• Review: TFDi Design 717

    Review: TFDi Design 717

    By Michael Hayward

    TFDi Design Boeing 717

    The 717 is a short-haul regional aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas as the MD-95 and sold by Boeing as the 717. This aircraft was designed and built during the Boeing buyout of their competitor in 1998 and first flew commercially in 1999 with AirTran Airways.

    TFDi Design is a relatively new developer when it comes to add-ons for FSX and P3D, and until the release of the aircraft only ever worked on software. I remember when speaking to Collin Biedenkapp at the Flight Sim Show last year, he explained to me that the actual idea of creating a 717 came about after a joke was made when somebody mentioned 'nobody has done a 717 for flight simulator yet'.

    Today we take a look at their Boeing 717 and have a look at the features that this aircraft includes, as well as whether or not this aircraft is worth adding to your virtual hangar.

    TFDi Design Boeing 717     TFDi Design Boeing 717

    Aircraft Specification

    • Crew: 2
    • Length: 124 ft 0 in (37.8 m)
    • Wingspan: 93 ft 4 in (28.4 m)
    • Height: 29 ft 8 in (9.0 m)
    • Empty Weight: 68,500 lb (31,071 kg)
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 121,000 lb (54,884 kg)
    • Powerplant: 2x Rolls Royce BR715

    Aircraft Performance

    • Range: 1,430 nm (1,644 miles, 2,645 km)
    • Extended Range: 2,060 nm (2,371 miles, 3,815 km)
    • Rate of Climb: 2,000 fpm
    • Service Ceiling: 37,000 ft (11,000 m)
    • Max Cruising Speed: Mach 0.77 (822 km/h, 444 kn)

    TFDi Design Boeing 717     TFDi Design Boeing 717

    Download And Install

    Installing the TFDi Design 717 is a simple process. After purchase, you download the add-on manager for TFDi. This program both acts as the payload manager and aircraft configuration tool, as well as the DRM for the aircraft as you must log in to your TFDi account to use it. If you don't log in, it doesn't work, simple as. Once the aircraft had been unlocked and you have logged into the add-on manager, you are then free to fly it both online and offline as the aircraft does not always-online connection for its DRM process to work. (Only after the initial install do you need to be connected.)

    Once you are logged in, the aircraft starts downloading and installing into your flight simulator. This process is automated and once done, the aircraft is ready to fly.

    This tool is VERY useful for your 717 operations as this gives you everything you need to know when programming the FMC to setting up your flight in general.

    TFDi Design Boeing 717     TFDi Design Boeing 717

    You also have the option to download four PDF documents. These are checklists and familiarisation guides aimed at helping you fly the aircraft as efficiently as possible. These documents are very well-written and very clearly laid out, allowing for both new and veteran simmers alike to be able to get to grips with how the systems work and more.


    9 Comments
    1. zangg's Avatar
      zangg -
      Tnx. Come on, take on an MD - 88).
    1. b52bob's Avatar
      b52bob -
      Talked with the developers at flight sim expo and did a flight. A magnificent airplane and a wonderful example of a great add on. I highly recommend it.
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      More overpriced software. I'm sure its a nice model but $60 bucks is too much. Simple economics will tell you to drop the price and go for volume sales.

      Prices like this also ensure the pirate sites stay busy. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying these sites are OK. Simply that at these inflated prices many will simple forego the "paying" sites and download a free pirated copy in a few days.
    1. gt401964's Avatar
      gt401964 -
      Great review but I agree about the price. Way too expensive I'm sorry to say.
    1. ncflyboy66's Avatar
      ncflyboy66 -
      I respectfully disagree that it's overpriced. $59 is a very good price for such level of software. What most don't realize is how much time and money goes into developing these models and just to break even and then move into profit takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Generally speaking, the more detail and realism, the higher the price and don't forget licensing fees nowadays. The time and resources needed to research for this level of development is very time consuming and expensive even before the first poly is bent. $59? I'll take one, in fact I'm going to buy it now for P3Dv4.
    1. ncflyboy66's Avatar
      ncflyboy66 -
      Addendum, now having bought the model and giving it a fairly deep examination, I can say without reservation that the model is well worth the price. Its systems depth is more than enough to satisfy the most experienced users but it has preset system conditions to help get less experienced users up and running. I am very impressed with it and am glad I waited to get it in a 64 bit platform (P3Dv4) which makes it well worthwhile. $59? This was a steal IMO.
    1. badapple's Avatar
      badapple -
      Can't buy it. No 2D panel.
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      ncflyboy66 I'm sure its a fine product. I even mentioned that in my post "I'm sure its a nice model but".
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      Quote Originally Posted by ncflyboy66 View Post
      Addendum, now having bought the model and giving it a fairly deep examination, I can say without reservation that the model is well worth the price. Its systems depth is more than enough to satisfy the most experienced users but it has preset system conditions to help get less experienced users up and running. I am very impressed with it and am glad I waited to get it in a 64 bit platform (P3Dv4) which makes it well worthwhile. $59? This was a steal IMO.
      ncflyboy66 I'm sure its a fine product. I even mentioned that in my post "I'm sure its a nice model but".

      I'm sure there is considerable time and effort that goes into every high quality model out there. My point is still I hope at some point theses developers realize the value of the "quantity business model" from business school 101. At $60 the value is just not there. I, like many, can afford it. Just not willing to overpay. 3000 sales at $30 is better than a 1000 at $60. I'm just sayin...
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