Microsoft is looking for 300 to test World Update IV

The latest update to Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming mid April and in the meantime they are looking for 300 virtual pilots to help them test World Update IV. Here’s what we know and what else is on the roadmap over the next few weeks. France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg Asobo Studios is looking to…

April Fool’s Day 2021 round-up

I’ve resisted doing any sort of April Fools gag around here but the flight sim community has it’s share of jokers and there have been some good ones this year. Here’s a round-up of the ones that caught my attention. Aeroplane Heaven and the Homebuilt Spitfire This one is great. A completely free Spitfire for…

Clearing up some historical facts around the Spitfire XIV

With the news that the Spitfire XIV is in beta test for IL-2: Battle of Normandy, I’ve seen plenty of excitement around the community about the new Spitfire’s imminent arrival as well as some confusion over what the type represents, where it fits into the history books, and how it will be flown. So, let’s…

My joystick is back in action!

For the last couple of years I’ve been very happily flying with a WarBRD base and grip as my primary flight control system. VIRPIL sent this unit to me for review and I gave it high marks for its robust construction, solid feel, and precision controls. From the warbirds of WWI and WWII to advanced…

MSFS patch to fix performance woes, dev update shows road ahead

A new patch version is out for Microsoft Flight Simulator and it’s aimed primarily at fixing some of the performance woes that many sim pilots have been experiencing since Sim Update 3. We’ve also seen the latest developer update which has slightly revised roadmap details and gives a slightly better picture of what’s on the…

DCS: Mi-24P Hind pre-order, trailer, plus new 2.7 details

Quite a few things are happening now for DCS World and the latest DCS World Weekend News update has packed in quite a few things. First, the DCS: Mi-24P Hind pre-order is now live and it comes with a fantastic new trailer. We also have learned some new details about DCS World 2.7 and the…

ATFLIR pod coming to DCS: F/A-18C

When it was clear that the AFLIR wouldn’t be ready for a while, Eagle Dynamics poured a lot of effort into the Litening II pod for DCS: F/A-18C. That’s given the Hornet a powerful system for coordinating pinpoint strikes on ground targets and conducting visual identification of air targets. Now the Hornet’s other pod, the…

First impressions of the Aerobask Phenom 300

It has been a while since an X-Plane aircraft release has captured my attention but when Aerobask announced that they were doing a new business jet and releasing it ahead of their highly anticipated Falcon 8X project, I immediately took note. Now that the Phenom 300 is out, what’s it like and what are my…

Announcing Sturmovikfest 2021

It’s around this time last year that the IL-2 community tried something new. Sturmovikfest was a virtual festival centered around community events and involvement where we celebrated all things about the series that many of us have been with for decades. It was a huge success and exceeded my wildest dreams. And it’s back! What…