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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

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

Upcoming…

Presented with no further comment. Yet.

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Filed Under: Announcements, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, My FS Products, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2

Orbx Scenery Sale – 33% off in December!

Just a heads up: all Orbx sceneries created before Nov. 1, 2014 are on sale on the Flight Sim Store from Nov. 28 2014 – Jan 2, 2015. They’re all available at a whopping 33% off, which is a great deal. In addition, all three of my Orbx airports have been updated for compatibility with Prepar3D v.2.

Here are some direct links to get you to my stuff:


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Just a heads up: all Orbx sceneries created before Nov. 1, 2014 are on sale on the Flight Sim Store from Nov. 28 2014 – Jan 2, 2015. They’re all available at a whopping 33% off, which is a great deal. In addition, all three of my Orbx airports have been updated for compatibility with [...]

Filed Under: Bear Gulch, Cushman Meadows, Flight Simulator, FSX, FTX NA Blue, KCMW, ORBX, Orbx PNW, Prepar3d V2, Siletz Bay, Twin Oaks Airpark

Nantucket is one big step closer to done!

Hallelujah! Finally, after dinking around with it for weeks, I’ve basically completed the main terminal at Nantucket Memorial Airport. I say basically, because even as I watched this batch of screenshots rendering, I realized that there were a few things I meant to fix and/or add before the final. Maybe we need an ice bucket challenge to fight perfectionism.

At any rate, here are a few renders of the terminal from Blender. They’re a bit darker and more contrasty than the final object will be in the sim, but you can get an idea of how it’ll look. This is far and away the most complex single building I’ve made for a scenery project to date.

The end of terminal modeling is also the light at the end of the tunnel for modeling the airport in general, as there are only the fire station, fuel farm, and a few small assorting buildings left to complete. Compared to this beast, they’ll be a walk in the park.

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Hallelujah! Finally, after dinking around with it for weeks, I’ve basically completed the main terminal at Nantucket Memorial Airport. I say basically, because even as I watched this batch of screenshots rendering, I realized that there were a few things I meant to fix and/or add before the final. Maybe we need an ice bucket [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Flight Simulator, FSX, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, KACK, Nantucket, Prepar3d V2

Nantucket Progress

The modeling of the north side of the field is nearly complete! I’ve been dialing in a group of buildings, including the checkerboard “Nantucket” hangar. Next stop: the main terminal.

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The modeling of the north side of the field is nearly complete! I’ve been dialing in a group of buildings, including the checkerboard “Nantucket” hangar. Next stop: the main terminal.

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, FSX, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2, Uncategorized

Our Next Project: Pearson Field!

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iBlueYonder returns to the West Coast with our second release, now in development: Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington. This release will mark an odd little milestone — our first project spanning two states, Washington and Oregon.

The package will include:

  • Full high-detail scenery of Pearson Field (KVUO), one of the oldest operational airports in the U.S.
  • Custom-built Vancouver, WA downtown with photo-real terrain, including Officer’s Row
  • The Port of Vancouver, along the mighty Columbia River
  • Photo-real Hayden Island, Oregon, home to the Jantzen Beach shopping area and extensive marinas
  • The Interstate Bridge with its iconic drawbridge towers, and the railroad bridge downstream

Here are a couple of alpha-build screenshots of the environs. Vancouver’s downtown and port are still works in progress, but Hayden Island is just about complete!

Click the images for larger versions…

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iBlueYonder returns to the West Coast with our second release, now in development: Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington. This release will mark an odd little milestone — our first project spanning two states, Washington and Oregon. The package will include: Full high-detail scenery of Pearson Field (KVUO), one of the oldest operational airports in the U.S. [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, KVUO, My FS Products, Pearson Field, Prepar3d V2

Synchronizing the (Virtual) World of Commerce…

If you ship a package to or from Nantucket via UPS, at some point it passes through this terminal…

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If you ship a package to or from Nantucket via UPS, at some point it passes through this terminal…

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2