Sep 3 :The Flightsim StoreAfter 6 months of non-payment of royalties and zero communication, Virtavia is resigned to the sad fact that the Flightsim Store is no longer a viable vendor to sell our models. As we are no longer receiving any payment at all for the models they sell, we must regretfully advise our customers that they should use other vendors to purchase Virtavia aircraft. Tech support will be provided to Flightsim Store customers only for those models bought before March 2018. The flightsim community should be aware that this vendor is now profiting illegally from small FS developers such as Virtavia.July 22 :Demonstration videos of the new US Navy museum project availableThe first video takes you from the entrance and does a walk/fly-through, the second is similar but concentrates on some specific aircraft. Please note, this is still very much a BETA version, later versions will have many more aircraft and many more animated human figures as well as interior detailing.Video One (180MB)Video Two (107MB) Use right-click and 'save target as' on the link to save a copy of the mp4 file to your PC.
Apologies for the recent site downtime, this was due to a domain registration issue which has now been resolved. I also apologize for the appallingy long time (over a year !) since the last news entry. Please don't think nothing has been happening, far from it. Whilst it is true that no new FS aircraft have been developed since the XB-46 (March 2017), many new aircraft models have been and are still being created. These new creations (all US Navy) include rare beasts such as the P6M Seamaster, AM-1 Mauler, PB2Y Coronado, P4M Mercator, YF2Y-1 Sea Dart, XTB2D-1 Skypirate, as well as better-known USN stalwarts such as the S-2D Tracker, S-3A Viking, F2H Banshee, A-7E Corsair II, F9F-2 Panther, and there are many more in-build (EC-121, F-8E, F-4J, PBY, P-3, AF Guardian, XF10F-1 Jaguar, Bearcat, Tigercat, Buckeye and more). All these high-quality aircraft are being completed as exterior models only, as their purpose is not flight simulation - it is to populate a huge virtual-reality US Navy Air Museum. The concept will be explained fully and demonstrated on an all-new website which is presently being developed. In short, this new stand-alone software places the user in a large 3D domed building populated with 50-60 US Navy aircraft. The environment will contain dynamic aspects such as numerous animated human characters, interactive displays, ambient sounds etc. This amazing experience is primarily directed at users of VR equipment such as the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift although a version will be usable on a normal PC using the keyboard and mouse. This concept has been in development since 2012, it's hoped it will be released in the first half of 2019. More VR aircraft museums are planned for the future (USAF, RAF etc). The screengrabs below are of the present beta version, many more aircraft will be added as well as more static interior detailing and animated human figures. Some users may experience problems with the images below displaying correctly, if this happens please right-click on the thumbnails and select 'open link'.
May 25 :The last batch of Steam Edition models has been released ! Low-priced versions of the AH-64A Apache, CH-46 Sea Knight, DH Vampire T.11, EE Canberra B.2, Gloster Javelin, Lockheen Hudson and the Tu-22 'Blinder' are out now. There is still a handful of models to convert to SE, these will need varying amounts of work and will be released when there is time to do the work between new releases. The full list of avaliable models for FSX Steam Edition can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
May 4 :More Steam Edition models out now ! Low-priced versions of the A-3B Skywarrior, AH-64D Longbow, B-45 Tornado, Bristol Blenheim, Gee Bee Sportster, Heinkel He111, Mi-28 Havoc, SH-2 Seasprite, Supermarine Scimitar and the Yak-52 are now available. The full list of avaliable models can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
Apr 10 :Another batch Steam Edition models are out now. Low-priced versions of the Avro Lincoln, CH-47D Chinook, F3H Demon, F4D Skyray, F11F Tiger, Ka-27 Helix, Ka-50 Black Shark, Martin Marlin, Mi-24D Hind and the Tu-160 Blackjack. The full list of avaliable models can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
Apr 2 :Batch 3 of the Steam Edition models has now been released. Includes low-priced versions of the A-6E Intruder, B-36 Peacemaker, CH-53 Sea Stallion, EA-6B Prowler, F-5E Tiger II, F-106 Delta Dart, F-111 Aardvark, Martin Mars, PV2-7 Neptune and the XB-70 Valkyrie. The full list of avaliable models can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
Mar 17 :The second batch of Steam Edition models have been released. Now Steam Users can enjoy very low-priced versions of the AS365N Dauphin, F-86F Sabre, F-104G Starfighter, F-105D Thunderchief, Hawker Hunter F.6, HU-16 Albatross, Rutan 61 Long E-Z, T-6 Texan/Havard, T-34C Turbo Mentor and the Panavia Tornado F.3. The full list of avaliable models can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
Jun 3 :The R3Y Tradewind page now shows all the final exterior model screenshots ! All three variants can now been seen : the sleek R3Y-1 with the 'Cruiser' bow, the R3Y-2 'Bowloader' with the bulbous hinged nose and the later R3Y-2 version used as an aerial refeulling tanker, complete with extending fuel hoses. We have even set up the flight dynamics so that the R3Y-2 can be carefully 'beached' on a suitable shore, where the nose can then be raised and loading ramps extended.
Oct 10 :The A-4 Skyhawk is very close to release ! The cockpit model is now complete, hi-res screenshots have been posted on the A-4 Skyhawk page. New features include click sounds for all active switches and knobs and 17 unique FDE's (flight dynamics files) for all the different loadouts. So now fully loaded aircraft will handle differently to lighter loaded or clean ones. Also, all parts of the aircraft which are visible from the cockpit, including weapons and tanks, are visible from the VC. The WIP screenshots of the external model have been removed from the A-4 Skyhawk page as these are not fully representative of the final model (all versions are still included), new, final ones will be posted very soon.
Aug 4 :Out now ! The C-17A Globemaster III - for X-PLANE ! Tanks to the highly talented efforts of Dawson Designs, Virtavia's already highly popular MSFS Globemaster package is now a fully featured X-Plane release. DD have added many new features, including the civilian Qatar livery, a working FMS, folding HUD, adjustable pedals, flare FX, custom animated pop-up menu, interactive cargo load, plus all the great features from the FSX version. See the full feature list and screenshots on the new C-17 XP gallery page. You can buy this exceptional addon for X-Plane right now at the X-Plane.org store : C-17 for X-Plane, and at the AVSIM store : C-17 for X-Plane. Next up from the Virtavia-Dawson Designs collaboration : the X-Plane Westland/Sikorsky Sea King ! 2b1af7f3a8