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    Is this legal?

    Hiya everyone,

    I'm a bit confused here. The simulator manufacturers, "PlugnFly", are using Opencockpits Hardware (?) in their products. Look at their 747CDU:

    http://www.plugnfly.com/en_fms-747-pro.html

    "IOCards Encoder Keys" with "Drivers SIOC Included". I am confused as Opencockpits manual states that IOCards are a non-commercial project (?) or something along those lines.

    Anyway, please enlighten me,

    Jack

    EDIT: After further investigation, I've found that they're also selling MASTER CARDS directly. Also, their MCP Panel is almost an exact copy of Opencockpits' and is interfaced using the exact same cards. What gives? Are Opencckpits and PlugnFly affiliated in any way?

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    Re: Is this legal?

    Not sure why anyone would pay $1100 for a $450 Opencockpits CDU......

    OC does offer a commercial license for thier software for $10 though

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    Re: Is this legal?

    Mate, I really wouldn't worry about it!
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    Re: Is this legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by jskibo View Post
    OC does offer a commercial license for thier software for $10 though
    I know, but these guys are selling Masters, USBKeys, OC MCP... The lot!!!

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    Re: Is this legal?

    Yeah but the prices I saw were jacked. You would have to be real uninformed to pay that and its hard to imagine anyone in this hobby seriously considering paying twice what you can get it elsewhere.

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    Re: Is this legal?

    The only OC h/w product that I could identify was the MCP, as someone correctly said at an inflated price. The 747/737 FMC fascia plate may be OC but the rest of it is not. Also, their IOCards are not OC Mastercards unless they are hidden elsewhere on their website

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    Re: Is this legal?

    Hi David,

    I just find it a bit unusual that their IOCards NEED SIOC to work, and that they are called "Mastercard" and USBKeys Encoder Card, just like Opencockpits' site.

    All credit to them if they're legal, but, it does sound a tad suspiscious.

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    Re: Is this legal?

    Jack

    I am all for more hardware being available that interfaces with SIOC - it can only help us in the longer run

    David