PC Pilot - May/June 2007

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Reviews
Captain Sim's Space Shuttle
Just Flight's VLJ Business Jet
VFR Real Scenery: South East England
Navigraph's nDAC 3.0
CH Multi Function Panel

Regulars
Editor's Letter
Comms
News
Downloads
Tutorial

Features
Free Cover CD
We have a mixed bag of 'goodies' for you on this month's cover CD. To begin with there are demo's for Just Flight's VFR Real Scenery Volume 1: South East England (a review of which appears on page 28), TweakFPS for FSX, Navigraph's nDAC 3.0 (reviewed on page 30) and Vox ATC for Windows Vista. Other highlights include a brace of exciting commercial videos for Captain Sim's Space Shuttle (reviewed on page 14), Just Flight's A340, Natural Point's TrackIR, IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 and a compilation of rare and authentic gun camera footage from WWII - restored and kindly supplied by Rare Aviation. We also have our very own custom-made videos to accompany our articles and features - details of which can be found on page 10. Plus, the disk includes a substantial patch for IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, our regular selection of Freeware files, the readers' screenshot gallery, PC Pilot Index... and much more!

Air Combat Simulation
This issue sees the start of a new series focusing on the 'dark art' of aerial combat. Viewed by some as the 'gamey' side of flight simulation, our aim will be to show that far from being 'light' on content, combat simulation is multi-faceted and complex in nature and demands skill, knowledge and above all lots and lots of practice to perfect. We hope you enjoy the ride!

FSX Compatible add-ons
Now that FSX has been around for a few months, we decided to take a look at a few of the latest products to jump the 'version barrier' and which offer FSX compatibility. However, as Joe Lavery found out, 'compatibility' has more than one meaning!

X-Plane
Are you still undecided on whether to make the move to FSX? Or perhaps you are looking for something a little bit different. Well, if you fall into any of these two camps why not give X-Plane a try? To find out more, read our feature in which we compare FSX and X-Plane. You may be surprised by the results!

A Beginner's Guide To Flight Simulation
One of the most powerful features of Flight Simulator is its weather engine and its ability to produce just about any permutation of meteorological condition you can think of. In this instalment of our series for beginners, Tony Radmilovich shows you how to make the most of this much-neglected tool.

The Human Element
Bill Rambow and his team, the driving force behind two of the most unique and popular add-on packages in Flight Simulator's history - MAAM-Sim's R4D/DC3 and B-25 'Briefing Time' - are the focus of this issue's fascinating Human Element story.

A Flight Sim Pilot's Guide to Jet Airliners - The Flight Management Computer
In our last tutorial we briefly spent some time with the Flight Management Computer (FMC). For this issue and over the next few instalments, Jane Whittaker will continue this theme and will explore the heart of the Boeing 747-400.

GA Flight Sim Training - STAGE 1, LESSON 2
Last time in our GA series we explored some basic aerodynamic theory and offered many tips on how to fly GA training aircraft by visual references in straight and level flight. This time Peter Stark takes it further and introduces some more important and useful concepts as we progress through the Private Pilot Licence Syllabus.

Meet the Flight Sim Producers
In this the second instalment of our series in which we meet the add-on producers within the flight sim add-on industry, we have great pleasure in introducing you to Just Flight - a company that is well-known throughout the flight sim industry for its prolific output and its uncanny knack for choosing 'winners'!