever deserved to be called “classic”, then the venerable and ubiquitous Cessna 172 in all of its many variations surely deserves that title. It is a time-tested benchmark of aircraft efficiency, utility and excellence; it is one of the most recognizable aeroplanes. The Cessna 172 has endured going- on six decades, and is an indisputably traditional design.

Exclusive 4K Ultra HD Gallery of the Accu-Sim C172 Trainer in Prepar3D v2.4:

*Credit and thanks to Rob Ainscough for the beautiful high resolution gallery.

A2A Accu-Sim C172 Trainer Features:
  • Experience one of the world’s most popular trainer airplanes.
  • Immersive pre-flight inspection system designed by pilots while operating the actual Cessna 172.
  • A true propeller simulation.
  • Electric starter with accurate cranking power.
  • Dynamic ground physics including both hard pavement and soft grass modeling.
  • Primer-only starts are now possible. Accu-Sim monitors the amount of fuel injected and it’s effectiveness to start and run the engine.
  • Persistent airplane where systems, corrosion, and temperatures are simulated even when the computer is off.
  • Immersive in-cockpit, physics-driven sound environment from A2A engineered recordings.
  • Complete maintenance hangar internal systems and detailed engine tests including compression checks.
  • Piston combustion engine modelling. Air comes in, it mixes with fuel and ignites, parts move, heat up, and all work in harmony to produce the wonderful sound of a Lycoming 360 engine. Now the gauges look beneath the skin of your aircraft and show you what Accu-Sim is all about.
  • Authentic Bendix King Avionics stack including the KMA 26 Audio Panel, two KX 155A NAV/COMMS, KR 87 ADF, KT 76C Transponder, KN 62A DME, and KAP 140 Two Axis Autopilot with altitude pre-selection.
  • Three in-sim avionics configurations including no GPS, GPS 295, or the GNS 400.
  • As with every A2A aircraft, it is gorgeously constructed, inside and out, down to the last rivet.
  • Designed and built to be flown “By The Book.”
  • Visual Real-Time Load Manager, with the ability to load fuel, people, and baggage in real-time.
  • Four naturally animated passengers that can sit in any seat including the pilot’s.
  • 3D Lights ‘M’ (built directly into the model).
  • Pure3D Instrumentation now with natural 3D appearance with exceptional performance.
  • A total audible cockpit and sound engineered by A2A sound professionals.
  • In cockpit pilot’s map for handy in-flight navigation.
  • Authentic fuel delivery includes priming and proper mixture behaviour. Mixture can be tuned by the book using the EGT or by ear. It’s your choice.
  • All models include A2A specialized materials with authentic metals, plastics, and rubber.
  • Airflow, density and its temperature not only affect the way your aircraft flies, but how the internal systems operate.
  • Real-world conditions affect system conditions, including engine temperatures.
  • Spark plugs can clog and eventually foul if the engine is allowed to idle too low for too long. Throttling up an engine with oil-soaked spark plugs can help clear them out.
  • Overheating can cause scoring of cylinder head walls which could ultimately lead to failure if warnings are ignored and overly abused
  • Engine, airframe, cockpit panel and individual gauges tremble from the combustion engine.
  • Authentic drag from the airframe and flaps
  • System failures, including flaps that can independently jam or break based on the actual forces put upon them. If you deploy your flaps at too high a speed, you could find yourself in a very dangerous situation.
  • Authentic battery. The battery capacity is based on temperature. The major draw comes from engine starting.
  • Oil pressure system is affected by oil viscosity (oil thickness). Oil viscosity is affected by oil temperature. Now when you start the engine, you need to be careful to give the engine time to warm
  • Eight commercial aviation sponsors have supported the project including Phillips 66 Aviation, Champion Aerospace, and Knots2u speed modifications.

All of this means you are using the same technology we license out to be used in the professional certified and non certified trainers used to train pilots world wide.

P3D section of the A2A Store;

https://a2asimulations.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=11&zenid=ae207ebbd028e33d599d7ccde41f150f

10-06-14

FS Global Real Weather

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The Prepar3D SDK allows developers to create a wide variety of value-add training tools and solutions for Prepar3D.  One great example is FS Global Real Weather from PILOT’s which allows Prepar3D users to augment their learning and training with realtime weather data.

FS Global Real Weather is a fast loading, easy to use, weather engine for  Prepar3D v1.4 and V2.x.

FS Global Real Weather delivers weather data calculated out of realtime data of more than 24,000 observation stations (land and sea-based) worldwide. It also calculates air masses and temperatues for upper air levels on a scientific basis, which is absolutely necessary for correct flight planning using real world tools.

Additional features include:

  • Real upper and lower air winds
  • Cloud types
  • Clear air turbulence
  • Icing
  • Historic weather
  • Weather reporting
  • Flight plannin
  • Compatibility with ATC and AI Traffic.
Exclusive Gallery of FS Global Real Weather in Prepar3D:

Please visit www.fly2pilots.com for more information, including purchasing information, screenshots, FAQs and additional products from PILOT’s.

09-29-14

Today Announces the Release of the Fourth Update of Prepar3D v2

Updates to Prepar3D v2.4 are available in both a patch to an existing v2.3 installation, or as a new installer from your Purchased Downloads page. If you are a current Prepar3D v2 user, as with all v2 updates, there is no charge to upgrade. Please be sure to read the download and installation instructions so that you have a seamless upgrade and update process.

Exclusive Gallery of the Orbx Lake Tahoe Scenery in Prepar3D v2

The Lockheed Martin Prepar3D team loves hearing about your experiences with Prepar3D at our forums. The forums also give us an opportunity to listen to your feedback as we continue Prepar3D development. We’ve partnered with our forum users and with several 3rd party solution developers to continue to bring added features, enhancements, optimizations as well as additional backwards compatibility, bug fixes, and additional stability to Prepar3D v2.

We hope you find Prepar3D v2.4 continues to bring you the most immersive learning, simulation and training platform available.

The Prepar3D v2.4 update brings general bug fixes, rendering updates, as well as several requested features and enhancements to the SimDirector mission creation tool.

To see an example of SimDirector, load two of the new default missions that now come with Prepar3D – Checklist and Startup Procedure Demonstration to see an example of a Prepar3D virtual instructor demonstration, and Checklist and Startup Procedure Evaluation to see an example of a graded evaluation on that same procedure demonstration.

This v2.4 is an incremental update to fix a handful of outstanding issues present in v2.3.

The full listing of improvements, fixes, and requested enhancements is listed below.

General Platform Updates

  • Fixed a crash when saving/loading scenarios due to corrupt object configuration files
  • Custom camera orientation will now load correctly when multiple views are open
  • Saving the Internal Vehicle Cast setting with setting profiles
  • Fixed issue of blending between unlimited visibility layers
  • Resolved an indefinite hang when selecting the observer role in multiplayer missions

Rendering and Performance Updates

  • Corrected issues with batched objects and airport lighting on systems with multiple graphics cards
  • Fixed an issue with BGL objects that were causing a memory leak and crash
  • Fixed an issue with clouds being rendered quadruple the intended size
  • Fixed an issue with particle effect scale being larger than intended
  • Fixed an issue with multiple texture entries in panel configurations not being rendered
  • Fixed issue with vertical geometry spikes
  • Corrected an issue with cursors causing issues when HDR was enabled
  • Added transparent panel support for auxiliary windows
  • Fixed issues with custom camera post process settings not properly loading
  • General fixes to terrain shadow artifacts
  • Fixed issues with material z-bias level behavior not being consistent

SimDirector Updates

  • Added a backstage file menu to help configure the scenario, open recent files, change settings, and other useful operations
  • Added hotkeys for common interactions
  • Changed the behavior of actions so that if an action is unreferenced, then it will fire when the scenario begins
  • Improved the object catalog by adding extensive filtering for new users and helpful key shortcuts for power users
  • Improved and simplified the controls to navigate the world and manipulate objects
  • Added the ability to use the Time Preview window and toggle Weather Visibility while editing scenarios
  • Added the ability to preview text-to-speech for the DialogAction
  • Fixed an issue where the application would hang when creating a scenario while the Mission Incomplete message box was open
  • Fixed an issue where undocking windows would freeze SimDirector
  • Fixed an issue where the VI Sessions window was not able to be used after resetting the scenario
  • Fixed an issue where Panel objects would not respect the panel that they were referencing when previewing the mission

SDK and SimConnect Updates

  • Added preliminary Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) integration sample
  • Added support for 3ds Max 2015
  • Added SIMCONNECT_CAMERA_SENSOR_MODE to the C# SimConnect headers
  • Corrected an issue with exported attach points being placed with the wrong orientation