Before I start the review I would like to say Thanks to Green Arc Studios for making this review possible. As Green Arc Studios wrote – WebFMC is an X-Plane 11 plugin that makes it possible to access the CDU of selected airplanes via the browser.
The WebFMC Pro also has a free version, simply WebFMC (without Pro), but there is a huge con that free version has, and that is the supported aircraft list. Whilst the free version supports only Zibo 737-800, 737-700 Ultimate and 737-900 Ultimate, the Pro version supports a wide range of 3rd party aircraft. The full list of supported aircraft can be seen below.
The Pro version supports much more 3rd party aircraft which can be seen in a list below. If I should point out a few, I would point out all FlightFactor aircraft (all except 777), Rotate MD-80, and ToLiss A319.
- Default X-Plane FMC (requires X-Plane 11.35+)
- FlightFactor A320 Ultimate
- FlightFactor 757v2
- FlightFactor 767
- ToLiss 319
- JarDesign 320
- Rotate MD-80
- IXEG 737-300
- EADT x737 (x737FMC required)
- Zibo Mod 737-800
- 737-900 Ultimate
- JARDesign A330
- SSG E-Jets Evolution Series
- SSG Boeing 747-8 Series
- FlightFactor A350 XWB Advanced (old style MCDU)
- 737-700 Ultimate
I personally used the free version for a while now, but since now I started flying other airplanes than Boeing 737s – a Pro version was very welcomed. The plugin is very easy to use and install. Since I started using it (including free version), I did not have a single problem while using it. As prove, that it’s really easy to use, you simply just need to put the folders in the plugins directory, start the sim, load the aircraft and search for your local IP address with port 9090 on your smartphone or any other smart device with a browser.
If you’re thinking now how can this be useful for you, you’re probably not the only one, but I would like to point out, that for cockpit builders it’s a very useful plugin, which can make things a lot easier. That does not mean, that you can’t use it unless you’re a cockpit builder, it’s also a very useful thing for normal user since you can operate the CDU from your smartphone or tablet, basically whatever has a browser.
In conclusion, although I’m a big fan of this plugin, I recommend you to try the free version out before purchasing the Pro version. Neither WebFMC or WebFMC Pro has big hardware requirement, so even the slowest machines can handle it. While using the plugin I did not encounter any bugs or problems with it, good job Green Arc Studios!