Old News - 2021
24 December 2021 - May you and your loved ones enjoy the true meaning of Christmas
and have a prosperous New Year. Let's all give thanks for what we have and pray for
a more peaceful year in 2022.
Merry Christmas! ~
~ Buon Natale!
~ ¡Feliz Navidad! ~
17 December 2021 - Here is another repaint by Mark (Tranquil) Beale. This scheme
is for a Rafale M of Flottilla 12F with special markings for the
'Bleuet de France'.
Flottilla 12F is stationed at BAN Landivisiau (LFRJ)
and on board the French Aéronavale Carrier
"Charles de Gaulle" (R 91). Textures
are included for both FS9 and FSX/P3D.
7 December 2021 - I put up the annual Holiday Season's Greeting on the
Home page. I found a nice winter image of a Rafale M parked in the snow. I don't
know who the source is to ask permission so I hope I don't get in trouble.
4 December 2021 - Here are the final two Mirage repaint sets by Jason Rogers.
The first consists of 41 textures for the Mirage 5 variants of
the Fuerza Aérea de Chile including the Mirage 5BD, 5BR, 5MA/5MD 'Elkan', 50C, and
50CN/50DC 'Pantera'. The second is of the Mirage 5 of
the Fuerza Aérea de Perû with 14 textures for the Mirage 5DP/5DP4/5P4.
This entire series are for use with the FS2004 AI Mirage III/5
models by Mike Pearson/MAIW.
13 November 2021 - Sylvain Parouty and the folks at
The Royal French Navy have released v3.0 of their
Enterdard IVM/IVP for Prepar3D v4 and v5. The new version now supports
PBR materials and textures to improve the model rendering.
24 October 2021 - Here are two more Mirage repaint sets by Jason Rogers. The first
is 18 textures for the Mirage IIICJ flown by the Fuerza Aérea
Argentina. The second is the Mirage III variants of the Força Aérea Brasileira
with 24 textures for the Mirage IIIDBR and IIIEBR. This entire
series are for use with the FS2004 AI Mirage III/5 models by
3 October 2021 - Here is another repaint by Mark (Tranquil) Beale. This scheme
is for a Mirage 2000-5F of EC 1/2 'Cigognes'. The aircraft
wears a special "Maraud Fox" scheme to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EC 1/2 at
BA 116 Luxeuil Saint-Sauveur (LFSX). This one
is for use with the Prepar3D AI Mirage 2000
package by Henk Schuitemaker.
27 September 2021 - Here are two more Mirage repaint sets by Jason
Rogers. First is the Mirage IIIS of the Swiss Air Force with 29 textures. Second is the Mirage
IIIEE (19 textures) and the Mirage IIIDE (6 textures) of the Ejército del Aire of Spain.
This entire series are for use with the FS2004 AI Mirage III/5 models
by Mike Pearson/MAIW.
21 September 2021 - Drag has updated his texture set of the entire Armée de l'Air fleet of
Rafale B and C for use with the
Nick Black/MAIW AI Rafale in FSX. With aircraft stationed as described on July 24 below
there are now 105 Rafale aircraft. The AI traffic now includes the latest A330 MRTT and the
A330-200 from the ET 3/60 'Esterel' squadron.
14 September 2021 - Sylvain Parouty and the folks at
The Royal French Navy have released a version of their v2.0 Enterdard IVM/IVP
for use in FSX and Prepar3D v1 to v3. This version has 32-bit DLL files and the gunsight/HUD gauge
has been simplified using XML rather than C++.
11 September 2021 - Today markes the 20th anniversary of the
terrorist attacks on the Unites States of America. And the too long war
that followed is finally over. It was a generation ago but
We Will Never Forget.
5 September 2021 - Here are two more Mirage repaint sets by Jason Rogers. These
are for the Mirage 5 variants of the Zaire Air Force with 11 textures for the
Mirage 5M and 5DM.. The second is the Mirage 5 variants of
the Goban Air Force with 11 textures for the Mirage 5G, 5DG and 5G2.
This entire series are for use with the FS2004 AI Mirage III/5 models
by Mike Pearson/MAIW.
31 August 2021 -
The Royal French Navy have released their v2.0 update to the
Enterdard IVM/IVP. This update is fully 64-bit for Prepar3D v4 and v5.
The improved model includes new textures, more accurate functions, TacPack compatability,
and new C++ gauges to better replicate the Etendard systems as close as possible.
27 August 2021 - Here are the first two of the Mirage repaints by Jason Rogers. This entire
series are for use with the FS2004 AI Mirage III/5 models by Mike
Pearson/MAIW. The first is for the Mirage 5 variants of United Arab Emirates Air Force with
31 textures for the Mirage 5AD, 5DAD, 5EAD, and 5RAD. The second
is the Mirage 5 variants of Egyptian Air Force with 72 textures for the
Mirage 5E2, 5SDD, 5SDE, 5SSE and 5SDR.
24 August 2021 - Well I need something to mention for August. I started a new job in July
and it has eliminated almost all of the spare time I used to have for painting when things got slow.
But I just discovered a series or Mirage III/5 repaints by Jason Rogers of the
Mike Pearson/MAIW Mirage III/5. I'll list these a couple at a time which should give me something
to say for a little while. Maybe I can get back into painting along the way?
24 July 2021 - Drag has been painting the entire fleet of Rafale C, B, and M for use with the
Nick Black/MAIW AI Rafale in FSX. This
first installment is for the the Rafale B and C operated by the French Air Force. The included units
are EC 1/4 'Gascogne', EC 2/4 'Lafayette', and EC 3/4 'Aquitaine' at
Saint-Dizier - Robinson AB; EC 1/30 'Cote d'Argent', EC 2/30 'Normandie-Niemen', and EC 3/30 'Lorraine'
at Mont-de-Marsan AB; EC 1/7 'Provence' at
Al-Dhafra AB; and the Centre d'Essais en Vol at Cazaux AB. Also
includes some special liveries by Mark (Tranquil) Beale.
8 July 2021 - Another slow month although a complete repaint of the Rafale in Aéronavale
and Armée de l'Air markings is coming soon for the Nick Black/MAIW
AI Rafale. In the meantime I have gone through the Links page
and removed any dead links. If I missed any or you have any suggestions please
19 June 2021 - Lockheed Martin's
Prepar3D was updated to version 5.2 earlier this month. There are a lot of
new features and updates including correcting the X/Y frequencies of the TACAN navigation
system used by military aircraft. But one thing still not included is to make TACAN
operational on the default aircraft. Until this is realized, the folks at
La Royale French Navy
(RFN) have designed a pop-up "RFN Default TACAN" gauge. Similar in design to their
Flight Plan Monitoring gauge, it is available on their
1 June 2021 - May was a slow month aircraft-wise. So I'll start June with another
La Royale French Navy (RFN) product
RFN Scenery version 5.0 has been updated to support Prepar3D v4 and v5. It is still compatable
with FSX/FSX-SE. It is an essential complement to the
RFN Carrier Gauge
mentioned last week for performing virtual sessions of ASPP (Simulated Landing On Track) or FCLP
(Field Carrier Landing Practice). The maritime traffic of RFN ships as well as the RFN air
traffic are now part of the package.
22 May 2021 - Sylvain Parouty and the folks at
La Royale French Navy have updated the
RFN Carrier Gauge to
version 5.3. The recent minor updates have added some nice features. You can now capture all
ILS in the sim -- not just those listed in the "RFN_carrier.xml" file. And you can switch between ILS and
TACAN display in the New Generation (NG) version of the gauge by using a keyboard shortcut or joystick
button rather than mousing over the gauge buttons.
15 May 2021 - While trolling around the MAIW
website I found a Prepar3D v4 scenery for Los Llanos Albacete (LEAB)
in Spain. Los Llanos has a long history with Mirage aircraft in use by the Ejército del Aire.
This scenery makes a nice backdrop for the recent Mirage F1 by
Kirk Olsson / Henk Schuitemaker.
8 May 2021 - The
Royale French Navy team have updated the French Aéronavale Carrier
"Charles de Gaulle" (R 91). The work of Sylvain Parouty,
Pierre Marchardier, Michel Panattoni, and the rest of the RFN crew, this update includes two configurations
of the ship — one from the year 2000 and one as it now appears following an 18-month midlife upgrade and refit
completed in 2018. The mix of aircraft include the Rafale M,
Super Etendard (retired in 2016), and E-2C Hawkeye appropriate to the year represented.
2 May 2021 - I stumbled upon a new FS2004 scenery by Gert van Beek at
Military AI Works for
BAN Hyères/Le Palyvestre (LFTH).
24 April 2021 - Here is the final installment of the AI Mirage aircraft by
Mike Pearson that Henk Schuitemaker has converted for use in
Prepar3D v4. The aircraft this time is the Atlas Cheetah.
17 April 2021 - Here are a few more AI Mirage aircraft by
Mike Pearson that Henk Schuitemaker has converted for use in Prepar3D v4. This group are
all manufactured by Israil Aircraft Industries and include the Nesher,
Dagger (late model), and the Kfir.
10 April 2021 - Henk Schuitemaker has been working on updating the
AI Mirage series by Mike Pearson for use in Prepar3D v4. The series was originally developed
for use by Military AI Works about a decade
ago and therefore only intended for FS2004. There are so many types in the series that I am
going to break it down into a couple of installments. Lets start with the
Mirage III, Mirage IV, and Mirage 5.
3 April 2021 - L'iguane has given us two new Mirage 2000 textures
to go with his update of the FS2004 Mirage 2000N "Basic" package
by Roland Laborie and Johnathan Hillaire. The first scheme is of a Mirage 2000DP of
Escuadrón Caza-Bombardeo 412 "Halcones" of the Fuerza Aérea del Perú. The second
is of a Mirage 2000D of the Direction Générale de l'Armement - Essais en Vol at
BA 120 Cazaux (LFBC). Both packages require the first
Mirage 2000B update package from L'iguane.
27 March 2021 - Mark (Tranquil) Beale has released a 2-Pack of Mirage 2000
textures for the new AI Mirage 2000 package by Henk Schuitemaker/MAIW.
Included are a Mirage 2000C of EC 1/12 'Cambresis' in markings worn at the 2003 Tiger Meet at
BA 103 Cambrai-Epinoy (LFQI) and a Mirage 2000-5F of EC 1/2 'Cigognes'
from BA 116 Luxeuil Saint-Sauveur (LFSX) in a scheme to honor the 100 Years
Anniversary of the death of Captain Georges Guynemer in 2017.
20 March 2021 - L'iguane has continued with his FS2004 updates to the
Mirage 2000N "Basic" package by Roland Laborie and Johnathan Hillaire. This time with a
Mirage 2000D scheme for EC 3/11 'Corse' based in
Djibouti. The package also includes a new MDL file. The
second package is a set of textures for a Mirage 2000D of the ECE 1/30 'Côte d'Argent' Experimentation
squadron at the 2019 NATO Tiger Meet held at BA 118 Mont-de-Marsan.
This second package required the MDL file from the EC 3/11 'Corse' package. Both packages require
the first Mirage 2000B package from L'iguane earlier this month.
13 March 2021 - Here is another repaint by Mark (Tranquil) Beale. This one is for the
Rafale AI by Nick Black/MAIW. This scheme is for one of two Rafale C
of EC 1/7 'Provence' painted to celebrate the 10 years of presence of the Armée d'la Aire at
BA 104 Al Dhafra in the United Arab Emirates.
8 March 2021 - L'iguane has painted a second texture for his FS2004 update to the
Mirage 2000N "Basic" package by Roland Laborie and Johnathan
Hillaire. This one is the Mirage 2000B-01 Prototype scheme.
This series of repaints will all require his first Mirage 2000B
upgrade package installed on top of the original package mentioned above.
4 March 2021 - L'iguane has been working on a series of updates (custom MDLs and effects)
and repaints for the FS2004 Mirage 2000N "Basic" package by
Roland Laborie and Johnathan Hillaire. The first is a Mirage 2000B
of EC 2/2 Côte d'Or. This series of repaints will all require this first Mirage 2000B
upgrade package on top of the original package mentioned above.
26 February 2021 - Henk Schuitemaker has created a new series of AI models of the
Mirage 2000 for use in 64-bit Prepar3d v4 and v5. This
package includes the Mirage 2000B, C, 5F, D and N in 28
differently configured models and 103 paints. They represent aircraft in service with
the French Armée de l'Air from the 1980's to the present. Also included are basic
flight plans and airbase scenery for six French Armée de l'Air bases.
21 February 2021 - Here is another repaint by Mark (Tranquil) Beale. This one is for the Rafale AI
by Nick Black/MAIW. The scheme is for a Rafale M and wears special markings to
commemorate the 100 years of aircraft carrier takeoff/landings by the
French Aéronavale in 2020. The unit represented is the Centre d'Expérimentations Pratiques de
l'Aéronautique Navale (Naval Aviation Trials Center, CEPA) based at
BAN Hyères (LFTH).
8 February 2021 - Mark (Tranquil) Beale has painted a few new schemes for Mirage and Rafale aircraft.
This first one is a special scheme applied to a former Belgium Air Force Mirage 5BD.
The aircraft is now maintained by the
Mirage 5 BD09 Restoration Group.
The scheme commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Mirage 5 in Belgium Air Force service in 2020.
29 January 2021 - While trolling Simviation.com for
anything new and Mirage related I came across an FSX panel from a decade ago for the
Super Étendard Modernisé I had not seen before. This panel by Jean-Luc Peters is a widescreen
version of the earlier modifications he made to the panel by Danny Garnier. A separate patch file released
two years later fixes an issue with outside views from the cockpit.
17 January 2021 - SkyDesigners have updated another of their French airbase sceneries for use with
This time they have made BAN Landivisiau (LFRJ) as it appeared in the 2010s with the
Super Étendard Modernisé, Rafale M, and Falcon 10 Mer.
9 January 2021 - SkyDesigners have begun to update their French airbase sceneries for use with
Things tend to look very good in the new sim anyway and these sceneries are no exception. The first
two are BA 102 Dijon-Longvic (LFSD) and
BA 112 Reims-Champagne (LFSR).
3 January 2021 - Let's start off the new year with some new paint. L'iguane has given us another
repaint for the Mirage F1 by Kirk Olsson.
This repaint is of a Mirage F1CR of ER 2/33 'Savoie' of the Armée de l'Air while deployed to
N'djamena Intl Airport (FTTJ) in Chad, Africa in 1987.
The unique part of this desert camo scheme is the sharksmouth on the nose of the aircraft.
1 January 2021 -
Best Wishes and Happy New Year to All!
photograph Copyright Avions M.Dassault.
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