Another weekend is here and with it a bunch of flight sim news that I didn’t get to report on through the week. As usual there are updates all over the place. Flying Iron Simulations updated their Spitfire to version 1.2.1, IndiaFoxtEcho has done a DCS: MB-339 start-up training video, RedKite compares old and new FLIR in DCS, X-Rotors has updated both AW139 and AW109 helicopters, new custom scenery for X-Plane 12, and more!
Flying Iron Update their MSFS Spitfire IX to 1.2.1
A long list of updates are in place for version 1.2.1 for Flying Iron’s Spitfire IX for Microsoft flight simulator. Among the fixes are improvements to the flight model, slightly reduced braking effectiveness, a whole bunch of new sounds, improved cockpit visuals, shadows and elimination of a light leak issue. Check out the whole list here.
Get ready to learn the DCS: MB-339 startup
The next DCS: MB-339 training video is out. This time its a walkthrough of the 339’s start-up procedures. At just under 7-minutes, this is a relatively straightforward process.
There are some fun and very obvious call-outs to IndiaFoxtEcho’s other DCS project the G.91 and they have one of their weirder 3D models parked out on the apron as well. You’ll see what I mean.
RedKite compares FLIR for DCS
With the introducing of a new FLIR mode comes new bugs. And Eagle Dynamics have een busy working on some fixes for some of their older models so that their FLIR systems can make use of the new FLIR model better. Fortunately, many of those updates are now in and RedKite gives us a good comparison of them.
X-Rotors update AW139 and AW109
X-Plane aircraft maker X-Rotors have been busy working on their hangar full of helicopters. New updates for their helicopters have just come out. Their AW139 module, released a few years ago, is now on to a new version. Among the updates? Frame rate agnostic rotor animations – an issue that X-Rotors has struggled with and now has solved. Checkout the AW139 changelog here.
The much newer AW109 release also see’s some key updates bringing that aircraft up to version 1.08. Again, most of the fixes are aimed at the rotor animations which have been an issue. But no longer! Read the AW109 changelog here.
Laminar shows new X-Plane 12 custom scenery
Laminar Research is highlighting another third party developer. This time its Frank Dainese who has done some nice mountain landscape scenery add-ons in the past. Here it really seems to shien with the new X-Plane 12 lighting and weather engine. Impressive!
DCS WWII updates
Sunstag from Eagle Dynamics does another small DCS WWII focused video. This one focuses in on some updates on what is being done with DCS WWII. Most of the updates are under the hood including some tweaks to the mission editor and AI profiles. Right now, I think the excitement will be mostly confined to mission editors but that always has a benefit to us flyers at some point too.
Fly in some bad weather in MSFS
Just Flight are offering a scenario pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator that let you fly through some very specifically designed bad weather. The $10.99 pack has you flying in three different places using whatever aircraft you want to fly. More on the JustFlight website.