• Ground Services X (GSX) by FS Dream Team

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Here is where the coffee machine and Coke machine are kept. Please clean up after yourself and do not remove the magazines from this area. A good place to exchange thoughts with Operations personel and other pilots.

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 #30883  by nwadc10
 Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:55 am
A few weeks ago I first learned of and bought GSX after doing research and trying the free demo. GSX adds ground handling services, currently geared more towards passenger operations (which we do have here at GC), but there are some features that pertain to all aircraft. Such as, marshalling, pushback, fuel requests (only a truck appears for a predetermined amount of time which is editable, user still has to add fuel manually), air stairs, and follow me truck.

The marshalling is accurate with realistic moving people. The plane doesn't stop on the "T" though of course because of how the taxi lines are painted in FS. Pushback is really nice although I wish they would include a push straight back option, currently you can push either left or right. The unique thing about the pushback with GSX is that they keep your main gear on the the taxi line so no more pushing into the grass. Also, your nose wheel casters during turns while pushing back adding a nice visual effect.

For pax operations there is also baggage unloaders and a pax boarding/deplaning feature which is similar to the fueling and just adds sound effects for a certain amount of time.

Items that need to reference the aircraft doors such as air stairs and cargo loaders are smart to many addon aircraft including PMDG. The ground equipment knows where the doors are and will position themselves accordingly.

I was curious if all the features still worked in multiplayer on Vatsim. During our last GC event I tried it and I was happy to see that everything worked just as if I was flying offline.

Product page is here: http://www.fsdreamteam.com/products_gsx.html

There is a free demo that works in a couple default FSX airports and at all FS Dream Team airports.
 #30886  by nwadc10
 Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:16 am
I forgot to mention: GSX is continuously being updated and they are planning on adding freighter specific functionality in the future. They say some updates will be free and others will be another purchase of some sort. The impression I got was that freighter functions will come sooner rather than later.
 #30890  by jcwaugh747
 Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:04 pm
Justin,

Thanks for the great tip. That looks like an excellent add-on.

When they do the freight version, I wonder if they will have animated crew members carryinng thier own bags up the stairs? lol
 #30901  by nwadc10
 Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:57 am
jcwaugh747 wrote:Justin,
When they do the freight version, I wonder if they will have animated crew members carryinng thier own bags up the stairs? lol

I thought that was just a Regional thing!?!? Once you get to the big boys they don't carry your bags for you?? Boy did I pick the wrong profession.
 #30907  by nwadc10
 Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:04 pm
Well, speaking of the devil...I got home and there was an update to GSX which includes the addition of cargo containers and the equipment for loading/unloading them. I haven't tried it out yet but when I do I will post some screenshots.
 #30909  by jcwaugh747
 Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:00 pm
nwadc10 wrote:
jcwaugh747 wrote:Justin,
When they do the freight version, I wonder if they will have animated crew members carryinng thier own bags up the stairs? lol

I thought that was just a Regional thing!?!? Once you get to the big boys they don't carry your bags for you?? Boy did I pick the wrong profession.


Well at least with the Regional Carrier you get one or two sexy voluptous Flight Attendants...... :wink:
 #30910  by nwadc10
 Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:02 pm
jcwaugh747 wrote:
nwadc10 wrote:
jcwaugh747 wrote:Justin,
When they do the freight version, I wonder if they will have animated crew members carryinng thier own bags up the stairs? lol

I thought that was just a Regional thing!?!? Once you get to the big boys they don't carry your bags for you?? Boy did I pick the wrong profession.


Well at least with the Regional Carrier you get one or two sexy voluptous Flight Attendants...... :wink:

I don't know what Regionals you fly on! lol