All Is Well

As I’ve mentioned, we moved to Tampa about two months ago, so we have spent the past two weeks dealing with Hurricane Irma. Several readers had wished us well in the comments and via email, and we appreciated it very much. We did have to evacuate, and ended up on the go from Panama City to Raleigh to Savannah, but we returned Wednesday afternoon and finally had power restored last night. Our home, and the sim, survived unscathed. We’ve had a lot of cleanup to do, but we count ourselves very fortunate. Thank you again for the good thoughts.

X-Plane 11.05rc1 Beta: Airports, Airports, Airports!

X-Plane 11.05rc1 Beta: Airports, Airports, Airports!

The latest X-Plane beta is out (11.05rc1) and its main feature is new default airports. Once this beta goes live, X-Plane users will have 4,817 3-D airports to enjoy. This reflects over 100 new airports since the last release, and improvements (most often taking an airport from 2D with no buildings to 3D with buildings) for over 1,200 other fields. As with most of the airports in X-Plane, members of the X-Plane community have designed these fields, and I’m happy to say that new releases of X-Plane will feature these fields designed by yours truly (including KVNY Van Nuys, pictured above):

  • 1U7 Bear Lake County
  • 33U Dutch John
  • 38U Wayne Wonderland
  • 65S Boundary County
  • KCLW Clearwater Airpark
  • KOQN Brandywine Airport
  • KPUC Carbon County / Price
  • KSAA Shively Field
  • KSBD San Bernardino
  • KTHP Hot Springs County / Thermopolis
  • KTPF Peter O. Knight
  • KVNY Van Nuys
  • U07 Bullfrog Basin
  • U14 Nephi
  • U42 South Valley Regional
  • U96 Cal Black Memorial

This is a great update for X-Plane users. If you have “download betas” turned on in your installation you’ll get a prompt for this update the next time you load the sim. If you are not in the beta program, you can look forward to these fields in the next full release (which usually comes a few weeks after each beta).