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  1. My friends, The following guides are provided to help you set up your computers for Shared Cockpit / Connected Flight Deck, Troubleshoot Connection Issues, and to help you get off to a great start in this fantastic genre of Flight Simulation. I urge you not to skip a single word of each of the Guides. If you find yourself skipping sections, please stop, go back and read them. Every effort was made to keep the Guides as short as possible while providing VERY IMPORTANT information to you. These guides were written specifically for Third Party Addon Aircraft that are Shared Cockpit / Connected Flight Deck capable. Please let me know if you have any questions (but only after reading the Guides). OVPA Shared Cockpit Guide OVPA Shared Cockpit Troubleshooting Guide OVPA Shared Cockpit Communications Guide I hope you find these Guides helpful. Happy Shared Cockpit / Connected Flight Deck flying!
  2. Updated October 7, 2017 Updated Shared Cockpit Airliner List Below There are many terrific aircraft in flight sim, but as far as many experienced flight simmers are concerned the two best aircraft (fidelity, realism, performance) ever developed for desktop flight simulation are the Majestic Dash 8 Q400 Professional and the Leonardo Fly the Maddog MD-80 Professional. The guys at Leonardo did things with the MD-80 back with FS2004 that nobody else did until Majestic released the Dash 8, but even the Dash was developed under FSX (and then P3D) and Leonardo did these things under FS2004! Of course both these aircraft are Shared Cockpit capable! The Maddog was ported over to FSX, meaning that there was no way it could be ported again into P3DV1/2/3, and certainly not into P3DV4. I'd communicated with Davide (owner of Leonardo Software) several times over the years about updating the Maddog, and even tried to get other developers including Aerosoft interested in purchasing the rights or working with Leonardo to re-develope the Maddog for FSX and P3D, but nobody was interested. I then opened talks with Davide about purchasing the rights to the Maddog software, but that too didn't work out. This aircraft is so terrific that several friends and I have kept FSX installed for the sole purpose of flying her and one other aircraft (MD-11), but overall it seemed that the flight sim community would loose this amazing aircraft. UPDATE: Last week it was announced that Leonardo has already begin work on re-writing the Maddog software for P3DV4! I've spoken with Davide and my primary Shared Cockpit test partner (Grant) from the Dash 8 Q400 Professional project will be helping with the new Maddog. Regarding the Dash 8 Q400... if you're not aware, Majestic changed their mind about the development timeline for making the Dash 8 compatible with P3DV4, so we'll have this, the other of the two best aircraft ever developed for desktop flight sim, back in our hanger as well! For those who haven't experienced flying either of these two STELLAR aircraft - especially in Shared Cockpit, you'll be in for a MAGNIFICENT EXPERIENCE. With that, I'm EXCITED to update the Airliner Shared Cockpit list. It's going to be a GREAT 2017/2018 for shared cockpit flying!!! Best wishes to everyone.
  3. This is a breakaway post from a Shared Cockpit discussion taking place in a thread in the PMDG Forums. I created this thread to prevent deraining the other thread, which was about Virtual Cabins. DISCUSSION CONTINUED Going back years ago I had several private message sessions with Ryan about this. First it was something he said they were planning (his words Rob) but then things changed. Then later it was something they wanted to do, but things changed again. Then he posted openly that the programming for shared cockpit was too much work, their wasn't any documentation in the SDK, etc., etc., etc.. It's just that (at least then) the folks at PMDG (or at least Ryan) didn't understand the difference between the code that Microsoft gave us for shared cockpit is not what was being used by other developers (because it wouldn't work for for all the functions that a third party aircraft has). At least up to the point when Ryan posted this, it wasn't their thing and they weren't interested enough in shared cockpit to research it (well actually, I did tell him that one couldn't use the Microsoft Shared Cockpit functions and all that, but he must have forgotten). Leonardo created fully functional Shared Cockpit for their incredible Fly the Maddog MD-80 in both FS9 and FSX, and systems wise that aircraft still revivals any aircraft in flight sim today, and Digital Design also did this for their Fokker and were supposed to add Shared Cockpit to the Concorde but sadly that never materialized. I've been meaning to talk with Hans about this, but he's been really busy with CRJ - which I can promise you is a terrific aircraft! I sincerely hope PMDG will change their minds about Shared Cockpit at some point, as I agree that a Shared Cockpit capable PMDG 737, 747 or 777 would be incredible! I think what is needed is for a lot of people to start asking them about it again, and point to the successes other developers have had with it. I'm immensely grateful that Oleksiy at Majestic and Collin at TFDi Design for being far more open minded and implementing Shared Cockpit, and for Mathijs at Aerosoft for having the foresight to do so! My huge thanks to them all, but especially to Oleksiy at Majestic for being open to listening. He created the first shared cockpit capable airliner since the Leonardo/Digital Aviation days. Also, what Collin and Joshua did with the Shared Cockpit interface was absolutely terrific! What Aerosoft is planning for the upgraded Connected Flight Deck is going to be completely different than what anyone else has done before and I'm looking forward to seeing it.
  4. Good morning all, I wanted to start a new thread here to hopefully bring some attention back to the possibility of a True shared cockpit experience being supported by PMDG. Several plane makers now have their own shared cockpit software built into the planes, and many of the X-plane developers fully support programs like smart co-pilot that provide a fully functional shared cockpit experience, even down to FMC usage etc. In my opinion, and I am sure many others here share the same, PMDG is at the top of the stack for payware aircraft quality. Their releases generally take time, but they release top notch products that you can guarantee are going to be the most realistic experience possible inside of a flight simulator. I really wish that PMDG would be willing to start building its own shared cockpit system into its airplanes. I have no doubt the PMDG shared cockpit system would be the best on the market, just like the rest of their products. Being a real pilot I really enjoy the proper use of cockpit resource management, and a huge part of that is having another crew member to help with the workload. I know that PMDG takes a lot of pride in being the most realistic payware aircraft developer out there, and I think a PMDG Developed, fully functional shared cockpit system would be the crown jewel to creating the most realistic experience possible on a simulator. I know PMDG has briefly commented some on these boards in the past regarding shared cockpit, but it has been a while. I know you guys are currently very deep into the 747 v3 and the DC6 FSX/P3D conversion, but I ask that you please give this some additional consideration. I know for a fact that this would help increase your sales since you would have more people buy your planes in pairs. Yes, I do realize that it would be very difficult if not impossible to analytically predict exactly how much it would increase sales. I am one of them that would be even more motivated to purchase your products, as well as my stream partner, because it would be an amazing shared cockpit experience. I think that shared cockpit is very beneficial for this community, and not only does it provide top notch realism, but frankly it also creates some more entertainment value. In the streaming world typically shared cockpit streams get more turnout, and I think that is because it just adds in that last element of fun into the sim that people have been missing all of these years. That is enough for my soapbox for now. I would be very curious to hear other's thoughts and would love a sincere PMDG response. Thanks for being such a top notch developer. On closing comment, keep pushing plane development!!! :wink:
  5. Hello guys, as the topic already describes, I am looking for someone to fly with on the Aerosoft Airbus A320. Before we start, some stuff about myself: Name: Sergej Nationality: Ger Age: 27 Availability: Mostly on weekends, rarely during the week Experience: Started with FSX back in 2000-something. I was using the PMDG 737 a lot and recently switched to the Airbus in preparation for the FS Labs P3D-Version. Aviation experienced, Multi-Cockpit-Procedures is not a new topic for me, however I have no experience in flying Shared Cockpit. Oh and “yes”, I know how to program the FMC :-P Simulator: P3D V3.3 What I am looking for: An open-minded simmer, who is willing to learn as much as I do. Frankly speaking, I don’t want to have one who constantly tells you how good he/she knows aviation and all procedures. I am really willing to learn but that “teacher-student” atmosphere is nothing really for me. The more you can learn from each other in a “sharing”-way the better J As a flight starts with preparing the flight, to include route, weather, payload, fuel, etc., I would love to do that by myself beforehand or plan the flight together with the partner. There are a lot of desktop-sharing programs out there so there should not be any problems. After the planning stage, it would be great (if time allows) to perform two legs (e.g. FRA-MUC-FRA). As soon as we get confident with each other and the procedures which comes along shared cockpit, I would love to fly online on Vatsim or IVAO. Teamspeak-Server is available but we can use whatever you prefer! So, I am really looking forward to some interested people and I am fully open for ideas or suggestions! Thanks and talk to you soon! Sergej
  6. Hiya I was looking for a skilled pilot who is willing to do a shared cockpit with me. I have been doing simulation flying for 7 years now and I have P3D Please contact me on or Kind Regards Aryan
  7. G'day, I am currently trying to connect to my mate in the Majestic Q400, using Shared Cockpit. However, when we connect he says he sees a single bar of connection and I do not see any green bars, he can also pull switchs and move flight controls that I can see but I am not able to do any of that. This seems like there is a one way connection even though we have both port-forwarded, put the correct ports in the control panels. We tried each person as master and loaded into the same livery at the same location at airports. My mate is using FSX-SE and I am using Prepar3D if that makes any difference. Thanks.
  8. Hello everyone, I am not quite sure if this is the correct forum to post this but, I am looking for someone who would like to take part in a shared cockpit flight with me. I am 19 years old, live in the United States and would consider myself to be proficient with the a320 as well as Vatsim. The only shared cockpit capable aircraft I have is the Aerosoft a320/a321. I also have PFPX, the most recent Navigraph AIRAC and Active Sky 2016. If anyone is interested please do let me know!
  9. Shared Cockpit Community Update (FSX/P3D) When FSX (ESP) was created, Microsoft added some "Shared Cockpit" features for default or default compatible gauges, some switch positions and engine/flight controls. This type of shared cockpit is very limited. I generally refer to this as Microsoft Shared Cockpit. Third party Shared Cockpit does not use the Shared Cockpit programming in FSX/P3D, but rather uses a standard network interface implemented by the aircraft developer and which will allow for all aircraft functions (including the FMS) to be shared between two computers. This is the type of Shared Cockpit most people use for Third Party Airliners today. As an introduction, and the qualify what I'm about to say, let me say that I was a senior Beta Tester and the chief Shared Cockpit tester for the Majestic Dash 8 Q400. I'm also a Beta Tester and Advisor for Aerosoft, and I work with many of the leading developers in flight simulation. I've been in the flight sim community for over 30 years, and I have most every high end payware airliner for FSX/P3D, and I have roughly 8000 hours flying Shared Cockpit. I am the founder of the Online Virtual Pilots Association, a private group devoted to realism, high levels of immersion, and Shared Cockpit using CRM. Presently, there are only three airliners with a Virtual Cockpit which are fully Shared Cockpit capable. They are: Leonardo MD-80 Maddog. This is 1 of 2 of the best, most accurate and most realistic aircraft ever developed for Desktop Flight Simulation and is still at the front part of the pack. Not only is it Shared Cockpit capable, about 95%+ of anything you find in the real world FCOM (Operational Manual) will work correctly in this aircraft. Presently it is only FSX compatible. This aircraft is so incredible that I recently reinstalled FSX:SE to fly her - usually in Shared Cockpit. Also includes a weather radar, ground radar and ground map, and has the most complex/accurate GPWS of any FSX/P3D aircraft. It is also the only FSX/P3D aircraft that has a working predictive wind shear and audible wind shear alerts. Recently someone created a Virtual Cockpit Texture update for this aircraft which was terrific! Majestic Dash 8 Professional. This is the other 1 of 2 of the best aircraft ever developed for Desktop Flight Simulation, and is Shared Cockpit capable. Like the Maddog, 95% of what works in the real world FCOM will work in this aircraft, and it is the only FSX/P3D aircraft ever developed which in my opinion handles like a real aircraft due being the only aircraft using an external flight model (developed by NASA), thus is has more flight control variables which allow it to act/react as a real aircraft does. Aerosoft Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Series. An impressive, cost affordable model of the Airbus. Aerosoft calls Shared Cockpit "Connected Flight Deck", and it works EXTREMELY WELL! One is able to perform 90%+ of all operational procedures a real world flight crew would perform on the flight deck, and it's become a favorite of mine to fly (along with the Maddog and Dash 8). In the coming months we will see at least 3 more Shared Cockpit aircraft. Aerosoft A318 Experimental. This aicraft is a test bed for the Aerosoft A330, and will be free to everyone who owns either the Aerosoft A318/A319 or A320/A321 package. It looks as if it will be more deeply modeled than the present A318/A319/A320/A321 series, though Aerosoft plans to back fit the A318/A319/A320/A321 series with programming from the A318 Experimental and A330. Aerosoft A330. This will provide us with a wide body, long range aircraft that is Shared Cockpit capable, and I have a procedure which allows for a relief crew to take over on a long haul flight. TFDi Design B717. The Boeing 717 is actually the last of the MD-80 line. The Boeing designation came about as McDonald Douglass was purchased by Boeing during either the late design or early manufacture process of the B717. Replacing other digital gauges and DDIs are 6 large DDI (displays). Aerosoft has expressed interest in making their upcoming CRJ-700/900 Shared Cockpit capable at some point after initial release. This is not a promise, but Aerosoft has committed to the Shared Cockpit genre and I personally believe we will see this. There are other developers, including Quality Wings, who have approached me regarding Shared Cockpit, and I'm confident that we will see the list of Shared Cockpit aircraft grow considerably in the next few years.
  10. A few days ago the Internet suffered one of the largest and most widespread Malware based attacks to date, affecting millions of people. No matter what you read about this, the attack was far more widespread than is being reported. The majority of these attacks were Denial of Service (DOS) where a tremendous (possibility even record breaking) number of personal computers and "smart" home appliances are infected over long periods of time and then "activated" to target organizations and companies. Malware infections are not limited to creating Drones for DOS attacks. To my personal knowledge, there have been at least 3 major state sponsored malware threats that cost governments millions of dollars and written by companies who specialize is cyber warfare, that have been gotten out of their cages and have been mutated and being used by private individuals and organizations for their own nefarious purposes not the least of which is identity theft and stealing financial information. This has been happening daily for many, many years, but what is new is the level of threat and number of people now at risk. I haven't even mentioned Ransomware! Most people know not to connect to certain websites (though some and even many do this anyway) and to avoid plugging in thumb drives or insert CD/DVDs we don't trust, yet people in the flight simulation and other gaming communities will do something FAR more risky by connecting to a computer of a person whom they do not know. Worse, they'll do so much as a thought to computer security software on either end. I can assure you that computers have already been infected by connecting for Shared Cockpit, and given that at least 1 in 10 computers are already infected by serious malware (some security experts say this number is far higher), I think it's safe to surmise that we have several people in flight simulation who have compromised computers and don't know it. My friends, I realize this post is already too long and despite how importance this topic is some will have already skipped through it. I would just like to remind people that pinned to this forum is the OVPA CFD Setup Guide which will help you to fly Shared Cockpit if the safest way possible. Additionally, if you are over the age of 24 and are interested in a group where all members have certified computer security such as that defined in the OVPA CFD Setup Guide, then drop by the OVPA Website and check us out. Note please that OVPA is a fun loving, but serious private flight simulation group. We take our flights and our fun seriously, and we only accept those who already believe in putting the team first. You don't have to be an expert in flight simulation to join OVPA, but you should have a desire to learn how to fly realistically and learn a great deal about flight simulation software setup. The average person usually doubles their knowledge in both categories in the first week or two. My very best wishes for safe, secure, Happy Flights!
  11. Hello! As the thread title states, I'm looking for a co-pilot in the 737 or 777 on FSX (not P3D). I have both paid and free versions and have flown a couple of times before with various people with success. Example video of a flight on VATSIM with shared cockpit: Please reply in this thread or reach me on email at: if interested! I can also be reached on steam: Other people who I know who share cockpit: Jezzy776 (Steam name) Thank you!
  12. We had several people from this forum meet up on the OVPA Voice Server today, and we had a terrific conversation about Shared Cockpit and how to do somethings to improve the experience. I enjoyed meeting and speaking with all of you! Dave
  13. Friends, Aerosoft has published a Hot Fix for those who are experiencing a Crash to Desktop when performing a Direct To function. Whether or not you are experiencing this problem, I recommend you implement this Hot Fix to ensure those flying Connected Flight Deck have 100% compatible software for their connection. Here is the LINK to the Hot Fix topic. Happy Flights!
  14. If you'd be interested in an Online, Interactive Session on Shared Cockpit, please see and respond to the post at the link below (on the Aerosoft Forum). Thanks! LINK Best wishes!
  15. We have tried to share cockpit using the built-in 'Shared Cockpit' facility which appears in both FSX-MS and in FSX-SE. So far it seems that it only works if both users are using the same edition of FSX - i.e. it does not work if one user is on FSX-MS and the other is on FSX-SE. My first question is: is this correct, or are we doing something wrong? On all occasions we were using a default Cessna 172 aircraft simulation. If it is indeed the case that sharing cockpit does not work between these two platforms, do STEAM have any plans to change this in the future? Lastly - is there a work-around which will enable the cockpit sharing facility to work across these two platforms? I am not holding my breath :wink: PS We have used the facility very successfully with both users on the same platform.
  16. hey, im looking for someone to fly the NGX with. Let me know if your up for it.
  17. Just saw this post on another site and surprised I haven't seen it on Avsim yet considering how popular this product line is. (did a quick search) Apparently the SP3 Updates for the Airbus 3XX line bring Online Shared Cockpit functionality under the guise of Connected Flight Deck. I'll be interested to see how they sync the weather!
  18. Hello all, I have purchased the Steam Edition because of the low sale price, but I haven't had a chance to install and play with it. Since before it came out, I've thought it would be a great way to introduce a friend that might be interested to flight simulation, especially with the simplified Steam multiplayer. What I'm wondering is if anyone has tried the shared cockpit feature with the default aircraft, which could be very useful for introducing FSX. I'm interested in hearing how well it does (ordoes not) work. Thanks much.
  19. Hello everyone, I would like to introduce Desk Pilot a free add on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X that gives you the ability to share your PMDG 737NGX cockpit with another user over a lan or internet connection. Here is my website link(Javascript) or (No Javascript) From there you may download the current version of Desk Pilot. Desk Pilot Version 1.4.2 is currently in beta stage and some of the standard features have been disabled to incorporate shared cockpit at a faster pace. Due to that fact please only report problems related to the shared cockpit feature. Things you will need are a legal copy of the PMDG 737 NGX and Microsoft Flight Simulator X with all updates same goes for the other user. Desk Pilot is split into two programs server(captain) and client(first officer). For information on how to setup the server,client please refer to the Desk Pilot Readme.pdf and DP Shared Cockpit Crew Manual.pdf Desk Pilot's system requirements are as follows: Minimum System Requirements Pentium III 1GHz or equivalent Windows XP (Home/Pro) / Vista / Win7 512 MB of Ram You must have the latest DirectX version installed Fully DirectX compatible Graphics Card with 128 MB Memory or more and Hardware 3D Acceleration DirectX compatible Sound Card Recommended System Requirements Dual Core 1.8GHz or above Windows XP (Home/Pro) / Vista / Win7 1GB of Ram You must have the latest DirectX version installed Fully DirectX compatible Graphics Card with 256 MB Memory or more and Hardware 3D Acceleration Direct X compatible Sound Card Those requirements represent my highest library requirements. Although Desk Pilot it self was developed on a stock i7 @ 2.8GHZ and tested on a stock core2 duo @ 3.0GHZ.
  20. Hey, so there's been a shared cockpit client released for the NGX. I was hoping i could get a flying partner(s)! anyone who wants to fly with me just hit me up! heres the client page:
  21. Hello PMDG crew and the community, Merry Xmas! On Friday I will be getting my new PC so as to move to FSX. I have a quick question: What are the plans for shared cockpit in PMDG aircraft? Is this still being considered? Or the idea will not move forward? Thanks a lot, Marinos Klouras Athens, Greece
  22. Hi PMDG dev team and others, I was wondering if PMDG is still working on the Shared cockpit feature for the NGX ? Near one year before, they say it'll come with the SP1. We're now at SP1c and no news about that. A lot of IVAO & AVSIM pilots really wait such a feature ! Thank you in advance ( and continue making good work on the T7 )
  23. My dad and i have been sharing aircraft(particularly Carenado products) for a while now without any problems until recently. Something has been changed although i cant put my finger on what it could possibly be. Now when we share an aircraft everything works perfecly as it did before until i transfer control to him. When he takes control he can turn the aircraft normally, but he's unable to climb or descend. He can pitch the plane up and down, but it still remains at the altitude that it was at when he accepted control. i've searched everywhere i know to search and so this is a last resort. any help will be greatly appreciated!
  24. Hi guys, I and my friend want to fly shring the cockpit in the maddog pro 2008 (leonardo sh production) in vatsim...does anyone know how to do that or know where to find a good tutorial? thnks so much