Dear XP-Africa users,
since March 7th 2008, XP-Africa has worked on bringing X-Plane users the best X-Plane scenery files for the African continent.
This project has always been an offspring of the XPFR project, which i'm proud of being a part of since 2007. XP-Africa took its roots there, as well a its values, defending freeware and trying to honour designers and users by delivering highy quality content.
Aside of the nostalgic bullsh*t, every minute spent on this project, as well as every contact we've had with our beloved users over the years have been a joy and the effort always seemed to be well-rewarded by those few kind words.
Today, i'm temporarily out of time to work on anything X-Plane, Piet is out of time to work on anything X-Plane as well, and as you've probably all noticed, the project ran into the sand many moons ago.
A few day ago, a fellow XPFR member who also develops for XP-Africa mentioned something about XP-Africa on XPFR's private development forum and proposed that both projects should be fused together, XP-Africa disappearing as an independent entity and becoming part of XPFR.
Since i haven't been able to develop anything for XP-Africa lately, i had been playing with that thought myself for months. So to me, that's the greatest gift the project could ever have received. Both projects had always been linked intimately, with their files hosted on the same servers and some of the designers/converters working on both projects.
In short, XP-Africa will no longer continue to exist as it does today and all the content found here will from now on be available from XPFR.
Most importantly, the action of fusing XP-Africa into XPFR will, in my humble opinion, have only positive effects: The project lives on, maintained by passionate X-Plane developers who, as a group, have more time and more skills than i'd ever have been able to accumulate, even with Piet's gracious help.
So in the end, this is not the death of XP-Africa. It's the asurance that the project and the files that it has spawned will live on, be maintained, updated and that new African sceneries will be created to complete the work started here on XP-Africa.
Now, to the technicalities:
Most of you FS developers who have graciously authorized us to convert and adapt your wortk to X-Plane have already given their OK for this transfer. Some of you have been imposible to reach or have not yet found time to answer my requests.
Please contact me over the usual channel or over XPFR's user contact form if you have anything to object to the said transfer.
Jut so you know, the terms and conditions under which your work i being distributed for X-Plane does not change a bit: It is and always remain freeware, we maintain a single download location, all credits are clearly mentioned in the read-me's and the original documentation pertaining to the original FS file are included in the download.
To put it short, XP-Africa has fetched it's ethics from my experience with XPFR and both project share the same respect for copyright and the same passion for quality, freeware add-ons.
So technically, nothing will change behind the scenes, only the portal where users will fetch their content changes.
XP-Africa will progressively shut down over the coming month and remain open until the transfer to XPFR is complete.
I will also send out a last XP-Africa newsletter to ask you guys wether or not you'd like to be integrated to the XPFR mailing list in the future or if wish to have your address removed permanently.
See you soon on XPFR
samedi 6 août 2011
Dear XP-Africa users,
vendredi 11 juin 2010
XP-Africa is pleased to present HHAS Asmara - Eritrea
HHAS Asmara was originally created for FS by Nuhaid Abdulkhaleq and was converted by Michel Picard (a.k.a Brother from XPFR.org) for X-Plane.
from the read-me:
HHAS is Asmara’s international airfield, close to the capital of Eritrea. It is also a base of the Eritrean Air force. The airfield has two asphalt runways : - 07/25, 3000 meters long by 45 meters wide, equipped with an ILS (07) and landing light aids - 12/30, 1950 long by 45 meters wide, much less sophisticated and mainly used by military planes. HHAS is a high altitude airport : 2335 meters (7660 feet) and is unable to welcome the largest jet aircraft which should use Massawa international airport situated by the red Sea instead.
Please note that this scenery uses OpenSceneryX - if you do not have it yet, please grab the latest free installer from http://www.opensceneryx.com .
Please refer to the ReadMe files for further information.
Tested with X-Plane v8.64 and v9.44
XP-Africa is pleased to present FBSK Gaborone - Botswana
FBSK was created for X-Plane by Camilli de Bellis - please have a look at her website http://www.cdb-scenery.com and drop her a little Thank You!
from the ReadMe:
Botswana’s Gaborone International Airport receives airlines from many world destinations and it is the country’s premier airport. World-class airlines including British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines, Kenya Airlines, South African Airways and other domestic Botswana airlines fly in and out of Gaborone Airport. The National flag carrier is “Air Botswana” and its fleet includes BAe146's, ATR-42/72's, and Boeing 737's. The International Sir Seretse Khama Airport, is located about 9 miles (15 km) from downtown Gaborone city. Elevation is 1006m (3300ft) and it has only one runway (8/26).
OpenSceneryX is required to use this scenery - if you do not have it yet, please grab the latest free installer from http://www.opensceneryx.com.
Required for full enjoyment but not absolutely necessary to run the scenery, is the "Flip Book" plug-in by Sandy Barbour.
Please refer to the included ReadMe files for further information.
Tested with X-Plane v9.20 and v9.41
dimanche 21 février 2010
You can visit his website and leave him a little thank you here:
This V2 uses photoreal ground textures created using Mario Cavicchi's excellent GMaps script (http://members.ferrara.linux.it/cavicchi/GMaps/)
as well as static and animated objects by Al-Youx, Beber, pixelmaster and Mr3D (Truck, IVECO, LandRover,birds, grass etc. ...).
It also featured the now closed (but rendered useable for your pleasure) 01/19 runway, more realistic surroundings and a corercted apt.dat . Night lighting and other goodies and eye-candy features have been added as well.
This package is enhanced with objects from the OpenSceneryX
library and won't work propperly without it.
For those who do not have it yet, you can download the latest
package installer here:
Have Fun & Fly Safe !
samedi 20 février 2010
XP-Africa is very proud to present Senegal Airfields Scenery v1.0 - a collaborative project that aims at covering most known airfields and other esoteric strips in Sénégal.
This package was originally started as a complementary scenery pack for GOSS - Saint-Louis v2, but has now extended far beyond that point - we now have 11 airfields and there are a lot more to come, inside Senegal but also in the bordering countries.
Senegal Airfields Scenery includes the following airports and airstrips:
GO66 Dodji (dirt strip)
GOOG Linguere (dirt strip) (this one wasn't in X-Plane's database)
GODK Kolda Nord
GONK(NIK) Niokolo Koba
GOSM Matam-Ouro Sogui (dirt strip)
GOSP Podor (dirt strip)
GQNK Kaedi (Mauritania)
All airfields have photoreal ground layout.
There are a few aobjects that have been found in other scenery packs and object libraries and we'd like to use the occasion to thank the authors and all the people who have contributed to the latest XP-Africa sceneries:
Beber, Chouchou2750, After, @lex, Al-Youx, Mr3D, Brother, Fred Kabalu, Jean Charbonnel, Camilli de Bellis, Bob Whit, as well as the entire, ever so supportive XPFR team (http://www.xpfr.org).
We'd also like to thank Mario Cavicchi for his amazing GMaps scenery creation tool that we're using all the time now, as well as the OpenSceneryX project and all those who contribute to this great object library.
PLEASE NOTE: This scenery makes intensive use of OpenSceneryX.
You may use this scenery without it but you'd miss out on most buildings and a lot of other nice decoration - if you don't have this unavoidable object library installed yet, grab the free and handy installer here:
Have Fun & Fly Safe !