I know you have all been eagerly awaiting the release of the latest PACX version and we've been working tirelessly to get this rolled out to you over the past few days ahead of Flight Sim Show Cosford at the weekend. Collin's changelog below covers each aspect of the changes briefly, but I wanted to show you what major additions we have made to PACX in this release.
With the introduction of career mode, you have the opportunity to set the parameters to run the airline as you wish. You can choose your reputation (economy, balanced or business) which each come with dynamic events that occur. Each reputation type will attract a unique customer base, so you may see more or less of passenger incidents .
You can have the opportunity to restrict aircraft by rank too. This allows you to fly more aircraft as you progress through the ranks of the virtual airline, with only the best captains being let loose in the mighty 747!
We have also introduced "Hardcore Mode" within the career mode, which automatically records every flight you complete, as well as disabling slew and time acceleration to ensure you work harder to increase passenger satisfaction during longer flights! Be careful, though, as one crash will end your career...
The Awards System
Each award has its own unique badge and is tailored specifically to you! Once you have earned an award, simply clicking on it will take you to the unique web page for your award, which you can share with your friends!
Every award has a set criteria to meet in order to earn it, such as activity, dependability (on-time), passenger satisfaction and dealing with incidents. You can even work against other PACX users to be in the top 10 pilots within a month to win awards. Each award has bronze, silver, gold and platinum tiers, with platinum being our most prestige award which only a few pilots receive.
If you were an early supporter of PACX or a developer/contributor, you will get a special award that can only be given out manually. It's a great opportunity to show off if you have earned either award, as they are "limited edition"!
Native X-Plane PACXBridgeXP
This update also brings the in-sim menu and in-sim message support to X-Plane natively via PACXBridgeXP. More information on that is available here.
The Records System
In the new records page, you can choose to show all flights in all careers or narrow it down by career. Selecting the drop-down underneath “Career to Display”, you will be presented with a list of careers to choose from.
Depending whether you choose to show them all, or just per career, the information below will be tailored to what you select.
The sounds served a purpose, but they're getting smarter. You will now be able to hear the destination being spoken in announcements during the boarding and push back phase, as well as on arrival at your destination. Also in the arrival message, you will now hear the local time (based on your simulator time, so it will be accurate at any time of day in your simulator), as well the outside air temperature.
It's worth mentioning that in countries using Celsius to measure temperature, you will hear the sound in C, whereas in countries that use Fahrenheit, you will hear it appropriately!
First off, PACX is still usable completely offline (outside of activation). When online, our record system will automatically (and efficiently) backup and synchronize careers, awards, and flight records with our server (and therefore, between computers) in the background. You won't spend much time waiting for downloads or loading, as everything is intelligently cached locally to speed things up. This system allows you to simply enjoy the product and not worry about backing up or downloading anything.
This just about covers the major changes made to the application, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the additions in due course. You can also see the full list of changes and updates made in the forum post below.