4 December 2006 - Bob Chicilo, who has applied his flight model and effects to many
aircraft over the years including a few Mirage titles has focused his attention once again
on the still outstanding Super Mirage 4000 of Romain Lucas.
The original Mirage 4000 update by Bob in May 2005 was one of his first. So this new
update benefits from all of his experience since then. A new version for FS2004 as well as
FSX is available.
28 November 2006 - I previously said that
FsFrance was making a comeback with a new website design, a
new forum, and some new
projects in the works. Gilles Mercier has written to give an update on the upcoming
Super Mystère B2. When finished the package will include a new panel, at least four
weapons configurations, and over a dozen schemes. For some screenshots and more
description please see this Preview Page.
28 October 2006 - Jose Ramon Rodriguez has repainted some of the textures in
Kirk Olsson's Mirage F1 with new tail art for the Tiger
Meet'06. The event was held this past September at
Los Llanos Air Base (LEAB) near Albacete, Spain. To see photos of the Mirage
F1M and the tail art being applied visit the
website of the artist, Alvaro Ruiz.
20 October 2006 - There have been no new releases or repaints lately. But
the folks at FsFrance have been
quietly working in the background to complete the overhaul of their website and reinstated
their forum. The new design is very clean and professional looking. When you
visit their forum be sure to read these threads announcing three upcoming releases
that will surely interest visitors to this website: the
Balzac VTOL research aircraft based on the Mirage III airframe, the two-seat
Rafale B, and a new
Super Mystère B2.
30 September 2006 - Alexandre Remy has completed a new scenery for
BA102 Dijon Longvic (LFSD). This provides a new scenery for an overlooked
but important airbase, home of EC01.002 "Cigognes" and EC02.002 "Côte d'Or" flying the
27 September 2006 - Fernando Martinez has updated his earlier
AI Mirage 2000B package to add the Mirage 2000D and 2000N. The most obvious
change is the correct configuration of two underwing tanks and tactical camouflage.
Additional texture sets have been added for the 2000D and 2000N models for a total of 24.
17 September 2006 - Bob Chicilo has applied his well known modifications to the older
Super Etendard. The changes also include new flight dynamics, smoke, a panel,
and new nav lights. This is a complete package and breathes some new life into an
old but still nice FS aircraft.
10 September 2006 - Simon Chevalier (alias S-POTY) has completed his conversion of the
AI Mirage 2000 AI series of Fernando Martinez for manual flight
in FS9 while we wait for the release of the Mirage 2000-5 by Cyril
Pioffet, the Mirage 2000-5 by Rollus, or the
Mirage 2000C by Siegfried Vlaminck. By combining the
Mirage F1 sounds by Kirk Olsson, the
Mirage 2000 instrument panel by Ernest Lavedure (modified
to include parts from the Mirage 4000
instrument panel by Eric Maricano, and adjusted flight models by Jean Pierre Bourgeois,
Simon has added three new Mirage 2000 models to the FS9 hangar.
7 September 2006 - Cristiano Magnani has repainted the
Mirage 2000B of Roland Laborie in the markings of the newest operator, Brazil.
The package included three texture sets, two in the standard two-tone Mirage 2000
camouflage and one in the blue/gray scheme worn by the Brazil Mirage III's (F-103).
Only the texture files are included. You will also need the
Mirage 2000 aircraft.
24 August 2006 - If you want a little more variation in military AI traffic I found
a couple of payware AI packages at
simmarket.com. The first is from a South Africa group named Flight Design.
The aircraft in their package includes a new Mirage F1AZ and Cheetah C designed to be
very framerate friendly for AI use. You can view the product at
The second package is an extensive package by
MyTraffic 2004 of European air bases, US and NATO aircraft carriers, and the aircraft to go
with both. Included among the aircraft are the Mirage III, the Rafale, and the
Super Etendard. You can view the product also at
13 August 2006 - Thinus Pretorius has completed a new
Mirage IIICZ. The model is based on his earlier Mirage IIIEZ. The model
includes a Virtual Cockpit, a new instrument panel and sound files. With each
new release Thinus's skill impoves.
4 August 2006 - Even with FSX to be released in the coming months many folks
continue to use older versions of FS. One example is scenery maker André Lederer
who, with the help of Udo Entenmann, has just overhauled his interpretation of FS98
scenery for Orange-Caritat AB (LFMO) in south France.
As a companion aircraft Udo has repainted the origional
Mirage IIIB in colors for EC 1/5 "Vendée".
30 July 2006 - Ed Kooymans has assembled an
AI package for use with the new AI Mirage 2000C by
Fernando Martinez covering Armée de l´Air operations at
Dijon-Longvic (LFSD). The package includes callsigns, traffic files, and
AFCAD files. Also included are traffic files for C-135FR, C-130, and CN-235
19 July 2006 - In most of the southwest USA it is fire season.
When not busy helping to put out these fires, firefighter Michael Pearson has
been working on repaints of the recently released AI Mirage 2000s. He has
completed 25 new aircraft in Armée de l´Air and export
customer colors. These are textures only so you will need to install the
Mirage 2000C/Mirage-5 and
Mirage 2000B AI aircraft from Fernando Martinez. For added realism
you should also use the AI afterburner effect by
17 July 2006 - Eric Kunst, one of the developers of the AFCAD and AI flights mentioned
on 2 July for use with the new Mirage 2000 AI aircraft, has released
a complete package. Included are AI Flightplans for
Armée de l'Air EC 1/12 and 2/12 aircraft based at Cambrai - Epinoy
(LFQI). Weekly flightplans for all 38 aircraft are present along with callsigns by
Stewart Pearson and a custom AFCAD2 file.
Mirage 2000D, Armée de l´Air, EC01.003 "Navarre"|
Mirage 2000D, Armée de l´Air, EC02.003 "Champagne"
Mirage 2000D, Armée de l´Air, EC02.003 "Champagne" (Red Flag)
Mirage 2000D, Armée de l´Air, EC03.003 "Ardennes"
Mirage 2000N, Armée de l´Air, EC01.004 "Dauphine"
Mirage 2000N, Armée de l´Air, EC02.004 "La Fayette"
Mirage 2000N, Armée de l´Air, EC03.004 "Limousin"
Mirage 2000B, Armée de l´Air, EC05.330 "Côte d'Argent"
Mirage 2000D, Armée de l´Air, EC05.330 "Côte d'Argent"
Mirage 2000C, Armée de l´Air, EC02.005 "Ile de France" (Desert Storm)
Mirage 2000EM, Egyptian Air Force
Mirage 2000BM, Egyptian Air Force
Mirage 2000EG, Hellenic Air Force
Mirage 2000BG, Hellenic Air Force
Mirage 2000H, Indian Air Force
Mirage 2000TH, Indian Air Force
Mirage 2000P, Fuerza Aerea de Peru
Mirage 2000DP, Fuerza Aerea de Peru
Mirage 2000-5EDA, Qatar Air Force
Mirage 2000-5DDA, Qatar Air Force
Mirage 2000-5Ei, Republic of China Air Force
Mirage 2000-5Di, Republic of China Air Force
Mirage 2000EAD, UAE Air Force
Mirage 2000RAD, UAE Air Force (Recon Variant)
Mirage 2000DAD, UAE Air Force
11 July 2006 - After a brief down time, Virtual Cors'Air
has returned with a new Internet address: http://www.virtualcorsair.fr/.
2 July 2006 - Over the past year Fernando Martinez has been working on several
AI (low poly models) aircraft projects and has been reporting on the progress in the
Military AI forum at FSGateway.com. He has now released the first two sets
of these aircraft. The first is for the single-seat
Mirage 2000C and Mirage-5 with dynamic shine, animated parts, and textures for units
at Cambrai AB, Dijon AB, and Orange AB. In his Readme file Fernando recommends using the
AI afterburner effect by
Henry Tomkiewicz from his F-16 models.
Within the week, Fernando released a second set to add the two-seat
Mirage 2000B with textures for units at Cambrai AB and Orange AB.
Since the release of these packages there have been several
made for the air bases. If you are intersted in making your own flight plans here are a few
links for howto articles to get you started:
23 June 2006 - For some time now Siegfried Vlaminck has been working on a new Mirage
2000. While the version of Cyril Pioffet is evolving
into the later Mirage 2000-5 version, this one is going to be of the original 2000-C
variant with analog gauges. Siegfried has been sending information on progress so I
have made a new Preview Page to update as new information arrives.
19 June 2006 - Zolt Goatfield has put together an extensive
Iraqi Scenery and AI Package representing Iraqi Air Force aircraft, military
airfields and AI traffic on the eve of the Gulf War in January 1991 (while is
still existed). Included are many AI flights by Iraqi Mirage F1. Zolt
used the Mirage F1 of Vasco Ferreira with textures by
14 June 2006 - A new Mirage IIIE created using
Abacus FSDS_v3 has been released by Italo D'Attomo and Giovanni Quai. Included
is a new panel with many gauges designed by the authors
including a custom Auto Pilot gauge.
7 June 2006 - I found a photo-realistic instrument panel
for the Super Mystère B2 made by Jean-Pierre Langer.
The instrument panel is based on photos and includes custom gauges.
2 June 2006 - Jean-François Martin and Gilles Mercier have improved the
Mystère IVA textures released earlier by
improving the resolution from 8-bit to 24-bit. Textures for the original
four aircraft (see May 27 below) and the follow-on three (June 1) are included.
1 June 2006 - Shortly after releasing his new Dassault
Mystère IVA last week, Jean-François Martin has painted three new textures sets
for units stationed at Dijon-Longvic AB in the 1950s. The
units included are EC 1/2 "Cigognes" (with
Suez Crisis stripes), EC 2/2 "Cote d'Or", and EC 3/2 "Alsace".
29 May 2006 - Michael Pearson has been working on repaints of the
Mirage III by Warwick Carter. He has completed 19 new aircraft in Armée de l´Air and
export customer colors depicting several Mirage versions. These are textures only so you
will need to install the Mirage IIIO by Warwick first. There are also no installation
instructions. If you need assistance please read this
article from Flightsim.com.
Here is the list of the aircraft with download links to the
avsim.com library. (
Broken Link after Avsim was hacked)
27 May 2006 - Jean-François Martin has finished a new Dassault
Mystère IVA. Three visual models are
included: clean, wing tanks, and tanks with bombs. Four texture sets
are included: Armée de l'Air EC 7 and EC 8, Patrouille de France, and Israel
Air Force in camouflage. Additional features include firing cannon and
red/white/blue smoke effects.
25 May 2006 - We seem to be in a dry spell for new Mirage items.
Udo Entenmann of Germany has repainted the FS98 Mirage IIIB
of Alphasim as a
camouflaged Denel Aviation Cheetah D of the South Africa Air Force (SAAF).
Thinus Pretorius wrote to say that he is making a new Mirage IIICZ in SAAF colors.
The aircraft will include an instrument panel with new gauges. Thinus reports
that the instrument panel will have a sub-panel for a radar and map (by request).
26 April 2006 -
Virtuel Air Alsace has added the Mirage F1 to their collection of available
aircraft for member pilots to fly by combining the F1CT
textures by Michel Merle of
Aéropassion with the Mirage F1 of Kirk Olsson.
Virtuel Air Alsace offers many flights to virtual pilots in the eastern area of
France, Alsace. Also in Alsace is
Colmar-Meyenheim AB (LFSC) where Mirage F1CTs fly.
18 April 2006 - It has been a slow month and I have not been able to make
the time to work on some repaints I had started. In the meantime, Phil Perrot
of Alpha Simulations released
160 of his original instrument panel background BMP files for freeware designers to
use. Among these are several from the older Mirage aircraft on this website:
the Mirage IIIC, the Mirage IIIB,
the Kfir C2, the IAI Dagger,
the Super-Etendard, and their original
Mirage IV. All of these were once payware but
freeware. The instrument panel artwork has always been a strong point of
Alphasim releases so these should make good starting points for some new instrument
panel projects. You can download the entire collection from
avsim.com but I have separated out the Mirage instrument panels to save you time.
3 April 2006 - Thierry Danjou has painted four sets of textures for the
Mirage F1C of Kirk Olsson. The aircraft are
all from EC 1/12 "Cambrésis" at BA 103 Cambrai-Epinoy
and the tail markings of SPA 162 (Tiger) and SPA 89 (Wasp) have been accurately
reproduced. The four aircraft represented include: 12-YO, 12-YB, 12-YD,
and 12-YE (1979 Tigermeet colors).
28 March 2006 - Alexandre Rémy has finished his scenery for
Nancy-Ochey AB (LFSO) in the North-East of France. Nancy-Ochey is home of
Mirage 2000 units EC 1/3 "Navarre", EC 2/3 "Champagne",
and EC 3/3 "Ardennes" (all represented in repaints
by Michael Pearson). This is very detailed scenery with many surprises.
14 March 2006 - Alexandre Rémy has made a scenery for the
French Air Force Base 188 (HFFF) located at Ambouli International Airport (HDAM) in
Djibouti. Since 1978 the Mirage IIIC,
Mirage F1C, and currently the Mirage 2000, have been
stationed in Djibouti. The scenery includes AFCAD for correct ATC interaction.
Alexandre is also working on scenery for Nancy-Ochey (LFSO). Visit his
website for more
information and images.
Bernard Gosset (alias Papy31) has finished his scenery for
Beauvechain Air Base (EBBE) in Belgium. Visit his
Dans le ciel de Liège website for more information, images, and to download the scenery
files. Bernard is also working on scenery for Sint-Truiden Air Base (EBST). Visit
website for more information and images.
8 March 2006 - Well, it has been a while since my last update. Two things have
contributed to that. First, there has not been very much activity related to Mirage
aircraft. And secondly, I have been very involved with painting textures and doing
research on a project for Alphasim
on another delta winged aircraft, the B-58 Hustler, and a 1.1 update release. This
beautiful aircraft was designed by David Bushell who made the
Mirage IV. There is a review at
Avsim.com and it was
awarded the "Can Do" award from the B-58.com
website. Ok, enough on that, I'm just very proud.
Marcel Ritzema (NAS Valkenburg scenery and an
instrument panel enhancement for the Super Etendard) has
released a new scenery for Leeuwarden AB (EHLW) in the Netherlands.
Leeuwarden is known as "Fightertown Europe" and a good place to visit for Mirage pilots. There
is a lot of detail included yet the scenery is very "framerate friendly".
I have also remade the scenery pages so that they are smaller
and will load faster. There are a lot of destinations available for your flights
in the Mirage.
7 February 2006 - Bernard Gosset (alias Papy31) has updated his VFR scenery for
Liège-Bierset (EBLG) in Belgium. The scenery
is available for download exclusively from
Bernard is also working on scenery for Beauvechain Air Base (EBBE). Visit the
Dans le ciel de Liège website for more information and images.
Alexandre Cadel has released revision 6 of the
Corse VFR scenery adding the city and Citadel at Bonifacio near Figari (LFKF).
This is a complete package so be sure to remove any previous versions. You can read
(in French language) more about it in the
Project LandCorse thread in the Forum at
1 February 2006 - Julien Rozen had finished his modifications project
of merging of the HUD from the new Mirage 2000N of Rollus with the
Rafale by Gator. The small package contains only the files necessary
for the changes so you will need to download the aircraft as well. Additional modifications
include flaps that move automatically depending on airspeed, and changes to the aircraft thrust,
roll, and pitch rates. Be sure to view the Readme file.
27 January 2006 - I came across a very good scenery for Istres AB (LFMI)
located in the south of France. The scenery can be downloaded from the
Virtual United Nations website. Both civilian
and military facilities are included. Istres is not only an Armée de l'Air base, but also the home
of the French test pilot school (EPNER), and it houses both a government
flight test establishment and Dassault's private flight test center.
23 January 2006 - Erwin Welker has repainted the Mirage 5BR of
Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira in the 70 year anniversary colors of Sqd 42 "Mephisto". The
aircraft was designed for FS2002 but will work with FS2004 if you answer
"No" to the question about supporting "unsupported" features. This file contains only the new
textures, so you will also need to download the original Mirage 5BR.
20 January 2006 - There is a
review of the Cheetah C by Thinus Pretorius in the online ezine
South African Virtual Pilot and
another at the Flightsim
review website Reheat.org.
4 January 2006 - What better way to start the new year than with images and discussion
of the next version of Flight Simulator, also known as Flight Simulator X (for version 10).
Several websites broke the news today as Bill Gates gave the keynote address at the Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The European based websites
and FSPlanet both
got a jump on their US counterparts due to the time difference and have published preview
screenshots and Q&A pages for the next version of Flight Simulator, to be released later this year.
"Well, what about experiences? It would be hard to come to the Consumer
Electronics Show and just talk about clarity and confidence; well, what about
the experiences we expect from Windows? I'm going to talk and show three
that I think really move ahead: gaming, memories and music.
"Gaming is a wonderful place to start. It's been really paralleled with
the PC since we started bringing them into our homes. In fact, there's
one application I can think about that has this long rich history working
with the PC, Microsoft Flight Simulator. The Microsoft Flight Simulator
has been around now for over 20 years. Every time the PC has improved
in its performance, its capability, its graphic ability, Microsoft Flight
Simulator has really been there to take advantage of those opportunities.
"I brought with me actually a sneak preview of the next generation of Microsoft
Flight Simulator. It's a really immersive environment that's being led
by Windows Vista graphics and the next generation of DirectX.
"You can see the realism of the reflection. And I'm actually
going to drive or going to try to drive with my Xbox 360 controller
plugged directly into my Windows Vista PC. You can really start
to see the smoke from the boat, the independent and kind of live life
that you see with the waves, with some of the birds and the trees that
you'll start to see.
"This is the immersive environment that people expect from PC gaming in
the next generation of Windows PCs. Windows Vista really starts to
"Off the west coast of Maui, it's not a bad place to be.
"So the game developers actually have a little bit more than a year
to continue working on the product, so the final product is going to be even
better. But one thing is for sure, gaming is going to be awesome on
Aaron Woodman, group product manager, Microsoft's Consumer Strategy Group,
during the Keynote Remarks by Bill Gates, January 4, 2006