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Plugin Update : WebFMC Pro v1.3.0 by Green Arc Studios

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Plugin Update : WebFMC Pro v1.3.0 by Green Arc Studios

 

More, more and even more additions are now available to the Green Arc Studios excellent WebFMC, that allows you use the pop-out FMC in any computer, tablet or gadget that runs an internet browser. This is version v1.3.0 and the additions this time are the trio of SSG (Supercritical Simulations Group) E-Jets Evolution Series (E-170/E-195) and their Boeing 748i Series....  and the FlightFactor A350 XWB Advanced (old style MCDU).

 

The complete Pro list available is now:

 

  • FlightFactor A320 Ultimate
  • FlightFactor 757v2
  • FlightFactor 767
  • ToLiss 319
  • JarDesign 320
  • Rotate MD-80
  • IXEG 737-300
  • EADT x737 (x737FMC required) 
  • Zibo Mod 737-800
  • 737-900ER Ultimate
  • JARDesign A330
  • SSG E-Jets Evolution Series
  • SSG Boeing 747-8 Series
  • FlightFactor A350 XWB Advanced (old style MCDU)

 

Noted Zibo Mod 737-800 and the 737-900ER Ultimate are also available on the free demo version of the plugin available here on the X-Plane.Org:

 

WebFMC 1.3.0

 

Full details on how the WebFMC plugin is installed and how it works is set out in the original review: Plugin Review : WebFMC Pro by Green Arc Studios

 

Supercritical Simulations Group

E-Jet Evolution Series E-170/E-195 v1.3 by Supercritical Simulations Group is a great addition to the WebFMC portfolio. These FMS units are from Javier Cortes (FJCC) and not directly from SSG, Javier's FMS units have been around for years and notably in the x737 installation...   Note the layout is exactly the same in either aircraft. The latest E-Jet Series version 1.3 is required to use WebFMC.

 

The computer based WebFMC is shown on the right and the internal FMS is shown on the left, the Chrome browser is the recommended browser for WebFMC Pro.

 

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Again the facia FMS plate is a replica of the original Honeywell unit, although with a shorter facia on the WebFMC version, it is also the correct facia plate on the E-Jet aircraft, and it can be set in "Dirty" or "Clean" modes.

 

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I personally use the WebFMC to set out the route and input the performance data. So I use SimBrief (Route Creation) and Navigraph (Charts) to build up the routes. By using the WebFMC as you can see I can have all the route information and chart information ready at hand for input and direct keyboard access for inputting data and route info. Yes you can do the same within the cockpit with the popup...  but you will also be turning your head consistently to gather the info on another (computer) screen, I find this system far quicker in creating the flight data.

 

SSG E195 Head RTE 2.jpgSSG E195 Head RTE SSG 2.jpg

 

The Boeing 748i Series latest update is not yet available (I will add it in here when it is) so I can't yet show that particular WebFMC Pro installation.

 

FlightFactor A350 XWB Advanced

The installation in the FlightFactor A350 XWB is a bit different to the usual in the aircraft facia to WebFMC facia installation. FlightFactor's Version v1.5.1 is again required to use WebFMC Pro.

 

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The facia layout in the FlightFactor A350 is not the front MFD (Multi-Functional Display) FMS, but the rear pedestal unit and pop-up panel....    as WebFMC Pro uses the ToLiSS A319 facia panel (and pop-out) for the input of route data and performance details. A lot of the data is reflected in the MFD version, but a lot is not.

 

FF A350 WebFMC 1.jpgA350_xp11_ToLiSS RTE 1.jpg

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To the diehards then such a difference in authenticity may grind a little, but there are currently several reasons for this. One the current MFD A350 FMS is not the full monty anyway, as it is hybrid FMS system that combines several different elements to replicate the actual A350 FMS and MCDU.

 

As we shall see in that using the A319 layout you can input more data and more easier than the hybrid version. Secondly the rumors are swarming around that the next A350 XWB XP11 will have a full and complete "Study" system of the A350 FMS? Green Arc Studios have noted that if such a system is created then the WebFMC version will follow the study grade pathway...  in other words this A 319 panel version is just a temporary solution to the several problematic areas of the A350 FMS.

 

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If you know your way around the A319 FMS then this will come as breeze to to do but the systems are not perfectly in alignment. The MFD A350 version was always a bit complex in what areas (boxes) to fill in or not or which were the active segments? This version is still also problematic compared with the A319 as well as you can't use SID/STARs either when building up a flightplan? Annoying well yes, certainly for a commercial service airliner of this category.

 

V2 FF 350_WebFMC 3.jpgV2 FF 350_Toliss 3.jpg

 

There are two ways to get around this, one is to use a Python A350 SID/STAR Script to create the SID/STAR's but it is messy with the extra use the "SimpleFMC"... too messy for me. There is another way and it uses SimBrief...  create your flightplan in the Briefing tool and then download the .FMS file, and the trick is in using the XP10 version and not the XP11 .FMS version (you would actually think it would be the other way around? but the FF A350 uses the older GNS340 as it's data source) and load in that .FMS file and that will give you the selected SID and STAR waypoints. It is still slightly messy because you are locked into a certain SID or STAR and can't change any SID or STAR before or in mid-flight...

 

V2 FF 350_WebFMC SIDSTAR 4.jpgV2 FF 350_WebFMC SIDSTAR 5.jpg

 

....  at least you do get access to the SID and STAR routing, for which here at LEBL (Barcelona) the departure RWY 02 SID to MOPAS (MOPA1A) is quite complex... note to add in the DEP runway and ARR runway directly into the WebFMC Pro as it is required and not included in the .FMS flightplan noted here is the DEP runway of 02.

 

V2 FF 350_WebFMC SIDSTAR 8.jpgV2 FF 350_WebFMC SIDSTAR 6.jpg

 

Loading in or laying out the flightplan is far easier with the WebFMC Pro, but there is the point to be made in that unlike usually in using the WebFMC in that it not always mirrors the changes on the internal aircraft FMS, With the A350 setup you have to select the same page to see the information installed.

 

Notable notes though in that to see (or scroll) through the flightplan in the MAP display you can only do that with the MFD flightplan cursors...

 

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...   or inputting or building the route then WebFMC works fine and is actually an advantage. But for other settings like PERF (Performance) T/O - CLB (Climb) - CRZ (Cruise) - DES (Descent) and APPR (Approach) then some areas co-ordinate but a lot of areas don't, so you have to fill in both WebFMC and the onboard FMS...  This is not really a WebFMC issue as the FlightFactor's own A350 XWB system is not only confusing, but differential in the fact of what you input in on the OIS - On-Board Information System then is generally not reflected or accepted on the FMS either? Inputting SimBrief route and weight data is not also comparative either like with passenger load and fuel loads are either over estimates or not exact in numbers to do a comparative flight to the SimBrief flight plan....  it is all very messy.

 

FF A350 WebFMC 4.jpgFF A350 RTE 4.jpg

 

It is obviously annoying to have to fill in both the ToLiSS (WebFMC) FMS and the MFD versions separately? But it helps to match them up correctly...

 

In flight the system works well...   Following the flight plan and SID charts can be done with the WebFMC, while the ToLiSS pop-up mirror can be used in the cockpit, all flightplan date is also reflected on the MFD flightplan and data (arrowed left).

 

FF A350 Flight WebFMC 1.jpgFF A350 Flight MFD 1.jpg

 

Enroute I like all the route data handy and WebFMC is very good here in following the route data via SimBrief and Navigraph Charts.

 

FF A350 Flight WebFMC 2.jpgFF A350 Flight 2.jpg

 

In simulation today you have a huge amount of data available to you (admittedly at a cost of subscriptions), but the detail helps and makes even the FlightFactor A350 as compromised it is in it's current form still a worthy simulation.

 

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Summary

This is another update to the excellent WebFMC Pro, this is a plugin that can be used in a browser on another computer or a tablet. It is a remote tool, but a very beneficial and even a powerful one in programming in route and performance data and following the set aircraft route in flight in mirroring the aircraft's built in FMS (Flight Management System).

 

This update adds in more aircraft FMS's to cover the Supercritical Simulations Group (SSG) E-Jets Evolution Series (E-170/E-195) and their Boeing 748 Series and the FlightFactor A350 XWB Advanced (old style MCDU).

 

The WebFMC Pro FMS list available is now listed as 14, but two in the list of the Zibo Mod 737-800 and the 737-900ER Ultimate are also available in the Free Demo version.

 

All WebFMC Pro facias work very well and are mostly authentic to the real aircraft's facia plates, but the FlightFactor's A350 XWB layout is slightly more complicated and not as study grade as most of the other units here, so currently it uses the ToLiSS FMS system to do the work, that FMS is a situated on the aircraft's rear pedestal.

 

The WebFMC Pro is an excellent tool all round and one plugin I use consistently during FMS setup and route flying, It is an invaluable tool for my simulation flying...   Highly Recommended

 

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Yes! WebFMC Pro v1.3.0 by Green Arc Studios is NOW available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


WebFMC Pro

 

Price is US$19.99

 

The v1.3.0 update is free to previous purchasers of the plugin, go to your X-Plane.OrgStore account for the new version.

 

Quick and easy access to the FMC
Get easy access to the FMC: quickly edit the flightplan, monitor flight progress, set up your approach and do all the typical work of the pilot without having to move around in the cockpit, even if the plane doesn’t support FMC as a popup natively - on the same PC, or different monitor, tablet or phone - in fact you can use multiple displays at the same time!
 
Make pilot tasks easy and comfortable
Enjoy external views during cruise while monitoring flight progress on separate screen or take a quick look at your phone to verify calculated landing speed with just a glimpse of an eye during busy time on approach. Make flying complex SIDs / STARs easy as you can focus on the important flight parameters while having overview of the constraints all the time. Take your mobile to the kitchen as you cook a dinner during a long haul and never miss T/D again!
 
Convenient to use
Use physical keyboards on PC with extra keys such as Prev/Next page mapped to keyboard keys for easy access. WebFMC scales dynamically to fit any display or window size and can look as native app on mobiles by using browser's "Add to home screen" feature.
 
Aircraft support
WebFMC Pro supports growing number of 3rd party aircraft starting with 
  • FlightFactor A320 Ultimate
  • FlightFactor 757v2
  • FlightFactor 767
  • ToLiss 319
  • JarDesign 320
  • Rotate MD-80
  • IXEG 737-300
  • EADT x737 (x737FMC required) 
  • Zibo Mod 737-800
  • 737-900ER Ultimate
  • JARDesign A330
  • SSG E-Jets Evolution Series
  • SSG Boeing 747-8 Series
  • FlightFactor A350 XWB Advanced (old style MCDU)

 

Requirements:
The WebFMC plugin requires X-Plane 11 running
  • 64-bit Windows 7 operating system or newer
  • Mac OS 10.14.x (Mojave)
  • Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS or 18.04 LTS (64-bit)  
Web Client
The CDU can be displayed on any modern and up-to-date web browser with JavaScript support.
We recommend the latest versions of Google Chrome on PC or Android and Safari on iOS. 
 
No internet connection required, remote device needs to be on the same local network as X-Plane PC. 
Support for WebSockets RFC 6455 standard is required which implies at least iOS version 6. 
Current and Review version: 1.3.0 (April 9th 2019)
 
Current SSG E-Jet Evolution Series E170/E195 v1.3 and FlightFactor A350 XWB v1.5.1 are required for the use of this plugin

 

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Plugin Update Review by Stephen Dutton

13th April 2019

Copyright©2019 : X-Plane Reviews

  

(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 11.32

Addons: Saitek x56 Rhino Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose  Soundlink Mini : SimBrief (Free) : Navigraph Charts (Subscription)

Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro v1.07 US$69.90 : WorldTraffic 3.0 Plugin - US$29.95

Scenery or Aircraft

- E-Jet Evolution Series (E170/E195) by Supercritical Simulations Group (X-Plane.OrgStore) - US$54.95
- Airbus A350 XWB Advanced by FlightFactor (X-Plane.OrgStore) - US$49.95
  

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