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Aircraft updates : Boeing 767 and 757 (C32) by FlightFactor

 

FlightFactor have updated both their Boeing 757 Professional (v2.4.3) and their Boeing 767 Professional (v2.3.7) series aircraft. 90% of the version changes here are related to both the aircraft versions, but the Boeing 757 Professional has an extra at no cost in the Extended and Global packages. This extra is the C-32 Variant that is otherwise known as Air Force Two, or the American Vice-President's personal aircraft.

 

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As the update changes are nearly exactly the same between both the aircraft we will focus on the B757 Professional version.

 

C-32 Variant

There are actually four C-32 aircraft in this Air Force Two configuration and they are all operated by the 1st Airlift Squadron of the 89th Airlift Wing. They are available for use by the vice-president (using call sign Air Force Two), the first lady and members of the cabinet and congress. They are also used by the President (using call sign Air Force One) if the destination is too small to take the larger VC-25.

 

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I'm not going to deny, but the Boeing 757 looks great in the Presidential colours, although the aircraft was built in 1998, it still has that impact statement you need as a head of government. The Air Force Two livery is however not new to the FlightFactor B757, we have had it now since the first release, but somehow it looks far better here with the new PBR enhancements.

 

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Even if the external livery is really the same, the difference with this release update is the new internal layout, gone is the all the mass seating 757 arrangements...  and incoming is the custom Presidential aircraft layout.

 

Forward to the rear and the first forward cabin section has six wide executive seats for White house aids and staff. There is nothing behind the curtain, but my guess it is for carry on luggage.

 

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A compartment within the cabin creates the flying official office...  it is terribly messy in here as well, so there must be something big going on...  a worldwide pandemic that could kill millions of people maybe? nah, that scenario is simply just too far fetched!

 

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I love the couch though, and what a way to fly...  centre cabin has two sets of club seating and tables, great for talking to the health officials.

 

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Middle cabin has six more executive chairs, as does the rear cabin, plus an extra three rows of nine tourist seating which is probably for the press pack.

 

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Full rear is a significant galley....  lighting is okay, average and even dull in the daylight, but has some quite nice illumination in the dark.

 

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Externally the lighting is excellent, the cabin looks amazing as does the tail lighting.

 

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Notes here are now relevant to both the B767 and B757. Both EICAS now have the option of a blue hue screens...

 

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...  selection is via the OPTIONS/AVIONICS menu under "Blue EICAS" (arrowed), the difference is startling and goes with another favorite I like with the 757 Red Displays.

 

All displays now are pop-out and windows (for home systems), before the EICAS displays were not actually pop-outs.

 

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You can also now adjust the amount of AntiAliasing (AA) via a slider on the tablet EFFECTS page this adjustment affects the EADI, EHSI and the route part for FPDS displays, effectively it makes the lines and text more finer and sharper.

 

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2D Window displays have now been added to the state saving.

 

Also added are: TO STEP CLIMB and TO E/D lines to progress page (will now appear when it should) and the TO T/D line to CRZ page (will now also appear when it should), better shutdown IRS cycle logic and ATT align IRS cycle logic. The MAP flag for FPDS displays will now also appear.

 

Mechanical items include new scavenger pump logic and engine vibration logic and failures.

 

A quick flight from KDAB (Daytona) to KRSW (Florida SouthWest) confirmed the changes are another level in creating a very mature simulation now for either of the FlightFactor Boeing 757 and the Boeing 767. The B757 in it's Air Force Two disguise makes the aircraft very spectacular...

 

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...   not to forget the option of the avionics upgrade available for the FPDS or "Flat Panel Display System" or commonly known as a glass cockpit conversion. (again the B757 version is shown) more details in depth of the FPDS is here: Boeing 757 Pro Avionics FPDS by FlightFactor/SteptoSky

 

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The FPDS is very good and modernises the flightdeck to current standards, here in this update though I have kept the original older CRT/Clockwork dial layout as I don't think the Presidential fleet has been upgraded to the FPDS.

 

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The VP (Vice President) arrival in South Florida is a very big occasion, and in an election year as well...

 

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So what is a good simulation? well when nothing goes wrong and with the complexity of this study grade aircraft, then that is an achievement.

 

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The VP is here!

 

Taxi in real...  slow to get the right arrival atmosphere.

 

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...   then keep the door closed for a fair while, and then open it, all that is missing now is a waving Vice President!

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Summary

A clever developer can deliver something or add to an existing product to keep the aircraft front and centre in your interest. Updates are also important, but after a period of time and a lot of refining then there is only so much fixing and tuning you can do.

 

The twin series of FlightFactor/SteptoSky's Boeing 767 and Boeing 757 are very much now at a high point of their development lives. Both are very good and very refined to the point I call them "Mature". The last update for both of these aircraft focused on the avionics with a FPDS or "Flat Panel Display System", however this time around the new feature is just for the Boeing 757 Extended and Global packages which is the addition of the C-32 or Air Force Two American Presidential aircraft (four actually).

 

And a great addition it is with not only an improved exterior livery, but also a complete internal Air Force Two layout. Other update changes include (for both the B757/767), are Blue style EICAS displays, AntiAliasing (AA) slider, 2D Screen saving, better pop-out/windows and a multitude of FMC fixes and additions.

 

There is a lot, if not a huge amount of choice now with both the FlightFactor B757/B757 twins, both are also very good and highly refined aircraft, that deliver extremely high-grade study simulations, and if you do want an executive transport aircraft, then you can go simply no higher than the Air Force Two transport and ride in "West Wing" Style.

 

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Yes! the Boeing 757-200ER - Boeing 767-300ER Professional & Extended versions and the EPDS extension by FlightFactor Aero/SteptoSky...

...    is NOW! Available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

 

One (which I will call the Avionics upgrade) is the Standard Single aircraft PRO that can be upgraded with this FPDS package to Modern Avionics

Two (Extended and Global) you can also update to first from the Standard Single Aircraft to the "Extended" version that includes three versions of the B757/767 in the -200, -300 and the Freighter, and then update again to the GLOBAL version of everything in the Extended and plus the FPDS package.

 

Boeing 757-200ER v2 Professional

Price is US$72.00 (C-32 addon not available)

 

Boeing 757-200ER v2 Professional Extended

Price is US$92.00

 

Boeing 757-200ER v2 Professional Extended Upgrade

Price is US$72.00 + US$20

 

Boeing 757-200ER v2 Professional Modern Avionics

Price is US$72.00 + US$20 (C-32 addon not available)

 

Boeing 757-200ER v2 Professional Global Upgrade

Price is US$92.00 + US$20

 

Boeing 757-200ER v2 Professional Global

Price is US$112.00

 

You must already have purchased and own the current Boeing 757-200 v2 version for any upgrades (Extended/Avionics) to the aircraft

 

Boeing 767-200ER v2 Professional

Price is US$72.00

 

Boeing 767-200ER v2 Professional Extended

Price is US$92.00

 

Boeing 767-200ER v2 Professional Extended Upgrade

Price is US$72.00 + US$20

 

Boeing 767-200ER v2 Professional Modern Avionics (EPDS)

Price is US$72.00 + US$20

 

Boeing 767-200ER v2 Professional Global

Price is US$112.00

 

You must already have purchased and own the current Boeing 767-200 v2 version for any upgrades (Extended/Avionics) to the aircraft

 

Requirements

X-Plane 11.40 (X-Plane 10 is NOT supported!)
Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.10+ or Linux 14.04 LTS or compatible, 64 bit mode
8Gb RAM / 3Gb VRAM Minimum, 16-24Gb+ RAM / 6Gb+ VRAM Recommended
Current and review Version: 2.4.3 (B757) : v2.4.3 (B767), Free auto-updates for the entire XP11 life-cycle
 
Changelogs 2.4.3 (B757) : v2.4.3 (B767
 

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Upgrade Review by Stephen Dutton
18th March 2020
Copyright©2020: X-PlaneReviews
 
(Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions)
 

Review System Specifications:

Computer System: Windows  - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8Gb - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD 

Software:   - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.20

Addons: Saitek x56 Rhino Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose  Soundlink Mini

Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro v1.11 US$69.90 : WorldTraffic 3.0 Plugin - US$29.95 : BetterPushBack - Free : JARDesign Ground Handling Deluxe plugin

Scenery or Aircraft

- KRSW - Southwest Florida International Airport by Aerosoft  (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$24.95

 

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On 3/17/2020 at 4:35 AM, Stephen said:

A compartment within the cabin creates the flying official office...  it is terribly messy in here as well, so there must be something big going on...  a worldwide pandemic that could kill millions of people maybe? nah, that scenario is simply just too far fetched!

 

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