[UPDATE] TFDi Design Announces PACX

TFDi Design has announced PACX, a dynamic passenger simulation tool compatible with any aircraft of your choosing. This tool will finally bring your passengers to life. Each decision you make will individually impact your passengers’ mood based on their personality.

PACX also allows you to make various announcements to your passengers specific to your current flight. Whether it’s a safety briefing or notifying the passengers of a delay, this tool will add a new layer of immersion to your flights.

If you would like to learn more, visit the official PACX announcement page.

[UPDATE 0805z] Click through to the full article to read about our follow-up with Joshua from TFDi.

[UPDATE 0805z] FSElite contacted Joshua M from TFDi to ask a few questions following this announcement.

On the product announcement page linked above, TFDi mention compatibility with X-Plane. We asked Joshua if this was expected to be available alongside the ESP platform compatibility at release. Unfortunately for X-Plane users, it seems as if this is primarily just an idea at this point in time – he said “One of the many challenges we’ll begin to face have to do with interfacing with the simulator itself. We’d rather not use middle man interfaces so we would need to develop our own for this program.”

Naturally, the prospect of the company developing anything for the X-Plane platform will always raise the question of their 717 product being ported to Laminar’s simulator. While that idea isn’t off the table entirely, he said: “that isn’t something we are planning at this moment, but we will never rule anything out in the future.”

On a slightly more niche aspect, the prospect of PACX being using in a full-size sim cockpit was discussed. Naturally, owners of these simulators are always striving for the pinnacle of realism in the simulations, so one would expect that this product would appeal to them. Usually, with these simulator setups, external applications like this are run via the network for ease of interfacing (ie: SimConnect). For example, most full-size simulator owners and operators will run applications such as ActiveSky from an instructor’s station. We asked if this was something that they had considered for the product, with Joshua saying “…we would need to discuss this as a team for feasibility for initial release. Our main focus to have a working core program, and then we can start to add extra features over time.”

So in all, some good news for those who would not ordinarily have considered themselves to be the target market for products from TFDi.

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I don’t really care about my virtual passengers moods…they can virtually thank me later for getting them virtually somewhere safely. I’m not a virtual therapist. I’m a virtual pilot. The piece that IS interesting is flight specific FA briefings in the back. I hope they model ‘The bathroom at the front of the aircraft is exclusively for the use of our first class passengers’. And don’t forget airline specific virtual credit card offers after TOD. Now that’s realism! Seriously, if you wanted to go next level, it would include FAs reading off hub gate assignments for some popular destinations and a suggestion to go look at the schedule board if they didn’t name your destination. And you’re welcome TFDi if these hadn’t already been added.

Maxkillers “Maxkillers Gaming”

Im gonna make a lot off people mad

Thanks but no thanks. Regarding the MD-11… brace yourself for the Rotate MD-11 for xplane 😀

If you check out the PMDG pages on Pravda, sorry Avsim, you’d see that there is a serious desire to see the MD11 ported over to P3D. Yes it didn’t do as well as would be hoped for and in real life, the MD11 sold poorly but so did the 717 and that didn’t stop Tfdi making it.

Yes it sold poorly in real life, but what PMDG meant is that it sold poorly as an addon. Stop complaining and accept it, or make your own MD11. The 717 did sell much in real life because Boeing purposefully scaled back production to favour 737 sales, and the TFDi 717 is quite a popular addon,

Odd. pilots have many horror stories about the MD11’s flight pecularities. Not sure who loved it… maybe the kids back then who now grew old. Because nobody really cares about that plane, sorry. PMDG is right about it. Since they have to start on it front scratch, i doubt it will happen.

To be honest the request for a new MD-11 is most of the time posted by the same individuals.

About PACX,

Would be nice if the application could auto import a flightplan (like PMDG can do with HiFi) because we already fill in so many flightinfo in all kind of apps.

Virtual airline, flightplanner, charts, aircraft to name a few.

Ahhh the MD-11. The greatest plane of all times. Loved by pilots, passengers and mechanics. Build in many variants for 50 years and an overwhelming success for it maker which today defines the future of aviation.

Also a great success in the simulation world. Everybody loved it, everybody bought it. All other developers did not sell a thing when it was introduced. No, wait…

Nice. I love the 717 and I would be happier if instead of all the garnish like this, trueglass etc. The team would develop an MD11 for p3dv4. PMDG have no intention of updating theirs so it would be nice ìf tfdi did. I really miss it

Any plans on how this will work when also using fs2crew? But otherwise it sounds interesting.

Have you ever thought if is possible can use several languages, at least the most spoken in the world such as Spanish?

im sorry what? spanish? LOL

Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world

Great work! Have you ever thought that is possible can use several languages, at least the most spoken in the world such as Spanish?

Ben Childs

Hi Moises,

If it works like other voice recognition interfaces, it will rely on the user’s operating system language to interpret what is being said, so if you’re a Spanish user on a Windows PC setup with Spanish as an installed language, it should work without issue. Again, that is assuming the way TFDi would handle the voice recognition.

“For the first time, you will be able to interact directly with the crew and passengers.” From the PACX website.

Have they never heard of FSPassengers? Maybe I am missing something and this goes beyond that well known addon.

Ah, I did indeed miss that voice recognition part. Well that’s certainly innovative. Thanks for the heads up.

Would a cargo ops version make sense, I wonder? I have no idea if it could add anything of value to those that – for some weird reason that I cannot explain – prefer to haul inert pacxs.

Joshua Mendoza

Yes, FSPassengers had an indirect way of interacting with passengers and crew. Our “direct” interaction is not a menu, but you can address your passengers using voice recognition, letting them know of delays, flight information, and other general announcements a pilot would make onboard. We are focusing 100% on the in-flight experience and making this a flight by flight tool. We are not going to be focusing at all at Airline Management, as this is not something a typical airline pilot would be worried about.