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Looking to get an MCP for P3D, most that I have researched don't say much on compatibility with P3D.  Is there any recommendations out there?  I mostly fly PMDG 737 and 777 but would like one that can work with Aerosoft 320 and other regional jets.  

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I'm using the CPFlight 737EL MCP and EFIS panel; both work a treat with the NGX and 777 in P3Dv2. They also work perfectly with any other addon aircraft that utilizes the default autopilot (RealAir, Carenado etc).

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Opencockpits.com MCPv3

with OC4BAv3 software works

fine in FSX, FSX-SE and P3Dv2.

 

Drivers are available for NGX, 777X, Airbus

and soon 747X

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+1 for the goflight mcp pro. Works great, looks great and the goflight interface tool is excellent.

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I have the VRInsight MCP Combo II Boeing style and use it for all of my default and addon aircraft.

 

The unit has EFIS MCP and radio modules.

 

It ain't pretty. But it interfaces with LINDA and FSUIPC; making it easy to program. LINDA also has prebuilt profiles for many popular addon aircraft.

 

VRI also have an Airbus version. I chose the Boeing version as it has more controls which allow for programming both the 737/777 (more controls) and Axx (fewer controls).

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I have the VRInsight MCP Combo version 1 and I'm looking to replace it, actually, because the knobs skip and jump.  I hope the new versions are better because I wouldn't recommend it.  Any of these other things LINDA compatible?

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CpFlight / Engravity / OpenCockpits is what I use as my cockpit hardware.

Every one of sells a MCP.

 

The best but also the most expensive : CpFlight MCP Pro....

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The best but also the most expensive : CpFlight MCP Pro....

 

Why is that one better?  Keep in mind I'm not a full time 737 simmer.  Any of them work with LINDA modules?

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I have the VRInsight MCP Combo version 1 and I'm looking to replace it, actually, because the knobs skip and jump.  I hope the new versions are better because I wouldn't recommend it.  Any of these other things LINDA compatible?

No rotary issues with II. Pots probably not as sophisticated as custom units, but serviceable.

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No rotary issues with II. Pots probably not as sophisticated as custom units, but serviceable.

 

Boy, it would be nice to change out the pots on mine.  No jumping at all?

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anyone have any reviews on Cockpit phD, they have a new MCP for right around $399 USD.


opencockpits seems to be a reasonable price for the MCP and EIFS  at $439 USD.  Any thoughts on which one would be better?  I want to make sure which ever one I do get I can use it on most add on aircraft (Aerosoft Airbus, CRJ, Wilco E-Jets, PMDG, etc).


The best but also the most expensive : CpFlight MCP Pro....

 

 

Why is the best over the others?

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+1 for GoFlight MCP-Pro with GIT ... no programming required for PMDG 777 and 737.  I waited for GoFlights 30% sales and purchased a couple of grand worth of product, MCP-Pro being one of them.

 

I did a profile for Aerosoft Airbus A3xx series for GIT includes MCP-Pro ... I make have a more recent one I need to upload, but my older one you can find here: http://www.pollypotsoftware.org.uk/downloads.html ... the forums also have a wealth of info and Steve (developer of GIT) is very supportive and provides regular updates to GIT.

 

Cheers, Rob.

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VRInsight Boeing MCP Combo II works great with LINDA in P3D 2.5. And the best thing is that there are tons of profiles for the popular add-on aircraft available here at AVSIM. The knobs work just fine here. Takes a little getting used because a quick turn advances values fast and turning them slowly changes values in small steps. But it's a great unit which is great to work with many different aircraft.

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+1 for GoFlight MCP-Pro with GIT ... no programming required for PMDG 777 and 737. I waited for GoFlights 30% sales and purchased a couple of grand worth of product, MCP-Pro being one of them.

 

I did a profile for Aerosoft Airbus A3xx series for GIT includes MCP-Pro ... I make have a more recent one I need to upload, but my older one you can find here: http://www.pollypotsoftware.org.uk/downloads.html ... the forums also have a wealth of info and Steve (developer of GIT) is very supportive and provides regular updates to GIT.

 

Cheers, Rob.

When does go flight typically have that 30% sale? Christmas time?

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They're having a 20% sale now (Father's Day).  But yeah I think 30% sale is around Xmas time.

 

Cheers, Rob.

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Thanks Rob, just noticed it.  I think I might go with the Goflight one.

 

Are the knobs flimsy or pretty sturdy, trying to watch some youtube videos to see the quality.  

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Are the knobs flimsy or pretty sturdy

 

They're not real world knobs ... they work and feel "ok" ... they pull off and push on.  They have detents.

 

Cheers, Rob

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Imho you will enjoy the GF mcp.

 

However it does not come with nightlighting as Opencockpits and CpFlight mcp have....

 

Like I wrote before the best and most real one is the CpFlight mcp Pro, but it is also the most expensive.

Just look at the buttons . The nightlighting on the txt is different then the one from the switches.

It has a banking switch and the AT switch automatically switches off at touchdown.

 

Myself I have the CpFlight mcp EL , imho the best bang for the buck, but one day I hope to own the Pro version....

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Since last Christmas I am a very happy owner of the GoFlight MCP Pro.

I fly the PMDG 737NGX, and am surprised every time I add an aircraft to the hangar, that I can use the MCP with it, even on simple freeware aircraft.

I am loving this mcp so much, that I don't understand how I have been able to do without it for so long.

My next purchases will be the GoFlight EFIS, and one or two GF-166 modules for N AV and COM radios

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Went with the GoFlight MCP Pro, thanks for all your insight guys!

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Boy, it would be nice to change out the pots on mine.  No jumping at all?

Gregg,

 

Please forgive the bad choice of words. When I mentioned serviceable, I was suggesting they serve my needs. VRI makes a cost effective product and probably didn't use the same quality hardware as, say, CPFlight. That said, I have had the unit for over 2 years and the knobs are working without issue. Not real smooth, but not jumping around.

 

I believe version II uses better pots. Furthermore, if I'm not mistaken (take with a grain of salt...as I may be) the firmware has been improved to produce smoother performance of knobs.

 

Too bad the VRI forum is dead. You may have gotten a response regarding upgrading pots. In any event, if improved firmware equalled improved rotary performance, new pots might not help. You could email VRI tech support and check for firmare/software update for version I and also the possibility of upgrading pots.

 

Good luck!

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Please forgive the bad choice of words. When I mentioned serviceable, I was suggesting they serve my needs. VRI makes a cost effective product and probably didn't use the same quality hardware as, say, CPFlight. That said, I have had the unit for over 2 years and the knobs are working without issue. Not real smooth, but not jumping around.

I believe version II uses better pots. Furthermore, if I'm not mistaken (take with a grain of salt...as I may be) the firmware has been improved to produce smoother performance of knobs.

Too bad the VRI forum is dead. You may have gotten a response regarding upgrading pots. In any event, if improved firmware equalled improved rotary performance, new pots might not help. You could email VRI tech support and check for firmare/software update for version I and also the possibility of upgrading pots.

 

Thanks Graham.  Yeah, I'm pretty sure you're right about the knobs and firmware.  I was watching the knobs as buttons recently, looking at the commands it was sending to FSUIPC and it was pretty bad.  I don't think the knobs are granular enough and the firmware for them seems close to buggy.  Every so often I look for some hardware to replace it but, so far, I continue to live with it.  I've even thought about just mapping the buttons to the 'slow left' and slow right' commands and controlling them manually via LUA.  Pretty sure that would work (at least for the MCP part) but I haven't spent much time working on the algorithm and been busy just flying.  I like using LINDA since I can code the commands through LUA directly which is why I was asking if any of the hardware above uses it...I suppose that if it works for multiple aircraft out of the box then I'd be okay with it.  I only fly the NGX about 10% of my flying and I need it to work for the Flight1 Mustang, Eaglesoft Citation X and some others as well (Eaglesoft is completely non-standard and everything has to be mapped either with mouse macros or keystrokes.  Pretty unusual.).

 

Gregg

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Thanks Graham

 

Hey Gregg,

 

I may have picked you up wrong, but I do know that if you try to program VRI through FSUIPC, you will get inconsistent results. No bugs, just the nature of the beast. LINDA does not officially support version I, but I do believe it is functional; although that is using older version of LINDA.

 

You may wish to check over in the LINDA forum. Andrew (Scotflieger) is very helpful.

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