• Review: Ultimate 737 NG Full Version By Perfect Flight

    Review: Ultimate 737 NG Full Version By Perfect Flight

    By Bill Stack
    April 24, 2012

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    Boeing's 737 airliner series is familiar to just about every home flight simulation enthusiast because it has been included in Microsoft's Flight Simulator for years. It is also familiar to millions of airline crew and passengers because it is the most produced commercial airliner in aviation history. Boeing has produced more than 7,000 in eight models since introduction in 1967, and it has more than 2,300 new 737s on order for airlines around the world.

    "NG" stands for Next Generation, and it refers to the 600, 700, 800, and 900 series. The previous series (100, 200, 300, and 400) is called "Classic." The NG models were upgraded from the Classic models to compete with the more advanced Airbus A320 that began service in the late 1980s. Boeing improved the wings, fuel capacity, engines, interiors, and functional systems. The first NG model began service in the late 1990s.

    The 737-800 (which is all the 737s in this package) filled the void left by Boeing's decision to discontinue the MD-80 and MD-90 following its acquisition of McDonnell Douglas. Many airlines replaced their B-727 stretch airliners with the 737-800. It burns less fuel and carries more passengers than those aircraft. The first commercially flown 737-800 was by the German charter airline TUIFly in 1998.

    Perfect Flight's Ultimate 737 NG Full Version

    This product is 27 missions around the world using repaints of the FSX default Boeing 737-800 in nine liveries. The repaints also work with the iFly 737NG model should you own that. It's accompanied by IFR flight plans for each mission, an iPad® radar gauge, an extensive 737-800 user guide, several additional views of the aircraft, and a paint kit. Because these are repaints, the aircraft's dimensions and details, the interiors and instrument panels, and the flight modeling are all the same as the default FSX aircraft. The nine liveries appear realistic compared with real-world photos I was able to find.

    THE NINE LIVERIES
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Aircraft Selection Menu ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** American Airlines
    United States
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Air India
    India
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** British Airways
    United Kingdom
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Malaysia Airlines
    Malaysia
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Neos
    Italy
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Sun Country
    United States
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** TUIFly
    Germany
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Varig
    Brazil
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** XL Airways
    Germany
    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    The 27 Missions

    Perfect Flight's 27 missions for its nine 737-800 NGs take flight simmers to four continents: North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The missions range in duration from 20 minutes to almost 5 hours with most being about 2 hours. All are expert level. Every mission has a briefing that provides mission objectives, background information, estimated duration, flight procedures, navigation frequencies, and airport data.

    For my evaluation, I selected the 20-minute Kolkata to Ishurdi (India) mission. As recommended in the briefing, I selected the aircraft first, American Airlines in this case. Upon selecting the briefing, my 737-800 appeared in the Air India livery at a gate at Kolkata Airport. A menu window gave me the choice of reading the briefing or beginning the mission. I chose the latter. The mission allows us to go through the checklist, which is accompanied with audio, or skip it. I chose to play the checklist. "Pilots" must perform each step then move to the next step because selecting the steps from the menu does not perform them. After the startup checklist is complete, pilots are instructed to activate the Air Traffic Control window for the remaining procedures. The respective IFR flight plans are included in the mission, and pilots must request IFR clearance from ATC. The remaining procedures are familiar to any flight simmer who has followed ATC instructions and clearances for instrument flights.

    Perfect Flight's categorizing these missions as "Expert" is right on. These missions are not for beginners. Users need to know how to operate the FSX 737-800, fly on instruments, and follow ATC instructions/clearances. Almost every flight phase will keep pilots very busy. The lack of a copilot's assistance becomes very obvious when we're hearing ATC and audio checklists barking at us with flight attendant announcements blathering in the background &#8212 especially during take-offs, climbouts, approaches, and landings.

    MISSION EXAMPLES
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Mission Selection Menu ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Mission Briefing Screen
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Mission En Route ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Mission En Route
    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    Instruments

    Because these are repaints of the default FSX 737-800, all the instruments are the same, with the exception of the iPad Radar unit described below.

    UNIQUE INSTRUMENTS

    The iPad Radar Gauge provides basic flight information in a single screen. Shaped like an iPad, it is unique among instruments seen in all my product reviews over the last two years. It provides flight information such as other traffic, radio frequencies, wind conditions, and a GPS-like map. Unlike the Garmin GPS units, however, users can easily choose what information to display with simple mouse clicks &#8212 airports, navaids, airways, airspaces, AI traffic, and so forth. Perfect Flight says its iPad is an assembly of default FSX gauges.

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    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    Supportive Documents

    Perfect Flight provides three types of documentation for this aircraft:

    • A 27-page manual in portable document format (PDF) explains system requirements, installation procedures, operational procedures, cockpit description, and mission descriptions.
    • The kneeboard contains checklists for all flight phases. The audio checklists tend to negate the need for these checklists, but they are good reference sources.
    • A reference sheet provides a flaps chart, V-speeds, and copious notes about flying this aircraft.
    USER GUIDE
    ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Page 11 ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Page 19 ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Page 21

    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    Technical Matters

    This aircraft requires Microsoft FSX® and Windows 7, Windows XP® or Windows Vista®. No special simulator settings are required.

    The installation program defaults to install all files into this folder of my Windows 7: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes\PF2K_737_800." These files include the manual and paint kit. Users may choose to install into other folders if desired. Other folders might be appropriate for other operating systems.

    All nine variations appear in the Aircraft Selection menu in the aircraft manufacturer category under "Perfect Flight 737NG."

    Technical support is through an email address posted in the Pilot Shop page about this product and inside the manual. Response to my questions was within 24 hours.

    Readers with technical questions not answered in this review should ask the developer, who is in the best position to answer such questions. Using the links below, go to the Pilot Shop page where the product is listed and described, then click on "Manufacturer Tech Support" in the right column.

    TECHNICAL & PURCHASE FEATURES

    MSFS Version

    FSX

    Operating System

    Windows XP SP2
    Windows 7
    Windows Vista 32/64 bit

    Instant download from the Pilot Shop

    Yes

    Installation program

    Yes

    License key required

    No

    Copyright acknowledgment required

    Yes

    Manual included

    Yes

    Uninstall program included

    No

    Frame Rates (Windows 7)

    Good

    Price

    $19.99 US

    More Information

    More information about the real-world Boeing 737-800 is available from:

    Overall

    Perfect Flight's 27 missions to various locales around the world are interesting, challenging, and fun to simulate. The IFR flight plans simplify flying the missions. All nine repaints appear accurate. The comprehensive manual is helpful with using the product's features. The iPad® Radar is a unique and useful instrument. I like that all files are installed together within the SimObjects folder so that my computer isn't cluttered with more directories for another developer.

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    Bill Stack
    [email protected]

    Learn more about the Ultimate Boeing 737 NG for FSX by Perfect Flight.

    Bill Stack is author of several books about flight simulation, a regular author in flight-sim magazines, and a contributor to Flight Sim Com. His website is www.topskills.com


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