The MJC8 Q400 addon for Lockheed Martin Prepar3d 4.x and v5.x is a highly realistic rendition, built after the Bombardier ™ Dash8 Q400 aircraft. There are 2 available editions, differentiating in the price and the included features.
- “PILOT” is an edition, designed for home flightsimmers, who want a state-of-the-art hardcore add-on but do not require the complex features, such as the instructor panel system monitoring, circuit breakers simulation, failures simulation, or the shared cockpit.
- “PRO” edition is for advanced users, or airline pilots wishing to improve their knowledge of the Dash8 Q400 airplane. This edition has all the features of the PILOT edition, plus the Headup Guidance System simulation, the shared cockpit feature and several more (please see the comparative table below for the full list).
FEATURESPILOTPROCUSTOM FLIGHT DYNAMICS ENGINE
Our addon is the only one available on the market, which includes a built-in Flight Dynamics Engine completely independent from the default FSX FDE. The consequence of this is a much more realistic aerodynamics behavior of the aircraft, in particular the realistic wind simulation, enhahced propeller physics including the propeller discing and auto rotation, effects of the propeller airstream on the wing lift and the icing effects on the propeller, wings and the flight surfaces.
The Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) simulates most of the ICAO defined CASII functions, and provides the traffic indication, as well as the traffic and resolution advisories. The TCAS works with both the AI traffic, and the virtual ATC network traffic (Vatsim/IVAO..)
••FMS NAVIGATION, FUEL MANAGEMENT AND BASIC PERFORMANCE
The dual Flight Management System, included in the package is built after the Universal ™ 1E FMS, and is developed with a high degree of detalization. The FMS system is capable of navigation in 3 dimensions (LNAV+VNAV), the RNP based navigation, the Fuel and Performance Management. The up to date navigation database, provided by our navigation data supplier Navigraph (subject to the additional charges, please see the http://navigraph.com for details), can be used to obtain the latest procedures. In addition, there is a custom provisions to control the availability of the ground services and the flow of the passenger announcements.
••USER DOCUMENTATION••VIRTUAL COCKPIT AND EXTERNAL MODELS••ADDITIONAL LIVERIES AND PAINTKIT
Detailed layered paintkit in Photoshop format with a unique stitching tool
17 high resolution liveries from around the world :
– Air Berlin
– Air Canada Express
– Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air)
– ANA (blue)
– ANA (green)
– Lufthansa Regional (Augsburg Airlines)
– Qantas Link
– SAS Commuter
– United Express (Colgan Air)
– Air Baltic
In addition to the default announcements included with the aircraft, our scripting based announcement system allowes for building the custom announcements both per-livery or global. The announcement script can play the user defined sound files based upon the current condition of the aircraft systems and control states, thus allowing for a very customized and realistic announcement flows, specific to the particular airlines.
••FMS FPL WINDS (from v1.1)
The FMS FPL winds functionality which is currently in development, and will be provided in the version 1.1 update, will allow the FMS to account for the enroute winds, thus increasing the fuel and time prediction accuracy.
••SAVING AND LOADING SYSTEMS’ STATE
When saving or loading the flight in the Flight Simulator, the systems will also store or retrieve their respective states
••CUSTOM SOUND SYSTEM
Our product includes its own Sound System, independant of the Microsoft Flight Simulator sound system. The sound system is Direct X based, and is using the custom DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effects to simulate the propeller sounds correctly. In addition, the system is 3D enabled for both the external and internal sounds, including the switches and controls sounds, as well as the voice announcements.
••ADDON CONTROL PANEL APPLICATION
The Addon Control Panel Application (CPAN) allowes the user to visually modify the most important parameters of the aircraft, as well as verify and apply the custom Weight and Balance configurations.
••SOUND SYSTEM ADVANCED MODE
In the PRO edition and higher, our Sound System can, in addition to the 3D mode, be configured to reproduce the particular sound groups via the dedicated speaker(s), such enabling the sophisticated home simulation setups. In addition, the sound system supports a second sound device (including the USB headsets) which can be used to separately output the headphone sounds.
•AUTOPILOT TCS MODE
The Touch Control Steering mode allowes the pilot to use the control column movements to command the autopilot mode parameters, such as altitude, vertical speed and the indicated airspeed adjustments, without having to disengage the autopilot.
•FMS ETP/PNR FUNCTIONALITY
The Equal Time Point (ETP) and Point of No Return (PNR) calculations are the advanced functions of the Performance management (PERF), used during the navigation in the deserted areas (oceanic navigation, deserts…) in order to verify that the aircraft has sufficient fuel to proceed to the selected destination in the normal and/or abnormal conditions.
The full set of the 2D panels, which can be used to fly the aircraft the “traditional” way, or build a multiscreen cockpit by moving the panels onto the multiple monitors.
•WORKING CIRCUIT BREAKERS SIMULATION
We provide the simulation for all the circuit breakers in the cockpit with the correct mapping between the circuit breakers and the electrical equipment. The circuit breakers popup on short circuit is also simulated
•ALTERNATE GEAR EXTENSION
In the cases of the main gear retraction/extension system failre, the gear can be manually extended by using the alternate gear extension mechanism, which includes a manual hydraulic pump and a nose gear release assembly
•SCENARIO BASED FAILURES
Our product is coming with a sophisticated scripting system, which can be used to set the scenarios for any failures in the airplane. The scenario can be random as well as triggered by the predefined conditions (engine failure on V1, for example). The scenarios can also be written by the users and include the scenario flow logic as well as the custom sound playback.
•HEADUP GUIDANCE SYSTEM
The HGS allowes for the operation of the aircraft under the weather minimums up to CAT IIIa. Our HGS includes a system control panel and the Headup Display. The HGS system also accounts for the pilot head position and angle in a Virtual Cockpit.
•SHARED COCKPIT FEATURE
The Shared Cockpit is the way for two users to share the same cockpit over the network. Our Shared Cockpit syncronizes 2 instances of the addon over the home network or the internet.
•SYSTEM CONTROL APPLICATION
Is an external application, which can be used to monitor the status of the aircraft systems and apply the selected system failures over the network. In the PRO edition, all the systems can be monitored, however only the Electrical and Hydraulical failures can be triggered. In the TRAINING edition, all the system failures can be freely triggered.