AI MONTHLY KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE WITH EVERYTHING AI Edition 3
BOEING 787 DREAMLINER RELEASED The UTT 787 has been a long time in the waiting, but has finally been released, meaning simmers can now replace the previous Globusworld model.
On balance this is a very good model from the United Traffic Team, hopefully the CRJ-1000 and BAE Avro series will follow on with the same degree of success.
With the return of the Boeing 787 into real-world skies this week, it only seems fitting that our AI skies can also be repopulated with one of the most technologically advanced aircraft. There have been many previews, screenshots and videos of the model in recent months, all seeming to suggest an imminent release; however, the wait has been well worth it. The model comes with a variety of repaints for airlines flying the 787, including Air India, Ethiopian Airlines, LAN Airlines, Qatar Airways, United Airlines and Japan Airlines. A paintkit is currently only available within the UTT group, and unfortunately hasn’t been released to the public. With the solution to the 787’s problems, it will only be a matter of time before the aircraft is delivered to many more airlines giving our AI skies further variety. The base model only includes a generic engine instead of the individual Rolls Royce and General Electric engines. Although being visually similar, this may disappoint some users. Undoubtedly the engine texture could do with some work also. These are soon forgotten about once you see the superb wingflex animation in action. Please note due to real life commitments we have not had time to write articles on ai tools as planned. We would like to apologise for this and we will include extra bits next month – thank you for your patience and understanding
Reports by Robert Williams
Again no news from any of the painters at kaese2002.de. George Widener is busy painting for the upcoming FAIB Airbus A32X models.
A new member joins the painting team. The well established paint brushes of Federico Permutti will now feature on the site. HOP! paints were released from him.
Endeavour AI A new website is currently being worked on. The site will be re-launched with the possibility of new authors hosting their work with Endeavour AI.
United Traffic Team A selection of Let 410 paints were released on the site, along with a selection of Mi-8T helicopters. The new site also went live at the beginning of this month.
Jürgen Baumbusch Jürgen is busy painting the FAIB A32X models, although he has found time to paint other aircraft. This month saw the release of a variety of United Airlines’ repaints, including updated 767 liveries on a FSX HD paintkit. Earlier in the month, Ethiopian Airlines were updated onto the HD paintkit. JTA Boeing 737 classics were painted on the FAIB model. The Skymark 737-800 representative fleet was released, each featuring a different winglet logo. Qatar’s A332F was also released.
Robert released Mango and Neos for the FAIB model. Philippe released another sought-after airline on the FAIB model – Europe Airpost. Other releases from Philippe were Hesa An-140, Yakutia 737w and UTair 734. Elias has both TAMPA Cargo and Air Cargo Carriers in his paintshop, whilst Kyle is painting a beautiful Sunweb logojet for Transavia.
Individual Painters Mostafa Ayoobzadeh – Mahan Air fleet, Caspian MD-83 and Meraj Air A300. Nils Bindauf – MAS Air 763W, OFD C172, Germania 737W Mariano Bonaccorso – Malindo’s 739 to compliment his Lion Air repaints. Johan Clausen – Much sought after SAS fleet repaints and Gol 10 Anos 738. Download them from jcai.dk Dukgeun Lee – Rest of TACA fleet and Korean 737 paints. Symon Long – SkyWork D328, Brighton City Airways Let410, dae ATR7, Mauvia EMB-120, KeyLime D328 Jet and Ceiba Intercontinental ATR72 Manuel Querencias – Iberia “Salmes Cup” A320, flyNonstop EMB-190 and Meridiana fly A320. 2
Reports by Joshua Dean
THE RETURN OF BEN CLARK Ben Clark, a very well respective AI flightplanner left the AI scene last year to focus on real-life issues. However he is back and so is his website realbigtree.com Ben spent many years as part of the AIG Dispatch team, but latterly hosted his paints on his own website - realbigtree (or RBT for short). Ben also released torrents on AIG public forums for people to download his Summer 2012 and Winter 2011-2012 flightplans that were hosted on realbigtree previous to the site going offline late last year. So as we welcome Ben back to the AI scene, we will keep you posted on his new new releases. This month saw Ben release plans for Scoot, Air Bridge Cargo, Tasman Cargo, BA World Cargo and Air Hong Kong.
United Traffic Team United Traffic Team have been showing off their new website this week, and with a remarkable set of releases, their Summer 2013 season is well under way. Plans include: AirAsia X, AirAsia, Air Greenland, Airlink, easyJet Swiss, Edelweiss Air, Helvetic Airways, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, Rossiya, South African Airways, South African Express, South African Airways Cargo, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Singapore Airlines, SwissAeroflot, Air Malta, Austrian, easyJet, Ryanair, Scoot and Wizz
GHIOM’S PLANS HOSTED Ghiom who previously released his flightplans in the “Forum Member Flightplans” section of AIG forums will now move to Jürgen Baumbusch’s website – juergenbaumbusch.de Ghiom typically concentrates on the North American area. He has already released a handful of flightplans including Air Canada group, Air Caraibes, Dutch Antilles Express, Virgin America and Viva Aerobus. This means that you will now find both Ghiom’s and Christian’s flightplans on juergenbaumbusch.de
Alpha India Group In what has been a fantastic winter season for AIG releases, the final full round has now been released. Round 13 consists of Air Blue, Cambodia Angkor Air, Divi Divi Air, Krohn Air, Shaheen Air, TAME, Tampa Cargo, Tiger Airways Australia, Tiger Airways Singapore, VASCO, Vietnam Airlines and Yangtze River Express. There are a few plans waiting for final clearance within AIG: Jet Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo and Asky. Summer 2013 beta has begun, with several airlines already been released. See if your favourite airline is being planned for this summer by viewing the AIG task-list
SCREENSHOT OF THE MONTH Would you like to feature in the next edition of AI Monthly? Send your screenshots to us and we will debate which we think is the best. Seasonal and topical screenshots are a good idea, but a random amazing screenshot may win us over! There is of course one rule… IT MUST BE AI! Send your screenshots to firstname.lastname@example.org
As always competition was hot! The winner is Giacomo Gramazio’s entry. The screenshot shows a wide variety of AI traffic at Dubai, using the wonderful Fly Tampa scenery.
Military Section Reports by John Burtenshaw
MAIW RAF MILDENHALL BY TONY DALTON
SANTA LUCIA AIR BASE BY DAN REEVES
RAF Mildenhall is located in Suffolk (England), although it primarily supports the United States Air Force (USAF)
Moving far away from the UK, the second release of the month takes us Mexico. Santa Lucia Air Base (or Military Air Base 1) is situated in Reyes Acozac in the state of Mexico.
Version two of this RAF station was released this month by the team. The package features brand new scenery for the station along with KC-135R Stratotankers of the 100th Air Refuelling Wing and Special Operations Squadron C130 Hercules. Thepackage can be downloaded here
The package includes eleven different aircraft types, flightplans, airfield files, repaints, callsigns and of course custom scenery for the air base. Thepackage can be downloaded here
Federicoâ€™s HOP! CRJ 700 for AIG model. The entire HOP! Collection is available for download now!
Reports by Robert Williams
FAIB A32X ENTERS BETA TESTING Erez Werber has entered his Airbus A32X series into the beta testing stage. The beta team will now spend the next few months testing the model and paintkit. Many paints have already been completed with the model and paintkit having been updated four times to date. The beta team includes respected AI contributors from a variety of groups, who will all come together to bring you a fantastic package to replace Craig Ritchie’s (DJC/EVAI) models. Of course the great benefit of these new models will be that they are FSX native.
However not leaving FS9 users behind, there will be a FS9-native model too; this will have the latest AI features that Craig’s model did not have, such as a turning nosewheel. Some airlines that have already been painted for the new model include; Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air France, Air Macau, Astra, Condor, Dragonair, Germanwings, Hamburg Airways, Lufthansa, Monarch, Novair, TAP Portugal, Tarom, Thomas Cook Scandinavia, United and Viva Colombia, Stay tuned over the coming months and we will continue update you with the model’s progress through beta testing.
UTT CRJ-100 NEARS RLEASE We have been keeping you in touch with this model for several months now, but hopefully the CRJ-1000 will be in your sim soon. The three real-world airlines flying the CRK have been painted: Air France (Philippe); Air Nostrum (Kyle); Garuda Indonesia (Jürgen). The paints are currently being packed and prepared for release.
A slight issue occurred during testing regarding the FDE, so these findings will be presented to and addressed by the author over the coming weeks and hopefully the model will then be cleared for release. Congratulations to United Traffic Team on the model and to flyingcarpet75 for the painting. An official video of the model is available here or Nils’ video here
From the authors… THANKYOU FOR READING AI MONTHLY The authors of this newsletter are;
Robert Williams - AI Painter, formerly a member of realbigtree.com, who moved on to releasing his work independently on Avsim. He is an active member of AIG Dispatch (as a beta tester) and has worked with FAIB on pre-release painting for the FAIB 737 Next Generation model. His work is now hosted at flyingcarpet75.com Joshua Dean – AI Flightplanner, currently an active member of AIG Dispatch, previously he released his work independently on Avsim and AIG forums. He was also a brief member of realbigtree.com beta testing team and is still an active member of UK2000 Scenery beta testing team. Rob Corp – Rob is a very active flightplanner for AIG Dispatch. He is a journalist the rest of the time, so we use him to try and catch typos in the newsletter you have been reading.
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PLEASE NOTE We try to cover the entire flightsim AI traffic scene as fairly as possible. Some areas (such as painting) are much more active than others. While we try and include as much news as we can, it is always possible we may miss new developments – so please feel free to send us your latest developments to the email address below. However, the writers reserve the right to select items from correspondence for inclusion in the newsletter. If you have any comments or complaints about anything you read in AI Monthly, please send us an email.
The UTT 787 release is covered in this issue, along with FAIB A32X beta, UTT CRJ-1000 progress and all the standard monthly round ups.