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Well... I did something I never thought I would do.  I just purchased the full global version of Xplane 10.  Long story short, multiple OOMs recently... even with Prepar3d 2.0 was the last straw.  I will keep my FSX installation since I invested so much money, but all future funds will go to building up Xplane 10.

 

From what I get the following is currently lacking in Xplane 10:

 

ATC

AI Aircraft

Detailed Airports

 

I can live with this... and I am very encouraged that REX (they are a must on FSX) is releasing a product for Xplane 10.  Also excited that PMDG will be releasing a product (they are hands down the best aircraft in FSX) for Xplane 10 and that Aerosoft has joined the ranks.  Xplane 10 demo really blew me away... As of right now I can fly on max settings (i7 4770K overclocked to 4.4 GHz and superclocked GTX 780) and to be honest... the default scenery looked better and more fluid than much of my add on scenery.  The lighting is absolutely phenomenal, and it is my opinion the night lights are by far the most realistic.  I have an add on from a major scenery developer of FSX... and their nightlights look... eh... let's just say a bit fake.  I am coming to Xplane 10 because I see soooooo much potential; however, I also see as it is right now a very immersive simulation.

 

Can someone please give me some tips on the best scenery to buy?  For weather packages I will be getting REX.  Just as FSX had a standard of something everyone should have... I want tips on some must haves.  Also, what aircraft would you recommend?  I am more into heavies and regional jets.  I already purchasd the CRJ 200 by Javier Rollon and I am tempted to pickup the NEO A320.  

 

Also, do I need to purchase any kind of viewing software to walk around the planes on the interior?  This looks really neat but have not been able to figure it out on the demo version.  Anyway, I am really excited... can't wait to jump into Xplane 10.

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as a new xplaner myself these questions are really good ones and i feel like the seasoned xplaners should write a guide for us noobs who have just adopted this platform.

 

however i been on this forum for a while and i think you should get the new HD mesh v2 that was released about a week ago. it seams like it really brings up the quality of xplane mesh. another recommendation would be for you to pick up the urbanmaxx and skymaxx addon, i know the urban maxx is really cheap and adds more of an immersion quality to the cities. skymaxx looks like its a bit expensive but from what i hear it really gives xplane a new life. 

 

good luck

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As far as scenery goes, I've not spent a cent on it since there's such a wealth of freeware options available out there. The quality of offerings can vary wildly, but XPScenery is a handy site that should at least make locating various packages a breeze. Check out the airport scenery by the ISDG and Freddy De Pues for top-notch freeware.

 

I haven't spent much time with the CRJ 200, but it has served as a gold standard for complex systems simulation in the X-Plane community for a long time now; you can't go wrong with it. The JARDesign A320 NEO used to be a little rough around the edges but has developed into a formidable Airbus simulation over the past few months. I haven't tried the newly released v2, but I have racked up tons of hours in earlier versions of the add-on. I don't think you'd be disappointed. I don't fly FSX, but I have seen Jcomm singing the praises of the A320 NEO around these parts, so you might want to ask him about how it stacks up to something like the Aerosoft Airbus. You also might want to check out the new Flight Factor 757 Professional, which has been pretty well received. DDenn's Bombardier Challenger 300 is another great little jet, though it still lacks the promised custom FMC. Nonetheless, a lot of fun to fly and very well simulated.

 

Regarding the camera: any 3D camera view can be panned left, right, up, and down with the arrow keys, and forward and backward with the , and . keys (you can also press C to get a free-floating camera). This is how you navigate your aircraft and view the cabin--no add-ons required! On that note, though, the HeadShake plug-in is free, lightweight, adjustable, and adds some much needed g-force, ground roll, and engine vibration induced headshake to the sim.

 

Hope this helps!

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so, do I need to purchase any kind of viewing software to walk around the planes on the interior?  This looks really neat but have not been able to figure it out on the demo version

 

No special software, just press [shift]+ 9 and you can move around the inside of the plane (I use a mouse to look around, I  just press the right-mouse button to activate the mouse look) to "walk" around use the arrow keys (up,down) increases/decreases your height, and (left,right) is slide left/right, the comma and period keys [ , ] [ . ] walks forwards and backwards. Pressing [shift] while holding any of these keys makes you walk faster. Oh almost forgot the scroll key on your mouse behaves like the [ + ] and [ - ] keys which is to zoom in and out.

 

If you want a slight head motion you can activate the cinema verite mode ( [shift]+ c ) however there is a free plugin you can download which is offers more robust head movements. 

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another recommendation would be for you to pick up the urbanmaxx

 

I'm not sure if this is the case anymore. Urban areas got a nice improvement with the 10.25 update especially when combined with alpilotx's HD mesh (which covers nearly all of North America, and Europe). If you have a powerful enough computer you should try increasing the details it's much improved. 

 

however ... if you have a mid-range card or older CPU urbanmaxx is a good recommendation.

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Can someone please give me some tips on the best scenery to buy?

 

First of all, have you updated X-Plane to the latest version 10.25?

 

As already suggested above, the must-have scenery improvement is the (recently released) donation-ware HD mesh v2. It introduces improved meshes, landclass and OpenStreetMap data. It covers Europe and North America (55 GB in total), but you can download specific single tiles if you want (about 1-2 GB per tile):

 

http://www.alpilotx.net/downloads/x-plane-10-hd-scenery-mesh-v2/

 

Use the torrents (linked in the website) for faster download. Be sure to follow the installation instructions (very simple, but you might need to edit the scenery.ini file).

 

Also, highly recommended is the "Tree lines and farms" available for USA and Europe, from the same author ( http://www.alpilotx.net/downloads/x-plane-10-tree-lines-and-farms/ ). It adds some detail to default scenery.

 

I also HIGHLY recommend these two freeware add-ons (you need to register on x-plane.org and x-pilot.com to download them):

 

"Enhanced Runways HD by FlyJSim 1.20": http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=16270

 

"Replacement Day and Night Lighting for X-Plane 10.20 1.1": http://forums.x-pilot.com/files/file/435-replacement-day-and-night-lighting-lightstxt-for-x-plane-1020/

 

The latter will improve even more the depiction of night scenery. There are 4 variants, try them all (it's just a single file) to see what suits you best! My screenshots in the screenshot forum are all using this freeware add-on: http://forum.avsim.net/topic/427570-city-lights/

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Awesome tips, thanks so much everyone.  Will definitely check out some of that other software.  I am a big fan of complex FMCs (I know my way around the PMDG 737 NGX and PMDG 777) so any aircraft in Xplane 10 that offers this functionality is welcome.

 

Looking forward to it.

 

-Phil

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Awesome tips, thanks so much everyone.  Will definitely check out some of that other software.  I am a big fan of complex FMCs (I know my way around the PMDG 737 NGX and PMDG 777) so any aircraft in Xplane 10 that offers this functionality is welcome.

 

Looking forward to it.

 

-Phil

 

If you like complex airliners, the IXEG 737-300 should be out in (probably early) 2014:

 

http://www.ixeg.net/blog

 

It is acknowledged that it will be the most realistic airliner ever made for any PC simulator.

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If you like complex airliners, the IXEG 737-300 should be out in (probably early) 2014:

 

http://www.ixeg.net/blog

 

It is acknowledged that it will be the most realistic airliner ever made for any PC simulator.

 

Wow, that looks to be at least PMDG level, if not higher.  Definitely looking forward to it... very interesting that they chose the 300 series, although I am sure add ons would offer other 737 models.

 

-Phil

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Phil, the B757 is the best hardcore addon for the moment, even with some minor issues, it is really a good aircraft, and I hardly recommend it.

If you like old classic aircraft, you may have a look at the B727 FlyJsim, and with the additionnal CIVA INS, it is also a nice aircraft to fly, where you have to "work" and not monitor the aircraft.

The Jardesign A320 is missing the managed climb/descent features. I am not too familiar with Airbus aircraft (I am a pro Boeing) but it seems that there some other features missing in the A320.

 

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The Jardesign A320 is missing the managed climb/descent features. I am not too familiar with Airbus aircraft (I am a pro Boeing) but it seems that there some other features missing in the A320.

 

The managed CLB and DES modes have been implemented since v1.2 and work really well. They're currently at v1.5 now have implement a lot of new features including terrain radar and improvements to FBW etc.

 

They also plan on releasing more features with v2.0.

 

EDIT: Just checked their site and looks they just released v2.0

 

http://airbus320neo.com/updates/

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I have been playing about the with demo and might get Xplane for Xmas. However I would miss Ai traffic like MyTraffic X and ATC like Vox. The Aerosoft airports look nice but theres nothing in Xplane like FSDT, Fly Tampa or Flightbeam.

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It is acknowledged that it will be the most realistic airliner ever made for any PC simulator

 

Hmmm, that was, still is, and will be - Aerowinx, for the 747-400, I'm affraid :-)

 

That being said, I've been making a detailled comparison between my two buses, Aerosoft's AXE and A320 NEO, for each of my civil flightsim platforms.

 

I can't say I prefer one to the other. They both have their strong ( very strong ) points, and weaknesses, but overall they're on-pair because what one lacks the

other one complements somehow...

 

FSX add-ons of the standards set by this type of addon, or PMDG like, those detailled A2As, RealAirs and Majectic, will progressively be mado available for X-Plane.

 

The NEO A320 is already my preferred airliner for this platform, not having them all for comparison. I hear the best about the FF 757 and the FJSim 727!

 

On complexity, and in the commuter types, there are the JRollon J31 and the recently released Saab 340. They're both very good I am sure, although I do not own either.

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The Aerosoft airports look nice but theres nothing in Xplane like FSDT, Fly Tampa or Flightbeam.

Not yet... but it won't be long...

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That being said, I've been making a detailled comparison between my two buses, Aerosoft's AXE and A320 NEO, for each of my civil flightsim platforms.

 

I can't say I prefer one to the other. They both have their strong ( very strong ) points, and weaknesses, but overall they're on-pair because what one lacks the

other one complements somehow...

 

I've very interested in you comparison as I have flown 100s of hours in the Aerosoft AXE. Do you miss FS2Crew? Is there a RAAS in Xplane? Is the MCDU and fligh dynamics modeled better in Xplane? I know that the AXE is missing climb and descent arrows in the ND.

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For airliners, I highly recommended: JARDesign A320, FF 757, FlyJSim 727 and the Saab 340.

 

SkyMAXX is an absolute must!

 

I have the FF 777 and the Q400, they are good but I much prefer the others. I really the the S-92, fantastic model!

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I have been playing about the with demo and might get Xplane for Xmas. However I would miss Ai traffic like MyTraffic X and ATC like Vox. The Aerosoft airports look nice but theres nothing in Xplane like FSDT, Fly Tampa or Flightbeam.

 

I would heartily welcome FSDT and Fly Tampa to the X-Plane fold. Flightbeam, however... Well, let's just say their representative on the forums hasn't made many friends on the X-Plane side of things.

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Hmmm, that was, still is, and will be - Aerowinx, for the 747-400, I'm affraid :-)

 

I wouldn't be so sure. Looks like IXEG is going to the smallest details.

 

Moreover, we already know that IXEG will be superior in the visual (external model, VC) and sound department. There's a video of a walkaround inside the passenger cabin and outside the aircraft, in which you can hear the sounds of the various aircraft systems in operation while you walk close to them.

 

While the sounds and external model in other add-on aircrafts may be pure "eye candy", in this case, given the depth and complexity of the simulation, It could very well be that they could be used for increased operations realism. Examples:

 

.) doing a walkaround inspection;

.) walking in the passenger cabin to hear if there are missing/weird sounds due to malfunctioning aircraft systems;

.) looking out the passenger window to check engines for fire, smoke, etc.

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Just imagine how it would be to join Hardy Heinlin and the iXEG team :-)

 

Regarding the NEO vs AXE, I never used FS2Crew or RAAS ( not even enabled) with it... but I love the checklists - very didactic!

 

I'll give more info latter...

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Maybe no FlyTampa or FSD yet but you should check out Truscenery, sure they're "only" making Finnish airports atm so that may not be your cup of tea. They are ridiculously talented and I hope they will expand to airports outside of Finland at some point. Still, look at this detail from their EFTP Tampere-Pirkkala airport:

 

Truscenery+Pirkkala+%252810%2529.jpg

 

Yes, that is a parking ticket machine, now imagine how detailed the rest of the airport is. They are currently making EFHK Helsinki-Vantaa airport, I'm sure it will be even better than EFTP.

 

Here are some more pics:

Truscenery+EFTP+%252889%2529.jpg

 

Truscenery+Pirkkala+%25281%2529.jpg

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Truscenery is really impressive. Xplane is solid in its own right but when I read REX is on board and Aerosoft and now at least one product from PMDG... the right things are happening. I purchased two aerosoft airports. Anything I can do to help xplane and get more eye candy :-)

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The managed CLB and DES modes have been implemented since v1.2 and work really well. They're currently at v1.5 now have implement a lot of new features including terrain radar and improvements to FBW etc.

 

They also plan on releasing more features with v2.0.

 

EDIT: Just checked their site and looks they just released v2.0

 

http://airbus320neo.com/updates/

 

Not sure about that. I have V2.0 installed. If I push the knob, I still have Open Climb or Open Descent. And I don't have the "dots and dashes" appears in the MCP windows like the managed NAV.

 

Stephane

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Anything I can do to help xplane and get more eye candy

 

Check out Ted's USA Major airports, its great work and its free.

 

http://theosdavis.com/xpfiles/downloads_v10.html

 

Here's another link with a wealth of airport scenery, most are freeware too. The global map will show airports for XP9 and XP10, just make sure you tick the XP10 scenery located at the bottom of the map. 

 

http://www.xpscenery.net/map.php?continent=3

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If you want to see the potential of this really great platform. I suggest as the base to start:

 

1. For clouds and sky:   SkyMaxx Pro

 

2. For rural and urban (city and towns) depiction:  UrbanMaxx 3D v2.0  (my favorite custom texture for this is called P.P.P. of the three you will find on the developer's site) They are free for download and install. You can only install one of them at any time, and not all three.)

 

3. For UTX'ish as you were familiar in FSX,: SimHeaven's  O.S.M. data files

 

3. For jaw-dropping effect upon the whole, HD Mesh v2,  (Just do a google search for 'HD Mesh 2' and you will find all the hits you need to get going.

 

4. For scenery and planes (freeware and payware)  First hit the Xplane.org and sign up.  As another poster said, it will take you days to weeks to populate your new sim with fabulous content.

 

4. There are great other sites that will offer you custom scenery and planes for the asking price similar to the market for M.S. products, etc

 

Welcome to a new discovery...and there will be many of them. You will no longer just yo-dee-doh in the sky....you had better keep a firm grip on the yoke and throttle....for there is a REAL weather engine that will impact your sled.  This is the only sim that I know, that has a real (watch your butt....) micro burst and downdraft effect upon your air-frame as well as turbulence.  Hit one for the first time, and pray that the rivets on your plane hold....and most of.....HAVE FUN, EXPLORE, and take your time....there are so many hidden goodies waiting for the discovery. I am still discovering and have had XPX for about 4 months or so.

 

Oh...you will love the wind-swept snow squalls that drive across the runway and taxi lanes.   It will absolutely make you shiver.....with cold, and say a few prayers before take-off..... :)))))

 

Cheers!

 

Mitch 

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