Getting started with SimDirector

SimDirector is Prepar3D’s scenario creation tool designed to provide a premiere scenario creation experience from start to finish. With SimDirector, users can now rapidly and easily create and share structured learning experiences. Teachers, instructors, and students can create lessons, instructions, and flight scenarios, all with dynamic feedback to the user. PlaneJoe provides an overview of the steps to get started with this powerful tool. Afterwards, you can continue to grow your SimDirector skills by following the online SimDirector Course to go further in depth. Check out all of PlaneJoe’s Prepar3D Tutorials on in the Learn menu.      

Practice your aviation communication skills with VATSIM

Looking to enhance your training experience along with others in the flight-simulation community? Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network (VATSIM) is a nonprofit organization that operates an online flight-simulation network where users are able to fly aircraft in Prepar3D or direct traffic as an air traffic controller. VATSIM adheres as closely as possible to real-life aviation procedures and radio phraseology, which can function as a training aid for pilots striving to enhance their skills in radio communications. PlaneJoe will guide you through the necessary setup to use VATSIM with Prepar3D and will have you practicing your aviation communication skills after a

Prepar3D Beginners Guide from PlaneJoe

New to Prepar3D? Returning to Prepar3D after years away? Simply looking for some basics about Prepar3D? PlaneJoe has released a Prepar3D Beginners Guide that provides an easy to follow explanation of the basics from downloading and installing Prepar3D to running your first simulation. The tutorial also includes discussion on scenario basics, camera controls and setting recommendations. Check out all of PlaneJoe’s Prepar3D Tutorials on in the Learn menu.       PlaneJoe is a private pilot who trained locally in Florida for his pilot certificate. Completing his certificate at just 47 hours of flight time, PlaneJoe attributes his proficiency

Introducing P3D Enthusiast & Private Pilot, PlaneJoe

PlaneJoe is a private pilot who trained locally in Florida for his pilot certificate. Completing his certificate at just 47 hours of flight time, PlaneJoe attributes his proficiency to practicing in simulators, specifically Prepar3D. He often practiced maneuvers, radio calls, and instrument scanning in Prepar3D and incorporated mixed reality technology to enhance his immersion. When PlaneJoe is not flying, he is an avid photographer who enjoys creating content. To the benefit of the Prepar3D community, PlaneJoe has produced some Prepar3D Tutorial Videos that share some tips and tricks he has learned along the way. Follow the adventures of PlaneJoe on


Prepare Yourself for Challenging Approaches MK-STUDIOS was founded in 2008 as a company focused on flight simulation software development for both professional and entertainment purposes. They specialize in professional airport visualizations according to international aviation standards. With almost 15 years of experience in the market and an experienced global team, they are able to deliver efficient and optimized solutions with the highest quality standards.

Re-imagining USAF Training with Prepar3D

Justin “Hasard” Lee recently got an inside look at the U.S. Air Force Detachment 24 Pilot Training Next program at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The Pilot Training Next program is part of Air Education and Training Command’s initiative to re-imagine how the Air Force delivers learning to Airmen. Through the use of Prepar3D and commercial available hardware, the Det 24 is creating more effective and efficient pilot training at a lower cost than traditional methods.     Hasard Lee is a fighter pilot currently flying the F-35, the United States’ newest 5th Generation stealth fighter. Prior to flying the F-35,


On 23 March 2022 at 3:00pm EST, join Prepar3D Software Architect, Beau Hollis, as he presents with NVIDIA Senior Solution Architect, Konstantin Cvetanov, on Delivering Flight Simulator Capabilities from Anywhere with Accelerated Virtual Workstations Today, private pilots, commercial organizations, academia, and militaries frequently rely on simulation software for immersive, experiential learning. Learn how and what best practices are used by NVIDIA and Lockheed Martin engineers to deploy flight simulation capabilities in various data center and cloud scenarios in order to deliver an immersive 3D simulation experience. anywhere. Register Here for Free  Training meets reality with Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D® simulation software,

Drzewiecki Design Showcase

Fly From Chicago to Warsaw Founded in 2008 Drzewiecki Design has been a part of the flight simulation community since 2000. They continue to specializes in top quality 3D models of airports and cities which are designed for commercial pilots, private pilots, air traffic Control (ATC) as well as for the simple enjoyment by the many aviation enthusiasts. Drzewiecki Design products make airport layout familiarization, local procedures and realistic IFR/VFR training possible, from initial approach till the final docking. They currently feature airports and cities in North America, Europe and Asia.

Prepar3D v5.3 Hotfix 2 Now Available

The Prepar3D v5.3 Hotfix 2 ( is now available and can be downloaded immediately from the Purchased Downloads section of the website. The Prepar3D v5.3 Hotfix 2 contains additional resolutions for high priority issues identified after the Prepar3D v5.3 release. Only the Client installer is required for the majority of fixes present in Prepar3D v5.3 Hotfix 2. The Content, Scenery, and SDK installers are optional. Each fix listed below is categorized per installer. Please note, you must first have Prepar3D v5 installed to utilize any of the standalone installers (Client, Content, and Scenery). The Prepar3D v5.3 Hotfix 2 update may

Prepar3D v5.3 Hotfix 1 Update

There was a bug introduced in the v5.3 hotfix which caused airport lighting to remain on during the day. The hotfix has been updated with this fix. If you already downloaded the hotfix only a client update is required to fix this issue. The original hotfix version is, the updated version with the airport lighting fix is The hotfix post has been updated to reflect the new version and this is also the current version available in the downloads page.