MSFS Add-on Aircraft Caution

If you’re new to the world of flight simulation, especially since the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, did you know that not all add-on, payware aircraft are created equal?  Since the release of MSFS back in August 2020, many quality payware developers have been hard at work in creating study-level, true to life representations into the sim with so many more to come in the future.  I routinely talk about two of my favorites with that being PMDG and Fenix.  But there are a few payware aircraft which have been released in the past few months that in my opinion caution needs to be considered before purchasing. 

There seems to be a trend being set by a few payware developers to be the first to release various add-on aircraft in the Microsoft Marketplace in what many are calling a “cash grab” effort to sell payware aircraft which utilize existing default aircraft models.  CaptainSim was I believe the first when they released their Boeing 777 which utilized the default Boeing 747 systems.  A few months ago, LatinVFR, which are renown for their top-quality airport scenery add-ons, released an Airbus A321 which uses the default Airbus A320 systems and are planning to soon release an Airbus A319 in the same fashion. 

It must be said that those who enjoy MSFS on the console platform are very unlikely to see true study-level aircraft from PMDG, Fenix etc. So I guess I do understand there is a potential market for these aircraft for those on the console platform.  However, if you enjoy MSFS on the PC platform….I’m of the opinion these “Frankenstein” type aircraft are a waste of money and/or certainly not worth the asking price.  Especially when you take into consideration the FBW A320 project is 100% freeware and the Fenix A320 is priced at just over $55 USD. 

Again, the reason why I chose to write this article and publish it, is because I know many have been duped by this and thought they were buying a more complex add-on aircraft.  Of course if none of this matters and you’re really not bothered by the fact these aircraft are not true representations, then by all means add them to your virtual hangar and enjoy them.

As always, thank you for reading and happy flying!!!

Jerry

FSDreamTeam GSX Pro Review

The highly anticipated GSX Pro by FSDreamTeam has finally been released for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS) and boy, oh boy….has it made an impact in the flight simulation community.  If you are new to the flight simulation world and have not had the opportunity to use GSX in either FSX or P3D, the you might be wondering what it is, what it does and whether or not you need it in your sim.  I’ll answer these questions and also for those who are already familiar with the product, will discuss why I believe you still need this in MSFS.

Before I start this product review.  Please allow me to get the fine print out of the way. 

The product I am reviewing was purchased by me and for my own personal use.  I receive absolutely no compensation of any form (cash, credit, discounts, promises) for reviewing this product.  I have not contacted, nor have I been contacted by the vendor to provide this product review.  The opinions expressed (good or bad) are my own, your mileage may vary.

What Is GSX Pro?

GSX Pro by FSDreamTeam is an all-in-one ground services add-on for Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS) and improves all ground services including push-back, catering, refueling, baggage and passenger loading.  GSX Pro adds an extra level of immersion to your overall flight simulation experience. 

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I’ve been a fan of GSX for many years and since making the full switch to Microsoft Flight Simulator a few months ago, had truly been missing this add-on.  For me, GSX ticks all the boxes and provides my flight simulation experience all the immersion necessary to simulate the role of a commercial airline pilot. 

The new version, GSX Pro debuted for MSFS just a few weeks ago and unfortunately the release was troubled by several unfortunate issues which were not entirely the fault of FSDreamTeam.  On the day of release, many users began experiencing poor performance and frequent CTD’s (crash to desktop).  Naturally, when something goes wrong with the sim we can’t help but look at the last thing we tweaked or installed as being the culprit.  This is only natural and I initially jumped to the conclusion that something had seriously gone wrong with the install or there was something seriously wrong with GSX Pro.  However, after some time it became clear that these issues with MSFS were happening to users who had not purchased/installed GSX Pro.  The issues causing the CTD’s and slow performance of MSFS (which to this day are still not completely known) were resolved by Microsoft/Asobo and once again MSFS performed as it should. 

As previously stated, GSX Pro provides an all-in-one ground services function for MSFS.  This of course includes catering, refueling, baggage and passenger boarding and de-boarding, refueling and push-back services.  For the most part it performs all these functions well.  Yes, there are some small quirks which happen from time to time.  While some of these minor annoyances could be caused by MSFS, some of these have been around in the product from the FSX/P3D days.  In my opinion, when I see the baggage carts driving through the engine or through another vehicle, I just chuckle and appreciate the fact I’m alive and able to enjoy this hobby as much as I do.  Remember, AI will never be perfect.  We see these same issues in other simulation based titles and it’s in your best interest to just grin and bear it just as I do. 

All-in-all, GSX Pro is an add-on I rate highly in the “must have” category of flight simulation add-ons.   As I previously said, I had truly been missing GSX Pro after making the switch from P3D to MSFS a few months ago.  As I write this, GSX Pro has been available for about 3 weeks and the level of improvements, bug fixes etc. have brought it up to the standard in which it was for P3D and it will continue to improved over time. 

Do you absolutely need GSX Pro?  If you want to add that extra level of immersion to your flight simulation experience then the answer is an overwhelming YES! 

As always, thank you for reading. 

Until next time….

Happy Flying!!!

Jerry

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