flotmangooner

Advice on payware aircraft please

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Hi

I am looking to buy a decent aircraft program and  have looked at the following :

 

FSLABS 320
AEROSOFT 320
PMDG 737

As good as it looks, I don't think i can justify the cost of the FSLABS package so I think it is between the other two. 

Can anyone recommend one or the other please? 

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There's so much already written in these forums regarding these add-ons that it'd be a waste to repeat it here again. 

Suggest you try a search and read though the copious amount of discussion already available, then ask if you still have specific unanswered questions.

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Hi 

no brainer pmdg 737

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I prefer the Aerosoft A320 over the FSlabs version (which is awfully slow on my system). As for the 737, it depends on whether you better like Boeing or Airbus. I personally prefer the latter. Having said that, all three are excellent models.

Peter

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Don't overlook the iFly 737NG if your'e leaning towards the 737, it's very good in my experience.

I agree with Peter as well, the Aerosoft A320 is a fine choice IMHO.

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You should probably define what you expect out of the simulation. How realistic, or high fidelity should it be? If you give us more information on what you want out of it, we can give you more precise advice.

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737 NGX!!!  The one aircraft every serious simmer should experience.

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As has been mentioned, there is plenty of conversation already available on this topic (not including available Youtube videos).

The OP's question specifically asks to make a recommendation between the PMDG Boeing and the Aerosoft Airbus.

To the OP, you may first want to consider what type of flying you do...are you part of a Virtual Airline? What air frames are included in your VA fleet to maximize flight pairings/destination options?

Are you a relative "beginner" or are you looking for advanced simulation features?

My thoughts, after you answer the above for yourself:

Both options are good aircraft...the A/S A3xx series is stilling having a few "teething pains" being a relatively new offering. It is a "bread and butter" aircraft for A/S and will no doubt continue to be updated. Conversely, the PMDG is an older aircraft, very stable and highly popular. Be forewarned if you're not already aware; PMDG will be offering a new 737 platform in the next 12-24 months (assumed) which will likely make the NGX "obsolete" and a "cost effective" B737 upgrade likely non-existent.

Just my thoughts/considerations.

Rob

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If you want to fly a AIrbus and money is an issue get the AS320 (AS = Aerosoft). If it not the FSLabs is a nicer aircraft but it's significantly more and needs a decent system to run nicely. PMDG is a no brainer. Their aircraft and reputation speak for themselves, both outstanding.The AS320 has some bugs. Read their forums. They are constantly tweaking and improving it. None are bad except for the managed speed but that really only affects a tiny fraction of the users. It was a problem for me until my PC died. With my new PC it isn't an issue. I do have the FSLabs 320 and 319 now because my new PC handles them easily. My old pc was slower but the AS ran great on it. Really can't go wrong with any of the 3. All comes down to preference , budget and system specs.

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I also would take the Majestics dash8 in consideration.

I personally find this one the most immersive of them all and the easiest one to manually land. Downsides are that the preflight takes longer, the routes are shorter and it isn't always easy to find routes when you only fly real world legs.

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The Aerosoft Airbus Professional for P3D4 is still ridiculously broken 6 months after release.  I can't believe anyone would sanely recommend it at this point.

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7 hours ago, mpw8679 said:

737 NGX!!!  The one aircraft every serious simmer should experience

for reasons including its compatability with hardware & software addons, mostly due to support via its SDK.

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9 hours ago, Greggy_D said:

The Aerosoft Airbus Professional for P3D4 is still ridiculously broken 6 months after release.  I can't believe anyone would sanely recommend it at this point.

Also all the developers have been moved to the 330.

Also the AS bus is the only aircraft I know with no pop up PFD/ND and both of them are mirrored so you cannot even set up the most basic cockpit style with weather on the captains side and terrain on the FO side, both them thing were going to be in it but......

If you want the best and soon to be moved to even a higher level then save and buy the FSL. If you cannot justify the cost then you have one left. Also before any fool say it’s about failures, wrong it’s about the aircraft being as close to the real thing as possible and the update coming brings another level to what it’s like to be a captain of an Airbus.

 PMDG NG. Old but sill an amazing aircraft. It’s a must buy if you want to get into passenger Airliners. IMO get this x10 over the AS bus.

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47 minutes ago, Nyxx said:

Also all the developers have been moved to the 330.

Also the AS bus is the only aircraft I know with no pop up PFD/ND and both of them are mirrored so you cannot even set up the most basic cockpit style with weather on the captains side and terrain on the FO side, both them thing were going to be in it but......

If you want the best and soon to be moved to even a higher level then save and buy the FSL. If you cannot justify the cost then you have one left. Also before any fool say it’s about failures, wrong it’s about the aircraft being as close to the real thing as possible and the update coming brings another level to what it’s like to be a captain of an Airbus.

 PMDG NG. Old but sill an amazing aircraft. It’s a must buy if you want to get into passenger Airliners. IMO opinion get this x10 over the AS bus.

+1 agree

Learning curve/experience for me was the NGX , Maddog MD82 , 777 , 747 , FSL A320/A319 ,

Michael Moe

 

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If you have patience then wait for NG3 from PMDG. It's a shame if you buy NGX with P3D price tag and then a year later NG3 comes out.

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31 minutes ago, TrentXWB said:

If you have patience then wait for NG3 from PMDG. It's a shame if you buy NGX with P3D price tag and then a year later NG3 comes out.

I couldnt miss my NGX for a whole year ha ha 😎..........

 

 

 

Michael Moe

 

 

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Heck, why not just run for the goal line and get the PMDG flag ship The Queen of The Skies.?  The 747-400 isn't really any more complex to learn and is a much more advanced simulation. More for your buck. Definitely keep you busy.

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@flotmangooner You need to decide if you want to fly a Boeing or an Airbus first. All the addons you listed are good but it seems Aerosoft is still having issues with the A320 in P3D 6 months after release. Don't rule out the Leonard MD-83 & 88 Maddog X and Majestic Q400, particularly if you are on a budget the Q400 is excellent value although the documentation is not that great for beginners.

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PMDG 737, for me, is the gold standard. 

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