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Old 10-05-2006, 12:51 PM
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RealFlight G3.5 available soon!

Knife Edge has been quietly working away on the latest and greatest in R/C flight simulation: RealFlight G3.5.

Generation 3.5 adds many new features to RealFlight, including:
  • Night Flying - many aircraft now support glow effects at night.
  • Dynamic Sun Angle - You are now able to change the sun angle at 3D airports (not supported in PhotoFields).
  • New Airports - G3.5 includes several new PhotoField airports, including Waco Field, home of the XFC.
  • New Grass Objects - on certain PhotoFields we have placed grass clumps that add an additional level of realism as the aircraft wheels roll across the terrain.
  • New Aircraft - The Heli-Max Axe EZ and Heli-Max Axe CP have been added, as well as the ElectriStar, FlyZone Cessna, and SkyFly models.
  • Variable Pitch Propellers - The "V-Pitch" system is now in the list of available propellers
  • Coaxial Helis - Coaxial helis, like the Axe EZ, are now supported
  • Streamers - You can now add streamers to any aircraft. You choose the color, width, and length of the streamer.
  • Responsive Objects - Many objects now respond to collisions. So if you fly into a ladder at the Air Race airport, the ladder will fall over. Barrels at the "Carnival" airport can be knocked over and pushed around by aircraft as well.
  • Multiplayer Collisions - You can now crash into other players when playing online.
  • New particle effects - crash into the ground at Joe's Garage and see the dust spring from the ground. Hit a tree and leaves come out the other side. The Castle airport now has a fountain. When an aircraft breaks apart, pieces come out of the broken areas.
  • New Beginner Heli VFIs - Brian Bremer teaches the basics.
  • New Trainers - RealFlight G3.5 adds new "trainer" features. There is a Heli Hover Trainer, Airplane Hover Trainer, and a Heli Orientation Trainer. These trainers are like mini-games that encourage you to practice your R/C skills. The Heli Orientation Trainer is very challenging and requires that you pass each level to unlock a new level.
  • New Airplane Editor Features - The menus have been reorganized and some helpful new features have been added. You may now select a component by clicking it in the wireframe display. You may now set the camera to Top, Side, or Front views with a button press. New hotkeys have been added as well. A new "Wave Generator" electronics component has been added, which can be used to flap a wing, rotate a beacon, twirl a streamer, or otherwise act as a servo would except that its input is time-based.
  • Animated Airport Objects - many objects, such as the ferris wheel and the roller coaster at the Carnival airport, are now animated.
  • New Emitter Objects - You can now choose to add Sound, Fountain, and Smoke emitters to airports. We've added exhaust smoke to the truck at RealFlight Ranch and "moo" sounds to the cows at Green Valley.

And here is the best part...

RealFlight G3.5 will be a FREE update for owners of G3.

You will also be able to purchase a copy from your hobby retailer of choice. Product will be shipping later this month. Please encourage your local hobby store and favorite e-tailers to carry RealFlight G3.5.

A lot of very hard work and long hours went into this release. I'd like to thank the entire team at Knife Edge for their contributions, the beta testers, the staff of Great Planes, and all the members of the various R/C communities who have supported G3 and therefore made this release possible.

Jim
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