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PMDG 747-8 QOTSII: The FSElite Review

PMDG 747 8 Review FSElite
8.8

PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
PMDG Simulations
Purchase From
PMDG Simulations
Price
$69.99
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Version Reviewed
3.00.9019
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Self Purchased
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

Introduction

The 747-8. Some say it’s a commercial failure, while some say it was merely intended to take orders away from the A380 and serve as the last hurrah of the 747 family. Whatever you believe, you can’t deny it’s one beautiful airplane!

The 747-8, (not the 747-800), is the latest and greatest aircraft in the 747 family. The ‘-8’ got its moniker mainly from the 787-8, from which it shares a lot of design techniques with. Boeing redesigned the wing to increase efficiency while reducing drag, fitted brand new and extremely efficient GENx engines, stretched the fuselage, updated the avionics suite, as well as reworked and optimized countless systems to make the airplane that much more efficient and reliable over her older sister.

When PMDG first announced their 747 Queen of the Skies II package back in 2014, it was also announced that they would be redoing the 747-8. In doing so, this aimed to bring it up to, if not exceeding, the standard of their recently released, at the time, 777. Previously, the -8 had just been the regular 747 with a new external model; not this time, though. While the 747 base package was released back in January of 2017, the -8 was only just released as of a few weeks ago and said to be nearly a year behind schedule.

At the surface, you’d be forgiven to think that the -8 is just a stretched -400 with new avionics, engines, and wings. But, when you really start to dig deep, you’ll notice just how different the aircraft really is compared to her predecessor.

The -8 is an extremely data-driven airplane, much like the 787, and thus required an extensive rework of the base 747-400 package in order for the -8 to be an expansion in the first place. When I say data-driven, I mean data-driven. The -8 features an electronic checklist, much like the 777, as well as a new EFB and VSI monitoring. Along with all the new tech, this adds up to almost a completely new airplane. And in my time thus far with the -8, it really shows.

With PMDG’s widely regarded reputation as one of the best flight sim addon developers does the -8 live up to the hype?

 
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FSDreamTeam GSX Level 2: The FSElite Review

FSdreamteam Gsx
4.5
It should be noted that I received the product approximately 1 week before the public release to assist with testing of the product. The purpose of this period was to test any bugs that would be show-stoppers for releasing the product. I did report some quality issues discussed in the review prior to release. When GSX launched back in 2013,
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A2A Simulations Beechcraft Bonanza V35B: The FSElite Review

A2A Simulations Beechcraft Bonanza V35B The FSElite Review
9
The full review is in video format above. Below is just a brief summary and final score. First introduced in 1947 and still in production to this day, makes the Beechcraft Bonanza V35B an icon for sure. It also means that this aircraft has been in non-stop production longer than any other aircraft in the world. Known for being relatively
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MK-Studios Lisbon: The FSElite Review

Featured Image
8.9
Humberto Delgado Airport (LPPT) is Portugal’s largest airport and serves the capital city Lisbon. Serving 26.6 million passengers in 2017, Lisbon airport is Europe’s 25th busiest airport and caters to a wide variety of destinations throughout Europe, Africa, North America, South America, and Asia, operated by over 60 different airlines which provides great route diversity into and out of Portugal.
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29Palms & Captain7 Nuremberg: The FSElite Review

Review Nuremberg
9.1
Nuremberg Airport by developer 29Palms and Captain7 may well be one of the best sceneries in my library. Thoughtfully laid out and with a clear attention to detail, 29Palms and Captain7 have captured the essence of this cozy Bavarian airport. Nuremberg International Airport (EDDN) is located in the heart of Bavaria, and is the second-busiest airport next to Munich Airport
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Aerosoft A318/A319 Professional: The FSElite Review

A319 Review
6.3

PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
Aerosoft
Purchase From
Aerosoft Store
Price
$60.99 USD
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Version Reviewed
1.1.0.0
Press Copy Provided By
SimMarket
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

The Aerosoft Airbus A318/319 Professional is a plane that may prove very useful to a lot of flight simulator enthusiasts. Versatile and widely used in the aviation industry, the plane is great for short to medium-range flights. Released as the first two aircraft in a series of planes included in the Professional line that will see the release of both the A320 and A321, and eventually the A330, Aerosoft has promised this plane is a complete rebuild of the plane many users are familiar with from previous versions of both P3D and FSX.

The Airbus A318 is the smallest of the Airbus A320 family. Capable of carrying up to 132 passengers close to 3,100nm, the plane is a welcome addition to the hangar of any pilot interested in commercial flights. The A319 increases passenger capacity to roughly 160 and adds an additional 500 nautical miles to your maximum route options. Both planes share a common type-rating with the rest of the A320 family variants and will be familiar to anyone who has spent some time in the cockpit of the A320.

Aerosoft took close to a year of work to complete this family of planes. While most users expected an entirely new aircraft from the ground up (as touted by Aerosoft in pre-release marketing), what we have so far might very well be a just a 64-bit-compatible variant of the 32-bit A320 series that Aerosoft has sold for years.

 
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MK-Studios Lanzarote (GCRR): The FSElite Review

LANZAROTE REVIEW
8.1
MK-Studios has taken the simming community by storm by releasing a prolific string of scenery focusing on the Canary Islands, with their latest being Lanzarote Arrecife airport. The Canaries, as mentioned in previous reviews, are a very popular destination for travelers from all over the world due to their predominantly year round sunshine and picturesque landscape. In this review we
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JustSim UUWW Vnukovo: The FSElite Review

JohnMoscow
7.9
Ah, Vnukovo; where do I even begin? Moscow Vnukovo is one of four major international airports serving Moscow and is currently the third-busiest airport in Russia. Starting its life on July 1st, 1941, it served as a Soviet airbase during the Second World War, with passenger service starting after the war had ended. April 20th, 1956 marked the first passenger
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