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27 minutes ago, YukonPete said:

This is just my opinion. They never started working on the tablet 2 years ago. They only started developing this tablet maybe 6–12 months ago. Look at what FENIX for example offers with the release. Night and day over PMDG. 

And the fact that the Fenix tablet was built by pretty much one person (I’m sure she had some help but still mainly done by Katie) who also happens to have a full time job flying with an airline in the UK is really a testament to how good it really is! 
 

Saying all that I’m sure the PMDG one will come along nicely and should hopefully be included at launch with the 777.

Personally I just think it’s so much easier to control doors, pushback, loading and all other sim actions from there. 
 

I know Emi sort of had a bit of a pop about it not being realistic in one of his videos, but then again doing the same actions from within the FMC is just as unrealistic. 


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56 minutes ago, antic81 said:

I know Emi sort of had a bit of a pop about it not being realistic in one of his videos, but then again doing the same actions from within the FMC is just as unrealistic. 

It's time to stop with the excuses and to go to work. 

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On 11/4/2023 at 6:01 PM, carlanthony24 said:

A max would be nice.

we do have a chronic shortage of 737s in this sim

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7 hours ago, antic81 said:

I know Emi sort of had a bit of a pop about it not being realistic in one of his videos, but then again doing the same actions from within the FMC is just as unrealistic. 

I think this statement was made in response to a certain mindset that it being in the fmc instead of the efb is something that is inherently wrong. It's not. It's mainly comes down to a preference in workflows. I actually find it easier/quicker to go through the fmc for some things versus navigating the GUI of a tablet. This could be because I am used to it. One thing that I think the efb would be better for me is to move all the various equipment options to the efb, though.

In terms of the max, they did confirm it, but they better get it done sooner rather than later as ifly is already in the middle of bringing their max to msfs and they're not developing anything else. If p3d is any indication, their max would be a solid alternative to pmdg. That would be good news to some here that have have fallen out of favor with pmdg.

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Luddite here, fully able to get from gate to gate w/o it, what does this particular EFB offer?  I use the FlyBag in FBW's A320NX where it plays a major role in configuration and each flight that would be hard to live w/o, whereas w/ PMDG so much configuration is built in to the FMC I'm hard pressed to understand what's it really good for.  Favorite features in the new EFB from PMDG?

Cheers 

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8 minutes ago, Kevin_28 said:

It's mainly comes down to a preference in workflows. I actually find it easier/quicker to go through the fmc for some things versus navigating the GUI of a tablet. This could be because I am used to it.

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8 minutes ago, Noel said:

Luddite here, fully able to get from gate to gate w/o it, what does this particular EFB offer?  I use the FlyBag in FBW's A320NX where it plays a major role in configuration and each flight that would be hard to live w/o, whereas w/ PMDG so much configuration is built in to the FMC I'm hard pressed to understand what's it really good for.  Favorite features in the new EFB from PMDG?

Cheers 

And this comment above sums it up:

I agree, just using the FMC is quicker and easier for me, and that is why I couldn't understand  all the hysterics about getting the EFB. 

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2 minutes ago, Bobsk8 said:

I agree, just using the FMC is quicker and easier for me, and that is why I couldn't understand  all the hysterics about getting the EFB. 

Because a competent EFB is actually useful, even if you haven't quite grasped its purpose. 

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11 minutes ago, Noel said:

so much configuration is built in to the FMC

 

2 minutes ago, Bobsk8 said:

using the FMC is quicker and easier for me

Great, the two of you know and love the FMC method. However, diving into page after page after page of the FMC to find the appropriate setting is a chore.

Whenever the PMDG EFB receives its missing elements and the partner-created apps, the FMC method is going to feel even more clunky and lacking than it currently does.


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5 minutes ago, F737MAX said:

 

Great, the two of you know and love the FMC method. However, diving into page after page after page of the FMC to find the appropriate setting is a chore.

Whenever the PMDG EFB receives its missing elements and the partner-created apps, the FMC method is going to feel even more clunky and lacking than it currently does.

What are the "elements" that will make the FMC clunky and be exact? And I am not talking about the one time settings that you use when setting up the aircraft, and never touch again. . 

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7 minutes ago, Bobsk8 said:

What are the "elements" that will make the FMC clunky and be exact? And I am not talking about the one time settings that you use when setting up the aircraft, and never touch again. . 

Just one example off the top of my head, how do you currently perform all ground ops in the PMDG 737?

1st page: FMS actions

2nd page: Fuel

3rd page: FMS actions (again)

4th page: Payload

5th page: FMS actions (again)

6th page: Doors

7th page: FMS actions (again)

8th page: Ground services

9th page: Airplane service (page 1/4)

10th page: Airplane service (page 2/4)

11th page: Passenger services (page 3/4)

12th page: Baggage handling (page 4/4)

 

And now in the Fenix A320:

1st page: Fenix app

2nd page: Ground services

3rd page: Mass and balance

 

So, yes, settings used in every flight which need to be navigated using a clunky UI.

Fingers crossed the updated PMDG EFB will remove most of those unnecessary extra steps.

 

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Just as a general note, I hope we can all accept that different people have different preferences for things and not feel the need to belittle others whose preferences differ

1 hour ago, F737MAX said:

Just one example off the top of my head, how do you currently perform all ground ops in the PMDG 737?

I think for me there are other things that go into it. Clicks take a short amount of time. Again part of it has to do with the fact that we may be more used to navigating those menus. With the tablet, there are other things other than clicks that can add time. For example when you open an app or a tab there are some transition times that go into it. At one point, one had a lock screen that you had to enter in a 4 digit password or press a key in order to access the actual efb (I hear they will eventually allow you to disable that). Also for some people, having more things like pictures and diagrams add more clutter that can be distracting and make it more involved to navigate around. Some like to type in numbers rather than move sliders, etc. Each person is different of course.

I think another reason why I don't really have a problem with ground handling is that I use GSX which handles a lot of those things automatically. GSX now also automatically enters in the simbrief zero fuel weight and fuel as well, so that may help.

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1 hour ago, Kevin_28 said:

I think another reason why I don't really have a problem with ground handling is that I use GSX which handles a lot of those things automatically

It's fine to be happy with the method you learned to set-up the aircraft, a lot of us are creatures of habit after all. Yet that doesn't negate the fact that the process is designed inefficiently. Nor that better methods exist elsewhere and should either be replicated or ideally be improved upon.

Also, relying on a third-party app to bypass the quirky layout of accessing options isn't a solution, it's a workaround.

PMDG has taken a step in response to the competition, but I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for more or expect better from one of the leading developers in our hobby.


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12 minutes ago, F737MAX said:

Also, relying on a third-party app to bypass the quirky layout of accessing options isn't a solution, it's a workaround.

PMDG has taken a step in response to the competition, but I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for more or expect better from one of the leading developers in our hobby.

Yea that's fair.

Thankfully, pmdg has made it clear that they are not just resting on what they have now and they will continue to add further functionality to it. Actually in digging into the files, I do see a YouTube icon and Adobe acrobat icon so I am curious as to what they have planned for that.

 

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4 hours ago, Noel said:

Luddite here, fully able to get from gate to gate w/o it, what does this particular EFB offer?  I use the FlyBag in FBW's A320NX where it plays a major role in configuration and each flight that would be hard to live w/o, whereas w/ PMDG so much configuration is built in to the FMC I'm hard pressed to understand what's it really good for.  Favorite features in the new EFB from PMDG?

Cheers 

And this comment above sums it up:

That has been my view of the PMDG tablet but one thing of interest is that provides take off and landing limitations based on aircraft gross weight, runway length, altitude and condition (albeit only wet or dry), weather (wind and temp) amount of engine derate, flaps, COG etc.  If this is all true to real life I was surprised to find that for a takeoff from NZWN on a dry runway and a 90% load you are limited to a 33% fuel load which is not going to get you across the ditch.  Having done this flight in real life many times with a full load I wonder how the airlines manage it.

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