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  1. The list of missing or poorly implemented features is massive for X-Plane? Then why has it gained so much popularity in recent years? It has become a very complete sim and in my mind costs a lot less to provide a top notch experience than P3D does. Weather=There is a free NOAA plug-in to improve the weather depiction in X-Plane, but there is also the Xenviro addon you can purchase which is very good. Activesky also said they are developing for the platform. ATC=Both P3D and X-Plane have awful ATC out of the box. But with VATSIM and PilotEdge out there for both platforms, folks have plenty of options to choose from for dynamic atc. AI=Have you tried World Traffic V3? There are both freeware and payware options available for Xplane. It personally does not bother me that much when I fly with online ATC. Only a handful of great aircraft addons=There are a ton of excellent aircraft add-ons in X-Plane. Not sure what your criteria is for a great aircraft addon, but Xplane has a plethora of them to choose from. I still enjoy P3D for airline simming because I have invested a lot in that department. The NGX, GSX, the ORBX sceneries, the numerous payware airport addons, activesky, etc. But for GA simming, X-Plane just feels much more immersive and is so much cheaper to get to a level of immersion that requires purchase of many expensive addons for P3D to get to that level. For X-Plane, I have two payware aircraft add-ons, but everything else is freeware. I can fly with free HD mesh and ortho and can take advantage of the scenery gateway which gives me access to thousands of freeware developed airports that give a solid depiction of the airfield that is much more realistic than the vanilla P3D GA airfields.
  2. It seems like PFPX would be a useful tool for longhaul pilots, but that Simbrief can probably do the job for most flights.
  3. I would be happy with: 1. Pilatus PC-12-Can get in and out of most fields and carry a ton of cargo. 2. TBM 850-Can't quite carry as much stuff, but much faster cruise speed than the PC-12 so you get there faster. 3. Lancair Legacy-Such a remarkable plane. A 240 knot cruiser that can fly for 5-6 hours on a full tank, can do aerobatics, and has speedbrakes in case you mess up your descent planning.
  4. The last Carenado plane I bought was the Cessna 182T and their G1000 simulation was awful on FPS and a total train wreck. To this day, one of my favorite GA planes was their Cessna 210 for FS9. I flew the pants off that thing and loved everything about it. Carenado has now ventured into complex aircraft, but they have programmers who don't have the coding skills to accurately model complex aircraft systems. It blows my mind that they can't hire a good one with all the money they rake in from their sales. I look at a company like Flysimware that doesn't have the best looking aircraft, but they make the effort to really program the systems in complex aircraft the way they should be. There are two things that really set back Carenado: 1. Poor understanding of systems simulations of complex aircraft 2. Poor customer service support These are areas that the best developers out there really have down well. It's obvious from looking at Carenado's upcoming projects that they are more concerned about quantity over quality. Folks know that to really put out a top notch FS aircraft requires hundreds of hours of coding and lots of beta testing to get it right. That's why I never complain about companies like Aerosoft, A2A, Majestic, PMDG, and Real Air taking a while to release a product. Because I know when it does come out, it's going to be a high quality simulation that works well out of the box with few major bugs to overcome.
  5. I'm very happy to see FSX:SE get people excited about the hobby and stir some buzz. There are a wide variety of simmers and I think it's good that we now have 3 good platforms to choose from. As someone who has a pilot's license and wants to fly high fidelity aircraft with realistic system programming and practice real world procedures, P3D more than fits the bill. But I also understand there are folks out there who are more casual and just want to fire up a bird, get flying, and enjoy the eye candy. I see Dovetail taking FSX:SE into more of a casual simmer platform and there should be numerous add-ons that will be released over the years that will grow the hobby. It's not a bad thing and I think it will attract a larger audience. Lockheed-Martin will stick to the training market because that's what they do best. They don't need to cater to every simmer's taste because they are a large and very diversified company with a number of revenue generating sources other than P3D. X-Plane seems to be taking the reins as a fantastic developer's playground and I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of freeware sceneries and aircraft released for the sim.
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