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I'm wondering what utilities there are for adding more realism to the feel of flying, I think I am satisfied with my current fleet of aircraft. I want something more. I already have RC4, which is a very nice add on I've been using for years. Is there anything else that I could add either to airport opperation, or something else that would make it feel much more realistic?

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I would recommend:

Multi Crew Experience - voice interface with virtual FO and CABIN crew, as well as voice interface with RC4.

GSX - Ground vehicles, baggage, catering, fuel, pax, PUSHBACK, follow-me truck and Marshall's amongst other things.

EZDOk - create virtual camera views around vc as well as realistic head and aircraft movement on the ground and in the air.

 

Cheers,

Stuart

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I second MCE and GSX.

 

You could also consider FS Captain - there are a few common features as far as MCE is concerned (some virtual copilot functions), but primarily FSC adds the line flying aspect to the game: arriving in time, coordinating with dispatch, flight evaluation, a career mode, a failure generator, enhanced icing simulation in ground ops and during your flight, gate assignments ... stuff like that. Demo and documentation available at their website:

http://fscaptain.net/

FSC has been on sale every once in a while - so take your time checking and evaluating.

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I'll add a third recommendation for MCE;  I'd also recommend you give VATSIM a whirl! 

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To make it "feel" more realistc: AccuFeel from A2A and EZDOK. Best combined with TrackIR

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Depends on what airplanes you fly.  GSX and MCE for bigger planes, I think.  Orbx airports for GA (though, some would work with larger airplanes).  EZDoc or TrackIR (or both) for every plane.  AccuFeel for all airplanes. 

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Don't forget weather, for that I recommend 2 addons, REX4 Texture, for replacement textures, and Active Sky Next for the weather engine. You probably should also consider a file planner. For this, there are payware stand alone programs like FSBuild, but I'd recommend using an online site which happens to be free. Simbrief.com  This will create a whole flight package for you, 

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Hardware and a utility - buy a Microsoft Force Feedback 2 joystick (eBay?) and get the FS Force software add-on. Massively increases the feeling of immersion when flying. Also look at Ideal Flight (http://www.codelegend.com/idealflight/). Too many features to list here, well worth going to the website to check it out.

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Don't forget weather, for that I recommend 2 addons, REX4 Texture, for replacement textures, and Active Sky Next for the weather engine. You probably should also consider a file planner. For this, there are payware stand alone programs like FSBuild, but I'd recommend using an online site which happens to be free. Simbrief.com This will create a whole flight package for you,

 

I also like to get flight plans on FlightAware.com. 

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I also like to get flight plans on FlightAware.com. 

That's what I do to (When I fly in US) then I import them into simbrief, to create a flight package. I wish Flghtaware included FP's for the international flights as well.

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That's what I do to (When I fly in US) then I import them into simbrief, to create a flight package. I wish Flghtaware included FP's for the international flights as well.

 

Why would you import them when you can get them from right inside of Simbrief?

 

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Why would you import them when you can get them from right inside of Simbrief?

 

 

That's what I meant, when you click the flightaware box, it links to the current flights for that destination pair. Then I select the FP I want to use then copy it into the Simbrief Route box. Just noticed the new option to export the flightplan to Skyvector! Keeps getting better and better :smile:

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Is FS Passengers or GSX supported by FSX SE? If so I might get them.

 

The author of FS Passengers returned from a VERY long hiatus to update FS Passengers to FS Passenger 2015; so yes, it it will work in SE.  However, if you'll permit me to play devils advocate, I found FSPAX to be one of the most overrated utilities you can buy.  First, the interactions with the crew borders on the ridiculous; specifically, the interactions between PIC and stewardess. Second, I found dictating when drinks and snacks are served to be tedious. Finally, the business model is very unrealistic and somewhat mundane.  If you're interested in running an airline, may I suggest Air Hauler?  Although, you should note that AH2 is just around the corner.  If not, take another look at FSCaptain, it's leaps and bounds better than FSPAX.  Plus, the authors have consistently upgraded the product over the last 5 years and their support is outstanding.  This is the exact opposite of the FSPax author, who abandon the software for 6 years, only to return to take advantage of an emerging market(i.e. FSX SE).  If you look around, I think you'll find most people prefer FSCapt to FSPax; btw, the former comes with a free trial.     In any case, I would recommend you purchase several programs before opting for FSPax, or FSCapt.  Here is a list of my essential FS utilities, in order of importance(i.e. I fly with these utilities during EVERY flight):

 

1. *Multi-Crew Experience - Virtual copilot for all your flights

http://www.multicrewxp.com/

 

2. *ASN - Depicts weather

http://www.hifisimtech.com/

 

3. *Aivlasoft efb - Tracks your flights and allows you to quickly view SIDS/STARs

http://www.aivlasoft.com/

 

4. PFPX w/ *TOPCAT - Planning software; however, as others have mentioned, you can use Simbrief, which is quite possibly the best freeware FS software available. 

http://www.flightsimsoft.com/pfpx/

 

5. Accu-feel - adds flight dynamic immersion for a reasonable price.

https://a2asimulations.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=55

 

* Trial version available

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The author of FS Passengers returned from a VERY long hiatus to update FS Passengers to FS Passenger 2015; so yes, it it will work in SE.  However, if you'll permit me to play devils advocate, I found FSPAX to be one of the most overrated utilities you can buy.  First, the interactions with the crew borders on the ridiculous; specifically, the interactions between PIC and stewardess. Second, I found dictating when drinks and snacks are served to be tedious. Finally, the business model is very unrealistic and somewhat mundane.  If you're interested in running an airline, may I suggest Air Hauler?  Although, you should note that AH2 is just around the corner.  If not, take another look at FSCaptain, it's leaps and bounds better than FSPAX.  Plus, the authors have consistently upgraded the product over the last 5 years and their support is outstanding.  This is the exact opposite of the FSPax author, who abandon the software for 6 years, only to return to take advantage of an emerging market(i.e. FSX SE).  If you look around, I think you'll find most people prefer FSCapt to FSPax; btw, the former comes with a free trial.     In any case, I would recommend you purchase several programs before opting for FSPax, or FSCapt.  Here is a list of my essential FS utilities, in order of importance(i.e. I fly with these utilities during EVERY flight):

 

1. *Multi-Crew Experience - Virtual copilot for all your flights

http://www.multicrewxp.com/

 

2. *ASN - Depicts weather

http://www.hifisimtech.com/

 

3. *Aivlasoft efb - Tracks your flights and allows you to quickly view SIDS/STARs

http://www.aivlasoft.com/

 

4. PFPX w/ *TOPCAT - Planning software; however, as others have mentioned, you can use Simbrief, which is quite possibly the best freeware FS software available. 

http://www.flightsimsoft.com/pfpx/

 

5. Accu-feel - adds flight dynamic immersion for a reasonable price.

https://a2asimulations.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=55

 

* Trial version available

 

Thanks for the heads up. I thought FS Passengers was the only one in it's genre.

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