I am a bit exhausted in “fixing” the various issues of the C172 Trainer in the last few days.
Obviously, I am not the only one facing the dilemmatic situation. I particularly like the saying from jgraddon who put down on the support forum about the situation that he faces:
It seems I may have paid $49.99 for the privilege of being a beta tester once again.
It is exactly how I feel.
I really want to like the C172 based on the builds, the details, the graphics and the efforts that the company put onto it. But I must say that it is not error-free. And in particularly not user-friendly to anyone who has extended the virtual cockpit from on-screen into physical switches and gauges.
Some of the issues associated with flight panels I reported in my last Post were in a way fixed and a few are still waiting to be solved.
Perhaps I shouldn’t use the word “fixed” since many of these issues were incompatibilities which I am required to adjust and modify my system (both hardware and software) in order to make them work. The adjustments also involve using other addons and drivers (FSUPIC, SPAD, LINDA, etc), which no doubt further complicates the issue if someone has never used these drivers before.
Shouldn’t an addon be easily added to a system and adapted to widely used accessories rather than requires a lot of customizations and workarounds in order to perform?
Don’t tell me that “it is a different product” etc, etc. I don’t buy this kind of argument. Of course, you don’t have to agree with me.
Furthermore, I still don’t have a clue to the inconsistent reading issue found on my RPM and FuelFlow gauges. None feedback so far after I reported the issue in the product’s support forum. The “malfunction” of these FIP gauges simply makes the aircraft “unserviceable“.
Also, the engine hours shown on the aircraft is different from the gauge’s display as well. Furthermore, the SPAD driver quitted inadvertently a number of times between flight sessions.
It’s no doubt that the concept and design of the C172 Trainer are good. But all these “goodnesses” still couldn’t stop me from saying that this C172 Trainer is complicated and problematic.
If you are one of those people who have a bunch of hardware gauges and panels and are thinking of getting a copy of it in short future, I strongly recommend you to hold your purchase intention for now until some real fixes are settled.
Of course, it is up to you if you don’t mind to pay for the privilege to be another beta tester.