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Mathijs Kok

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48 minutes ago, Balogh Ádám said:

 

There are always lot of people who fly default aircraft just because of shiny graphics. They use autoland and switch to outside view during the landing. However there are the more professionals who prefer quality addons over shiny graphics. I hope this latter are the majority.

 

Tjee and we really do try to make our aircraft and airport look really good and shiny!

The amount of people who do not care a lot about how things look is very very small. Selling something that looks like crap simply will not work. Never did, never will. In the end the best looking simulator will get the best most users, so the best add-ons. Always did, always will. You will notice that in 2025 when you are still on P3d V4. 

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On 9/19/2019 at 5:31 PM, Mathijs Kok said:

 

I don't see that as harsh, but if the sim does not allow a certain animation there is absolutely no way we could add it. That's really all very hard coded in the sim. So unless Lockheed surprises us, what we now have is at it will be. This is not something spending more time on will solve.  And as I said, it does not look bad, just not as good as we like.  We'll make a video next week.

 

So we spend our time on things that do work, for me that is the content of the EFB this week. We are now implementing the import of flight packages from PFPX etc.  This is from PFPX.

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That's cool Mathijs, I totally agree. As you said it looks good, just not as good as you guys would like it to look.  And I'm looking forward to the video next week. It'll be good to see the progress that's been made so far. 

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You got until monday to suggest more 'pages' for our EFB.

  • Checks / Flows: all the flows for both pilots and the checks (all local)
  • Charts: Enroute and airport charts (overlayed with aircraft symbol showing where you are) (needs connection and account)
  • Calc: what you need to trim etc (all local)
  • EFF / Weather: documents related to your flight. Flight packages from SimBrief and PFPX, sat imagery and metars (local and connection)
    Please note we have not found legal sat images for the other regions.Work in progress.
    Please note that we read real time weather and NOT weather in the sim, so you will need a weather tool that is able to insert accurate (!) actual weather.
  • Docs: the complete step by step guide (based on flows) (all local)
  • More: links to 3rd party tools + 8 pdf documents and 8 internet links selectable by the user via ini file (local and connection)

 

CHECKS / FLOWS Cockpit Preparation
  Before Start
  Engine Start
  After Start
  Taxi
  Before Takeoff
  Takeoff
  After Takeoff & Climb
  Cruise
  Approach
  Final
  Short Final
  Landing
  Go Around
  After Landing
  Parking
  Securing the Aircraft
   
CHARTS NavDataPro
  Navigraph
   
CALC Weight / Balance
  Speeds / Trim
   
EFF / WEATHER Flight Package
  Trip Metar
  Metar
  Satellite Europe
  Satellite Africa
  ...
   
DOCS Introduction
  Setting Up
  Cockpit Preparation
  Before Pushback & Start
  Engine Start
  After Start
  Taxi
  Before Takeoff
  Takeoff
  After Takeoff & Climb
  Cruise
  Approach
  Final
  Short Final
  Landing
  Go Around
  After Landing
  Parking
  Securing the Aircraft
   
MORE PMDG Global Flight Operations
  OnAir
  1_(PDF)
  2-(PDF)
  3-(PDF)
  4-(PDF)
  5_(PDF)
  6-(PDF)
  7-(PDF)
  8-(PDF)
  9
  10
  11
  12
  13
  14
  15
  16
   
   

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Agreed. Looking good is 50% of the end product: the other 50% is that it works well (IMHO).

 

Personally, I am cautiously optimistic about MS re-entering the FS world. They have a history of advertising what is required to run their sim but those of us who've been around awhile remember the days when you had to double what they recommended to make the sim look nice. I know they've released some awesome looking video from within the sim but what equipment were they running it on? I think that would be interesting.

 

And, I've cut back my purchases for addons as I have no idea if developers will offer free updates for FS2020 (if you have the P3D version) or a small upgrade fee.  Otherwise I'll be sinking money into a sim that as mentioned in a previous post could go by the wayside in the near future. And I do hope MS offers better pricing on their 2020 version because the Pro version of P3D is about $200 USD so rather than charge a similar price it would be nice if MS were to use their previous pricing model.

 

Interesting times indeed. The future for our community looks bright but a bit uncertain at this point. I look forward with anticipation as it all unfolds.

 

In the meantime, I am looking forward to the A330. I need something to cross the pond with.

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Note how skillfully I bend this topic around the release date of the A330, lol.

 

In my personal opinion we are 2020 will be a new heyday for flightsims. I think we will have three platforms that all have their own audience. 

  • P3D for the hobbiest who feels semi professional but where most development is these days done on missions and weapons. There is a markable twist towards single seat professional fighters and not a lot new for airliners.
  • X-Plane that caters for any user.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (no FS2020 as many say, it is just 'Flight Simulator') that Microsoft wants to position as the new platform for commercial use.

Now I am 100% sure that Microsoft will choose to make the new sim extremely hard on hardware. Look at what they shown and you know it will demand very serious hardware. But that's fine, they are setting a platform for 5 years. The hardware always grows into the sim and the only way to get new features is to make them and hope the hardware will be fast enough to support it. EVERY version of MS FS did that and almost all versions of P3d did that. 

 

FSX was deadslow for most users when it was launched. Now 7 of my 8 cores do absolutely nothing when I run it. My graphics card does not even spin up it's fans. If you make some virtual machines you can run several FSX version at the same time on the same machine without any slowness.  When Microsoft Flight Simulator released next year it will demand very very serious hardware. We are investing massively in hardware to be ready. 

 

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so does it means we can browse to whatever address we want or do we have to put everyting in the ini file?

I personally use ChartsFox so any info about compatibility is welcome.

 

Also, could we get the load manager to be both integrated into the efb or by the actual APP? A bit like QW 78 if you see what i mean

 

Oh and don't forget the AS forums :-p

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Basically if you can run the website in Chrome it should work. We just not allow any storage of data and/or passwords for security reasons. So forums will need manual login etc, not very agreeable. But we'll allow storage of some data (such as for NavDataPro and  Navigraph) so we'll see.

 

We are not planning to incorporate the load manager in the EFB at this moment as we have a few limitations that will be very hard to works around.  Depending on how things lok next year we'll might do that.

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31 minutes ago, Mathijs Kok said:

Basically if you can run the website in Chrome it should work. We just not allow any storage of data and/or passwords for security reasons. So forums will need manual login etc, not very agreeable. But we'll allow storage of some data (such as for NavDataPro and  Navigraph) so we'll see.

 

We are not planning to incorporate the load manager in the EFB at this moment as we have a few limitations that will be very hard to works around.  Depending on how things lok next year we'll might do that.

 

How will we be able to load the A330 with fuel\pax without it being in the EFB? Is this done via the FMGS?  I don't own the A320 for v4, so I wouldn't know.

 

Thank you.

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3 hours ago, Tino. said:

How will we be able to load the A330 with fuel\pax without it being in the EFB? Is this done via the FMGS?  I don't own the A320 for v4, so I wouldn't know.

The AS320 has a system similar to PMDG, where there's a separate menu for doors, fuel, pax and cargo, etc.

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4 hours ago, Mathijs Kok said:

Now I am 100% sure that Microsoft will choose to make the new sim extremely hard on hardware.

 

 

Are you sure about that?  One of the target platforms for Microsoft Flight Simulator is the XBox, and it is not exactly a powerhouse of hardware.

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Can we see the Landing gear retraction and gear down animations together with the EFB test video? 
 

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For EFB idea, doors, payload and pax, I simply thins it would be better than an external panel or inside the MCDU, that is MY opinion. Like it will be accessible faster than try to go in the mcdu...

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6 hours ago, commandantyuuki said:

doors, payload and pax

IIRC, they said that the 3rd MCDU on the A330 will be used for the menu items (i.e. the doors, pax, etc.).

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On 9/20/2019 at 10:36 PM, Mathijs Kok said:

 When Microsoft Flight Simulator released next year it will demand very very serious hardware. We are investing massively in hardware to be ready. 

 

  I like that last sentence 😉   Can't wait to fly the AS  A320/A330 in MSFS which for sure (even if we don't know much yet) will bring something new to our world...   hey after all, we don't need a crystal ball : there's been so much innovation over the last 15 years (FSX-2004) in the "computer world" that it seems logical that a 2020 flight sim will have nothing to see with what we use today.

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On 9/20/2019 at 4:20 PM, Mace_RB said:

Are you sure about that?  One of the target platforms for Microsoft Flight Simulator is the XBox, and it is not exactly a powerhouse of hardware.

Yep. “XBox” is a brand as well as a platform (hardware console). Go to the XBox website (here) and you’ll see a clear division between “console” and “PC.” When MS uses the term XBox in the trailer and websites for Flight Simulator, they’re referring to the brand, not necessarily the console. Compare the titles made for Xbox One and the ones for PC and you'll see the more graphics demanding ones are for PC. As Mathijs notes, it will take very serious hardware to get the “anywhere” free flight fluid experience you see in the trailer and sample vids you find on the website. I don’t see a console providing that right now. It can for a constrained space in a game, especially a scripted one, but not a flight sim. Also, while there is current mention of MSFS being for the Xbox some time in the future, the current efforts are all on the PC side.

 

Edit: Just remembered this; here's another big clue - At the bottom of the MS Flight Simulator site, the banner states (image not used because of copyright):

          Microsoft Flight Simulator

     Windows 10 XBOX GAME STUDIOS

 

So, Windows 10 PC and not the console. Another clue, if you apply to be a Tech Alpha tester, the qualifying questions apart from your aviation background are all about PC sims used, PC sim peripherals used, time spent on PC sims, download speed of your ISP, and a copy of your dxdiag file.

    

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23 hours ago, europe.au said:

IIRC, they said that the 3rd MCDU on the A330 will be used for the menu items (i.e. the doors, pax, etc.).

 

Yes for now that will stay as it is.

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On 9/20/2019 at 3:51 PM, europe.au said:

The AS320 has a system similar to PMDG, where there's a separate menu for doors, fuel, pax and cargo, etc.

 

Thanks for the info!

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vor 10 Stunden , Mathijs Kok sagte:

 

Yes for now that will stay as it is.

 

Maybe the EFB could used as options panel. Like the Zibo Mod. The third MCDU can be used then for sth else. That would be better for CFD. Or let‘s say more realistic.

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Sorry, no plans to change that. Keep in mind that we want the EFB to be also usable on your tablet and it is damned hard to get full access (read and write) to al;l Lvars that way.

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Ok, was just an idea. But to use it on the real tablet is a great idea👍🏻

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Hopefully FS2Crew will have something ready by the time this releases. Would it be a huge task for them to upgrade their previous Airbus versions to this?

 

I think this will be Aerosofts best Product ever and it would be even better with FS2Crew :).

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On 9/22/2019 at 10:30 AM, Herman said:

 As Mathijs notes, it will take very serious hardware to get the “anywhere” free flight fluid experience you see in the trailer and sample vids you find on the website. I don’t see a console providing that.     

 

That was exactly my point. 

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