New update for Kinetic Assistant v0.17.3.0
– New world map icons: airliner, rotorcraft, vehicle, boat
– world map icons filtering by selected type on EVENTS tab
– icons color logic changed – it does not rely on the server now, only on aircraft
– XCSoar issues fixed: 0 heading value, wrong wind angle
– XCSoar port can be set manually (NMEA tab)
– System folder OPEN button for quick access (Settings tab)
– towplane taxi on the runway before takeoff (if Realistic Restrictions checkbox ticked)
– world map mouse buttons swapped (left – drag, right – set teleport marker)
– event name added to world map aircraft info window (if competition is active)
– dedicated sounds for turn points passing notifications (start, turnpoint, final, finish)
– decreased chances of active pause false detection during competition
Freeware version https://msfs.touching.cloud/mods/kinetic-assistant/
Payware version https://secure.simmarket.com/touching-cloud-msfs-cloud-assistant.phtml
The Bell Nexus is a autonomous electric air taxi concept (known as an eVTOL). It is designed to take off and land vertically — six tilting electric ducts provide lifting power for quick takeoff, and nimble flight.
This add-on is tiny mod of Pelican hovering aircraft, an attempt to bring something more suitable for MSFS concept of realistic simulator. Only exterior model was replaced, it still has Pelican’s cockpit as Nexus cockpit contains of only two screens which is extremely boring. Aircraft scaled up about 50% to fit Pelican cockpit.
This is freeware add-on and available on flightsim.to
Our jet wing finally got to the ingame marketplace! We hope even more people will find out about such a mad way of MSFS world exploration and will be able to experience ultimate freedom.
Sadly, JW1 did not pass XBOX compatibility validation because of the huge amount of custom WASM scripts. I can’t see it being possible to remove such code without harm to the aircraft functionality, so the only choice we have is to wait until Asobo/Microsoft will improve MSFS versions compatibility.
Feel free to report issues or propose new features — we are still working on it and with time it will become even better.
New KineticAssistant update with many features!
1. New installation method
Opposite to past instructions, KineticAssistant folder should be extracted into Community. To save your settings, towplane records etc. first copy old version KineticAssistant folder into Community, rename it to touchingcloud-tools-kineticassistant, then extract installer archive content into Community with rewriting existing files. You can use addons linker or similar tool for semi-automatic installation. Built-in SimMarket launcher automatic update not supported yet (as KA is not really MSFS add-on), but possibility is under investigation.
After launch, program check existence and version of KineticPanel. If it not installed, or outdated, you will see notification about automatic update — press Yes to install latest KineticPanel version.
2. Pilot and winch operator communication speech
After winch launch initiated, pilot will request launch by spelling selected airspeed. Operator will confirm launch and rope slack. After release (or rope failure), pilot will name gained altitude in feet. Voice can be disabled or speech pack changed from settings, volume — with sounds slider.
3. Winch & towplane rope (KineticAssistant+ only)
After winch launch started, winch vehicle will be inserted in selected range, rope will be connected to the glider CG point (DG808S, Discus2C, AS-33, LS4 has accurate coordinates), another end of the rope will be connected to the winch. Rope will bend when it lose tension, and straight when it pulling glider in full strength.
We are looking for volunteers for the voice command recording!
Preferably non-English speakers — you can use your own common phrases instead of default one to make MSFS gliding much more immersive. Voice commands available both for freeware and payware versions, so your time will help all of KineticAssistant users. Contact us if you are willing to help.
Main improvement of 0.13 version is hotspots/thermals ingame indication — classic spiral (both freeware and payware) or realistic birds (payware only), each is optional. This feature usage is simple — unpack KineticPanel.zip content into Community (you can find file inside of KineticAssistant folder manually or click Install Kinetic Panel link on Settings tab). Start the flight, load hotspots with preferred method (API or manual), check Spirals and/or Birds checkboxes, toggle hotspots.
— spiral height and diameter match hotspot size, however spiral location/shape not updated even if Leaning option enabled
— spiral has LODs (different quality models) for performance safety. quality of the model should increases while flying toward, good looking one should be visible at distance ~1km
— Birds (4 types — hawk, seagull, crow, swift) inserted in the center of the hotspot at altitude ~2000ft below top edge of the hotspot, animated randomly
— birds visible from any distance, as much as your monitor allow it; to increase chances to spot tiny objects in the sky, you can try to increase RENDER SCALING option (right behind resolution), but it will hit your FPS
— each type of indicator can be disabled on Hotspots page, models update on checkbox click (if hotspots active)
— KK7 hotspots data stored as local files to avoid network issues, will be updated several times per year
— custom LNM userpoint name can be used starting with Thermal word, like — «Thermal near my home gliding club» instead of «thermal» (hotspot word valid as well)
— panel connection error fixed for SU8 update
Hello, Jetman fans! We are stepping to the next stage of project development — all effects updated (dynamic heat blur, downwash, colored smokes, even visible damaged engine smoke), tablet with aircraft configs and engines data makes flight easier for you, and most important — VR fixes and improvements implemented, including motion controllers support.
We are still working on improvements so feel free to leave your feedback or propose new features.
We set 25% discount for JW1 on SimMarket, it is the perfect moment to jump on the train if you did not purchase it earlier!
— reworked effects — smoke texture, dynamic heat blur, downwash works again
— round chute removed completely to decrease possibility of visibility issues
— non-analog walking controls (walk fast and stand only positions)
— control panel (tablet) with engines throttles and status info, flight modes switch and indication, settings
— scripts update frequency increased (affects walking, parachute, aboard)
— instrument camera added (view inside of the body fix)
— Manual HMD control (with spoiler handle) separate in new Display option
— static display positions issues fixed
— drogue chute animation fixed, both before and after main chute deployment
— walking animation improved
— Disable Assistances flag added (hides Assistances tab completely)
— dedicated VR camera removed because initial pitch/bank/heading value not longer works for it (you are looking into the skies when your head faced forward), so default cameras used instead (can be switched from Camera toolbar menu during flight)
— moving helmet display (with limitations, center view before flight with head pitched up about 30 degrees)
— motion controllers support for flight, walking, parachute landing
— control Panel wheels for motion controls area position adjustment
— HMD made static for back view
Now sad news. Due to low sales of the payware version of JW1 (zero sales to be precise) we are no longer able to perform free version updates. It still flies well, and all main features are working, but do not expect major upgrades. We still keep SkyPirat price low, even if it took 3 times longer to develop it than planned, so it should not empty your pocket if you haven’t purchase it yet.
Fly safe, and see you around!
Latest MSFS update contain issue that was reported by several developers during beta test but still ignored by ASOBO — it broke throttle of many aircraft.
It affect JW1 and DG808 for sure, maybe Aircreation as well. I know how to fix it in the code, just will take some time to prepare updates.
— use F1-F2 keys to increase engine(s) thrust, F3-F4 to decrease
— assign Throttle Axis Engine 1/2/3/4 to your throttle lever
You will get notifications about dedicated aircraft updates soon.