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New 737-700 is amazing.

We sometimes have our customers tell us how satisfied (and praiseworthy) they are of our products. This 'review' by one customer says it all and we thought it was worth posting because he was kind to take the time to write it and send it to us. If you would like to do the same then please feel free to send your reviews to us at arianestudios@aol.com:

Ariane Boeing 737-700 X2, Worth Every Penny
I bought the plane originally in waiting for another 737 to come out. However, now that I see the level of quality I received, the other isn't necessary. I saw some things that I thought could have been problems, but they turned out great. I was amazed at the high resolution cockpit, and the working flight attendant's panel is stunning, but it's the little stuff that pleases me. I am a perfectionist, nothing ever satisfies my 100%, but this plane is the closest I've ever been to it. I am continually surprised by the little things, like the talking first officer when I open the doors or the working, 3-speed windshield wipers. Any little "inconsistencies" people might claim, disappear when they witness the true plane. Having been a plane enthusiast for years, and my favorite plane being the 737-700, I am finally satisfied with the Ariane 737. Totally worth the money, and a good buy in my book! - Regards Collin.

Avionic Online - Le Premier Site Francais

If you prefer the flavour a good french burgundy promises, or for that matter a clear claret, when it comes to reviews a la Francais, then your choice of sites could not be better that France's most formidable. With its well-designed review sections and extremely in-depth detail and knowledge it deserves a special visit.

Yes the site is in French (but cest la vie, so too are most of fashion's iconic designers)However, you might like to read Avionic in a mother tongue more your own (unless fluent in Francais) so use BabelFish like we do, to drop-translate the pages; they will smartly suppy a box to drop in the link and then translate text/pages for you to read and enjoy. In the reviews section (AVIONS) you will find a host of aircraft reviewed from Ariane's previous FS9 creations.

Bon Voyage. Or should we say Bon Appetit?

http://www.avionic-online.com/index.php?Mnu=ariane739X

New Boeing 737-800 X2 - First Flights

" My first flight by hand using fsx's shift-Z command for feedback was incredible.
The sounds, the feel, the performance were all just something dreams are made of. Full weight lift off with flaps at 5 and full throttle was 157 knots. Rotation at 147 knots. Climb to 10000 ft was a little over four minutes. At an estimated 2000 fpm climb ( 8 degrees @ 250 knots approx ).

Stopped at twenty thousand feet. Acceleration to 340 knots was smooth, slowdown to 310 knots was also quite smooth. handling was like a beautiful waltz. This is one beautiful bird...the best. Pam USA

"To that extent it might be also clear why products of any competitor cannot be compared with those from Ariane. In all things the developers carried out good work for a system simulation where they entered new ground." SIMFLIGHT.

Leading Site Reviews. International Comments and Views.

The biggest and most professionally-respected sites have reviewed our quality product from every point of view.  Among them, the biggest and the most respected simulation network in the world took it upon themselves to write a glowing, and considerably complimentary review (a translation can be read below).  The latest reviews are being put together and will be posted here soon.

Here is a small selection of over 50 reviews, essays, blog views and articles written as well as recent customer comments:

[quote] ... I am spending about 2 hours weekly in a full motion B737-800 simulator and only the Ariane B737 together with TrackIr gives me the feel, the challenge and sometimes the stress of the real Sim. It helped me a lot in my training. It can be flown manually "by the figures" exactly like the real one; for example for power settings (read fuel flow) vs airspeed indicated, etc. I think it says enough about the quality of the Ariane B737's. [unquote]

[Boeing 737-800 Pilot. Comparing over 200 hours with the professional, Level D version 737 simulator he is involved in training with].

8 PLUS POINTS ++++++++ Simflight
SIMFLIGHT are the biggest and most respected flight simulation site in the world. They said this about our 737 NG.
http://www.simflight.de/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=5908

Video: 10/10
This trailer has been seen by 5900 people when we logged this record. It gets a 10/10 and a 7.0 by the viewers.
http://www.simradar.com/Feature/2822/Ariane_737_NG_Promotional_Trailer.html

EIGHT STARS ******** Flugsimulation
Flugsimulation gave us EIGHT stars (a German site).
http://www.flusiforum.de/reviews/ariane737ng/includer.php?site=review&title=Paywareflugzeuge%20%3E%20Ariane%20737NG

FOUR PROPS + + + +
Worlds SERIOUS PILOTS review gave it FOUR props. A lot of pictures here.
http://www.wspilots.com/index.php?page=54

FLUSIPILOT 9/10
FLUSIPILOT gave it 9/10 - a lot of pictures are on this site and it is easy to see what they thought of the detail.
http://www.flusipilot.de/review.php?article=77

FORUM OPINIONS
This is what Joey Zijdel said on 'FS-Community'
"It's a pleasure to review it, and It's really worth every cent"  * * * * *
"They certainly offer a lot more than (deleted rival) 737 NG does, but keep in mind that the Ariane is really for the die-hards! I'm happy that you are confinced about getting the Ariane after reading our review, that's what reviews are for"

We will be preparing and posting further reviews as they become available along with further customer comments, opinions and recommendations. Please bear with us while this section undergoes further construction.

Below is possibly the most extensive of reviews translated from Simflight DE.

Simflight DE Review - Four Stars

Reviews Review: Ariane 737 NG Sunday, 14.August. @ 14:00:00 CEST
Excerpts translated from the German Text.

How real is the Ariane 737 NG product simulation when it comes to reality? In numerous forums new products are controversially discussed but hardly anyone made it his aim to paint his own picture of the 737. Holger Kistermann accompanied, and describes the 737 NG product since its emergence and gives it his impressions under the term "more".
 
"... Everything began with the publication of the 737-900, with which Ariane entered absolute new ground in various regard. Then the -600, the -700 followed and now finally the Boeing Business jet (BBJ). Since at the end of 2004, simFlight.de has from the continuous product care and publication process profited and now, since we "grow" the product proverbially saw it time to examine it in the context of a review.

The enterprise pursues the high price strategy - with the goal those customers to only reach, who want to be seriously interested in the subject "737 NG" and to operate the simulation on as high a level as possible.

In response the customer receives a high model quality, a complex simulation of the explained systems, very high-quality sounds and effects - thus in short "a high-quality product for a high price"!

The always friendly support of Ariane helps. While the test duration was I frequent with the support in contact and I can only say that I experienced so far still no such friendly service in the Flusi industry! According to a current press release of Ariane one considers the introduction of a new safety system after summer holidays. One can call the documentation of the NG row confidently a "highlight".

Such instructive and extensive documentation I did not see for a long time. On many sides the customer gets a valuable abundance of information, which is represented with numerous pictures. In very understandable why the customer learns the 737 NG in all complexity. Particularly pleasantly is the fact that the documentation is distributed on different pdf files. Installation hints, Tutorial and System Simulation etc. independent in each case files, in which one can look comfortably for references. Particularly important text passages are able to be printed, so that one (also without reading everything) sees and understands the most important connections on a view. In this way the normal documentation already becomes the check list. One learns really very much over the again acquired product and its background from the programs-technical view.

Exemplary detailing is attended to with areas such as the controlling of the freezing up of windows.

An effect which is naturally based on a dependence between outside temperature, flight altitude, flight duration in a certain elevator volume and the position of the Window Heat of switch. Check lists and FAQs complete the documentation. Nowadays hardly still another payware manufacturer'' seems to dare to publish a moderately arranged model instead one seems to over-bid itself in things "detail falling in loveness". Of course also the external models of the NG are highly-detailed with Ariane's work!

This judgement is not able to describe however yet the actual finesse of the model, because apart from details there is also the proportions and the texturierung of the components. Does a "benefit" press on the performance and require a strong computer in order to be able to use this Addon? The answer is a clear "no"! If one consults the competition as reference and compares both 737-600 models with one another, then the result precipitates clearly toward Ariane: Almost 50% fewer polygons are used. The file size for the external textures (time of day) falls with 18,5 mb vs. 4 mb likewise drawing Ariane in the lead The comparison of the texture size for the virtual cockpit is particularly glaring: With the comppetition over 25 mb must be loaded into the diagram map memory, while with Ariane, once 1.5 mb. Thus one can land the Ariane also in detailed airport scenes, without a glaring Framerate break-down to be feared. But enough of these comparisons, because the confrontation of numbers is in a simulator that its user individually configured as relative.

I repeat myself that Ariane always shifts me toward the new to being astonished!

We rather dedicate ourselves to the animations and effects of the external model. Of course the usual standard features are liquid animated; doors, chassis etc. - that is mentioned here only for the sake of completeness; moreover the entire has, to date published, retractable "air Stairs"; the onboard stairs are under the front exit and can be served independently of this. Animated windshield wipers are in the meantime already long standard and naturally Ariane offers this. But the difference comes when one looks at the windshield from the cockpit; Ariane's wipers actually wipe the rain away!

A further effect worth mentioning are the wing vortices, those visible turbulences which arise in the reality with damp weather conditions at the wing exteriors. One other simulator company already tried to steer this effect as a function of the weather however they never had any success with it. With Ariane it finally works - and so the virtual captain can not only observe that eddy, dragging behind on approach flights but also see reflections of the clearance lights show on the ground, the interaction of the individually controllable Landing are Taxi and Runway lights or greenish gleaming of the cockpit glazing in the sunlight...

The interior model - virtual cockpit and cab the interior model of the Ariane is without a doubt the best, which I ever saw!

I talk not about the dissolution of the textures but about the total concept, as a flight captain the 3D experience is perfect to me. Most Payware airplanes have fortunately in the meantime a virtual cockpit - ever more 2D-Panels replaced, which give often still the feeling, one would sit before an antiquated FS5. The few airplanes with a 3D cockpit and a completely three-dimensional cockpit contain instead of switches flat buttons, glued only as 2D textures. With some so-so product this procedere turns out to be true torture, which is why some 3D cockpit fans back-wish themselves to the 2D panel again. Ariane brought however in the Boeing 737 NG to row the virtual cockpit on a very high level, since actually almost all switches in 3D are present and are animated! It must madly much work have cost, such a cockpit have sketched.... The work was worthwhile itself directly, because the result succeeded so well that one does not need a 2D cockpit any longer.

A 2Di cockpit was delivered subsequently. This panels strange name of "2Di" is really for the completely die-hard 2D fan. But we are nevertheless once honest - at the sight of the screenshots from the virtual cockpit one decides whether one would like to buy the Ariane or not!

When I saw for the first time the screenshots from this virtual cockpit in the context of an announcement of product, I more or less sat stunned before the computer - and that is the same today, although I tore already numerous flying hours off on the 737 fleet.

What is however so particular of the virtual cockpit? Surely there is not only the three-dimensional switches and buttons or the animations - rather the different sources of light, which illuminate all 3D of objects with darkness individually. There the light is reflected, so that the entire cockpit is dipped into a very authentic atmosphere. The different sources of light are individually controllable - even details like the light for the Whiskey compass underneath the Overhead Panel considered. Altogether the following sources of light were considered: Instrument Background Lighting, Floodlight Overhead Floodlight Pedestal Circuit Breaker Lights, MCP Panel Light Panel, Compass Lighting, Passenger Cabin Lighting (with the BBJ; even a dimming function), Primary Flight Display, Navigation Display and EICAS display.

The Boeing 737 contains the "Dynamic Viewpoint" package, which makes a multiplicity of view perspectives possible. Customers of the -600 and -900 can refer this package as an Addon', in addition to more. The special attraction to this package is that one can 'beam'oneself by keyboard CUT without Active Camera into the cab of the BBJs. The BBJ is by the way the only machine which contains a complete virtual cab - all further machines end beyond the Galley.

The virtual cab of the BBJs is in any case very worth seeing and places many similar products of the competitors in the shade.

Since the machine was a co-operation with Boeing, the customer can look forward to an authentic cab of the BBJ of demonstrator. Beside a Lounge with heavy features, tables, flowers and a noble carpet there is a Conference Room with Laptops, TV and such a thing in the rear part of the machine. A Bedroom with double bed and plasma TV naturally. The circumstance is almost natural that some objects in the virtual cab are animated. Due to the numerous details in the virtual cab it is amazing that the framerates on a pleasing high level remain. The general performance friendliness is thus to find also here.... Some other developer would do well to arrange its products to a similar performance friendly level but for details or animations.

System Simulation
We begin with the Flight management computer (FMC), which a whole set of functions controlled and in addition a quite comprehensive database of navigation waypoints as well as SIDs and STAR. The function range of the FMCs goes beyond functions which one finds as "standard" in competition products, and surprises with innovative features like a realistic thrust management (Newton Logic). Each engine variant was considered by Ariane and depending upon thrusting levels it calculates the FMC values for takeoffs speeds, vertical navigation or modes.

Surely it concerns here refinement, which will of importance be only for true 737 enthusiasts. In addition it shows up with which know-how the Ariane crew went to the work. Worth mentioning.

Also the realistic computation of the values consumed is in the FMC. Here even the values from the wind forecast play a role. As innovative also the influence of the Runway Slope factor on the Thrust Settings considered for the different takeoff modes. Even if FS2004 can represent curved Runways only in exceptional cases, this factor is unimportant. The Thrust Settings must be accurately computed. By the keyword "accurately":a material flight report on Austrian aviation; a 737-700 flight from Vienna to Malaga, knowing the meteorological data, weight data, reread fuel quantity and some further important details, which were programmed into the FMC. If one transfers those data to the Ariane it is noticeable how exactly the FMC calculates the values and speed. Here we came to reality again much nearer! Nevertheless is it very unfortunate, as close light and shade lie nevertheless in things FMC with the latest state of development of the Ariane together. The data base of the waypoints or SIDs and star is still incomplete 737 NG-Fans should ask themselves however seriously how serious this problem is.

Now however here are a whole number of further factors within the system simulation. Who would like to accomplish a cross-bleed engine start without the APU? This can Ariane simulate almost marvelously. Why only "almost"? According to a statement of an Air Berlin 737-700 pilot; 40 psi Duct Pressure is needed in order to start a second engine; Engine 1 must therefore run on approximately 40% thrust. A further feature worth mentioning is the IRS Alignement, which one can accomplish realistically and wait the 10-12 minutes it takes to align (or edit the wait to 4). Many further systems are authentically simulated, please have some understanding, if I cannot deal in detail with each system in the context of the review. Therefore I would like to leave now with the writing. The flight dynamics this chapter covers is not so simple nevertheless actually to describe - and it is so complex and difficult.

The Ariane has excellent flight characteristics and one notices this in many situations. The term "Newton Logic" developed by the team, is used specially to describe the flight dynamics which are based on the "Action = Reaction" principle. The air File is thus in such a way programmed that the attitudes from the FMC are completely taken over; (the inputs of the FMCs thus quite do not make sense and are by any means "dummy inputs" on some other Addon).

ECON Take Offs can be simulated realistically, even influenced by the outside temperature as the manufacturer, shows. The actual quality of the Fligth Dynamics shows up if one flies the machine by hand completely without autopilots. Here the Ariane shows that which one would also expect from the larger, real model. One can trim the machine perfectly - afterwards she quite is able to maintain the desired course. The hand flown Approach makes fun correct, because one actually developed a certain feeling for the machine. One will surely fly the majority of the time with the autopilot. The Fligth Dynamics handle very well with the instruction inputs of the different autopilot modes - it is now a fast level CHANGE procedure or the simple level on height defined.

Now one of the most important paragraphs: The sound! One hears these during the entire simulator session and it would finally be a rape for the ears, if one would hear the whole time dreadful quality. With the available product everything is in the "green range", rather even still: The sound surely belongs to the best, which I ever heard in the simulator (FS2004).

Finally one has the well-known 737 takeoff; changes of thrust in the climb are heard simply marvelously and also in the cruising may the sound fully and completely convince.

Dynamic Viewpoint and Pushback expansion of this "Addon of all Addons" are with the Boeing 737-700 and contained with the Business Jet already; for the -600 and -900 it represents a considerably-worthwhile investment. We begin to thus regard the "Dynamic Viewpoint" - here it concerns a very interesting software which makes a multiplicity of perspectives for the viewer possible - exactly around the beautiful interior and external model.

Ddynamic Viewpoint positions in the virtual cockpit change and even to interesting perspectives at the external model change. Landing from the "chassis perspective" or Wingviews? Dynamic Viewpoint can be combined by the way problem-free with the Active Camera, from which then arise a multiplicity of perspectives. I personally by the way fly the Ariane with the TRACK IR system of Natural POINT. It is a recommendable addition of the Ariane package (as also of each airplane with a virtual cockpit; there were no compatibility problems at all).

At the latest: To steer a Pushbacktruck! Eurowings Professional contained at that time a small Pushback Truck, which appeared, as soon as one clicked on the appropriate gauge in the cockpit. From the external perspective one could observe then marvelously, how the machine was pushed. The times, in which the machines put back as from spirit hand of the gate, seemed to have by-been finite. But the reality looks differently. Hardly a developer took up or developed this very good idea!

Ariane drove this idea now with "Dynamic Viewpoint & Pushback" in an expansion to perfection.

The Pushbacktruck is very high in detail and depending upon the geographical position even the types change! Here in Central Europe mostly the "Goldhofer model" is in the use. The pilot - or better said "the ramp agent" - sits in the virtual cockpit of the Tugs and can take by manipulation of the parking brake the nose gear wheel of the 737 even on the fork and press forward or back to drive it or tug it. Naturally it can be steered in all directions. One should not forget however to switch the strobe Light on the Tugs. Yes - also such details have the Ariane crew thought about.

And with this detail closes the circle, which pulled itself through by the entire product range: Very many love-worth details, which make simply fun! Result It is not easy to draw simply a result under the Boeing NG product row - it is too extensive and in itself too complex in order to discuss it in few sentences. I would like to try it nevertheless....

I determine that Ariane with regard to Technical Design sat down to a competitor field, where really only the "Crème de la crème" designer is considered such. In numerous details the enterprise with genuine innovations went beyond what was considered so far as feasible, and they set new yardsticks. I think here in particular of the numerous effects of the models, the pushback feature etc.. I see also the comparably high price of the products justified, because many increases in value in that price segment are to be sold directly and it is not possible for competitors to do this.

To that extent it might be also clear why products of any competitor cannot be compared with those from Ariane. In all things the developers carried out good work for a system simulation where they entered new ground.

All in all each flight with the Ariane machines represents much joy for me. 
                                                                           Holger Kistermann - Simflight DE

New 737-700 is amazing.

We sometimes have our customers tell us how satisfied (and praiseworthy) they are of our products. This 'review' by one customer says it all and we thought it was worth posting:

Ariane Boeing 737-700 X2, Worth Every Penny
I bought the plane originally in waiting for another 737 to come out. However, now that I see the level of quality I received, the other isn't necessary. I saw some things that I thought could have been problems, but they turned out great. I was amazed at the high resolution cockpit, and the working flight attendant's panel is stunning, but it's the little stuff that pleases me. I am a perfectionist, nothing ever satisfies my 100%, but this plane is the closest I've ever been to it. I am continually surprised by the little things, like the talking first officer when I open the doors or the working, 3-speed windshield wipers. Any little "inconsistencies" people might claim, disappear when they witness the true plane. Having been a plane enthusiast for years, and my favorite plane being the 737-700, I am finally satisfied with the Ariane 737. Totally worth the money, and a good buy in my book! - Regards Collin.