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Offline Adrian Chitan

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« on: December 03, 2017, 07:15:09 PM »
Hi guys,

it's been more than 2 years since I've done one of these, so let's see what virtual pilots are favoring nowadays. Two years ago the conclusion was that PMDG and their NGX was taking the lot. Now we're going to do a more complex analysis.

So let's see the raw aircraft info for Thursday evening on VATSIM. One thing to notice is that VATSIM pilots have started using ICAO aircraft designation instead of just writing their model in the Type entry (which is greeeat), there're still people who write B777 or even ICAO (:)))) in the type designator, but things are much better than before:

Now, setting everything in a super-class (B77L + B77W = B777 or B736 to B739 = B737NG) shows us this:

Now, we can easily place these models in a certain simulator like the B737-300 placing it in X-Plane (IXEG B737-300 Classic), or the B737 NG in the FSX/Prepar3D (I reluctantly named it Prepar3D, but let's give the Cesar what's his...). Of course, there are some models that cannot be placed in a definite super-class, and I am talking about the A320 here: we have the A320X from FSLabs for FSX/P3D but there are quite a lot of people flying the (still) beta and new Flight Factor A320 Ultimate. So, I am really splitting the A320 for X-Plane and FSX/P3D 50-50 because the FF A320 Ultimate is HUGE, while the FSLabs A320X is superb, but expensive.

So let's see this distribution:

As you can see, pure X-Plane users are 25% of the P3d/FSX users, already a huge number, but the combined FSX/P3D/X-Plane users are more than half the FSX/P3D! With the releases of the v2 727, 757 and the new 767 (this is a long awaited thing for our community) plus the big X-Plane 11 release, I think this simulator is moving into a 50-50 era with P3D...and fast judging by how it looks in youtube videos (unfortunately, people are still just about the looks and less about the physics).

Hope this was a nice read,


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