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!
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