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  1. Q. So where are the menus and forms? A. We have a new layout this year designed to deliver a wider screen for easier viewing. Consequently the menus are hidden until you call them up. To get to the menus and forms, click on the "hamburger! icon top left and the menu should slide in from the left.
  2. For those who have never delved into the panel.cfg file of aircraft, it may appear daunting at first, however, it is relatively easy to work with when adding 2D pop-up windows. This quick tutorial is using FSX. The 2D pop-up window is the simplest method for quickly adding the FTime timer gauge for use during the MEBAR. IMPORTANT NOTE. For the timer to commence counting during the take-off roll, it MUST be displayed. Instructions. 1. Unzip the contents of the FTimeV4 zip file to a temporary folder. 2. From the temporary folder above, copy the Gauges folder into your main FSX folder. The contents of this Gauges folder will be merged with the existing content in your Gauges folder, creating a folder called Digital in your Gauges folder. The Digital folder contains the required FTime.xml and Box.bmp files for the timer. 3. Navigate to the panel folder of the aircraft you are flying. 4. Make a back-up copy of the panel.cfg file. 5. Open the panel.cfg file with a text editor, Notepad works fine. 6. We are adding a 2D pop-up and this is defined as a 'Window' in the panel.cfg file. To do this, there are two specific entries to the panel.cfg file which we need to make. The first entry is to add the 'Window' in the 'Window Titles' section at the top of the panel.cfg file, and the second entry is to define the parameters of the 'Window'. The panel.cfg file example below is the FSX default Cessna 172. The required entries are displayed in red and this will display the timer in the top left corner of the monitor by pressing Shift + 7, being the 7th entry in the 'Window Titles' list. // Panel Configuration file // Cessna 172sp // Copyright © 2001-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. [Window Titles] Window00=Main Panel Window01=Radio Stack Window02=GPS Window03=IFR Panel Window04=Landing View Window05=Mini Panel Window06=Timer [Window06] size_mm=45,25 position=0 visible=0 ident=Timer gauge00=Digital!FTime, 0,0,45,25 [Window00] file_1024=cessna_172_background.bmp file_1024_night=cessna_172_background_night.bmp size_mm=640 position=7 visible=1 no_luminous=1 ident=MAIN_PANEL zorder=0 windowsize_ratio=1.000 window_pos=0.0,0.0 window_size=1.000,1.000 view_window_rect=0,0,8192,4000 gauge00=Cessna!Altimeter, 346,167, 79, 79 gauge01=Cessna!Annunciator, 517,159, 62, 15 gauge02=Cessna!Avionics Switch, 288,426, 37, 47 gauge03=Cessna!Flaps, 467,415, 48, 64 7. Save the file. If you are making changes to the panel.cfg file with FSX running and you want to see the affect of the changes, you must reload the aircraft after saving the file. 8. In the 'Window Titles' section, it is important the Window number, e.g. Window06, is the next number in the sequence and that this corresponds with the section defining the parameters of the 'Window'. 9. As previously mentioned, this will display the timer in the top left corner of the monitor. There are nine predefined fixed display positions in FSX, numbered 0 to 8, where a 2D pop-up window can be displayed. Changing the 'position=' entry will display it accordingly. These positions and the corresponding numbers are below. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10. If you want to adjust the size of the displayed timer (sometimes this will be a need due to the aircraft add-on used), make the necessary adjustments to the 'size_mm=' entry and the last two corresponding numbers in the 'gauge00=' entry. 11. Here is a screenshot of finished result. Cheers Andrew
  3. Hi all. I am toying with the Idea of creating a cockpit that looks and feels as close as possible to a real cockpit. I am looking to do this with either the JF Hawk or the MilViz Phantom, the latter being favorite at the moment. What I need to know id the internal measurements of the cockpit and the panels found inside the cockpit. Outside dimensions are of little use as I will only be creating the cockpit shell, similar to http://forum.mutleyshangar.com/index.php?/topic/14851-spitfire-mk-ix-cockpit-build/&page=3
  4. Back to Basics - Screenshots by John Allard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Back to Basics is a regular monthly feature in the Ocala Flight Sim Club newsletter, the Gosport. B2B first appeared in the April 2011 issue and is ongoing. This article is from that series, re-posted here. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - We’ve all seen screenshots taken within Flight Simulator, in the magazines, on the forums or at least right here in the Gosport. If you’re a newcomer to FS, perhaps you’ve wondered how that is done. I learn something new from almost every article I write – this one is no exception. Here’s the new pearl of wisdom this time around. If you’re an FSX user, there’s probably little reason for you to read any further. For the rest of us, in Flight Simulator 2004 (FS9), and really anywhere in Windows, simply pressing the Prnt-Scrn button, un-modified by Shift, Alternate or Control keys, will put an image of the screen on the Windows clipboard. The Windows clipboard can be thought of as a pad of electronic scratch paper that the operating system uses to temporarily store something. It’s volatile, meaning that it will go away if the machine is shut off and will be overwritten without so much as a whimper if something else is put on the Clipboard, regardless how large or small. The clipboard is the same unseen place in Windows where a file or an image or a snippet of text goes if you Select (highlight) and Copy in Windows. Any Select and Copy or Cut operation overwrites the current contents of the clipboard with the new object. There are a few exceptions but they are beyond the scope of this article. The important point to take away here is that an image of what’s currently on the screen can be placed on the clipboard with a single Prnt-Scrn key-press, but that the clipboard contents are vulnerable to being overwritten unless subsequently saved to a named file. In Flight Simulator, unless a dedicated screenshot utility is being used (more below on that), you must pause FS, click out of it and make a proper file of what’s on the clipboard before you can take another. While that may be unwieldy if you wish to capture a couple of dozen images from FS, for ones and twos and ad hoc situations where you didn’t expect to need a screenshot but a target of opportunity arises, it works fine. No advance preparation is needed; no other utilities need to be running. Press the key – capture the screen. Manual Screen Shot Process Lets say you’re cruising along and the sunset is doing great things with the clouds and the mountains, or you’re on short final and a Doctor in a Bonanza taxis out on the runway in front of you. It takes no more to capture the artistic venue or the evidence shot for the post-accident hearing to the clipboard than a single press of that Prnt Scrn key. Remember, however, that each time you press the Prnt-Scrn key a new image is captured and the old one on the clipboard is discarded by the Operating System. If you didn’t paste it somewhere before it was replaced in the Windows clipboard, it’s gone forever. How do you rescue your screenshot from the clipboard? Good question. Once an image is on the clipboard, at a later time of your own choosing, it is necessary to click or Alt-Tab out of Flight Sim and do a paste (CTRL-V or from a menu) into any program that is capable of accepting an image file, e.g. MS Word, etc. In my case I often use Paint.Net, a freeware graphics editor that is reasonably powerful and easy to use. It can be done in any program that will accept an image from a Paste operation in Windows. Once pasted into another program that is capable of displaying and using the image, the picture can be saved, with or without editing, as a named file to wherever you choose to put it. Most programs will allow you to pick one of several image file types. JPEG (file extension = jpg) is probably the most common and the best way to go; it is certainly one of the most economical of disk space. There are several freeware utilities available to save you all that convoluted pasting and saving business. They let you repeatedly press the Prnt-Scrn button to take screenshots. They will automatically paste and save the screenshots for you as you take them, much like the native screenshot capability of FSX. The most commonly used one and the one I know the most about is called Snapper. Snapper actually has some features that the FSX utility does not offer, including the ability to specify a filename prefix and a save location and has options for a shutter noise, mouse initiation instead of a key-press, half-size saves, and a couple of options for FS location in various formats to be imprinted on the image. You must load Snapper for it to be active, but if it is, you can fly around in FS and press the Prnt-Scrn key as often as you like. It will grab and save them all for you. You can find a free download of Snapper here. http://www.michielovertoom.com/software/snapper/ So, now that you all know how, I’m sure you will be flooding Gosport Editor Steve Austin’s e-mail box with some fantastic photos of your FS adventures, right? That wouldn’t be a bad thing. Don’t forget too that Mutley’s Hangar has a monthly screenshot contest sponsored by Just Flight, with free software as prizes. What have you got to lose – start snapping. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - This regular monthly feature will focus on some of the more basic topics of Flight Sim flying. Suggestions for topics are appreciated – e-mail John Allard at allardjd@earthlink.net - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  5. For those who have never delved into the panel.cfg file of aircraft, it may appear daunting at first, however, it is relatively easy to work with when adding 2D pop-up windows. This quick tutorial is using FSX. The 2D pop-up window is the simplest method for quickly adding the FTime timer gauge for use during the MEBAR. IMPORTANT NOTE. For the timer to commence counting during the take-off roll, it MUST be displayed. Instructions. 1. Unzip the contents of the FTimeV4 zip file to a temporary folder. 2. From the temporary folder above, copy the Gauges folder into your main FSX folder. The contents of this Gauges folder will be merged with the existing content in your Gauges folder, creating a folder called Digital in your Gauges folder. The Digital folder contains the required FTime.xml and Box.bmp files for the timer. 3. Navigate to the panel folder of the aircraft you are flying. 4. Make a back-up copy of the panel.cfg file. 5. Open the panel.cfg file with a text editor, Notepad works fine. 6. We are adding a 2D pop-up and this is defined as a 'Window' in the panel.cfg file. To do this, there are two specific entries to the panel.cfg file which we need to make. The first entry is to add the 'Window' in the 'Window Titles' section at the top of the panel.cfg file, and the second entry is to define the parameters of the 'Window'. The panel.cfg file example below is the FSX default Cessna 172. The required entries are displayed in red and this will display the timer in the top left corner of the monitor by pressing Shift + 7, being the 7th entry in the 'Window Titles' list. // Panel Configuration file // Cessna 172sp // Copyright © 2001-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. [Window Titles] Window00=Main Panel Window01=Radio Stack Window02=GPS Window03=IFR Panel Window04=Landing View Window05=Mini Panel Window06=Timer [Window06] size_mm=45,25 position=0 visible=0 ident=Timer gauge00=Digital!FTime, 0,0,45,25 [Window00] file_1024=cessna_172_background.bmp file_1024_night=cessna_172_background_night.bmp size_mm=640 position=7 visible=1 no_luminous=1 ident=MAIN_PANEL zorder=0 windowsize_ratio=1.000 window_pos=0.0,0.0 window_size=1.000,1.000 view_window_rect=0,0,8192,4000 gauge00=Cessna!Altimeter, 346,167, 79, 79 gauge01=Cessna!Annunciator, 517,159, 62, 15 gauge02=Cessna!Avionics Switch, 288,426, 37, 47 gauge03=Cessna!Flaps, 467,415, 48, 64 7. Save the file. If you are making changes to the panel.cfg file with FSX running and you want to see the affect of the changes, you must reload the aircraft after saving the file. 8. In the 'Window Titles' section, it is important the Window number, e.g. Window06, is the next number in the sequence and that this corresponds with the section defining the parameters of the 'Window'. 9. As previously mentioned, this will display the timer in the top left corner of the monitor. There are nine predefined fixed display positions in FSX, numbered 0 to 8, where a 2D pop-up window can be displayed. Changing the 'position=' entry will display it accordingly. These positions and the corresponding numbers are below. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10. If you want to adjust the size of the displayed timer (sometimes this will be a need due to the aircraft add-on used), make the necessary adjustments to the 'size_mm=' entry and the last two corresponding numbers in the 'gauge00=' entry. 11. Here is a screenshot of finished result. Cheers Andrew
  6. Hello, I am running FSX-SE and P3D v3 on Win10. I installed recently the Carenado SR22T. I order to define and preset custom cameras for this aircraft, I have to access the aircraft configuration file. In spite of all my efforts, I am unable to find it. NOTE: The only doc I could find is in C:\Users\Giorgio\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX\simobjects\airplanes\Carenado SR22_GTSX_Turbo However, it contains only a short Notepad doc named "State" (referring to the accumulated flight time). Thank you for your help and suggestions! Giorgio
  7. Google maps Howto To create an embedded Google Map similar to those used for the ATWC series follow the steps below. • Create a google account. • Navigate to Google Maps (https:\\maps.google.co.uk). • Log in to your google account. • Navigate to the ‘Search Google Maps’ box in the top left hand corner. • Click on the three horizontal bars icon to drop down a menu. • Select ‘My Maps’ • Click on ‘CREATE MAP’ (in caps at the bottom of the ‘My Maps’ Window). • A map will appear called with a box in the left hand top corner that details information about the map. • The maps name will be ‘Untitled map’, with a layer called ‘Untitled Layer’. These can be changed by clicking on them and editing the name. • To the right of the map details box there are another two box areas, one on top that is for searching the map (for airports etc.), and the other group below for adding things to, and editing, the map. From left to right there are the following icons that are clickable: o Undo (left curved arrow). o Redo (right curved arrow). o Grab and drag the map around (hand icon). o Pin icon (to add a marker to the map). o Line with dots icon (to add lines to the map between points). o Directions icon (upward curved icon to add a list of directions between two points). o Ruler Icon (to measure the distance between two points. All of the above are simple to use. Some points to note are: I use the pin Icon to pin the red markers on to the maps. I use the line icon to join the red markers. Lines do not have to go between red markers. They can start and end anywhere on the map. Click to start a line, drag out the line, click again to add a way point and double click to end the line. Each line will be shown with a white circle for every start and end point and another in the middle of the line. Which can be dragged to split the line into two. Each section of the split line will have a middle point that can be used to further split that line. If you create a shape with a single line with ‘waypoints’ by ending it on the start position, then, providing that the shape it makes has at least three sides it will create a shape that is shaded with a translucent grey. Good for marking out areas, perhaps no fly zones for example. The directions tool will allow you to choose between Driving, cycling and walking. Between two points. There is no train option even if you start from and end at a train station. This works like the line creation tool, but provides the distance from the start point to the end point. Like the line tool you can create waypoints to change the measurement lines direction. Once completed, the line will be shown with no way points, but with a total distance and 1km distance markers. All objects added to a map can be named when created and edited later from the left hand map details box. Don’t forget to save your work! To display a map on the forums, navigate to the map details box and click on the share icon. If you haven’t already done so it will ask you to name and describe your map. Complete these details and continue. A large box will be displayed. Go to the access part and make the access public. Click done to close this box. Do not use the sharing options on this box. Again, navigate to the map details box and click on the menu dots Icon on the add layer and share line. This can be found on the extreme right hand side of this line. This will drop down a menu, select embed on my site option. There will be some HTML in a window below some instructions. Copy this code to the clipboard and navigate to the forum post you are creating and past it into the post editor. Before submitting the post make sure that the ‘Enable HTML?’ checkbox on the right hand side of the editor is checked.
  8. Hi guys, How do I get permission to access the C: drive in Windows10, from my networked Windows 7 machine, How can I do this........................ Regards Brian.
  9. patrico

    saitek again

    Hi everyone Hope all is well, question I have today is how do I calibrate the throttle component of my Saitek Pro Flights Yoke System. When I go to taxi and touch the throttle lever, it reacts like I have just reengaged TO GA
  10. I guess most of us know how to prepare a flight plan using the FSX tool or Plan-G, however, I wondered if a tutorial might help, particularly for those who'd like to join in with rallies like MEBAR but lack the confidence - and experience, maybe - to translate a rally flight briefing into a flyable flight plan. Anyway, here's my attempt at introducing Plan-G for rally flight briefing: Please let me have your feedback! Cheers - Dai.
  11. Every time I want to use Plan-G when using FSX, and that is always, I have to great a plan (I do this in Plan-G) export it as an FSX plan, ship it across to my FSX PC and then load it into FSX. The shipping is not to difficult as the PCs are networked but loading it twice is a pain. Is it possible for Plan-G to read an FSX plan from FSX its self and run from that? What I would like to do is to load the plan once and then use it on both pieces of software. JG
  12. I guess I could also ask on Just Flight forum but..... habit. After the flights the fuel burn is there. I can monitor and tweak mine. But how do I convert to USG/hr? Specific gravity calculations ?
  13. Hi Everyone - Some years ago I was able to change the bezel color of the default FSX Garmin 500 so as to match other cockpit panels. I've lost the instructions; any help? Thanks, Rick
  14. I want to get a more realistic feel in flight simulation and use a touchscreen monitor instead of the mouse for gauges and instruments calibration. My question is what is out there that will work for me in the way of hardware and software? Thanks
  15. as the basic copy & paste function appears not to be available in this forum, can someone please tell me how I can quote a previous post or part of it.
  16. Hi my name I MANUEL.How to install the PDF And ND (Glass Copit ) in my home made cockpit in one of the monitor.Can any one help me with that? Thanks
  17. Hello. I'm a new memeber & this is my first post. I have a scenery bgl file given me years ago by a kind man, & I want to extract a mdl file from it. NewBglAnalyze tells me it cannot do it as the source file is an old-style file.....it's for FS9 by the way. I cannot get my BglAnalyze9 to work. I click on it & a small window flashes onto my desktop & vanishes. I'm stumped...can someone tell me how to work it? I have a small jpg to show how it looks on my desktop but I can't find how to attach/insert it. Thanks. Terry.
  18. to put he moving map I have on FS Commander on my Ipad and if so how?
  19. Does anybody know on the Saitek xt2 Hotas what the 2 hat switches on the throttle control are and also the slider ? for and how to set them up for jet flying
  20. I got a real bargain from Just Flight, last week - their Combat Helicopter Pack: Huey plus Chinook, both from the Nemeth stable (with some help from Milviz}. Thought you might enjoy my experiences with the Huey - straight out of the box - Yep, just as it happened (with some commentary added during editing). Hope you enjoy the video: Comments welcome! (Not another helicopter vid! - Ed) Cheers - Dai.
  21. I will be getting a new TV for my living room at Christmas. As a result I am going to move my old TV ( 42" LCD) upstairs for my flight sim in conjunction with this monitor which is 27" can anyone give me a link to a site which specializes in this do I need a doublehead2go link cable what connectors do I need I am going t use the big monitor for my main screen and the smaller one for overhead panel or any other suggestions welcome does that mean with this setup tracker will become redundant as it was a potential Christmas present
  22. patrico

    PMDG

    can anyone tell me how to initiate a climb or decent when flying vnav or Lnav on the 777 as it does not have a speed or altitude intervention button like 737
  23. Back to Basics Flight Planning With the MS Flight Planner by John Allard This piece in the Back to Basics series will explore using the MSFS Flight Planner utility to create, edit, save and load FS flight plans. This month I’ll stick to FS9 screenshots for illustrations, but Flight Planning in FSX is virtually identical. The FSX screens are slightly different in appearance but not in function. Though there are a number of freeware and payware add-on flight planning utilities for Flight Simulator, the one built into FS itself is fairly decent and works quite well within its design limits. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some of the successors, but for plotting a course between A and B, including the flexibility to add or delete waypoints, etc, it works just fine. Once created, the plan can be saved to load in a later session; the planned route and waypoints will appear on the Kneeboard and will be automatically loaded into the FS Garmin GPS. Before invoking the FS Flight Planner, it is best to select your desired aircraft, since the planner will use performance data from the current aircraft to populate certain fields of information on the Nav Log page. The AC type will not appear anywhere on the Nav Log page but the speeds, times, fuel burn data, etc, will reflect the selected AC. The FS Flight Planner is accessed via the FS Top-Line Menu -> Flights -> Flight Planner Entering the FS Flight Planner The Planner screen has two tabs at the top, Create and Edit. Create, as implied, creates a new plan very quickly and easily – more below about the details. It is also where a plan is saved and where a saved plan can be recalled (e.g. loaded). The active plan on the Flight Planner will be the active plan when you exit out of it and return to the cockpit, unless you exit via the Cancel button. You’ll be offered an opportunity to save the plan when exiting the planner. You’ll find what you did in the Planner already in the GPS and if you pull up the Kneeboard you’ll find the Nav Log page is there too. Flight Planner Create Tab Kneeboard and GPS The Edit tab of the planner allows you to modify your plan, primarily by adding and deleting waypoints and specifying the cruise altitude for the flight. You can save your plan or load a saved one from this tab too and can view and print the Nav Log page. Let’s begin at the Create Tab page. The screen is divided into five numbered panes that you would typically use, oddly enough, in the numbered order. Pane 1: Choose departure location - Specifies the departure airport and the departure location on that airport. Pressing the Select button brings up the standard FS Airport selection screen and you pick the airport exactly as you would in the FS Create-A-Flight utility. The start position is selected from the “Runway/Starting position” list box at the bottom left. If there are parking spots defined at the airport, they will be listed too. If not you’ll be limited to the individual runways as starting position choices. Pane 2: Choose destination - This is pretty much a ditto of the screen for selecting the departure airport with one exception – the pull-down list box for starting location is absent. You only get to specify the airport. Where you park is up to you when you get there. Also, specifying an arrival runway is not done at this time – that’s an in-flight operation that occurs as you near the destination. The arrival airport is part of the FS flight plan – the arrival runway and parking spot are not. Pane 3: Choose flight plan type – This is a simple binary choice with a pair of Radio Buttons to implement your desire. Select either a VFR or an IFR flight plan. If you don’t know the difference, select VFR. This selection doesn’t have much of an effect in FS unless you are using the ATC (Air Traffic Control) option while flying. ATC will handle you differently based on this selection. That aside, it’s moot. Pane 4: Choose routing – This time there are 4 Radio Buttons; Direct – GPS; Low altitude airways; High altitude airways; VOR to VOR. Lets take them in order… The Direct GPS option will give you a straight line on the map between the two airports with no waypoints in between. It’s the shortest path (and is a Great Circle path, by the way) but provides little in the way of helpful enroute information. Your autopilot can follow this via GPS making navigation incredibly easy. The Low altitude airways option will mainly follow the Victor Airways. Victor Airways are aviation authority defined highways in the sky, intended for navigation below 18,000 feet. They are visible on the FS map and in the map on the Flight Planner Edit tab if the “V” button above the map is On, i.e. is green. They have catchy names like “V199”. Where your course line overlies them, the lines will be impossible to see. Your flight plan routing under this option will take you from your departure airport to intercept a Victor Airway appropriate to your route of flight. Your plan route will follow their meandering path from VOR to VOR (only certain VORs lie on the Victor Airways – others will be ignored). The plan route may also include named Intersections at intervals between the VORs. In most cases the route will not require a heading change at Intersections, though sometimes it will. Your plan route will leave the Victor airways system at some point near your destination. The High altitude airways option is very similar to the Low altitude airways described above, except that they use the Jet Airways, intended for navigation at and above 18,000 feet. Those have “J” names and their own “J” button above the map to turn them on and off in the map display. Aside from those things, they are essentially identical to the Victor Airways and the Low altitude option. The final Radio Button in pane 4 is for VOR to VOR navigation. This is much like the previous two but will use any and all VORs, whether on the Airways or not. VORs will be chosen to approximate a straight-line route to your destination but it will still be a somewhat zig-zag path. It bears mentioning that in FS you may use any of the four routing options with either VFR or IFR flight plan type. You can fly High-altitude Airways at low altitudes and vice versa – just don’t expect to get a clearance to do that in the real world. Pane 5: Plot flight plan – With the first four panes filled in with your selections, pressing the “Find Route” button in the fifth pane actually generates the plan and will take you automatically to the Edit tab. Flight Planner Edit Tab The Edit tab allows you to see a pictorial and tabular view of your flight plan. On the left is a typical FS map with your flight plan showing on it as a red line. If you’ve used the FS Map page before, navigation of it will be familiar. The map may be panned by moving the mouse pointer to an edge or a corner and left clicking when a broad arrow appears. Buttons above the map toggle certain entities between being displayed or not displayed on the map. The first four buttons on the left are for zoom (+ and -), returning to normal zoom with the entire flight plan in view and for printing. If you select the latter be sure you have plenty of ink, unless you’re printing to a file. On the right side of the Edit tab page is a tabular list of your flight plan waypoints, with a scroll bar if there are too many to display on one screen. Individual waypoints may be selected by clicking on the list to highlight one item. If the map is zoomed, clicking on a waypoint in the list centers the map on that waypoint. A “Delete Waypoint” button below the list removes the selected waypoint from the plan route. Waypoints may be added by left-clicking on the red route line on the map and dragging and dropping the line on a map icon for an intersection, Waypoint, NDB, VOR or airport. The new waypoint will be added in the list and reflected in the flight plan. This method is the only way to include NDBs and intermediate airports as waypoints in a flight plan – the default plan options will not include them but the Edit page allows you to add them manually if you care to. Though they can be displayed on the map, ILSs and Marker Beacons cannot be used as flight plan waypoints. Cruise altitude for the flight is set by a scroll box below the map. Four identical buttons appear across the bottom of both the CREATE and EDIT tabs of the flight planner. They are, Save…; Load…: Clear; NavLog. They’re reasonably intuitive… The Buttons – Both Planner Tab Pages Save – Gives you an opportunity to select a filename and location and saves the current plan as a PLN file. Load – Retrieves a saved flight plan, allowing you to navigate to the folder of your choice to find it. Loading a file also makes it the active plan and places it in the FS Kneeboard and GPS. Clear – Blanks out the current plan and presents you with a blank planner screen for creating a new one. Clearing a flight plan does not affect the file on disk if it has been previously saved. NavLog – Takes you to the Nav Log page for viewing or printing. This is a tabular view of your flight plan with distance, speed, altitude, fuel and time information and blanks for recording actual values in flight. The view that is displayed on the Nav Log page is identical to what will appear on the FS Kneeboard Nav Log page once you are back in the cockpit view. So, it’s not exactly FS Commander or Plan-G, but it’s functional, easy to use, bug free and if your flight plan needs are modest, may very well be all you need. Best of all, you already own it.
  24. Hello all - So, after numerous years of playing with, installing, tweaking and generally loving FS9, a couple of months ago my old PC finally gave up the ghost in a fairly spectacular manner (there was smoke!). Having weighed up the pro's and cons I finally decided to take the plunge to FSX. Reading forum upon forum, I've plumped for a new machine (of pretty decent spec) which arrives in the next day or so and have in my possession a new box containing FSX Gold, so I'm nearly ready to go. I'm hoping with my specs, I should be able to go for some pretty intensive stuff without impact on the FPS So, simply put, advice please on a few things - already I've decided to install the following (based on my old FS9 install): Heathrow & Gatwick UK2000 London VFR PMDG 747 and 737 Captain Sim 777 Airbus Evolution REX Other airports and planes come up as and when.... But what traffic should I go for? I used WOAI on FS9, but with its demise, I'd rather go for a new install, so UT2 and My Traffic seem to be the two to choose from - I read somewhere that one of them effectively exists outside of the game and therefore doesn't impact FPS, but I can't find that article again. I like real life schedules, but also the chance to edit them, so I'm not flying alongside the same plane running the same route! To be honest, although I'm happy to do a bit of under bonnet tinkring, it's not what I'd rather do, so are there any absolute must-do's before I even get up and running? Any and all advice really appreciated! Cheers Rob
  25. Hi fellow Mutley's Hangar-ons, I've got a question for the techie side of the forum. I'm on my way to Europe in late September, France in particular. This type of trip requires living out of a suitcase too small to transport my joystick, so I've been looking at alternatives - I've got a Logitech Gamepad. This is a multi-button gadget with two joysticks used by the pimple poppers to kill things on the internet (and, I believe, on Gamebox/X-box etc). I could carry that in my bag. Anyone on mutley's who has tried the Gamepad as a joystick? Any comments/tips on programming it (I haven't installed it yet)? Cheers, March
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