Well, the faucet has been turned on and the water is pouring out…pouring out new liveries for the default 744 in XP10, that is! We’ve got a bunch to look at, but before we do we’d better take a look at the news:
- Executives of the hedge fund that has invested heavily in LightSquared were notified Dec. 8 that they may be investigated for possible civil securities-law violations, said published reports. The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 9 that Harbinger Capital Partners, the major financier of LightSquared and its GPS-jamming mobile satellite network, had disclosed that Philip Falcone and two other HCP board members received so-called Wells notices from the Securities and Exchange Commission. AOPA Online. (Oh, by the way, there is no corruption in American politics. ed)
- Two lawmakers in New York are urging the Transportation Security Administration to hire passenger advocates at U.S. airports. The proposal was prompted by an 85-year-old woman’s report of being strip-searched by the TSA. She said that during the search at a New York airport, her back brace was removed. The TSA denies the woman’s report. “TSA has programs in place for the screening of people with all types of disabilities and medical conditions and their associated equipment,” the agency said. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (Surely all 85 year old women need to be strip searched by government agent because hey, you never know.)
- The top three executives at Google have offered to rebuild a historic hangar. Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt have offered to pay for the $33 million renovation of Hangar One at Moffett Field in California. The hangar used to house airships for the U.S. Navy and is now owned by NASA. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) And we wrote a bit about this one when we covered the Tom Curtis airports for the San francisco Bay Area, as Moffett Field will be among those included in the final production package.
- Jin Qian Sheng, the secretary general of the China Aviation Industrial Base, visited central Florida last week to explore business opportunities. “You have such a great pool of knowledgeable people — professionals and engineers — so you cannot export from anywhere that is any better than this,” he said. Florida Today (Melbourne) (This used to be called spying, but nowadays it’s all just free market capitalism.)
- The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a website to report laser strikes on aircraft, which have rose from about 300 in 2005 to 3,129 as of Nov. 25. The FAA said major metropolitan areas report the highest number of laser strikes. The agency announced that it would impose civil penalties of up to $11,000 for people who point lasers at aircraft cockpits.Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (Young Jedi, feel the force flow through you…)
My very own copy of XP10 arrived today! It arrived in a letter-sized bubble-pak mailer envelope with a receipt from X-Aviation tucked away neatly inside. The foldout slipcase wasn’t shrink wrapped so I was concerned about the condition of the DVDs inside, but the concern appears unwarranted. There are no warnings about installing via the download installer anywhere on my product, BTW, and hopefully this little hiccup will be resolved soon. In the meantime, Simon advises that this link will help you along the way with the installation:
I’ve got time slated for the install later this week and will report how it goes then.
(Update: X-Aviation DID include a nice little card with this updated installation data; it had slipped down into the DISC 1 slot. Cameron at XA cued me in on where to find it!)
Nicola passed along the following information re: the MD902 Explorer, and it’s worth noting: A few days back I said I’d still be finding things on the Explorer – well, I am. Check out these images, the detailing on the searchlight on the police variant, the luggage in the VIP variant, the skid damper reservoir on all variants. That is some attention to detail indeed…..
I think we are underestimating Aubrey’s talents. I think this is one developer to REALLY watch, because he’s going to come up with a few masterpieces. NM
I think we’d have to agree with that assessment, Nicola! Great intel, and thanks for passing the info along!
And from reader GNW, a recent outing along the Rabat to Casablanca leg of XPFR’s Aeropostale Route:
And as promised, a few of the images Kevin sent along recently. We’ll have more during the week, too!
So…ready to look at some 747s?
Because we got some today! And yes, these images are all full size so click away and enlarge…
You know what? There’ve been a few occasions recently when XP10 has just literally taken my breath away, and working on these images was one of them. First, this new Qantas livery for the default 744 by jiggyb2 is competently done (no question there), though there are a few niggling errors. Still, to my old eyes this effort just looks grand against such a dramatic backdrop.
So in truth it’s these cloudscapes that are hitting me so hard…Flying around in XP10 is just going to be a hypnotic experience once you’ve got settings down…and Javier’s reinterpretation of the 744 simply looks awesome. Still, you’ve just got to get inside those clouds to get the full impact of what Laminar has achieved…
In these two just above I imaged from right along the periphery of a cloud, and light began to shimmer as if individual ice crystals were dancing in the low sun angles. It was one of the XP-tengasm moments Simon and I have been prattling on about of late. Sorry. I know it must be boring, but there it is. There is an endless palette of exploratory options available in here, and I think it will fully take years to really appreciate the scope of this effort.
Anyway, jiggyb2′s Qantas is a nice effort, and this one follows on recent trends and is flat out dirty. Well…gross-out filthy might be a better description…but whatever…this airplane looks like the last time it was clean was when it left the factory.
Oh…FlightzTime56 will have more to say on the errors in the basic livery later this week, and we’ll look at his version of this paint then.
jiggly followed up his Qantas with this South African Airways for the 744, and this ACF’s paint is just plain filthy too. I mean it’s just oozing oil and grease, and in fact looks as if it’s just flown through a mud storm.
This paint will be useful for long haul flights to Europe and New York City too. And maybe you can find a car wash and drive it on through…
Jirawat’s latest effort in his Thai series is for the default 744 in 10, and it too is just gorgeous. BTW, he’s now given us Thai paint for the x737, the Glanville A320, an older 747, and now the 744. Okay…so what we need now is fresh paint for the CRJ200 (Rollon), the Q400 (Fly J Sim), the QPAC320, and perhaps the RJ70…then we’ll have all possible options available!
In these images, sunsets all, the landing lights are on, the tail logos as well, and it’s just amazing how subtle the lighting effects are.
Still…these cloudscapes just get me…that’s all there is to it. I don’t like to patter on about this…but really! A box of tissues would look great next to those clouds!
Still, I think this Thai effort is simply an extremely well done livery (interiors are done as well), and we can only hope we get some excellent Thai airports in 10 soon. And oh, before I forget! These paints are supposed to work on the XP9 version of this ACF (that was briefly – if questionably – available), in case you were wondering.
Another note. This is a clean livery. No dirt. No grease. No slimy handprints from a mechanic that just scarfed down three beef burritos from Taco Hell. And I love ‘em this way! All these other filthy liveries just look like festering dog poop to me. Maybe that’s the point, but the appeal simply escapes me. Good airlines fly clean planes. Simple as that. Thai is a good airline. And this is a clean paint. It fits. I thought Qantas and SAA were good airlines too. BA as well. So, what gives?
Here’s an idea. If you want to make dirty paints, make a clean one too. All things being equal, we promise to post pictures of your dirty work along with the clean! As usual, we’ll never post substandard work unless it’s to prove a point.
Hallelujah, Brother! XPFR is posting new airports this week, and we’ll take a look at one of ‘em today. 8523 Luçon Chasnais is located about 20 miles north of La Rochelle, hard by the Bay of Biscay, and XPFR has about three gazillion other airports in the region to keep this one happy, too. In other words go to their site, click the scenery icon, then go to the POITOU-CHARENTES sub-header on the left and start loading up your custom scenery folder. You’ll be busy flying SW France for weeks and having a blast while you do.
You’ll note in the Google imagery above that recent releases from XPFR are running up the coast. Headed for the Brittany coast, too. Curious.
One thing XPFR does is fill out their scenery efforts with nice little touches, and 8523 has it’s fair share, too. Note the mechanic working on the C152 (above) or the legs on that gal below. Leen de Jager’s (naughty) PH-JFK livery just seems to go with such scenery too, don’t you think?
At any rate, there’s more than enough to keep you busy in this region of France, and Lyon and Paris aren’t THAT far away!
Jacques Brault continues his recent efforts in Ontario, Canada with this effort at CYGK | Kingston. The image above is dark for a reason, of course: there are no LIT textures here. Is this an omission, or has Jacques been thinking ahead to XP10?
LIT textures won’t be purely necessary in XP10 – as long as you want to go in and put global illumination light sources in your old scenery files. I think Jacques has only made about thirty million scenery files so the work wouldn’t take tooooo very long!
Incidentally, the following airlines and destination are showing up here:
|Air Canada Express operated as Air Georgian||Toronto-Pearson|
|Air Canada Express operated as Jazz Air||Toronto-Pearson|
|Air Creebec||Charter: Moosonee|
|Skylink Express||Cargo: Hamilton|
So, CRJ and Q OPS ought to be workable options here, as long as you care to operate in daylight – for now!
And that’s about all she wrote for now. We’ll be back tomorrow with a little bit more.