FSLabs A320

Written by Phil on . Posted in FSX, P3D

I have been flying PMDG’s Boeings for many years now and to be honest I was getting bit bored with them.  So naturally a good Airbus simulation is always going to be the preferred option but nothing has been made that is on the level of complexity or detail that has been done by PMDG. That is until FSLabs made this A320.

The Airbus

Every switch, knob, light and system is simulated in grand detail. Even the various computers are simulated. The sounds are fantastic and really add to the immersion. The flight model as you can imagine is rendered in excruciating detail. The outside visuals are not that important to me. For me it’s the systems and then the learning process you have to go through to understand them.

Putting all this together and then flying using the checklists etc is relatively easy but throw in some AI traffic with a realistic ATC system (Radar Contact) and real weather you now have quite a challenge.

This aircraft is an absoloute joy to fly and I am getting a lot out of it.

The price makes the eyes water a bit £99………..ouch!

FSX To Prepar 3D

Written by Phil on . Posted in FSX

I recently made the jump to using Prepar3d (odd name I know) after years of using FSX.  My main problem was the cost. Not for Prepar3d itself which isn’t cheap but getting all the addons, I use as well. I bought PMDG’s Boeing 747, 100 bloody quid and I got a discounted upgrade for Majestic Dash 8 Q400. Then there’s the scenery, weather program active sky with the cloud art. This all smashed my account to bits.

After using it for a month or so I can now say it is well worth it. It’s taken me to the place I always wanted from FSX but could never quite get to and by that I mean when I get moments when I sit back in my chair and go “wow!” and I have to say there have been lots of those moments. The fps I’m getting is always well above 40 usually between 60-120 and that’s with all my add-ons. I never fly the default aircraft they simply don’t  compare to the high-end stuff and of course that’s fine.

I would highly recommend getting Prepar3d. The user interface is modern and easy to use. There is less messing about tweaking the settings for every flight. It’s stable, I haven’t had it crash yet and above all else, it looks superb.

 

PS:  The logbook has been updated. I can’t believe I missed a whole year of flight simming. I must have flown and stopped logging.

FSX Virtual Reality Video Overlay

Written by Phil on . Posted in FSX, Virtual Reality

To use Virtual Reality in FSX you need to install a program called Flyinside. This alone is an incredible experience. The program also allows you to import any window. So I imported a video and it works really well. I have loads of training videos and I used to use multi monitors to fly the simulation and watch the videos at the same time. This though allows you to watch the video from within the cockpit.

I made a very short video to try to demonstrate this.

It’s always hard to get across just how good it is to actually feel like you are sitting there inside the actual cockpit. The sensation is something I thought I would never experience. It also makes everything easier. Turning switches, setting flaps, reading the dials all enhanced. When I fly and look out of the window in a turn, you get that vertigo sensation in your stomach. The inner ear is being tricked so well it has a physical impact on your senses.

 

Flight Preperation

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, FSX, Latest

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All of the above programs are used before and during a typical flight I do in FSX. I realised this when I started organising my desktop in a more logical manner (I have nothing better to do) So this lead me on to see how long it takes before I even leave the virtual ground. It turns out in some cases over an hour! I suppose I enjoy the process of preparation as much I do the challenge of flying a big jet aircraft.

I always start with downloading the latest real world weather. From this most of the other programs rely heavily on that data to calculate fuel etc. I then calculate how much weight I will be carrying and then from there can start thinking about the route. I then get take off and landing performance data and then send all this to the air traffic control and navigation programs I use. Make a cup of tea and start cockpit preparation, load the FMC, taxi and take-off.

All this when I’m not organising my desktop.

Flying Around The World

Written by Phil on . Posted in FSX

 

For years I have wanted to take on a project like this and I have finally started it today. Flying around the world in a flight simulation really isn’t that easy. Us sim nerds are deeply interested in realism and all the hassle that goes with it.
I recently purchased the Piper Comanche 250 from Accu Sim. I am not usually a general aviation flyer but when I read reviews pitching this as one of the most realistic aircraft to be simulated on PC I had to have a look. I’m not interested in flying these distances in a 737-800 or 777 for that matter. This has to be balls to the ceiling proper flying. This means using VOR and NDB’S for navigation (I will have a GPS) and fuel constraints. The beauty and the reason why I finally managed to get this project underway is that the Comanche simulates wear and tear. You have to look after it or it will bite you in the ass. If your spark plugs get dirty because you’re not starting it in the correct way as per the checklist, the simulation will let you know. The cockpit vibrates if you don’t get the engine settings right and the list goes on and on. Brilliant stuff.
Attached for anyone that maybe interested is the whole route plan. This of course will change due to weather (yes that’s all realistically simulated)
My first flight starts in Scotland at Preswick Airport EGPK and hopefully takes me all the way to Cambridge in the south of England. The weather hasn’t been great lately so hopefully I will be able to depart today.
I will keep you posted.

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