As far as I am informed, Aerosoft decided for the Professional version of the A320 family to implement the settings MCDU as a floating window because many users requested the right MCDU to be fully operational. This looks more realistic in the virtual cockpit and may be of interest for connected flightdeck, I guess. However, having an additional window floating around is not realistic at all. Moreover, if not using connected flight deck, a fully fledged right MCDU will probably remain unused in most flight simulator application cases for most of the time, while operating the settings MCDU is frequently required particularly during flight preparation phase.
Latest when it comes to VR application, the floating window implementation of the settings MCDU gets disadvanategous. Using VR lenses (like in my case Oculus Rift with FlyInside), the pilot already needs to take care of several floating windows inside of the cockpit like e.g. a PDF viewer for charts and vPilot for ATC. Any additional floating window causes the cockpit getting overloaded. In contrast, having the settings MCDU been implemented as right MCDU in the old FSX version was an easiliy applicable way to get all settings tasks quickly done without compromising the immersion of a VR cockpit.
I understand that there may be different groups of users with different requirements, some favoring the settings to be set in the right MCDU, some in a 3rd floating window MCDU. What I would like to suggest: If there are different needs, isn't this a topic for a plane configuration setting? I can imagine that, if users can select in the configurator where to access the settings MCDU, this will be the best way to handle this.
This is what I want to ask your opinion about. And, if possible, I would like to see this implemented in SP1. Thanks!