So, lots of comments yesterday and barring unforeseen development problems we’ll soon have PMDG in the market, and as stated by PMDG yesterday the primary objective for this team is to get one “under their belt” – to make a successful, trouble free conversion – one that works flawlessly in the X-Plane environment. Their 738NGx frankly may not be a good candidate for this first conversion simply due to the depth of systems simulated, not to mention the steep learning curve this team may face as they confront unforeseen issues. As The Man said, we’re gonna have to take the long view here. The important thing to file away in long-term memory is that PMDG is now a player in the market, and that brings a whole lot of muscle to X-Plane that wasn’t there a few days ago.
Funny, but I’d have been as excited to learn that AeroSoft was going forward with a conversion of their A320 series, or if Captain SIM had seen the light and was moving forward with converting their stable of aircraft, but PMDG brings a lot of firepower to the argument that X-Plane 10 her Arrived in the Big Leagues. We can’t take these things for granted of course, but again, the possibility looks better now than it did a few days ago that other MsFS developers may see the light.
Still, the community of developers already working in X-Plane has been hard at work for years – yes, years – readying the next round of new ACF releases, and the first of these new aircraft will soon be upon us. We’ll have the Leading Edge DC3 and Saab on our desktops in the not too distant future, and both IXEG with their 733 and Fly-J-Sim with their 727-200 will be entering the contest later this year, and there’s still a possibility that XPJets may turn out to real (and not some illusory, semi-mythological beast perpetually lurking in shadow) and release their 777 (but really guys, even a new screenshot might be nice every once in a while…you know…like “proof of life”?). Carenado might release a semi up-to-date ACF too, but I don’t think we could stand the pressure, do you?
If all these aircraft were to release over the next half year I doubt any of us would know what to do with them all. I mean, think about it? How long do you really think it’ll take you to master the Saab or the 733? A few weeks? Well, dream on! These are going to be hard core procedures SIMs and it’s gonna take weeks just to crawl through their manuals! With just the products mentioned you could spend years, and I mean years, working through these systems simply getting proficient, so the real problem is going to be twofold: deciding which of these ACF to buy, and which to dedicate the majority of your time to.
The beauty of the PMDG announcement is in knowing they’re out there, that we have PMDG level products in the pipeline, and we can factor that into this buying calculus. You can study up on Boeing systems, get familiar with the 737 series with the IXEG 733 and EADT 738, and even the 727-200 as a precursor, then transition smoothly into a PMDG 73x when it comes along. This course of study could easily fill up years of your life too. You could focus on turboprops instead, with the Fly-J-Sim Q whetting your appetite, then the Leading Edge Saab your next step up on the way to a PMDG turboprop.
The point here, if I may, is that you can buy all these ACF and probably have a blast with each, but to get lasting satisfaction, and perhaps a richer return on your investment of time from this hobby, you’re also going to want to really “get into” one or more of these birds.
The path you choose is irrelevant, but just look at the possibilities suddenly arrayed before you. The next few years in X-Plane are going to be richly satisfying for users and developers alike.
One last thing to share here, and this is a biggie. The folks at PMDG advise that Prepar3d, the Lockheed Martin SIM based on FSX technology, will NOT be a consumer oriented SIM.
Let those words sink in for a moment, then let’s look at some new files.
And speaking of PMDG, that mysterious “secret” new ACF was announced late Sunday. Take a look:
You’ll find more information here.
FlightTime56 will have a more in-depth review of this ACF soon, but I thought it best to throw my two cents in for now. First this is a major update to Stekeller’s original 748i, and as he’s now a part of SSG we’ll need to get used to calling this ACF by that new name. Next, this revision brings the 748i into the highly recommended category, and you’ll want to give this one a try. Third, this is still a beta and shouldn’t be considered a final release, but even so in it’s current form it IS a lot of fun and it DOES work well in XP10.
Note: this ACF is getting fairly complex and you might need a set of instructions to use with this ACF; luckily you’ll find one here. Also note that the SSG website is a good resource for more information on this ACF too, and that a few first impressions are in order here: the “aircraft” does indeed feel like “a heavy” and is very satisfying to fly; systems are deeper than before, enough to make this a pleasant chore to operate. A/P and NAV/comms are up to the job but are not custom systems. Clarity of the PFDs is really very good, and information displayed there is much more detailed than generic 744s usually have onboard in XP. All in all, this revision is a recommended addition, good for a long Sunday afternoon run from SeaTac to München!
Wing detail is improved a lot, by the by, but gear detail is still fairly basic.
Still, this is turning into a stunning looking ACF:
Again, look for more from FT56 soon.
There’s an interesting looking ZSSS Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport scenery in the DM (above) and it opened in XP10 – but with OSM errors all over the place, including streets and houses in the middle of a runway, and I couldn’t get the file to open in XP9…I gave up after a long string of errors and crashes from library objects in the error logs, yet I’ve got all libraries on board and up-to-date. My concern: I just updated to the “new” OpenSceneryX – and all of a sudden a lot of airports that were trouble free are now posting errors on load.
Then the same thing happened when trying to open another new airport, ENRY Rygge, and I’m not sure what’s going on but I opened this one last week when v1 of the file appeared briefly at the Org. This latest is the second version, and it’s a nice looking airport too. Images here are in v10 of course, but this file just will not open in XP9 for me and crashes the SIM when I try. It opened in XP9 last week, before I updated OSX, so I’m not sure what the error is but to quote Han Solo, I have a bad feeling about this.
This second version is a planned release, and a third is slated as well. It looks grand in XP10 and fits in nicely with all the other Norwegian airports we made in our Q-flights last autumn (routes highlighted in second image, below).
And here’s the airport in XP10.
We’re looking forward to seeing how this WIP/beta turns out, and hopefully the developer will make a v10 compliant version too, because that may be all I can use! v10 lighting will look splendid here, so here’s hoping!
This latest KRNO | Reno, Nevada bills itself as slated for XP10 only, and that’s a fair assessment. Textures appear a little stretched on the terminal buildings so clarity suffers a bit, but there are XP10 compliant elements incorporated so this one looks quite decent in 10, especially at night.
XP10 compliant lighting is on hand here, and the Jetways used at SeaTac are as well:
This airport could use a little more action on the ramps, as well as smaller buildings around the runways to give it some depth and scale. Otherwise this is a promising revision for XP10.
woweezowee forwarded this information to us: a new upload at AvSIM of FACT | Cape Town, South Africa for X-Plane. It’s an .exe file and of an Aeroworx conversion, and the file name is “ awxFACT.zip “. It appears quite nice, and hopefully mainstream distribution can be arranged.
Now let’s head over to Ontario, Canada for Jacques Brault’s latest:
CYOO Oshawa is located in Toronto, on the NE side of town, and it’s a smallish GA airport that’s well done overall and worth a download. Here’s the location:
And that Stearman in the last airport image above? Paolo’s latest, and a very nice file it is!
Good engine detail and a very fun ride…what more could you ask for? Well, an excellent 3D cockpit for starters, and a gorgeous livery comes standard too!
One of the most under-rated 737s in X-Plane is the X-Plane Freeware Project’s 737-700, and here’s a new Alaska Airlines paint for this bird, and an image of the 3D pit thrown in for good measure. Alaska flies a huge fleet of 737s over a network that covers the western US and Mexico.
negonn also fired off this “final” ANA 787 DreamLiner paint.
“final” in that this MAY be the livery they’ve settled on for the rest of the 787s in their fleet. This one is excellent too, and we’ve got several ANA paints for this aircraft too…but never really can too many, can you? This is another airline with a vast, and growing, network of destinations.
Well, that be all for today. Lot’s going on, lot’s to dig into, and we’ll be back as soon as we’ve got something new. We’ll see you then, but thanks for coming along with us today. C&S