May 3, 1999 - May 6, 1999

AVSIM's ATC Server Goes Global

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 1999 - 15:32
After a couple days of testing, John Eisenhour of SATNET and AVSIM have taken the AVSIM SATNET server global. Since the AVSIM site sits one router away from the main MAE-EAST trunk and has a 512K to 10 Megabyte burstible connection to that router, the response time is excellent (relatively speaking of course). As a consequence this provides excellent connectivity for European and U.S. east coast users of Squawkbox and Procontroller. For those that are not aware of this, the MAE-EAST trunk is one of the primary routes through which European users on the net connect with U.S. sites. So, our proximity to the MAE-EAST trunk and our speed of connection should provide improved server performance for those users. We are continuing to refine our server performance, and have now officially gone "live" with the AVSIM SATNET system. Log on and join us! We think you will enjoy the system performance.

Final Approach Charts Tutorial

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 1999 - 14:49
Paul Groenendaal, the Noble Air Amsterdam Schiphol HUB Manager, has kindly provided us with this "plain English" tutorial about how to read approach plates. Using the famous Final Approach Version 6, Paul explains the Header, Map View, Profile View and Tabular Data of an approach plate. To read this tutorial, click here.

Ernst Team Updates B757/767 Systems Manual

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 1999 - 13:48
The design team headed up by Avsim Partner Eric Ernst has added another section to the extensive systems manual that will accompany the release of their upcoming B757/767 panel Version 7. The new section covers the center panel instruments including the GPWS, standby engine gauges, radios and warning annunciators.

According to Eric the plan is to put the finishing touches on the panel this weekend with release "very soon" thereafter. You can read the new manual section and get the latest on this highly anticipated panel here

New Flanker 2.0 Screenshots

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 1999 - 3:38
SSI has posted a whole bunch of new screenshots from their upcoming combat sim Flanker 2.0. You can check them out here

Flanker 2.0 is expected to be released in Summer 1999

Jane's Fleet Command in Stores May 11

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 1999 - 3:14
According to updated information at the Jane's Combat Simulations homepage the upcoming naval strategy simulation "Jane's Fleet Command" will be on store shelves May 11. The sim features the ability for players to control an extensive inventory of multi national weapons platforms including aircraft. You can read the detail on this in depth combat sim here

New Uploads

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 1999 - 2:44
The following new files have been added to the AVSIM library:

FS98 Boeing 737-683 Panel Version 1.3.1 (Update) Author: Jan Harry Sorensen
FS98 Lear 45 AOA Gauge Replacement Authors: HGHB Virtual Instruments
FS98 Bush Camp 1 Scenery Author: rayh@redstone.net
FS98 Background Info on Greece Author: Kyprianos Biris

Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) Online

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 22:24
After many years of having the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARS) online, we finally have the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) online as well. You can find the AIM at FAA.GOV. The AIM is the Federal Aviation Administration's (U.S.) Official Guide to Basic Flight Information and ATC Procedures and is an invaluable tool for all flight simulation enthusiasts, particularly those that are trying to emulate flight in U.S. airspace. We suggest you book mark this location for future reference. Update: Sometime over night (Wednesday) this site went offline. We suggest you bookmark this URL and come back to it later - It is the FAA site and will be back online, we are sure.

Greek Scenery Reviewed

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 21:16
Kyprianos Biris contributes not only an interesting review of Greek scenery by Ted Katranas, but also a rundown on static and dynamic planes available from Panos Georgotas' website. Kyprianos cites other scenery and information resources available there and at other sites as well. He discusses on-line flying in the region, and as a bonus gives us his "Greek Airport Details" (both html and hard-copy). Here's his Greek Scenery Review.

New SATCO UK Site

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 17:19
Please note the new SATCO UK website is UP !! Please ONLY use the following address http://fly.to/satuk . The old Xoom address NO LONGER WORKS !!!! The above URL is the ONLY URL to the SATUK website.

Flight Gear News

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 17:17
Curtis Olson of the Flight Gear project has sent us the following info. "We've been kind of quiet over here at the flight gear project lately, but that's because we've been busy working. Tonight I made a break through on some of my scenery generation tools and have put some new screen shots up on the flight gear web site at the top of the "Gallery" section." Flight Gear is an open-source project so anyone can grab the latest executables (and/or source code) and try it out for themselves. People don't have to wait for some future release date to try Flight Gear. What we've done so far (which is raw and unrefined in many areas) is available now for those who are willing to read directions and have a little patience. For more info go here

Take Two Takes Telstar

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 17:15
Take Two has acquired operating control of Telstar Electronic Studios. Telstar's product development will now be overseen by Take Two who will also publish and distribute Telstar Electronic's products including titles such as Airport Inc which is expected to be released in the next six months.

Roger Wilco Download

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 17:13
Roger Wilco from Resounding Technology latest demo is now available on an exclusive download from WWW.GAMECENTER. Roger Wilco is a standalone application that lets friends communicate by voice from different locations while playing multiplayer games. To see how it works, download the demo; Gamecenter has the exclusive demo premiere. Roger Wilco works with most PC games. The application can be used with ICQ as well, for times when you're not playing games or want to talk with friends who aren't gamers. You can use Roger Wilco for 15 minutes at a time until you register, when you'll get a user ID code and license key that will let you run it without a time limit. Registration is free.

VR1 E3 Product Line-Up

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 17:08
VR has announced they will be showing Fighter Ace II at E3 next week dor the MSN Gaming Zone. According to VR!, "Fighter Ace II puts you in the midst of a battle for airborne supremacy in the cockpit of one of 25 World War II vintage fighters and bombers. Fighter Ace II enables over 200 virtual pilots to fight within a single air combat arena. Working with wingmen, players attempt to defend their territory, secure new strategic positions, and down "bogies" in an ongoing war between British, German, United States, Russian, and Japanese forces. Fighter Ace's new graphics engine supports 3D acceleration, allowing for new special effects such as smoke, haze and dynamic lighting, as well as realistic recreations of the European and Pacific Theaters of operation." (Press Release)

Yesterday's Upload

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 17:05
FS98 The KLM Alliance - Jumbo Package File
19 747s of Alitalia, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Martinair & Northwest Airlines. Author: Yannic "YankeeCharlie" Cathalina

Deja News to Stop Tracking Email

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 1999 - 16:28
As a follow up to our story about this subject late last week, in an email released to the media and reported on by Cnet's News.Com, Deja News chief executive Tom Phillips had this to say; "For the last year, we have been collecting information about where our users click on our site by logging their IP addresses when they hit a link. We've used none of this information for any purpose other than to better understand aggregate usage patterns. However, we recognize the concern of our users over its potential misuse. Therefore, we are implementing a plan to discontinue the collection of this data." As we said when we posted the original article, we know that some flight sim enthusiasts use this system, and would want to know of this development.

AVSIM Brings Online SATNET Server

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 1999 - 18:38
AVSIM agreed today to add its resources to the SATNET constellation. This server is running in a "BETA" mode. That is, we will operate this server for a while to test loading and impact on the other AVSIM functions. If after a suitable period we find that the impact is negligible or at least manageable, we will leave the server up and running and part of the SATNET system. You can connect to the AVSIM server using either ProController or Squawkbox and logging into 205.252.249.32.

AVSIM Joins Netscape Channels Program

Posted: Monday, May 3, 1999 - 19:03
Are you a user of Netscape's "My Netscape Network"? If you are, you can now have AVSIM news headlines provided directly to your "My Netscape" home page. By placing the AVSIM channel in your home page, the 5 most recent headlines will be presented to you each time you log in to your home page. Now you can see what's in the news before logging in to AVSIM. To place the AVSIM headlines in your channels, simply click on the button at the bottom of the AVSIM Front Page entitled "Click to add Channel".

FlitePro Available at Special Price

Posted: Monday, May 3, 1999 - 18:16
[ADVERTISEMENT] 4CDs reminds our readers that they started carrrying FlitePro from Jeppesen on Friday; their price is $59.99 compared to the competition that's selling it for $95.00...As always 4CDs.com takes care of the simmer! Check this offer out here.

B-737-600 Panel Review

Posted: Monday, May 3, 1999 - 17:03
AVSIM Online Panel Reviewer Pardave Lehry says, "Panel author Jan Harry Sorensen does a nice job of recreating the cockpit of the most successful airliner in commercial aviation history. I like the panel because it gives an airliner feeling, even though there are a lot of dummy switches." Read Pardave's review here.

First Virtual ATC Tower

Posted: Monday, May 3, 1999 - 15:30
[Press Release] Supporting NASA and aviation industry efforts to fight the growing number of airline accidents and reduce airport gridlock, SGI announced today it has delivered and installed its sophisticated high-performance technology to power what NASA says is the world's first full-scale virtual reality air traffic control tower. Located at the Ames Research Center in California, NASA's virtual tower is its version of an SGI Reality Center -- specifically designed by and for airline and airport customers. Read the full story at PRNewswire.