PC Pilot - March/April 2006

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Captain Sim's 'Legendary C-130'

Ultimate Airliners - The Super 80

Megascenery - Pacific Northwest & Mid Atlantic



Wings of Power - P-47 Thunderbolt

Mega-Airport Frankfurt

Flying the Boeing 700 series

The Spitfire Mk.V Explored


Editor's Letter






Free Cover CD
We have an exciting selection of 'goodies' for you on this issue's cover CD.

Demo's - We have not one but three demo's for you: Captain Sim's long-awaited 'Legendary C-130', reviewed on page 18, 'The Spitfire Mk.V Explored - a multimedia resource package, and finally Electronic Flight Bag for FS2004 - a program designed to facilitate a 'paperless' cockpit, providing you with the means to access such important items as PDF approach charts, manuals, checklists, real-time weather, NAV logs and moving map displays.
Patches - These are provided for PMDG's 747-400 'Queen of the Skies', Just Flight's Traffic 2005 and a huge collection for Just Flight's Spitfire.
Movies - We have a special treat for you this issue - a slide show of the first officially released screen shots of Microsoft's Flight Simulator X! If this was not enough, we also have movies for Aerosoft's Mega-Airport Frankfurt, Vox ATC, Just Flight's Concorde, NaturalPoint's TrackIR 4, and the 'Freeware' add-on for Combat Flight Simulator 3 - Over Flanders Fields. As usual, generous developers have helped us to put together another fine selection of Flight Simulator freeware. Turn to page 60 to find out more.

Air Contractors - Civilian Operators of the Hercules
If you thought the duties of the Hercules were strictly military, think again! Jane Whittaker interviews a cargo airline company called Air Contractors, who operate the only civilian Hercules in Europe. It makes for fascinating reading!

The Dutch Flight Sim Weekend 2005
Flight sim shows are a great place to meet fellow flight simmers. Francois Dumas visits Europe's biggest flight sim event - The Dutch flight sim weekend - and makes some interesting observations.

Multiplayer Flying - Part 2
Following on from last issue's feature on Multiplayer flying, we asked Francois Dumas to gives us some advice on the best places to actually fly online.

Falcon 4.0's Campaign - Tutorial
Chris Partridge of Lead Pursuit continues his excellent series of tutorials on Falcon 4 by offering some incite and advice into the workings of the Falcon 4 Campaign engine.

Choosing a new PC for Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Now that Microsoft has announced that the new version of Flight Simulator is to be released later this year, many of you may be thinking of upgrading your PC or even buying a new one. So with that in mind we enlisted the help of Paul Fryer of Alpine Systems - a company that specialises in building and retailing computer systems. Paul is also a keen flight sim enthusiast himself, so in this detailed article he offers some very useful hints and tips on making that next hardware purchase.