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RioPilot

Thinking of getting Air Hauler 2. Thoughts?

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Back in 2005 or 2006, during the days of FS 2004, I've been using FSPassengers to manage my virtual airline.

I've been waiting for over a year for Dan to release the 64 bit version of FSPassengers for P3D v4, and while I have great respect for Dan and his work, I've grown increasingly annoyed to be waiting so long for the new version. At this point, P3D v5 will be coming out, and I'll probably end up waiting over another year for a newer version.

I'm thinking if the new version of FSPassengers doesn't come out by mid October, I'll get Air Hauler 2 for P3D v4. But before I do that, I had a few questions for those familiar with the product.

Most pressing is can I manage my own virtual airline, with PMDG, Aerosoft planes, Leonardo Maddog, etc? Can I fly my own custom (albeit unrealistic) routes without being required to fly the routes at strict times (Like in SimBuddy, apparently)?

This is also less pressing, but one of the things I appreciated in FSPassengers was the atmosphere it would add to my flights. The co-pilot making calls, the flight attendant making PA announcements, the sound of passengers boarding the flight and gasping in turbulent conditions, ground muzak, etc, etc. Are any of these things included as part of Air Hauler 2, or would I need to rely on additional 3rd party programs?

I also appreciated the emergency failure features of FSPassengers. As far as I know, FSPassengers is the only program that allows you to make a survivable wheels up landing in a jetliner in the event of a gear failure, or even make a successful water ditching. I doubt these aspects are included in Air Hauler 2, although it would be nice. I understand it is still under development.

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