Certainly the most anticipated and long-awaiting turbo-prop passenger aircraft release for 2015, the Majestic Software Dash8 Q400 Pro package has been years in the making, and provides the home virtual pilot the best-ever and most realistic Dash8 Q400 experience in Flight Simulator history. Not since FS2004 have we had a decent Dash8 aircraft add-on that checks all of the boxes... This Pro edition further expands on the functionality available for flight simmers.
Fly the Q400 in 19 high resolution liveries with weather radar, TCAS, dual FMS and custom animations and lighting - this is quite simply the best Dash 8 you can fly!
The Majestic Software Dash 8 Q-400 for FSX is a highly realistic rendition of Bombardier's twin-engined turboprop regional airliner. Since entering service in 2000, over 450 Q-400 aircraft have been delivered to a diverse range of airlines around the world. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW150A turboprop engines, the Q-400 can carry 78 passengers up to 1,500 miles at 360 knots, not much slower than its regional jet competitors.
This ground-breaking simulation features a flight dynamics engine that operates independently from FSX/P3D, providing you with incredibly realistic performance and behaviour, as well as accurate icing effects.
"PRO" edition is for advanced users, or airline pilots wishing to improve their knowledge of the Dash8 Q400 airplane. This edition has all the features of the PILOT edition, plus the Headup Guidance System simulation, the shared cockpit feature and several more.
A fully-functioning virtual cockpit is included and features FMS, weather radar, TCAS, glass cockpit displays and an authentic autopilot system, all closely matching the real aircraft.
19 high-resolution airline liveries are included, representing operators from every corner of the globe. Customizable automated cabin announcements and an independently operating 3D sound system make this the most immersive airliner to date!
Custom flight dynamics engine
Our addon is the only one available on the market, which includes a built-in Flight Dynamics Engine completely independent from the default FSX FDE. The consequence of this is a much more realistic aerodynamics behavior of the aircraft, in particular the realistic wind simulation, enhahced propeller physics including the propeller discing and auto rotation, effects of the propeller airstream on the wing lift and the icing effects on the propeller, wings and the flight surfaces.
The Weather Radar is capable of interpolating the weather returns, based on the actual FSX weather, using the FSX Weather Stations reports. The Weather Radar can work with both the FSX Real Weather, and the Weather Environment addons capable of setting the per-station weather. The PRO version of the Q400 is capable of reading the weather radar data from the ASN. The beam geometry is also simulated in order to depict the weather based upon the aircraft altitude, antenna tilt and the altitude of the weather itself. There is a ground clutter and the weather shadow effects. In addition there is a ground mapping mode simulation, capable of showing the surrounding terrain. The weather clutter in the ground mode is also simulated.
The Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) simulates most of the ICAO-defined CASII functions and provides the traffic indication as well as the traffic and resolution advisories. The TCAS works with both the AI traffic and virtual ATC network traffic (Vatsim/IVAO).
FMS navigation, fuel management and basic performance
The dual Flight Management System simulates the Universal 1E FMS and is developed with a high degree of realism. The FMS system is capable of navigation in three dimensions (LNAV+VNAV), RNP-based navigation and Fuel and Performance Management. The up-to-date navigation database, provided by navigation data supplier Navigraph (subject to additional charges - see the website for details) can be used to obtain the latest procedures. In addition, there are custom provisions to control the availability of the ground services and the flow of passenger announcements.
The documentation for each edition includes the systems tutorial, sample flight guide, Control Panel application tutorial, checklists and performance tables. The PRO and TRAINING edition also include the items pertaining to the abnormal operations (checklists and the system tutorial)
Virtual cockpit and external models
Highly detailed external and cockpit models with HD textures and special effects are included:
- Hundreds of custom animations, all controlled by the aircraft systems
- Unique 3D propeller simulation featuring variable disc thickness
- Smooth gradual lighting in virtual cockpit
- Complete custom lighting system with proper light splashes on the exterior model and ground. All lights are functional in the cockpit
- ‘Intelligent’ pilots with behaviour linked to the aircraft state (exterior model)
- Complete multi-stage icing visualisation
- Window mist/demist simulation
- Frame-rate friendly model
Liveries and paintkit
Detailed layered paintkit in Photoshop format with a unique stitching tool.
19 high resolution liveries from around the world:
- Air Baltic
- Air Berlin
- Air Canada Express
- Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air)
- ANA (blue)
- ANA (green)
- Lufthansa Regional (Augsburg Airlines)
- Qantas Link
- SAS Commuter
- United Express (Colgan Air)
In addition to the default announcements included with the aircraft, the scripting-based announcement system allows for the building of custom announcements both per livery or globally. The announcement script can play the user defined sound files based on the current condition of the aircraft systems and control states, thus providing truly customised and realistic announcement flows specific to particular airlines.
FMS FPL WINDS
The FMS FPL winds functionality which is currently in development, and will be provided in the version 1.1 update, will allow the FMS to account for the enroute winds, thus increasing the fuel and time prediction accuracy.
Saving and loading system states
When saving or loading a flight in FSX the systems will also store or retrieve their respective states.
Custom sound system
The Majestic Software Dash 8 includes its own sound system, independent of the FSX sound system. The sound system is Direct-X based and uses custom DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effects to simulate the propeller sounds correctly. The system is also 3D-enabled for both external and internal sounds, including the switches and controls sounds as well as voice announcements.
Add-on control panel
The Add-on Control Panel Application (CPAN) allows you to visually modify the most important parameters of the aircraft, as well as verify and apply the custom Weight and Balance configurations.
Pro Edition Specific Features
SHARED COCKPIT FEATURE
The Shared Cockpit is the way for two users to share the same cockpit over the network. Our Shared Cockpit syncronizes 2 instances of the addon over the home network or the internet. It is also possible to invite a third person to the cockpit as observer.
COMPLETELY CUSTOMIZABLE FAILURE SYSTEM
Our product is coming with a sophisticated scripting system, which can be used to set the scenarios for any failures in the airplane. The scenario can be random as well as triggered by the predefined conditions (engine failure on V1, for example). The scenarios can also be written by the users and include the scenario flow logic as well as the custom sound playback.
HEADUP GUIDANCE SYSTEM
The HGS allowes for operation of the aircraft under weather minimums up to CAT IIIa. Our HGS includes a system control panel and the Headup Display. The HGS system also accounts for the pilot head position and view angle in a Virtual Cockpit.
SOUND SYSTEM ADVANCED MODE
In the PRO edition and higher, our Sound System can, in addition to the 3D mode, be configured to reproduce the particular sound groups via the dedicated speaker(s), such enabling the sophisticated home simulation setups. In addition, the sound system supports a second sound device (including the USB headsets) which can be used to separately output the headphone sounds.
AUTOPILOT TCS MODE
The Touch Control Steering mode allowes the pilot to use the control column movements to command the autopilot mode parameters, such as altitude, vertical speed and the indicated airspeed adjustments, without having to disengage the autopilot.
FMS ETP/PNR FUNCTIONALITY
The Equal Time Point (ETP) and Point of No Return (PNR) calculations are the advanced functions of the Performance management (PERF), used during the navigation in the deserted areas (oceanic navigation, deserts...) in order to verify that the aircraft has sufficient fuel to proceed to the selected destination in the normal and/or abnormal conditions.
The full set of the 2D panels, which can be used to fly the aircraft the "traditional" way, or build a multiscreen cockpit by moving the panels onto the multiple monitors.
WORKING CIRCUIT BREAKERS SIMULATION
We provide the simulation for all the circuit breakers in the cockpit with the correct mapping between the circuit breakers and the electrical equipment. The circuit breakers popup on short circuit is also simulated
ALTERNATE GEAR EXTENSION
In the cases of the main gear retraction/extension system failre, the gear can be manually extended by using the alternate gear extension mechanism, which includes a manual hydraulic pump and a nose gear release assembly
SYSTEM CONTROL APPLICATION
Is an external application, which can be used to monitor the status of the aircraft systems and apply the selected system failures over the network. In the PRO edition, all the systems can be monitored, however only the Electrical and Hydraulical failures can be triggered. In the TRAINING edition, all the system failures can be freely triggered.
System requirements: Any PC capable of running Flight Simulator under MS Windows versions XP, 7,8,8.1, 10
Supported versions: Microsoft FSX Service Pack 2 or Acceleration / Lockheed Martin Prepar3d v2.0 or V2.5
Network requirements for the shared cockpit: Minimum data exchange rate of 256 Kb/sec, ability to forward the data to the UDP ports, network delay < 1000ms
Changes since version 1.018d PRO and 1.019 version PILOT edition of the Q400
+ Shared Cockpit: Debouncing is improved on the LSK8 key of the ARCDU (to switch the transponder mode) (PRO)
+ FMS graphic artifacts fixes
+ Alternate gear release: inhibit switch is not required to open the nose gear doors by pulling the release handle
+ ND: Improved overlay display logic
+ ELEVATOR ASYMMETRY incorrect light fixed
+ EFIS: CRS1/CRS2 tooltip course will be from the NAV, if FMS is selected
+ ARCDU, FMS Tune page: increased ADF range to 1999kHz
+ Numerous fixes to the mouse acceleration in rotating knobs
+ EFIS FC system page: Fine tuned the rudder indication to correspond exactly to the real aircraft indication
+ PFD graphics fixes
+ FlightControls: Steering NSW system activation delay of 7 seconds is implemented
+ CEGPWSSystem: WarningGenerator: 4B mode (flaps) will account for flaps override switch
+ AFCS: GA button modes activation is fixed
+ CAntiiceSystem: Engine door lights stay lit without electrical power, fixed
+ Flight Controls: Fixed the rudder travel restriction versus flaps, when the rudder sensitivity factor in the mjc84.ini is below 1.0
+ Flight Controls: Free steering is added (free caster mode)
+ mjc84.ini: added TillerDeadZone variable to tune the dead zone for the steering tiller
+ PCU AUPC module: added delay of 1/2 seconds prior to feather protection, to prevent inadvertent feather for the props in flight
+ Electrics: DC BUS TIE will not close if both DC Gens failed
+ Engine control: Re-written the mouse drag procedure of the Condition Levers sync with the simconnect
+ FMS: Fixed the incorrect MAP elevation detection
+ FMS TUNE page: Fixed entering ATC code 0001-0004 result in memory selection
+ FMS ETP/PNR: Fixed incorrect FOB fuel kg input on page 2 (PRO)
+ FMS: Added EXITS page under SERVICES
+ FMS: 7 seconds unilink delay instead of 1 second (to improve the shared cockpit sync)
+ FMS: Fixed the incorrect index for waypoints beginning with NAN
+ Nav system: Navaids data will be re-loaded after the aircraft reposition
+ TCAS system: Added audio warning supression for <400ft on approach and <600ft on departure
+ TCAS System: Will not initialize to TA/RA on the ground and <900 ft agl
+ TCAS System: INCREASE DESCEND is blocked <1450ft
+ HGS: Forcing the windshield non-transparent to increase the "IMC" effect triggered from the System Panel
+ Maintenance: Refinements to the wear-off (random failures)
+ NAV framework: Migrated the database from the MS Access to SQL Lite format
+ Syspan: Removed the restriction for the systems which can be used by the user pages, and added the restriction of 3 pages limit (PRO)
+ Syspan: Additional failures on the avionics page (PRO)
+ Syspan: Added failure re-set buttons on all of the pages
+ syspan specification: Added failure0TextValue to the page specification
To download the lastest patches or update, please go to Majestic website by following link, and go to support -> User Area