With so many aircraft designs flying around, why choose to develop a DC-9 for FSX? It’s a cool aircraft! What more do you need?! Well, actually the logic behind choosing to develop the DC-9 goes a bit deeper than that. I will try to explain.
Being an old design, the MD-80 cockpit has what seems like knobs and switches everywhere. This can be a bit confusing and overwhelming for the pilots just starting to fly this bird. One of the most frequently asked questions we get on the support forum is "how do you start it up?". Well, this video tutorial seeks to answer that very question.
Failure simulation. This is what in my opinion takes the DC-9 Classic, and all other addons that includes such a feature, to the next level. Usually when you simulate a system in an aircraft, you simulate ON or OFF in a normal state. With failure simulation a system can also be simulated ON or OFF in a failed state. While OFF is usually OFF regardless of state, ON and failed at the same time is where it can get really busy real fast on the flight deck.
"Verdict? Outstanding. Welcome back Espen, we would like to see more of this quality of work from you. There are so many planes from this era that flight simulation developers have forgotten and which would be serious fun were they released with versions of the training center included. I have banged the drum for a high quality payware Constellation in the past, but there are so many other possibilities, starting with a 'Freight Dog' version of the Fokker 50 that Espen cut his teeth on as freeware so long ago. Just go out and buy the Super 80 - I can't think of a better investment to make to while away the months until FSX arrives and when it does, you might just find you like this old plane so much you want to stay with FS2004 until the patch arrives."
Andrew Herd, FlightSim.com reviewer.