Testing out the improved Cessna 172 flight model in MSFS

Sim Update 9 is out and with it comes something very interesting that could have a big impact on the future of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Asobo have added a CFD based flight model upgrade on the Cessna C172 Skyhawk and here are my impressions. CFD what? Computational Fluid Dynamics or CFD is a simulation model…

IL-2’s graphics have made big jumps forward

Sometimes a flight sim takes a big leap forward and looks like a whole new sim all at once. DCS World did when it jumped up to version 2.5 and it did again when it went to 2.7 introducing new clouds, lighting, and all kinds of new effects. The team at 1C Game Studios working…

The roadmap for DCS this year?

Last year, Eagle Dynamics did something new and gave us a roadmap for their plans over the course of the year. Of course, not everything goes to plan and the challenges of software development usually mean delays happen. This year, we’ve heard word that Eagle Dynamics will not release a formal roadmap to us, however,…

How much is too much for flight sim content?

The launch of Hot Start’s Challenger 650 for X-Plane 11 has brought with it the steep price tag of $115 USD. And, as a result, a lot of discussion on the pricing of flight sim content. The question of how much is too much for a flight sim module is now making the rounds. What…

DCS A-4E-C community mod reaches version 2.0!

One of the best known modifications for DCS World that’s out there is the DCS: A-4 Community Mod project. They have released several updates to their initial release and version 2.0 has just arrived on the scene. Let’s have a look! A mod but not just any mod I don’t do a lot of coverage…

Goals in flight simulation in 2022

Last year I wrote myself some goals for 2021 and I am pleased to report that I have achieved most or all of my goals that I set out for myself. Although I didn’t spend as much time with bombers as I had hoped, I did do most of the other things that I set…

The state of flight simulation at the end of 2021

It’s been quite the year for flight simulation and I thought I’d do my best to take it all in and write something that covers the broad strokes of what we’ve seen this year. Then, have a quick look forward at what might dominate the headlines next year. The new golden age More than one…

DCS World 2022 beyond trailer teases F-4, Afghanistan, more!

Packed into the latest DCS World 2022 and Beyond trailer are a whole bunch of teases and suggestions at future content mixed in with all that we know a love already. So let’s get into it and break down this newest trailer. 2022 and beyond! Every year for the last several years, Eagle Dynamics, by…

Legends of the East Part Eight: IAR-80 and IAR-81

In 2019 I wrote a series called Legends of the East intended to boost familiarity of readers with eastern front aircraft featured in IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles. I write about a variety of types including the I-16, MiG-3, Yak and IL-2 series of aircraft and they were well received by readers at the time. Recent…

IL-2 Great Battles new clouds aren’t just a visual update

This year has been the year of the cloud in flight simulation. To be more accurate, it started back in 2019 when Microsoft Flight Simulator was first revealed and their new ray marched clouds blew us all away with their impressive visuals. Since then, we’ve seen everyone else aim to keep up with plugins for…