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  1. As some of the more seasoned forum visitors will know, I sometimes try to sort out the many things in my head by writing about them with a glass of wine in my hand and some jazz in the background. Art Blakey in this instance. My wife asked me to put on my headphones. And in case you think I am snotty and pretentious, this is what I am drinking my wine from right now. Yes Mulan. Sue me.... Simple Traffic was special. From the moment Jeff showed it to me I knew it had everything one of those rare super selling products need. It just needed to be 'packaged'. We needed to make sure people understood it does not make AI traffic in MSFS better, it just makes it look better. Sounds simply but it is not. Forum comments show that some customers expect the product to more then we know it could do. That is why we spend many weeks introducing it. Sharing the strengths and limitations. Simple Traffic adds paint to the AI aircraft, as geographically correct as possible. Nothing more. That is why it is called Simple Traffic and that is why it costs just €12.50. That is what it is worth. Asking double would be incorrect. Skipping over SU5, months of problems, we come to Nov 15. Release day. All the previewers (expect two that seem to preview AI traffic and not Simple Traffic) were positive, the shop was ready, the files were ready. So we set the product free. For the developer(s) and project manager this is always a hugely stressful moment. What you worked on for months is now in the hands of the customers. It is my experience you know in the first 30 minutes how a product will do. If you sell a lot you have momentum and resources to solve issues. If sales are slow everybody (devs, our staff, customers, reviewers) look for the next high. Note the word 'high'. Because believe me, when you got a winner, it is a high. Everybody involved feeds of the energy, we share sales data shout at each other at the first 500, 1000. 1500 sales. For Aerosoft it means we make solid money, for the developer it can mean very serious money. So everybody is hyped and working flat out helping customers, solving issues. And Simple Traffic was a winner. Still is. Sells like hot buns on cold morning. Will be in the top three of our best selling products this year. Even it was released in week 46 (thanks Jonas). But with selling large numbers you get a large amount of problems. Very soon we noticed there was an issue with serials send to external shops. we worked on that and around 20:00 we though we had it licked. Wrong, took till 09:00 this morning. A major issue of poop happening. An embarrassment to our partners and their customers. Solved. We also had customers (84 people we are in contact with but we know it is a lot more) who could not load the sim with Simple Traffic loaded. Now skipping over many hours of experimenting, customers calling us very nasty words, many emails and calls to people who know about this stuff, we have a solid idea on what happens. We also have a plan to solve it. That plan could mean we do nothing and wait 48 hours. Hint hint. A very good question is why did was not detected in the tests. I honestly do not know. It is something Jouka (my test lead) and I will look at next week. What I can say is that have been using Simple Traffic for a few months and simply never had ANY problem. That might have lured me into feeling secure. And in software development that is a mistake. I (we) also had the 'deal' with the very nasty comments from AIG users. I honestly do not understand that. We have been saying along we like that product, we have no problems with it and think many people should use it and not buy Simple Traffic. By now now my Blake playlist is out and I am on Thelonious Monk. Trading up according many jazz lovers. So where are we now? Well, both Jeff and Aerosoft are very happy to have one of those rare super sellers. With the CRJ you simply knew we would sell a lot, with this one all stars had to be aligned. They did. The plan is to sort out the not loading issue first of all, of course. If that is by us fixing the add-on or the sim fixing the add-on, same thing. Same result. Of course that will not solve every issue, but we will be able to proof that on a clean OS, clean MSFS the add-on will work. After a release the first thing you want to do is stabilize. When that is done Jeff got some files that adds coverage to more airports ready. At the same time we will send the product to Microsoft to be included in the Marketplace. Because that is where this product will REALLY take-off. Miles, take if away... I need some Ascenseur pour l'échafaud. Did you know he recorded that fully improvised while looking at the movie? He literally was on a recording stage without any score, watching the movie and 'invented' the music?
    23 points
  2. I am missing the word 'please'
    22 points
  3. Several off-topic posts are now hidden to reduce the clutter in this thread about the Aerosoft Twin Otter. Complaints/opinions about the sim itself, what may or may not work after an update, why you love/hate/trust/don't trust Microsoft or Asobo, and comparisons with other developer's projects do not have a place here. If you have a question about the Aerosoft Twin Otter, please ask. If it's about something else, please ask there. Thank you for your future cooperation. Lots of us are looking forward to the Twin Otter. Negativity isn't necessary.
    21 points
  4. Dispite this sad news, I will still continue to provide the RAD Restrictions and Directs for each AIRAC in the Download area. Best regards David
    20 points
  5. Here's some screenshots from last week, with the way it's shaping up and unless a lot of things goes sideways testing should start for full next month.
    16 points
  6. Mwahhhh, if all stars are aligned...... The plan is (next to some kick ass airports) to release the CRJ 900/100 and Simple Traffic in November. Those are both big projects. The Twin Otter is very much on the front burner at this moment, but one section had some delays. But this makes some other things possible. For example I decided to day to make the manual even better. It already comes in the form of a book (based on this) but I am now inserting things like audio interviews with pilots that explain why a Twin Otter is special.
    16 points
  7. DHC6-100 Standard wheel pax DHC6-100 Fuerza Aerea de chile 940 Seaplane DHC6-100 Westcoast Air C-FGQH DHC6-300 Amphibian DHC6-300 Viking Air N153QS Seaplane DHC6-300 Trans Maldivian 8Q-TMJ Seaplane short nose DHC6-300 short nose Trans Maldivian 8Q-MAW Ski/Wheel Cargo DHC6-300 British Antarctic Survey VP-FBB Tundra wheel cargo DHC6-300 Air Inuit G-GKCJ Tundra wheel pax DHC6-300 Norlanair TF-NLC Standard wheel pax DHC6-300 Aklak Air C-CDHC DHC6-300 Solomons Airline H4-FNT Standard wheel cargo DHC6-300 long nose Aklak Air C-CDHC Standard wheel cargo 4 blad prop DHC6-300 long nose Aklak Air C-CDHC Standard wheel Skydiving DHC6-300 Perris Valley Skydiving N708PV
    15 points
  8. We have seen AIG has been released and like to take this opportunity to say it is simply good freeware. Now I hear many of you starting to snicker, wishing your 'competitor' all the best, right..... But it is true. At Aerosoft we love freeware projects and are well known to to support them. Ask the guys behind FlyByWire and others. And yes we will do an A320 so they will be competitors. Does not matter, we feel there is room for freeware and commercial products next to each other. Now clearly the two products are not the same in build, we base it on the standard AI traffic and try to keep things as simple as possible. Traffic add-on traditionally are complex and costly in support. The smallest issue with a livery can cause the sim to crash so quality control is super important. AIG software downloads older FS models, repaints, and traffic schedules from various AI forums, and then injects these as AI objects into the sim via a secondary program running externally. In contrast, Simple Traffic only reuses components that are already present within MSFS, and simply adds realistic liveries and schedules. This ensures minimal impact on system resources, loading times, and disk space, all inside the sim. Now you see why we called it 'Simple Traffic'? Because it is, run the installer and forget about it. Enjoy your sim. Updates are inserted automatic. No exe files that need to talk to the sim. So AIG aims for a totally different customer. We know we will sell the majority of Simple Traffic copies via the Microsoft Marketplace and that Xbox users will probably the biggest market. The Xbox market is massive and not being able to reach those will limit any DLC. So while we will have to compete on features for a part of the market, it does not affect us a lot. I have AIG running on one of my systems and I like it. I needed some time to get it running (Windows 11 caused a weird issue that is almost 99% sure not related) and while otherwise reported the fact models not created for MSFS do not cause more load, the simple fact they are more complex was noticeable on larger airports. But it is good freeware. No question about that.
    14 points
  9. In a few weeks we can really start to show stuff. At this moment it is all rather bare.
    12 points
  10. Hey we prefer OnAir, but whatever floats you boat! We set a rough release date today. And it is this year.
    12 points
  11. And extend it indeed. I am adding multimedia stuff like discussions with real Twin Otter pilots etc
    11 points
  12. Beta (Work in Progress). Don't look at the propellers
    10 points
  13. I'll make a list with liveries this week.
    9 points
  14. Guys, We, as users, need to stop doing something. It is blatantly incorrect to do so and just clouds the water. Every day I see posts like "blah blah blah CRJ and this never happens with other aircraft" or "blah blah blah CRJ won't/can't and other aircraft will/can" Of course the most common comparison is with the FBW A320. I am just going to say it. This is a dumb comparison on MANY levels but I will list a few: 1. Pay close attention as this one is the most important....the CRJ IS NOT AN A320. The only thing they have in common is French Canada, French France and Bernoulli's principle. So some people who work making these planes speak French. Daniel Bernoulli was Dutch by birth but lived, worked and died in Switzerland and so probably spoke French too. Because the CRJ is not an A320 chances are almost 100% that they fly different and the systems behave different. 2. In the sim, the CRJ is programmed differently than the A320. 3. Unlike the A320, the CRJ is automated just enough to be helpful and suffers from separation anxiety. If you leave it alone too long it will throw a fit and try to kill you and your simulated passengers. Unless you grasp this simple truth, you will never master flying the CRJ. I am on my third generation of owning this aircraft. As will EVERYTHING sim related today, it is an evolving platform and we should thank God for that and not be angry that it is not 100% finished. In real life you can't buy a 100% finished CRJ from Bombardier. There are constant updates to systems and procedures based on things learned while flying it. So when you happen upon an issue, a real issue, you get to simulate creating a report on the issue to the manufacturer and awaiting a resolution that has to be okie dokied by several regulatory agencies (or departments at AS). One last comment. If you find the CRJ unflyable, I will guarantee that it is either system or pilot related. FAR too many people are logging 100s of hours in this plane for it to be unflyable. I still see a number of "read the freaking manual" complaints. You bought a study or near study level (whatever the hell that is supposed to mean) so at a minimum STUDY the manual.
    9 points
  15. Dear all, first of all we would like to thank you for the years of support. PFPX - the program itself as well as the server subscription - will still be optainable on our homepage (www.flightsimsoft.com). As in past, our support ticket system is of course available for you (requests of resetting activation counter; Virtual Airline support; ...). We would especially like to thank Stephen Cooke for his tireless support! We are in contact with him as he still would like to give support for the PFPX community. Kind regards, Judith & Christian
    8 points
  16. That is very much our plan. What are you planning for Dec 24th around noon?
    8 points
  17. The just received info from Asobo that the HUD issue has been solved. However, there's is no ETA for the availabilty of the solution yet.
    8 points
  18. Nope, PMDG is a very good friend of Aerosoft and Robert a personal friend. I could not recommend their products more and when (or they) run into an issue we share information. Brussels seem to be slow in development because we are using it very much as a test bed for new developments.
    8 points
  19. Yes, we are closing up some smallish issues but all efforts will be on the Twin Otter next week.
    8 points
  20. Does YOUR sim look like this? Well for just 12,50 euro it can very soon.
    8 points
  21. For information, after the Twin Otter (and of course CRJ 900/1000) is released we'll most likely circle back to the CRJ project to fix a few open issues and to make it ready for the Xbox platform.
    8 points
  22. I wish that is the real Aerosoft Twin Otter, then this fleet would be complete (Livery Required wink wink)
    7 points
  23. We will provide the paintkit, of course.
    7 points
  24. Engine and prop will be a lot like in the PC-6 that is now in the sim.
    7 points
  25. Two questions: Will beta range be implemented in the Twin Otter? Have you found a way to assign beta range to the controls like in the Majestic Q400? Looking forward to the Twin Otter. Currently enjoying the Milviz PC-6 Porter while waiting for the Twin Otter
    7 points
  26. 7 points
  27. Honestly, people always think this is a cutthroat business, but nothing could be further from the truth. Just check whose product we sold in box in the last ten years. Or check whose products we now sell in our shop. We really miss the shows and events where we meet and drink beer. Certainly with our non European friends it has been a loooong time and that makes things hard. In this business we are used to online contacts and meetings, but the fact we just release Simple Traffic and it is a huge success and I have not been able to meet Jeff (the developer) is weird. Even weirder, I hired two modelers (in Germany!) that we have not seen yet. A whole new world, would never have happened in 2019. It is really conflicting. COVID that caused people to stay at home was without a doubt a huge boost to our company. So many people that had not looked at Flight Simulator for many years got back in the hobby. Sales have been seriously good even when we had to make the transition to the new sim, normally a painful period. But like every company we had to make serious changes, more people working from home (already 50% of us worked from home), we had to start invent coms methods. I think our size (a company between 50 and 100 people) helped a lot. If things got out of hand we could still pick up the phone and shout at each other.
    7 points
  28. It is way, wayyyyyyy to late to change the livery set, lol.
    7 points
  29. We love that aircraft. PMDG did good.
    7 points
  30. MSF checklist, fully animated and four different versions.
    7 points
  31. Asking for the release date does not mean that he has no respect for the developers. It means that he would like to know a bit more about the release date. No more no less. There is no need to answer him. But you don't have to lecture him either. Sorry to say
    7 points
  32. We have set a tentative release date of Nov 15th. As said the price is set at €12.50 (plus VAT when applicable). That's 7 Eurocent per airline or 2 Eurocent per airport! With VAT that would be around €15 in the EU and around $15 for most US states.
    7 points
  33. No update, full new product so fuilly new (low) price.
    7 points
  34. PMDG is a very reliable company and I'm sure they did proper testing. So before you start complaining abou them, you should maybe read this: https://forum.pmdg.com/forum/main-forum/pmdg-dc-6-cloudmaster-forum/153473-24nov21-xbox-users-important-update-and-trouble-shooting-process And this ends the discussion about products from our friends at PMDG.
    6 points
  35. I know a couple of notable payware suppliers who would thank you for that statement, for me the second part is the key respected developers. Personally right now there is a lot more products available as paid content that is at very best weak(and I'm being as kind as I can be!), than on a par with Asobo, there are notable exceptions to that, including Aerosoft, but my advice to anyone would be a very big "buyer beware" do your research
    6 points
  36. Well that is my deadline. And literally everybody will hate me if we leave it till then.
    6 points
  37. It means that all modeling (stuff you can see) is completed.
    6 points
  38. 6 points
  39. This product was far from rushed, in fact development took over a year and there was very extensive testing. However after releases we have found an issue that we believe we have solved. And as I have mentioned, we have sold a few thousand in just over a day and it seem those thousands are rather happy! So the issue is not with all users, in fact we, counting you we now know about 77. If you do not want to wait for the fix, feel free to tell simMarket that Mathijs is okay with the refund. Seeing the tone of your message it is indeed better that you are not using the product.
    6 points
  40. No it means you get a nice video to watch!
    6 points
  41. No. but we honestly believe what we can offer looks a LOT better then an airport without any aircraft and an airport with only fictious liveries. So to be clear: If you do have AI traffic in any form active, Simple Traffic will make it look a lot more realistic. It is the same AI Traffic, just with the correct livery. That is all Simple Traffic does. That is why it is called Simple Traffic and that is why it is priced at 12.50 euro. Just look at the screenshots, if you feel your sim looking like that is worth 12.50 euro, you should buy it, if you do not or if you prefer the more manual methods as described in forums, you should not buy Simple Traffic. It is really install and forget. Our update systems will add more liveries and airports (today we added 600 airports (!)) and you will never have to do anything more then click one button. As I keep saying, Simple Traffic does not change AI traffic, if just makes it look a lot better. When the AI system of the sim changes, Simple Traffic will just use the better algorithms. See the clever way we did things?
    6 points
  42. Btw, this is one of the best vids on YT about the Twin Otter: They have to heat up the plane to get the radios to work.....
    6 points
  43. The list of covered airports has been increased to 1415 today. Airport list:
    6 points
  44. On the product page we will ask people to download and read the manual before buying Simple Traffic as we want to avoid problems with support etc. On the very first page it will show this: I hope will avoid questions and problems.
    6 points
  45. Believe me. doing an A318/A319/A320/A321/A330 with all variations is hard enough. If I would propose the 340 my friends would most likely decide to block any coms with me.
    6 points
  46. I just hope it's a good addon after all this waiting. I know the models look fairly nice, and the manual will be good apparently, but I hope the flight characteristics are convincing too. I am hoping for something of the fidelity of a Just Flight product and not Carenado product. The Milviz PC-6 is a hell of a lot better than the Asobo (free!) PC-6. There is really no comparison, and the Milviz PC-6 is not even finished. I hope the Aerosoft Twotter is not like the Asobo PC-6, I think it was done by the same people.
    5 points
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