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Reviews (by Christopher)

A2A SIMULATIONS - CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP B377 FSX

A2A SIMULATIONS - CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP B377 FSX

This legendary aircraft is my favorite FSX aircraft of all time. If you need a reason to still use FSX in 2024, this B377 is it. It was never updated for P3D so only works in FSX. It's beautifully done (for an FSX plane) and like all A2A aircraft, all systems are functional and fully simulated. This is a study level aircraft and it is so much fun to learn how to fly it because it's so very unique. I love all vintage airliners but the A2A B377 top's them all. If you've never flown it, do yourself a favor, dust off FSX, install it and buy this airplane, you won't regret it.

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JUSTFLIGHT - ONE-ELEVEN 300/400/500 FSX P3D

JUSTFLIGHT - ONE-ELEVEN 300/400/500 FSX P3D

The One-Eleven is a very unique and interesting classic airliner and I think JF did a really good job of modeling it. I've always loved that JF was willing to make so many classic and vintage jet airliners going all the way back to the Comet. I love flying classic airliners like this, they are so unique, fascinating to learn and fun to fly and JF has many to choose from. The JF One-Eleven is very well modeled inside and out. the 3D modeling and texture work is very well done imo. This is a study level aircraft, most systems are accurately modeled, no dummy switches here. As others have said it is very slow for a jet, both in cruise speed and acceleration. This is pretty accurate though because the real airplane came with very small, very underpowered engines for it's size and weight. When stopped on the ground, it takes moving the throttle lever close to 50% just to get it moving so you can taxi when it's heavily loaded. Tip: You need to set the takeoff trim to at least 3 degrees (as it says in the manual) otherwise it will literally not leave the runway no matter how fast your going. A reveiwer below mentioned having issues with the plane nosediving, this is likely because trim was not set properly or the load was imbalanced. I never had any issues with the plane wanting to nosedive in my experience. In fact, the flight model feels good to me. JF has always been good at making aircraft that have accurate feel and performance for their models and they usually fly close to real life. This plane is no exception, it's very underpowered by design which means you are going to feel it. The One-Eleven is another fantastic edition to the JF lineup of classic airliners and if you love them like I do you should give this one a try, I think you'll enjoy it.

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AEROSOFT - AFRICAN AIRSTRIP ADVENTURES (DOWNLOAD)

AEROSOFT - AFRICAN AIRSTRIP ADVENTURES (DOWNLOAD)

African Airstrip Adventures is a very pleasant surprise and a MUST HAVE for the FSX mission junkie and if you like exploring. This is no ordinary mission pack. AAA is a challenging VFR adventure that takes place in a big section of Kenya where you can become a charter pilot for hire in career mode. You can also do free flights in the area to explore on your own. Aerosoft conveniently added saved flights for each airstrip/airport to make it easy to hop in and go exploring free flight in which you can switch to any aircraft you own. In career mode you can only use mostly FSX default aircraft and a couple Aerosoft aircraft (if you already own them) however this does not detract from the fun Imo. it comes with 20 airstrips/airports, most of which are unpaved. The unique unpaved airstrip designs make for extremely interesting and very challenging takeoffs and landings. This is because all airstrips are sloped and extremely bumpy, not your average flat FSX runway/airstrip. Did I mention the animals? There are Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Giraffes, Zebras, Flamingos and other birds. AAA is all about exploring Africa and all its rugged beauty, the package comes with landclass scenery, custom trees and buildings and animations. Aerosoft is always known for in adding lots of small details in their scenery and you will find all of that here as well. There's also a copilot voiceover in the beginning tutorial mission that explains things and there's a dispatcher you talk to in career mode. The only downside I can think of to AAA is that it requires a good pc and FSX tweaked for best performance to get good frame rates (due to the many animals everywhere and the way FSX handles it, not Aerosoft's fault). Keep in mind that the number of animals you see depends on your autogen density setting, higher setting equals more animals but decreased performance. The reason I still play FSX even today is because even after all these years I still keep finding amazing add-ons like this one that just keeps me playing, FSX is never boring when I keep finding amazing add-ons like this one. Do yourself a favor and get it.

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PILOT'S FSG - FS GLOBAL ULTIMATE 2024 FTX P3D4-6

PILOT'S FSG - FS GLOBAL ULTIMATE 2024 FTX P3D4-6

Simply Stunning! Another high quality product from Pilots FSG. It's by far the best quality mesh you can get for P3D and it really brings your Orbx scenery and photoscenery to life in amazing detail. Don't waste your money buying dozens of other mesh products that only cover very small areas of the world. Global Ultimate 2024 may be a little expensive but it covers the entire world, every single inch of it, in the highest possible detail. You end up saving money on mesh just buying this one single global package instead. If you are looking for ways to make your sim scenery look more detailed and realistic, this is a must have product to get. I strongly recommend Global Ultimate 2024 and I guarantee that you will be amazed by this product.

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REALWORLD SCENERY - CHICAGO FSX P3D

REALWORLD SCENERY - CHICAGO FSX P3D

This developer makes some of the best quality photoscenery I've ever seen for FSX and P3D. It's very high resolution, very sharp and crisp looking scenery, even at 500 feet AGL it looks great, no joke. In fact, it's so good looking that in the screenshots I thought the buildings were 3D (they're not), it totally fooled me. This scenery covers a huge area for city photoscenery, it goes far outside the city of Chicago itself and seems to cover many suburbs to the north, south and west of the city as well. As I pointed out, it does not however come with any autogen which is a huge shame. Some people don't mind flying over straight photoscenery with no autogen but I need 3D objects. That being said, the quality still impresses me. If you want high quality photoscenery with autogen, I strongly recommend you check out this developer's other products like the Ultra VFR scenery (and check the website). It's also excellent quality with custom autogen included. There is one downside with this developer, and that is the installation process for the scenery. It is more complicated than it needs to be and I can see some people getting easily confused so make sure to follow the instructions carefully and email the developer for support if necessary.

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RDPRESETS - RDSHADE - THE ULTIMATE SHADERS P3D4-5

RDPRESETS - RDSHADE - THE ULTIMATE SHADERS P3D4-5

Fantastic tool that allows you to make P3D look anyway you want. There's dozens and dozens of settings to play around with. The reason I chose this over it's competition is because RDShade has a website where you can download fantastic looking presets made and uploaded by other users if you don't feel like messing around and learning, adjusting and tweaking everything by yourself. Just download a preset file you like, open the app, load the preset file, hit apply and go flying. No spending endless hours trying to make P3D look great on your own. I like this feature so much. It also allows me to change things up if I ever get tired or bored of the way things look, I can just load a different preset I like. I've never had any issues with this software and it has all the features you need, I strongly recommend it.

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PILOT EXPERIENCE SIM - MAULE M7-235 MSFS

PILOT EXPERIENCE SIM - MAULE M7-235 MSFS

All I can say is WOW, this is an amazing airplane! The PES Maule is a true gem and is worth more than the asking price in my opinon. There are very few airplanes for MSFS that have this kind of accurate peformance and such accurate feeling flight dynamics. These are the kinds of aircraft MSFS is really missing. This airplane is easily going to become one of my favorites as I fly it more. The 3D modeling and texture work is really good inside and out. You get 3 variants, standard, tundra tire and float plane versions, all come with nice liveries. Comes with a little EFB tablet that has checklists and other options. All systems are simulated and simulated well, even the circuit breakers, I mean everything. It also simulates engine management which is very exciting and also very rare among MSFS aircraft (you can enable/disable this feature). You can really fly this airplane by the book. The only issue I have (it's a small one) is the manuals seems to be a work in progress and is fairly lacking, on photo diagrams and it seems to be hastily written but they do have all the basic info you need to fly the aircraft. I'm sure this will be addressed in the future. Please, do yourself a huge favor and buy this airplane right now, I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. PES please keep making more aircraft like this!

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A2A SIMULATIONS - C182 SKYLANE P3D ACADEMIC

A2A SIMULATIONS - C182 SKYLANE P3D ACADEMIC

Another Amazing A2A airplane. I can tell you that this plane still is the best and most accurate C182 made for a flight simulator. You will not find anything else in 2023 like it when it comes to accuracy and realism. The C182 flys nothing like a C172, a C172 is a gentle, forgiving aircraft. It looks very similar to a C172 but it's a little larger, has a more robust landing gear for bush flying and has a more powerful engine. The C182 is squirrely by nature, on takeoffs, landings and in the air, especially if it's windy. You can't just trim it out and expect to be able to let go of the yoke and have it fly straight and level like a C172. In a C182 you always need to be ready to counteract the aircraft's movements. Due to it's more powerful engine, you can climb very fast, 1,000 fpm no problem. Like all other A2A planes, the quality is all there. Good 3D modeling, texture work and lighting inside and out, the flight model is superb and of course it comes with all the engine management stuff that make A2A planes so much fun. I really am falling in love with this aircraft, it is so much fun to fly. It's becoming my all time favorite single engine airplane for flight simulation. Buy it, you won't regret it.

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PILOT'S FSG - BOEING B314 - THE CLIPPER PRO P3D5

PILOT'S FSG - BOEING B314 - THE CLIPPER PRO P3D5

An interesting piece of history, the B314 is thee classic flying boat of the 1940's and what a unique experience it is to fly it. I've been wanting to buy it for a while, I finally got when it was on sale a couple months ago and I'm glad to finally own it. Ctrl + E does not work on the Pro version of the plane so you need to learn the startup procedures to get it up and running. It does however come with a startup "cheat sheet" that will have you ready to take off in no time, took me maybe 15 minutes of reading to memorize it and now I can have all engines running in less then 10 minutes. The other manuals are a really good read, especially if you're interested in learning the history of the aircraft and the people that flew it back in the day. The texture work is decent, inside and out, the flight physics and behavior in water all feel good and pretty realistic and the sound set is good. Also if your next to shore you can press Shift + P and a tug will appear and pull the plane up on to shore, press again and it will lower you back in the water. Overall it's a lovely aircraft to add to your aircraft collection, especially if you love unique, vintage aircraft like I do. It's well worth the full price imo even though I got it on sale. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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RDPRESETS - RDSHADE - THE ULTIMATE SHADERS P3D4-5

RDPRESETS - RDSHADE - THE ULTIMATE SHADERS P3D4-5

Absolutely amazing tool and a must have for anyone using P3Dv5 in my opinion. It allows you to completely transform the way the sim looks. I've always hated the way P3Dv5 looks by default. Everything looks so dark and dreary. I could barely make out much of the cockpit everything looked so dark. No in sim settings made it better. This is the best solution and makes P3Dv5 so much more enjoyable. There's dozens of settings you can adjust to make it look just the way you want or of you don't care to learn all of that stuff, there's a link in the app to download presets uploaded by other users that look fantastic so all you need to do to get going at first is to download a preset or two that look good load them in the app and your set to fly in a beautiful looking environment.

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CARENADO - C185F SKYWAGON BUSH FSX P3D

CARENADO - C185F SKYWAGON BUSH FSX P3D

I love bush planes, I've flown just about all of them out there but this plane is one of my favorites to fly. You get three variants of the plane, Tundra Tire, Floats and Skis. It does not however come with the standard tire variant, it seems Carenado had released that as a separate plane. This plane is so much fun to fly. The unique characteristics of the C185F Skywagon makes each variant fun and sometimes challenging. The engine sounds are quite good, both inside and outside the plane. I could listen to this engine running all day long. I can verify it works just fine in P3Dv5 like most other Carenado planes. So why four stars and not five (I probably should've knocked off two stars but I just like it so much otherwise)? It's VC is pretty dated looking compared to most other Carenado planes. You have to be able to get past that in order to really enjoy the plane. If not for that, it would be a 5 star plane easy. It is still definitely worth the cheap price in my opinion. I would give anything for Carenado to redo the cockpit and do the C185F proud but I guess it's better than having no C185F.

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DRZEWIECKI DESIGN - CHICAGO CITY XP  X-PLANE 11

DRZEWIECKI DESIGN - CHICAGO CITY XP X-PLANE 11

Such a beautiful representation of the city of Chicago and surrounding areas. This type of scenery is perfect for sightseeing in helicopters, ultralights and other slow flying aircraft and there is a lot to see, lots of square miles covered. Nothing beats the beautiful skyline of the city of Chicago, especially around the time of sunset and at night. Drzewiecki Design really makes some spectacular scenery, I will certainly be buying more cities and maybe even some airports. I strongly recommend it, especially if you can get it on sale.

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FLYSIMWARE LLC - LEARJET 35A FSX P3D

FLYSIMWARE LLC - LEARJET 35A FSX P3D

This is a great plane overall and fun to fly. The exterior looks good, shiny PBR. I have seen better but still looks good. Decent number of liveries to try your taste. The VC looks good overall with some drawbacks. It looks like most gauges were modeled in either 2D and 2.5D instead of 3D though they are fairly easy to read and most of the rest of the cockpit is modeled in 3D including buttons, switches and knobs. Button/switch decals text is easy to read and sharp, I have no problem finding the switch I need. Lighting looks pretty good. Comes with only standard GPS but you can always spring for the FMC add-on that is available for the plane. It integrates an FMC and other things to help you navigate if you want to fly like a pro. Good animations. The flight model feels really good to me. I enjoy hand flying it though it has autopilot. It feels somewhat similar to flying the Carnado S550 Citation, kind of sporty and smooth but a fully loaded 35A feels heavier than a fully loaded S550 so not quite as maneuverable. The engines are a bit slow to react so have to keep that in mind, just need small adjustments because while it's slow to respond, it responds powerfully. It really has a unique feel to it that I really do enjoy flying this airplane. I think this plane is worth the asking price, though I would expect to see more 3D gauges for a $40 airplane. Overall I do recommend this plane. It's pretty well done, fun and unique to fly. At the current sale price it's more than worth it.

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AEROSOFT - AEROSOFT AIRCRAFT CRJ BUNDLE MSFS

AEROSOFT - AEROSOFT AIRCRAFT CRJ BUNDLE MSFS

I bought this CRJ bundle from the in-game Marketplace. I agree with Sandro's review, these CRJ's look amazing, the aircraft systems are all modeled but like many other MSFS aircraft the flight physics and ground handling are terrible, not very realistic at all, feels very arcade like. The plane won't even stall. I reduced power to idle, watched the speed drop and drop but the CRJ still kept flying somehow. I even pulled all the way back on the yoke and held it there with throttle still at idle and it still would not stall. It's really too bad because it's a beautiful looking airplane, inside and out. I really hope they can improve the flight model though it seems flight physics in MSFS itself are not realistic. This is why I still mostly use X-Plane 11 and 12 as well as P3Dv5. Every time I buy a MSFS aircraft I usually end up feeling like I wasted my money cause the physics are so bad compared to other flight sims. MSFS is not a real flight simulator, it's a simcade and because of that developers making planes for MSFS are limited in how realistic they can make airplanes fly. Study level aircraft for MSFS? What a joke that is.

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TURBINE SOUND STUDIOS - BOEING 727 HD PILOT EDITION SOUNDPACK FOR FSX

TURBINE SOUND STUDIOS - BOEING 727 HD PILOT EDITION SOUNDPACK FOR FSX

Wow this sound set is amazing! I installed it to my good old Captain Sim 727 and everything sounds absolutely fantastic. This is a very detailed, very high quality sound set, it really breaths new life into the old Captain Sim plane. It really takes the realism and immersion factor to a whole new level, especially with some good quality headphones, than you can truly appreciate all the lovely sounds of this fantastic classic, old school airliner. I love the sound of the engines, both inside and outside the cockpit. The developer really captured the sounds beautifully. Even just the smallest throttle adjustments and you can hear the engine noise change in pitch too and the ambient cockpit noise is very well done and sounds great as well as the noises that happen when you land like tires hitting the runway, etc. The APU sounds more realistic and just about every button, switch and knob in the cockpit sounds different from each other. This is the first time I've tried a sound pack from Turbine Sound Studios and I have to say, I'm very impressed. I strongly recommend this sound pack for anyone still flying FSX planes, I know I will certainly be buying more packs from this developer.

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