Cream of the Crop

A perpetual debate among flight simmers is which is the best aircraft or scenery or utility we have available for a complete delight of our hobby. There isn´t of course a unique answer and each of us has his own opinion. But let us venture again and pick the cream of crop – the best of best. This is obviously a personal list – some will certainly disagree – but I am sure the more experienced simmers will certainly approve this list. Please note that this selection is presented alphabetically – the selected items deserve all be number one! NumberOne Aircraft:

Her  graphics are outdated (and, no, I will not mention their B757!) but no such a list could ever omit this pioneer addon. Her age shows, but she was (and for many, still is) queen of the virtual skies for a number of years.

It is one of the most advanced simulations available at the moment. It combines an exceptional depth of systems accuracy with good performance.

Here I am sure nobody will disagree! These aircraft opened new areas of development that increased vastly our enjoyment!

These are two general aviation jewels! Extremely well simulated and a great joy to fly. Scenery:

The choice in airport scenery is vast and of quality.  One should mention FlyTampa´s TNCM, KTPA, KBOS, CYUL, FlightBeam´s KIAD, FSDT´s KLAX, Taxi2Gate´s LTBA, KMCO, and a bunch of Aerosoft Mega Airports (Dublin, Innsbruck, Helsinki, etc.)

A 6 GB download that makes a difference! An innovative and large-scale project  that drastically changes as we see the world in FSX (and Prepar3D). Utilities:

One of the most impressive FS addons! It is a camera and effects system and manager that enhances the pilot experience in FSX. It offers view control in FS for easy navigation throughout the virtual cockpit and cabin, around the aircraft, and even around the FS world. It incorporates visual effects of both pilot and camera shake, caused by aircraft accelerations, surfaces, and turbulence.

Based on actual Boeing 737 Standard Operating Procedures, this product is an “expansion” pack for a number of popular FSX aircraft such as PMDG 737 NGX (and soon also for the B777), Aerosoft AirbusX, Majestic Dash8 Q400, etc. It adds a highly realistic flight, cabin and ground crew to the aircraft, and allows users to simulate real-world airline multi-crew flying from the perspective of the Captain and Pilot Flying.

A weather add-on that uses realistic radar simulation, cloud position awareness and synchronized ambient effects, brand new air effects, brand new thunderstorm depictions, microbursts, thick overcast, smooth cloud transitions, variable cloud areas, voice weather briefings and forecast data integration. It is fair to mention other similar and popular programs such as Opus and FS Global Real Weather.

This innovative flight planning tool allows the creation of professional quality flight plans similar to those used by real-world airlines, with a user-friendly interface that allows to easily build flight plans. It is loaded with a few advanced options that allow a realistic flight planning with sophisticated features such as Long Range (EROPS) and Re-Dispatch Planning. The printable Flight Briefing Package includes real-time weather and wind charts as well as NOTAM, METAR and TAF reports. More importantly, the planned routes can be exported to various add-ons and programs: Airbus X Extended, PMDG 737 NGX, B777, MD 11, XPlane, IVAO, Vatsim, etc.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014 15:16

Edited by Bob: You were asked to stop before it descended into an argument. As you have not, I am no longer asking.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 14:35

Still a great list

Edmundo Azevedo
Sunday, May 18, 2014 13:42

Paul, Let me add a note. In the article I state clearly “This is obviously a personal list” and “…each of us has his own opinion…”. Therefore it is not open to debate whether this product should or should not be included. I prepared this list based on the FS addons I end up to use most. That´s it. But I have to confess that in fact I forgot to include REX – I did have it in my original list but I involuntarily omit it when I prepared this post – every time I fly, I do use REX… Read more »

Sunday, May 18, 2014 13:36

Exactly Alex. This conversation is going nowhere but downhill into an argument, so I am requesting, politely, that you take that argument elsewhere. Opinions vary. Some people prefer some packages, others prefer others. So list your preference and if you want to argue about it, do so somewhere other than our front page comments! 🙂

This article is about listing your top add-ons, not about arguing that others’ opinion is wrong.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 11:59

Bob, is not this article about comparison’s? Or is the author blind to the fact that a whole bunch of products were left off of this list for a *reason*. There were comparisons made and the article was written. People leave comments about why REX is not on the list and I made my comment as to why its not on the list, in so doing I agree with the author for leaving REX off the list. I really don’t understand why negative yet true comments are always shot down. If something is not good or really bad, somebody has… Read more »

Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:43
Reply to  Paul

I think it’s just that negative comments usually start arguments, as someone will always disagree, and this might not be the best place for that. One could get the same message across stating it in a more positive way, also.