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747-400, wait for PMDG or go iFly?

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So I've had this itch for a nice 744, and seeing as PMDG has V2 coming out "soon", is it worth the wait or is the iFly offering up to par? I love the in depth systems that PMDG provide, and have been known to spend a lot of time just exploring the cockpit without ever actually taking off. I am interested in everyone else's opinions.

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I have the Ifly 744 its a good plane and it should hold you over till the PMDG bird releases in about 5 years lol

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+ I believe IFLY uses flight 1 wrapper and they have a 30 day money back guarantee.

 

BTW, are there many new liveries for the IFLY yet?

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+ I believe IFLY uses flight 1 wrapper and they have a 30 day money back guarantee.

 

BTW, are there many new liveries for the IFLY yet?

Yes most of the majors are now available.

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I guess it depends on how badly you want to fly a 747 - If you want to do it right now then go iFly I suppose. Personally, I'm waiting for the PMDG version.

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As an owner, ex-user, of the iFly 744, I'd suggest waiting for the PMDG bird unless you really can't stand waiting.

 

The iFly addon has huge performance problems (lower and more fluctuating FPS than anything else I have ever used).

Plus no flood light at night and almost no-one is interested in repainting it. Also some other glitches that make it so so.

 

That is my personal opinion. As a huge fan of 747 I couldn't wait and bought it.

But after maybe a dozen flights I have indefinitely parked it in my virtual hangar.

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PMDG.

+1

 

Could you be even more constructive and at least present some arguments the OP would surely be grateful for?

 

Ifly. Mostly likely have more options and models

 

Misinformation. iFly offers only the 747-400 pax version.

And even if there is theoretically more planned, nothing more IS offered.

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May I suggest the current PMDG 747 offering as an alternative? It is not like she stopped working or got all ugly suddenly. I quite like that one, systems modelling is deep and if you are into visuals, there are McPhat HD liveries available. And maybe, if PMDG are feeling generous, they will offer an upgrade path whenever the V2 is finished.

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I purchased the iFly 747 for FSX, for the same reasons as the OP.   It is a truly beautiful, PMDG-standard addon IMHO (and a huge improvement over their 737) but sadly I had to return it as it was the worst performing aircraft I've ever tried, in terms of frame rates, stutters and a lack of smoothness.

 

Even drasticly reducing settings (eg.. no autogen, no traffic, etc) made no difference.  There is something going on in the iFly 747's gauge processing that just kills the frames.  I even tried reducing the texture sizes in the VC - no difference.

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Apparently the 744v2 from PMDG isn't that far off. 

 

Quoting from the "Lockheed Martin Prepar3d Development Status Thread": 

 

"The following products are expected to be released during 1Q15 and/or early 2Q15:

 

PMDG BAe JetStream 4100

PMDG 737-800/900NG Base Package

PMDG 737-600/700 Expansion

PMDG 747-400v2.0 Base Package"

 

I believe it will be released on the three platforms almost simultaneously. 

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I haven't experienced a 747 yet. The PMDG version 1 looked old to me, so I never bought it and the alternatives didn't look detailed enough to be a true study sim for the 747. So the first time I take to the skies in a 747 will be in the PMDG v2, probably 5 years from now as someone joked previously. To me, it's worth the wait.

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And maybe, if PMDG are feeling generous, they will offer an upgrade path whenever the V2 is finished.

I believe this possibility was discussed on their forum some time ago and if I remember correctly, the answer was no, in view of the fact that the 747 v2 is a complete from the ground up new product. Correct me if I'm wrong anybody.

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Ifly. Mostly likely have more options and models like its 737.

 

You always come here and preach that iFly is better than PMDG, but you can never use any facts to back it up. This is a perfect example of more cheerleading

 

iFly has one 747-400 modeled, no panel options and other engine types like PMDG. The PMDG v1 is more advanced than the iFly, and it is designed for fs9.

 

But you really think iFly is better than PMDG. Nobody should take your opinion seriously, like a used car salesman telling me everything to get me to buy it.

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If you are seriously interested in the 744, then this is the only way to go:

 

www.aerowinx.com

 

 

Walter

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If you are seriously interested in the 744, then this is the only way to go:

 

www.aerowinx.com

 

 

Walter

Best option if you are building or have a hardware cockpit, especially a 744, else with no VC it's a non starter for me! I want to feel I'm flying a plane not a panel!!

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But you really think iFly is better than PMDG. Nobody should take your opinion seriously, like a used car salesman telling me everything to get me to buy it.

Everyone has their own opinions about flight modelling, textures, VC's, etc. If someone thinks the iFly aircraft are better than PMDG, they have that right and vice-versa. I would just move on and not argue the point as it usually becomes a losing battle. Everyone has their own tastes.  The good thing about iFly aircraft is that they can be tested and flown around and then returned if not satisfied.  With PMDG aircraft, that is not possible.  However, the quality of PMDG aircraft is well-known.  So, let's not argue this and move on.

 

Best regards,

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Just to clarify a little with some correct info. The iFly 747 has 3 engine variants. Pratt&Whitney PW-4056, General Electric CF6-80C2-B1F, Rolls Royce  RR-RB211-524G. It also has many panel options for Autopilot, PFD, ND, EICAS, IRS, Ect. You can choose between CRT and LCD screen types just to name a few.

 

With the Flight1 30 day no questions asked return police why not see for yourself and give it a go.

 

Cheers,

Glen

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As an owner, ex-user, of the iFly 744, I'd suggest waiting for the PMDG bird unless you really can't stand waiting.

 

The iFly addon has huge performance problems (lower and more fluctuating FPS than anything else I have ever used).

Plus no flood light at night and almost no-one is interested in repainting it. Also some other glitches that make it so so.

 

That is my personal opinion. As a huge fan of 747 I couldn't wait and bought it.

But after maybe a dozen flights I have indefinitely parked it in my virtual hangar.

I still use mine and when they release the SP it will have flood lighting and mouse controled switches. Why they didnt include these things in the first place I have no idea. Once the PMDG 747 releases the Ifly will get parked next to my Captian sim 777 in the virtual Mojave

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Or for something completely different try the Aerowinx 747 (PSX).  It's a standalone with unbelievable systems depth, ATC, ACARS, its own weather system and world modelling.  It runs on Java and is OS independent (I have it running simultaneously on my mac and PC) and fires up in about 10 seconds.  Never crashes.  If you're into eye candy this one is not for you.  Also very expensive, flight schools use it, but if you want the ultimate in 747 training, take a look.

 

Lon Duncombe 

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I am using this aircraft in P3D. I only have a middle of the range setup with an average graphics card and have not had the performance issues a lot of people are complaining about. It is a solid product at a very reasonable price. You can customize the cockpit, select different instrument display types, panel states, etc. And the ECAM system is quite impressive, as I discovered after selecting "Random Failures" and burnt a lot of calories trying to ride the storm I created.

 

To the OP, there is some very good advice here, and it really is up to you. Flight1 has a wonderful 30 day money back system, give it a try and see how you go. If installing, ensure your anti virus is turned off, as it tends to stop a few files necessary for this aircraft.

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