Andrew Godden

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  1. Having heavily invested in FSX over the years in both scenery and aircraft, other add-ons, and VA flying, I was also reluctant to migrate, to P3D, often questioning whether it offered sufficient differentiation and a quantum improvement. I had tried Steve's DX10 Fixer, but only got marginal improvements, and certainly nothing which prevented the typical FSX crashes. The final straw for me was when I started to get regular Fatal Error crashes with FSX, not to mention OOM errors. No amount of rebuilding config files was sufficient to stabilise my system. When faced with undertaking a complete, fresh install of FSX and all my add-ons or starting afresh and venturing down the P3D route, I finally succumbed to P3D. I originally intended to redo my FSX install as well, thinking I would still do the majority of my flying in FSX. However, here I am six months later and I haven't even looked at FSX, let alone thought about it. The experience and performance of P3D has been great, far superior to FSX (and that has nothing to do with cloud shadows or shadows in the cockpit, though some seem to be fixated with it as a reason to migrate). I also do regular, lengthy flights, four hours plus, and have not had P3D crash yet. As for my system (see the specs below), it is now six years old and the only thing which has been upgraded is the graphics card. This had to be replaced two years ago after the original finally failed from constant 10 hour a day use.
  2. Thanks all. A very quiet day for me, as I haven't been travelling all too well this week. Either way, a great day of celebration around the country of the birth of Australia, even though the radical morons here continue to try and shift the focus of this day to what they call "Invasion Day".
  3. Ed, Getting control of the taxi speed in any turboprop, no matter whom the developer or aircraft, is a fine art. I have done a lot of flying in turboprops so I didn't necessarily find the Alabeo Cessna 441 Conquest II any more of a challenge than others I fly, hence the comments in my review. I always expect it to leap forward at the slightest touch of the throttle. Three things I always do when taxiing in a turboprop: ensure the propeller lever is in the full ground fine position, use very small amounts of throttle and with slow increases, and use the breaks (a lot). These might seem very simple, but that's all I do.
  4. The answers to your questions are quite obvious when you look at the development path Carenado actually use with their products Firstly, over the last three years or so, and in between developing new products, Carenado have gone back to selected models in their stables and produced a current real world market version, the Beechcraft C90GTx, 350i and Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX are prime examples. This aspect has been addressed in Mutley's Hangar reviews of these products. Secondly, and particularly in this case, most importantly, you have to look at the development timeline for Carenado aircraft. This can be well over six months to produce the quality product (let's throw in a 95% factor here because nothing can be absolutely perfect even though so many imperfect flight simmers expect it to be with Carenado) that Carenado produce. Now, this is where it gets really interesting and probably goes to answering the "...Actual F..." part of your question because some basic research and logical deduction provides plausible answers. The Piper Meridian M600 was only certified on 18 June 2016. Being as good as exactly six months ago, give or take a day or two, I put that after, or at least close to, Carenado announcing the development of the PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian. Given the certification process, I would expect some necessary data required by Carenado to develop a Meridian M600 version was not in the public domain and accessible to them at the time, least of all one being available for them to get their hands and have real world pilots validate their model. The Carenado Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian looks like another fantastic product from Carenado, but, of course, I would have to do a more thorough and comprehensive review to validate that.
  5. No, James, the general message at the top of the page about MapQuest tiles and changing it under options.
  6. James, This is a normal problem. See the red text on the Plan-G page link below. It explains everything and how to correct it. http://www.tasoftware.co.uk/
  7. Wayne, Some years back we did a quick desktop review of the original Aerofly FS. We came to the conclusion that If you liked photo real scenery and flying your 747 around Switzerland it was the duck's guts, otherwise, it was a total waste of money and time. Aerofly FS 2 has simply expanded that expansive scenery to California, Arizona, and Nevada (Switzerland seems to have been dropped). It seems to have an interesting range of aircraft, but no mention of add-ons or a development path for additional scenery. Conclusion, it is still a total waste of money, unless you are a fanatic about photo real scenery.
  8. James, When you made your original post, I was actually on a flight in the Phenom 300 where I had used the method described in the manual using the G1000 and the GCU 477 Control Unit to successfully create a multi stage flight plan. You keep referring to the Cessna 172 Skyhawk G1000 and being able to create a flight plan there, but the Phenom 300 unit, whilst similar, has subtle differences, so forget the Cessna G1000 process. The final option is the second option I mentioned, where you uninstall the Navigraph extension pack and use either FSX or Plan-G to create your flight plan and then load that flight plan using the FSX Menu commands.
  9. James, If I recall, you also purchased and installed the Navigraph extension pack for the Embraer Phenom 300. The Navigraph extension pack does not allow you to load a flight plan in the normal manner using the FSX Menu commands. To create a flight plan, you must use the G1000 and GCU 477 Control Unit and create it manually. Two options: Read the G1000 Phenom 300 PDF document - pages 24 - 27 describe in detail how to create a flight plan using G1000 and GCU 477 Control Unit. Uninstall the Navigraph extension pack - this is the easiest option and allows you to load a flight plan in the normal manner using the FSX Menu commands.
  10. And they say 2017 is going to be even worse because the surviving celebrities are getting older.
  11. There is no .exe file. You start FSX SE, as you would normally, and select the aircraft from the aircraft selection menu in the flight sim, in the same way you would select any other aircraft. If the aircraft is not available from the aircraft selection menu, you haven't installed it correctly.
  12. That's because the Carenado Phenom 300 has installed to your flight sim...nothing installs to the Desktop or the Start Menu. You have not been specific in stating what it is you expect to see on the Desktop or Start Menu, but all pdf manuals can be accessed directly from the C\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\fsx\Carenado\EMB505_Phenom300 folder, or similar location.
  13. My omniscient being, that blatant BLAST was CHILLing.
  14. In answer to your original question, all of them, and yes, the Phenom 300 is a great aircraft and definitely worth buying.
  15. If the funds weren't transacted in escrow, they probably wouldn't take delivery of the aircraft.