Microsoft Flight Simulator

Forgive me if someone already posted this, as I've not been following the thread closely this week:
In my quest too find interesting 3rd party tools/addons that bring more meaning and immersion to the sim I've run across a little gem called "Self Loading Cargo."


It's basically a passenger system for flight sims. Currently it's geared mainly for airliners, but you can use it for smaller GA planes, too, provided you download (or make) an appropriate cabin map file. The developer seems very engaged with the community and it's being worked on quite a bit. I've done a couple of flights in the AirBus 320 and it's really added a nice passenger satisfaction component to those flights. You have to manage your flight crew and attend to the passengers' needs (drinks, entertainment, etc.) while not subjecting them to too high or low Gs, high bank turns, etc. If you do you freak our your passengers and your approval rating will drop. (Also, you hear them screaming which is a nice touch). :)

All in all a nifty little add-on that is well worth the 15 pounds or so asking price.

Supposedly cargo is coming at some point (not the self-loading kind), as well as better and more GA support.
I´ve seen it mentioned earlier, but not quite sure how it works together with FSE/OnAir. Can you tell SLC how many passengers you want on each flight or does it generate it for you? I am mostly interested in GA, any idea how long better support may take? Creating custom 'meal serving routes' in a C172 is a bit silly. ;)
 
Also, I'd be interested in replacing terrain textures (not photogrammetry, just the flat textures mapped onto the elevation mesh) with aerial photography from Google. Any tutorials on this?
 
I´ve seen it mentioned earlier, but not quite sure how it works together with FSE/OnAir. Can you tell SLC how many passengers you want on each flight or does it generate it for you? I am mostly interested in GA, any idea how long better support may take? Creating custom 'meal serving routes' in a C172 is a bit silly. ;)
It doesn't do anything together with FSE or OnAir, but that doesn't mean you couldn't run both together I suppose. You can indeed tell it how many passengers you want on each flight (up to the plane's max). As for the GA stuff, I've seen people mention they've used it on things like the Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Citation, but even those needed a little 'fudging' to make things like galleys and/or toilets that may not exist. SLC needs those mapped out for the passenger simulation to work. That's one thing in a large-ish plane like a King Air, but the C172 is probably never going to work. lol.
 
Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the Courchevel challenge? I did yesterday for the first time with the idea of just taking a look to see what it was about...got away from it half an hour and many attempts later, climbing up the ranks from 600.000th to 30.000th. Only 30.000 better pilots than me to go!
 
Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the Courchevel challenge? I did yesterday for the first time with the idea of just taking a look to see what it was about...got away from it half an hour and many attempts later, climbing up the ranks from 600.000th to 30.000th. Only 30.000 better pilots than me to go!
A lot of these are brilliant. Try Lukla airport. Or one in Caribbean when you can't see runaway up to 5 secs before touchdown.

I especially love high wind challenges - those are much more challenging than first set of these landing challenges.
 
I tested the game at worst case scenario - landing a 787 at KLAX.
On one hand rendering the screens were for some reason the bottleneck, yet neither my CPU or GPU were stretched. Power draw and temperatures were also below vs. usual full load.

Then there was heavy live traffic and FPS crashed to 5 or below, in a few cases I thought that's it, the game crashed. I could barely land, though that was partly due to the auto throttle flip switch that turned itself on again and said "we brake for nobody". :)
 
A lot of these are brilliant. Try Lukla airport. Or one in Caribbean when you can't see runaway up to 5 secs before touchdown.
That's St. Barthelemy. Of course it's on the bucket list. 😀
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l-vso323iw


But I think I'll work on refining my approach to Courchevel before that:
Source: https://youtu.be/ms2eQ71Ueu4


Fun fact, between the tutorials in Arizona and the Courchevel landing in France, yesterday has been the first time I've been flying outside of my country. Feels strange for a "game" where I could be flying just about anywhere in the world with a click of the mouse, but now that world is rendered so good that I just have soo much to see of my surroundings...I'm growing a liking for the DR400: easy to fly, very stable, great visibility...it's now my main candidate for my planned tour of Italy. It could take a while.

Even the tutorials looked outstanding.








...and back for another bit of Italy!

A familiar view from "Col del Lys" over Val di Susa, a few km from my home city


A flight above Mugello!


Rome at night





 
Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the Courchevel challenge? I did yesterday for the first time with the idea of just taking a look to see what it was about...got away from it half an hour and many attempts later, climbing up the ranks from 600.000th to 30.000th. Only 30.000 better pilots than me to go!
I haven't been able to get better than a score of 902K on the release version. I managed twice to get just over 1.1million in alpha/beta... :-(
 
Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the Courchevel challenge? I did yesterday for the first time with the idea of just taking a look to see what it was about...got away from it half an hour and many attempts later, climbing up the ranks from 600.000th to 30.000th. Only 30.000 better pilots than me to go!
Yesterday I tried 3 times.

First one I flew past the destination while trying to find it :D
Second one I managed a rather smooth landing, but very off-center as I made the turn a bit late, still managed ~220K.
Third one the game glitched out, plane just lost speed and stalled out of the blue even though I still had full throttle and not even flaps deployed, fell into the valley crashing into the trees and rage-quit :D
 
Out of curiosity, has anyone tried the Courchevel challenge? I did yesterday for the first time with the idea of just taking a look to see what it was about...got away from it half an hour and many attempts later, climbing up the ranks from 600.000th to 30.000th. Only 30.000 better pilots than me to go!
I have landed and taken off from Courcheval a few times, but I didn't do it from the challenge, just did it in a Cessna 152. Same with the Saba location in the Caribbean which I did in both the 152 and the 172. That's one short runway! :)

Completed the USA bush trip, which was good fun. Not really bothered by 'achievements' in computer games, but did take a glance at my profile and it says that under bush trips I've managed 1 of 29, so not sure it counts them right anyway.
 
I have landed and taken off from Courcheval a few times, but I didn't do it from the challenge, just did it in a Cessna 152. Same with the Saba location in the Caribbean which I did in both the 152 and the 172. That's one short runway! :)

Completed the USA bush trip, which was good fun. Not really bothered by 'achievements' in computer games, but did take a glance at my profile and it says that under bush trips I've managed 1 of 29, so not sure it counts them right anyway.
Well, even if it was a big bush trip...
one.jpg


:LOL:
 
Let us know your opinion! Getting mixed reviews so far..
The Cessna CT182T Skylane from Carenado is a quite polished airplane. Cockpit is great, and it;s a good looking aircraft. It's performance numbers put it right on top of the single engine piston segment, with a cruise speed of 145 knots and 20000 feet ceiling. It feels larger than it actually is. Feels mostly quite stable in the air, but also felt overly twitchy in windy, mountainous terrain. It may have to do with the the general feel of being in a larger airplane than it actually is in reality, so it feels weird when it wobbles in the wind.

Overall I am happy with this addition, although to be honest I find it a bit overpriced, as it costed almost 25€... It's a cool airplane, but maybe not 25€ of cool :D and might be better to wait for a sale unless you're really into GA piston props, or really wanted more airplanes. I'm not having buyers remorse, but I don't think I'll part with 25€ again any soon for a single airplane, unless it;s some very special airplane.

Some pics:

20200915201207_1.jpg


20200915201902_1.jpg


20200915202220_1.jpg

The Kitfox on the other hand is quite cheap, less than 9€. It's a bush plane cub, with a modern dashboard but it is most likely the simplest plane in the entire lineup, very easy to start and get moving, but I couldn't fiind out how to turn the engine off in the end, not sure if I missed some lever hiodden anywhere, or if the cockpit is simply missing something. The view to the outside is only rivaled by the one in the Pipistrel Virus, glass everywhere even the ceiling. Like other bush planes, it takes off easily, quite manouverable but twitchy and low powered. Great for sightseeing, bad for travelling.

It's announced ceiling is a staggering 25 thousand feet, putting it way above other piston props, and rivaling the turboprops. This honestly just felt like plain cheating, how can such an underpowered plane have such a huge service ceiling compared to all the other piston airplanes?.. But after investigating I found out it's true! :)

Some pics:

20200915201320_1.jpg


20200915204312_1.jpg


20200915204611_1.jpg
 

Attachments

Last edited:
Top Bottom