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New Airbus 380 from Wilco looks good!

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Anybody tried it yet?Is fly by wire working? Is an ILS approach and Autoland stable?Ulf B

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I don't own that airplane (yet), but I can tell you that Wilco has historically included some fairly detailed manuals with their aircraft (I don't have all of their aircraft, so I can't say what comes with which aircraft.)I discovered that using a modern FMC is childsplay, once you understand its basic premise and operation. It's one of those things that looks complicated until you understand how to work it, and then feels extraordinarily basic. Like if you didn't know how to use a pushbutton phone, but then someone taught you how to do it.I can't give you a link to the manual that I learned this from, unfortunately, but you might ask of any purchasers whether this topic is covered in the manual for the just-released A380 V2.I would be very surprised if it wasn't covered thoroughly.Cheers,

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Best tutorials I have seen come with the Level-D 767-300.The manuals that come with the package are excellent, but then they have gone a step further by releasing regular 'Level-D Operations' manuals that provide further detail in specific areas. FMC programming was one such 'special'.

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Most of the detail seems to be in the passenger cabin.I'm waiting till the first reports come out Jay

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I don't own this bird, but the front page article said missions are included that cover cold and dark and many other scenarios. Hopefully that includes FMC operation.Best Regards, Donald T.:-waveFLYing? It's cool. Trillions of birds and insects can't be wrong.

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I can tell you that there is one mission ... covering the Engine Start Procedure (going from cold/dark to having the engines started) and then recreating a maiden test flight (sorry, so more spoilers).The mission is offered in three difficulty levels and in four languages (English, French, German and Spanish) ... thus, the use of the term "missions."Cheers,

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I really enjoyed the video on the Wilco site of their FSX Airbus 380. It looks good and has 3 levels of flying for various FS pilots. I'm tempted to buy it.I see the Navigation is FMC. I still do not know how to fly a heavy with anything but the FSX default GPS for navigation. I'm embarrassed to even admit that. I do most of my flying in GA and enjoy the VFR experience. I do fly bizjets and Lears but the FMC is something I just never learned. Perhaps there's an FMC tutorial with this plane.

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>Anybody tried it yet?>>Is fly by wire working? Is an ILS approach and Autoland>stable?>>Ulf B>First flight. 615 miles till arlanda. I kinda just jumped in and took off from LFBO. Playing with the fmc i didn't get the autothrottle set and blew myself out of the sky at 600 kias . I'll wait till the morning to land with a fresh cup of coffee. You have to use the keyboard to turn on the instrument lights :-( . I thought the switches on the overhead panel would be functioning for that.Missing ATC, kneeboard and map icons on the main panel and its a little hokey to edit due to the new panel .dll files. I think mods have to be swapped thru the gps panel.I'll try that another time.

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Daveo,I would appreciate if you could post two pics of the 2D panel, one in daylight and one with panel lighting on at night. There seems to be no screenshots showing the 2D panel at the Wilco site.Is fly by wire modelled and work ok? Did you do an autoland and how did the 380 behave during autoland?Ulf B

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I would read some reviews about that product, or any product for that matter, before purchasing.

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Perhaps we should nominate someone to review it, then all chip in and buy them a copy? :)Colin

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I am one of the bravest "impulse" buyers out there. Just ask Simmarket...But I will leave this one for someone else to try.Besides, I do not think I could land it at my home field that 5000ft long. Its not 1/2 mile wide either. Geez the pilots and passengers in the back are in different times zones!

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Given the developer and publisher, you'll want to wait until it is patched a few times...

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Good advice.....I will wait until I hear some reviews.

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>Daveo,>>I would appreciate if you could post two pics of the 2D panel,>one in daylight and one with panel lighting on at night. There>seems to be no screenshots showing the 2D panel at the Wilco>site.>>Is fly by wire modelled and work ok? Did you do an autoland>and how did the 380 behave during autoland?>>Ulf B>Didn't forget ya. Just a long busy midsommar weekend. :(Autoland was ok on the first flight. Just takes some getting used to the controls, and with the kid running around all weekend it wasn't an easy task.Its not a Level-D but not bad. Definitely better then another one I bought. I was expecting more stuff on the overhead panel to work but oh well. Gonna have to figure out how to mod the panel a bit.Well off to Florida tomorrow for a month so my fleet will be grounded here for a bit.Have a good summer.

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Where's "Mikey" when you need him? He'll try anything. (perhaps I am dating myself a bit with this)

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Daveo,Thanks a lot for the pictures and feedback on autoland. Excellent!You didn't have to many nubbar during midsommar, did ya?A good summer to you, as well :-)Ulf B

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>Daveo,>>Thanks a lot for the pictures and feedback on autoland.>Excellent!>You didn't have to many nubbar during midsommar, did ya?>>A good summer to you, as well :-)>>Ulf B>None actually. Just a few becks and a BBQ.The second flight was aot better. Autoland hit the nail on the head at KALB. The FMC doesnt seem to bad either just different. Haven't tried any holding patterns yet either.So many FMC's so little time!!! :(

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Can one import a flight plan into the FMC from the FSX flight planner with the new Wilco A380? I can do that with my Flight1 Pilatus PC-12 and it really saves time by not having to manually enter all of the ICAO waypoint codes. I'm undecided as to whether to buy the Wilco A380 or the new PDMG MD-11 which should be out shortly. If one plane permits flight plan importation to the FMC and the other doesn't I'll buy the one that enables the waypoint codes to be imported.

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>I'm undecided as to whether to buy the Wilco A380 or the new>PDMG MD-11 which should be out shortly. This depends on what your definition of "shortly" is...

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>Can one import a flight plan into the FMC from the FSX flight>planner with the new Wilco A380? I can do that with my>Flight1 Pilatus PC-12 and it really saves time by not having>to manually enter all of the ICAO waypoint codes. >>I'm undecided as to whether to buy the Wilco A380 or the new>PDMG MD-11 which should be out shortly. If one plane permits>flight plan importation to the FMC and the other doesn't I'll>buy the one that enables the waypoint codes to be imported.Yes the 380 imports FSX flight plans direct. Load with the flight planner as normal then hit the import flt plan key on the FMC.

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>>I'm undecided as to whether to buy the Wilco A380 or the new>>PDMG MD-11 which should be out shortly. >>This depends on what your definition of "shortly" is...Although they haven't given a release date the first post in the following Avsim thread gives me hope that it may not be too much longer:http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=sho...e=&topic_page=1

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>Yes the 380 imports FSX flight plans direct. Load with the>flight planner as normal then hit the import flt plan key on>the FMC.That's good news. Thanks. Hopefully the PMDG MD-11 will have a similar capability. I think I'll wait a while longer for it to be released at which time we'll know whether it does. By then there should be some good reviews of both planes that will make the decision of which one I should buy an easier one to make.

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>>Yes the 380 imports FSX flight plans direct. Load with the>>flight planner as normal then hit the import flt plan key on>>the FMC.>>That's good news. Thanks. Hopefully the PMDG MD-11 will have>a similar capability. I think I'll wait a while longer for it>to be released at which time we'll know whether it does. By>then there should be some good reviews of both planes that>will make the decision of which one I should buy an easier one>to make. >I would think that comparing those 2 AC are like comparing apples and oranges. Unless its just the FMC issue. I'm waiting for the 737 NGX but might be retired by then. :(

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