DCS: Mi-24P Hind first impressions

The DCS: Mi-24P Hind is out and I’ve had a few hours with the helicopter now which means its time to write a bit about my first impressions with this new module. Makes a great first impression The Hind really makes a great first impression. A quick look around the cockpit and then at the…

A full review of Flying Circus Vol 2’s Fokker D.VIII

Flying Circus Vol 2’s aircraft set is slowly starting to grow and the second addition to the line-up is the last Fokker fighter of WWI – the D.VIII. This unique looking plane for the period has some really interesting attributes and adds some variety to the skies over the western front. This is my full…

Typhoon Mark IB for Battle of Normandy full review

IL-2: Great Battles latest WWII aircraft type is the Hawker Typhoon Mark IB. This well armed fighter fills a gap in the Allied tactical fighter force and brings us one step closer to the completion of the IL-2: Battle of Normandy expansion in the series. What’s this aircraft like, how does it perform in combat…

Fokker D.VIII first impressions

Flying Circus Vol 2 has increased its aircraft count to two thanks to the most recent IL-2 patch. The latest aircraft to arrive? That would be the Fokker D.VIII and here are my first impressions of this aircraft. A shared lineage The Fokker D.VIII arrived on the frontlines in the summer of 1918 and had…

Top Rudder 103 Solo review for Flight Simulator

Asobo Studios have released the first post launch aircraft into the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace and they have done it with a new aircraft type for the sim – an ultralight. The Top Rudder 103 Solo is a tiny aircraft with a small engine, an exposed airframe, and almost nothing separating your virtual pilot from…

Flying Circus Nieuport N.28 full review

The first aircraft from Flying Circus Vol 2 has arrived and it brings with it hope, expectations, new sim technology and a few concerns and debates left over from the Rise of Flight days. That’s a lot to cram into a review but I’m going to try! Let’s have a look at the Nieuport 28!…

Battle of Normandy’s Spitfire XIV full review

I’ve been patiently waiting for a combat flight simulator to do a Spitfire XIV for a couple of decades. The last time I flew one was in Aces Over Europe by Dynamix in 1993. For some of you, the last time you flew an XIV may have been in European Air War by Microprose in…

Revisiting the DCS: JF-17 in 2021

Now more than a year out from release, Deka Ironwork Simulations’ JF-17 Thunder for DCS World has gained a lot of fans and seen a few tweaks since it was released. As the second in my my new series focused on revisiting DCS World modules, I wanted to make sure that I put some attention…

Aerobask Phenom 300 for X-Plane 11 full review

There are just 12 business jets in the X-Plane.org store. It’s one of the most under-serviced aspects of aviation in the X-Plane 11 sim and there are precious few options for those who want a sleek and stylish modern business jet. X-Plane developer Aerobask seems set to change that with the release of their second…

shadeX for X-Plane 11 quick review

Let me be direct for a moment. Default X-Plane looks drab and dull and no amount of indications that the grey overtones over the sim are “realistic” will convince me that the real world looks that way. It certainly doesn’t to my eyes. This is a sim that needs a little help to punch up…