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Looking for a good DC9/MD80

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Hi!
As the title states, I'm looking for a decent DC9/MD80. I'm looking at getting the Maddog 2010 Pro, but if anyone can provide their thoughts on the Flight1 and CLS MD80s, that would help too. The only thing that worries me is the performance of the Maddog. Is the framerate comparable to the NGX? I'm also looking at the Coolsky DC-9. I assume that you have to navigate using VORs?

 

Any input helps!

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The CLS aircraft is a light product. It is a pretty nice model with a decent looking VC.

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The Coolsky DC-9 is great, in my opinion. It's a nice change using old school style navigation! Quite a realistic add-on as well, if you prefer to fly with realistic systems and what not. Only downside would be the frames. Not really the best performer there, but it isn't bad. Probably the same as the NGX. The Maddog MD-80 is definitely a great one as well, although the visuals definitely need an update. But, it's a blast to fly as well

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You should also be aware that support for the Maddog is virtually nonexistent... check out their forum.

 

DJ

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I absolutely love the Coolsky DC-9. It has a lot of systems depth and it's Flight Center works brilliantly.

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The CLS MD80 doesn't have a proper FMC, does it?  :( Can you make your own flight plans or does it only use FSX's ones? I usually fly on VATSIM, so having a fully functional FMC helps a lot. 

Now I have to decide between the Maddog and the Coolsky. Any suggestions?

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The CLS MD80 doesn't have a proper FMC, does it?  :( Can you make your own flight plans or does it only use FSX's ones? I usually fly on VATSIM, so having a fully functional FMC helps a lot. 

Now I have to decide between the Maddog and the Coolsky. Any suggestions?

That's a hard one. The LH Maddog still has features that are unmatched today but the cockpit is a bit dated, and support is done via fellow forum members these days. Don't get me wrong, it is still a top notch sim. It offer weather radar, probably the best jet engine simulation you will find. Plus shared cockpit.

 

The Coolsky DC9 is a superbly done rendition of a classic aircraft. Graphics are very good and systems are very detailed, but because it is a fully realistic version of the DC9 it does not have an FMC. You can read the in depth features here.. http://forum.avsim.net/page/index.html/_/interviews/coolsky-introduces-the-dc9-classic-r848

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Have no idea why they wouldn't continue development on the maddog. Fantastic add-on. Like assume say it just needs a visual update and keep the rest of the original programming the same....minus a few bugs.

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Still Flying the original Flight 1's Coolsky Super 80, Updated from the FS9 version work great still, and a blast to fly. No FMC but the Pro model has it.

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MD80 : Leonardo Maddog (the coolsky is nice but not as deep as the leonardo)

DC9 : coolsky

 

 

 

watch in HD

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I think I'm gonna get the LH Maddog. Graphics don't matter much to me as long as most of the switches are 3D. I'll probably get the DC-9 at a later time. Does anyone here happen to know if there's a sound pack for the Maddog? I think I've seen a TSS one before, but I'm not so sure if it would work or not.

 

Thanks for all the help guys!

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Lest we forget... the Leonardo Maddog is also shared cockpit capable - and it's works very well.  Flying shared cockpit during a VATSIM event is the most immersive and realistic form of desktop flight sim I've ever experienced.

 

Agreed, support these days is only from other MD-80 owners, but there are many of us support this fine piece of work. 

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Awesome guys! My birthday's coming up, so I'll get it then. Thanks for all your help!  :BigGrin:

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Anyone know, if at some point, Coolsky is going to make some of the other -9 variants (-50 maybe?)

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SkySimulations' rendition doesn't look too bad. It probably doesn't have the systems of the Coolsky one, but at least you'll get everything from the -10 to the -50.

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I've had the Leonardo MD80 for a number of years, it's fantastic but I find the vc needs updating bigtime and the sound too, but in its day it was mega! I am an X plane user now, awesome sim, and I'm waiting for this, it's looking very promising for sure... Go take a look at rotatesim.com.

 

Regards

Paul EGCC

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The VC in the mad dog is terriible - an afterthought really. 

 

I have to agree with this.  The systems, flight dynamics, and features of the Maddog are unsurpassed.... but, can you really live with those visuals?   .... personally, I did for a long time (until about 2013) but cannot now.  It wasn't a good VC when it was released, and it certainly isn't now.

 

For a MD-80 it definitely has to be the Flight 1 / Coolsky MD-80 Pro, and for a DC-9 again the Coolsky is top of the game.

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Based on the recommendations I read (I don't blame anyone), I purchased the Super 80 Professional  from Flight 1 Software who support CoolSky on this product and so far I have to say DO NOT BUY IT!  I have spent the last 2 days so far trying everything I can to install this $59.95 piece of software into my FSX-SE  and all I get is 99% on the install and it freezes at CMD80-spoiler_wind.wav.

 

I am not new to Flight1 since I have purchased the IFLY 737 in the past and their panel program.  Now I do not think I will continue to purchase from them since no one can bother to answer my trouble ticket since yesterday.

 

I have tried to find help on their forums, but I cannot gain access even though I have access to my IFLY forums.  They say they not want to reward pirates by making it easy for them to find help so that means that we the paying public must suffer with bad product installs!

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