SimFlyer vs. Reality XP

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I stumbled upon "the SimFlyer Network" tonight, I'd never heard of them
before.

They seem to make or market the Garmin GNS430 and GNS530 units that they
sell for $17.99 for both.
http://www.simflyer.net/shop/gnsv4.html

Reality XP wants $29.95 for each unit! Reality XP models 99% of the real
Garmin's functions.

What is up with these SimFlyer units? They don't tell you how many of the
real Garmin functions they model.

Does anyone know about these products?

Dallas
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    If Simflyers supports Windows 2000 and remembers its window
    position in a separate monitor at startup, they have my dollars.
    They get an A+ if they can also map keystrokes or GoFlight
    hardware from the normal GPS into their GPS.

    --
    Will
    Internet: westes at earthbroadcast.com


    "Dallas" <Cybnorm@spam_me_not.Hotmail.Com> wrote in message
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    > I stumbled upon "the SimFlyer Network" tonight, I'd never heard
    of them
    > before.
    >
    > They seem to make or market the Garmin GNS430 and GNS530 units
    that they
    > sell for $17.99 for both.
    > http://www.simflyer.net/shop/gnsv4.html
    >
    > Reality XP wants $29.95 for each unit! Reality XP models 99%
    of the real
    > Garmin's functions.
    >
    > What is up with these SimFlyer units? They don't tell you how
    many of the
    > real Garmin functions they model.
    >
    > Does anyone know about these products?
    >
    > Dallas
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    "Will"
    > They get an A+ if they can also map keystrokes or GoFlight
    > hardware from the normal GPS into their GPS.


    Well they get an A+ from me for using the FS9 database. Reality XP's
    database does not match FS9's.

    They also get an A+ from me if you can get 2 GPS systems for $18 bucks.
    Jean-Luc's prices seem a little high to me.

    But SimFlyer gets a D- in marketing for not answering my main concern, "How
    many of the real Garmin features do they simulate?".

    Dallas
  3. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    Well maybe they implement five features in which case you would give them an
    F, so they might get a better grade at D- for staying quiet. :)

    I honestly don't see a big difference between an $18 and $49 price. If a
    product saves me four hours of time I make that back multiple times.

    --
    Will


    "Dallas" <Cybnorm@spam_me_not.Hotmail.Com> wrote in message
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    > "Will"
    > > They get an A+ if they can also map keystrokes or GoFlight
    > > hardware from the normal GPS into their GPS.
    >
    >
    > Well they get an A+ from me for using the FS9 database. Reality XP's
    > database does not match FS9's.
    >
    > They also get an A+ from me if you can get 2 GPS systems for $18 bucks.
    > Jean-Luc's prices seem a little high to me.
    >
    > But SimFlyer gets a D- in marketing for not answering my main concern,
    "How
    > many of the real Garmin features do they simulate?".
    >
    > Dallas
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    On Tue, 05 Apr 2005 05:37:59 GMT, Dallas wrote:

    > What is up with these SimFlyer units? They don't tell you how many of the
    > real Garmin functions they model.
    >
    > Does anyone know about these products?

    They are simply repackaged default GPS gauges in a pretty frame. They are
    the very same XML code as the default and offer no additional features...

    Bill
  5. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    On Tue, 5 Apr 2005 00:58:46 -0700, Will wrote:

    > If Simflyers supports Windows 2000 and remembers its window
    > position in a separate monitor at startup, they have my dollars.
    > They get an A+ if they can also map keystrokes or GoFlight
    > hardware from the normal GPS into their GPS.

    They are nothing more nor less than repackaged default GSP units. The use
    the same XML code that the default gauges use...
  6. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    On Tue, 05 Apr 2005 21:20:26 GMT, Dallas wrote:

    > But SimFlyer gets a D- in marketing for not answering my main concern, "How
    > many of the real Garmin features do they simulate?".

    Because the answer is simply NONE WHATSOEVER!

    Bill
  7. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    "Bill Leaming"
    > Because the answer is simply NONE WHATSOEVER!

    Thank you Bill... ya saved me $18 bucks.


    Dallas
  8. Archived from groups: alt.games.microsoft.flight-sim (More info?)

    On Wed, 06 Apr 2005 18:10:18 GMT, Dallas wrote:

    > "Bill Leaming"
    >> Because the answer is simply NONE WHATSOEVER!
    >
    > Thank you Bill... ya saved me $18 bucks.

    Search on AVSIM for "Garmin 430" and you'll quickly find the unit(s) from
    Donald Kuhn which were released just over one year ago, and have identical
    code to the ones sold by SimFlyer, albeit not as pretty graphics.

    Bill
  9. The Reality XP use the real Garmin Trainer in the background. The 430GNS is just like the one I use in the real helicopter and it uses real world, albeit somewhat dated databases. They get my vote.


    Tedd
  10. tedd jones said:
    The Reality XP use the real Garmin Trainer in the background. The 430GNS is just like the one I use in the real helicopter and it uses real world, albeit somewhat dated databases. They get my vote.


    Tedd

    Thanks Tedd, its good to read up on 4 year old discussions....
  11. I realize that this thread is now ancient history, but I do wish to point out that since that time, SimFlyers has progressed a great deal in their systems development...

    ...what was true four years ago is no longer valid. No one should consider the information in this thread as accurate information for making a decision regarding SimFlyer's product offerings! ;)

    Bill
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