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  1. Our most ambitious project to date sees us take the next step in bringing more of the X-Plane world to life with our TrueEarth range of products. TrueEarth US Northern California is the result of years of research and development as well as countless hours of crafting together one of the most stunning and diverse regions in North America. Take off from across the sprawling region and explore to your heart’s content with over 212,000 square kilometers of orthoimagery and accurately placed autogen. The wide-range of landscapes, detailed mountains and stunning coastlines will redefine how you travel across the state in X-Plane 11. Special care and attention has been given to color correction, editing and balancing the orthoimagery to ensure the highest fidelity and quality. Using the latest technology, millions of trees have been accurately placed throughout the entire region and grouped together to create an immersive environment if you enjoy flying close to the ground. The vegetation has been hand-coloured to ensure it blends in perfectly with the ground textures. Northern California prides itself on its varied landscape, giving you plenty of choice for places to explore. Yosemite National Park, famous for its stunning valleys and flower-covered meadows, find life in X-Plane thanks to the TrueEarth technology. If the wilderness isn’t your thing, then take a trip up the Northern California coast and catch the west-coast sunshine as the light bounces off of your aircraft. The sights you will see will be truly breathtaking. Set yourself the challenge of finding everything there is to see in Northern California. With nearly 1,000 points of interest to seek out, flying in a GA aircraft has never been so rewarding once you find them all. Seek out Alcatraz Island, Google's headquarters, the Apple "Spaceship" HQ, the massive blimp hangars near San Jose or seek out the many Sonoma County Vineyards. Just a small sample of the POI models for the San Francisco tile alone! (Click to expand image to view in 4K) The most exciting element of North California is the variety of topography throughout the region, meaning you could spend days exploring and still find uniqueness throughout. The rugged coastlines up by Big Sur and Shelter Cove make for excellent expeditions, whilst seeing the peaks of Mt Shasta and the Sierra Nevada is simply breathtaking. Perhaps you want a more urban experience? The beautiful cityscape of San Francisco has been fully modeled with the latest PBR techniques for a detailed rendition of the City by the Bay. Take the challenge of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or fly right over Silicon Valley in San Jose. Whatever your preference, TrueEarth US NorCal for X-Plane 11 will have something for you. And if you're a PilotEdge user, enjoy the skies above NorCal with full real-time ATC with actual human controllers! TrueEarth US Northern California HD vs SD Exactly as we have done with TrueEarth US Washington and TrueEarth US Oregon, Northern California will be available in two versions - high definition (HD) 212GB and standard definition (SD) 53GB. The only difference between these two products is the ground texture resolution. If disk space is a concern, check out the SD version of TrueEarth US NorCal, which provides the same regional coverage, but at just a a quarter of the disk space. The slightly reduced texture resolution still provides incredible detail but enables smoother performance for those with older graphics cards. If you prefer the full fidelity, we recommend the HD version for best resolution. FEATURES 212,000 km2 of hand-corrected/cleaned aerial imagery in 1m/px resolution (HD version) or 2m/px resolution (SD version) Millions of individual autogen trees/shrubs, grouped by type and hand-corrected for maximum realism across the entire region Explore and soar over the stunning San Francisco Cityscape crafted with full PBR effects Nearly 1,000 custom PBR POIs placed around the state; including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Silicon Valley and many, many more. All major cities accurately modeled, including SFO, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, Monterey, Fresno, Redding and many others. Millions of themed and efficient PBR autogen buildings placed to match the aerial imagery across the entire region Ultra detailed elevation mesh sourced from 10m DEM to bring out great detail in the coastline and mountains Beautiful hand-cleaned water-masking, which blends in beautifully Many marinas have hand-placed 3D boats added Blends in seamlessly with TrueEarth US Oregon and the upcoming TrueEarth US Southern California (in development) to provide even more US coverage COVERAGE MAP Stay tuned for more previews over the coming week! Note: screenshots are taken from both HD and SD versions.
  2. First post here! Snapped these on my flight from KEKA to KMFR in the A2A Comanche 250:
  3. Decided to record a short circuit out of John Wayne, down around Newport Beach California and back.. Kept my P3D settings modest for smooth video recording purposes.. I'm a stickler for video quality.. IMO... If you're going to upload a video, it should be the best possible quality at the expense of a longer upload and processing time.. If you're gonna show off scenery.. SHOW IT OFF! But... That's just my own OCD. Enjoy folks.. P3D v4 - Orbx Southern California - 2560x1440@60fps
  4. A couple of pals and I near flew north from Carlsbad (KCRQ) to Santa Paula and we got this picture near Newport Beach. (Our real-life SNJ was reproduced as a skin for the A2A T-6 in amazing detail by crazac. Download the texture here. The weathered interior is true art, and the exterior has every detail right down to nicks in the prop paint.) If you take her flying be nice, that my wife in the back seat. Planning a vacation in northern California I remembered my Dad's adage to never buy (or rent) a house until you've seen the area from the air. So I borrowed a DC-3 and headed up there. It actually was kinda spooky when we drove because I felt like I'd been there before, and in a way I had. A friend asked if I'd let a photographer ride along in our SNJ so he could get some pictures of his Lockheed. We flew out of Sonoma Valley Skypark (KSTS) just south of Sonoma, and this one turned out rather nice, I thought. Another photo hop, this time I was shooting from the right seat of an A-6 as we flew up the beach near Monterey. VA-72 (Blue Hawks) had quite a history. They cross-decked to the HMS Triumph back in '49 when they were flying Bearcats, flew courier missions off the USS Wasp in their A4D-2 Skyhawks in support of Project Mercury, and flew A-7Bs on the first attack of a North Vietnamese SAM site in 1965. An A-6 from VA-75 led the strike using the sophisticated Digital Integrated Attack Navigation Equipment (DIANE) system. When it worked it was amazing, but it required 240 manhours per flight hour to keep an Intruder full-system capable. (Todays F/A-18s are more like 10 hours per flight hour. For more on the A-6 system and a hair-raising RL experience I had in an A-6 go here.) The Pacific Northwest is noted for it's weather. The Cascade Peninsula to the west gets more rain than the Amazon jungle and the Cascades to the east almost always have a veil of clouds. Flew my friend's DC-3 up that way to visit Victoria (the city), and we weren't disappointed by the display the weather put on for us. On the way home, we stopped in Astoria and another friend with a restored PBY invited us to ride along on a jaunt up the Oregon coast. The weather was awesome and sightseeing was fabulous from the cockpit and from the bubble back aft. (A friend with a cool airplane is much better than owning a cool airplane yourself, trust me.)
  5. The Wrigley family, of chewing gum fame, operated a lovely C-47 for many years. I was lucky enough to have the (virtual) job of flying it around the West Coast.
  6. VFR Flight: Garberville, CA (O16) to Firebaugh, CA (F34) Route: 016 - ENI - PYE - SAU - SNS - F34 Pictures: 1. Near ENI, looking east towards Ukiah. 2. Looking north at PYE (mmm, pye...aaaggghhhggghhhgh) 3. Golden Gate & Alcatraz 4. Over the Bay looking North towards Alameda 5. SW of Firebaugh...and yes, I needed to change my shorts... 6. Firebaugh...looking for a Pub.
  7. Given that the Northern California area contains photoreal scenery of Yosemite (I can see it in the screenshots), what does the freeware photoreal Yosemite add to that? Is it a larger area or is there some other difference?
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