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A Great Little Free Plane for Your Free Island

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I just saw a mention on Facebook from my friend, Flight1 staffer Jeff Smith. Looks like they’ve released their Cessna 162 Skycatcher for free. Jeff pointed out that it’s a great complement to our Heron’s Nest 2.0 scenery.

More info on the free Skycatcher here: http://www.flight1.com/view.asp?page=skycatcher

And of course for your copy of the Heron’s Nest 2, check out the product page.

I just saw a mention on Facebook from my friend, Flight1 staffer Jeff Smith. Looks like they’ve released their Cessna 162 Skycatcher for free. Jeff pointed out that it’s a great complement to our Heron’s Nest 2.0 scenery. More info on the free Skycatcher here: http://www.flight1.com/view.asp?page=skycatcher And of course for your copy of the Heron’s Nest [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Bush Flying, Freeware, FSX, FSX Scenery, Heron’s Nest, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

Your Island is Ready

After a total rebuild and a whole lot of tweaking and testing, version 2.0 of The Heron’s Nest is a go! Rather than deliver it only to mailing list subscribers, we’ve decided to open it up to everyone for download, absolutely free.

Get your copy here: http://iblueyonder.com/portfolio/the-herons-nest/

And here’s a sampler…

After a total rebuild and a whole lot of tweaking and testing, version 2.0 of The Heron’s Nest is a go! Rather than deliver it only to mailing list subscribers, we’ve decided to open it up to everyone for download, absolutely free. Get your copy here: http://iblueyonder.com/portfolio/the-herons-nest/ And here’s a sampler…

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Bush Flying, FSX, FSX Scenery, Heron’s Nest, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

The Heron’s Nest Is Ready!

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If you’re not on our mailing list you might have missed it, but we released the first official iBlueYonder scenery yesterday. That’s right, The Heron’s Nest is live!
 
If you’re on the list, you already have a link to download it for free. If you’re not a subscriber yet, all you have to do to get it is sign up using the blue box to the right of this post. In the meantime, here’s a great little video, courtesy of our good buddy Nathan Palmer, to show you what you’re missing…
 

If you’re not on our mailing list you might have missed it, but we released the first official iBlueYonder scenery yesterday. That’s right, The Heron’s Nest is live!   If you’re on the list, you already have a link to download it for free. If you’re not a subscriber yet, all you have to do [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Bush Flying, Flight Simulator, FSX, Heron’s Nest, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2

Beta Testers Wanted

In the last Heron’s Nest update, I said all that was left was to add a staircase from the top of the island leading down to the float hangar. So, here you go…

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With that out of the way, it’s time to move on to testing. I’m looking for about 5 testers to check out the Heron’s Nest, but also for general testing on my other upcoming projects. Ideal testers would:

  • Own more than one version of the sim – targets include the original FSX/Acceleration, FSX Steam Edition, and Prepar3D v2.
  • Have previous testing experience, especially on projects I’ve been involved in.
  • Take testing seriously, but be willing to have a little fun with it, too.

If this sounds like you, drop me a comment below so we can talk. If you don’t meet the above criteria, but feel you’d be a great tester anyway, let me know that as well.

Either way, we’re nearly there!

In the last Heron’s Nest update, I said all that was left was to add a staircase from the top of the island leading down to the float hangar. So, here you go… With that out of the way, it’s time to move on to testing. I’m looking for about 5 testers to check out [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Bush Flying, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX SP2, Heron’s Nest, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2

Heron’s Nest Update

Here we are, smack-dab in the middle of July. If you signed up for the mailing list in the hope of receiving the Heron’s Nest scenery right about now, you’re probably wondering where it is. When I made the announcement about it, it looked like the scenery was just about ready for final testing. Then I tried it on some other versions of the sim, and discovered that I had to rebuild all the coastlines for the many islands around this one in order to preserve the shape of this one. It’s a long story, but the sort of head-on-desk moment that scenery development is made of. I have the coastlines rebuilt and looking mostly fine now, but I’ve discovered that the far end of the HN runway is now falling off into the sea instead of perching high on the cliff above, which means more terrain sculpting to try and put it back where it was. Did I mention I hate terrain sculpting?

Anyway, that’s where we stand. Sometimes it’s the little details at the end of a project that toss it all into disarray. I’m still aiming to release this month, but the middle is looking increasingly undoable. Bear with me, please. We’re nearly there!

Here we are, smack-dab in the middle of July. If you signed up for the mailing list in the hope of receiving the Heron’s Nest scenery right about now, you’re probably wondering where it is. When I made the announcement about it, it looked like the scenery was just about ready for final testing. Then [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Bush Flying, Heron’s Nest

Your Own Private Island – Free!

At the recent FlightSimCon, we announced the upcoming release of iBlueYonder’s first branded scenery package. Fans of our Cushman Meadows/Bear Gulch scenery (done a while back for Orbx) know that from time to time, we like to play around with “what-if” scenarios for private bush airports. Since our geographic focus has shifted to the New England region of the US, we thought why not do a little virtual homesteading on one of the rocky, windswept islands off the coast of Maine?

Introducing The Heron’s Nest, a rough dirt strip gouged into the crest of Outer Heron Island, Maine. It comes complete with a cozy little cottage, a barn hangar for parking your ride, and nature, nature, nature. If the undulating dirt strip gives you the willies, you can also fly in on floats and park in the water hangar in the protected cove near the cottage.

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hn_announcement_5How soon will this be ready for release? We’re aiming for mid-July. The original plan was to release it at the FS Conference, but we ran into a glitch that held up testing. If the FS gods are willing, the beta test will resume in earnest in a few days.

How do you get it? That one’s easy; just sign up for our mailing list using the form on the sidebar to the right of this page. If you’re already on the list, then you’re golden: all members of the iBY mailing list will receive a link to download The Heron’s Nest free of charge. It’s our way of saying thanks for sticking with us through the rocky process of creating an all-new company.

Tell your GA-loving friends, too. Once the scenery has been released, anyone signing up for the list will automatically be sent a download link.

Now, back to the testing center!

At the recent FlightSimCon, we announced the upcoming release of iBlueYonder’s first branded scenery package. Fans of our Cushman Meadows/Bear Gulch scenery (done a while back for Orbx) know that from time to time, we like to play around with “what-if” scenarios for private bush airports. Since our geographic focus has shifted to the New [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Bush Flying, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX SP2, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2, Uncategorized

The High-Wire Act

Everything in life is a balancing act, it seems, and nothing more so than the so-called “career” of a self-employed freelancer. For every new project that crops up, time has to be taken away from other pursuits. Things that start off with a bang can fizzle under the weight of obligations, roadblocks, and just plain old running out of time. The things you woke up planning to do often end up gathering dust while projects you had no idea existed before breakfast run away with your day until you collapse in bed, exhausted, wondering “what the hell just happened?”

All this is by way of explaining why I sort of suck at meeting my FS deadlines.

Never the less, I showed some shots of a new project I’m working on back in December, and it’s time for another batch of screenies! As soon as this goes into beta testing, I’ll announce to my mailing list what this project is (along with a little surprise). Until then, all I can say is that I’ve been a busy boy perfecting more advanced night lighting techniques and creating my own libraries of natural elements such as grass, shrubs, and trees.

Enough blabbering. It’s time for shots!

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Everything in life is a balancing act, it seems, and nothing more so than the so-called “career” of a self-employed freelancer. For every new project that crops up, time has to be taken away from other pursuits. Things that start off with a bang can fizzle under the weight of obligations, roadblocks, and just plain [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Bush Flying, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, My FS Products, Prepar3d V2

Coming Soon: Siletz Bay!

Sorry to everyone who was enjoying my newly-revived Fanboy Friday posts. I’ve been too quiet the last few weeks. For what it’s worth, I have my reasons – some personal, some professional. The best news is the professional part: my next airport is drawing nigh! Without further ado, say hello to S45 – Siletz Bay State Airport. [click to continue…]

Sorry to everyone who was enjoying my newly-revived Fanboy Friday posts. I’ve been too quiet the last few weeks. For what it’s worth, I have my reasons – some personal, some professional. The best news is the professional part: my next airport is drawing nigh! Without further ado, say hello to S45 – Siletz Bay [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Bush Flying, FSX, FSX Scenery, FTX NA Blue, My FS Products, ORBX, Orbx PNW, Siletz Bay

Fanboy Friday: Fabulous Freebies!

I talk about a lot of payware add-ons on this blog. Mostly that’s because of the amazing variety of top-notch work available from so many talented devs. Even though they’re great, you could drain your bank account pretty quick buying all of these goodies, so every now and then I think it’s nice to point out notable freeware that’s out there. Luckily, two awesome addons that fit the bill perfectly cropped up in the last few days. [click to continue…]

I talk about a lot of payware add-ons on this blog. Mostly that’s because of the amazing variety of top-notch work available from so many talented devs. Even though they’re great, you could drain your bank account pretty quick buying all of these goodies, so every now and then I think it’s nice to point [...]

Filed Under: Aerosoft, Aircraft Reviews, Bush Flying, Fanboy Fridays, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, FTX NA Blue, ORBX

KCMW Released!

Just a simple announcement this time: after several years of development, a couple of months of testing, and 24 hours of initial release to pre-payers, KCMW Cushman Meadows has been released to the general public. You can get it here. For more info, check out the product page on this site, or head over to the ORBX forums for user feedback (spoiler alert: they seem to be having a really good time).

Enjoy!
Bill

Just a simple announcement this time: after several years of development, a couple of months of testing, and 24 hours of initial release to pre-payers, KCMW Cushman Meadows has been released to the general public. You can get it here. For more info, check out the product page on this site, or head over to [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Bear Gulch, Bush Flying, Cushman Meadows, Emma Field, FSX, FSX Scenery, FTX NA Blue, KCMW, My FS Products, ORBX, Orbx PNW