I saw a CRJ700/900 had been released at a really high level of quality and functionality and I got really excited.
But, I then spotted that dreaded word MCDU....Great another awesome aircraft that there is no point in me purchasing.
I work and I have a family, realistically I don't have the time to learn how to operate these aircraft on a semi professional level.
I wan't to get onto the sim, fly the aircraft with the old school auto pilot but still enjoy having a realistic looking and feeling aircraft without the set up time.
Its great that sims have come this far and its great that these levels of complexity are available but it's not that accessible to a lot of people.
I am a real world Pilot (admittedly only sailplanes and paragliders) but I'm confident in my ability to learn the more intricate systems on offer, provided I had the time.
'Most flight simulator fans prefer flights that do not exceed two hours, and for a good reason. The parts of simulated flights considered “fun” are the departure and arrival. That’s why commuters are so popular with flight simulator fans.'
I definitely fall into this category and am interested to know of the 2 hours includes the 20-40 mins it takes to sort out the nav data and get the aircraft to a flyable state.
So many great aircraft are out there that all operate on these systems, Dash 8 Airbus series, CRJ amongst others.
It would be great if there was a lighter weight option that wasn't also compromised when it came to quality.
I'm sure this probably comes across as negative or a rant but it's just so frustrating.
Even with weather engines etc there is now a set up time, resulting in great realism but still additional time before flight, add aircraft configuration to this and it could be an hour+ before you even push back.
I feel like there is the potential for people to loose interest or fall out of love with flight sims because the fun and enjoyment is being overtaken by this need for ultra realism. It's easy to feel like your average, everyday simmers have been forgotten about by developers especially when the sims them selves are still flawed.