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Should I buy the PMDG 747 when it's released?

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Ok, so bear with me for a minute.

 

A bit of background iformation. I currently own the Aerosoft A320. I don't own the FSL version, and when the P3D version is released I probably won't bother buying it. I'm quite happy with the Aerosoft bus. I know it's not as immersive as the FSL version, but I'm ok with that. I'm not training to be a real pilot. I just like keeping it simple. Ok. Park that thought for a moment.

 

I also own the PMDG 737 and 777. And I intend to buy the 747 when it's released. However, I'm thinking I wasted money on the 777 and 737. I'll never use them to the level of detail that they can be used. As I said above, I'm happy to keep things simple. I probably should have bought the iFly versions.

 

So I guess my question is this: Should I buy the iFly 747 instead of the PMDG version? The fact that I like simplicity, would the cheaper 747 cater for my needs to the same level that the Aerosoft bus can? in other words if Flight Sim Labs is to PMDG, is it fair to say Aerosoft is to iFly?

 

Also, is the iFly 747 reliable? Is it at the same level as the Aerosoft bus? I'm happy enough to cut immersion factor in favour of price to the same level as Aerosoft, but not if it's full of bugs and horrible to fly. 

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I faced that too and suggest you wait on the pmdg one, much expensive, likely near $150us for the p3d version, but worth it as it's going to be a much better product than the ifly one.

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Yeah, I'm dreading what the price is going to be. I forgot to mention that the 777 I bought is for FSX, and it's now sitting redundant as I've purged FSX completely at this stage. And I can't bring myself to forking out €130 (or thereabouts) for the P3D version.

 

Make no mistake, I'd love to get the PMDG version of the 747 over the iFly version, but do you not reckon the iFly version comes up to "Aerosoft" type standards?

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Something else to consider... the Aerosoft Airbus is scheduled to be released in the next several months, so that would also provide you with a wide body, long haul aircrash.  ;)

 

To be honest, I have the PMDG aircraft, and for personal reasons I don't have them installed anymore.  I might reinstall at some point, but for now I'm VERY happy with the Dash 8 Pro, Aerosoft Airbus and the Leonardo Maddog... and I'll consider my stable complete with the Aerosoft A330.

 

Best wishes!

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long haul aircrash;)

Hopefully not Dave, eh?  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

 

I'm a big fan of Aerosoft (you may or may not have seen me on the forums over there) and regardless of anything else, not only will I be getting the A330 but also the CRJ when they come out  :smile:

 

However, I always had a soft spot for the 747 and I'd like to have one in my hangar. I'm just a bit concerned about spending a lot of money on a product and not using it to it's full potential.

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I'lll be most likely getting the PMDG 747, it's a must have for me, along with Aerosoft A330/CRJ and QualityWings 787 and FSLabs A320 for P3D whenever that comes out. That's my wish list.

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Try the iFly 747.  You may like it and Flight 1 has a 30 day refund policy if it doesn't suit your needs.

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I faced that too and suggest you wait on the pmdg one, much expensive, likely near $150us for the p3d version, but worth it as it's going to be a much better product than the ifly one.

 

If that number you mention will indeed be the price, I will definitely NOT be buying it...

 

 

 

Something else to consider... the Aerosoft Airbus is scheduled to be released in the next several months, so that would also provide you with a wide body, long haul aircrash.  ;)

 

To be honest, I have the PMDG aircraft, and for personal reasons I don't have them installed anymore.  I might reinstall at some point, but for now I'm VERY happy with the Dash 8 Pro, Aerosoft Airbus and the Leonardo Maddog... and I'll consider my stable complete with the Aerosoft A330.

 

Best wishes!

 

Huh?  what  do you mean "the aerosoft airbus is scheduled to be reelased"?  Do you mean a new/different model?

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Huh? what do you mean "the aerosoft airbus is scheduled to be reelased"? Do you mean a new/different model?

 

They have an Airbus A330 in development.

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Try the iFly 747.  You may like it and Flight 1 has a 30 day refund policy if it doesn't suit your needs.

Thanks for that. I never thought of Flight 1's refund policy. 

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Just a guess but the PMDG 777 for P3D is $135US.

 

The difference in price between an FSX version versus P3D has never been adequately explained.  Other developed such as VRS price this way as well however.  Having said that, developers are of course free to set their own prices.

 

If that number you mention will indeed be the price, I will definitely NOT be buying it...

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I was having the same debate between the two 747's and my wallet this time last year. Still have not purchased either due to still waiting for one to release, and the other. Well, the other just isn't PMDG. Tough choices.

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To be honest, I have the PMDG aircraft, and for personal reasons I don't have them installed anymore.  I might reinstall at some point, but for now I'm VERY happy with the Dash 8 Pro, Aerosoft Airbus and the Leonardo Maddog... and I'll consider my stable complete with the Aerosoft A330.

+1 

 

That's almost exactly how I feel. I loved the PMDG planes for FSX, but I am not impressed by their "buy the plane again for P3D" policy. That's another reason why I will get the A330 instead of the 747 to have a good long-haul jet.

 

As for the OP's question: if you are sticking with normal procedures, you won't use many of the features that PMDG and FSL planes offer. However, it may still be worth it because these planes tend to work almost flawlessly. I don't know the iFly 747, but I could imagine that it will go on aggressive sale once the PMDG 747 has been released. I would wait and decide later.

 

Peter

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too big of airplane for me , i usually just make short trips with pmdg 737 or dash 8 . it would be nice if there would be a developper out there trying to make a maddog md 80 for P3D. i miss that work horse having jumped from fsx to P3D. 

 

henry

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I was waiting for the PMDG 747 but since it will most likely be more than $100 for the P3D version I decided to pick up the iFly 747 and I'm glad I did. This airplane flies beautifully and you can feel the "weight" when hand flying. I think it is above Aerosoft's version of the Airbus. I does not have the Checklist and copilot features but it does everything else. I really think that it deserves to be caterogorized as a top add on. How much better is the PMDG version is going to be? I don't really know but I bet that it's not twice as better for double the price. IMHO.

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I'm going back to FSX SE after a couple years on P3D. The addon price increase with PMDG is not worth it in my opinion. (I'm pretty sure the Q400 and Aerosoft Airbus were compatible free of charge). Not a big fan of the washed out look of P3D these days either.

 

I never used payware scenery (I'd rather spend money on planes) and never had an OOM with FSX.

 

I think I will wait for P3D to be 64bits And hoping by then they keep turning a blind eye on how people use the licenses

 

Oh and the iFly 747 is excellent.

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Not into big aircraft, in fact I have gone from the Q400 and 737 NGX to A2A Cherokees and Cessnas. The idea of multi hour flights staring at an FMC with the AP doing all the flying after 400 ft  AGL, and the ground from 7 miles up, has lost all interest for me. I know airline pilots in real life  that love getting in SEL aircraft and gliders , and say that to them it is like "really flying".  

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Aerosoft bus is my main ride. I like the way it will hold my hand in case I am a bit lazy. I also think I would not or could not use the upcoming 747 to it's extent.

 

Had the other 747, Ifly I think, and got a refund. As a working texture artist I was not comfortable with some of it's textures. 

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I love my i fly 747 a bit heavy on vas though .only let down for me is the night cockpit lighting to me is abit poor far better though than when first released but still a great plane

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One thing I am hearing about the ifly 747 v2 for p3d is you can't load standard premade flight plans into the fmc. In other words, if I use p3d to create a flight plan, the ifly fmc won't find it if I try to load it as Co route. If true, I don't like that.

 

And yes, imho the pmdg 744 v2 for p3d imho will be twice as good as the ifly one, though likely over twice the cost.

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too big of airplane for me , i usually just make short trips with pmdg 737 or dash 8 . it would be nice if there would be a developper out there trying to make a maddog md 80 for P3D. i miss that work horse having jumped from fsx to P3D. 

 

henry

 

There is one that is making a 717 for FSX/P3D.  I had two of the guys fly online while I was controlling.  TFDI Design is the name.

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I bought both the iFly 737NG and then the PMDG 737NGX.  The iFly is a solid add-on...but it was massively eclipsed by the PMDG bird when it finally released.

 

Some of the other things that I value in the PMDG add-ons beyond a lot of fine-grain system detail are:

 

  1.  A working weather radar system

  2.  A slick and fairly standard (between the PMDG birds) FMS-page based interface to doors, aux gnd equipment, fueling, load management etc.

  3.  The smoothest autopilots around

  4.  Ability to remote the FMS CDUs to iPad/android tablets using VirtualCDU

  5.  Excellent ground-handling performance

  6.  Spot-on flight dynamics performance that closely approximates the real aircraft

 

and in the case of P3D, continued responsive support for new versions of P3D as they release.

 

IMHO, the PMDG 737 is smoother and more efficient on resources than the iFly 737.  Based on what I see in the 777 that has appeared since, I'd expect that smoothness and resource efficiency to show up even more refined in the 747.  So, extrapolating my expectations out, I'd think the 747s are going to compare similarly: iFly good, PMDG best-of-class.

 

So...either way I think you'd be OK  PMDG has been in a class of their own for a long time for a reason--and they charge a premium price for a premium add-on.  Whether or not the differences that set them apart are worth the cost is something only you can decide.

 

Regards

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