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Hi,Just a quick question:What is peoples opinion on the Ariane Boeing 737NG VCe V3? I've searched for reviews, but there ain't any yet. It does however look promising and is reasonable priced. Martin

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Look at the way Ariane dredged up an old thread and the nature of their message.http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=sho...7&mesg_id=11579I use the way a company deals with forum members as a benchmark in whether I'd do business with them.-JohnEdit: I forgot to note what rubbed me wrong. Every company has a right to defend itself. But dredging up a two month old post with hit and run comments and self serving statements isn't an effort to engage in real time dialog with the community in my opinion. It's at best an effort to promote product on the cheap I feel. A very expensive product relative to the other offerings the community provides.

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What gets me is the 737 BBJ and the 737 900ER look really good, I would love to get the BBJ but there are posts that go either way I love it I hate it and it is really hard to get the right answer. I have to give them credit in one respect there PR of the Aircraft for sale is very good and makes it hard to resist but so far I have.

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Bad company. Bad addon... The kinda NG in wich you can switch to VNAV without even entering a vertical profile in the FMS... #####!Very bad simulation... and company. No forum... A real shame for the price.

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Stay away. As far as I am concerned, Ariane is one of the "sour grapes" amongst FS developers with poor, non-existing customer support, highly overpriced add-ons and service fees out of the ying-yang. One livery for GBP 9.99? I don't think so.There is a reason why reputable FS portals like AvSim, Simflight and FlightSim do not even bother to review their products.Check out this link and make up your mind:http://www.arianedesign.com/dept.asp?dept_id=2033Pat

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>Actually I wasnt joking>>RichWow..... Just wow.....

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In the past I've had some issues with the older versions. They are at Version3 now. I caved and purchased the 800NG series today. I am awaiting the key via E-mail, but most likey I will get it tomorrow as they are in the wee hours of the morning there. The only thing that put me over the fence was the fact that there is a forum that Christopher Dittmar moderates. I also see alot of replys from Ariane that were extremely friendly. That blew me away as in the past this was not the case, especially if you lost your cool, they were very harsh, but that was via E-mail communications only. Time will tell. I do hope they continue to improve in the customer service area. They seem to be alot more considerate on the forums. As far as the nickle and dime stuff, well I do find that wrong in some ways. It's OK to charge if the customer was outright careless with files and all fault is on them. However, if your system crashed and somehow you could not back up in time, I think they should work with the customer. I plan on thoroughly checking this product out, and if anyone is interested, I will be more than happy to write about it. In the past, most, if not all Ariane threads have turned ugly very fast, so I do hope that doesn't happen as we are all here on the forums to help each other, and have a great experience. Have a great night everyone.

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Ariane is the worst addon I have ever purchased. I recently reinstalled FS9 and I kept that garbage off my sim. Don't buy, save your (much) money!Alberto

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Thanx guys for the colorful expressions. ;) I just bought the 737NG and I got the key via e-mail about 24hours after purchase and I must say it's working nicely so far. Haven't though been able to test it because I've spent most of my day in a simulator,(full working, no motion) to learn basic IFR skills and thanx to FS it went really well.Martin

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I'm sure many of us will be curious to see a short update from you about your impressions of the Ariane 737.Pat

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I plan on taking it thru the paces for sure. I have not gotten my activation as of yet. I was assuming I would get it by today?? Once I recieve it, I will most likely do a flight plan from KSEA - KPDX or KPVD - KMDW. More to come...

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>Hi,>>Just a quick question:>>What is peoples opinion on the Ariane Boeing 737NG VCe V3? >>I've searched for reviews, but there ain't any yet. It does>however look promising and is reasonable priced. >>MartinThere are plenty of reviews on Ariane's planes on other sites, check, for example, simflight.de or flightxpress.at. The short is: don't waste your money. You will buy something that will constantly frustrate you. I own the BBJ. I never fly it anymore.ricardo

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I don't own any Ariane aircraft, mainly because of the negative comments, but also because of common sense from my part (price and "service fees").However, I would be very curious to hear about WHY people choose to purchase an Ariane addon, while there are two excellent and critically acclaimed add-ons that cover pretty much the entire range of 737 aircraft (PMDG and FeelThere)?What does the Ariane 737 have that those other don't?Pat

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"However, I would be very curious to hear about WHY people choose to purchase an Ariane addon........"I have one of their first 733's..... In those days, Ariane just concentrated on visuals and not on building a sophisticated cockpit. In visuals, the 733 was way ahead of its time. It still looks great today. But the "pay for each livery" business model kept me from enjoying it further. A basic add-on became a luxury item--not worth it. I'd rather take my wife and daughter to a good movie and dinner. The way Ariane markets to the community just rubs me wrong. We're not a bunch of "As Seen on TV" zealots. We know how to assess value--most of us, anyway. I've not seen even the slightest change in the way Ariane approaches marketing in the past several years. The 733....was the first and last product I ever purchased.-John

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>What does the Ariane 737 have that those other don't?>>PatNothing.

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