TFDi Design Releases PACX

By
Keizo Ono
Friday, May 31, 2019

TFDi Design has released their latest product for X-Plane and Prepar3D, called Passenger And Crew Experience (PACX). The goal of PACX is to provide a realistic experience of flight operations from a crew’s perspective.

“PACX seeks to bring the feeling of responsibility and the significance of traveling with passengers and crew to your simulator. It is designed to be unintrusive, varied, dynamic, and simple to use.”

The features of PACX include:

Passenger Simulation:

Dynamic per-passenger simulation creates a varied and realistic experience on every flight. Passengers react, in real time, to various events and will have their own unique reactions based on their identities.

Varied Announcements:

Flight attendant announcements and crew interactions are varied and sound different each flight. Time of day, weather conditions, and in-flight events will cause unique announcements.

Interaction:

Interaction with the passengers and crew is simple and responsive. Using your preference of interaction method, passengers can be informed of various changes in the flight and information can be requested from the crew.

Menu:

Using the announcement menu, you can inform passengers of delays, diversions, aircraft problems, and more. You can also answer crew questions or request an update on their status.

Vocal Interaction:

Using the vocal interaction system, you can verbally speak to the passengers and crew. Any announcement that can be made via the menu can be done verbally. Public addresses can be made via the vocal control menu and passengers will react.

Data:

  • Web-based flight reports can be easily shared with friends or virtual airlines
  • Via simple XML scripting, various elements of PACX can be customized and expanded.
  • Applications can inform PACX of flight information to reduce the amount of manual data entry required.
  • A simple network interface allows PACX to send and receive information, in real time, from other applications.

Aircraft Integration:

According to TFDi, “PACX is compatible with all aircraft. In-cockpit integration is available for select aircraft only but is not required for the product to operate properly.”

TFDi has yet to show aircraft integration for any aircraft in X-Plane, so for now, the feature is only available for the following P3D/ESP aircraft.

  • TFDi Design 717
  • Quality Wings 787
  • PMDG 737NGX
  • PMDG 747-400 Queen of the Skies II
  • PMDG 777

Minimum Specifications:

  • Hard drive space: 500 MB
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Hardware: microphone for vocal interaction
  • Internet Connection

Simulator Compatibility:

  • X-Plane 10
  • X-Plane 11
  • Prepar3D v1-v4
  • Flight Simulator X
  • Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Upcoming Features (Not in initial release):

PACX is currently released in an early-access form, and more features will be added at a later date. These features include:

  • Announcements of unique flight numbers and destinations
  • General aviation support
  • Corporate aviation support
  • Further support of in-cockpit integration on third party aircraft

TFDi Design’s Passenger And Crew Experience is available on their web store for $29.99 (USD) and can be found here. To see TFDi’s initial announcement of PACX, click here.

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