The Flight 1 GNS530 had to by far be one of the hardest products to review I have ever seen. It’s not perfect no. But any problem I could find with it could be excused by simply saying “That’s how the real thing works.” Normally that’s a terrible excuse! But this time, given the way this particular addon works; Well it’s a perfectly viable counter argument. I could not decide how to approach this addon. Is it awesome, and all its problems excused by it being realistic. Or is it bad and all its problems are just that, Problems. That is until it occurred to me that my writers block was caused by a perfectly viable argument to make. It’s good and realistic, But has problems that consumers should be aware of before purchase. So that’s how this review is going to be written. There will be a score but I want to state right now that this is a good product. It has issues but the issues are excusable.
A few weeks ago, Flight1 released their ‘soft’ version of their latest traffic tool, Ultimate Traffic Live. We recently posted our first impressions on the product and since then Youtube partner Aus Flight Simmer has taken another look at the product and produced yet another high quality video.
You can view it above. If you’d prefer, read our written impressions here.
Either way, leave a comment and tell us what you think about the product.
Today Flight 1 has released their Cessna 162 SkyCatcher add on for Free. Note it is still licensed software so you may not redistribute it! But you can now download it for free if you wish. The download process is a bit abnormal compared to other freeware downloads. You must download a Key, then an installer form a page that may make you think your purchasing it. But don’t worry, just follow the instructions listed by Flight 1 one This Page to get the aircraft for free. The add on works in all versions of FSX including the Steam edition. Plus Prepar3D V3.
Over on the Flight1 forums, some previews for the upcoming Ultimate Traffic Live was shown off. Complete with a brand new interface a new traffic engine and fully compatible with Prepar3d v2 / v3 (as well as FSX).
As you can see from the previews, there’s plenty of statistics to be viewed including the breakdown of domestic and international routes, number of airlines and number of flights per hour/day/week.
You can see the inflight maps, adjust various options and look at a live traffic board.
Some cool stuff in the shots so take a look.
I personally couldn’t wait for this. If you are a pilot in training, or haven’t flown with a full glass cockpit, you’ve probably seen one of these two guys. Flight1 has modeled the Garmin GNS 430 and 530 GPS systems. Finally, we have a proper replacement for the horrible default GPS.
Flight1’s GNS430/530 is ready for FSX/ P3D V2.2 and up, and is $49.99/ €45.41.