Review of FS2CREW -MAJESTIC DASH 8 Q400 VOICE CONTROL EDITION for FSX/P3DV2

feature image Complex aircraft like the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 are flown with a two person cockpit crew. In FSX and P3D we don’t have that luxury and are required to take on the duties of both, a scenario that is not very realistic when you look at real world operations.

A company by the name of FS2Crew has endeavoured to change that for specific aircraft. Here is one of their stated goals. “Our line of Airline Flight Crew Simulations are aimed at home users who wish to simulate realistic multi-crew airline flying using Microsoft Flight Simulator.” The Majestic Dash 8 Q400 is one of the aircraft that they’ve taken on and this is my review of their addon as I experienced it in FSX.

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A_A Sceneries : last preview before release KLIA Kuala Lumpur

A_A Sceneries KLIA Kuala Lumpur last preview

In the last run before public release, the new pictures uploaded by A_A Sceneries show the latest details added to the airport scenery of KLIA Kuala Lumpur (ICAO : WMKK).

The airplane parking spots and taxiways received effects of tear and wear, or other oil stains. It seems like we’ll get also some surprises out of the airport like custom buildings including the Masjid Sultan Abdul Samad mosque. An FS2004 version should come after the initial FSX product.

FSPS Frictionality P3D

FSPS Frictionality P3DThis tool by FSPS claims to solve the frictionality issue in Prepar3D, no matter what the surface is , how is its condition (wet, snowy, dry).

It’s a real-time working application that doesn’t edit Prepar3D or aircraft settings files. You can use the included profiles, edit them, and test before you save, or import an external setting file you got.

The same exists for FSX, it’s here.

LatinVFR – MHRO Honduras surprise !

LatinVFR - MHRO Honduras previewYou already knew that LatinVFR was working on KSNA John Wayne in California, but a new project announcement surprised their Facebook fans : MHRO Honduras, Juan Manuel Gálvez Intl airport.

Surrounded by the sea and the mountains, the scenery is a 340 sq. km detailed area with custom buildings, coastlines, HD textures on buildings, with birds, dolphins, GA static and commercial aircraft, also compatible with your IA trafic. And you’ll get all of these in FSX, P3D V1, P3D V2, great, isn’t it ? Soon at simMarket.

Taburet – FSX Night 3D Italy

Taburet FSX Night 3D ItalyThe new product of Raimundo Taburet is particularly dedicated to pilots who love flying by night, over Italy in FSX.

Retrieving data from OpenStreetMap, he has added 3D night lighting effects on every Italian road for a massive effect of lit scenery. Automatic installer and uninstaller are provided.

Active Sky Next SP1Beta5 B5386 released for Prepar3D v2.4

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HiFi Technologies had released Active Sky Next SP1 Open BETA5.
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TRC to display 180 degree visuals at Lelystad

TRC180In a newsletter sent to subscribers today, Dutch hardware manufacturers TRC Simulators, developers of the popularSimkitsrange,  have announced that they will be attending this year’s FS Weekend at Lelystad in the Netherlands not only with their TRC 472FG Flight System, but also the new 180-degree display system pictured above.

If you’re planning on visiting the show, you can take the opportunity to test fly the hardware at their display. You can follow them via their Facebook page for more regular updates, as well.

 

QualityWings – 737 & 787 Status Update

Thanks to QualityWings, whether you prefer Classic airliners, or the most modern ones, there’s a project to wet your appetite  For this thrid quarter of 2014, the developers team decided to report their latest projects developments to their fans.

As the 787 has advanced well during past summer, we may be able to watch a demo video soon of the displays configurations with CDU Navigation. The VC 3D details and animations, the lights effects, but also systems code and interactions have also seen good progress. As announced earlier, the EFB (Electronic flight bag) is still planned to be included.

On the 737 Classic side, its developers could spend more time on it during the last weeks. They are currently working and achieving to integrate the accurate LNAV/VNAV calculations for the FMC, plus “N1 Tables, Thrust & Drag Tables, Cost Index Tables” so you can make it fly just like the real one performs.

Dino Cattaneo’s Eurofighter Typhoon

Dino Cattaneo - Eurofighter Typhoon Sept 14

The new military jet aircraft chosen by Dino Cattaneo will fit perfectly in its quality collection : the Eurofighter Typhoon project is not a fresh announcement since it has been already started since a few weeks ago.

Below the first screenshot, he details that this – probably payware – product will include a realistic 3D model, avionics simulated at the level we’re used to from him, working weapons with TacPack and more !

X-Plane Mad Dog Progress screenshots

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Rotatesim have published three preview screenshots, showcasing ongoing work for their X-Plane MD-80‘s cockpit.

While it’s always hard to tell much from static preview screenshots, it looks like a very nice office in the making for fans of this classic and enduring airliner. The shots can be found on the Rotatesim website, here.

Iris’s tactical cargo lands at simMarket

135729_3Iris Simulations released their “Battlefield Airliner” product via their website a couple of days ago, but it is now also available via simMarket, for FSX and P3Dv2.3+.

Based on the C-27J tactical freighter, the Battlefield Airlifter comes with an inbuilt configuration system to allow the aircraft to be converted between different roles at the click of a button, high definition 4096×4096 textures covering 15 paint schemes, 3d gauges, custom external and in-cockpit audio including flight crew.

To see the full details, click here.