In cooperation with StepToSky , Flightfactor has developed the Boeing 767-300ER for all you X-Plane users out there. Flightfactor is a very know player in the development area for X-Plane, their Boeing 757 & 777 are know for being awesome aircrafts in the sim and have scored high scores with many reviewers. Thanks to the helpful & friendly people from X-Plane.org we got a review sample of this aircraft.
First let me tell you some basic information and history about the 767, after all this twinjet widebody is still a very popular aircraft for medium to long haul flights with many airline companies. Designed as a smaller wide-body airliner than earlier aircraft such as the 747, the 767 has seating capacity for 181 to 375 people, and a design range of 3,850 to 6,385 nautical miles (7,130 to 11,825 km), depending on variant
Interesting to know The Boeing 767-200 entered service in 1982, the stretched Boeing 767-300ER made it first flight 30 years ago on January 30 1986, reminds me, that aircraft is as old as me . That’s roughly 3 times older than most cars driving around, impressive don’t you think ? The even more stretched -400ER with extended range and fuselage and upgraded T7 like cockpit entered service in 2000.
Development of the 767 occurred in tandem with a narrow-body twinjet, the 757, resulting in shared design features which allow pilots to obtain a common type rating to operate both aircraft.
The Boeing 767 is also the narrowest of all widebody aircrafts, widebody being an aircraft with 2 aisles in the cabin instead of just 1.The 767 became the first twin-engined airliner to receive regulatory approval for extended overseas flights. The aircraft was then used to expand non-stop service on medium- to long-haul intercontinental routes. In 1986, Boeing initiated studies for a higher-capacity 767, ultimately leading to the development of the 777, a larger wide-body twinjet. In the 1990s, the 767 became the most frequently used airliner for transatlantic flights between North America and Europe.
The 767 is the first twinjet wide-body type to reach 1,000 aircraft delivered. As of January 2016, Boeing has received 1,163 orders for the 767 from 74 customers; 1,083 have been delivered. A total of 765 of these aircraft were in service in July 2015; the most popular variant is the 767-300ER, with 583 delivered; Delta Air Lines is the largest operator, with 95 aircraft. Competitors have included the Airbus A300, A310, and A330-200, while a successor, the 787 Dreamliner, entered service in October 2011.
- 767-200: basic model primarily used for domestic routes
- 767-2c (Boeing KC-46): a military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft
- 767-200ER: First extended model entered service with El Al in 1984.
- 767-300: Stretched version , entered service with Japan Airlines in 1986. This model featured a fuselage extension of 21 foot or 6.43m.
- 767-300ER: Extended version of the -300 entered service with American Airlines in 1988. greater fuel tanks & higher MTOW made it possible to have a greater range.
- 767-300F: Production cargo version of the 300-ER
- 767-400ER: the first Boeing wide-body jet resulting from two fuselage stretches, entered service with Continental Airlines (now United) in 2000. Featered a 21 foot or 6.43m stretch over the 300ER. Other differences include an updated cockpit, redesigned landing gear, and 777-style Signature Interior
- Boeing E-767: the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) platform for the Japan Self-Defense Forces; it is essentially the Boeing E-3 Sentry mission package on a 767-200ER platform
- Boeing KC-767: is a military aerial refueling and strategic transport aircraft developed from the Boeing 767-200ER. The tanker received the designation KC-767A, after being selected by the U.S. Air Force initially to replace older KC-135Es
- Northrop Grumman E-10 MC2A: was planned as a multi-role military aircraft to replace the Boeing 707 based E-3 Sentry, E-8 Joint STARS, and RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft in US service. It was based on the Boeing 767-400ER commercial airplane.
Source: Wikipedia & airliners.net
Enough facts where can you buy this aircraft ? The aircraft is available for purchase at the X-plane.org store, for 64,95 USD or € 56,8 The download is about 1.17 GB in size, comes zipped and should be extracted to your X-plane aircraft’s folder. After extracting the size is about 1.66 GB. When all that is done it’s time to boot up X-Plane 10. After choosing the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft from the list and chosen an airport, you’re greeted with the activation screen. Your serial should be sent to you by e-mail after purchase and after activation you have to restart X-plane 10.
The Aircraft comes with 8 liveries; American Airlines, Air france, Westjet, Lufthansa Group, British Airways, Garuda Indonesia and X-Airways + blank repaint and the default classic boeing colors. 8 liveries isn’t much and you can buy, yes I said buy additional extra liveries from the X-plane .org store. Each livery pack costs about 10 USD or you can download free liveries from other websites & forums.
Manuals / documentation
Inside the Aircraft folder you can find the “DOCS” folder this folder contains 3 PDF documents and one textfiles with the 767 changelog.
- 763 FCOM:
Clearly this proves this aircraft is official Boeing Licensed , the PDF counts 1049 pages and includes the normal operations checklist.
- 767 Remote CDU Manual:
You can use a web brower as a remote control for the CDU you can use it the same pc or any other networked device such as a tablet. This PDF shows you how , everything is very easy explained.
- Manual: A well equiped manual is present as well, I highly recommend reading it truly it made save you some timewasting later on.
The modeling and external textures
Having a glimpse at the screenshots you’ll undoubtedly noticed how beautiful the aircraft has been modeled. And ofcourse did they include the optional winglets that most active 767 now wear, note these blended winglets are actually 11 feet or 3.35m in size.
Further more you gotta love the incredible details in the landing gear every tiny bit is perfectly remodeled and on top of that the textures are excellent. This counts for the textures on the whole aircraft inside & out , the aircraft feels used as in real life and has lots of weathering marks.
Virtual cockpit and interior modeling
Looking inside you will see the cockpit is quite different of what you are used to. This Aircraft has 80’s technology, so the screens are all CRT and with exception of the -400 variant which has a Boeing 777 like cockpit. Since the Boeing 757 and 767 were developed simultaneously so they share the same cockpit, so owners of the Flight Factor 757 should feel right at home in the 767. The cockpit looks stunningly and replicates the real 767 cockpit very close. The aircraft ND’s has a working weather & terrain radar+ all knobs and dials are fully fucnctional with the mousewheel, very usefull . When you look at the right side of the steering tiller when at the Captain’s seat you’ll find the only part of modern Technodly, an Ipad. I will come back to the use of this later at the review, but this is something they very cleverly worked in the aircraft.
Another thing that i noticed was how nice raindrops drip down the windows and even more how realistically the wipers clean them off. I made a sample video of this I encourage you to have a look at it. It’s all in these little details, too bad you dont see many aircraft like these for FSX & P3D.
The nightlighting in the flightdeck looks very nice and is exactly as in the real aircraft. The colors of the lighting in the gauges match perfectly and give this flighdeck a retro look . The lights can be fully adjusted to meet your personal preferences.
As said earlier the 767 is the narrowest widebody airliner at the momemt. Usually the seatconfiguration for first class is 2/1/2 and for economy class 2/3/2. Ofcourse this can change from airliner to airliner.
Remove Read before flight
Before you start any flight or even open X-Plane I highly recommend updating your Airac data. This can be easily done if you got a subscripton on either Navigraph or Navdata.
First the model tries to find and use the database at X-Plane folder/Custom Data/GNS430/. If the database is not found, the model tries to find the database at X-Plane folder/Resources/GNS430/ , which is supplied with X-Plane by default. So, you can use the model with the database supplied with X-Plane, or with a custom GNS430 Navigation Database.
If you dont like starting each flight in Cold and dark mode, you can disable this when going to , settings > operations and warnings.
Getting ready to fly
A clever way to setup the aircraft Flight Factor included an Ipad which can be opened by simply clicking on it in the virtual cockpit or via the menu. The Ipad controls 6 important tabs:
At the general menu you can set up the level of realism of the aircraft systems. Enabling interfligt data means your aircraft will suffer faillures in time if you dont perform regular mainance checks.
At the ground tab you can load your aircraft before your flight, passengers and or cargo and ofcourse fuel. Makes sure to open the door and cargo doors first unless the boarding and refueling won’t commence. Press CG for optimized load and it will display the COG value for you.
The airplane menu allows you to open all the door & cargo doors and allows to enable some more options. You can also change the value of the amount of wingflex, reflections and effects.
Pretty self explanatory, if you encounter any faillures by lack of maintenace you can always reset it at this menu.
More options to choose from, even though some are not yet available you can see a glimpse of what will be within a next update.
More an enhancement for immersion , you can interact with your passengers during the different stages of your flight.
Something worth mentioning the aicraft comes with checklists that you can acces at any time through the menu. Clicking the auto button, will do all the work for you just like there’s a real first officer next to you.
The inflight systems are in my opinion of a complete new level, never before did I notice such highly realistic systems. This aircraft is just like their boeing 757 & 767 a study-level aircraft, but they managed to push that bar a little higher with this aircraft.
As I mentioned before the aircraft features a fully working weather radar & terrain radar. This is not something we haven’t seen before but this time we actully see the all the additonal functions that go with that . Such as tilt & gain . This might be little details for some, but this is huge for me and i bet for many other simmers.
The FMC has nothing new compared to the 757, it’s exactly the same and holds no suprises. You can still choose to use the keyboard for inserting data . Important data like fuel & ZFW can be automatically filled in by clicking on it , very usefull for us simmers, almost makes real pilots jealous. I never encountered miscalculations of the FMC in anyway and neither did the autopilot. This might sound obvious but it happends more than once that some aicraft have some issues. So for the systems part I can say this aircraft is superb.
During the many testflights I couldn’t help myself to compare this aircraft with the level D 767 . Most of you may know this is by far one of the best Boeing 767 simulations aircraft for FSX. I can safely say system wise the FF767 is on the same level or even better.
The 767 is the first aircraft i’ve been on as a passenger I can’t count how many times i’ve been on a Boeing 767 almost every year i have a flight with a b767. So I have a pretty good impression (as a passenger) how the aircraft feels during the different stages of flight.For starters the Boeing 767 uses the exact same engines as the boeing 747 , so you know she has plenty of power compared to her weights. Departing with a low ZFW will result in a rocket take off .
Flying the Boeing 767 is quiet easy she responds just as you would expect her. I usually fly the SID and STAR manually and sometimes this can be quiet a suprise (thinking of the MD80) but she handles perfectly even at lower speeds. Now this doesn’t mean everything is perfect, I’have seen some weird wingflex behaviour especially during low speeds. I believe this one of the earlier bugs as i only noticed this during my first flights. The feauture list lists the aircraft was tested by real 767 pilots so i can only assume she handles like the real deal.
The sound package is provided by BSS,Overal the sounds are excellent from flipping the switches on the overhead in the cockpit to starting the APU everthing sounds very realistic and life like inside & outside the aircraft. Too bad you only have 1 volume control for all the sounds, I would love to see more control over engine sounds and Pa and etc maybe a thought for a later update.
Another thing that bugged me in their 757 and this time too is the fact that the FA wont keep his mouth shut. If you even make the slightest mistake like setting the temperature a degree to high or low he comes bugging your ears off. The only way to keep him quiet is to keep pushing the PA button on the overhead untill some other FA informs you that he died. I thought they would have removed this since it got quite some critism on the 757 but they still didn’t.
When moving through the cabin when in flight you clearly hear a different in sound when you move along, which gives a feel realistic touch. When at the ground while boarding you hear sounds of the terminal which helps alot with the immersion. When you perform some excessive maneuvers you will clearly hear the passengers screen in the cabin.
No problems there, ofcourse this depends on how powerful you system is. But on even more modest system the aircraft wont bring your FPS down too much. When flying to payware add ons with skymaxx pro active and many more plugins my FPS rarely dropped below 30 in the virtual cockpit and never below 40 outside. reviewed on X-Plane 10.42 64bit
Intel I7 6700K “SKYLAKE” overclocked to 5 Ghz
Asus Z170 Pro Gamer
16 GB DDR4 memory
2x GTX 980 in SLI
windows 10 pro x64
- Officially licensed by the Boeing © Corporation
- Suitable for beginners – Quick start mode (all systems ready) and tutorials modes
- Great for advanced users – Complex systems are simulated
- The most advanced X-Plane 10 Airliner
- A very flexible architecture : You chose the set up
- Different options for many avionics instruments including two types of FMC.
- Options to composite your own EICAS, EADI and EHSI displays.
- Most of the options included in the real 767
Checklists and ‘Autohelper’
- Full electronic interactive checklist with automatic action detection.
- Automatic mode ‘Helper’ who performs all the actions for you, you just CHECK the items.
- A tutorial which shows the user what to do and when.
Perfected Flight model
- Accurate flight model, as close as it gets to real performance. Tested by real pilots and translated to X-Plane
- A dynamic and customizable center of gravity that depends on actual cargo and passenger load
Fully Functional Professional FMS and EFIS System
- Custom Flight Management Computer, integrated with other plane systems.
- Custom programmed LNAV logic for terminal procedures from updatable database.
- VNAV-managed climbs and descends.
- Optimum cruise performance and step climb calculation.
- Two independent analogue instrument sets for captain and first officer.
- Two independently simulated EFIS (EADI/EHSI configuration) for captain and first officer.
- Dual-FMS with two independently working CDUs.
- Working instrument comparators.
- Triple IRS and triple symbol generator systems with realistic instrument source switching.
- Dual air-data computers with custom failure modes and source switching.
- Independent 2 nav and an ils recievers.
- Realistic inertial, radio and GPS position updating, you can see the individual inaccuracies of those systems.
- Triple-channel autopilot with realistic dependencies.
- Fail operational and fail passive auto land with mode degradations based on system failures.
- Load company routes generated by Professional FlightPlanner X (or other compatible programs) directly into the FMC.
- FMC can be used on external touchscreen or tablet, optimized for the Retina iPad.
Custom Systems and Failure model
- Detailed and deep simulation of almost every system in the real aircraft.
- Custom air and pressure system.
- Electrical system with all AC and DC busses modeled – see which system depends on which bus.
- Hydraulic system that uses a little fluid when treated correctly and a lot of fluid if used incorrectly.
- Multistage custom failure system – over 200 more failures than X-Plane.
- Ability to fix failure by following proper procedure.
- Persistent failure and maintenance system. Aircraft wear and misuse will carry over to your next flight.
Warning system and radars
- Fully functional GPWS with all the modes the real plane has.
- Fully functional terrain radar, with custom database (just like the real plane), a look-ahead warning system and many other features.
- Weather radar that works like the real thing. Including tilt and gain functions, ground clutter, turbulence detection and windshear prediction.
- Accurate dimensions based on exterior drawings provided by Boeing.
- Very detailed exterior modelling with high resolution textures.
- Very high resolution 3D cockpit with every switch functional.
- Spatial rain simulation with high detail.
- Very detailed passenger cabin graphics including galleys.
- Additional graphic features: real working oxygen masks both in cockpit and cabin, dynamic window blinds that react to sunlight etc.
- New and improved wingflex.
- Multilayer dynamic reflections on all glass objects.
- Reflective metal and plastic objects in the cockpit.
- Glossy exterior that reflects the outside.
- XP weather enhancements like custom windshear.
Advanced Custom Sounds
- A Pro sound pack by BSS.
- Several hundred custom sounds.
- In-cockpit custom sounds.
- Switches with individual sounds.
- Many individual system sound inside and outside.
- Airport environment sounds.
- Cabin sounds.
- 3D stereo sound system for engines.
- In flight cabin announcements.
- Interactive communication with the cabin crew (reporting misconfigurations and passenger comfort problems).
On Screen menus
- An tablet-like menu popping-up from the cockpit.
- Custom pages for loading/unloading fuel, cargo and passengers, customizing the CG, calling for pushback and performing maintenance.
- Ability to customize the plane with winglets, reflection level, wingflex level and set other options to be saved or default.
- Ground equipment and door pages.
- Failure monitoring menu.
- Working push-back truck – Fully controllable with your joystick.
- Passenger bus and stairs or optional gate configuration (passengers can be loaded from gate instead of bus).
- Fuel truck, de-Icing truck, GPU, ground-start units both visible and fully functional with airplane systems.
- Other ground equipment.
Taking a glimp a the scoring would reveal that this the highest scoring aircraft for X-Plane on our site. This is wel deserved as it is the best aircraft for X-Plane that i ever tested. The aircraft is a pleasure to fly either if you want it to fly as real as it gets or more “arcade” it”s up to you. When they fix the few issues with future updates this aircraft will be grand succes virtual as it is and ever was in real life. This aicraft is for every simmer as it can be used for short – midrange & longhaul flights. To keep it short i cant find a reason why not to buy this aircraft.