EWRkid1990
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Best Freeware Panels?

Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:08 am

I'm restarting my fs9 on my new Pavilion dv6-3150us Entertainment Notebook. On my old laptop, I was able to use eurolink VA's 757/767 cockpits for just about all of my aircraft. They had realistic sounds, plus cabin announcements. Unfortunately, I can't get these panels to work with my new computer. (I'm running windows 7. any advice with this?) and was hoping for suggestions on some great, realistic freeware panels for Project Opensky/SGA/Project Airbus/Dreamwings aircraft. Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks!

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flymia
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RE: Best Freeware Panels?

Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:25 pm

There was a good one for the 757/767 with talking F/O and all.

I think there is a file so that the Ready for Pushback Panel works well with Open Sky I think it is 747-200/300s. The Ready for Pushback plane itself is AWESOME. I use FSX but I got FS9 up and running again a few weeks ago just to have the option of using the RFP 742 and even though it shows its age it was a lot of fun flying such a great classic airplane. Both for the FS world and real world.

Any Project Fokker plane is great for freeware with good panels.

Honestly just go to avsim and flightsim.com and look under panels and order them by most downloads.
There is a 737-800 panel out there for FS9 which is very good, has an FO reading checklist and all. Actually i think it is the plane that comes with the panel so you will have to download the plane I would imagine it is high on the list of downloaded 737s and then just move the panel folder to another 737.
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harmonium
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RE: Best Freeware Panels?

Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:49 pm

Quoting flymia (Reply 1):

Is it possible to get FO calling out checklists for FSX? If yes, any suggestions/links?
 
Fabo
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RE: Best Freeware Panels?

Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:19 pm

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 2):
Is it possible to get FO calling out checklists for FSX? If yes, any suggestions/links?

Commercially, there is a way. FS2Crew, but it only works with certain add-ons.

Quoting flymia (Reply 1):
I think there is a file so that the Ready for Pushback Panel works well with Open Sky I think it is 747-200/300s. The Ready for Pushback plane itself is AWESOME. I use FSX but I got FS9 up and running again a few weeks ago just to have the option of using the RFP 742 and even though it shows its age it was a lot of fun flying such a great classic airplane. Both for the FS world and real world.

RfP is great... wish they remade it to current graphic standarts...

And while we are talking about good free panel, the iFly 747 is free and rather good. Was it not for PMDG 747 running the show, it might have been THE 747 for FS now.
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flymia
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RE: Best Freeware Panels?

Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:21 pm

Quoting Fabo (Reply 3):
And while we are talking about good free panel, the iFly 747 is free and rather good. Was it not for PMDG 747 running the show, it might have been THE 747 for FS now.

I will agree with that too. The ifly 747 is very good freeware.

Quoting Fabo (Reply 3):
RfP is great... wish they remade it to current graphic standarts...

It really is. It was the first add on I mastered and my first long haul add on. Even now I can still enjoy the 742 even after just using the NGX. But you are right, I really do wish someone would pick it up and update it to FSX and todays graphics. The 747 classic is pretty much my favorite plane. 737NG close 2nd

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 2):
Is it possible to get FO calling out checklists for FSX? If yes, any suggestions/links?

FS2Crew is a fantastic program. I do not have it yet but I am planning on getting it for the NGX soon. It is like having a F/O forget about just talking checklist the "FO" actually turns switches puts the gear up on voice or button command.

Besides for that I know there are some apps out there for the i-phone/i-pad that have checklist you can run through that read out the checklist for you.
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Ps76
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RE: Best Freeware Panels?

Thu May 17, 2012 11:05 pm

Hi!

A good freeware panel/aircraft combo I used to use a lot was the Eric Marciano A320 panel (freeware) with the Ifdg A319/320/321 aircraft. The flight dynamics and panel used to work really well with the combinations I downloaded. Only problem is Eric Marciano's freeware site has kinda closed down now so you'll have to look for the panel. I think some virtual airlines still host it though and it may even be at flightsim/avsim. The panel is not fully functional but has a good FMC and airbus style autopilot and stuff.

Another good one I used to use was the Fanda Dash 8 panel which is also freeware and extremely well detailed. I actually found it a bit too realistic at times as it would take ages to even get the engines started and if the computer crashed halfway through a flight it was a big hassle. But it is really an amazing panel.

Hope it might help and feel free to contact me if you need any more info or files etc.

Pierre

PS. All the above is for Fs9.

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