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The Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) has the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the free world. The NTTR land area includes simulated air defense systems, mock airbases, and several target ranges. The NTTR was also used for nuclear testing. Today, it is home to RED FLAG and other military exercises that include countries from around the world. The NTTR map for DCS World 2 includes Nellis AFB, Creech AFB and the infamous Groom Lake AFB (aka Area 51). This map also includes the city of Las Vegas, McCarran International Airport, and Hoover Dam.

Key Features of DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range Map:

  • 366,000 sq. kilometres that covers portions of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California.
  • Highly detailed modelling of Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base, McCarran International Airport, and the Area 51 facility.
  • Hoover Dam and Lake Meade.
  • All VOR and VORTAC radio navigation beacons.
  • High resolution mesh and textures around the detailed airbases.
  • The entire NTTR airspace as well indication of all sub-ranges.
  • Las Vegas, Pahrump, Mesquite, Moapa, Indian Springs, Boulder City and other cities and towns in and nearby the NTTR. This also includes all major roads, railways, and power lines.

Note: Customers that purchased DCS: A-10C Warthog while it was in beta (prior to February 21st, 2011) will be provided this map FOR FREE!

The alpha version of DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range Map will be available until the end of November 2015.

Minimum system requirements: OS 64-bit Windows Vista, 7/8/10; CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz; RAM: 6 GB; Free hard disk space: 10 GB; Video: 512 MB RAM card, DirectX 9.0c – compatible; Sound: DirectX 9.0c – compatible; requires internet activation.

Recommended system requirements: OS 64-bit Windows Vista, 7/8/10; CPU: Core i5+; RAM: 8GB; Hard disk space: 10 GB; Video: Shader 3.0 or better; NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 / ATI 6950 DirectX 9.0c or better; Sound: DirectX 9.0c – compatible; DirectX: 9.0C; requires internet activation.

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Учебно-испытательный полигон Невады (NTTR) имеет самую большую территорию в мире доступную для проведения военных учений в мирное время. Полигон NTTR включает в себя системы, имитирующие ПВО потенциального противника, макеты аэродромов и несколько мишенных полей. В свое время, территория NTTR использовалась как место проведения ядерных испытаний. Сегодня же здесь проводятся всевозможные военные учения, в том числе и одно из самых известных – Red Flag, к участию в котором привлекаются пилоты из множества стран со всего мира. Карта NTTR для DCS World 2 включает в себя авиабазы Nellis и Creech, а также пользующуюся дурной славой авиабазу Groom Lake (более известную как “Зона 51”). Кроме того, в состав карты входит город Las Vegas, международный аэропорт McCarran и уникальная плотина Гувера.

Главные особенности DCS: Невада – учебно-испытательный полигон:

  • 366000 квадратных километров, покрывающих территорию штатов Невада, Юта, Аризона и Калифорния.
  • Точная реконструкция авиабаз Nellis, Creech, аэропорта McCarran и знаменитой Зоны 51, выполненных с особым вниманием к деталям.
  • Плотина Гувера и озеро Мид.
  • Все радиомаяки системы VOR и VORTAC, расположены в соответствие с местоположением реальных объектов.
  • Детализированные объекты и текустуры высокого разрешения в районе авиабаз.
  • Города Las Vegas, Pahrump, Mesquite, Moapa, Indian Springs, Boulder City, а также ряд небольших населенных пунктов, расположенных в близости от полигона NTTR. Кроме крупных географических объектов, на карту добавлены все автомобильные дороги и железнодорожные пути, а также линии электропередач.
  • Воздушное пространство полигона разделено на сектора, имеющие индивидуальные обозначения и отмеченные границами на карте.

Примечание: пользователи, купившие модуль DCS: A-10C Warthog на стадии бета-версии (до 21 февраля 2011 года), получат карту NTTR БЕСПЛАТНО!

Альфа-версия DCS: Невада – учебно-испытательный полигон будет доступна для скачивания до конца ноября 2015 года.

Минимальные системные требования: 64-х разрядная операционная система Windows Vista, 7/8/10; процессор: Core 2 Duo 2.0 ГГц; оперативная память: 6 Гб; свободное дисковое пространство: 10 Гб; видеокарта: 512 Мб, DirectX 9.0c – совместимая; звук: DirectX 9.0c – совместимый; требуется интернет активация.

Рекомендуемые системные требования: 64-х разрядная операционная система Windows Vista, 7/8/10; процессор: Core i5+; оперативная память: 8 Гб; свободное дисковое пространство: 10 Гб; видеокарта: Shader 3.0 или лучше; NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 / ATI 6950 DirectX 9.0c или лучше; звук: DirectX 9.0c – совместимый; DirectX: 9.0C; требуется интернет активация.


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About This Content

Few aircraft define ‘stick and rudder’ flying more faithfully and distinctly than the Piper Cub. Aeroncas, Taylorcrafts, Stinsons, Luscombes and Cessnas are but refinements and alternatives to this flying legend.

Even if you have never actually seen a Cub in the real world (this is getting harder to do every year), and if aircraft are your thing, you may have a good idea of what a Cub is all about. Virtually every pilot has either flown a Cub or knows someone who has.

The most important thing this little airplane will bring to you is honest, true-to-life stick-and-rudder flying. This is often an experience pilots often forget after flying large, heavy, fast, complex aircraft. Backed by A2A Simulations’ cutting-edge Accu-Sim technology, you will be actively engaged in flying the J-3 Cub for nearly the entire duration of your flight. Even after flying it for a short time, you will feel your skills improve.

Features

  • Flying qualities built by pilots with unprecedented stall and spin realism
  • Includes standard J-3 Cub, Tundra tires, Floats, and Skis (nine liveries)
  • Visual Real-Time Load Manager, with the ability to load fuel, oil, pilot, passenger and cargo in-game
  • In-cockpit pilot’s map for handy in-flight navigation
  • All models include A2A specialized materials with authentic metal effects
  • Accu-Sim physics creates an entirely new world including true wing, airframe, engine, ground, water, and internal systems behaviour
  • Passenger On Board adds a new dimension of piloting realism with an intelligent passenger that is aware of the surroundings, talks when appropriate, including being able to spot and call out traffic
  • Third generation Accu-Sound now allows for a direct connection to the Accu-Sim and FSX physics engine with airflow through the airframe, window, and door, structural creaks, bumps, jolts, etc. with 390 sounds in all
  • Piston combustion engine modelling – air comes in, it mixes with fuel and ignites, parts move, heat up, and all work in harmony to produce the most accurate combustion engine simulation available
  • Engine has an actual life – good piloting skills are rewarded with longer life and more reliable performance
  • New propeller physics means the propeller is constantly active and allows for both hand and air starting of the engine
  • Ground physics realistically rock your wings and buck your tail. Regular tires, skis, and large tundra tires all have their own distinctive ground handling benefits and limitations. Each aircraft comes with its own sound set which is tied in with the physics of the airframe
  • Water physics simulate waves, water drag, and creates an authentic ‘on the step’ experience
  • Total audible cockpit experience made with professional recordings from three actual Piper J-3 aircraft
  • Fuel system allows for an authentic primer system with fuel in lines, tank, and authentic gravity-fed fuel-air mixture
  • Third generation engine wear and oil system including an engine that sputters, spits, and runs rough when damaged
  • Both engine and airframe physically vibrate and shake, based on real world conditions
  • Advanced carburettor icing modelling, which is critical for the proper management of the Continental A-65-8 engine

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Following intensive internal and public beta testing, we are pleased to announce the release of the latest FSX: Steam Edition update version 62615.

Important! Before opening FSX: Steam Edition, we strongly recommend you take the following steps:

  • Back up your non-Steam add-on content – In the event that your add-on content needs to be re-installed, we strongly recommend keeping a back-up of non-Steam content.
  • Back up your scenery.cfg files – We also recommend you back up your scenery.cfg file, especially those of you with an extensive scenery collection.
    You can find your FSX: Steam Edition scenery.cfg file here: C:\Users\(system name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX
  • FSUIPC – FSUIPC is a piece of software that certain third party add-on products use to interface with FSX:SE. Because of the way this interface works, each new version of FSX:SE requires an update to FSUIPC. If you have any third party add-ons that use FSUIPC, please make sure you have updated to the latest version of that software when you install 62615, otherwise these add-ons will not work. You can get the latest version of FSUIPC from the SimFlight forum at: http://forum.simflight.com/forum/142-download-links/

The player-visible contents of this update are:

  • Improvements for using modified Scenery.cfg files which could previously result in a 1007 error when installing new scenery add-ons. Please note due to the highly customisable nature of FSX: SE it is going to be impossible for us to attempt to deal with all forms of malformatting in the Scenery.cfg files. For this reason we have also provide an option to reset the Scenery.cfg file to the default version.
  • Fixed font file loading not being VFS-aware. Font files associated with add-ons should now work as expected.
  • Fixed multiplayer invites not working if you invite a friend to a Private game.
  • Improved mouse cursor slow-down over complex cockpits.Although we have made some optimizations to this code, players may still experience some reduction in framerates when using highly complex cockpit models. This is because such models are pushing the boundaries of what is possible within the game engine.
  • Improved optimisation of installing/uninstalling add-on content through the Steam platform.

Because this update includes changes to the way Steam optimises FSX:SE add-on content available from the Steam store, some add-on content you have purchased may also may reinstall. This means that the size of the update will vary depending upon how many Steam add-ons you have installed. If you are just running the core simulator without add-ons, your download will be approximately 22.9 MB. This may increase up to 4.0GB if you own all of our FSX: Steam Edition add-ons.

If you experience any issues, please contact our support team at http://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Core/Default/Index

Thanks and happy flying!

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition Team
Dovetail Games

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Season 4 of iRacing’s 2015 season is only ten days away and now we know everything that is coming in next Tuesday’s build.

Dynamic tracks.  This isn’t the first dynamic track video from iRacing but this is the first one to confirm it’s release date; next week.  iRacing promises that dynamic tracks will completely change the way races pan out – and if it works like they say it will – I have no doubt that this will be the case.

The Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype will be the big piece of new content in next week’s build.  It replaces the extremely old Riley Daytona Prototype and will race in the IMSA challenge series as the sole prototype car.  It may be a basterdized prototype car – being a steel tubed car vs carbon monocoque – but it looks fantastic.

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Also on the new/newish content side is the Xfinity Toyota Camry and updated Ford Mustang.  The Toyota will join the Mustang and Chevy Camaro in the Class B NASCAR series.

iRacing also let us peak at the release notes today which highlight a few other key additions that are coming to the sim.  First up is the Easy Anti Cheat software that should really clamp down on any cheating being done out there.

Another key update is the splitting of of multi-class fields.  In the past, if six prototype cars showed up for an IMSA race and there were 40 GT cars, the prototypes would be split up, three in one split, three in the next.  That’s not fun.  Now car classes are grouped together to increase competitors.  This would mean that the top split would have six prototypes and the bottom would have none.  Much better.

There are a few notable car updates.  First, a handful of cars get the newish PBR shaders.  These include the pace car and NASCAR licensed cars.  Second, all cars are now on the v6 tire model.  Lastly, the GT3 cars have received balance of performance (BOP) updates in preparation for the Season 4 Blancpain Endurance Series which will see the top teams transfer to the Blancpain GT World Championship team series next year.

The entire release notes can be seen at the bottom of this post.

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And one more thing…  iRacing’s Tony Gardner took to his rarely updated “Cat Herder” blog to give the community some updates on future content.  Of interest is the new particle effect system that should be ready by December, a preview image of the Nurburgring, a shot of the New Tree Model – the other NTM – that will be unveiled with the Nurburgring and work on a new video codec that will allow you to directly export replays from the sim (nice).

That’s a lot of stuff going on.

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The list of fixes and improvements in ETS2 Update 1.20:

AI

  • Increased traffic density in city areas
  • Added ‘village area’ rule to allow specifying urban area without increased traffic density
  • Fixed non-urban speed limit in UK
  • Support for spawn_trailer_count attribute of traffic_vehicle_type
  • Lower probability of spawning an AI truck without a trailer
  • Fixed license plate definitions switched between bus and trailer
  • Uses correct wheel position when placing AI trailer wheels on ground
  • Fixed rear wheels of AI vehicles not being placed on ground in steep hils
  • Fixed vehicles remaining on wrong way lane after avoiding obstacle in some cases
  • AI vehicles turn off engine during fueling

EDITOR

  • Free camera supports inverted mouse (respects the c_minvert input constant)
  • Changed design of road dialog
  • Fixed “grave” key not working with some keyboard layouts (e.g. Hungarian)
  • Separate snapping of nodes and control points
  • Editor shortcut mapped to bezier patch
  • Added support for rotation undo for bezier patch control points
  • Increased node joining tolerance to fix problems with joining nodes far away from center of the map
  • Grid size shortcut changed from Alt+wheel to Ctrl+wheel

VEHICLES

  • Mercedes Actros 2014: Fixed speedometer in UK variant, Improved interior, Tweaked normal map, Smoothed some hard edges, Shadowcaster tweaks
  • Iveco Hiway: Smoother horns
  • DAF XF Euro6: Cleanup of the models
  • Scania Streamline: DRL
  • Fixed UV on bulk cement trailer
  • Fixed missing wheels on brick trailer
  • Vertex optimizations of AI trucks for DAF Euro6, Man TGX, Scania R
  • Volvo: Original sound of blinker on/off, Original sound of wipers, Equalization of gear_air sounds for interior
  • Mercedes Actros, Renault Premium: Fixed armrests missing in the exterior view
  • Fixed size of wheels

MISC

  • Particles are not generated for lifted wheels
  • Mirror resolution setting is not disabled on high quality
  • Longer mirror distances on high and ultra settings
  • Enabled support for download of additional hand-picked loading screen images from WoTr. All images can be seen using the “Image Spotlight” feature in “Photo Studio”.
  • Brake lights activate on slightest pedal touch
  • Correct turbo sound used on reverse
  • It is possible to use Steam controller-based keyboard for entering search text in mod manager
  • Fixed reporting of no-lights offense when driving in rain
  • Improved compatibility with Windows XP

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