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  1. The Volanta team have been working hard since we released v1.1 back in August, ensuring that Volanta remains the most innovative flight tracker in the industry. We managed to set a new concurrent connection record of 1,704 users flying during VATSIM's Cross the Pond event! Three lucky users won prizes during this event, along with more prizes won during our "Fright Flight" competition. All in all, it has been a busy few months for us! The community sends us feedback every single day through our various social channels (Discord, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), letting us know how they think Volanta can be improved for everyone. The community feedback is what drives us to make Volanta better every single day, so from everyone at Team Volanta - thank you! Now, let's get to the exciting part! The updates that are mentioned below are still a work in progress, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what’s coming your way. Volanta v1.2 - Activities Update We are proud to announce our second major feature update, bringing you even more ways to fly: Volanta v1.2. This free update brings a whole host of new features to Volanta. We wanted to give our users more things to do. So, in v1.2, we have focused on expanding the activities available within Volanta. The “Challenges” page has been overhauled and replaced with “Activities”. This page will act as a hub for Volanta-powered experiences. You can discover new places to fly with Aerocaches, find new events on both multiplayer networks and Volanta, as well as searching comprehensive real-world schedules. More unique activities are in the works, we can’t wait to show you what we have coming. Real-World Schedules One of the most requested features from our community since launch is the ability to easily find real-world flights and callsigns. In Volanta v1.2, we are happy to announce that we have integrated global flight schedule data for Volanta Premium subscribers. Our data uses a real-world aviation feed, meaning we can provide up to a weekly refresh of our schedules, depending on real-world traffic. The ever-changing nature of our schedules will be especially evident as the aviation industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Picking a route is easy - just choose a departure airport and Volanta will visualise all available destinations from that airport. All you need to do is choose an arrival airport and you will be shown a list of real-world flights that have taken place on that route. Selecting an arrival airport will filter the schedule list and just show flights between the selected departure and arrival airport. The schedule list can be further filtered by airline, aircraft and flight time. After clicking a flight, you can then see even more details like the local departure and arrival times, and terminal+gate assignments for some airports. Want to plan a day of flying? Queue them up using Volanta’s new roster feature. The built-in roster shows a list of your upcoming flights. Flight schedules can be added to your roster with a simple click. Furthermore, Volanta can now scan your scenery in supported simulators (MSFS, XP, P3D) to show you more relevant airports - further assisting your flight planning decisions. More on that below. Schedules are exclusively available for Volanta Premium subscribers. Volanta Premium is only A$6.35 per month (less than $5 USD), or A$63.50 when purchased for a year (2 months free). Schedules join our comprehensive Premium features including flight parties, cloud auto-saves, 4K cloud screenshots and much more. Schedules open a lot of possibilities for us, stay tuned to see what we have in store for the future. Aerocaches With the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator, we’ve seen a massive increase in users flying visually and exploring new places. Aerocaches are a global treasure hunt. You’ll be given a clue, and the general area to look in. Discover the floating Volanta symbol and fly through it to capture that Aerocache. On your journey you will discover new places you may not have seen before, and learn more about the world we live in. Sharpen your flying and detective skills to find all of the Aerocaches we’ve hidden around the world. Aerocaches are optionally injected dynamically into all three major simulator platforms (Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane 11 and Prepar3D v4+). We will be adding more and more Aerocaches over time, especially coinciding with Microsoft Flight Simulator’s World Updates. Online Network Events For those of you who enjoy flying on online networks such as VATSIM or IVAO, we have aggregated their events into a simple list - ensuring you never miss an event again. Events are shown on our powerful map, allowing you to visually see where you want to fly. If you intend to fly in an event, you can click the “I’m Going” button to let event organisers and community members know which events are the most popular. You can also receive a notification 30 minutes before an event begins, giving you enough time to prepare for your flight. A special thanks to the VATSIM and IVAO teams for providing event data. We’re very excited about the future possibilities this opens up! Scenery Map Another highly requested feature from the community was an integrated Scenery Map. In Volanta v1.2, you can scan supported simulators (MSFS, P3D, XP) and display your installed scenery on the Volanta map. Like most of Volanta, you’ll be able to view your scenery from the web and mobile too. This pairs great with our new Premium feature, Schedules, to show you where you can fly with real-world flights and callsigns. ---------- That’s Volanta v1.2: our activities update. We can’t wait to see how everyone in the community uses these new features. Remember, you can always let us know your feedback via our social media pages (Discord, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). As always, the core features of Volanta will always remain free, with ongoing support. For those looking to expand their flying experience, Volanta Premium is for you! We want to thank everyone for the continued support. Since we launched in January, we’ve had feedback and ideas coming in from our community every single day. Without you, Volanta wouldn’t be where it is today! The Volanta Team
  2. Now available on OrbxDirect is Grumman F3F-2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator by Aeroplane Heaven! A total of 140 F3Fs were still on squadron strength at the outbreak of hostilities and the rugged little fighters remained in service as combat trainers, until as late as 1943. The "Flying Barrel" was not to see combat, being superseded by the new generation of monoplane shipboard fighters, the Grumman F4F Wildcat around the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour. The package includes a variety of colourful liveries from pre-war fighter squadrons. $39.99 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$28.64 | €25,36 | £21.16 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Features Beautifully crafted exterior and interior models built over contemporary detailed plans and drawings Authentic cockpit detail includes many bespoke animations and effects Full PBR materials and textures include realistic "pillowing" of metal surfaces Animated authentic U.S. military pilot figure Specially animated, realistic undercarriage operation Choice of electric or cartridge start Highly accurate flight dynamics and performance based on real flight tests Specially authored WWise Hi-Fidelity sound package Unique code to "iron" out poor simulator tail-dragger performance 7 Authentic liveries VF-6 BU1033 aboard “WASP” VF-6 BU0986 aboard “ENTERPRISE” VF-4 BU0810 aboard “LEXINGTON" VMF-2 BU0976 aboard “SARATOGA” US Navy fighter trainer from 1942 BU0972 U.S.Army Air Corps "GulfHawk II" as flown by "Al" Williams $39.99 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$28.64 | €25,36 | £21.16 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
  3. Now available on OrbxDirect is KMDW Chicago Midway by Drzewiecki Design! $26.69 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$19.25 | €17,04 | £14.29 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Features A high-quality model of KMDW Chicago Midway, featuring the up-to-date version with extensive details throughout the whole airport FPS-friendly design, with epic night textures, dynamic lighting and PBR materials High definition mesh including exact runway profile Performance-friendly interior modelling at all terminal buildings, most hangars and the control tower, static aircraft, custom animations, custom animated jetways Fully compatible with Chicago Landmarks MSFS by Drzewiecki Design $26.69 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$19.25 | €17,04 | £14.29 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
  4. One entry per forum member. 2. You can submit edits whatever you like. 3. The shot must be using an Orbx region or Orbx Airport no restrictions on aircraft. 4. The shot must show some Orbx scenery in it that can be identified as Orbx. 5.The shot must not be be of another vendors scenery only Orbx. 6. Please only submit your screenshot via a reply to this topic , 7. Any no screenshot post ie comments will be deleted. 8. Entries close on the 31st of December 12 midnight GMT. 9. You can not vote for your own shot. 10.Winners will be chosen by a poll by you the members who have entered the contest. 11.When the contest closes on the 31st of this month everyone that has entered a shot will have one vote each to choose the winner of the contest, i will open the voting soon after the contest closes.You will then have six days to cast your vote until the 6th of January 2022. 12. The winner must have an OrbxDirect account to claim your prize. 13.No comments from other forum members please on other members entries. Please make sure the shot you enter is the one you want in the contest for your entry. cheers Iain
  5. A city that needs no introduction - welcome to Sydney for Prepar3D v4+! From acclaimed developer of Cityscape Sydney for Microsoft Flight Simulator, Frank Schnibben, this striking Prepar3D version builds on the original and adds ten times the coverage area and twice as many custom buildings! Over 120 custom POIs have been recreated, including the iconic Opera House with its distinctive sail-like design, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which are the centre points of the scenery. Coupled with crisp 60cm imagery from Aerometrex that perfectly blends with AUv2, Cityscape Sydney is a major overhaul of the biggest city in Australia. The water colour and details bring to life the world-famous Bondi Beach, with its white sandy beach, and Coogee beach, along with the spectacular bespoke 3D cliffs between Bondi and South Head. These improvements extend far beyond the primary coverage zone of the CBD. Major suburban centers such as Parramatta, Chatswood and many more have been replaced. Port Botany next to Sydney Airport has seen a major overhaul, with detailing and improvements to this landmark that is visible on all flights into and out of the airport. This is a must-have for P3D simmers who want to soak in the beauty of the Emerald City down under. At a glance 2,100 km² coverage area 124 POIs Complete autogen coverage 39,000 'CityEngine' buildings 8 landable helipads Optional 4k textures for some POIs Control Panel options to tweak performance Compatible with FlyTampa YSSY 9 custom ships including the Queen Mary II These KML files will show the extent of the features included with Cityscape Sydney CS_Sydney_P3D_POIs.kmlCS_Sydney_P3D_Helipads.kmlCS_Sydney_P3D_coverage.kmzCS_Sydney_P3D_CE_content.kml
  6. Hi all, A significant update for Digital Design's EDDP Leipzig/Halle Airport is now available on Orbx Central. Changelog A completely new model of the DHL Hangar with animated gates, interiors and high-resolution textures New model of DHL terminal with high resolution textures. Interior model of two DHL offices with animated people. Improved tower model, increased texture resolution, added glass transparency, night illumination Improved taxiway bridge models Improved hangar model "Volga-Dnepr Technics" Improved ground textures using PBR materials Improved custom trees with the addition of LODs New improved models lighting apron masts Improved some models of buildings in the airport complex. Improved models of apron vehicles Adjusted apron heights, taxiways Added radar animation Added more LODs for optimization Removed statics aircrafts by popular demand Removed default night light balls Added new models of buildings on the DHL apron Added new vehicles and equipment on the DHL apron Added new buildings of the Amazon cargo complex Added trucks on DHL side Parking stands are optimized for airlines AI traffic Added parallax windows for main airport facilities Fixed bug with when AI traffic stops and cannot take off Improved the interior of the structure connecting the jetways Improved ortho image of the airport if the user for some reason turns off photogrammetry in settings Improved airport night lighting Numerous minor improvements
  7. Hi all, An update for the Paris Landmarks is now available on Orbx Central. Only change is the optimisation for inclusion on the XBox Marketplace (which will be subject to their testing and processing times.)
  8. From the acclaimed developer of Cityscape Sydney for Microsoft Flight Simulator, Frank Schnibben, this striking Prepar3D version builds on the original and adds ten times the coverage area and twice as many custom buildings! Over 120 custom POIs have been recreated, including the iconic Opera House with its distinctive sail-like design, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which are the centre points of the scenery. Coupled with crisp 60cm imagery from Aerometrex that perfectly blends with AUv2, Cityscape Sydney is a major overhaul of the biggest city in Australia. The watercolour and details bring to life the world-famous Bondi Beach, with its white sandy beach, and Coogee beach, along with the spectacular bespoke 3D cliffs between Bondi and South Head. $22.72 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.31 | €14.39 | £12.24 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only These improvements extend far beyond the primary coverage zone of the CBD. Major suburban centres such as Parramatta, Chatswood and many more have been replaced. Port Botany next to Sydney Airport has seen a major overhaul, with detailing and improvements to this landmark that is visible on all flights into and out of the airport. This is a must-have for P3D simmers who want to soak in the beauty of the Emerald City down under. Features 2,100 km² coverage area 124 POIs Complete autogen coverage 39,000 'CityEngine' buildings 8 landable helipads Optional 4k textures for some POIs Control Panel options to tweak performance Compatible with FlyTampa YSSY 9 custom ships including the Queen Mary II Customers with the MSFS version are eligible for a 20% discount. Save 25% with our CityScape Sydney & FlyTampa YSSY bundle! $22.72 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.31 | €14.39 | £12.24 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
  9. From our great friends at //42, we are pleased to announce the FreedomFox & Fox2 is now available on OrbxDirect! This product included 2 aircraft - Trent Palmer's #FreedomFox, and a customizable variant we like to call "Fox2". FreedomFox FreedomFox for MSFS was built by Parallel 42 (//42) in collaboration with aviation YouTuber Trent Palmer. "FreedomFox" started off as a Series 5 Kitfox STi. The "STi" stands for STOL Inspired, which is Kitfox Aircraft's "short take-off and landing" specific wing and landing gear package. The FreedomFox is running a Rotax 915iS Turbocharged/Fuel Injected engine, Beringer Aero wheels & brakes, dual Garmin units, and other custom modifications. Parallel 42 will continue to track the evolution of FreedomFox, and feature updates will be available as long as the sim enables it. Our team worked hard to ensure this representation of FreedomFox behaves as Trent says it should, and having tested it himself, Trent's signature on the dash validates our final product. Fox2 Also based on a Series 5 Kitfox STi, Fox2 is our own project build. We were inspired to create an aircraft that would be competitive in STOL Drag races, think of Fox2 like a sleeper. It may display a 915iS badge, but it's definitely not factory. It includes an experimental engine upgrade, additional livery options, and thru our mod manager, you'll find even more in the future. Use Fox2 as a base to build your own #FreedomFox! A Mod Manager will also be installed, allowing bonus content to be deployed and installed easily, such as additional Fox2 mods, liveries, and even bush sceneries. $42.00 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$29.96 | €26,53 | £22.61 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Features Fun. GotGravel STOL flight model, tested by Trent Palmer Mod Manager w/bonus content Exclusive "Desert Oasis" Photosbykev scenery Trent Palmer pilot avatar by TwoSeventyInc Additional GotGravel performance mods for Fox2 Dual Garmin G3X Units Realistic electrical system fault/overload simulation Accurate 3D Model based on Kitfox Series 5 STi Beringer Aero wheels and brakes Custom flaperon implementation Window scratches as you've never seen before! (optional) Free liveries forever. (we love artists) Custom suspension animations Actual Big Tires OneWheel & Camping gear included & Wig-Wag lights. $42.00 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$29.96 | €26,53 | £22.61 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
  10. We welcome Adventum Simulations to Orbx Direct and they are proud to announce the release of their product, Adventum Tours: Hawaii, for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Explore the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands as you take to the skies as a tour pilot to fly tourists around each of the beautiful islands of Hawaii. You will not be alone on these tours as our tour guide, Addison, will give you custom narrated tours as you fly over the fantastic coastlines, rugged canyons, white sandy beaches, and the world's largest volcano. $12.95 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$9.20 | €8,18 | £6.96 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Adventum Tours: Hawaii includes 48 activities ranging from full narrated tours and discovery flights to landing challenges with unlimited replayability. $12.95 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$9.20 | €8,18 | £6.96 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
  11. Hi all, an update is now available on Orbx Central for EGPF Glasgow. - Fixed incorrect Ramp 14 spawning position - Added missing window in the GATC Tower - Fixed incorrect jetway rotunda texture when static airliners are enabled
  12. Palm Springs International Airport serves as the aerial gateway to one of California’s most sought after tourist destinations. The airport is located just 2 miles (3 km) east of Downtown Palm Springs next to famous country and golf clubs like Escena Golf Club and Mesquite Golf and Country Club. This year Palm Springs International Airport celebrates its 83rd year with its rich history dating back to 1941 when the military was using the space as an airbase. A lot has changed since then, now flyers usually fly to other popular states like Las Vegas, San Francisco, Houston, Vancouver, Dallas and more through airlines like Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Allegiant Airlines and various others. Palm Springs International Airport has both an interesting yet efficient design with large departure hubs, separate bagging, and ticketing wings all connected by a central atrium. Blue skies, palm trees and a tropical breeze awaits you! Experience Axonos’ Palm Springs International Airport adventurous yet hassle-free trip on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020! $26.00 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$18.65 | €16,48 | £14.05 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Features PBR material and 4k textures Living airport through the use of custom ground clutter, dirt and other details Good performance even on "low" end systems. Highly optimised. Enhanced orthophoto imagery Hand-placed markings, trees, bushes, dirt and ground equipment High-resolution detailed ground textures Detailed landscaping $26.00 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$18.65 | €16,48 | £14.05 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
  13. Hi all, an update for the MB-339 is now available on Orbx Central. Version 1.3.4 – Flight model improvements, new livery and other minor fixes - Improvements to high speed roll rate - High speed drag is now more realistic (resulting in higher speeds) - Fixed minor bug in GEN1 and GEN2 needles animation - Fixed minor bug in the behavior of the gear handle warning light - Redone smoke effects to fix problems due to SU6 and SU7 changes - Linked IFF mode knob to MSFS transponder state - Removed custom high G breathing sound (using default sounds now) - Implemented canopy defrost command - Added 214mo Gruppo Special Color - Cockpit shadowing improvements
  14. Your personal flight tracker, powered by Orbx The Orbx software development team is proud to announce Volanta. Volanta is an easy to use smart flight tracker that integrates all your flight data across all major sims. Volanta gives you one more reason to fly. Take flight with our easy-to-use interface, which takes all the paperwork out of setting up a flight in your simulator - leaving you more time to enjoy your flight. For those of us who like to complete detailed planning, we support that too. The core features in Volanta will always be free, with added premium features at a later date. You are invited to sign up for the invite-only beta. We hope to see you in our flying community soon! Key Features Automatically track your flights in all major simulators, on all operating systems Fun and fresh challenges to complete Regular giveaways from Orbx and selected partners for active pilots Performance focused. Super fast application on every page Detailed GPU rendered map with advanced filtering options tailored to aviation Unlimited flight storage and retrieval Detailed statistics for aircraft, airports and routes Generate a flight plan with SimBrief, or import one you’ve already made Keep up with your friends flying activity and view detailed statistics Security focused. Adjust who can search for you, see your flight history, or see you on the map. TOTP multi-factor authentication supported. Access your flights from anywhere in the world via the web and mobile Connect with Navigraph to see up-to-date navdata on the map And more… keep reading to see detailed information Volanta: In Depth Map The core of any flight tracking service should, rightfully, be the map. In fact, our whole user experience is built using the map as a base. Almost all pages include a beautiful, full-screen map. We have invested a lot of time into finding the best solution for displaying thousands of concurrent flights on our map, while still maintaining a fluid and smooth user experience. Using GPU rendering technology, we can show every airport, every waypoint, every airway, and every flight all at once, smoothly. At higher zoom levels, more details are progressively added to the data we show, and the underlying map itself. This keeps the map less cluttered and easier to digest. When flying online, or with friends, it’s important to know where they are. We aggregate live data for VATSIM, IVAO, PilotEdge, FSCloud and of course, Volanta. This is displayed in one integrated map. This aggregated flight data also allows you to import network flights that you did not fly on Volanta. Further, when a user is flying on both Volanta and an online network (for example, VATSIM), we automatically hide their network flight so that you only see the more frequently updated Volanta data. This results in a cleaner map, without unnecessary duplicates. As in real life, not all aircraft look the same. With Volanta, you can see various details about an aircraft at a glance, just by its icon and colour. We have icons for over 40 aircraft types, with more being added soon. The colour of an aircraft’s icon changes based on the network, and whether you’re friends with them. With so many possible map layers, including for online networks and navdata, it’s important that they’re easy to toggle on and off. This is easy in Volanta! Simply open the slide-out Map Settings on the right, then you can instantly turn layers on and off, with the results instantly reflected on the map. All of the information you’ll need is at your fingertips. When clicking on an aircraft on the map, we show graphs of the aircraft’s height and the ground, as well as rendering their full route on the map. We even render SIDs and STARs if they’re provided. This allows you to see if an aircraft is deviating from its planned route, and get a beautiful representation of the route on the map. We also display navigation data on the map. We’ve partnered with Navigraph to supply data for us. If you have a Navigraph subscription, we’ll show you data from the latest AIRAC cycle. If not, you’ll be shown data that is slightly out of date. Using OpenStreetMap data, when zooming into an airport, you’ll see runways, taxiways (including their identifiers), and gates all drawn in their correct locations. Flying requires thinking in three dimensions. Because of this, we include the aircraft’s altitude in position reports, and we draw it on the map. You can explore all of your past flights in 3D detail - see how well you flew the challenging approaches into airports like Innsbruck, Tivat or Calvi, then share it with your friends! Intelligent Tracking Flight tracking is at Volanta’s core, so we’ve put a lot of thought into efficiently tracking flights, so you can focus on what’s important. We call this “get in and fly.” The premise is simple: you shouldn’t have to complete a long process just to set up your flight tracking software. Here’s how it works. Make sure Volanta is running (can either be before or after starting your sim). Our tracking automatically starts - no more taking off then realising that you forgot to start tracking your flight! You can then just fly from your origin to your destination. Volanta will try to infer as much information about your flight as possible. For example, Volanta will try to autofill: Origin and Destination based on the position of your aircraft. Your Aircraft including registration and type, is automatically selected based on the aircraft you’re flying in the simulator. If you’re flying on a multiplayer network, we auto-fill as much information as we can. This reduces your workload and makes Volanta the smartest flight tracking app available. That said, if we do guess information incorrectly, or if you’d like to enter it yourself, you can override any information about your flight that Volanta has inferred. Your flight data gets sent to our servers every 10 seconds. This results in beautiful 3D flight paths on our map. However, we’ve implemented some smarts in this area too. As part of our Intelligent Tracking system, we have made Variable Rate Position Reports. When you are cruising we will reduce the rate of position reports if your aircraft remains almost exactly straight and level. The instant you start a turn, or change altitude, the position reports will go back to the highest frequency. This feature saves resources on your PC, and our servers - allowing us to keep Volanta fast and free for everyone without compromising on the quality of the data. We are careful to maintain the quality of the data we log for you. If you are slewing, or using replay mode, we will not send position reports to our servers. This keeps the data for your flight looking clean and beautiful. Sometimes, the real world can get in the way of your simulator time. If you need to pause, or use time acceleration, we handle that too. For every flight, we calculate both the real-world time, and the effective in-sim time. This gives you the ultimate flexibility to fly how you want, without giving any users an unfair advantage. After you’ve finished your flight and shut down your engines, Volanta will automatically end your flight after one minute. Then, when you’re ready, you can take off and fly to your next destination and have it all automatically logged by Volanta. This intelligent tracking technology allows you to leave Volanta minimised for a whole series of flights, then view it at the end of the day to see the beautiful visualisations we’ve created for you. We hope you enjoy tracking your flights with ease! Flights Once you’ve tracked your flight, you can view it from anywhere, at any time - we won’t make you pay just to access your past flight data. Each airport pair is drawn on the map, along with the frequency. The more you fly a route, the more vibrant the line will be. We also show your full virtual logbook in an easy timeline. Clicking on a past flight will reveal comprehensive data that we’ve stored for you. You can see the full 3D path of your flight, as well as useful metrics such as block time, flight time and fuel burned. Furthermore, you can see exactly where you touched down on the runway, as well as the landing rate, ground speed, wind direction and wind speed. Aircraft Volanta keeps track of your aircraft, anywhere in the world. Each unique aircraft has its own location, flight history, and accumulates flight hours (along with many other statistics). This allows you to track your favourite aircraft, and see which aircraft you need to pull out of the hangar more! Aircraft are automatically created for you when you start a flight - no manual work is required. If you already have an aircraft in your account, Volanta will automatically find it and assign it to your flight. Keeping your data accurate. This is just the start, we have many more features planned in this area. Planning One of the most important aspects of flying happens before you enter the aircraft. A detailed flight plan provides you with all the information you need to arrive safely at your destination. With Volanta, we can do the planning for you, or import a plan you already have. We’ve partnered with SimBrief, flight simulation’s best free flight planner, to make planning your flight even easier than before. You can plan your flight completely in Volanta, or plan it on SimBrief’s website - importing the details into your Volanta flight with a single click. Volanta’s intelligent tracking technology helps save you time here too. We already know your aircraft’s type, so you don’t need to enter it again just to plan your flight. If you’re flying on an online network like VATSIM, PilotEdge or IVAO, and you’ve filed a flight plan, you can import all of the details with one click. This is one of the easiest ways to get started with your flight. We’ve made it easy so you can focus on flying. If you use another planning tool like PFPX, you can import your flight plans using a saved route file or by pasting the route. You can do this at any time during your flight - you don’t need to do this before you start flying. That said, planning your flight is optional. If you don’t want to use a flight plan, you don’t have to. You don’t even need to know where your destination is, that’s fine. You shouldn’t have to change the way you fly just to use a flight tracking tool. Challenges As many flight simmers know, deciding where to fly can sometimes be challenging. In Volanta, we’ve built a robust and powerful challenge system to help. Challenges in Volanta can come in many shapes and sizes. Some challenges may be as simple as flying from A to B. Others may involve flying under a bridge, flying a route accurately, or a time trial. These truly test your abilities as a pilot and expand your horizons to new and exciting places. Completing challenges gives rewards, including achievements, experience and prizes. Some challenges are hand-crafted by our team, and others are automatically generated by our system. Exciting new challenges await every day. This is just the beginning for challenges. The challenge system will be one of our primary focus areas going forward, with new minigames in the works. We’re very excited to hear your ideas. Friends & Profiles One of the most rewarding aspects of flight simulation is flying with others. Volanta makes this fast and easy with our built-in friend system. Clicking on a friend in your friends list gives you easy access to a plethora of statistics on their profile. See their total number of hours, number of flights, distance flown, and their detailed flight history all from one place. With rich status, you can see where and what your friends are flying at a glance. If you’re a Discord user, we also forward your rich status there. Volanta profiles are the perfect way to share (or show off!) your flying to others. Although, the friend and profile system is optional - if you prefer to fly solo, you can. Volanta has robust privacy settings. You can control who sees your data. Simulator and OS Support Our goal is to enable any flight simmer, no matter their operating system or simulator, the ability to use Volanta. Our desktop app works on Windows, macOS and Linux. You can also use Volanta on the web, or on your phone to track your flight from anywhere in the world. The web and mobile versions have all the features you love from the desktop. For simulators, we currently support FSX (including Steam Edition), all versions of Prepar3D, X-Plane 11, and Microsoft Flight Simulator. Support for other simulators is coming soon! Data Imports and Exports If you already use existing flight tracking software, all of your data can be safely imported into Volanta. We currently support importing data from projectFLY and SimToolkitPro. We plan to add more soon - let us know where you want to import your data from. With Volanta, your data is truly yours. Through our data manager, you can export your data with only a few clicks. The data will be exported into easy to use .json files that you can import into other tools. This system is completely automated and usually finishes within an hour. You can export data on your schedule - no need to contact support. Roadmap This is just the beginning. We want to see Volanta grow into a tool everyone in our community uses. Integrations: we plan to integrate with many more simulators and services. DCS World, Infinite Flight and FlightGear are just some of the things on our list. Notifications: get notifications to your mobile device when you’re reaching top of descent. Get notified when your friends go online and start flying. Schedules: imitate real-world flights with up-to-date real-world schedules. Streaming tools: including a comprehensive overlay, a Twitch bot and a Twitch extension (plus more). More challenges: minigames, interactive challenges, multiplayer challenges. Translations into many other languages (let us know if you want to help!) Other community driven features Keep in mind that the roadmap above isn’t a commitment. It will be heavily shaped by what you, our community, want to see. Invite-only Beta We hope you are as excited as we are about the new opportunities and enhanced smart flight experience Volanta has to offer. You are invited to join Volanta’s invite-only beta and connect with the global community before it is officially launched. Register for the invite-only beta. Expand your horizons with Volanta today! Psst, we also have some social media accounts. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  15. Hi all, an update for REX Weather Force is now available on Orbx Central (version 6.0.2021.1217) FIXED – Winds and temperatures aloft rendering FIXED – Cloud layer rendering FIXED – Rapid pressure changes at higher altitudes IMPROVED – Frame performance
  16. We are pleased to announce fellow Aussies, Shunts Scenery, as our latest Partner! Shunts Scenery launched into the scenery development space for Microsoft Flight Simulator in mid-2020 and are looking to provide quality content to enhance immersion and improve your virtual aviation experience. Available now is YBSU Sunshine Coast Airport and YCDR Caloundra Airport Microsoft Flight Simulator. Customers that have purchased directly from Shunts Scenery will be able to have the scenery added to their OrbxDirect accounts. Information on how will be provided soon! YBSU Sunshine Coast Airport $22.68 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.16 | €14,38 | £12.20 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only YCDR Caloundra Airport $7.23 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$5.15 | €4,58 | £3.89 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
  17. Hi all, a new update for the TF-104 G is now available on Orbx Central. Version 3.0.0 changelog: BUG FIXES antiskid light behaviour corrected, light goes on with landing gear down, if it's on ground means a failure APC reading corrected with a new schedule mitigated (not completely corrected) VR Asobo bug that makes pilot avatars visible under some circumstances (ie: chase view), however using top menu should restore correct visualization Altimeter Kholsman window bug fixed APC kicker late intervetion fixed wrong fuel/cit test switches initial position fixed wrong rudder trim switch initial position NEW/CHANGED FEATURES added afterburner pilot flame added characters to startup diorama removed engine reverse, not more used to simulate dragchute take off pitch trim position fine tuned to 0.28 MASTER CAUTION Press-to-reset implemented added a new core afterburner flame
  18. Well then chaps Thank you all for taking the time to enter the contest and vote so many great shots by the way. Now then the winner is..... VH WCE Now then well done to you, Now if you shoot Ed an email ed@Orbxsystems.com Saying which prize you would like with your OrbxDirect account details Ed will add your prize to your account. cheers Iain
  19. To help us continue to improve and provide personalized support for Orbx customers, from February 1st, 2022 all official product support will be provided at https://support.orbxdirect.com/ Orbx forums will continue as the premiere location for General Discussion and Announcements, so keep on sharing your questions, knowledge, and news. The current 'Support' pages will remain in place but will be marked as read-only. You can also join us over on our public Discord.
  20. The Kodiak 100 Series II is a high-wing, single-engine turboprop aircraft, capable of transporting up to 9 passengers or cargo up to a distance of 1,132nm. Equipped with the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 engine flat-rated at 750shp, the aircraft is capable of taking off and landing in less than 350ft, enabling it to operate from small, unprepared airstrips all over the world! Created with the help of Daher and real Kodiak pilots, the SWS Kodiak comes in four different wheeled variants, featuring 40 different liveries, authentic flight dynamics and high-quality systems modelling! $55.49 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$39.62 | €35,20 | £29.89 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Bundle and Save with the Okavango Delta! Features Realistic flight model Full G1000 NXi integration* Custom air conditioning system Accurate 3D model created from factory CAD data Cargo pod and no cargo pod versions Standard and tundra tyres Five different interiors: cargo, passenger, mixed, skydive, summit (executive) High quality sounds recorded from the real aircraft Custom animations: landing gear flex, tail fluttering, working cabin lighting, armrests, air conditioning PDF manual included in add-on folder *NXi supported at the time of release. Newer versions of the NXi may require updates to the aircraft to maintain compatibility. $55.49 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$39.62 | €35,20 | £29.89 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Bundle and Save with the Okavango Delta!
  21. Following on from Finn's previous Norwegian airports of ENHF Hammerfest, ENNO Notodden, ENAL Alesund and ENTO Sandefjord, Molde is another stunning location which is famed for beautiful views, jazz music and roses, despite the climate. Detailed modelling and high-def PBR textures make this airport a must-have. Finn and the Orbx team also have improved the area with 40sqkm of 50cm ortho to remove the imperfections seen in the current default imagery. Combining all that with custom GSE and real-world liveries on GA statics, Molde Airport will be a fab addition to your Norwegian collection! $22.72 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.31 | €14.39 | £12.24 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only The airport itself is situated right on the shore of the Moldefjord and the runway is only 3m above sea-level so in times of high seas and tides the water creeps onto the runway edges. The airport is perfectly located for short flights to Trondheim, Sandane and Sogndal or take in some of the regular flights to Bergen, Oslo and Gdansk. Features Detailed depiction of Molde Airport, Norway Complete with PBR textures Crisp photoreal Custom GSE Interior modelling of terminal GA statics matching real-world liveries Selection of POI buildings outside perimeter fence Ground work by Jakub Łukaszewski $22.72 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.31 | €14.39 | £12.24 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
  22. Welcome to Helsinki for Microsoft Flight Simulator! The airport is by far the busiest in Finland (with 20 times the traffic of the next-busiest, Oulu) and the fourth busiest in the Nordic countries in terms of passenger numbers. About 90% of Finland's international air traffic passes through Helsinki Airport. The airport handled 21.8 million passengers in 2019, including 18.9 million international passengers and 2.9 million domestic passengers. On average, the airport handles around 350 departures a day. $22.95 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.41 | €14,54 | £12.39 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Existing OrbxDirect customers with EFHK for P3D in their accounts are eligible for a 40% discount. Features Helsinki Airport in very detailed rendition High definition 4k textures with PBR Satellite image for the airport area High-resolution terrain mesh Runway elevation profiles Simplified terminal interior Airport surrounding buildings $22.95 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.41 | €14,54 | £12.39 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Existing OrbxDirect customers with EFHK for P3D in their accounts are eligible for a 40% discount.
  23. Volanta Activities Update Released! It’s with great pleasure that we announce the release of Volanta v1.2 to the community. Since we launched v1.1 back in August, we’ve had over 650,000 more flights, and 1.1 million more hours logged. Thank you all for your continued support. This release marks a major milestone for the development team. We have ensured Volanta is not only feature-rich but still performs well. All while keeping true to our clean design philosophy. GET STARTED WITH PREMIUM Recapping our initial Volanta 1.2 post, here are just a few perks that will change the way you fly: New in Volanta Premium Real-World Schedules - Always struggling to find flights to do? With Volanta v1.2, we’re bringing integrated global-flight schedule data to the game. Simply click on a departure airport and Volanta will visualize all available destinations with many filters to choose from. We’ll even show you terminal & gate assignments! With the Volanta roster, your flying possibilities are now endless. New in Volanta v1.2 Aerocaches - Aerocaches are a global treasure hunt. You’ll be given a clue, and the general area to look in. Discover the floating Volanta symbol and fly through it to capture that Aerocache, dynamically injected into all 3 major simulator platforms. (P3D, X-Plane, MSFS). On your journey you will discover new places you may not have seen before, and learn more about the world we live in. Sharpen your flying and detective skills to find all of the Aerocaches we’ve hidden around the world. Online Network Events - Want to know where you can catch some great controlling on VATSIM or IVAO? Head over to our Events page to see all the online network events in a simple list, visualized on our powerful map. Use the “I’m Going” feature to ensure you never miss another event again, with notifications being sent out 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. Lots more time for cockpit preparation checks! Scenery Map - In Volanta v1.2, you can scan supported simulators (MSFS, P3D, XP) and display your installed scenery on the Volanta map. Like most of Volanta, you’ll be able to view your scenery from the web and mobile too. Activities tab - The “Challenges” page has been overhauled and replaced with “Activities”. This page will act as a hub for Volanta-powered experiences. You can discover new places to fly with Aerocaches, find new events on both multiplayer networks and Volanta, as well as searching comprehensive real-world schedules for our premium subscribers - with loads more to come. Volanta Premium includes all free features, plus: Volanta Persistence - Aircraft in the sim don’t have a history - it’s like flying a factory-new aircraft every time. With Volanta Premium’s aircraft persistence (powered by smart autosave), you can load your aircraft exactly where you left it from a previous flight. Retaining aircraft position, fuel, switch states, lever positions, etc. Currently available in FSX, Prepar3D, and MSFS. Not all third-party aircraft may be supported as saving/loading of panel state can differ by aircraft. Note: If an aircraft works with the simulator's default save/load function, it will work with Volanta. Volanta Flight Parties - Part of the fun is sharing your simulation experience with others. Fly with your Volanta friends and easily create your own group flights. Our Flight Parties feature real-time collaborative map drawing and allow Premium members to add up to 10 friends at a time (even non-premium members). Volanta Group Chat - We added an intuitive chat room for all party members to socialize in - especially handy if you’re making new friends within Volanta! Great for passing along flight plans, notes, links, or just general conversation with your friends who still don’t have Discord. Volanta Remote Pause - Need to step away from the sim? Remote Pause allows you to remotely pause FSX, P3D, or XP11 if you can't make it back to the sim in time. Simply log in to fly.volanta.app on any device, including mobile, and hit "pause" on your active flight window. Volanta Time Sync - Time Sync in Volanta Premium ensures FSX and Prepar3D are always in tune with UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). No other external apps. No more time drifts. Letting you focus on what's really important, flying! Volanta AutoSave - Our cloud save and load system gives Premium users the chance to reclaim their flight by clicking one button in Volanta (or loading from the Volanta save manually). You can configure the save interval and prevent saves below 5,000 ft. Currently supported in FSX, P3D, and MSFS. Volanta Screenshots - Premium users can upload unlimited 4K screenshots instead of just 3 standard definition images. Giving you more ways to share your flights with the thriving Volanta community. Saved and accessible anytime, all within Volanta! And more - see our Premium features page for all the details. Volanta Pricing Core (always free) Premium (AU6.35/month or AU63.50/year)* Flight Planning, Tracking & Logbook Aircraft Statistics Powerful Map UPDATED Aerocaches NEW Network Events NEW Scenery Map NEW Challenges Friends Flight Parties Collaborative map, easy group flight planning Can join only Join & host Cloud Screenshots 3 per flight 1920x1080 Unlimited 3840x2160 Real-World Schedules NEW Powerful schedule search in-app Personal Roster NEW Plan your upcoming flights Aircraft Persistence Cloud Saves + Autosave Time Sync Remote Control Pause and unpause Premium Status in App Visible on the map and in the friends list Premium Discord Channel * sales tax added where applicable. Volanta’s core features will always remain free! Volanta Premium Monthly: $6.35 AUD (approx. US$4.51, €4.01, £3.41) + applicable taxes Volanta Premium Yearly: (two months free!): $63.50 AUD (approx. US$45.15, €40.07, £34.12) + applicable taxes GET STARTED WITH PREMIUM
  24. Orbx is pleased to announce the next Australian destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator - Mackay Airport! A debut project from Rob Byrne, Mackay is the first brand new Indie airport in Orbx's growing Australian catalogue for MSFS. Mackay is a medium-sized city in North Queensland, with a flight of approximately 1h 20min in an A320 from Brisbane. It is a thriving mining and agricultural city with a growing tourism market as a gateway to the Whitsundays. Mackay Airport sees RPT services from Jetstar, Qantas/Qantaslink and Virgin Australia. With a 1900m (6500ft) sealed runway and multiple instrument approaches, Mackay can also serve as a training playground and a launching point for a tour of the Whitsundays. Mackay is capable of handling a huge range of aircraft, including the 737 and A320. It is one of the relatively few airports in Australia where single-engine piston GA pilots get the chance to mix in with airliners. At a glance: Stunning 15cm aerial imagery covering the airport and the immediate surrounds Painstakingly detailed rendition of Mackay Airport with ultra-high resolution textures Custom ground poly detailing specific to Australian airports Terraformed runways, drainage channels, taxiways and aprons to reflect the natural and man-made landscaping Debut project from indie developer Rob Byrne Use of realistic PBR detailing
  25. Orbx is pleased to announce the next Australian destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator - Mackay Airport! A debut project from Rob Byrne, Mackay is the first brand new Indie airport in Orbx growing Australian catalogue for MSFS. Mackay is a medium-sized city in North Queensland, with a flight of approximately 1h 20min in an A320 from Brisbane. It is a thriving mining and agricultural city with a growing tourism market as a gateway to the Whitsundays. $22.72 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.07 | €14.22 | £12.09 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Mackay Airport sees RPT services from JetStar, Qantas/QantasLink and Virgin Australia. With a 1900m (6500ft) sealed runway and multiple instrument approaches, Mackay can also serve as a training playground and a launching point for a tour of the Whitsundays. Mackay is capable of handling a huge range of aircraft, including the 737 and A320. It is one of the relatively few airports in Australia where single-engine piston GA pilots get the chance to mix in with airliners. Features Stunning 15cm aerial imagery covering the airport and the immediate surrounds Painstakingly detailed rendition of Mackay Airport with ultra-high resolution textures Custom ground poly detailing specific to Australian airports Terraformed runways, drainage channels, taxiways and aprons to reflect the natural and man-made landscaping Debut project from indie developer Rob Byrne Use of realistic PBR detailing $22.72 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$16.07 | €14.22 | £12.09 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
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