Project Opensky Archive Site Opens

For those of us that think the world of the old Project Opensky models for FS2004, we are all in luck.  There is a new location hosting the old files called Project Opensky Archive.

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So, if you are looking for those files, head over there and grab ’em.  Who knows how long the site will be up.

Cheers!

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Sky Spirit 2011 Releases An Intercontinental

Not long after the real Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental took to the skies for the first time, Sky Spirit 2011 releases their exquisite model for FS2004.  To keep this brief, I will simply say, head over to Flightsim.com and search for ssp748v4_genx_n6067e.zip.

The FlightSim.com file description.

So, what are you waiting for, go get it!

Leaving Anchorage

Update 22mar2011 – Loaded it up in FS9 and took it for a brief flight around Anchorage.   Initial thoughts:

  1. The exterior model is gorgeous!
  2. Taxiing takes practice as steering can be tricky depending on speed, etc.
  3. Take off requires proper flap and trim or else you’ll end up in the bushes.
  4. This thing needs a panel and sound set.

Update 4/24/11 – The official paint kit is now available and can be downloaded here, if you want to try a paint for yourself.   There is a very active discussion going on over at the SkySpirit2011 Facebook page regarding repaints and previews.

Project Opensky has Closed, Welcome FSPro

Update 12/01/12: There is a new site up called, Project Opensky Archive, which contains all of the original Project Opensky (POSKY) files.  In Addition, the FreeSky Project domain has expired.  If  anyone has any news, please leave a comment.

Update 09/01/12: Additional Facebook sites have been added to cover an updated POSKY Boeing 777 model and the release of the CRJ-1000.  Below are links to the corresponding page depending on the aircraft model you are looking for:

Boeing 777 ~ SkySpirit2012 – 777

Bombardier CRJ-1000 ~ SkySpirit2012 – CL Series

Boeing 767 ~ SkySpirit2010

Boeing 747-8i(f) ~ SkySpirit2011

Project Opensky Archive Site ~ poskyarchive.com

Update 10/30/11: Free Sky Project is no longer supporting the Project Opensky models.  The models are available for download from the original Project Opensky site (site has expired as of 8/1/12).  Free Sky Project has moved on to other unknown projects for fs.  The Lockheed L1011 is dead, but you can get one from Historic Jetliners Group.

Update 2/14/11: This post has been updated with more accurate information regarding the status of SkySpirit2010.  The SkySpirit2010 Facebook group is only active to support the 767 model. Please keep all discussions and posts to the group limited to the 767 model only.   All other models in development will be released under a different group(s) when they are formed.

Update 2/16/11: Previews of the Boeing 747-8I by Hiroshi are now available at a new Facebook group called SkySpirit2011.

–original post—

All good things must come to an end.  Shortly, the group known as Project Opensky, one of the best flight simulator freeware add-on developers, has closed its doors.  For reasons that I will not mention here, the group has disbanded.

However, for every end, there is a new beginning.  A few members of Project Opensky are taking ownership of maintaining the files and continuing operation under the name of Free Sky Project (FSPro).  They are currently in the process of launching a new website and forum, so be patient over the next few days as they ramp up.

Note the aircraft under development with Project Opensky are not going to be released under the new group. Hiroshi created the SkySpirit2010 group to release and support the 767 model only.  All future aircraft will be released under a yet to be named group.  

It is with some sadness and great admiration that I bid farewell to Project Opensky.  For so many years, they have set the standard for freeware flight simulator add-ons that it is safe that they have dramatically shaped the freeware community into what it is today.

With an open mind, great respect, and a tad bit of curiosity, I welcome the FSPro team.  I am looking forward to flying their work and hope they will continue the spirit set by POSKY.

Cheers!

Sweet: A 747-8F

Being mostly all things Boeing, Project Opensky (POSKY) has been busily working away on different variants of the classic 747.  With their recent release of the AL-1 platform and development of a 787 model, the next generation long-haul freighter, the 747-8F couldn’t be far behind.   Ya know somethin’?  It really isn’t!

Recently posted in the POSKY “Official Preview” forum are some fantastic screenshots of the new model.  Check them out. While you are there, make sure to leave a comment and congratulate the team on yet another superb model for Flight Simulator 2004. If compatibility is on par with their other models, we should be able to enjoy it in FSX as well!

Cheers!

POSKY CRJ-900 V3 is OUT!

Project Opensky released the first of many liveries that adorn their new CRJ-900 version 3 model for flight simulator.   I will save you the hastle of having to read a lot before you get to the download link and I will just post the link to the download.  As for flight simulator version compatibility, it was designed for FS9, but would likely work in FSX as their CRJ-700 does.

Lufthansa 2303 at Heathrow

<GET CRJ-900 V3 HERE>

POSKY CRJ-900 v3 turning toward Prague over the UK

I took this beauty on a short flight from Heathrow to Prague to get a feel for its FDE and another look at the exterior model.  You know, POSKY surely knows how to model the CRJ.  Their CRJ-700 model set a new standard for animation and eye candy.  It is no surprise that this new CRJ-900 model shares the same new standard.  Very cool stuff.

The FDE is behaved with only a few surprises. The throttle response seems slow to pickup, but when it does, hang on.  I found myself constantly adjusting the throttle to maintain speed both while taxiing and during flight.  I believe this is a characteristic of the real world CRJ.  Nothing to complain about, but it will take you surprise the first time you experience it.

Cheers!

2/2/10 – note: A bunch more liveries are now available in the download site.  Liveries now include: Adria, SAS, Delta Connection Multi-Pack, and SkyWest 35th Anniversary edition livery.  Go get em!