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Difference between 747 for FS9 and FSX?

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Will there be any added functionality in the cockpit with the FSX version of the 747? I understand that the lighting system in VC will be more advanced, and being a purely VC flyer I certainly appreciate that, but apart from that? Not that I know what could be improved. Can the weather radar be simulated properly now with FSX? How about that ACARS server? ;)Edit: Paul posted just before me, didn't notice that!

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No problem Krister, there are quite a few things that 'could be added' to the PMDG 747 however I won't list them here.Paul

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While we're on the subject and perhaps the 747 code is open for conversion to FSX, could PMDG attempt to map the stobe lights switch to an assignable keystroke so we can assign a joystick button to it?Just one of the very very few annoiances I ever had with the 747. Understand if its a model-thing and it won't happen, but I thought I would ask as reminder kind of thing.Can't wait for the 747 on FSX... Get errrr dun! :)

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While in principle I don't respond to "can PMDG do X", I'll make an exception here to say that overhead light switches are now mapped to settable keyboard commands, so you're in luck ;-).

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Friggin' awsome man! That's good news indeed... :-beerchug

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>No problem Krister, there are quite a few things that 'could>be added' to the PMDG 747 however I won't list them here.>>PaulOh really - please do tell... If you're intending to compare it to an unreleased addon though, then stop right there, that does absolutely does not count. If it's not that though, I'd love to hear it because I think our plane stacks up with anything else out there and has quite a few features and modelings that most people don't even notice because they're under the hood.

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I know that the weather system in FSX is the same as FS9 thus rendering the WX radar worthless. But does ASX fix the weather model? About adding something to the PMDG 747, I thought it would be neat if the script for the ACARS could be left so VA's could customise it for their use. That way ATC COMMS could be used for chat and the METARS could be received as well. Also in my VA, we have the option to 'declare' flights. This simply means that we have to update the progress of our flight manually so they know we aren't 'setting and forgetting' the aircraft. Right now we can do this through the kneeboard but it would be really cool to do this through the ACARS.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png

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Ryan,As far as I understand it, ASX just uses and manipulates the core FSX weather engine, it can't change its capabilities.ACARS stuff for VA's is something we've actually talked about doing for a while - that may happen in the future.

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>>No problem Krister, there are quite a few things that>'could>>be added' to the PMDG 747 however I won't list them here.>>>>Paul>>Oh really - please do tell... If you're intending to compare>it to an unreleased addon though, then stop right there, that>does absolutely does not count. If it's not that though, I'd>love to hear it because I think our plane stacks up with>anything else out there and has quite a few features and>modelings that most people don't even notice because they're>under the hood.Hi Ryan,I wasn't going to compare it to an unreleased addon although their organic simulations looks like the one to watch. I've made a short non-definitive list of things that come to mind. Let me also add a few features PMDG don't model/listed below are modelled elsewhere. ;-) Various FMC stuff missing or inaccurate including Predicted Distance to ETA or Altitude (PRED), EFIS Control Page, Winds page, OFFPATH Des page...FMC units cannot failStatus messages not displaying on the STAT PageBattery/IRS System (eg starting Cold & Dark)IRS failures in flight

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Also before I forget:VNAV (no level deceleration phase)Paul

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Also all the EICAS Messages with the HEAT prefix are missing such as HEAT L AOA, HEAT P/S CAP, HEAT R TAT... I'm guessing the 747-400X will not have anything new added (apart from eye-candy)? The only reason I ask is if so, I'll happily continue to fly the 747 in FS9.Thanks,Paul

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Thanks,I do believe some of that is included in the 400F - definitely the VNAV/offpath stuff, I remember testing it...

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Any shareable information on the ACARS functionality? Will we be able to use it for METAR? Also, I remember reading somewhere that it might also be useable for VAs- is that implemented?It would be nice to have the ATC link enabled for short messages instead of using SB3.Thanks- in case anything can be discussed.Best-Carl F. Avari-Cooper BAW0225http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/supporter.jpg

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ACARS download current winds aloft forecast? (maybe?)

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A32x,A most impressive and formidable reply/list. This may be a stupid question but do you have a some connection with the aviation industry?Gerry

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Is it possible to leave the ACARS system some what open-source so VA's can tweak it to their liking?

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>>No problem Krister, there are quite a few things that>'could>>be added' to the PMDG 747 however I won't list them here.>>>>Paul>>Oh really - please do tell... If you're intending to compare>it to an unreleased addon though, then stop right there, that>does absolutely does not count. If it's not that though, I'd>love to hear it because I think our plane stacks up with>anything else out there and has quite a few features and>modelings that most people don't even notice because they're>under the hood.sheesh... a little touchy, are we?

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"Battery/IRS System (eg starting Cold & Dark)"What do you mean by this, exactly?Thanks/Q>

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Yeah, indeed, if the expected version will not have anything more than eye-candy, I will stick to the FS9 version as well.PMDG, can you please answer this question?Regards,Rustam

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Maybe battery powered IRS from a stone cold cockpit. Maybe we'll get the horn too.

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Obviously for any simulation, that's what it is.. a simulation.. and of course a number of real world features on the original will not be modelled.. Some of which perhaps provide little benefit from the experience most users want to have? Or the cost / benefit tradeoff was not in their favour? Many reasons.. and good ones too..It might be worth getting some definitive list of the features of the real thing that are included and those that aren't.. However.. if a definitive list can be drawn up then it can give the PMDG developers opportunities to improve it even more and maybe at a later date.. and sell some upgrades.. :).. Who knows.. but I do know that what is out now is top class..CheersCraig

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>It might be worth getting some definitive list of the features>of the real thing that are included and those that aren't..>However.. if a definitive list can be drawn up then it can>give the PMDG developers opportunities to improve it even more>and maybe at a later date.. and sell some upgrades.. :).. Who>knows.. but I do know that what is out now is top class..>>Cheers>>Craig>Hear Hear! I concur- from what I've read FSX will be a product that lasts a while, and further releases will only continue down the new road it travels. Hopefully the 400X product line will evolve similarly. With all the differences between FS9 and FSX- the complete re-write has hopefully resulted in larger windows of opportunity. It would be lovely to see frequent small revisions (payware or otherwise) that would keep increasing its already superb functionality and feature list. Rather than hopping from a/c to a/c platform, I personally would love to see the 400X evolve into a completly replicated product with every system fully detailed. That would be worth several added purchases/payments in my book!Carl F. Avari-Cooper BAW0225http://online.vatsimindicators.net/980091/523.png

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