First Look

Honeycomb Aeronautical Bravo Throttle Quadrant: First Look


The Honeycomb Aeronautical Bravo Throttle Quadrant is perhaps one of the most anticipated pieces of hardware for flight simulation. Following on from the hugely successful, and frankly incredible, Alpha Flight Controls, the Bravo has a lot to live up to. When Honeycomb first entered this space with their initial proposals, it had the community excited for what could possibly come from having such varied controls at price points that appealed to the masses.

We feel a true review can only come after an extended period of time with the controls in a variety of simulators, but we also know that many of you are keen to learn about our first initial impressions of the new hardware. With that in mind, we’re going to cover the fundamentals of the controls, our first thoughts and the overall look and feel.


Unboxing and Set-Up

If you haven’t watched our unboxing video, go check it out now. As you will see, the box is well presented and the controls are packaged up super nice. Inside, you will find the two sets of throttle handles (GA and Commercial), 2 clamps, the suction pad and of course, the main Bravo hardware itself. There are a series of leaflets about Aerosoft and various partners, as well as the instruction manual. I’m mostly impressed at how compact the box was, yet the product was nicely protected throughout with some very premium feeling foam. If you own the Alpha Flight Controls, then you will already be familiar with the quality.

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iniBuilds A300-600F: The FSElite First Look

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Tim and Lee share their first impressions of the iniBuilds A300-600RF: On the Line. If you are looking for a new widebody 'bus for your hangar, this aircraft is worth a look Music - Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata from YouTube Creator Studio Links:
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Aerosoft A330 Professional : The FSElite First Look Part lI

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In our second and final part of this First look for the Aerosoft A330 Professional, we land the aircraft into John F Kennedy Airport both during a stunning sunset and in heavy fog. The video was recorded with version of the aircraft as various improvements on the autoland and aircraft handling were made at this time. A full review
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Aerosoft A330 Professional : The FSElite First Look Part 1

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Come and join us at 18:00 zulu on Monday 9th December 2019 for our first look at the Aerosoft A330 Professional. This is a pre-recorded video we took in the build-up to release to show you everything from a cold-and-dark start to reaching cruising altitude. Be sure to subscribe and hit the notification bell to be informed when the video goes live.
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Ultimate Ground Crew X: The FSElite First Look

FS2Crew is widely known for their virtual copilots, and now we have a virtual ground crew from them as well. Ultimate Ground Crew X has been in development for many years, and now we are finally able to get our own first look at the product. Let’s dive right in and see what Ultimate Ground Crew X has to offer.

Ultimate Ground Crew X, or UGCX for short, is a new ground crew utility that offers a number of services for your aircraft. First thing we are going to check out is the options the are within the UGCX menus.

UGCX mainly uses the native P3D style of menus for selecting which service you wish to use. Selecting the options button will bring up more options to customize your experience with UGCX. You are able to choose from 4 languages which is something FS2Crew is really proud of. Within the aircraft profile settings, there are many different options to customize. Switching the tug used for that aircraft, switching between voice and menu control, how far the marsaller is from the plane, and so much more is available in this menu. The options also let you customize the location of the wheels on the aircraft so UGCX has a better understanding of how to properly push the aircraft. Other options available are airport chart viewer, audio options, reload scenery data, and display the current settings.

Moving on to the hand signals and marshalling. Just like you would expect, a ramp agent will marshall you into the gate of choice, telling you when the correct position to stop is. A follow me car can also be requested to guide you to the gate. With the hand signals, these include engine starts, disconnecting GPU, removing wheel chocks, and more. These same commands can also be done with an intercom system.

Jumping over to the towing feature. This will allow you to reposition your aircraft to any parking position without having to start your engines. UGCX will automatically plot the shortest route from your position to the parking of your choice.

UGCX also features an emergency services option. This will spawn an airport fire and rescue vehicle which will come up to your aircraft and spray it with foam.

Last but not least: the pushback feature. When selecting the pushback, you are greeted with two options: design a custom pushback, or let UGCX design the pushback for you. For custom pushbacks, an airport map is opened which allows you to plot out your pushback. Its as simple as right clicking to make nodes. Once you have created a route and selected a pushback point, you can save the route and activate it. Wing walkers follow the wingtips just like they would in real life. 

Voice controls can be used instead of the menu controls.

We hope you guys have enjoyed this first look. More is coming in the future.

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Milviz SR-71 Blackbird: The FSElite First Look

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A couple of things to keep in mind before we get started: The Milviz SR-71 Blackbird is still in an alpha state with nearly everything in this particular build still a work in progress. What’s shown in this first look does not represent the final product, as changes and improvements will be made as the aircraft progresses to later alphas
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Sim Bit World – A Pilot’s Life: The FSElite First Look

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Join our very own Aus Flight Simmer, Shane, as he takes you through a fleeting first look of Sim Bit World - A Pilot's life, a utility to give purpose when it comes to flight simulation. He demonstrates its uses and capabilities during a short hop from Brisbane to Launceston. Be sure to watch the 7-minute video and leave a comment
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FSElite First Look: Vertx DA-62

Sean Moloney, best known for his work at RealAir, has recently returned to the flight sim world after a prolonged absence. With him, he brings a new development studio, a new product line, but most importantly, a new plane, the Vertx DA-62. From the ashes of RealAir comes Sean’s talent roaring back into life. Today, we’re taking a first look
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