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I am just curious as there have been so many of the years with FSX. Some are still around, others died off or are not compatible with v3.

I remember one that allowed me to maintain a time of day i.e. dusk. I loved it but forgot the name of it. Plus I'm getting older and

forgetting stuff is becoming a real annoyance. Moving maps were cool way back, but now for many the GTN are out. Launchers too were big.

Anyway, I have lost track and just trying to find out if there is anything out there I can't live with. I am really enjoying P3D with

my current addons and well, you guys know, there is ALWAYS room for something new.

 

Bob

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1. Simstarter NG (http://aviation.pero-online.de/wordpress/?page_id=105)

2. Fs-Flightcontrol (https://www.fs-flightcontrol.com/en/)

3. SImlauncher (http://www.avsim.com/forum/722-simlauncherx/)

4. SPAD.neXt (http://www.fsgs.com/forum/) for all your Saitek gear

 

All four up to date, Prepar3d3-enabled, network enabled and maintained and in regular use on my system,

 

Kind regards, Michael

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1. Simstarter NG (http://aviation.pero-online.de/wordpress/?page_id=105)

2. Fs-Flightcontrol (https://www.fs-flightcontrol.com/en/)

3. SImlauncher (http://www.avsim.com/forum/722-simlauncherx/)

4. SPAD.neXt (http://www.fsgs.com/forum/) for all your Saitek gear

 

All four up to date, Prepar3d3-enabled, network enabled and maintained and in regular use on my system,

 

Kind regards, Michael

Thanks Michael, All noted. I have The Saitek Panels but using the Freeware version "Spad". I never really compared the 2 side by side.

Fsuipc

Of Course!

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I would say  FSUIPC and Simstarter NG (used the free version in the past) as well. SPAD.neXt seems to be a powerful tool for Saitek devices although they suck as hardware...

 

OT: How is the failure thing of Fs-Flightcontrol? Does it work well over P3D v3.2 and with titles like Aerosoft Buses and Twin Otter Extended?

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From my experience, I wouldn't agree their hardware sucks. I have all Panels, Cessna Yoke+Pedals+Trim and TPM and 9 FIPS, in quite heavy use for years. One FIP failed so far and had to be substituted. Of yourse, you can't compare a Cessna yoke to a 1500 $ model, that would be a bit unfair, wouldn't it?

 

What really sucks is their driver support and their support in general, and this has been sucking for years now. But that's what SPAD.neXt is for. I now run all the stuff named above over a networked laptop, saving a few fps (and a few stutters) and making the controls and their settings visually accessible and modifyable even during the fly without hiding the simulator.

 

Kind regards, Michael

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Fsuipc

 

Huuuuuuge yes.  Simstarter has made my sim so much nicer.  FSUIPC is, of course, essential.  Also Active Sky Next.  To be honest, I avoid pretty much the rest of the utilities.  There comes a point with some of them that you end up having to do a rebuild.  I was just sitting here thinking how nice it would be to have Mytraffic 6 or GSX.  Those apps worry me.  I could be wrong.

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Regarding Fs-FlightControl: Will it work on Full  Screen Mode (will stay on top of sim), or do you need to resize your sim?

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Hello, there!

 

I use FSCaptain.  It's engaging, challenging, and continously updated.  Now I never fly without it.

 

As for weather engines, I use REX essential with overdrive.  Not hard on FPS and gives a nice touch of realism.

 

I also use Accu-Feel.  I only use FSX, but may work with P3D.  Check the video.  

 

 

I hope you find what calls your attention.  I've been a flight simmer... and still find amazing things on these threads

 

Nick

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Regarding Fs-FlightControl: Will it work on Full  Screen Mode (will stay on top of sim), or do you need to resize your sim?

It does not at present. The only  one I know of is Gemini (http://www.geminisoftware.de/), the former Apollo, which however, seems to be half-dead after the maker ran into trouble with the map provider (here). 

 

I didn't care so far as I only use it networked,. I'll contact the author with a feature request; he's very responsive and this is certainly something worth to consider.

 

Kind regards, Michael

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1. Simstarter NG to start from different profiles for IFR, VFR etc.

 

2. FSUIPC for aircraft-specific assignment of controlers

 

3. Multicrew Experience for speech control

 

4. ASN or FSGRW for real-time weather injection

 

5. REX TD + Soft Clouds for cloud textures

 

6. FTX Global or GEP3D for ground textures

 

7. The Lord of Landing for analysing landing performance (touch down speed, center line deviation etc).

 

8. GSX for ground handling

 

9. PFPX or Simbrief for flight planning

 

10. IVAO or VATSIM for Online ATC

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Simstarter NG !! love the way it launches all of my other add ons such as active sky, opus, virtual cdu va interface, simtouch plus and anything else I dial in with just the touch of button

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ASN and ProATC. That's it, really, Plus of course planes and scenery but those aren't utilities. I don't use FSUIPC which almost everyone mentions in topics like this.

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I will add LINDA to the list above.

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If you consider software that as to do with immersion then I must add ASN and EZCA, both essential if you ask me (never used OPUS though). I also have FSCaptain and Pro ATC X. The first one I never used and still don't know how to use it. The second one I don't think I have the knowledge to make a fair judge... I am a newbie on navigation/ ATC procedures and also at chart reading, although I'm OK using the aircraft navigation systems (e.g.VOR, NDB, ILS and GPS).

 

From my experience, I wouldn't agree their hardware sucks. I have all Panels, Cessna Yoke+Pedals+Trim and TPM and 9 FIPS, in quite heavy use for years. One FIP failed so far and had to be substituted. Of yourse, you can't compare a Cessna yoke to a 1500 $ model, that would be a bit unfair, wouldn't it?

 

What really sucks is their driver support and their support in general, and this has been sucking for years now. But that's what SPAD.neXt is for. I now run all the stuff named above over a networked laptop, saving a few fps (and a few stutters) and making the controls and their settings visually accessible and modifyable even during the fly without hiding the simulator.

 

Kind regards, Michael

 

Guess I'm unlucky then... I own a FIP a Multi Panel a Switch Panel and a Radio Panel all of them had hardware issues (buttons, lights and potentiometers. IMHO all of them of low quality and not working as they should) except for FIP that has been working along the years hard solid. But then again I'm on a second Warthog Stick, Throttle is OK... so Thrustmaster is not a good experience for me as well. I have the full line of top CH Products but got tired of the plastic feel... But they are flawless! Still use the rudder though.

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Going to join the party  :wink:

 

1. Idealflight

2. Night Environment

3. REX products

4. Pilot2atc - as a moving map and such

5. SPAD and FSUIPC for my saitek panels 

6. Lets not forget Bert and Ray  :wink:

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Fstramp,MCE,Ideal Flight,Air Hauler,FSIPANEL,OpusFSI,FSC,PF3

(Not all at once)

Jay

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Used for all flights;

1) SIMstarter NG

2) SPAD (Saitek multi, switch, and two radio panels)

3) HID macros (used with USB keypad for GPS or 2d panels)

4) FSUIPC4

 

Used for most flights;

5) ASN

6) Plan-G (crashes frequently on my system, but still somewhat useful).

 

The above doesn't include REX, FTX Global, etc. or any other scenery or texture enhancement package.

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What the heck is FSTramp LOL - I will check this out

 

Keep em coming. Everyone is so into this hobby. Wow

 

Thanks

Bob

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Regarding Fs-FlightControl: Will it work on Full  Screen Mode (will stay on top of sim), or do you need to resize your sim?

Hi,

 

I asked the author of FSFlightControl this morning and the update I just received has the option already implemented. BTW, FSFligthcontrol provides a trial version. If you look for this function, it's under Settings|Not Aircraft related Settings|Show FS-FlightControlWindows Always on Top.

 

Kind regards, Michael

What the heck is FSTramp LOL - I will check this out

 

Keep em coming. Everyone is so into this hobby. Wow

 

Thanks

Bob

FSTramp is what FSNavigator was for FS9 (or was it even earlier?). The F9 key. It has pretty cool functions and maps, but the author refuses to make it network-enabled making it useless for me. F9 times are gone.

 

Kind regards, Michael

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After all these years, I have become a firm KISS believer. I only use what I consider the bare minimum :  ASN, MTX 6a, the GTN750 . For planning Plan-G (non connected to P3D as it crashes in a networked configuration) or Skyvector. No FSUIPC, no substitute texture set à la REX, no launcher, etc.   

 

I have  bought MCE but don't use it as I find it eats up frames. I look, from time to time, into a trial ATC. Still to be convinced. Maybe VoXATC one day if i can unload it to a networked laptop.  

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ASN, Pro ATC, and FS 2 crew. 

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Great free (lite version) Ipad moving map and radio control : Try "Fly by WiFi"

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Fsuipc

 

The obvious answer.   Perhaps start another topic with a question of favorite other than FSUIPC.

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FSUIPC

ActiveSky Next for the weather.

Navigraph Charts for the approach charts

PFPX for the flight planning

TOPCAT for T/O performance calculations.

FSiPanel for approaches training.

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