REVIEW: Pushback Express By FS2Crew For The High–Fidelity Microsoft Flight Simulator
Product Synopsis and Overview
What is “PushBack”? What is “Pushback Express”? What or Who is FS2Crew?
For anyone that has experienced the air travel for leisure, vacations, occupation, and/or business on an airline transport category aircraft, including Boeing (e.g. B737, B757, B767, B747-X, etc.], Airbus [e.g. A319/320/321, A340, A380+, etc.], McDonald Douglas [e.g. MD-11, MD-80, etc.]; Bombardier Canada Regional Jet [C.R.J.], Embraer [E-175, etc.], De Havilland Dash 8 (e.g. Q800, etc.), Beech-1900D, Cessna Caravan, etc., after all passengers and flight crew have boarded and all luggage and cargo is loaded; all aircraft doors are closed and the Jetway arm (i.e. Jetbridge, Jetwalk, Gangway, Airbridge, etc.) is retracted by the gate jetway operator away from the aircraft. Next a heavily weighted low-profile utility vehicle attaches to the nose wheel strut of the aircraft by the vehicle operator, whom is in constant, direct verbal & coordinated communication with the aircraft flight crew. The vehicle, called a Pushback Tug or Pushback Tractor, pushes the aircraft back to the beginning of the parking gate taxi route at a safe distance to begin the engine(s) start sequence. In some instances the Captain of the flight may elect to begin the engine(s) start sequence while the pushback is being conducted. The entire process is called the “Pushback”.
FS2Crew is an outstanding High–Fidelity, or “Realistic“, “Third–Party” Flight Simulator addon developer company with an excellent Long–Term Historical product track record. Moreover, FS2Crew provides Stupendous Customer Service with Very ProActive and Routine product Updates to enhance their published products Capabilities and Efficiencies.
The new Microsoft Flight Simulator (Year 2020 [A.D.]) is the leading flight simulation platform currently; with respect to modern Personal Computer (P.C.) hardware, software, and internet technologies. The native, stock, or default “Pushback” system in Microsoft Flight Simulator (M.S.F.S.) has very limited capabilities. FS2Crew has developed and is selling the “Pushback Express” for M.S.F.S.to extend the “Pushback” system capabilities, as well is fix its faults. The FS2Crew Pushback Express is a “Third-Party” add-on product that is purchased directly from FS2Crew. Once purchased through FS2Crew directly on the internet, the product is immediately downloaded and can be installed into M.S.F.S. right away, without delay.
Detailed product specifications can be viewed and read on the FS2Crew Pushback Express product website by Clicking RIGHT HERE. The full retail (i.e. list price) of FS2Crew Pushback Express is $29.99 Euros (EUR), or approximately $29.39 United States Dollars (U.S.D.). The FS2Crew Pushback Express product can be directly purchased from the FS2Crew Pushback Express product specification page by Clicking RIGHT HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: Currently FS2Crew is having North American Black Friday (i.e. Get Out of Red Debt) sales for the whole month of November 2020 (A.D.) with a sitewide, or “Across The Board”, Thirty Percent Off (30% OFF) all FS2Crew products, including the FS2Crew Flight Crew product line. Use the coupon code “BLACK2020” in the product checkout process to receive 30% off all purchased products.
Taking the 30% off “BLACK2020” coupon code into account, the cost of FS2Crew Pushback Express drops to $20.99 Euros (EUR), or $20.58 U.S.D. The FS2Crew Pushback Express product can be directly purchased from the FS2Crew Pushback Express product specification page by Clicking RIGHT HERE.
Lastly, Please note ownership of the Microsoft Flight Simulator (M.S.F.S.) is required for the FS2Crew Pushback Express to function! Microsoft Flight Simulator (M.S.F.S.) Digital Content (D.C.) can be purchased by Clicking RIGHT HERE.
Scope and Goal:
The scope and goal of this review is to critically test the general usability and quality of the product.
The product comes with two versions a button control, which uses keyboard buttons to control the product, and a voice control, which uses the Microsoft Windows Embedded Voice Recognition Software to control the product.
The scope of this review will be focused and limited to the button control version, exclusive of the voice control version, of FS2Crew Pushback Express.
While FS2Crew Pushback Express is designed and developed for the Microsoft Flight Simulator (M.S.F.S.), the product can be installed and used with the Lockheed Martin Prepar3D (P3D) version Five (5) (P3Dv5) High-Fidelity flight simulator.
FS2Crew provided a Free Press–Copy for this Critical Review. Please note; FS2Crew did not solicit AeroSpaceWeekly (A.W.) to conduct this review. Thus, this review Herein is unsolicited from FS2Crew nor is solicited from any external parties and/or entities; foreign and/or domestic; again here on Planet Earth.
Hardware: Dell Alienware Area 51–R5: Intel Core i9 7980XE (Eighteen -Core Central Processing Units [C.P.U’s.] Sixty-Four (64) Gigabytes (GB) of Dual Channel Kingston Technology Corporation HyperX DDR4 memory at 2,904MHZ, 2X (or two) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti (11GB GDDR5X, each) in Scalable Link Interface (S.L.I.), or parallel configuration, 1,500 Watt power supply, 3x Solid State Drives (S.S.D’s) two  are made by Western Digital), Track Infrared (I.R.) 5 head tracking head gear and receiver (Natural Point, Corvallis, Oregon [OR]. United States of America [U.S.A.]) and a Dell 4K Ultrasharp 32 inch monitor.
AeroSpaceWeekly Central Processing Unit (C.P.U.) Multi-Thread Capability Test In Direct Comparison to the Current 10th INTEL i9 Tenth (10th) Generation Reference INTEL i9-10850K C.P.U.; which is the Flagship of the newest INTEL i9 product line.
Software: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-bit), Microsoft Flight Simulator (Premium Deluxe Edition), REX 2020 WeatherForce for Microsoft Flight Simulator, John Dowson‘s FSUIPC 7 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Notes: 1) All testing and screenshots in this review were taken at full native 4K (Ultra–HD, UHD) (4190 x 2160) Resolution. 2) All flight testing was conducted in the contiguous (lower 48) states of United States of America (U.S.A.) here on the terrestrial surface and/or crust of Planet Earth.
Purchase, Download & Installation:
The Pushback Express from FS2 Crew detailed product specification page can be viewed by Clicking RIGHT HERE. FS2Crew provided AeroSpace Weekly (A.W.) with a free press-copy of Pushback Express for this critical review, currently has a list, or full retail, price of approximately $29.64 United States Dollars (U.S.D.) or $24.99 Euros. The product is added to the shopping cart from the above linked product page. Any discount codes should be added to the discount code window in the upper right corner, such as the All Inclusive 30% Off ALL products for the month of November 2020 (A.D.) (i.e. “BLACK2020“). The product is purchased through a garden variety encrypted and secure online (i.e. Internet based) checkout system with major credit cards, while also having the capability of paying with PayPal. The product is Digital Content (D.C.) and thus is immediately available for download with a provided download link after purchase, either through your FS2 Crew online account or through emailed purchase receipts and invoices. After downloading the product in zip file compression format, the product is installed through the main installer. The purchaser will be asked for the product serial number to confirm the purchase is indeed a valid purchase with an immediate online confirmation check. The FS2Crew Pushback Express product can be directly purchased from the FS2Crew Pushback Express product specification page by Clicking RIGHT HERE.
FS2Crew provides two (2) manuals with the Pushback Express for the Microsoft Flight Simulator product. One manual is provided for the “MAIN OPS MANUAL” or button control version and a second for the “VOICE CONTROL MANUAL” version, with seven (7) pages and eleven (11) pages of content, respectively, both in Adobe Acrobat Digital Content (DC) PDF file format.
Both manuals are comprehensive, complete, concise, succinct, sufficiently & functionally detailed, well organized, functional, and sufficient. Graphical illustrations are sufficient and well placed throughout both documents. Both manuals are well written, easy to read, helpful, and positively beneficial.
Both manuals could use some graphic creativity, effort, and work to provide a more aesthetic & elegantly pleasing reading experience. Perhaps, even the FS2 Crew color logo on the corner, or at the top or bottom, of each page would be a great help to this deficiency.
User Interface Quality:
The only graphics the product delivers is the Graphical User Interface (G.U.I.) reviewed above. The G.U.I. functionality is sufficient. However, the graphic appearance of the the G.U.I. is below reasonable industry acceptable standards (i.e. substandard). The G.U.I. Resolution of images, lines and texts are both fuzzy and diffuse. The graphical quality of the G.U.I. itself, the buttons, and the button animations are in dire need of some work to say the least.
The FS2Crew Pushback Express is Very Functional and Greatly adds to the stock M.S.F.S. Pushback Experience.
Final Scoring Summation and Grade:
40 Out Of 50 Points
Final Grade: B–
Based on the Globally & Universally Accepted, Non-Refractorly Controversial 4.0 Grading Scale; Just so We are in the same book.
The FS2Crew Pushback Express provides a notable and significant upgrade to the fidelity of the Microsoft Flight Simulator Pushback Experience. However, there are some visual aesthetic problems. The list price of the product is attainable in most industrialized countries and regions.
I recommend the purchase of The FS2Crew Pushback Express.
Moreover, I highly recommend the purchase of the FS2Crew Pushback Express during the monthlong November Black Friday Sale with 30% off the list price with the Coupon Code “BLACK2020“. The FS2Crew Pushback Express product can be directly purchased from the FS2Crew Pushback Express product specification page by Clicking RIGHT HERE. Other outlet D.C. distributors will no doubt have the product for sale also.
Well Done FS2Crew and Happy Holiday Season; Gobble, Gobble!!!!!!!