Majestic Software Dash 8 Q400 PILOT Edition (FSX & P3D v2/v3)

Compatibility: P3D v3, P3D v2, Flight Simulator X, FSX: Steam Edition
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23 October 2017 - A new P3D v4 version of this Pilot edition of the Dash 8 is now on sale. If you already own this version, you can buy the new 64-bit P3D v4 version at a discounted price - see here for details.

The Majestic Software Dash 8 Q-400 for FSX is a highly realistic rendition of Bombardier's twin-engined turboprop regional airliner. Since entering service in 2000, over 450 Q-400 aircraft have been delivered to a diverse range of airlines around the world. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW150A turboprop engines, the Q-400 can carry 78 passengers up to 1,500 miles at 360 knots, not much slower than its regional jet competitors.
This ground-breaking simulation features a flight dynamics engine that operates independently from FSX, providing you with incredibly realistic performance and behaviour, as well as accurate icing effects.
A fully functioning virtual cockpit is included and features FMS, weather radar, TCAS, glass cockpit displays and an authentic autopilot system, all closely matching the real aircraft.
19 high-resolution airline liveries are included, representing operators from every corner of the globe. Customisable automated cabin announcements and an independently operating 3D sound system make this the most immersive airliner to date!

Custom flight dynamics engine
The Majestic Software Dash 8 is currently the only aircraft available which includes a built-in Flight Dynamics Engine which is completely independent from the default FSX FDE. This results in much more realistic aerodynamics behaviour of the aircraft, in particular the realistic wind simulation, enhanced propeller physics including propeller ‘discing’ and auto rotation, the effects of the propeller airstream on the wing lift and the icing effects on the propeller, wings and the flight surfaces.

Weather Radar
The Weather Radar is capable of interpolating the weather returns based on the actual FSX weather using the FSX Weather Stations reports. The Weather Radar can work with both the FSX Real Weather and the Weather Environment add-ons capable of setting the per-station weather. The beam geometry is also simulated in order to depict the weather based on the aircraft altitude, antenna tilt and the altitude of the weather itself. There is ground clutter and weather shadow effects, and also a ground mapping mode simulation, capable of showing the surrounding terrain. The weather clutter in the ground mode is also simulated.

The Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) simulates most of the ICAO-defined CASII functions and provides the traffic indication as well as the traffic and resolution advisories. The TCAS works with both the AI traffic and virtual ATC network traffic (Vatsim/IVAO).

FMS navigation, fuel management and basic performance
The dual Flight Management System simulates the Universal 1E FMS and is developed with a high degree of realism. The FMS system is capable of navigation in three dimensions (LNAV+VNAV), RNP-based navigation and Fuel and Performance Management. The up-to-date navigation database, provided by navigation data supplier Navigraph (subject to additional charges - see the website for details) can be used to obtain the latest procedures. In addition, there are custom provisions to control the availability of the ground services and the flow of passenger announcements.

User Documentation
Documentation includes a systems tutorial, sample flight guide, Control Panel application tutorial, checklists and performance tables.

Virtual cockpit and external models
Highly detailed external and cockpit models with HD textures and special effects are included:
  • Hundreds of custom animations, all controlled by the aircraft systems
  • Unique 3D propeller simulation featuring variable disc thickness
  • Smooth gradual lighting in virtual cockpit
  • Complete custom lighting system with proper light splashes on the exterior model and ground. All lights are functional in the cockpit
  • ‘Intelligent’ pilots with behaviour linked to the aircraft state (exterior model)
  • Complete multi-stage icing visualisation
  • Window mist/demist simulation
  • Frame-rate friendly model
  • NB: Virtual cockpit only; no 2D panel is included
Liveries and paintkit
Detailed layered paintkit in Photoshop format with a unique stitching tool.
19 high resolution liveries from around the world:
  • Air Baltic
  • Air Berlin
  • Air Canada Express
  • Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air)
  • ANA (blue)
  • ANA (green)
  • Austrian
  • Croatia
  • FlyBe
  • EuroLOT
  • Lufthansa Regional (Augsburg Airlines)
  • Luxair
  • Qantas Link
  • Porter
  • SAS Commuter
  • SATA
  • Skywork
  • United Express (Colgan Air)
  • Wideroe

Passenger announcements
In addition to the default announcements included with the aircraft, the scripting-based announcement system allows for the building of custom announcements both per livery or globally. The announcement script can play the user defined sound files based on the current condition of the aircraft systems and control states, thus providing truly customised and realistic announcement flows specific to particular airlines.

Saving and loading system states
When saving or loading a flight in FSX the systems will also store or retrieve their respective states.

Custom sound system
The Majestic Software Dash 8 includes its own sound system, independent of the FSX sound system. The sound system is Direct-X based and uses custom DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effects to simulate the propeller sounds correctly. The system is also 3D-enabled for both external and internal sounds, including the switches and controls sounds as well as voice announcements.

Add-on control panel
The Add-on Control Panel Application (CPAN) allows you to visually modify the most important parameters of the aircraft, as well as verify and apply the custom Weight and Balance configurations.

FMS FPL WINDS (available from v1.1)
The FMS FPL winds functionality is currently in development, and will be provided in the version 1.1 update. It will allow the FMS to account for the en-route winds, thus increasing the fuel and time prediction accuracy.

"Every switch, every dial, every light every display, they all reflect the real aircraft to an immensely high level of accuracy... This is a masterpiece of VC design and I really cannot fault it, simply amazing job!... The sound package that comes with the aircraft is magnificent!... Flying it is a joy, whether it is done by hand or by autopilot, you are going to love it. Overall, this is a 10/10 for me"
"A level of frame rate performance and systems fidelity that is second to none... The Majestic Dash 8 raises the bar with an exceptionally detailed regional aircraft offering incredible performance, thanks to custom modelling outside of FSX. Quite simply a tour de force!... The finest propeller sounds I have ever heard in desktop simulation... The aircraft handled like a dream at all weights and configurations... One of the most incredible aircraft I have ever had the pleasure to fly in FSX, offering the last word in realism for regional aircraft" PC Pilot (Platinum Award)
"The cockpit is a work of art with full functionality just as the real aircraft. The sound set is very good and the level of animations is exceptional... She flies like a dream... An exceptional package" FSPilot magazine (FS Pilot Gold award)
"Simply fantastic" Aerosoft Sim News
"There is only a VC included but what a VC it is. Each panel is expertly done and the frame rates from within the VC were great... The Q-400 looks fantastic and exactly like the real thing...  The animations are superb... A complex and in depth add-on without being confusing for someone new to this type of simulation... I have no hesitation in awarding this add-on the Mutley’s Hangar Gold Award and the status of "Outstanding"" Mutley's Hangar
"This may very well be the most impressive add-on aircraft in a very long time... FPS performance is incredible for an advanced aircraft such as this" AirDailyX

"Impressive and immersive... The audio is incredible... A premium aircraft that is well worth the premium price"

System Requirements:

  • Flight Simulator X (Acceleration, Gold or SP2 required), P3D v2/v3 or FSX: Steam Edition
  • 2.0GHz or any Dual Core
  • 2.0GB RAM
  • 512MB graphics card
  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7
  • 2.5GB hard drive space
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Majestic Software Dash 8 Q-400 - Pilot Edition
This superlative rendition of the Dash 8 Q400 comes with a host of truly innovative features and is the first aircraft to feature a Flight Dynamics engine which is completely independent of the FSX FDE!
Fly the Q400 in 19 high resolution liveries with weather radar, TCAS, dual FMS and custom animations and lighting - this is quite simply the best Dash 8 you can fly!

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