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At the end, Robert has also detailed the work the PMDG team has been doing on their first MSFS product, the DC-6. They have been focusing on making the aircraft more Xbox-user-friendly, details the post. The source also mentions that this has meant adapting the shape of certain clickable surfaces in order to facilitate their use on the Xbox platform.

How much is PMDG 737?
The 737NGX will be $69.99 USD for the 800-900 for a limited time. Later the 600-700 will be $24.99 USD. Other packages will be released later for a TBA price. The PMDG 737NGX will be updatable in the future, when/if PMDG implements newer technology in their sims.
In a post on their forums, Robert Randazzo of PMDG has further detailed what the team has been up to in the past few months. He touches on the topics of the upcoming and much-anticipated EFB for the 737 for MSFS, the also long-awaited Boeing 777 rendition for MSFS, and their other products.

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In order to ensure friendly environment for everyone, we outlined a few simple rules that need to be followed when participating in discussions in the comment section under each post. It’s nothing complicated: keep the comments English, avoid vulgarisms, offensive language, abusive behaviour, creating or participating in arguments, trolling, or self-promotion. These changes should arrive to our simulators late next week via an update cycle. For Xbox users, it might come a week later since the developers are still getting used to the new MSFS Marketplace testing cycle.Read also: FlightControlReplay Adds MSFS Fly-By Camera Support and More According to the forum post, the team has made significant progress over the past few months on the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) meant for the PMDG’s 737 for MSFS. The team has proved that their connectivity model works are robust and ready for wide-scale testing.Robert continued to explain the technical difficulties and challenges the team had to overcome with C++/WASM (Web Assembly) connectivity with the outside world. The good news is that the PMDG team has finally broken through the last series of blockers and is back working on the core functions.Read also: iFly Announces Their B737 Will Not Be Compatible With Prepar3D v6

“I do not anticipate showing you in-development shots until later. The reason for this is that we are leveraging much of what we learned during 737 development between 2020 and the present, and it is yielding some absolutely spectacular results and features that we know you will love.“, explained Robert regarding screenshots.Read also: Fast Cow Productions Announces Cicaré 8 for MSFS at FSExpo 2023Whilst the release date is still unknown, Robert confirmed that the EFB will feature Navigraph and Simbrief integration to the extent that users will be pleased by the care that has gone into it.

In terms of the installation process, Fenix has done a great job making it straightforward and easy. The only thing you need to do is download and run an automatic installer. The download link is available in the “Dashboard” section on the Fenix website. It’s a walk in the park!
Moreover, most of the switches, knobs, and levers in the cockpit are animated. It is even possible to click on the circuit breakers, which are also animated. The majority of developers ignore these areas, but Fenix went the extra mile to model them. There are also subtle features, such as fire gloves or even fire extinguishers.Read also: Cessna C182RG II Released by CarenadoFenix opted to implement the EIS2 displays for their A320 rendition. During launch, the Fenix A320 was criticised for having fonts from the older EIS1 variant of the aircraft. This was an issue as the Fenix used an EIS2 display, and therefore it was unrealistic to have EIS1 fonts on an EIS2 screen.Last but not least, the lighting on the flight deck is excellent. Even if it’s pitch black outside, nocturnal flyers can enjoy the colourful Fenix A320 cockpit.Read also: Got Friends Releases Unique DoubleEnder for MSFS in FSExpo2023 AnnouncementNot only is the EFB packed with very well made applications, but the overall level of detail of the iPad itself is astonishing. The dev team went as far as modelling an interactive charging model. For example, once you remove the lightning cable from the iPad, the charge level drops. The Fenix iPad even includes Touch ID, a subtle yet immersive feature. It’s these little yet intricate features that makes the difference between a good aircraft rendition and an excellent aircraft rendition.Read also: RDPresets Releases New Faro Scenery for MSFSIf you are sitting in the cabin, you will notice that turbulence shaking and wing-flexing are implemented. This can be notably noticed when flying over the Alps, where the Fenix is shaken by turbulence. Having flown over the Swiss Alps in an A320 in real life, I can confirm that the phenomenon is very well replicated by the team!Read also: miniCOCKPIT’s Gamble: How to Build a New Sim Product

Unfortunately, I was unable to restart the engine and thus had to follow further actions from the QRH (or the Quick Reference Handbook). Do note that Fenix do not provide QRHs, but they can be easily found online. Despite losing one engine, I was able to safely land at Biarritz Airport. I was impressed to see that the loss of systems were realistic. As expected, there was a fuel imbalance, loss of ILS CAT III dual mode, and the loss of an electric generator.
In my opinion, the area where the Fenix A320 excels the most over any other available aircraft is the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) system. Fenix has opted to go with a virtual iPad to model this feature.

How much does it cost to fly a 737 for 1 hour?
The average hourly rental rate of the Boeing 737-800 is around 21,050 USD per hour.
When it comes to livery making, Fenix has done a phenomenal job. Please note that the developer has not created any liveries for airlines operating IAE or Sharklet equipped A320s. Liveries for these airlines will be added once the IAE and Sharklet variants are available.Fenix has definitely kept the same high standard when it comes to the cabin interior. The seats are packed with detail, with different textures for the seatbelts, arm rests and seat nets.

Fenix has done a tremendous job in recreating the cockpit sounds of the A320. The startup sounds are well-recreated, from the satisfying clicks when pressing an overhead button to the chunky “clunk” when external power kicks in. The “dings and bings” of the flight warning computer clearly catch your attention. Moreover, most animated objects in the flight-deck have their own sound. There is a difference between the sound of the flap and the speedbrake lever, for example. The same is applicable with the switches.
All these features not only increase flight immersion, but they also facilitate flying and allow you to achieve faster turnarounds. Remember that an aircraft needs to be flying to be profitable!

As soon as I was airborne, I manually activated the failure. A sudden bank towards the left was felt and the rate of climb decreased. Master cautions quickly followed by and my fast instincts took over. Just like in real life, I began by executing memory items (which are action that pilots have to know by heart). Then, I followed the actions that were written on the ECAM display. They were very accurate to the real A320s ECAM messages during such a situation.A few months have now passed since the release of the “First Impressions” article. This gives us a perfect opportunity to review the aircraft, given that we’ve accumulated dozens of flight hours with it. Some parts from my “First Impressions” article may be re-edited and used, given that it upholds my current opinions on the aircraft.

Is the 737 Max flying now?
The Boeing 737 MAX is still flying worldwide—despite mounting evidence that the aircraft is unsafe. Investigation reports from the Indonesian and Ethiopian governments on the Boeing 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019 indicate that both of those brand-new planes had preexisting defects that have yet to be resolved.
When it comes to engine performance, the Fenix team exclaimed on their Discord server that the performance values aren’t as accurate as they wished. In spite of this, I personally haven’t found any particular problems regarding engine performance when flying.Read also: Boundless Introduces Breathtaking Faro Airport for X-Plane 11 and 12The “Fenix Sim A320” app allows the user to configure hardware options related to the Fenix A320. I have decided to stay with the CPU for display rendering, all on a balanced setting. If you want to use higher resolution cockpit textures, you can do so by ticking the last box setting. The app also allows you to easily update the A320 and look through any changes made through the changelog.Read also: Airbus A300-600 Announced in Development by iniBuilds for MSFS

The team at Fenix has done as astonishing job at accurately replicating the MCDU. All the features that I have listed above are fully functional with the A320 rendition. Since this article is a review and not an A320 tutorial, I’m only going to be showcasing the more intricate and impressive features of the FMGS.
This review will fairly outline the strongest and weakest features of the Fenix A320. The article is divided into several sections to give you the opportunity to read the parts you will be interested in. Read also: iniBuilds Announces Release of Stansted EGSS At End Of MonthHowever, it’s a shame that Fenix has not implemented a system where the user can adjust the volume level. Although the current volume levels of the sounds are said to be realistic, I do find the engine start sequence volume to be quite low.Read also: miniFCU Announces Much-Anticipated Support for Fenix A320

However, I am happy to announce that the fonts are completely reworked and thus are now accurate. The PFD and ND units are modelled to a very high degree of accuracy. Having actually sat in the cockpit of an A320, I can say that the colours of the displays are well recreated.Read also: Fast Cow Productions Announces Cicaré 8 for MSFS at FSExpo 2023
Considering how complex and detailed the Fenix A320 is, the performance figures are not surprising. Since the release candidate version, Fenix has done an excellent job improving performance with its last two updates.Read also: Pre-Orders Opened for MD-11 by TFDi Design

I found the EFB to be easy and straightforward to operate. A big part of this is thanks to the very user-friendly interface implemented by the development team. I also found it very easy to link my Navigraph account to the iPad. This allowed me to use my charts without fuss. My favourite app on the EFB is the performance calculators. As well as being a more immersive method of calculating V-speeds, it was also very easy to use. Similarly, a landing performance calculator is available.The CFM-56 engines are very well modelled, with subtle traces of wear on the blades. Texturing also varies according to the engine section and is not monotonous.

One of the major issues with the Fenix A320 are frame drops and stutters, especially on final over densely populated areas and large airports. Changing some settings in MSFS or in the Fenix A320 app will fix this, but some aesthetic quality will be sacrificed.
The MCDU (or the Master Control Display Unit) is the A320’s flight management system. It is split into two sub systems: the FMGC (Flight Management Guidance Computer) and the ATSU (Air Traffic Services Unit). The FMGC is used by the aircraft to primarily navigate, manipulate performance values and monitor fuel usage. The ATSU is used by the aircraft as a communication hub, where pilots can use the datalink to interchange data via satellite or also contact the ATC through CPDLC. Read also: Orbx Releases Melbourne International for MSFS Before beginning with the review, I would like to thank Fenix Simulations for providing us with a review copy to showcase. In spite of this, please note that all opinions expressed in this article will be genuine and unbiased. A big selling point of the Fenix A320 is that it allows hardcore simmers to experience over 200 failure scenarios. Although I don’t particularly like to deal with failures when flying, I have decided to give it a go for the sake of the review.

Fenix has done a tremendous job when modelling the flight-deck. The thorough use of PBR texturing gives the cockpit a very realistic feel. The cockpit features wear marks and scratches on areas that are most used, such as the brightness knobs or the radio com setting knob. This clearly elevates the immersion level within the flight deck. There are also areas with clean textures. This includes the pilot seats or the panel on which the glass displays are mounted. No areas within the flight-deck have identical textures.

How do I update my PMDG operations center?
Updating PMDG Operations Center: To do this is quite easy, and you can do it one of two ways: Method One: navigate to C:\Users\{username} \AppData\Roaming\PMDG\PMDG Operations Center right click on OpsCenterUpdater.exe and select run as administrator​. This will update it to the new version​.
Just like the rest of the aircraft, the wings are packed with detail. The texturing is different all over the wing, giving a realistic worn impression. The fence winglets also feature the same level of detail, along four static dischargers.Read also: BlueBird Simulations Shares New Previews of B757 for MSFS, Answers Community QuestionsAirbus has two generations of its Electronic Instrument System (EIS) on their A320s. The first generation EIS1 unit uses CRT screens whereas the second generation EIS2 unit uses LCD screens for the displays. Subsequently, both the EIS1 and EIS2 have noticeable differences in terms of fonts.

There are many intricate features on the Fenix A320’s exterior model that become noticeable the longer you look at it. Certainly, the Fenix A320 is among the best-modelled aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Starting from the front, the distinctive windshields are replicated to a very high level of accuracy, giving the aircraft its iconic menacing look.Read also: FlightControlReplay Adds MSFS Fly-By Camera Support and More

Is MSFS A320 realistic?
The Fenix model matches the shape and dimensions of a real A320 aircraft to a very high level of accuracy.
Just like in real life, the Fenix A320 includes different 3D models for different types of switches. For example, the nosewheel steering, landing light, strobe and nose light switches all have different shapes and dimensions.Another fantastic feature of the Fenix A320 that I haven’t really touched upon is the dev team. Besides offering excellent customer service on their discord server, the team keeps the community updated on what they are working on. It’s great to see a developer bonding so well with its customers.Read also: HPG Releases New SuperTanker B747 For MSFS

How do I fix PMDG operations center?
You need to select this and right click on this executable. And run it as administrator. And Viola your tools should get updated. Make sure to close the pmdg. App if you have it open.
Those who read my “First Impressions” article may notice that my conclusion remains unchanged. This is simply because the team at Fenix is continuously working hard to improve the aircraft with every update. The initial release candidate version was very enjoyable to fly. An already enjoyable experience has been elevated to a whole new level with v1.02. With the developer’s meticulous attention to detail combined with a true-to-life replication of many avionics, I truly feel like I’m flying an actual A320.

The same can be said about the ECAM displays. The upper display correctly portrays engine, fuel and flaps indications. The upper displays also automatically adds “memo” messages when required, notably during take-off, landing or during an abnormal situation. The lower ECAM display is also modelled with great depth. The system pages are all dynamic and behave differently according to the flight conditions.A notable feature that is missing in the flight-deck is the weather radar. This isn’t quite the fault of Fenix however, as Asobo is yet to provide a weather API platform for developers to work on. A nice feature that Fenix implemented on their A320 are working windshield wipers. At first glance, this may seem generic, but most aircraft in MSFS actually don’t have simulated wipers. In the Fenix however, the wipers are operative and will wipe water off your windshield. Detail has not been spared when it comes to the modelled sound, as it accurately matches with the real wiper sounds. An intricate feature in the FMGC is the wind request option. You no longer need to manually enter wind information from your OFP, as it can now be done automatically through uplink (which is an automatic ground to aircraft message). All you need to do is press on the “Wind request” option.Read also: BeyondATC, New Air Traffic Control Addon for MSFS, Revealed at FSExpo 2023Now, let’s put the star of the show under the magnifying glass; the aircraft itself. Immediately, it is apparent that the developers nailed the exterior of the Fenix A320. The Fenix model matches the shape and dimensions of a real A320 aircraft to a very high level of accuracy. This aircraft has such detailed texturing that you can count the number of screws and rivets, which differ in dimensions and orientation.

Exterior sounds are some of the best you will ever encounter on a flight simulator. This includes the engine “rattle” when wind-milling, the deafening yet familiar APU exhaust and the roar of the CFM-56 engines during take-off. It is evident that Fenix went to great lengths to recreate a realistic airside environment through realistic sounds.

As an option, Fenix have implemented a higher cockpit resolution setting, that you can toggle in the A320 desktop app. Provided that you have a really performance computer, this will allow you to experience the best textures in the flight deck.
The “Livery Manager” (just like the name suggests) is a livery management application for the A320. This app is quite significant, as it allows you to install a whopping 181 handmade liveries into your simulator. Simmers now have many airline options to choose from thanks to this neat touch. At Fenix, quantity does not appear to affect quality. In fact, all the liveries are available in either 4K or 8K textures. I prefer using 4K liveries as they don’t hinder performance as much as the 8K textures.In conclusion, I can only recommend the Fenix A320. Is it a perfect aircraft? No, as a perfect addon does not exist in my view. Although there are a few minor weaknesses, notably the current lack of variants or the occasional stutters, the aircraft boasts a variety of features that easily outweigh them. The landing gears are spectacularly replicated, with all the springs, cables and pylons modelled. You can even read the part number sticker, which even includes a modification record grid. Although I am not a real-world A320 pilot, using my previous experience on numerous A320 renditions, I can say that the Fenix is a very nice aircraft to fly. Hand-flying the aircraft is a stroll in the park, thanks to the replication of Airbus’ fly-by-wire system. After initiating a turn, the aircraft maintains its bank angle, just like in reality. Every landing is different due to the aircraft’s accurate response to external factors such as weight, wind, or elevation.

Earlier in May 2022, Fenix released their much-awaited Airbus A320 rendition to the general public. As part of our “First Impressions” series, the team at FSNews (notably myself) tried the aircraft before it was released. Despite having limited flight hours at the time, I concluded that the Fenix A320 was an aircraft worth considering if you wanted to fly a detailed yet enjoyable aircraft. Is this statement still valid today? The short answer is yes. Read on to see the reasons behind this conclusion.
I can conclude this sub-section by stating that the Fenix A320 has impressively managed to simulate failure scenarios. This certainly isn’t a feature that most flight-simmers will exploit, but it is certainly one appreciated by more experienced simmers or even real-world pilots.Read also: Orbx Releases Stockholm Arlanda v2 for MSFSPerformance on the Fenix A320 is good. As for reference, my personal config consists of an RTX 3070Ti and a Ryzen 7 5800x processor. On 1440p Ultra settings, I manage to get around 40 to 50 FPS during cruise. At a light scenery (such as at default Nice), I average around 50 to 55 FPS. However, at a heavy scenery (such as LatinVFR Barcelona), I tend to average around 30 to 35 FPS.

Sounds inside the passenger cabin are replicated to a good standard. The varying cabin noises throughout the flight clearly bring me back to my memories as a passenger on a real A320. The iconic barking noise of the PTU unit is well-recreated. The engine sound is toned down but does vary depending on where you sit in the cabin.Read also: New Look at PILOT’S Upcoming DHC-7 for MSFS, From AviationLads
The sounds conveyed through the Fenix A320 are some of the best you will encounter in MSFS. I have attempted to recreate all these sounds through onomatopoeias, but you truly have to check it out for yourself. There are simply too many sounds to describe in a single review.On the other hand, the quality of the displays is actually determined by the settings in the Fenix A320 desktop app. Since my display quality is set to “balanced”, it isn’t quite as sharp as I’d like, but it is adequate for distance viewing. It is not recommended that you set the settings to “performance” mode as the displays can become quite blurry.

It is great to have these custom apps, since they eliminate the need to use external software like TOPCAT to calculate performance. Additionally, it eliminates the need to launch excessive desktop apps as you can have your charts and Simbrief plans in your aircraft. It will be especially useful to those who only have one monitor.
Other notable cabin features include the squared cabin lining, overhead bins and the blue carpeting.Read also: New Exciting MSFS2024 Details Revealed at FSExpo2023One such feature is the ADC Delay function in the ATSU, where your virtual operational centre will prompt you with a justification if you depart later than your scheduled departure time. You then have you justify the delay using a delay code and send this back to the centre via datalink system. It is a subtle, yet very immersive feature that demonstrate the extent of simulation of the Fenix A320. Other more classic features of the ATSU include flight plan INIT request and also PDC and Oceanic clearance through CPDLC.

In order to activate any failures, you need to navigate to the failures section through the config page of the FMGC. Then, you have an option to choose the failure type (if you are manually selecting it) or select the random failure option. The random failure option will randomly pick and set a failure. You have the option to select type of severity of the failure. Since I’m more of a chicken, I opted for an engine failure during take-off, as I’m familiar with the procedures for this scenario.Read also: Prepar3D V6 to Release this July

Once the installation process is completed, you will notice two new icons on your desktop: Fenix Sim A320 and Livery Manager.Read also: Navigraph Introducing Weather Layers in Navigraph Charts 8Although the cabin is very detailed and nicely textured, it certainly lacks animation. Window blinds cannot be drawn, overhead bins are inoperative and lavatory doors cannot be opened. This is slightly disappointing, as all these named features above are animated on other payware aircraft addons. However, this is not really a necessary feature, as it only for the sake of passenger immersion.

Why is the PMDG 737-600 cheaper?
The 737-600 is probably so cheap because PMDG knows that at a higher price, the demand for it won’t be sufficient; considering the larger NG variants are far more popular. I agree that PR wise, it may be a bit iffy depending on who you ask, but ultimately people want a 737, or multiple 737s, and PMDG knows this.
One of the latest in the extensive line of the Boeing 737 product line, the Boeing 737-800 is the result of the attempt to fill the gap left by the discontinuance of the McDonnell Douglas MD-90. The Boeing 737-800 is also a direct competitor to the Airbus A320, due to its similar passenger capacity, range, and performance. Entering service in 1998, the aircraft has enjoyed a high demand with over 3,515 currently in service in airlines across the globe.There is very littler overall difference between the Boeing 737-700 and the Boeing 737-800, both of which are practically identical excepting that the fuselage is 19 feet longer in the Boeing 737-800, and the 737-800 has slightly more powerful engines. The flight deck of the 737-800 comes equipped with the latest avionics including traffic and terrain awareness, all weather radar, and a complete electronic flight information system.

Will PMDG make a 777 for MSFS?
Boeing 777 for MSFS The reason for this is that we are leveraging much of what we learned during 737 development between 2020 and the present, and it is yielding some absolutely spectacular results and features that we know you will love. “, explained Robert regarding screenshots. There is no ETA for the 777 for MSFS.
The Boeing 737-800 is a twin-engined short-to-medium-range narrowbody airliner. It has a capacity of 189 pax in a single cabin configuration and 160 with a dual cabin configuration. It was known as the 737-400X Stretch until it lauched on September 5, 1994. The 800 is a little over 3m longer, with significantly increased range. The 800’s first flight was on July 31 1997.The Boeing 737 family of aircraft has been known for its versatility, and its ability to perform well in any market due to its low operating cost. The choice aircraft amongst airline charter companies, this aircraft has the ability provide customers with excellent value by providing excellent range and comfort at an affordable cost.

Is PMDG coming to MSFS?
The PMDG 737 is now available on the in-sim Marketplace. Following its release in May 2022, many simmers have been hoping to see the PMDG 737-700 for MSFS arrive in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace. That has now happened with the plane now available to purchase via the in-sim store.
It’s difficult to take the plunge on a product like this knowing that the cost is steep. But we simply want to add some perspective by saying that these simulations are a work of art and incredibly valuable.

The point we’re getting at here is that you are going to spend hundreds-and-hundreds of hours with this simulation from PMDG. Although $69.99 is a steal of a price for this simulation, it’s worth taking a real look at what kind of value these simulations bring to our lives.
How long do these events last? How much are you paying for these events? How much value per dollar are you really getting from that fancy meal you just ate, or that newest action movie you just saw?The last few weeks things have really come alive. For the first time you’ve seen the PMDG 737NGX is all its glory. Then came our recent videos that showed the extreme depth of the systems modeled, and the beauty and realism of the model itself.

I know full well that we are in a world where currencies are different and $69.99 may be your budget for the month in groceries. I know there are many retired simmers out there that are on a tight budget because of their retirement, and they are just as passionate as the young lads that don’t quite have a debit card yet and get their parents to buy these aircraft for them, splurging their months allowance.If you look around at your life you’ll find that you actually have many hobbies. Perhaps you like skiing, or fishing, or heading to the cinema on a Friday night with your lover. It could be that you really enjoy eating.While we’re on the subject of pricing, and especially because there has been a lot of controversy in the past over the price PMDG placed on their products, I want to talk about AOA’s view on pricing in the flight simulation industry:(And I really wanted to fly the Alaskan Everts Air Cargo for the DC6, but every single livery has that stupid OPERATION CENTER OPERATION CENTER USE OPERATION CENTER limitation).I highly recommend downloading the latest installer from their website and installing it. If you’ve already done that, I don’t know what else to say except to uninstall and reinstall it.It’s been fine for me since I purchased the DC-6 when it first came out. I don’t own the 737. The only problem I had was once about a year ago I had to update app by hand with the installer instead of updating it from within the app.