Alert- 727 Manual released

Jack has smartly made the manual for his much anticipated 727 for X-Plane available, see below. We always appreciate devs who publish their handbooks freely, it’s a great way for people to gauge an addon’s complexity or otherwise.



F1 2011 Slow Motion

An updated video now that I’ve become more used to some of the replay features. As I say in the Youtube blurb, this game is so much more detailed, clear and subtle than the now ancient consoles (PS3 and Xbox 360). A dream to drive.

The modelling of the track in uncanny – having been there quite a few times, I recognise the undulations of the driving surface and they’ve even modelled the barbecue rotundas that are dotted around the lake.


Another Revolution – Vibe, AskLocal and Virtual Graffiti

This post has nothing to do with flightsims, but this might as well be a home for any other ideas/rants etc!

Today I heard about the iPhone apps ‘Vibe’ and ‘AskLocal’ (both made by The possibilities of these apps, that right now are being used by the good folks over at the Occupy Wall Street protests, astonished me. For organising such events, or just having short, localised chats with your buddies anonymously. Hence the name I used in doing the graffiti, Anonymouse..

I’ve already posted my first ‘Virtual Graffiti’ near the protests in New York, the first ever VirtualG in the world I believe – trust me and my warped mind. A couple of little messages, placed so anyone walking by (physically or just using the AskLocal map) can see them. Carefully targeted, this could be an effective advertising tool as well, airshows will never be the same!

Give it a try. I’m suggesting people post their VirtualG messages in the smallest range  possible, like 10 metres/30ft, to make any visit to any site in the world a real adventure as you walk by staring into your iPhone 4S (Come on, you know you want one..)

Poor Steve Jobs, to me, this is the most exciting time to be alive – in the future –  every tomorrow holds amazing developments. Sometimes horrid, but amazing in any case..



VERY low altitude flying!

Yeah, I am a smart-arse. F1 2011 by Codemasters is a very impressive ‘game’ for the PC. You can even fly if you get your braking points wrong.

In researching it, I almost accidentally bought the PS3 version, however fortunately for me I came across some scathing reviews of it, there are some shocking jaggies due to very poor anti-aliasing in the PS3 version.

The pc version is getting excellent reviews though, and even better, it was only $49 on steam, compared to the usual overpriced 70-80 for the consoles. Come on Sony, wake up to yourselves! It ain’t the 1980’s anymore. Oh and as I’ve said before, kill that Vita portable crap before it kills YOU. Between Android PS2 emulators and iPad/iPhone domination, you just won’t succeed. I digress…

Below are some pictures of my local Formula One track down in Albert Park, Melbourne, including close ups of one of our favourite haunts, the Melb. Sports and Aquatic Centre, stunningly realised in 3D behind all the rain.

The video shows you how well this game runs on my (now) slightly above average PC. I have all its settings MAXED out, and it still runs at 90fps without fraps! If I didnt use my PS3 for hd video recording, I might scrap it. No wonder pc gaming is starting to take off again, these consoles are getting very long in the tooth nowadays. The only thing the console is really good for is its controllers, which I’ve been able to connect to the pc and use for driving.

Oh well, another diversion again. This WILL keep me addicted for a fair while, I’ll be posting any good videos or photos of the most spectacular tracks/crashes along the way

Seeya soon


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Well it’s ‘sort of a flightsim’

We are really stretching the definition, but hell, this looks brutal! And I thought Arma II was hardcore..

I, your devoted scanner of all flight simulations, pledge to study this ‘sim’ thoroughly. I get all the tough jobs. Don’t expect a long treatise on the flight models though  – it probably makes Arma II look like Xplane.

Get the Beta here.

2011 is looking a massive year for games. Then I see this next replay of another simulation involving ‘wings’ and low-level flying…Just watch the flexing bodywork and end result of a ‘missed approach:

Santa better have some meaty servers or all the kiddies will be missing out this year!







Manhattan X, VRS F-18E and some ships..

Pardon me for an absence of posts lately – I’ve been a little distracted!

The VRS  F-18E, available here, is verily marvellous, deep, complex and has an excellent flight model/feel, as verified by real pilots. I’m in love, so have neglected you all!

I bought the Manhattan X scenery from Aerosoft, as well as the FSDreamteam KJFK airport, which is situated nearby. Thought I’d really test my i7 920 system to the max. Pleasantly pleased with the results, with the airport allowing over 20-25 fps and the dense city 25-28 fps. At night it gets lower, and just as you take off you get a second or two at 18, but it’s hardly noticeable.  The FSDT airport is pretty good, I think overpriced for the relative lack of detail compared to Orbx’s efforts, but it’s still worth it for anyone like me who will make this a regular destination. The Traffic X traffic works very well with it to boot.

I’ve never been to NYC, always wanted to, so I’m flying around the area a great deal, enjoying the dawn/dusk and marvelling at how dense this area of humanity is, let alone the confusing array of airports. Manhattan X is famous, and justifiably so. Never seen so many scenery objects in my life. And now we modern PC users can get more than 10fps – Maybe I should have said Manhattan X is ‘infamous’ for that reason.

With the F-18 being carrier capable, I did my research and found this amazing freeware carrier package by Javier Fernandez. Dare I say better than the payware Xplane version? Only problem is that it does not have a rolling deck, so landings are too easy..sort of. A handy free ship placement addon,  AICARRIERS,  makes things even nicer, you can have 10 ships all around you, brilliant.

These are the best of the shots I took along the way. I had taken some video, but wasn’t happy with the stuttering result, which I’ve now fixed by using Nvidia Inspector to force my GPU to control antialiasing rather than FSX.

I’m finding the F18 deep, with landings and takeoffs a challenge to perfect. I still miss the feel of a moving mass of air under you in Xplane, but that loss is negated by the other good stuff, like the scenery and the stupidly detailed reflections on the livery of that 18!  All a great diversion while waiting for Xplane10 to get out.