I bit the bullet last night and purchased the PMDG 777 add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X. It’s nearly $100 and worth *every* penny. Here’s some initial impressions:
- I now know why PMDG charges what they do. From the installation experience to the docs and the actual flight, it’s clear they made a silk purse out of the sow’s ear that is FSX. My older PC with a low-end NVIDIA card handles the aircraft without breaking a sweat. It’s every bit as usable and fun as the default C172.
- I was able to make a flight from Memphis to Springfield without much of an issue within 10 minutes of finishing the install. I already knew the basics of FMC programming but this was my first real exposure to it and it’s very logical and easy, once you have the right mindset.
- I can see that this would be easy to fly for both long and short flights.