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Nov 25 :The X-Plane Sea King is out now at X-Plane.org !
Nov 2 :The X-Plane version of the Virtavia Sea King is almost here ! Following on from their excellent C-17 rework, Dawson Designs have once again produced an exceptional new version of a Virtavia product. Not content with merely porting the model into X-Plane, DD have made many improvements, including autopilot, hover control, working winch with winchman figure, and rebuilt main and tail rotor heads. The final product screenshots are now available on the new Sea King for X-Plane page ! All modelling and texturing is complete, just the manual and final testing to do. Release on the X-Plane.org site is expected in around 2 weeks. Also - the Virtavia B-29 and Mi-24 are already both being assessed as potential projects for X-Plane conversion over at Dawson Designs HQ ! Watch this space for announcements.
Oct 20 :
B-29 Superfortress released !
Sep 24 :The final product screenshots are now available on the B-29 Superfortress page ! There are now many new images of the finished Virtavia B-29 package. All modelling and texturing is complete, just the manual and final testing to do.
Aug 31 :New screenshots of the B-29 cockpit on the B-29 Superfortress page ! These shots show the bombardier's swing-out turret gun sight assembly, both in stowed and deployed positions, and a shot of the animated floor-mounted manual hydraulic pump.
Aug 24 :The B-29 Engineer's station is now complete and new screenshots of it can now be seen on the B-29 Superfortress page. The shots of the pilots' and bombardier's stations will be updated again soon as we are adding additional parts, including the bombardier's turret gun sight assembly.
Aug 11 :The B-29 cockpit model front area is complete and can now be seen on the B-29 Superfortress page. Work is continuing on the Engineer's station and the rest of the cockpit.
Aug 2 :The first Work-In-Progress screenshots of the B-29 cockpit model can now be seen on the B-29 Superfortress page. Please note, the model still lacks gauges, window glazing, bombardier's panel and floor detailing. The next WIP update will show all these features. The complete VC will also feature the Engineer's station as well as rear cockpit detailing including the bomb bay viewing porthole and ladder up to the communication tube.
Jul 10 :
R3Y Tradewind released !
Jul 3 :The R3Y Tradewind is very close to release. The illustrated User Manual can be downloaded now if you would like a chance to see all the features of this package before taking the plunge and buying a copy R3Y Tradewind User Manual (PDF) .
Jul 3 :Paint kits for the F-105D Thunderchief, Mi-28 Havoc, F-86F Sabre, Hawker Hunter and F-5E Freedom Fighter are now available in the Freeware Section.
Jun 21 :The R3Y Tradewind cockpit models are now complete and the screenshots of the two variants can be seen on the R3Y Tradewind page ! Note there are additional screenshots for the Bowloader version at the foot of the page. Both models share an identical cockpit, but there are great differences aft of the pilots, including a galley and bunk in the Bowloader. Please note, only the main panel instruments are 'live' - the large number of instruments depicted on the Engineer's and other crew panels are for obvious reasons graphical representations only. Those awaiting the B-29 should note that the Engineer's panel in that cockpit will be modelled and include working gauges, levers and switches.
Jun 3 :The R3Y Tradewind page now shows all the final exterior model screenshots ! All three variants can now been seen : the sleek R3Y-1 with the 'Cruiser' bow, the R3Y-2 'Bowloader' with the bulbous hinged nose and the later R3Y-2 version used as an aerial refeulling tanker, complete with extending fuel hoses. We have even set up the flight dynamics so that the R3Y-2 can be carefully 'beached' on a suitable shore, where the nose can then be raised and loading ramps extended.
May 19 :Apologies to recent purchasers of the HU-16 Albatross package, there was a small error in the installer which caused the aircraft's folder to be placed into the SimObjects folder rather than the Airplanes folder. If you have this problem, just drag and drop the folder 'Virtavia HU-16 Albatross' from the root of SimObjects to the SimObjects\Airplanes folder. A new v1.2 installer is being sent to vendors if you would prefer to just have a new file. Note - v1.2 has no changes over v1.1, just a fixed installer.
May 18 :New version of the Mi-24 Hind available now ! Version 1.2 has been sent to our four FS vendors and they will be hosting it as soon as possible. Check your account at your vendor's site or contact them directly. Version 1.2 adds the following :
Fixes missing animations in Polish and GDR VCs.
Adds working landing light.
Fixes incorrect texturing on right-side drip rail.
Adds 14 new camera definitions for both interior and exterior views.
May 1 :New fix available for HU-16 Albatross water landing issues. This Zip file contains a replacement aircraft.cfg for the Albatross with adjusted contact points to stop the occasional crashes experienced when landing on water: Albatross patch. Use right-click and 'save target as' on the link to save a copy of the Zip file to your PC.
Apr 26 :Announcing the Virtavia B-29 Superfortress ! It's time to preview this other new project being worked on at Virtavia, so another new 'Work in Progress' page has now been added where the first shots of the 8 texture sets can now be seen. Please note, more updates to the B-29 page will not occur until after the R3Y Tradewind project is completed and released.
Apr 19 :Announcing the Virtavia Convair R3Y Tradewind ! A new 'Work in Progress' page has now been added for this all-new Virtavia product. The first screenshots of the exterior models are up NOW.
Mar 31 :Update available for Mi-24D Hind cockpit ! The Artifical Horizons have been changed to the more familiar Western style of operation in the new version of the cockpit. Also the HUD horizon graphic has been altered to match the AH's. Version 1.1 of the Mi-24 has been uploaded to all vendors, alternatively we can e-mail the new VC, gauges .cab and updated manual to anyone who can provide proof of their purchase. The files are small, only 3.4MB in total. Please use the e-mail address shown at the bottom of this page.
Mar 29 :
B-45 Tornado released !
Mar 12 :New paint kits added to the Freeware Section. Adobe Photoshop files for the Sea King (FSX version), the CH-53A Sea Stallion, the Bristol Blenheim and the Supermarine Scimitar can now be downloaded.
Feb 26 :Announcing the Virtavia B-45 Tornado ! A new 'Work in Progress' page has now been added for this all-new Virtavia product. The final screenshots of the exterior models are up NOW.
Feb 25 :
Mi-24D Hind released !
Feb 15 :New Expansion for the FSX Virtavia B-24 Liberator - the C-87 Liberator Express transport and the C-109 tanker ! Both these models are FREE to existing owners of the FSX Virtavia B-24 package, just go to your personal download area (or wherever you normally go for patches and updates) at your vendor's site and you can download the installer. The Virtavia B-24 for FSX MUST be installed already for the expansion aircraft to work. These are external model expansions only, the default B-24 VC is still used, in very slightly modified form. For those wishing to modify the textures, the paintkit files used on the new models' textures are available in the Paint Kits section in the Freeware area.
Feb 4 :The paint kit for the EA-6B Prowler is now available in the Freeware Section.
Feb 1 :The Mi-24D Hind page now shows all the final screenshots ! This great product is now very close to release, just the user manual and the sounds need to be finalised.
Jan 22 :The AlphaSim B-36 Peacemaker has finally been re-released as a Virtavia product ! The usual vendors will be listing this great model package in the next few days. Both the B-36H and B-36B are featured. Both the FS9 and (native) FSX models have a 2D panel, old-style VC, sounds, illustrated checklist, 2 set of reflective textures, panel info images and a readme.txt which lists the keypresses for the animations.
Dec 27 :The AlphaSim Handley-Page Victor is now available as freeware :
This once very popular addon includes the B.1A (white), K.1A (camo), and K.2 in both camo and hemp textures. Both FS9 and (native) FSX models have a VC, gauges, sounds, checklist and readme.txt. Both are available now, just head over to the Freeware pages : Virtavia Freeware Site.
Dec 5 :Two more Virtavia addons have had their prices slashed by 50%. Get the following now at half their usual price (price change is permanent !) : Panavia Tornado F.3, CH-53A Sea Stallion. These are the full products, in no way reduced or diminished, so please go to The Flightsim Store, FS Pilot Shop, Sim Market or PC Aviator for these great bargains.
Nov 23 :The A-4 Skyhawk package gets a 5-STAR review ! : A-4 Skyhawk Review.
Nov 22 :The final A-4 Skyhawk video promo is now ready. EFS Films have produced a truly outstanding montage here, even if you already have the A-4 please take the time to watch this one. The Blue Angels 4-ship scene was an amazing thing to pull off for an FS video. A-4 Skyhawk Video. Use right-click and 'save target as' on the link to save a copy of the WMV file to your PC.
Nov 19 :Announcing the Virtavia Mi-24 'Hind-D' ! A new 'Work in Progress' page has now been added for this all-new Virtavia product.
Nov 5 :A-4 Skyhawk released ! 10 months in development and possibly our most in-depth treatment of any aircraft. Featuring many new techniques and leaps forward in quality, this Skyhawk package will be a landmark release for Virtavia. Head over to any of the four sites above which host Virtavia models to get your copy. A PhotoShop paintkit is available on the Virtavia Freeware Site.
Nov 3 :Eight Virtavia addons have had their prices slashed by 50%. Get the following now at half their usual price (price change is permanent !) : F11F Tiger, F7U Cutlass, F4D Skyray, F3H Demon, HP Hampden, Gee Bee Sportster, Hawker Hunter, Mi-28 Havoc. These are the full products, in no way reduced or diminished, so please go to The Flightsim Store, FS Pilot Shop, Sim Market or PC Aviator for these great bargains.
Nov 1 :The following model packages are now available as freeware :
De Havilland Hornet (FS9) - includes Merlin sounds
Bristol Beaufighter (FS9, CFS2)
F-8 Crusader (FS9)
Also - the T-28 Trojan (FS9, FSX) has been re-uploaded.
All models have good VC's, 2D panel, gauges, checklist and readme.txt. All are available now, just head over to the Freeware pages : Virtavia Freeware Site
If any of the older freeware models are missing panel and gauge sets (as was normal in those days), let us know and we will re-upload these compete with their original panels and gauges.
Oct 29 :The A-4 Skyhawk page now shows the final, amended VC screenshots. The panel now includes two new warning light blocks and repositioned SimIcons. There are also screenshots of the AGM-62 Walleye variant panel (with TV screen in place of radar) and the Blue Angels cockpit (no radar or gunsight).
Oct 26 :The final A-4 Skyhawk hi-res screenshots of the exterior have been posted on the A-4 Skyhawk page. New replacement VC shots will also be posted very soon, as some more detail has been added. The manual now has to be published and also final testing by several veteran US A-4 Skyhawk pilots and a current F/A-18F pilot. We are days away from release.
Oct 11 :The old AlphaSim B-52 Stratofortress, F-117A Nighthawk and Dassault Mirage IV packages for FS2004 are now available as freeware. A VC and full 2D panel suite is included for each, the B-52 includes the Co-Pilot panel addon and a paint kit, and the F-117A includes custom sounds. Just head over to the Freeware pages : Virtavia Freeware Site
Oct 10 :The superb videos by EFS Films of the Virtavia B-1B, Sea King, CH-47D and C-17 which were originally on our now defunct (hijacked) YT channel have now been relinked to the respective pages on this site. Even if you already have the models, these videos are worth a look - set to great music and with amazing scenery, they really show off the models to great effect. Unlike the YT versions, these are in the original high resolution. There are also two videos of the F-111 on its Gallery page - equally well-made by EFS.
Oct 10 :The A-4 Skyhawk is very close to release ! The cockpit model is now complete, hi-res screenshots have been posted on the A-4 Skyhawk page. New features include click sounds for all active switches and knobs and 17 unique FDE's (flight dynamics files) for all the different loadouts. So now fully loaded aircraft will handle differently to lighter loaded or clean ones. Also, all parts of the aircraft which are visible from the cockpit, including weapons and tanks, are visible from the VC. The WIP screenshots of the external model have been removed from the A-4 Skyhawk page as these are not fully representative of the final model (all versions are still included), new, final ones will be posted very soon.
Aug 10 :The old AlphaSim PBY Catalina and SAAB JA37 Viggen for FS2004 are now available as freeware (full panel suite included, default FS9 sounds, paint kits available), just head over to the Freeware pages : Virtavia Freeware Site
Aug 4 :Here's the first review of the C-17 for X-Plane : Review by XSIM.
Aug 4 :Out now ! The C-17A Globemaster III - for X-PLANE ! Tanks to the highly talented efforts of Dawson Designs, Virtavia's already highly popular MSFS Globemaster package is now a fully featured X-Plane release. DD have added many new features, including the civilian Qatar livery, a working FMS, folding HUD, adjustable pedals, flare FX, custom animated pop-up menu, interactive cargo load, plus all the great features from the FSX version. See the full feature list and screenshots on the new C-17 XP gallery page. You can buy this exceptional addon for X-Plane right now at the X-Plane.org store : C-17 for X-Plane, and at the AVSIM store : C-17 for X-Plane. Next up from the Virtavia-Dawson Designs collaboration : the X-Plane Westland/Sikorsky Sea King !
Jul 14 :The final work in progress screenshots are now on the A-4 gallery page ! The last model in the package and certainly the prettiest - the A-4F 'Blue Angels' Skyhawk !
Jul 3 :Another 5-STAR review of the Virtavia F-111 ! : F-111 Review.
Jun 28 :New work in progress screenshots on the A-4 gallery page ! This preview covers the package's two 'Adversary' Skyhawks, as used by the Navy and Marines for dissimilar combat training. Also shown is the access ladder, which appears using the wing fold function when the engine is off.
June 25 :The old AlphaSim C-5 Galaxy is now available as freeware (full panel suite included, default FS9 sounds, paint kit), just head over to the Freeware pages : Virtavia Freeware Site
Jun 21 :The Australian A-4G Skyhawk variants are now previewed on the A-4 gallery page ! These new images show the early A-4G in classic grey and white 'Chequertails' scheme, and the later 'air superiority' grey camo scheme. Please note, in all the images the cockpit is shown in plain black, this is temporary as the final model will of course have appropriate colour and detailing in there.
Jun 17 :Here are two new PDF reviews of Virtavia models by Ray's Aviation :
The Sea King and the CH-47D Chinook . The Sea King gets a top score of 5/5 stars, the CH-47D gets a commendable 4/5 stars !
Jun 15 :New screenshots showing progress on the A-4 have been posted on the A-4 gallery page ! The new images show the detailed MER and TER racks, some USMC textures and the fully working catapult bridle and holdback assemblies. Users of FSX Acceleration will see these appear when hooking up to the cat, the holdback vanishes at launch and the bridle stays until the end of the cat stroke, where it then vanishes.
Jun 4 :The first work-in-progress images of the E version have now been posted on the A-4 gallery page ! It's shown carrying wing tanks and a pair of AGM-12B Bullpups. There'a also a new shot of the A-4F with a centerline tank and the larger AGM-12C Bullpup missiles.
May 31 :The old AlphaSim B-2A Spirit is now available as freeware (full panel suite included, default FS9 sounds), just head over to the Freeware pages : Virtavia Freeware Site
May 26 :The first pictures of the new Skyhawk have been posted on the A-4 gallery page ! These are Work-in-Progress shots so it's possible there will still be small changes and improvements. The A-4F depicted has a weathered scheme, a cleaner appearance will be used on some of the other variants in the package.
May 14 :Here are two new PDF reviews of Virtavia models by Ray's Aviation : B-1B Lancer Review and C-17 Globemaster III Review .
Apr 30 :The new A-4 Skyhawk package will now include the A-4E variant. This has delayed release a little, the first screenshots of the exterior will be shown soon. Release is expected late May or early June.
Apr 6 :Virtavia F-111 gets Gold Star Award from FS Pilot e-magazine ! You can read the 10-page review here : F-111 Review (Flash) or download a pdf version F-111 Review (PDF) .
Apr 5 :Virtavia models to support X-Plane. Collaboration with established X-Plane developer Dawson Designs means that premium Virtavia titles will now be fully converted to X-Plane format and offered at the vendors sites listed above. Head over to x-plane.org to read the announcement and see screenshots of the new X-Plane C-17 Globemaster III :Virtavia X-Plane.
Apr 4 :The final F-111 video promo is now ready. It features the exterior models in some great scenes: F-111 Video. Use right-click and 'save target as' on the link to save a copy of the WMV file to your PC
Apr 3 :Links to some full and fair flightsim.com reviews of the Sea King and Chinook packages have been placed on their respective pages. The reviews aren't new but may be useful if you have not already read them.
Apr 1 :The old ex-AlphaSim F-111 Aardvark and B-1B Lancer packages are now available on the Virtavia Freeware pages. The F-111 will work in FS02 and FS9. The B-1B is for FS9, with a separate FSX version. Both packages are 100% complete, with panels, gauges, sounds, checklists and other goodies. Virtavia Freeware Site.
Mar 22 :Announcing the Virtavia A-4F Skyhawk ! Our latest project is well under way and the amazing virtual cockpit is almost complete. Click the A-4F link above to view the current specs and some WIP shots of the new cockpit. Exterior shots will be posted as soon as the first textures are completed.
Mar 17 :F-111 released ! Head over to any of the four sites above which host Virtavia models to get your copy. A PhotoShop paintkit is available on the Virtavia Freeware Site.
New Tech Support e-mail: tech.support -at- virtavia.com