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One Week Until FlightSimCon 2017!

The biggest flight simulation event in North America, FlightSimCon 2017, is only a week away and we’re getting excited! iBlueYonder will be exhibiting this year, and we’ve got some good stuff planned, including a test of your piloting skills and not one but TWO big product announcements.

For those who can’t make it to this year’s show, we’ll be posting the announcements online as soon as they’re made public. For those who can, you get to take part in our first ever piloting challenge:

How good are you pilot skills? If you’re up for it, stop by our booth at FlightSimCon 2017 and sign up for the Heron’s Nest Landing Challenge. The challenge is fairly simple: using a pre-defined flight, you’ll approach the Heron’s Nest from the north in the default FSX/P3D Piper Cub. If you can safely land and taxi into the hangar barn, your name will be entered to win. Sounds simple, right? Well… it is, sort of. Bear in mind there will be a crosswind component, and those tail-draggers can be treacherous. The equipment at the show will be minimal; a joystick with twist action for the rudder. If you plan on competing, make sure you’ve got a copy of the free Heron’s Nest 2.0 scenery so you can practice beforehand.

First prize is Free iBlueYonder Products for Life! Second and third prizes are a free download of the iBlueYonder scenery of your choice, either current or future. And we definitely have some interesting projects coming up in the near future.

If there is only one winner, they automatically win first prize. If there are more than one, all names will be put in a hat with first, second, and third prizes drawn.

The challenge starts Saturday, June 10 at 3:45pm at the iBlueYonder booth.

And for everyone, a little special to brighten up the show weekend:

Nantucket Island will be marked down 50% on our site from June 9-11 to celebrate the show weekend. If you haven’t gotten it yet, now would be an excellent time. We will also be rolling out a new P3D4 version very soon, along with more airport content that’s free of charge for all Nantucket owners.

See you at the Con!

The biggest flight simulation event in North America, FlightSimCon 2017, is only a week away and we're getting excited! iBlueYonder will be exhibiting this year, and we've got some good stuff planned, including a test of your piloting skills and not one but TWO big product announcements. For those who can't make it to this [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, FlightSimCon, Heron's Nest, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery

A Note on iBlueYonder P3D4/FSW Compatibility

I just got back from a week of family business to discover that LM has announced the P3D v.4 release will be on May 30th. And of course, the preview of Dovetail’s Flight Sim World is already available on Steam as of May 18. This is great news for the sim community, and we’re really excited about it as well.

However, with any new sim comes the big question: will my existing add-ons work? In the case of Nantucket and The Heron’s Nest, the answer is a temporary no. No, because we rely on third-party technology to provide functionality that even at this stage of sim development isn’t available from the base simulators; things like seasonal texture swapping, conditional animations, and so forth. Temporary because our plan is to upgrade everything we sell to full P3D4/FSW compatibility in the very near future.

When these new compatibility mods appear exactly will depend on the work required and when the the maker of SODE can create a version that works with the new sims. Our requests for development insight and assistance from Lockheed Martin went unanswered, so we’re no more in-the-know than anyone else about how porting to their new P3D will work out. Fortunately, Dovetail were more forthcoming, and we’re working right now on versions of everything for FSW.

In the medium term, have no fear – if you bought one of our airports, your investment is safe. In the short term, all we ask is that you keep whatever sim you’ve been using active on your hard drives until we can work out the new versions, and please be understanding about the time it takes to transition. We’ll do our best to make the gap as short as humanly possible.

I just got back from a week of family business to discover that LM has announced the P3D v.4 release will be on May 30th. And of course, the preview of Dovetail's Flight Sim World is already available on Steam as of May 18. This is great news for the sim community, and we're really [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Dovetail Games, Flight Sim World, Heron's Nest, KACK, P3D4, Prepar3D v4

Nantucket is Getting Livelier Soon!

One of the challenges of being a small design studio (I like to think of us as “boutique”, because it sounds better) is the creation of assets that larger developers already have lying around on the shelf. For instance, slowly but surely we’re working to bring new, reusable libraries of objects online that will speed development of future projects.  [click to continue…]

One of the challenges of being a small design studio (I like to think of us as "boutique", because it sounds better) is the creation of assets that larger developers already have lying around on the shelf. For instance, slowly but surely we're working to bring new, reusable libraries of objects online that will speed [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Flight Simulator, FSX, KACK, Nantucket, Prepar3D V3

Exploring Nantucket: The Brant Point Lighthouse

Today’s Nantucket destination is perhaps the unluckiest spot of real estate on the island, the Brant Point lighthouse. If not for the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, this poor lighthouse might have been the oldest on Nantucket.  [click to continue…]

Today's Nantucket destination is perhaps the unluckiest spot of real estate on the island, the Brant Point lighthouse. If not for the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, this poor lighthouse might have been the oldest on Nantucket.  The whaling industry on Nantucket was booming by the mid 1700's. In order to improve safety for [...]

Filed Under: Flight Simulator, FSX, Getting to Know Nantucket, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

Nantucket Island SP1 Released

For users of Nantucket Island 1.0, we’ve released a service pack that fixes commonly reported problems and adds some enhancements as well.

NOTE: If you purchased Nantucket on or after February 1, 2017, this update is already part of your 1.01 download. There is no need to download it again.

For users who purchased Nantucket 1.0 before February 1, 2017, log in to the My Account page, and under “View Details and Downloads”, you’ll see a link to download SP1. If you purchased from another vendor, follow their procedures for getting your update.

Changes include:

  • Added designated Cape Air and seasonal airline parking
  • Added ILS to rwy 24 and 06 per airnav.com data
  • Fixed texture draw issues with tower glass, fence by terminal
  • Fixed flickering in native P3D ground poly
  • Enhanced bump and specular mapping on P3D ground for added realism
  • Added rain effects to native P3D ground
  • Hardened apron surface in front of terminal
  • Removed a few bushes from water near NW point of island
  • Added missing runway 12 number marking
  • Information on Viva and AutogenConfigurationMerger added to manual

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For users of Nantucket Island 1.0, we've released a service pack that fixes commonly reported problems and adds some enhancements as well. NOTE: If you purchased Nantucket on or after February 1, 2017, this update is already part of your 1.01 download. There is no need to download it again. For users who purchased Nantucket [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, KACK, Nantucket, Prepar3D V3

Exploring Nantucket: The Old Mill

It’s less prominent than the lighthouses, much shorter than the water towers, so it’s easy to see how you might have overlooked Nantucket’s Old Mill.  [click to continue…]

It's less prominent than the lighthouses, much shorter than the water towers, so it's easy to see how you might have overlooked Nantucket's Old Mill.  Still, for those willing to search it out, it's there in the Nantucket Island scenery in all its pseudo-Dutch glory; right where it's been for nearly 300 years. I was [...]

Filed Under: Exploring Nantucket, FSX Scenery, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

Official Nantucket Video Released

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Our good friend Alexander Ther (ateh one) has created another of his masterpieces. This time it’s the official video for Nantucket, and it’s a beauty!

Find out more about Nantucket Island for FSX & Prepar3D here.

Our good friend Alexander Ther (ateh one) has created another of his masterpieces. This time it's the official video for Nantucket, and it's a beauty! Find out more about Nantucket Island for FSX & Prepar3D here.

Filed Under: Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX Videos, KACK, Nantucket, Prepar3D V3

The first review of Nantucket Island is in! Joe Lawford of Mutley’s Hangar has posted his take on the scenery in a comprehensive review at http://www.mutleyshangar.com/reviews/joe/bs-kack/bs-kack.htm. Looks like he’s enjoying island life, and it shows from the screenshots.

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The first review of Nantucket Island is in! Joe Lawford of Mutley's Hangar has posted his take on the scenery in a comprehensive review at http://www.mutleyshangar.com/reviews/joe/bs-kack/bs-kack.htm. Looks like he's enjoying island life, and it shows from the screenshots.

Filed Under: FSX, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3, Product Reviews

Nantucket Released!

We’re proud to announce the release of Nantucket, a project years in the making. This scenery for FSX and Prepar3D v3 covers over 100 square miles of the islands of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget with 5-season phototerrain, and includes full custom autogen that reflects the character of the area. A highly accurate rendition of Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) is the central focus, and we think you’ll love the detail.

Check out the screenshots and purchase your copy on the Nantucket Island product page.

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We're proud to announce the release of Nantucket, a project years in the making. This scenery for FSX and Prepar3D v3 covers over 100 square miles of the islands of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget with 5-season phototerrain, and includes full custom autogen that reflects the character of the area. A highly accurate rendition of Nantucket [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, FSX, FSX Scenery, KACK, My FS Products, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

KACK Preview Pics – Now in P3D3!

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Every once in a while, I still get that wow factor from flight simming. You know the feeling; where just for a moment, you forget all about software, tweaks, and settings and are just… there. Lately, I’ve had a whole bunch of those moments. Granted, using an Oculus Rift VR headset has provided a whole slew of them. But the other component is Prepar3D v.3.3. People, if you are fence-sitting about Prepar3D at all, let me nudge you off that fence. This sim is nothing short of amazing, especially from a graphics perspective.

All this is a fancy run-up to something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and that’s provide some new screenshots of Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) – this time in P3D. In addition to the modeling and textures, look at the tree shadows now! We finally have those available, as well as dynamic reflections on the glass, bump maps and specular highlights on ground polys, and some really beautiful HDR lighting.

Okay, I’ll shut up now and let the pictures do the talking.

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Every once in a while, I still get that wow factor from flight simming. You know the feeling; where just for a moment, you forget all about software, tweaks, and settings and are just... there. Lately, I've had a whole bunch of those moments. Granted, using an Oculus Rift VR headset has provided a whole [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, FSX, FSX Scenery, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3