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  1. PMDG Team,I really appreciate your decision to maintain a dual platform approach. Bravo I say!!!I wish I had the resources to buy a new platform, but my current 4 yo p42.6 runs everything I have very well ... Thanks!!!Best regards,Paul BenoitKAPV
  2. Andreas,I have been looking for years ... have an AOM for the MD-80(DC-9-80) they always say ... but not with FMC. ONS like on the Espen Super-80. But everything else is the same as the Maddog documentation, and the documentation from MD-Max ... if you have all 3 of the MD's then you have more documentation than seems to be available otherwise.In the US with American and Delta having large fleets of MDs you would think that someone would sell a AOM to ESSCO or someone like that .. would be specially great if someone from Delta would sell one because all the Delta MD's are MD-88's with FMS ... o well, maybe some day!!!Cheers and Happy Flying!!!Paul BenoitKAPV
  3. I'll add my $.02Maddog 2006 is an amazing upgrade. Here on day 1:1. Tutorial ... detailed, well done, what everyone always yells for2. Liveries ... available, no waiting3. many many new features, weather radar, the whole procedural reality of an MD-80 ... at least from a "not a real pilot ... but has read all the AOMS I can find" perspective ... and if Stellan Hillmerby has tested it ... than what else can I say.4. Excellent flight model ... imho ... I love Espen's MD-80 but really don't like the nose down issues. These are two different aircraft .. different avionics, etc. Hard to compare.5. Thorough documentationPrice ... who cares ... not me ... I want the BEST MD80 I can get, loved the first Maddog 2004 and trusted Leonardo to do an excellent job ... which imho, they really did.For an MD-80 SIM ... I can't think of what's missing compared to the depth of LDS and PMDG (767, and 737-747 respectively). I think this package is on par with and ahead of both noted above in some respects .. of course it's NEW today (ex. weather and terrain radar, loading sequences (LDS has some of course) Virtual Cockpits ... well I don't like and don't use, so if you want one you're simply SOL. To NOT buy this because it has no VC is really over the edge I think, but every one has their likes and dislikes.Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I certainly agree with Brian D ... you can't really talk about this unless you own it ... if you don't like the price .. well don't buy it, but don't grouse about the price either ... this is a major major upgrade and these guys deserve whatever they can get. I hate the prices of new automobiles .. and the price of gasoline .. but when you need and want you pay.I believe everyone who develops this stuff for me ... Espen, LDS, Feelthere, PMDG, DF just to name a few, deserve a great round of applause from all of us!!!! I'm at FL340 in the middle of a flight from LGA to DFW in the new Maddog ... have to admit I needed the UG and tutorial to understand the new stuff. Absolutely great!!!!Bottom line, if you want an MD-80, FMS based avionics, with ALL the BELLS and WHISTLES, relative to the "gold standards" of PNDG and LDS, then this is it.Cheers to all. Paul BenoitKAPV
  4. Thanks guys! no matter what I do, I can't access the site. Odd, but appreciate your both trying!!
  5. Happy New year!!!Curious ... the MDMAX site http://www.mdsuper80.com/ seems to have been dead for sometime. Does anyone have any info about MDMAX ...??I'm very happy with the Lago/Leonardo Maddog ...fly it often ... but also have MDMAX ... wondering where they went ... or maybe I'm just missing something.
  6. To PSS,Swearing aside, all the posters to this topic are CORRECT. I don't usually chime in, but as a very long term loyal customer ... I too would like to understand what the issue is with the Loader/Planner for the 757.I do really belive that Raniero said it all ... and that you (PSS) owe us all an explanation.
  7. Thanks very much for the link!!!! Totally Amazing!!!!! a great read!!!
  8. Just a couple of thoughtsBob, congratulations on retirement!!!! (I'm insanely jealous!!!) and best wishes for success in the rest of your life!!!I gave up tweaking, worrying about stutters, frame rates, etc some time ago and really enjoy every opportunity to plan and fly!!! Even as a terrible cynic, I still see FS as the glass half full ... incredible software with incredible addons which allow me to do something I can't afford to do in real life ... all in the comfort of my own home!!!I guess like in the rest of non-FS life, it's all in the expectations!!!! Having been in the computer biz for 30+ (yikes) years now, I'm simply AMAZED that anything works!!!!Like some of you I have finally stopped buying "everything" .. I have no addon scenery, and other than adding a the awesome grounhandling gauge and Reality XP Weather radar where needed, I "tweak no more" ... I've stopped buying GA and BizJets because I never fly them ... however I did join a VA (FTG - Singapore Airlines) and find that it gives me some structure to what time I spend ... and I fly everything from ERJs and ATRs and Maddogs to all the Boeings and Airbuses all on real scheduled routes ... some fun for me!!! I go up and down in my "time spent" ... being at a down at the moment, but I'm sure the spirit will move me to a daily flight soon again!!! I use AS6, RC4, FSNav for moving map, FS FlightKeeper for logging and FDC for checklists and general ambiance ... and have a excellent experience almost every time!!!!The key is just doing ... not worrying about this and that ... realizing that it is software ... quite complicated ... and that for a few bucks I can sit in a 747 or MD80 and actually "fly" in my mind ... and suspend reality for a few minutes!!!!Cheers to everyone and again, Best Wishes to Bob!!!
  9. quayle,I'll start the war of words going (cynical old me ... hahahaha) first .. probably not good style asking your question on this forum, may be beter to ask on the MSFS forum.But since you asked ... the answer is simple for me, I "pre-purchased" and have been flying the PSS 757 since it was released ... and am very pleased with my purchase. PSS has done a good job with this aircraft, in my opinion. It's not as detailed as some other developers might do ... you know who ... but the modeling is fine for me ... as much as I like gorey detail, I never use failures because life has enough of those already ... hahahaha ... and I like to enjoy my sim experience not be worried about it!! The 757 allows me to do what I want with my sim experience and provides a great level of immersion for me.I heartily recommend the PSS 757 (and the 777 also) as great examples of good software ... modeling enough to keep you interested, but not so much as to give you ulcers!!! and the FMS has a FIX page ... and there is weather radar!!!Someone once said, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." Applies in this situation I think.Cheers, and
  10. I agree PaulAt least it took a couple of days for the critics to begin.I have experienced none of the issues listed above on my lowly old PC ... and find that the PSS 757 is a very fine piece of software after 3 long distance flights.As someone noted ... the 757 is reputed to be vastly overpowered for it's size ... have flown in 757's many time over the past 5 years, I can attest to a very steep initial climb out and a feeling of power ... but that's just meJust goes to show you that you can't please everyone, sadlyCheers, and
  11. While I respect everyone's right to complain all they wish, all I can say is that "You can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time."I was a pre-purchaser, and downloaded when just by serendipity I looked on the PSS site. Unfortunately didn't have time to fly that day. Next day, there was ALREADY an update, which I d/l'd again. Did a very nice flight ... AA226 SAN --> BOS ... no issues even running with all my standard stuff ... ASv6, RC4, FSNav, Flight Keeper and FDC .. So I, for one, am a happy camper ... yesterday flew BOS to PBI, flying DL907 ATL to LAX right now ... enjoying the experience.Having been a PSS customer since the old old days of the 744, I have come to expect PSS to provide a quality product ... which they have done here, and with the 777. Support has always been excellent, courteous and prompt. Fixes always available, albeit sometimes after a difficult time bug shooting!!! ... but that's just the reality of the software biz ... things "ain't always intuitively obvious" especially when you can't recreate customer's problems.I expect PSS software to be medium complexity ... not heavy duty, all systems modeled, failures available, all that. I appreciate what I get, and live with it. Satisfaction in life seems to me to be setting appropriate, realistic expectations. As much as I would like the Flight Recorder test button to move the needle, as much as I would like to press the alert button to alert the cabin crew of things, much as I would like to set the temps, etc ... I don't expect these things from PSS, so I'm not disappointed. The 757 has a FIX page and the T7 has the FIX page retrofitted via patch ... so I can't complain about that.At any rate, I feel badly that some people feel cheated and disappointed ... don't personally agree with those feelings, rather think that I an VERY happy with the 757 I have now, in the virtual air north of DFW. I WILL buy the other 757 when it comes out some day in the future, but in the meantime, I will be enjoying the heck out of the PSS 757.and I will edit my profile to fix the following BEAT to BEST ... hahahaha ... not fun getting old .... 8-(=
  12. Curious, "I am not looking to bash anyones product." huh? is there bashing in this topic? jeezPaul BenoitKAPV
  13. FIRST ... and foremost ... THANKS ... I love the 757, well worth waiting for, flying DL1821 BOS-PBI at the moment ... over Cape Hatteras. Using ASv6, RC4, FDC, Flight Keeper and FSNav for moving map ... and all is well!!! (Flew yesterday after the update from SAN to BOS with NO issues!!!! well a few little ones to discuss later!!!)SO THANKS to the developers, testers and everyone at PSS and WELL DONE!!!!!! Questions:1. I Installed (pre-purchased) in the first minutes. I then installed again, after a new installer was released yesterday. Now there is, yet again, a newer installer which allows one to select specific aircraft and VC/NO VC ... Do I need to obtain this NEW installer and install again?? Are there changes (other than aircraft and VC related, that I will be missing? I can move the aircraft I don;t want off to CD and fix the config if I want ... but don;t want to miss any important fixes from 1st update to general release today.2. If I D/L the newest installer, should I uninstall everything, then reinstall? Guessing YES, especially to install fewer aircraft.Thanks for the answers!!!!! I'm surely not the only ne with these questions.And more importantly, thanks for this wonderful software!!!! and for the T7 patch.
  14. Andy,I don't have the CS 757, but am on my 2nd PSS 757 flight (BOS-PBI) ... flew SAN-BOS yesterday. I think it is a fine piece of software and so far I am a very happy customer!!!!There are a few little issues which have been reported (see the PSS forum), but certainly no showstoppers. I fly with ASv6, RC4, FDC and Flight Keeper .. as well as my old standby moving map ... FSNav, on an "older" PC (2.5ghz P4 with 1GB ram, with Radeon 9700/128MB) and it runs fine for me. Flying down the east coast of the US at the moment, there is heavy cloud cover and I have the radar on, and am running 8-17 FPS ... whatever that really means ... looks fine to me really ... I don't count FPS because I would NEVER be happy ... hahahaha ... I just enjoy!!!! I use the stock MSFS scenery also, so I'm sure that makes life easier all around.FMC now includes a FIX page(YAY), and to the best of my knowledge CS has not published the "whatever they call it -- block maybe?" which has an FMC.PSS, in my experience, always publishes excellent software; always well supported (even though things take time and people vocally complain)and this 757 is another good example of their excellent software. If you have the LDS 767, where nearly everything is simulated, and assume that their "coming someday" 757 will be the same, AND if you really love the complexity and 99% systems fidelity, failures, etc. then you might be disappointed with PSS. If LDS is maximum complexity, then the PSS 757 (as well as the updated 777) are both medium ++ complexity. I love the complexity of the LDS software, but never use the failures (life has enough of that for me!!!) so I'm very happy with PSS, and actually elated to have a 757!!!!! I heartily recommend the new PSS 757!!!!!
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    Chris,In addition, if you are a FSBuild user, there are multiple 757 version/engine choices. I used the 757-200 RR for a San Diego to Boston AA226 flight yesterday, and the numbers were fine!!A good place to start if you use FSBuild.Cheers,Paul BenoitKAPV
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