MAJESTIC SWEETNESS – the DC-6B

Parked on the tarmac of LOWS, in Salzburg, Austria, a four-engined Behemoth glimmers in the morning light.  The example at hand is N996DM, a fully restored Douglas DC-6B, owned and operated by Flying Bulls.  It was delivered as serial number 45563, in November of 1958.  In 1961 it was transferred to the Yugoslav Air Force, then later donated to the ...

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Horton’s Hints for FSX and Prepar3D

  This installment of the long-running series of Horton’s Hints focuses on new installations of FSX and Prepar3D, and explains how to move various files, as well as pilot records to new installations. In view of Microsoft’s new Flight product being a geographically limited game and not the hoped for successor to FSX, we believe that FSX users will recognize ...

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Helicopter flying in Far North Queensland: real versus virtual

Holidaying recently in Far North Queensland my wife Maureen and I shouted our good friend Joanne her first ever flight in a helicopter. The chopper, operated by SkySafari,  was a little Robinson R44, bright yellow and with seats for four passengers. We flew from the sugar cane town of Mossman right along the Mossman River and up into the Gorge ...

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FSLabs – An Interview with Lefteris Kalamaras

Lefteris is the founder and CEO of Flight Sim Labs in Greece, and they are currently working on the (FSX) world’s best Airbus 320 developed so far. Read about this project and his company in the interview below. Q: Tell us something about the team members, their skills and involvement. Flight Sim Labs was founded in 2008 and consists of ...

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Flying the B 25

Taking off Naturally this is my Flight Simulator and not the real thing, but sitting in the virtual cockpit of 34,000 pounds of an airplane looking out at 3,400 hp in two big noisy radials is a sight (and a sound) to behold. To make matters even more exciting, this is not the normal 7,000 foot runway one might be ...

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Managing Risk – Unsafe and Unusual Airports

High cliffs, steep drop-offs, short runways, curved finals. Air travelers know about many inherently dangerous airports around the world due to their configurations, and we flight simmers can test those airports with 100-percent safety.   Courchevel (LFLJ) is a 1,756-foot (536-meter) strip 6,420 feet (1,958 meters) in the ski areas of the French Alps. This unique airport has one numbered ...

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AeroflyFS and the return of a mountain goat

Memory Lane That ‘mountain goat’ would be me, a lifelong mountain hiker and aficionado. If you are expecting to read a classic flightsim software review here, then think again. Maybe if I tell you that I regard Switzerland as the Country of my Youth, having spent ALL of my Summers there for 16 years in a row, you may understand. ...

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The UKMIL FSX Buccaneer S.2 for FSX

The UKMIL FSX Buccaneer S.2 is the latest in a long series of FS add-ons developed by the UK-based development team UKMIL.  Like its real-world counterpart, the UKMIL FSX Buccaneer was also the result of a metamorphosis of design – in this case, its roots lay in another simulator platform.  Developed initially by a well-known mod team for the Strike ...

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Caching Large Hard Drives with Solid State Drives

There are three prominent technologies and related hardware that have emerged in the past year, with the noble goal of speeding up computer program loading and execution times. All three involve the use of a solid state drive to cache programs and data that reside on a larger hard drive. The motivation is to simultaneously take advantage of the lower ...

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