• Review: FSWidgets EFB For X-Plane

    EFB For X-Plane

    Publisher: FSWidgets

    Review Author:
    Paul Mort

    Suggested Price:
    $24.95

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    FSWidgets EFB

    In this review of the EFB by FSWidgets, we will be looking at certain important factors governing the overall rating of this product such as system requirements, ease of use, accompanying documentation, reliability, cost and, very importantly, after sales service, should you happen to need it.

    What Is The EFB?

    With the increased reliability of electronics (and miniaturisation), real world pilots are turning to portable electronic equipment in far greater numbers, to navigate the skies. These incredibly useful devices can, amongst other things, store charts and data sheets that would otherwise fill multiple sheets of paper.

    For the virtual pilot (you and I), having something similar to aid us during flight would be equally useful and this is where the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) by FSWidgets comes into its own.

    This versatile tool can display approach charts, aircraft manuals, procedure information, and online weather radar. It also has the ability to display a real time moving map, complete with a selection of map styles and selectable navaid categories. Put all EFB's features together and you have, in effect, a central information center which allows the virtual cockpit to become a 'paperless environment', making your flight run all the more smoothly.

    System Requirements

    The total space occupied by the installation is a mere 75 Mb - a featherweight in computer terms - but as with all new software, it is always important to check the system requirements needed to run it. Doing this gives you a good idea as to whether or not it will run on your machine. If you are unsure of how it will perform (or whether or not EFB is right for you), FSWidgets provides you with a free 20 minute limited demo, so you can try before you buy.

    To use the world database provided by cloud based World Nav Data, it does require you to buy a subscription to this service. This one-off additional payment can also be used on all the supported products so is still good value for money.

    FSWidgets EFB

    The cloud based navigation system is a bonus to those of you whose hard drive space may not be at a premium, as there are no drive hungry reams of world map data to download. Instead, they are accessed as and when required, via the internet.

    Tags: efb, fswidgets

    2 Comments
    1. betelgeuse's Avatar
      betelgeuse -
      As far as it goes this review is comprehensive.

      But the reviewer does not give details on which Operating Systems EFB for X-Plane works under. There is no information as to whether it can be used on an a networked machine, iPad, android device etc. Some of the photos suggest that it can be used on a remote device. Can it?
    1. TweakFS's Avatar
      TweakFS -
      This particular title is for Windows (Vista or later) and yes it can be used in network mode using the free FSWidgets Network Pack utility. We also have EFB products for iPad, Android and Mac.

      Fermin - FSWidgets Developer
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