View Poll Results: What software do you recommend

Voters
30. You may not vote on this poll
  • Project Magenta

    6 20.00%
  • ProSim 737

    21 70.00%
  • Sim Avionics

    3 10.00%
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22
  1. #1
    75+ Posting Member Norwegian737project's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    93
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    What software do you recommend?

    Well.. As the thread name indicates, I would really like to hear peoples opinions on what software to go with to get as close as you can get to the real thing in a home-built simulator.

    We are kind of confused about what to go with. ProSim 737? Project Magenta, Sim Avionics and so on..

    We originally had our mind set on ProSim 737 untill yesterday when someone told us that the simulation is not as deep on ProSim 737 as in Project Magenta.
    You see, one of the main goals of a simulator project is to get every little detail in the system logic to replicate the real thing, so I think we need to go with what is out there that has been thoroughly tested and is compatible with all the hardware that goes into a simulator like this. Another thing is that ProSim does not come with a WX radar, and EGPWS Terrain radar yet.

    I don't want to have anybody bashing the different developers in this thread, I would just like to get opinions and tips on around this question of mine as mentioned earlier.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Norwegian737Project Follow our blog at norwegian737project.blogspot.com

  2. #2
    500+ This must be a daytime job
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    rotterdam, the Netherlands, Europe
    Posts
    898
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    tough one.....

    and hard to compare.....

    PM is out there for years with loads and loads of feedback from its users.
    Prosim737 just started and is taking its first (very impressive)steps

    True..PM has weather, but i've seen messages in the Prosim737 cdu scratchpad i have never seen before in any of the other avionics suites.
    Prosim Overhead logics are very accurate (it started as overhead software).
    Development with Prosim is very fast with large updates coming every month, where others seem to have come to an halt.
    Also keep price in mind, prosim still free being still in beta, pm and SA in the 1000's range, flightdecksoftware inbetween.

    So theres pros and cons with every suite.

    Also there are many other suites not mentioned, that might be added to the list:
    • Aerowinx precision simulator (for the 747 drivers)
    • Flightdecksoftware
    • AST for the a320 drivers
    • Jeehells free Airbus software
    • etc


    But would be nice if we could discuss all suites here WITHOUT bashing any vendor.

    My humble opinion: all have their pro's and cons. No real preference here at the moment.

    Stef

  3. Thanks Joe Cygan, Norwegian737project thanked for this post
  4. #3
    75+ Posting Member Norwegian737project's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    93
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    Hmm... I like your way of approaching this subject.

    I know PM is expensive, but I thought this was like with other things, you get what you pay for?

    I might be terribly wrong, and so that's why this question is out there for us to discuss..

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Norwegian737Project Follow our blog at norwegian737project.blogspot.com

  5. #4
    500+ This must be a daytime job Sean Nixon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    EGNT
    Posts
    713
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    What I find difficult to determine is exactly what is functional in each suite, and what is not. What might be nice is a comparison chart of the systems accurately modelled. I realise most, if not all of the suites are in a state of continuous development, some moving quicker than others, particularly the newer ones.

    I also find the time limited/area limited demos a little too restrictive for proper evaluation purposes too. Microsoft lets me use Office unrestricted for 30 days!

    I bought the PM Boeing Glass Cockpit suite, based on my belief at the time that they were the 'industry leaders'. I have to admit at being a little disappointed with my admittedly brief experiences with PM (my sim hasn't been flyable for months). Now I've just received my overhead and will soon be deciding which overhead logic to go with.

    A friend also uses PM and has PMSystems. I fly his sim regularly, but he's having difficulties getting his overhead fully functional. This is confusing and annoying not only for him, but also myself, as I can't make my mind up whether the problem lies with the software, the vendor, or the friend (it's ok, he knows who he is)!

    I have also flown a Sim-A powered sim, and was very impressed by that software. I've also met the two developers, and they are very enthusiastic about the future of the software.

  6. #5
    75+ Posting Member


    Clive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Newcastle Upon Tyne UK
    Posts
    100
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    I have made allergations as to the level of support I have received from Project Magenta in the forum very recently however I must make it clear that I have absolutely no issues with the software they provide ... the issues I have had I am sure are from my own ignorance and nothing whatsoever to do with PM.
    That said I have been impressed with PM Systems and its functionality so far .... I don't have a lot to compare it with but it seems to have just about everything covered. My comments regarding support I stand by and hope the guys at PM take note however I would still choose Project Magenta as my operating system in my sim.

    Clive

  7. #6
    500+ This must be a daytime job
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    948
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    I do not think that a "poll" will provide you with any meaningful answers, as the votes will largely be subjective. I suggest that you assess the software options at the following as a minima

    What is your maximum budget

    Is the software modular ie can I expand later for the functions I would like but cannot afford at present

    What is the minimum functionality eg is weather radar and/or overhead logic a must

    What support is there for your hardware of choice

    How easy is it to interface your I/O and hardware

    How complete is the manual and the quality of explanation

    Read the respective forums and assess each software package against the level of grumbles, support and speed of support

    This will tell you more

    David

  8. Thanks kiek, dnoize, Norwegian737project thanked for this post
  9. #7
    75+ Posting Member Norwegian737project's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    93
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    I appreciate your answer to this rather difficult question.

    But let's say that money and budget is not an issue in this case. When you have allready invested all those thousands of dollars in the sim, the software needs to be up to par regardless of the price. That's my humble opinion atleast. But it seems to me so far that, the more money the software costs, it does not have to mean it's better than it's competitor? Is this true? If so, then money is not an issue at all in this case. The problem lies with with finding the developer that delivers the best possible product that is out there on the marked, and I am really having a struggle finding the correct answer to it

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Norwegian737Project Follow our blog at norwegian737project.blogspot.com

  10. #8
    500+ This must be a daytime job
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    948
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Norwegian737project View Post
    But it seems to me so far that, the more money the software costs, it does not have to mean it's better than it's competitor? Is this true? If so, then money is not an issue at all in this case.
    But if other factors are similar then money is an issue - hence its inclusion in the list

  11. #9
    500+ This must be a daytime job
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    rotterdam, the Netherlands, Europe
    Posts
    898
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    i like Seans idea of a comparison chart.

    Why not make a list with all functionality of the various suites. Whats implemented, what not, whats being worked on.
    Missing features are a motivation for the developers to keep up with competition.
    Possible listed bugs, or unrealistic behaviour a reason for an update, etc.

    However there is one BIG but: Sometimes the software is blamed, while the error lies with the user, either not knowing how to integrate all modules or simply because they do not know the aircraft systems. What they allways thought was right in brand A, might be wrong in reality.

    Still, i would like a comparison chart.


    Stef
    Last edited by dnoize; 05-09-2011 at 10:01 AM.

  12. #10
    Programmer



    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    158
    Contribute If you enjoy reading the
    content here, click the below
    image to support MyCockpit site.
    Click Here To Contribute To Our Site

    Re: What software do you recommend?

    As the developer of Prosim I can at least give some input about the state of the product here. For comparisons, you should consult Prosim users about what they like/don't like about the product.

    What we have:
    Main focus:

    • Ease of use
    • Stability
    • Extreme detail

    Architecture:

    • Dot net 3.5 framework
    • One server program, clients connect over TCP
    • No WideFS required (in most setups)
    • All data is stored on the server, FMS data and audio is automatically retrieved by client applications
    • Embedded webserver allows any capable HTML browser to interact with CDU and instructor station
    • Reads scenery from BGL files and merges with procedures from Navigraph
    • All configuration done in menu's. No need to edit files or scripts.

    Systems modeling:

    • All major systems are simulated using a flow model. What breaks will affect other systems.
    • Fluid dynamics model of cabin for pressurization system.
    • Model of pneumatic temperature on various points for cabin climate management.
    • Model of bleed air system with 5th and 9th stage valves that can break.
    • Model of individual valve movements (using either AC/DC or pneumatic power).
    • Model of fuel movement in the tanks, causing low pressure lights in banks/pitch.
    • Model of oil temperature and cooling.
    • Individual model of electrical relays and systems like TR's.
    • Model of fire detection systems with individual loops.
    • Drifting IRS model.
    • Model of fuel temperature based on environment/air flow.
    • Model of window heat based on environment/air flow.

    Most of these elements can be broken in the instructor station

    Hardware Support:

    • Working towards integrating all hardware suppliers.
    • Most hardware will work directly (instead of through FSUIPC which may cause slowdowns).
    • Direct support for cards like phidgets, opencockpits, joystick cards or FSUIPC offsets.
    • The complete list is on the website.

    Instructor station:

    • Directly access as a web page served by the embedded webserver in the system. Can be called up in your phone or tablet PC.
    • Uses a "slot" system to preprogram position that you can call back directly from the instructor station or CDU.
    • Slots can be programmed by applying a translation to a runway point, making it easy to setup for example a "left downwind RWY36R EHAM" or a "10 NM final RWY 25 EHRD", without first going there and saving the position.
    • Over a 100 failures that can be triggered or applied directly.
    • Cockpit setup system to adjust GPWS calls or display items.
    • Route page for managing company routes.

    Autoflight system:

    • Custom autopilot (not using anything from FS).
    • Arinc 424 LNAV.
    • VNAV with geographical path descent.
    • Pitch and/or bank channels can be in CMD or CWS state.
    • Working CWS mode.
    • True flight director that you can follow.
    • Precise modeling of modes (for example auto capture of MCP altitude when pitch channel is in CWS while A/P is in CMD).
    • Modeling of individual FCC's to drive one or both FD's depending on active mode.

    FMS:

    • Most pages modeled:
    • INIT REF pages, RTE, DEP/ARR, DES, CRZ, CLB, FIX, LEGS, HOLD, PROG, N1 LIMIT, FIX
    • Holdings with direct, parallel and teardrop entries
    • VNAV with vertical bearing calculator
    • linear wind model for RTE DATA calculation
    • Unlimited amount of CDU's can be run per cockpit. CDU is available as a web page from the embedded webserver for operation on phones/tablets
    • Direct to with Course option and abeam points

    Displays:

    • All regular 737-800 displays.
    • Carrier options can be selected on the fly on the instructor station, so no need to configure individual PC programs to change a layout.

    Other systems:

    • GPWS
    • TCAS 2 version 7

    Licensing:

    • Target cost of 300 euro per cockpit. (Main module free, other 3 modules are 100 euro per piece)
    • Lifetime updates for hobby users
    • No hardware locking


    To do (hope to do most this year)

    • Software overhead panel
    • Terrain radar
    • Weather radar
    • Old EFIS layout

    I'm sure I forgot some items, but this may give you an idea where we are right now. Feel free to compare.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast