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Just watched the first 4 episodes. It's absolutely awesome and well worth the money! So informative and entertaining at the same time!

 

I only have one small constructive point of criticism: I would prefer if Myron would do more of the explaining with you asking questions. A lot of the times you (correctly) explain how things work and he just confirms and adds some additional points. Would be even more authentic this way around. Nevertheless it is yet another fantastic program! Looking very much forward to the Airbus Cadet Program.

 

Hey Carlo, valid point - I get you. You gotta remember that Myron's no spring chicken and it was a very long and tiring week for him with a long journey either side. There were so many concepts for us to explore that it needed a joint effort from us both to explain. As it happens, once we get deep into the flying portions you will hear Myron a lot more than me. I'm just the driver! But glad you're enjoying it so far. I hope Mrs K hasn't divorced you yet on flight simulation grounds!  :Tounge:

 

Ben, a quick question.

Have just purchased the Q400 First Officer training course. Was wondering - does this course, require the Pro Edition of the Majestic Dash 8 Q400 in order to 'follow' the procedures, or can you still learn/get something out of the First Officer Course when 'only' owning the Pilot Edition?

 

Okay, that was a bit cryptic... Hope you know what I mean...

 

(Sorry for de-railing the topic)

 

Anders - you can get by with the Pilot just fine. We used the Pro edition but the engine failures etc were achieved by just pulling the condition levers back to fuel off. The emergency stuff isn't really what you're likely to attempt yourself in the sim but it's pretty interesting to see how it's all done. The later videos you definitely will use - the RNAV, VOR, NDB and circling approach are all a lot of fun to try. There's also a newer version of the Chambery scenery than we used in the Program now too. Have fun! 

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Anders - you can get by with the Pilot just fine. We used the Pro edition but the engine failures etc were achieved by just pulling the condition levers back to fuel off. The emergency stuff isn't really what you're likely to attempt yourself in the sim but it's pretty interesting to see how it's all done. The later videos you definitely will use - the RNAV, VOR, NDB and circling approach are all a lot of fun to try. There's also a newer version of the Chambery scenery than we used in the Program now too. Have fun! 

 

Thanks Ben,

 

I would probably upgrade to the Pro Edition sometime... I assume, that the VOR, NDB, RNAV etc is possible in the Pilot Edition, as well?

(Don't know if you know that, though...)

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Thanks Ben,

 

I would probably upgrade to the Pro Edition sometime... I assume, that the VOR, NDB, RNAV etc is possible in the Pilot Edition, as well?

(Don't know if you know that, though...)

Yes there's really not a lot of difference. All of the nav equipment you'll need is fitted to the Pilot Edition. The Pro Edition is worth the upgrade for the ability to load the panel state and shared cockpit is fun if you have the time to set it up. I don't think it's an expensive upgrade.

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Yes there's really not a lot of difference. All of the nav equipment you'll need is fitted to the Pilot Edition. The Pro Edition is worth the upgrade for the ability to load the panel state and shared cockpit is fun if you have the time to set it up. I don't think it's an expensive upgrade.

 

True! But it won't be this month...  :lol:

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I just plugged in my PC to my 50 inch Samsung and that is the ticket. Now I just need Myron to make me some popcorn.....

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I just plugged in my PC to my 50 inch Samsung and that is the ticket. Now I just need Myron to make me some popcorn.....

Airline2popcorn, now there's an idea!

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Just watched the first flight deck tour video and can I just say that the way you explained the electrical system was simply amazing! Really loving the series.

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Just watched the first flight deck tour video and can I just say that the way you explained the electrical system was simply amazing! Really loving the series.

 

Great to hear that, lots more cool stuff to come!  :smile:

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Finished watching all available videos and I'm delighted. Ben, you've done a remarkable job here, very insightful and I felt that Capt Ashcraft was all-in for this.

 

Among the the best is the high quality didactic technique by Myron, you can tell he was an instructor in different parts of his career. Exceptional stuff and, I have to say, my first foray into Airline2sim training videos; I will definitely go for the Q after this one. Well done!

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I never really appreciated all the detail that went into the 777 systems until watching these videos. Kudos to PMDG (and to Ben and Myron for showing us in such an entertaining and informative way). It was fun watching the flaps operate without demand pumps. Cool stuff.

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Thanks guys. Again, I pay testament to PMDG for modelling this all in such exquisite detail, which of course is lost on 99% of simmers. Thankfully those of you who join the Airline2Sim 'club' get to see and appreciate things that others do not. 

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Hi Ben,

 

I just noticed, that on the Airline2Sim 777 Cadet page, it says that release of the Line-Flight Kahului to Honolulu is January 9th/10th?

Is there an uncertainty regarding the release? Or will it be split up or how am I suppose to read this?

 

Also - may I ask what's the reason to 'split the course up' and release it within a month or so? Are you not finished with the remaining episodes (I don't assume, that you're still recording them?), or is there another idea behind this approach?

 

Thanks again for all your work. Looking forward to the rest of the training course.

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Hi Ben,

 

I just noticed, that on the Airline2Sim 777 Cadet page, it says that release of the Line-Flight Kahului to Honolulu is January 9th/10th?

Is there an uncertainty regarding the release? Or will it be split up or how am I suppose to read this?

 

Also - may I ask what's the reason to 'split the course up' and release it within a month or so? Are you not finished with the remaining episodes (I don't assume, that you're still recording them?), or is there another idea behind this approach?

 

Thanks again for all your work. Looking forward to the rest of the training course.

 

Hey Anders

 

Nope all the episodes are pretty much completed, with the exception of a few bits of audio here and there and some last minute tinkering that we always do. The time consuming thing is simply rendering out the finished videos from all the constituent parts and then uploading them to the server, where they then have to re-encode again to allow streaming/downloading. As we render out at very high bitrate (Episode 14's master file is 33 GB) the whole process takes some time. Time this by 23 videos and you can see the scope of the task, hence why we staggered release over a few weeks. Episode 14 is the longest of them all at 1hr 40 mins so is taking its sweet time. We hoped to get it online today - it looks likely that it'll be tomorrow now I'm afraid, hence why I adjusted the ETA on the website. The rest of the videos focus on approaches or departures, so are a fair bit shorter from here.

 

No problems, just big files and rural British internet, I'm afraid. Bear with us  :smile:

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That's quite alright! 

Thanks for explaining, Ben. Monumental task, I can see...

 

I'll await patiently for the next.

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I pay testament to PMDG for modelling this all in such exquisite detail,

 

That really is one of the take aways from this series.  The fact that a seasoned 777 Captain can talk through every single system and function/behavior as though he was referencing the real aircraft is an amazing accolade for PMDG.   Not only is Myron a brilliant teacher, but you really do gain a new appreciation for what PMDG have done with the 777. That $130 buys you alot of bang for your buck.

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Indeed! While I was watching this, I actually felt, that $130 was a bargain, for this kind of simulation. The behavior is so close to the real thing, that even Myron, get's surprised (oh boy, was that a fun moment!)... 

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So true guys. And yet people whine about PMDG pricing. Imagine the work that goes into making it this realistic? It's cheap at twice the price really.  

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Indeed! While I was watching this, I actually felt, that $130 was a bargain, for this kind of simulation. The behavior is so close to the real thing, that even Myron, get's surprised (oh boy, was that a fun moment!)... 

 

Exactly what I was thinking. Myron is giving us a Type Rating sort of training, he thinking about the real metal, and the PMDG delivers even the little random quirks! 

 

I've had the 777 since release in FSX, then in P3D since release, but!

I bought this training program, and what I really got back was an amazing two products in one (A2S and PMDG). 

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So true guys. And yet people whine about PMDG pricing. Imagine the work that goes into making it this realistic? It's cheap at twice the price really.  

It would cost you a small fortune to get trained by Myron in real life...   Oh but you are talking about PDMG's simulations.    

 

Yes.   To really appreciate the value of the PMDG 777 you need to spend another $39 (I think that's what I paid) for this training series.    

 

I am doing the flights in X-plane FF 777 first,  and then repeating them in FSX-SE PMDG 777.     Looks like you can use this course for both.   

 

OK back to Honolulu it is...

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Yep, totally agree. Look upon it like buying a Ferrari and paying a little bit extra to have a driver show you how to burn it round the track  :smile:

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Yep, totally agree. Look upon it like buying a Ferrari and paying a little bit extra to have a driver show you how to burn it round the track  :smile:

 

 

Do you ever plan to sell boxed version of this on blu ray or 4k blu ray

 

I perfer vimeo streaming and downloading it directly, but as with the Aerowinx for the PMDG, if purchasing it as a gift for someone, a boxed version works much better.

 

Is the Cadet+ available for preorder or only the teaser is out by Jan 30th?

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Do you ever plan to sell boxed version of this on blu ray or 4k blu ray

 

I perfer vimeo streaming and downloading it directly, but as with the Aerowinx for the PMDG, if purchasing it as a gift for someone, a boxed version works much better.

 

Is the Cadet+ available for preorder or only the teaser is out by Jan 30th?

No plans sadly for a boxed version. The costs are prohibitive as it would need to be burned to a blu ray which are expensive to produce on a small scale and then you're into shipping and nightmares at customs etc. We'd need to probably triple the price per unit to make it worthwhile. We may look at a physical gift card though, as that would be pretty simple and cheap to implement.

 

Cadet+ is still in the production stages. Currently we really want to use Newark as it's the only US destination that fits the bill for the ETOPS flight with a funky RNP approach at the end, but the scenery is pretty horrible once you're on the ground. Pity no one has ever done a decent EWR.

 

So no preorder just yet, but we will look at it once we wrap up production in the next few weeks.

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Hi Ben,

 

I've got a question for you.

 

Video 012 and 014. I didn't saw you fill out the "takeoff ref" page 2, is there a reason for it?

 

Looking forward to the next video releases Bring%20It%20On.gif:good:.

 

Kind regards.

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