IPACS Developer Blog

  • The November 2018 submission contest is now over. Congratulations to chrispriv for winning the November 2018 screenshot contest. Be sure to check out this screenshot highlighted on our official Facebook page and WIKI.


    This month's screenshot shows just how far night flying has come in Aerofly FS 2. Nice job to this month's winner.


    Be sure to keep posting your screenshots in our screenshot thread for a chance to win and have YOUR screenshot highlighted on our headers!


    IPACS Development Team Member

    I'm just a cook, I don't own the restaurant.
    On behalf of Torsten, Marc, and the rest of the IPACS team, we would all like to thank you for your continued support.


    Regards,


    Jeff

  • Greetings fellow flight simmers,


    The wait is over!


    we are proud to announce the new release of Aerofly FS 2019 for IOS. It's been a long time coming and we hope that it brings many hours of enjoyment. Aerofly FS 2019 was designed around the PC version so expect a lot of true-to-life experiences in this version, including the new R22 Helicopter and Dash 8!





    Aerofly FS 2019 lets you explore the world of flying in a quality never seen before.
    Fly in any one of the 20 highly detailed aircraft available to you each with fully animated 3D cockpits that truly mimic the real aircraft. Learn to fly over 160,000 square miles of some of the most scenic terrain of California. Aerofly FS 2019 has highly realistic flight physics, detailed aircraft and a stunning photo realistic scenery.
    Become a pilot and enjoy flying over the famous Golden Gate Bridge or visit Alcatraz Island; the choice is yours. Learn the basics of flying with our Flight School or practice landings in various atmospheric conditions using the ILS navigation system.
    Aerofly FS 2019 features an intuitive user interface and requires virtually no training time. Whether you are a novice using the new optional copilot feature that lets you even fly a full route automatically or a seasoned pilot that wants to do everything manually, there's something for everyone.

    FEATURES

    • 20 aircraft included ( Airbus A320, Airbus A380, Robinson R22 helicopter, F-18, Dash-8 Q400, Learjet 45, C172, Baron 58, ASG 29 glider, Pitts S-2B biplane, B737-500, B747-400, F-15E, King Air C90 GTx, Aermacchi MB-339, Corsair F4U, Extra 330, Swift S1 glider, P-38 Lightning and Sopwith Camel )
    • Over 150 airports from all over California including KSFO and KLAX
    • Assisted flying copilot
    • Highly detailed and animated 3D cockpits
    • Lighted cockpit at night time
    • Automatic navigation tuning ( ILS, NDB and VOR )
    • Realistic flight physics
    • Sophisticated autopilot
    • Interactive Flight school for learning the basics of flying
    • High resolution aerial images of the San Francisco Bay Area
    • Over 160000 square miles flyable area
    • Display terrain features like mountains, lakes and cities for easy navigation
    • Adjustable time of day
    • Configurable Clouds
    • Adjustable wind, thermals and turbulence
    • Replay system
    • Different view modes








    This version requires one of the following platforms;


    Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), and iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation).


    IPACS Development Team Member

    I'm just a cook, I don't own the restaurant.
    On behalf of Torsten, Marc, and the rest of the IPACS team, we would all like to thank you for your continued support.


    Regards,


    Jeff

  • Greetings Fellow Flight Simmers!


    I know that it's been a while since we posted anything new in our official blog but that doesn't mean that we are all sitting on our hands :) We are all very busy working tirelessly on more new stuff to advance the Aerofly series even further.


    However even though we are a bit quiet it doesn't stop our wonderful community from adding even more to Aerofly. Having a dedicated and intelligent community is as important as it is for us to continue development, and we value the creative work done by those individuals involved in making Aerofly better.


    Let's call this blog the 'Community Spotlight'


    Let's begin with user-made aircraft. It took a while since we released our SDK for the community to learn how to successfully build and design an aircraft from scratch, but with the will of many talented individuals waiting for someone to build an aircraft is a thing of the past. Here are some examples of what's being done:


    Information on Krzysztof's growing fleet of converted aircraft and Development Thread



    Here are two of the many aircraft that he has done





    Here is the F104G Starfighter by larrylynx. This was a spectacular effort.


    Link to the F104G Progress Thread



    Scenery projects have also been a hot topic but there are a few community developers that have taken it a step further by developing free tools that make it very easy for anyone to make your own scenery. These wonderful tools really compliment our SDK tool set. Here are a few:


    Aeroscenery


    This application was designed by nickhod and is a must for anyone that wants to make their own scenery to fly over.

    One of the many threads dedicated to this continuing project can be found HERE



    Another important application developed by spit40 is called FSCloudPort

    This application allows for you to make your own basic airports using a host of scenery objects. What's better is that everyone's creations are available on a cloud based database for download.


    The FSCloudPort support thread can be found HERE



    Here are some very special projects that were community team efforts. This shows what can be accomplished with Aerofly.


    Apollo 50 Scenery Project


    The development page can be found HERE


    This community effort has everything but the kitchen sink! All made with user made tools.




    Another highly detailed community created scenery package is the South Florida Power Plant. This was another team effort with a lot of detail.


    The development thread can be found HERE




    These are just a few of the community projects that were recently released for free, but this is just a small snippet of that the community is doing to enhance the experience of Aerofly FS2. There are also many cultivation projects going on, repaints, large high-quality scenery projects, more aircraft, and even more custom tools to make things easier. We have seen some great achievements from some very talented individuals, and we don't see any slow down. So does the Aerofly future look bright, YOU BET CHA!


    IPACS Development Team Member

    I'm just a cook, I don't own the restaurant.
    On behalf of Torsten, Marc, and the rest of the IPACS team, we would all like to thank you for your continued support.


    Regards,


    Jeff

  • Released today on Steam!


    The PA-28R Turbo Arrow III and Arrow IV are four seater, turbocharged piston-engine aircraft equipped with a retractable tricycle landing gear and constant-speed propeller – ideal for touring and instrument training.

    First available in 1977, the Turbo Arrow III was the first turbocharged variant of the PA-28R Arrow, retaining the conventional tail of the Arrow III and a new cowling which housed the six-cylinder turbocharged engine. The Turbo Arrow IV followed in 1979 and featured the distinctive T-tail which was common amongst other Piper aircraft.

    The aircraft are flown all around the world and this add-on reflects that global popularity. The product features ten liveries from the USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic.




    MODEL

    • Accurately modeled PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III and PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV, built using real-world aircraft plans following comprehensive, hands-on research with a real-life Arrow III, G-BGKU, based at Conington Airfield
    • Numerous animations, including multi-animation passenger door, cockpit window and sun visors
    • 4096 x 4096 textures are used to produce the highest possible texture clarity
    • Bump, specular, reflection and ambient occlusion mapping used throughout the aircraft for a truly 3D feel

    COCKPIT

    • A truly 3D virtual cockpit right down to accurately modeled seat belts and screw heads - every instrument is constructed fully in 3D with smooth animations
    • Cockpit textures feature wear and tear based on reference photos taken in the real aircraft to produce an authentic environment
    • Different colour schemes for the Turbo Arrow III (grey/blue) and Arrow IV (tan/brown)
    • Functional and comprehensive IFR-capable avionics fit including:

      - KMA 20 audio selector unit

      - GNS 530 unit including COM 1 / NAV 1 function

      - KN 62 DME unit which can display information from NAV 1, NAV 2 or its own inbuilt receiver (NAV 3)

      - Piper Autocontrol IIIB autopilot unit with navigation, heading and roll hold (no vertical control as in real world)

      - KT 76A transponder unit

      - KR 85 ADF unit with ADF/ANT/BFO modes

      - KX 175B COM 2 / NAV 2 radio
    • Yoke-mounted flight timer/clock
    • Independently operated left and right (standby) altimeter

    AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

    • Custom-coded fuel system
    • Custom-coded electrical system with functional circuit breakers
    • Realistic landing gear system with emergency release
    • Functioning alternate air and static source controls

    LIVERIES

    The Turbo Arrow III is supplied in the following five paint schemes:

    • N48427 (USA)
    • D-ERMT (Germany)
    • G-OBAK (UK)
    • HB-PMB (Switzerland)
    • VH-LLA (Australia)

    The Turbo Arrow IV is supplied in the following five paint schemes:

    • D-EAIV (Germany)
    • G-BOGM (UK)
    • OE-KFT (Austria)
    • OK-MAN (Czech Republic)
    • N3023K (USA)

    OTHER FEATURES

    • Realistic flight dynamics based on real world performance and handling data
    • Authentic sound set by Turbine Sound Studios (TSS)
    • Custom sounds for switches, doors, gear warnings and more
    • Comprehensive manual with panel guide and performance data


    IPACS Development Team Member

    I'm just a cook, I don't own the restaurant.
    On behalf of Torsten, Marc, and the rest of the IPACS team, we would all like to thank you for your continued support.


    Regards,


    Jeff