I bought it, and I'm pleased with it.
Like they say, it doesn't simulation certain systems as in-depth as, say PMDG or Level D, but it does a good job, overall, though I haven't played too much with anything. The visual model is superb though, as was expected after seeing all of their screenshots. I downloaded about half of the available liveries on their list, and installed them in about 10 minutes after I installed the aircraft itself, and the process was flawless. My only complaint about the installation was, when I first started FS9 after installation, I received about 10 prompts to activate the product. Upon clicking on all of them, FS9 shut down. I though this was a bad sign, but I restarted FS
, and it worked perfectly, with my QS
757 present with every livery I had installed.
All I have done so far is one flight, but I'll give my impressions for this flight. I currently have the CaptainSim 757 to compare, along with add-ons from almost every reputable company, including PMDG, Level-D, Wilco/Feelthere, Eaglesoft, Flight1, Alpha, PSS
, and know a fair bit about Flight Sim and aircraft handling in general. First, this gave my system a larger hit in frame rates than any other add-on I own. This was a little disappointing, although, locked at 22fps on my system, I was able to maintain about 21 fps most of the time around busy airports, except for places where I have extensive add-on scenery. Upon takeoff at one such airport, I experienced a consistent 20 fps, with occasional drops to 18 fps for a brief time, until I reached 1,000ft or so. I also recently purchased Wilco's ERJ vol2, and it gave my system a large hit too, but not quite as much as this. My initial impression is that takeoff performance was on par with what it should be, however, climb performance was probably a bit optimistic. I loaded a 752 with winglets to MTOW and took off at an airport 500ft MSL with a temp of 80F, and she climbed at around 5-6000fpm. This is probably a bit too high, which was disappointing. Then, I climbed directly to FL410, maintaining 2000fpm at 310kias until around FL340, where I transitioned to Mach hold mode on the A/P, and decelerated to .78 for the remainder of the climb, maintaining greater than 1500fpm until Fl410, which is probably unrealistic at MTOW. Cruise was more accurate, and the descent seemed reasonable. Overall, I enjoyed the flight characteristics, and they were crisp and well-tuned. My only complaint is the climb performance. I might even open my aircraft.cfg to re-tune these. Climb performance is a huge deal for me when it comes to FS
aircraft. This plays a vital role in aircraft tuning, and shouldn't be overlooked. I tested the climb on a standard 757 without winglets under the same conditions, and it performed similarly. A MTOW takoff at 80F shouldn't require just 6,000ft of runway, and require 20 degrees pitch up to maintain V2
+30 or 40, and then 15 degrees nose up after flaps retraction and a power reduction to approx 90% N1 to maintain 250kias! This is unreasonable. Although, I didn't read the manual beforehand, and recommended power settings might dictate more accurate takeoff performance, but this still seemed a little off the mark.
The autopilot performed ok.. It had some of the features that I like about other add-ons, and was programmed to fully replicate the real thing, although it was probably a bit too "jerky" for the real thing while leveling off at various altitudes. Otherwise, that was good. The autothrottle seemed to perpetually maintain about 5-10 kias less than programmed on climb, and about the same greater on the descent than it should have, even when the engines were producing thrust to maintain the commanded function. This could be overcome by setting 5-10kias higher/lower than desired to achieve results, but this needs to be fixed too, imo.
I'm sure Quality Wings will release a service pack when they are able to collect data on known issues and resolve them, but this is my initial reaction to the product. I like it, and it looks good. Hopefully they will be able to resolve these issues that I have mentioned. The model looks slightly better than my Captainsim model, and the liveries are perfect and abundant. All that lacks are fictitious liveries :P
Having flown transport category aircraft in person, I'd probably recommend the flight dynamics of the Captain Sim 757 (although the CS
757 has any uncanny ability to perform shot field landings...) over the Quality wings version, but the QW
757 is a nice product. I love the model, the VC
, and the soundset. These are flawless, and better than any other 757 addon.
[Edited 2009-12-07 01:27:01 by elpinDAB]