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May 2018

To learn what addons fall into the category of 20 Best Freeware Addons for FSX in 2018, look no further than the recently updated article from Fly Away Simulation.

Adam Breed, Engineering Project Manager of Prepar3D, was interviewed by Helisimmer.com. Adam discusses his history with Prepar3D, the development challenges, Lockheed Martin's commitment to the project, the newly released helicopters that come with v4 and more.

Fltsim.com offers an interview with addon developer Neil Birch where he is asked about his flight sim history, his best projects and the tools he uses to create them.

From the twin powers at The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics comes an annoucement: Digital Combat Simulator World 2.5 is out. DCS World 2.5 is a free-to-play digital battlefield game and simulation environment.

Our featured addon this time is Grumman S2A Tracker for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


April 2018

The folks over at X-Plane Developer are reporting X-Plane 11 is now at version 11.20b3 and features gateway airports, terminal kit additions, a customizable jetway kit, improved night lighting textures and more.

Flightsim.com featured a Milton Shupe Developer Interview asking the legendary addon creator several good questions.

The world's biggest plane called the Stratolaunch is designed to offer another way into space as reported by nbcnews.com.

Our featured addon this time is Beechcraft D18S Amphibian for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


March 2018

Lockheed Martin released Prepar3D V4.2 featuring three new user controllable helicopters, new rendering techniques for improved virtual reality (VR) performance, countless legacy bug fixes, and even a couple new exciting experimental features.

Gaming Nexus reviews X-Plane 11 - VR concluding "As it stands today, the VR implementation is already far superior to anything else on the market, as is befitting X-Plane’s traditional position at the pinnacle of consumer-level flight simulation market."

DCS World 2.5 Open Beta is available now from Eagle Dynamics. Watch the DCS World 2.5 teaser trailer here.

Our featured addon this time is DeHavilland Mosquito B. Mk 35 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


February 2018

Dovetail games brought Flight Sim World (FSW) out of early access and into what they call "Phase 2". So, more updates and features will be forthcoming. Watch the Flight Sim World Moments Trailer.

Over on YouTube Aus Flight Simmer made a video Top 5 Must Have Flight Simulators 2017. For the lazy: 1) X-Plane 11 2) Prepar3D v4 3) Flight Sim World 4) FSX: Steam Edition and 5) Aerofly FS2.

Our featured addon this time is La Guardia Airport for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


January 2018

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.5.9 is now available.

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.5.9 – Improvements and Changes

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D is a full-featured addon manager for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. Easily install, manage and remove aircraft, adventures, flights, flight plans, gauges, missions, panels, A.I. airport and facilities data, scenery, sounds, textures, videos, weather and more!

Addon Management

  • Added validation for aircraft flight numbers. Flight numbers that are not allowed by the simulator are flagged as problems. For example, a flight number of "C-5" would be invalid because the dash is not alphanumeric. The aircraft Repair feature can correct these problems automatically.

Select Addon Files

  • When loading a large zip file, a progress bar now appears.
  • Adjusted the default sizing of the 3 panes showing the folder, zip file and zip file contents to make the screen more useable. Also increased the minimum pane size to make it easier to work with narrow panes.

Edit Aircraft

  • Addit! Pro can now Repair invalid aircraft flight numbers. Select the aircraft, right click and choose Repair to fix these problems automatically.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug "Error #13: Type mismatch" in the Select Addon Files and Browse Folders windows. This error could appear if the Windows regional date format was set to include the weekday. For example, "Thursday 08 Jun 2017 06:00:00" would cause the error.
  • Fixed a "Error #76: Path not found" error during addon Repair that happened when the aircraft.cfg file contained an invalid relative path reference for the reference list or checklist entry statements.
  • Fixed a "Run-time error 52" error that could happen when a path name with an invalid character was encountered.
  • Fixed a potential problem diagnosing aircraft title conflicts.
  • In the Installation Summary window, the right click menu Report option now correctly saves the Installation Summary list to a file.
  • The Program Information screen now accurately shows the operating system as Windows 10 (instead of 8) for all Windows 10 systems. It also now shows the date/size stamp of the Addit! Pro main database.

General

  • Included updated high resolution default aircraft, panel and scenery images.
  • Added a new startup splash sound file--splash4.wav.

1C Game Studios announced a new Blitz Edition of IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover. Watch the trailer here.

Wargaming.net released World of Warplanes 2.0 (and a 2.0.1 update). Here's the video trailer.

Our featured addon this time is Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


December 2017

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X Version 7.5.8 is available. This is primarily a bug fix and small feature update.

Improvements and Changes in Version 7.5.8

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

Select Addon Files

  • A progress bar now appears when loading a large zip file.
  • Adjusted the default sizing of the 3 panes showing the folder, zip file and zip file contents to make the screen more useable. Also increased the minimum pane size to make it easier to work with narrow panes.

Edit Scenery

  • The program now remembers the last folder used after you click Add Area.

Fixes

  • Fixed a "Error #76: Path not found" error during addon Repair that happened when the aircraft.cfg file contained an invalid relative path reference for the reference list or checklist entry statements.
  • Fixed a "Run-time error 52" error that could happen when a path name with an invalid character was encountered.
  • Fixed a potential problem diagnosing aircraft title conflicts.
  • Fixed a scenery addon installation problem where the default custom addon scenery folder might be incorrect when using both FSX:Steam Edition and a FSX traditional edition on the same PC.
  • In the Installation Summary window, the right click menu Report option now correctly saves the Installation Summary list to a file.
  • The Program Information screen now accurately shows the operating system as Windows 10 (instead of 8) for all Windows 10 systems. It also now shows the date/size stamp of the Addit! Pro main database.

General

  • Included updated high resolution default aircraft, panel and scenery images.
  • Added a new startup splash sound file--splash4.wav.
  • The program icon is now higher resolution and uses alpha transparency. Also, several internal graphic resources were updated.
  • Increased file input/output performance in key areas such as when loading all your aircraft in Edit Aircraft.
  • Addon files encoded in either windows-1252/ANSI or UTF-16LE/Unicode are now supported.

1C Game Studios announced 3 new IL-2 Sturmovok sim games: Battle of Bodenplatte, Flying Circus and Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovka. All are due in 2018-2019.

IPACS's Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator has officially launched to mostly positive reviews.

Our featured addon this time is Fletcher FU24 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


November 2017

Lockheed Martin released Prepar3D version 4.1. This update includes many enhancements, new features and bug fixes.

Laminar Research is working on X-Plane version 11.10, currently available as Beta release #5. Version 11.10 will be X-Plane's first major upgrade.

A new flight simulator from astragon Entertainment called Take Off – The Flight Simulator has taken off.

Our featured addon is Boeing BAE T-45C Goshawk for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


September-October 2017

X-Plane Developer posted about X-Plane 11.05 and 11.10.

Gaming Nexus discusses Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator from IPACS.

Flightsim.com reports Flight Sim World Update 10 is live.

Our featured addon is Global Super Tanker Boeing 747-400 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


July-August 2017

SimHQ reports DCS World 2.1 from Eagle Dynamics is now available.

Ace Maddox put up a Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China trailer video.

Our featured addon is McDonnell F-101 Voodoo for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


June 2017

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.5.2 is now available.

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.5.2 – Improvements and Changes

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D is a full-featured addon manager for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. Easily install, manage and remove aircraft, adventures, flights, flight plans, gauges, missions, panels, A.I. airport and facilities data, scenery, sounds, textures, videos, weather and more!

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug detecting and saving Prepar3D v4's location after the user manually inputs the folder.
  • In Work With Addons, the wrong icon resource was shown for addons located in Addit! Pro's File Cabinet.
  • In the Customize window, moving the splash screen delay slider now enables the Apply button.

General

  • In Edit Aircraft, the hidden aircraft icon is better differentiated from the shown aircraft icon.

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.5.1 is now available. This update includes Prepar3D v4 support, new automated file replacement options, an improved addon repair feature, general tweaks, bug fixes and more!

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.5.1 – Improvements and Changes

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D is a full-featured addon manager for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. Easily install, manage and remove aircraft, adventures, flights, flight plans, gauges, missions, panels, A.I. airport and facilities data, scenery, sounds, textures, videos, weather and more!

Addon Repair

  • The aircraft repair feature now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists in html format.
  • Prepar3D v3 files can be used to repair Prepar3D v4 addons. This is handy when an addon assumes you have effects, gauges, sounds, etc from the other version.

Customize

  • Added an option under the category "Addon Installation", in the section "Confirmation and Warnings". Your two choices for this option are explained below.
  • When installing a file that already exists:
  • Ask me what to do each time - if the file being installed already exists, you will be prompted for instructions. This is the default.
  • Replace existing file if older - if the file being installed is newer than the one that already exists, always overwrite it. Pick this option and you will no longer see the Confirm File Replace dialog during installation; Addit! Pro will decide what to do by comparing the date/time stamp of both files.
  • Added an option under "Addon Repair" to use Prepar3D v3 files to repair Prepar3D v4 addons.

Edit Scenery

  • The program now remembers the last folder used after you click the Add Area button.
  • Prepar3D v4's new UTF-16 format for its scenery.cfg is now supported.

Fixes

  • Fixed a "Run-time error 52" error that could happen when a file with an invalid character was encountered.
  • Fixed a potential problem diagnosing aircraft title conflicts.
  • The Program Information screen now accurately shows the operating system as Windows 10 (instead of 8) for Windows 10 systems.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #5: Invalid procedure call or argument" and "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" bug when installing certain incomplete aircraft base packages.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #9: subscript out of range" error when loading the aircraft list.
  • The import addons at startup feature will now work properly once again.

General

  • Added support for Prepar3D v4.
  • Improved the "Select Flight Simulator Installation" window that appears when several versions of the simulator are installed and you must pick one.
  • The program icon is now higher resolution and uses alpha transparency. Also, several internal graphic resources were updated.
  • Increased file input/output performance in key areas such as when loading all your aircraft in Edit Aircraft.
  • Files encoded in either windows-1252/ANSI or UTF-16LE/Unicode are now supported.
  • The Program Information screen now shows the date/size stamp of Addit! Pro's main database.
  • Adjusted the large database warning message to appear when the mdb file is much closer to its maximize size.
  • Included high resolution versions of all default aircraft, panel and scenery addon images including new Prepar3D v4 addons: Lockheed Electra 10A, Milviz P-38L, Lockheed Martin F-16A, Sikorsky Black and Battlehawk variants.
  • Updated internal library components to latest versions.
  • Updated help text.

Prepar3D version 4 from Lockheed Martin is now available. This 64-bit Prepar3D features a revamped user interface, new and updated aircraft, new speedtree models, an improved look for taxiways and runways, refreshed 3d rain and snow effects, updated dynamic lighting and lots more.

The recently released X-Plane 11 from Laminar Research was updated to X-Plane version 11.01 and version 11.02 will soon follow.

Dovetail Games, publisher of FSX: Steam Edition, released their latest flight sim called Flight Sim World. It's available to purchase now as a Steam Early Access title. Watch Dovetail's short Flight Sim World trailer for a quick glimpse and check out a longer FSW announcement video for more about their latest flight simulation platform.

Our featured addon is Port Columbus International Airport for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


May 2017

X-Plane version 11 has taken flight. Watch the X-Plane 11 trailer and learn more about the new X-Plane from Laminar Research.

A couple of X-Plane 11 reviews have surfaced, one at Flight Sim Nexus and another at Flying X-Plane.

Take an in-flight tour of a World War II era Boeing B-29 Superfortress, one of two remaining flight-capable B-29s left.

Our featured addon is Aryus Cessna 56X for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


April 2017

X-Plane is getting closer to offical launch, according to the X-Plane 11 Release Notes.

Learn how to Build Your Own VFR Scenery With FSEarthTiles over at Flightsim.com. Michael Hayward demonstrates how to use the venerable but free FS Earth Tiles software to easily create high resolution FSX or Prepar3D scenery based on Virtual Earth.

The screenshots below show scenery created at a resolution of .5 meters per pixel which stays pretty sharp even close to the deck:

Flightsim.com has an X-Plane 11 Default FMC Tutorial by Paul Mort showing how to use the X-Plane Boeing 737-800's FMC.

Our featured addon is Lockheed T-33A T-Bird and Allison J33 Soundset.


March 2017

The X-Plane 11 beta was recently previewed by Wired magazine.

Lockheed Martin updated Prepar3D v3.4 again with Hotfix #3 focusing on SLI support.

Laminar Research's X-Plane 11 beta 10 is out now along with some interesting X-Plane 10 and 11 usage metrics.

A new entry level flight simulator is coming from Aerosoft called Ready for Takeoff and here is the short trailer.

Our featured addon is Aena Boeing 727-200.


February 2017

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X Version 7.5.6 is available. This update includes an automatic file replacement feature, general tweaks, and bug fixes.

Improvements and Changes in Version 7.5.6

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

Addon Installation

  • Added an option to automatically overwrite existing files during installation if the installed files are newer than the existing files.

Customize

  • Added a new option under the category "Addon Installation", in the section "Confirmation and Warnings", called "When installing a file that already exists". Your two choices are explained below.
    Ask me what to do each time - if the file being installed already exists, you will be prompted for instructions. This is the default.
    Replace existing file if older - if the file being installed is newer than the one that already exists, always overwrite it. Pick this option and you will no longer see the Confirm File Replace dialog during installation; Addit! Pro will decide what to do by comparing the date/time stamp of both files.

Fixes

  • Fixed a rare "Error #5: Invalid procedure call or argument" and "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" bug when installing certain incomplete aircraft base packages.
  • Fixed the stock panel images for the AgustaWestland EH101, FA-18 Hornet and P51 Racer. The Reload Default Addon Pictures function now includes these images.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #9: subscript out of range" error when loading the aircraft list.
  • The import addons at startup feature will now work properly.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" in Configure Aircraft, Configure Panels, Configure Scenery and Configure Textures when the All tab was shown first.
  • Fixed a display issue in the Customize window where two locked item lists were accepting input.

General

  • Improved detection of FSX: Steam Edition and co-existence of FSX:SE with traditional FSX installations.
  • Included high resolution versions of default aircraft, panel and scenery addon images.
  • Adjusted the large database warning message to appear when the mdb file is much closer to its maximize size.
  • Updated the Help system.

Lockheed Martin updated Prepar3D v3.4 with Hotfix #2.

Laminar Research's X-Plane 11 beta 9 is out now along with the first beta of WorldEditor.

Our featured addon this time is Boeing C-97.


January 2017

X-Plane 11 beta 2 is now available from Laminar Research. This release features a much improved UI, better visuals, higher quality and more. A free demo can be downloaded.

An action combat flight simulation called Air Missions: HIND from 3Division is out as an Early Access title.

Ars Technica's article on the Extra 330 reports the plane is the quickest-climbing electric plane taking 4 minutes 22 seconds to reach 9,842 feet.

Flightsim.com posted a 4 page preview of X-Plane 11.

Our featured addon is Embraer A-29B Super Tucano.


November-December 2016

A public beta of X-Plane 11 is available from Laminar Research. The retail release is expected by year's end.

Flightsim.com has a 3-page article Flight Simulator 2004 in Windows 10 to help FS2004 users with Windows 10 issues.

A Prepar3D v3.4 hotfix was released by Lockheed Martin.

Eagle Dynamics released DCS F-5E Tiger II and have a DCS F-5E release trailer.

Dovetail Games Flight Team announced their upcoming Dovetail Flight Simulator is delayed until next year.

A new kickstarter flight game called Iron Wings was announced by Naps Team. The developer released a few videos of the work-in-progress Iron Wings.

Our featured addon is Ibiza X airport and surrounding terrain.


October 2016

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 Version 6.8.7 is available. This update includes new features, improved aircraft repair and several bug fixes.

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.8.7

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Installation

  • The aircraft Repair feature now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists in html format.

Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels, Edit Sounds

  • Addit! Pro now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists. This resolves missing file errors shown in the Configuration Report when these files are specified but do not exist. When you try to open a reference sheet or checklist that is missing, Addit! Pro creates these files for you.

Fixes

  • Fixed a rare "Error #9: subscript out of range" error when loading the aircraft list.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" in Configure Aircraft, Configure Panels, Configure Scenery and Configure Textures when the All tab was shown first.
  • Fixed a display issue in the Customize window where two locked item lists were accepting input.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #1001: Unsupported value type" that could occur when launching Addit! Pro.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #3265: Item not found in this collection" when merging two addons together.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #438: Object doesn't support this property or method" bug when optimizing the database.
  • Corrected a spacing issue on the Program Information screen.

General

  • Included high resolution versions of all default aircraft and panel addon images.
  • Added a few small changes to better support Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Updated internal library components to latest versions.
  • Updated help text.

Lockheed Martin has updated Prepar3D to version 3.4.

AVSIM made a thorough Prepar3D Guide available for download.

X-Plane 10 has been updated to version 10.50.

Our featured addon this time is Antonov An-124.


September 2016

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.4.1 is now available. This update includes usability improvements, a better addon repair feature, some general tweaks, many bug fixes and more.

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.4.1 – Improvements and Changes

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D is a full-featured addon manager for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. Easily install, manage and remove aircraft, adventures, flights, flight plans, gauges, missions, panels, A.I. airport and facilities data, scenery, sounds, textures, videos, weather and more!

Addon Installation

  • Added an option to automatically overwrite existing files during installation if the installed files are newer than the existing files. See Customize for details.

Addon Installation Wizard

  • After the Addon Installation Wizard appears for the first time you are asked if want to see a list of helpful online installation guides. Pick Yes to view a list of Walkthrough Examples that explain how to install various addons like aircraft, panels, scenery and so forth.

Addon Management

  • More addon folders are now ignored to increase performance and simplify aircraft management: avatars, countermeasures, submersible and weapons.

Addon Repair

  • The aircraft Repair feature now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists in html format.

Customize

  • Added a new option under the category "Addon Installation", in the section "Confirmation and Warnings". Your two choices for this option are explained below.

When installing a file that already exists:
Ask me what to do each time - if the file being installed already exists, you will be prompted for instructions. This is the default. Replace existing file if older - if the file being installed is newer than the one that already exists, always overwrite it. Pick this option and you will no longer see the Confirm File Replace dialog during installation; Addit! Pro will decide what to do by comparing the date/time stamp of both files.

Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels, Edit Sounds

  • Addit! Pro now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists. This resolves missing file errors shown in the Configuration Report when these files are specified but do not exist. When you try to open a reference sheet or checklist that is missing, Addit! Pro creates these files for you.
  • To tidy up the aircraft list, avatars, countermeasures, submersible and weapons have been filtered out.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" in Configure Aircraft, Configure Panels, Configure Scenery and Configure Textures when the All tab was shown first.
  • Fixed a display issue in the Customize window where two locked item lists were accepting input.
  • Corrected an issue where some default addons were not being flagged as stock addons.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #1001: Unsupported value type" that could occur when launching Addit! Pro.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #3265: Item not found in this collection" when merging two addons together.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #438: Object doesn't support this property or method" bug when optimizing the database.
  • Corrected a spacing issue on the Program Information screen.

General

  • Included high resolution versions of all default aircraft, panel and scenery addon images.
  • Added a few small changes to better support Microsoft Windows 10 and Prepar3D v3.3.
  • Updated internal library components to latest versions.
  • Updated help text.

Eagle Dynamics released their latest aircraft for DCS World--DCS: BF109 K-4 and they put out a DCS: BF-109 trailer on YouTube.

Our featured addon this time is Brussels Airlines Airbus A320.


July-August 2016

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X Version 7.5.4 is available. This update includes a better addon repair feature, some general tweaks, a few bug fixes and more.

Improvements and Changes in Version 7.5.4

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

Addon Installation Wizard

  • After the Addon Installation Wizard appears for the first time you are asked if want to see a list of helpful online installation guides. Pick Yes to view a list of Walkthrough Examples that explain how to install various addons like aircraft, panels, scenery and so forth.

Addon Repair

  • The aircraft Repair feature now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists in html format.

Edit Aircraft

  • Addit! Pro now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists. This resolves missing file errors shown in the Configuration Report when these files are specified but do not exist. When you try to open a reference sheet or checklist that is missing, Addit! Pro creates these files for you.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug "Error #1001: Unsupported value type" that could occur when launching Addit! Pro.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #3265: Item not found in this collection" when merging two addons together.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #438: Object doesn't support this property or method" bug when optimizing the database.
  • Corrected a spacing issue on the Program Information screen.

General

  • Added a couple of small changes to better support Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition and Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Updated internal library components to latest versions.

Lockheed Martin's updated Prepar3D to version 3.3 and released a hotfix.

Flying Tiger's: Shadows Over China received a couple of updates. This action flight sim from Ace Maddox is still in early access.

Our featured addon this time is Aero Boero AB-180.


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