The Virtavia Model Collection is available any at any of these vendors :
SimMarket SimShack FlightSim.Com
Virtavia's most recent products :
Try some of the free FS models at the Virtavia Freeware Site
24 Feb :
EC-121K Warning Star exterior completed
Here are some previews of the 5 models :
11 Feb :
EC-121K Warning Star cockpit completed
The full range of cockpit screenshots are now on the Warning Star page.
Nov 1 :
EC-121 Warning Star cockpit WIP
Some previews of the lovely PBR textures being used on the new P3D EC-121K Warning Star project.
Oct 26 :
All Virtavia products now HALF PRICE !
This is not just a sale, these are the new permanent prices ! This long-overdue re-alignment now makes the whole range of existing products easily affordable.
Oct 14 :
Coming soon - EC-121 Warning Star !
The militarised Lockheed Super Constellation will be available soon in P3D v4.5 format. It is not certain yet if an FSX/SE version will be feasible due to the high level of detailing in the cockpit, we'll know more once the models are complete. Both US Navy and USAF liveries will be included.
Sep 16 :
B-1B Lancer remastered for P3Dv4.5 !
Version 2.1 of the Bone adds the following:
- Huge overhaul, including conversion of source files to current standard.
- Full Prepar3D v4.5 compatibility.
- Shootable/droppable weapons system added (P3D Professional Plus ONLY).
- Launch guided cruise missiles, drop JDAMs and Mk82 Snakeyes !
- Animated rotary launchers added.
- Cockpit optimised for VR.
- Cockpit night lighting greatly improved.
- Revised 48-page User Manual with new Weapons Management section.
- Aircraft exterior now visible from virtual cockpit.
The time and effort involved in remastering the Bone means this has to be a new product, not an update (SimMarket customers who own the FSX B-1B will receive a 5 EUR discount at the point of purchase). Available now at all good flight sim vendors !
Screenshots of the ALCM (cruise missiles) system :
Screenshots of the Mk82 Snakeye system :
Screenshots of the GBU-32 JDAM system :
Screenshots of the improved cockpit night lighting and the P3D countermeasures in action :
Aug 14 :
C-17A Globemaster III update !
Version 3.1 adds the following:
- Full Prepar3D v4.5 compatibility.
- Correct cockpit size in VR (FSX SE and P3D).
- Aircraft exterior now visible from virtual cockpit.
- Added amber text lighting when radio or AP buttons pressed.
- P3D landing and taxi lights bug fixed.
- Too fast ramp end extension animation fixed.
- Slime lights Z-fighting (flicker) fixed.
Check your vendor account for a message about this update.
Available free to existing owners for FSX regular, FSX Steam Edition and P3D.
Aug 10 :
B-45 Tornado now for P3D
A native P3Dv4.5 version is now available as a free update to existing owners of the FSX regular package. Steam Edition users must own both the Main package and the optional DLC expansion package to qualify.
Aug 5 :
More VR news
Several models which were listed as not VR-compatible now work in Steam VR ! A small edit to the panel.cfg is all it takes to remedy the issue. Simply changing the 1 to 0 on the 'render_3d_window=' line under [Window00] will fix the no-show when using FlyInside. Most of the fixed models are fine, but some will need scale errors fixing.
Martin Mars, MV-22 Osprey, F-104 Starfighter, Ka-27 Helix - all correct size.
F-111 Aardvark - slightly small but otherwise perfect (fly at dusk, incredible !)
Heinkel He111 - slighty large but otherwise perfect.
F-105D Thunderchief, MH-53J Pavelow, F-106A Delta Dart, Mi-28 Havoc, SH-2 Seasprite - all very oversize and need repair.
Mi-24D Hind - still not functional.
Aug 5 :
T-6 Texan/Harvard VR update
The VR status of the T-6 Texan has been changed to green or 'perfect' on the Steam VR compatibility page. The no-show status in Steam VR was not related to FlyInside, but was due to missing folders in the FSX SE Texan standalone main package version. Users of the optional T-6 DLC package would not have experienced this problem in VR. An updated installer has been sent to vendors.
Aug 2 :
Three new aircraft added to the VR US Navy Aviation Museum Experience
An all-new EC-121K Warning Star, T-2C Buckeye and an F-8B Crusader join the growing collection. Next up, the Tigercat and Bearcat !
Jan 29 :
B-47E VR update
Here's a new VR Config file which corrects the seating positions in VR. Thanks to H Rudolf for the new coords and testing.
Jan 8 :
X-Plane B-47E out now !
Version 1.0 is now listed at X-Plane.Org.
Jan 1 :
B-47E gets FMOD sounds
The FMOD Studio app can be used to create comprehensive sounds packages for XP11 models and this is what we're using for the B-47E. In addition to true 6-engine sounds, custom cockpit noises will be included, such as switch clicks, canopy, crew hatch and bomb bay door sounds, as well as additional wind roar when the undercarriage is extended.
Dec 29 :
X-Plane B-47E cockpit completed
The conversion of VC has now been completed, the images below show X-Plane's self-shadowing to good effect in the Stratojet's office.
Dec 26 :Thanks to the excellent add-on 'FSX FlyInside', it's possible to fly in virtual reality using FSX Steam Edition. All Virtavia SE models have now been test-flown using FlyInside and the results were promising - many worked without any problems, some had minor cockpit size issues and a few need some serious attention. If you have a VR headset already and are considering purchasing Virtavia SE titles, or if you are just curious about VR and FSX, you can check the compatibility of Virtavia models on the new Steam Edition VR Compatibility page.
Dec 23 :
Coming soon - B-47E Stratojet for X-Plane 11 !
The ever-popular Virtavia B-47E Stratojet has now been reworked for X-Plane 11 and will be released shortly. A new bump-mapped bare-metal effect has been applied which really brings out the classic lines of the famous Stratojet. The original model's cockpit has also been converted, screenshots will be posted very soon. The RATO function of the FSX version is not included, although it's possible this could be part of a future update. The conversion process is far from simple so we are not able to offer the model package as a free update, although the pricing is favourable at only US$19.95.
Sep 3 :
The Flightsim Store
After 6 months of non-payment of royalties and zero communication, Virtavia is resigned to the sad fact that the Flightsim Store is no longer a viable vendor to sell our models. As we are no longer receiving any payment at all for the models they sell, we must regretfully advise our customers that they should use other vendors to purchase Virtavia aircraft. Tech support will be provided to Flightsim Store customers only for those models bought before March 2018. The flightsim community should be aware that this vendor is now profiting illegally from small FS developers such as Virtavia.
July 22 :
Demonstration videos of the new US Navy museum project available
The first video takes you from the entrance and does a walk/fly-through, the second is similar but concentrates on some specific aircraft. Please note, this is still very much a BETA version, later versions will have many more aircraft and many more animated human figures as well as interior detailing.
Video One (180MB)
Video Two (107MB)
Use right-click and 'save target as' on the link to save a copy of the mp4 file to your PC.
July 14 :
Virtavia still here !
Apologies for the recent site downtime, this was due to a domain registration issue which has now been resolved. I also apologize for the appallingy long time (over a year !) since the last news entry. Please don't think nothing has been happening, far from it. Whilst it is true that no new FS aircraft have been developed since the XB-46 (March 2017), many new aircraft models have been and are still being created. These new creations (all US Navy) include rare beasts such as the P6M Seamaster, AM-1 Mauler, PB2Y Coronado, P4M Mercator, YF2Y-1 Sea Dart, XTB2D-1 Skypirate, as well as better-known USN stalwarts such as the S-2D Tracker, S-3A Viking, F2H Banshee, A-7E Corsair II, F9F-2 Panther, and there are many more in-build (EC-121, F-8E, F-4J, PBY, P-3, AF Guardian, XF10F-1 Jaguar, Bearcat, Tigercat, Buckeye and more). All these high-quality aircraft are being completed as exterior models only, as their purpose is not flight simulation - it is to populate a huge virtual-reality US Navy Air Museum. The concept will be explained fully and demonstrated on an all-new website which is presently being developed. In short, this new stand-alone software places the user in a large 3D domed building populated with 50-60 US Navy aircraft. The environment will contain dynamic aspects such as numerous animated human characters, interactive displays, ambient sounds etc. This amazing experience is primarily directed at users of VR equipment such as the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift although a version will be usable on a normal PC using the keyboard and mouse. This concept has been in development since 2012, it's hoped it will be released in the first half of 2019. More VR aircraft museums are planned for the future (USAF, RAF etc). The screengrabs below are of the present beta version, many more aircraft will be added as well as more static interior detailing and animated human figures. Some users may experience problems with the images below displaying correctly, if this happens please right-click on the thumbnails and select 'open link'.
May 27 :
Short Belfast re-released !
We've taken an old favourite, the AlphaSim Short Belfast and have re-processed the whole package for FSX and FSX Steam Edition. In addition to the updated and improved native FSX model, two new liveries have been added - those of Transmeridian Cargo Airlines and the later all-white Heavylift scheme. New flight dynamics, a full set of new gauges, improved turboprop sounds and numerous other small fixes and improvements have brought this forgotten freeware title back to life. We happily continue to offer this great model for FREE to the flightsim community. Just head over to our Freeware pages and look for the Virtavia Belfast, there are seperate installers for regular FSX and Steam Edition. An updated Paintkit for the Belfast is also available in the Freeware/Paintkits section.
Apr 6 :
|The SH-3 Sea King is now available in P3D format ! Now fully optimised for P3D, with a new set of camera views and an updated user manual. The P3D Sea King package has been released to vendors as a normal full-price product, so it will not appear in your account as an update, but we are making them available free of charge to existing owners of the models, just contact us on the usual tech support e-mail. Proof of purchase will be required although regulars will likely be recognised by their name if docs are no longer available.|
Mar 27 :
Convair XB-46 released !
Now available at all the usual vendors. Purchase includes access to installers for all three sims - FSX, FSX SE and P3D. The .psd paint kit files are now available in our freeware area. You can also download the XB-46 User Manual for free on the XB-46 page.
Feb 7 :
C-17 and B-29 now in
The C-17A Globemaster III and the B-29A Superfortress are now available in P3D format ! Both models have been rigourously tested and fully optimised for P3D. These have been released to vendors as normal full-price products, so they will not appear in your account as an update, but we are making them available free of charge to existing owners of the models, just contact us on the usual tech support e-mail. Proof of purchase will be required although regulars will likely be recognised by their name if docs are no longer available. Both models look outstanding in P3D, the cockpit self-shadowing in the B-29 is particularly wonderful to see - highly recommended ! More P3D updates to Virtavia aircraft will follow in the coming weeks and months.
Dec 23 :
Announcing the Convair XB-46 !
Back in 1947, Consolidate Vultee's beautiful jet bomber was dropped in favour of Boeing's superior B-47 Stratojet. Although it was lacking in several important areas, the XB-46 was very advanced for its time and was undoubtedly one of the most sleek-looking airframes ever to take to the air. A detailed virtual cockpit will be added so you can experience this vintage bomber's asthetics in FSX and FSX SE. Coming early in 2017. Screenshots of the exterior can be viewed on the new XB-46 page.
Oct 13 :The F-89 Scorpion is now available in Steam Edition format. It follows the usual format of having a single-variant 'Main' package and a separate 'DLC' package with all the other variants. It's available for free to existing owners of the regular FSX F-89.
Aug 30 :
B-47E Stratojet version 2 available now.
The B-47E has been remastered for FSX and FSX SE and now has several additions and improvements :
Speed Hold now works correctly.
Added flap extender screws.
Outboard flaps now operate correctly as flaperons.
Improved toggle switches.
More efficient starter switches.
New detailed and togglable pilot figures.
Copilot figure has periodic animation.
Undercarriage droops correctly when unloaded.
Fixed missing smoke trails.
Seat textures improved.
Scratchy VC glass effect removed.
Removed spec shine from bomb bay.
Amendments to checklist.
User manual now included.
Your vendor should alert you to the new installer file, if not then it may appear in your account area at your vendor's site. The original version must be uninstalled first. The update is only for FSX regular and FSX Steam Edition versions. If you purchased the B-47 from AlphaSim, please contact us by e-mail for a time-limited link (proof of purchase will be required although regulars will likely be recognised by their name if docs are no longer available).
July 30 :
C-17A Globemaster III version 3 available now.
Several long-standing issues have now been fixed on the C-17 :
Copilot HUD can now be toggled from angled to vertical using a new simicon.
Speed Hold now works correctly.
Altitude Hold now works correctly (3D cockpit had been using alt lock instead of alt hold).
Landing Lights and Taxi Lights fixed, left and right can be used independently if desired.
3D cockpit autopilot vertical speed adjuster wheel now rotates same as mousewheel.
Side Console cabin light switches now work correctly.
Annunciator Panel simicon added.
Errant light map areas on rear underside of fuselage fixed.
Light bleed from main undercarriage auxiliary doors in left and right sponsons eliminated.
Your vendor should alert you to the new installer file, if not then it may appear in your account area at your vendor's site. The original version must be uninstalled first. The update is only for FSX regular and FSX Steam Edition versions. If you purchased the C-17 directly from AlphaSim, Virtavia or Flight 1 when it first came out in 2010, please contact us by e-mail for a time-limited link (proof of purchase will be required although regulars will likely be recognised by their name if docs are no longer available).
July 29 :The R3Y Tradewind is now available in Steam Edition format. It follows the usual format of having a single-variant 'Main' package and a separate 'DLC' package with all the other variants. It's available for free to existing owners of the regular FSX R3Y.
July 27 :It's just been pointed out that we had left out one of the HP Hampden variants from the regular FSX version. Please replace your aircraft.cfg for the the v2 Hampden with this one Hampden v2 new aircraft.cfg.
July 24 :
B-66 Destroyer version 2 update and SE version available.
The B-66 Destroyer has been remastered for FSX and now has bump mapping, improved glass reflectivity, better startup smoke and improved undercarriage parts and retraction with realistic oleo 'droop' when unloaded. The VC has also been improved with some replacement parts and better switch functionality. The new version is available for free to existing owners, who should see it available in their account area with whichever vendor it was purchased from. B-66 v2 is a complete installation, not a patch, so the existing v1 will have to be uninstalled first. A Steam Edition version is now also avalable, which follows our usual format of having a single-variant 'Main' package and a separate 'DLC' package with all the other variants. This is also available for free to existing owners of the v1 B-66. The FS2004 version will remain as freeware. New users please note - this is not a new release, this is an updated 2007 model, it does not have present-day features or quality, especially in the cockpit. Large images here : one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve.
July 20 :The Hawkeye paint kit is now available in our freeware area.
July 1 :
HP Hampden version 2 update and SE version available.
The Hampden has been remastered for FSX which has fixed several long-standing issues related to its FS9 origins, as well as now adding bump mapping and improved glass reflectivity. We have also included three new variants with new texture sets, representing the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and the RAF Torpedo Development Unit with its distinctive yellow undersides. The VC has also been improved with some improved parts and better functionality. The new version is available for free to existing owners, who should see it available in their account area with whichever vendor it was purchased from, although it may take a few days for the vendors to update their systems, so please be patient. Hampden v2 is a complete installation, not a patch, so the existing v1 will have to be uninstalled first. A Steam Edition version is now also avalable, which follows our usual format of having a single-variant 'Main' package and a separate 'DLC' package with all the other variants. This is also available for free to existing owners of the v1 Hampden. The repaint kit has also been updated. New users please note - this is not a new release, this is an updated 2007 model, it does not have present-day features or quality, especially in the cockpit. Large images here : one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Jun 29 :
E-2C Hawkeye v2 update available.
Version 2 includes the following changes : Fixed reversed aileron animations, added rotating rotodome animation (via switch in VC), improved glass reflectivity, improved rudder texture mapping. The update is available now in your Steam Account area.
Jun 15 :
E-2C Hawkeye released !
Available NOW exclusively via the Dovetail Games FSX Steam Edtion portal. Screenshots can be viewed on the E-2C Hawkeye page, where you can also download the Hawkeye's User Manual for free.
Jan 27 :
AJ-2 Savage released !
Now available at all the usual vendors. The .psd paint kit files are now available in our freeware area. You can also download the Savage User Manual for free on the Savage web page.
Jan 19 :Two new screenshots added highlighting the AJ-2 Savage's catapult bridle and holdback system in action.
Now on the AJ-2 Savage page.
Jan 16 :Final AJ-2 Savage exterior model screenshots now available !
Now on the AJ-2 Savage page.
Jan 14 :Final AJ-2 Savage virtual cockpit screenshots now available !
The virtual cockpit model is now complete and screenshots can be seen on the AJ-2B Savage page. The AJ-2 Savage will be released in a few days, there will be an FSX, FSX Steam Edition and eventually a P3D version.
Oct 20 :Announcing the Virtavia AJ-2 Savage !
Oct 7 :Virtavia models can now be purchased at SimShack.
May 25 :The last batch of Steam Edition models has been released ! Low-priced versions of the AH-64A Apache, CH-46 Sea Knight, DH Vampire T.11, EE Canberra B.2, Gloster Javelin, Lockheen Hudson and the Tu-22 'Blinder' are out now. There is still a handful of models to convert to SE, these will need varying amounts of work and will be released when there is time to do the work between new releases. The full list of avaliable models for FSX Steam Edition can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
May 4 :More Steam Edition models out now ! Low-priced versions of the A-3B Skywarrior, AH-64D Longbow, B-45 Tornado, Bristol Blenheim, Gee Bee Sportster, Heinkel He111, Mi-28 Havoc, SH-2 Seasprite, Supermarine Scimitar and the Yak-52 are now available. The full list of avaliable models can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
Apr 10 :Another batch Steam Edition models are out now. Low-priced versions of the Avro Lincoln, CH-47D Chinook, F3H Demon, F4D Skyray, F11F Tiger, Ka-27 Helix, Ka-50 Black Shark, Martin Marlin, Mi-24D Hind and the Tu-160 Blackjack. The full list of avaliable models can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
Apr 2 :Batch 3 of the Steam Edition models has now been released. Includes low-priced versions of the A-6E Intruder, B-36 Peacemaker, CH-53 Sea Stallion, EA-6B Prowler, F-5E Tiger II, F-106 Delta Dart, F-111 Aardvark, Martin Mars, PV2-7 Neptune and the XB-70 Valkyrie. The full list of avaliable models can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
Mar 17 :The second batch of Steam Edition models have been released. Now Steam Users can enjoy very low-priced versions of the AS365N Dauphin, F-86F Sabre, F-104G Starfighter, F-105D Thunderchief, Hawker Hunter F.6, HU-16 Albatross, Rutan 61 Long E-Z, T-6 Texan/Havard, T-34C Turbo Mentor and the Panavia Tornado F.3. The full list of avaliable models can be seen on the Steam Edition page.
Mar 12 :Virtavia FSX Steam Edition models available now !
All of the Virtavia collection is being re-presented for the new Steam Edition of FSX. Each model is now in two parts - the Main Package (ONE model, ONE variant), and a separate DLC Package, which contains the remainder of the original package (eg. additional variants and liveries). This means two things - firstly that new buyers get a Steam-specific installer (FSX SE has a different folder structure) and secondly that the model will be MUCH cheaper. As the main package is only a single variant (of course including the panel, sounds and other vital files), it can be sold at a considerably lower price. The additional variants are then completely optional. In most cases, the DLC (Down-Loadable Content) version will cost less than the Main Package, but in some cases it wil be more, such as the Virtavia A-4 Skyhawk, which has a great many variants. The current list of avaliable models can be seen on the new Steam Edition page, which is being updated constantly as we create and add new Steam Edition packages. So if you are a new user to FSX Steam Edition, now's the time to grab some amazing bargains from Virtavia !
NOTE - existing owners of these products do not have to re-purchase for FSX SE. Just e-mail us on the Support address and we'll get you a temporary link to the SE version of your aircraft. Proof of purchase must be provided.
Nov 27 :The X-Plane verion of the B-29A Superfortess is out now at X-Plane.org ! B-29A Superfortress.
Nov 1 :The Lincoln User Manual can be downloaded here : Avro Lincoln User Manual (PDF). Version v1.1 of the Lincoln has been released to vendors and should be made available by them on Monday. The main changes in v1.1 are the addition of the manual, the missing cockpit piece on RF555 and a range of external viewpoints. Repainters please note the paint kit is now available in our Freeware area.
Oct 30 :The Lincoln User Manual was not included with version 1.0 - a new version V1.1 update will be released as soon as possible which will include the manual and some fixes and improvements suggested by users. Some users noted the lack of night red flood lighting in the cockpit. This is not possible due to a well-known FSX bug which prevents that feature when bump-mapping is used in a vc. This is the first vc we have used bump maps in and the effect is a great enhancement we think. The gauge lighting operates as normal, so it's a reasonable compromise given the enhanced visuals in daytime light.
Oct 29 :Avro Lincoln package released !
Now avalable at the FlightSim Store : Avro Lincoln
Oct 28 :Final Avro Lincoln exterior model screenshots now available ! All the exterior models are now done, screenshots can be seen on the Lincoln's page : Avro Lincoln
Oct 25 :Final Avro Lincoln virtual cockpit screenshots now available !
The cockpit is finally complete, the images show the B.Mk.2 cockpit, the MR.31 will of course have a much longer nose out front. The exterior model is also complete, the two images show the 617 Sqn. 'Dambusters' Lincoln, the other variants and liveries will be shown very soon - release of this package should be in just a few days ! : Avro Lincoln
May 20 :Version 1.1 of the B-29 Superfortress out now. The update fixes several minor issues with the exterior model only, the VC and the flight dynamics are unchanged. The main changes are - adding red bar to Korean War variants' insignia, increasing propeller diameter, making the prop spinners reflective, fixing F9 vc view keypress issue. Look out at for v1.1 in your download area at the site where you purchased the model. Some vendors may send out an e-mail alert to all owners of the model. The new file is the complete package, not a patch, so the old model should be uninstalled first.
May 16 :Paintkits for the SP-5B Marlin and the GeeBee have been uploaded to the Freeware page Paint Kits area
Apr 17 :AlphaSim Freeware models : when the older (mostly FS9-era) freeware models were uploaded to our freeware pages, it was the policy at that time not to include the panels and gauges, so many were without instruments. We are now happy to include all panels and gauges for any freeware models we list, so if you have already downloaded a free model from our site and it lacks a panel and/or gauges, drop us an e-mail and we can re-upload your model's complete Zip file(s) - this time with all panel files included.
Apr 10 :First shot of the faired-over Lincoln, the 'Aries III', or 'Lincolnian' here : Avro Lincoln
Apr 7 :New Avro Lincoln WIP screenshots ! First pics showing the B.Mk.II Lincoln on the ground and a shot of the weird-looking RAAF MR.31 version : Avro Lincoln
Mar 31 :The Martin Marlin is out now at Sim Market ! Other vendors will be following soon. 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 SP-5B Marlin User Manual (PDF)
Mar 24 :Announcing Virtavia's latest product - the Martin SP-5B Marlin !
Also widely known as the P5M-2 Marlin, this iconic patrol seaplane has never before been simulated to such a high standard. The aircraft was studied closely so that we could produce a very accurate simulation, the huge size of the airframe can really be appreciated as you pan around it in FSX. The cockpit has been reproduced to a very high standard so that every switch and knob is included, along with its exact desciptive text. The real Martin Marlin Pilot's Manual was used to make sure there were no mistakes. Final screenshots of the Virtavia Marlin's exterior and interior models and all the various liveries can now be viewed on the new page here : Martin SP-5B Marlin ! Release will be in 1-2 days ...
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 avalable 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