KrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1594 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7611 times:
I've been waiting for a good B777 add-on for a while now. I previously owned PSS's B777 for FS2002 and loved it, but PSS recent B777 has drawn numerous complaints and seems to be below grade when it comes to professional add-ons.
As anyone tried Wilco's B777. I know its not a "professional" level sim and a lot of systems are not simulated. How is the flight deck, wingviews, external model?
BA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2184 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7572 times:
PSS have a much higher level of complexity with their new 777 product, its miles ahead of the Wilco competition in terms of both systems and visuals etc. However, neither visual model is good enough for me so I found a merge to get the PSS panel working with the MelJet model...and I've never looked back.
I pre-ordered the PSS, knowing it was likely to be a bit buggy at first, but their recent patch has improved some of the issues in the panel and now I find it fun to fly...when i get the chance!
With Wilco, put a picture of their product side by side to a real 777 and the list of differences (even if only slight) will be very long indeed.
RobTrent From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7566 times:
I purchased the download version. It is aimed at the less experienced simmer particularly with regards to some of the systems available, which is why I bought it.
I had been using meljet's 777 previously and thought I would try out the Wilco version as it seemed like a good next step for a relative newcomer to flight slimming like myself.
I had never programmed a FMC before and I found this a little daunting at first. I think the Wilco manual could be improved with regard to the FMC, as it appears to assume a level of knowledge which some novices may lack and this product is aimed at less experienced users according to Wilco.
Once I had figured out the basics of the FMC I found it relatively straightforward to programme a route etc. There does not appear to be any way to use the default gps in nav mode so you have to programme a route.
I am trying to learn more about Sids and Stars etc so that I can fully understand the route planning process.
The FMC does have some good features like programmable V speeds, climb rate etc and also altitude call-outs on approach.
Visually I think the model could do with a couple of changes, particularly the height of the undercarriage and the size of the GE90 engines which look out of scale and not as big as the GE90 777's I have seen in real life and in pictures.
These are small points but after using a meljet where the scale looks pretty good it is noticable to me.
I have enjoyed using it however, and I was very proud of my first FMC programmed tranatlantic Heathrow to Kennedy flight which was great including a perfect landing at JFK in my BA 777.
It does come with a load manager and a fuel planner however I am not sure these are working properly on my set up as I find the fuel required is a little under calculated but that could be something I have done - will post again if I resolve the issue.
All in all and despite the slight issues over the engine and undercarriage sizes I have enjoyed using it. I think it may be a little simplistic for those that like to have all the bells and whistles but as I said before to a relative newcommer like myself it fit's the bill and i now understand a little more about FMC's than I did before.
KrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7557 times:
thanks you !!
I find it frustrating how wilco or PSS could but soo much work into the flight deck and systems and so little into the visual model. Meljet is the best B777 visual model out there right now but its almost 3 years old now with no real updates to its flight dynamics.
The PSS panel with the MelJet T7 is absolutley ace. I find the PSS panels more intuitive than the PMDG ones as you simply click on the required area to get the screen as opposed to PMDG who tend to stick to a menu bar. Alos if you don't download alot of liveries the PSS works out cheaper than the similiar PMDG products.