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  1. So before I knew about this section of the forum and how other people are chronicalling there adventures, I started the first part of this thread here: [unofficial] GAAR 2016 Leg 01 However now I (think) I understand how this works, I'm going to chronicle my adventures in a single thread per area. This one for the 2016 GAAR another for the NZAR 2016 etc. Anyway, go read the first part if you haven't already and I'll get on with the next part of the journey.
  2. After (unofficially) completing the MEBAR I've decided to use another Air Rally as a chance to learn more about our hobby and a new airframe. Now in this particular instance my choice of plane is completely against the theme and I'm sure the intent of the GAAR originally organised by Bluegrass Airlines and I believe our very own @Andrew Godden (please forgive me but I haven't gotten my old birds in the hanger yet and I really wanted something to learn the systems on this baby.), who I will just have to beg his forgiveness and indulgence, however I have decided to use the C-17 Globemaster III by Virtavia (On sale now! http://www.pcaviator.com/store/product.php?productid=19714&cat=635&page=1) Why did I choose the GAAR then if I was going to go almost against the whole idea? I was born and bread in Far North Qld and the GAAR actually stops in Normanton where my parents have returned to after several years away. (Thankfully I now live in Melbourne) I had a BLAST on the MEBAR and have since gotten the routes from several rally's that I hope to use for my own intents I don't have any suitable craft in the Hanger at the moment but I am very much eyeing off the Khamsin Bundle on the Org Store: http://store-x-plane-org.3dcartstores.com/Warbirds--Khamsin-Complete-Package_p_523.html Ohhh... and I had to change the time to normal day instead of the 0500 start as, for some reason, X-Plane thinks that it's pitch black in Darwin at 0500 in February. I know from personal experience in "the top end" that it is VERY MUCH day light at that time of year. At any rate, after many failed attempts to get this bird of the ground ( I kept crashing after takeoff for some reason) and going through the cold and dark procedure each time during this weekend, tonight (Sunday) I decided I had earned a cheat and lined myself up on Runway 29, had a successful takeoff and got myself turned around and headed to the first checkpoint YPTN Katherine. Hmm that's weird. En route I noticed those flying pieces of geo on the C-17. Unfortunately this plane was made for XP10 and there have been a few changes in XP11 and I don't think the Devs (Virtavia) are supporting their older birds, but I'm going to ask anyway. OK There she is on the 141 radial for the TN VOR, sleepy town of Katherine NT, well it's airport YPTN really as I've already passed over the township itself less than a minute ago with a ground speed of about 270kn 25mins later and we touchdown at YNGU Ngukurr and then use the mighty reverse thrust on the C-17 to backup the runway and park our bird. C-17 pilots will use the reverse thrust in this way after landing if needed to get the bird into position for cargo unloading. D'Oh, just went to upload an image from Plan-G showing my crazy attempts at, first trying to sight the damn airfield and then trying to slow the Globemaster down. LOL I overshot 3 times before I finally landed and then only just kept myself on the runway. Learning, learning, learning. She's NOTHING like the Let L-410 I flew in the MEBAR, but we have some time to get to know each other. Looking forward to more of this and I hope Andrew forgives my adjustment to his Rally
  3. I've always loved flying. Ever since I was a kid and was allowed into the cockpit of our flight from Townsville (YBCS) to Perth (YPPH), damn I'm going to have to fly that route now... anyway, always loved it and have dabbled with Flight Sims over the years but since we bought our home last October I finally got my self a decent SimPit and have hit the sims in a big way. But I digress. after a passionate stay with Euro/American Truck Sim I finally got into Flight Sims and have been looking for something to really sink my teeth into as a good way to learn different aspect of flying and I stumbled upon the MEBAR after watching one of Froogle's YT vids. WOW, ok so cruising up the coast of Chile, yea that could be fun. Oh that's a really great looking plane for X-Plane, ok I'll fly that. Hmmm Ortho4XP.. yea I can do that! And so I found myself, ensconced in my Man Cave, with Wampa the Snow Dog (samoyed) beside me, a reef of airport sheets, the MEBAR run and weather sheets and a bunch of excitement to start. Leg 01 of my own personal Odessey had begun and what an amazing place to start! I honestly think I spent more time gawping at the amazing scenery and taking screenshot after screenshot than I did flying the damn plane (helps that the L410 is so nice to fly!). But I'm sure you can forgive me, especially when we passed one of our biggest waypoints of the trip. Leg 01 also lulled us into a false sense of security as all I can say about Leg 02 is thank goodness I was wearing my BROWN pants! Departure from SCNT was ok, a bit of water but otherwise fine. However what awaited us in the skies would leave us quaking in our jimmies for most of the flight! CLOUDS! And worse still... MOUTAINS IN THE CLOUDS!! At one point I managed to find a break in the clouds and decided to descend under the cloud cover as it should be "easier" WRONG After rounding the horn to the right I then proceeded to fly by instruments alone for a good 10 mins before finally breaking through. All this at an altitude of 1500' And ahh.... I kinda called BS @ SCHR and did not even attempt my touch and go there... BECAUSE IT WAS COVERED IN CLOUD!! I citied safety of my craft and crew for my failure to Touch N Go and I'm sticking to that. (it's just over that rise apparently) And then, when I'd FINALLY crested the last mountain.. the clouds parted and showed me nirvana, a clear run to SCCC. PHEW, made it. Many brews were drank that night! These two legs actually took me several days to fly due to Darth RealLife(tm) But I did manage to get a real good understanding of Ortho4XP and managed to find an EXCELLENT site for Freeware sceneries for Chile https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1DaqLfwaq0jnMxREy02Hh-MkiQCI&hl=en_US&ll=-32.961907060261204%2C-84.0956185&z=3
  4. This MD-80 is a most accurate replica of the popular aircraft, specifically the MD-88 variation. The realism of the 3D model and texture work is pure and delightful eye candy. The advanced systems simulation makes a solid experience for the exacting simmer. -> Precise flight model and fine tuned engine performance -> Developed with the advice and counseling from MD-80 licensed pilots -> Works great on all three platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux Custom Flight Management System (FMS) and Automatic Flight Route, departures and arrivals procedures (SIDs and STARs) Save and load route to/from text file Performance management, cost index and optimal altitude and speed calculation Custom VNAV. Climb, cruise and descend management with altitude and speed restrictions Takeoff and approach speed management Custom Navigation Display Improved autopilot with specific horizontal and vertical modes All EPR performance modes Flight Mode Annunciator Aerosoft NavDataPro (2014) included (for updated database third party subscription is needed) Detailed simulation of systems Power plant Electrical Pneumatic and pressurization Slat/flap controls with dial-a-flap feature Takeoff trim computer Customized alert and failures Hyper-realistic visuals Highly detailed 3D cockpit, passenger cabin and exterior model Normal and specular maps for enhanced detail Thorough HD day and night textures Accurate animations, including wing flex animation All external and internal lights Liveries: A set of ten ultra-high resolution liveries, including a paintkit Custom sounds 3D sound engine with stereo and doppler effects High quality multi-layered engine sounds Cockpit ambient and custom alerts More here http://store.x-plane.org/Rotate-MD-80_p_441.html and here http://rotatesim.com/
  5. Just released is Jessica Bannister-Pearce's review of FlyJSim's 727 Series for X-Plane. A nice suite of aircraft including the -100, -200 and cargo variants, so how does this trendy trijet perform? Read on...
  6. Just published is Jessica Bannister-Pearce's review of the Carenado Beechcraft B1900D For X-Plane. Does the quality and performance of this aircraft live up to Carenado's legendary standard? Read on...
  7. Just Published is Jessica Bannister-Pearce's review of JARDesign Group's Airbus A320neo of X-Plane, Jess has been flying the 320neo for several weeks and gives us her impressions of this simulation. Read on...
  8. There's a demo of X-plane 10 available for download at the X-plane website. Edit: And judging by some of the files downloaded by the installer it comes with the Saab AJ37 Viggen!!
  9. Just published is Jessica Bannister-Pearce's review of Beti-X's CZST - Stewart for X-Plane Can this scenery package be as good, or better than its FS cousins quality? Read on
  10. If you are looking for information on X-plane then start here, if you have a link you would like share then please add to this topic. Official X-Plane site http://www.x-plane.com -The X-Plane developer site. Buy X-Plane and download Demo/Updates here. http://wiki.x-plane.com/Main_Page http://techhaze.com/...r-austin-meyer/ Forums, Pay-ware, and Freeware http://x-plane.org - The X-Plane mainstream, and community site. Also contains pay-ware store. http://forums.x-pilo...index.php/index http://xplane10.wordpress.com/ http://forum.avsim.n...x-plane-forums/ http://www.flightsim....php?11-X-Plane http://www.sim-outho....php?64-X-Plane Forums, Freeware http://forums.x-pilo...index.php/index http://xplanefreeware.net - XPFW Team located here. They develop some of the best airliners for X-Plane. http://www.x-plane.hu - Another community site, this time, for hungarian users! http://www.x-plane.it/ - An Italian community site containing some very nice scenery developed for X-Plane. http://xpafrica.blogspot.com/ - An African community site containing scenery for X-Plane and the like. Forums http://plainlyxplane.blogspot.com - X-Plane commentary and product reviews. Real world aviation news and events of interest. http://www.xplanetutorials.net/ Freeware, Pay-ware http://shadetreemicro.com - High quality pay-ware GA and Bush Planes for X-Plane. http://www.c74.net - Quality X-Plane pay-ware jets, GA, Helicopters, and concept designs. Freeware http://data.x-plane.com - The site where all of the latest nav and airport data is available from. http://www.ilmioatel...X-PlanesEN.html - An interesting Italian site dedicated to developing add-ons for X-Plane. Pay-ware http://www.x-scenery.com - A site devoted to making high quality pay-ware scenery and aircraft for X-Plane. http://www.jrollon.com - A site devoted to making high quality pay-ware and freeware aircraft for X-Plane. http://www.x-aviation.com - X-Plane payware site. Buy all kinds of add-ons for X-Plane here. http://www.xpjets.com - Devoted to making TOP NOTCH pay-ware aircraft for X-Plane. http://petersuv.vs120062.hl-users.com - High quality pay-ware airliners for X-Plane. http://forjets.netfirms.com - Historical heavy metal jets and GA pay-ware. http://myvirtualhanger.com - High quality Warbirds and GA for X-Plane. http://www.realscenery.com - Photorealistic pay-ware scenery for X-Plane.
  11. Found this X-Plane 10 Scenery demo video on Vimeo. Quite impressive! Here it is: Cheers - Dai.
  12. I am happy to report iFMS version 1.1.4 is now available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This revision fixes the following issues: - On some Android devices like the Motorola Xoom2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab7 not all the FMC buttons were displayed because of a sizing issue of the bitmaps. - Waypoint names should always be displayed when the HSI is in PLAN mode, not just when RTE DATA is selected. - When a runway is selected in some cases there was a problem only displaying the relevant departures/arrivals for this runway. - There was a crash and/or misplacement when programming a hold in an existing procedure. - When the HSI was in plan mode in landscape configuration, trying to program a hold, the “STEP” function was overwritten by the “PPOS” function. - Take-off status would only show complete after PERF INIT / ROUTE / TAKEOFF PAGE was complete and a departure runway was selected, in reality the departure runway does not need to be selected for take-off status to show as complete. Two less common aircraft were also added to the list of default aircraft, the AgustaWestland AW139 Helicopter and the Cessna C337H Skymaster. Many thanks go out to the users and testers who have pointed out and helped me resolve these issues. What does the future hold for iFMS? Apart from some revisions and minor upgrades in the near future, for the longer term I am planning some bigger developments for a later major upgrade (version 2.0): - Full multi-device support: For the moment it is possible to connect multiple devices to a single flight simulator, however, the devices will not sync, i.e. if you program a route on one device it will not be reflected on the other devices connected to the same simulator and thus each device will need to be programmed separately. I’m planning to implement this functionality for the next major upgrade. - A Primary Flight Display (PFD). iFMS currently consists of an FMC and HSI display (also known as a Navigation Display or ND). With the addition of multi-device support, a PFD will allow users to build a simple but very functional home cockpit using two or three Android/iOS devices connected to a single flight simulator. As always, if you have any questions/concerns/issues don’t hesitate to contact me either through the feedback form on the iFMS website or directly, michael.defeyter@ifms-fs.com. Michael De Feyter iFMS http://www.ifms-fs.com
  13. We are excited and a little proud too, to offer you Aerosoft Sim News X-Plane or in short ASN XP. Our goal is to offer different kind of X-Plane news items as well as, on a weekly base; columns, interviews, articles about how things work and much more. I promise you, that will be fun and perhaps it opens your eyes for something new! We also plan to create the ultimate X-Plane Gateway. A source and knowledge centre to all X-Plane developers, publishers, freeware sites etc. I almost forgot … ASN XP also offers software and hardware reviews of the many products and not only payware stuff! Ready? ASN X-Plane will be available from April 13th 00:00UTC via URL http://asn-xp.aerosoft.com. Have fun with ASN XP and whenever you've any comments and/or remarks, please feel free to leave a comment. On behalf of ASN XP, Angelique van Campen
  14. As part of our X-Plane double-header this week Joe Lawford has been sightseeing in X-Plane using Flight1's VFR Photo Scenery for X-Plane. Would this tempt a UK FS pilot to try X-Plane? Read on...
  15. As part of our X-Plane double-header our first review is by Jess-B looking at JRollon's CRJ-200 for X-Plane. Does it cut the mustard? Jess has been looking in detail... Read on..
  16. mutley

    CAV NOTOK?!

    We had been flying through the hills but the weather came in thick and fast! I thought I was out of luck, still, he can land straight away Turning towards the nearest, Llanbedr EGOD Through the valley Turn out to sea Over Harlech I think Now along the coast, airfield in distance A couple more ballons heading home Gear down, lining up There's traffic on the main, diverting to Rwy 16 Safely down Deer on the runway, ahh, venison tonight. You've lost something! Thanks for looking
  17. I know FSEconomy has been around for some time, but you still might be interested as it combines functions of Air Hauler with FSPassengers (-ish!). Here's the link to the Introduction page "Getting Started": https://sites.google.com/site/fseoperationsguide/getting-started There's a nice video embedded in this page... Cheers - Dai.
  18. FSInventions announces the expansion of their product line with a new version of their Award Winning FSFlyingSchool for X-Plane 10. FSFlyingSchool has been helping thousands of both real and simulator pilots fly in simulated skies for the past 5 years. Now, their team of virtual instructors are available to X-Plane 10 pilots. Starting with the X-Plane Cessna 172, FSFlyingSchool for X-Plane 10 brings dozens of the acclaimed features that pilots have been enjoying and learning from to the X-Plane 10 platform. This new version also contains FSFlyingSchool's popular new Flight Mapping feature which allows pilots to save and view their flights in X-Plane 10 using Google maps. They can even be shared with friends. The product also contains a free demo of the new Voice Command Pack for FSFlyingSchool for X-Plane. To find out more, watch movies, download free demo, etc, visit the FSFlyingSchool Website
  19. C185F Skywagon for X-Plane Released Features: 300A Navomatic autopilot. Original HQ digital stereo sounds recorded from the original aircraft. Polygon optimized model. Friendly FPS. Eye candies (wheel chocks, pitot cover, sights prop and tiedown ropes). Nightlight effects on panel and plane exterior. Separate switches for instrument lights and dome light. Toggle yoke at VC. Realistic behavior compared to the real airplane. Accurately reproduced flight characteristics. Realistic weight and balance. Realistic textures. Full moving parts: Ailerons, elevators, rudders, flaps, rolling wheels. Animated sections such as: doors, sun visor and copilot seat. More here
  20. X-Plane 10 for PC and Mac will be released on the 17th February and is now available to pre-order at a specially reduced price. Pay just £49.99 / €62.95 / $74.99 instead of the usual price of £59.99 / €74.95 / $89.99) - with 1,200 Just Rewards points which will give you £12 off any future purchase from Just Flight or Just Trains! This new version of X-Plane is packaged in a tin (it comes on eight Dual-Layer DVDs!) and includes Global Scenery of the entire world. New features include a brand new system for auto-generating plausible scenery for the entire world, many new high-quality aircraft models, a new cloud and weather rendering system, a more accurate and more powerful flight model and a completely reworked ATC and AI Aircraft system.
  21. From Mathijs at Aerosoft: Aerosoft has been pleasantly surprised about the demand from customers for an X-Plane 10 that includes some of the work we are doing internally. So we have decided to create an intermediate limited edition and to deliver that to customers before Christmas. It will not be a full production run and we’ll only have limited supply so if you like this version make sure you order as soon as possible. Part of the production will be shipped to our retail partners so you might see it in the shops as well. With several versions of X-Plane 10 it might sound a bit complex but it really is not. Let us explain: * Released early December: X-Plane 10 directly by Laminar Research * Release before Christmas: X-Plane 10: US Community Edition by Aerosoft. This will be the complete X-Plane 10, fully updated, enhanced with three high detailed European airports (Nice,Paderborn and Faro), three medium density airports and some more low density airports. This version will be in English and German and will come in a deluxe metal box. The price for this version will be € 69.95 (inc VAT) and can be ordered from our online store. If you wonder, we call this the US Community because the demand came mostly from that side. * Release early next year: X-Plane 10: Global Edition. This will be the complete release by Laminar research and Aerosoft that includes all what is in the US Community Edition plus all the other stuff we can add before that time. * After this release all will be merged into one version and the content we add will be included into the version shipped by Laminar Research. From that moment on there will only be one version of X-Plane 10. At that moment all registered users will have free access to all the content we will add using the standard update functionality of X-Plane
  22. From Mathijs at Aerosoft: Aerosoft has been pleasantly surprised about the demand from customers for an X-Plane 10 that includes some of the work we are doing internally. So we have decided to create an intermediate limited edition and to deliver that to customers before Christmas. It will not be a full production run and we’ll only have limited supply so if you like this version make sure you order as soon as possible. Part of the production will be shipped to our retail partners so you might see it in the shops as well. With several versions of X-Plane 10 it might sound a bit complex but it really is not. Let us explain: * Released early December: X-Plane 10 directly by Laminar Research * Release before Christmas: X-Plane 10: US Community Edition by Aerosoft. This will be the complete X-Plane 10, fully updated, enhanced with three high detailed European airports (Nice,Paderborn and Faro), three medium density airports and some more low density airports. This version will be in English and German and will come in a deluxe metal box. The price for this version will be € 69.95 (inc VAT) and can be ordered from our online store. If you wonder, we call this the US Community because the demand came mostly from that side. * Release early next year: X-Plane 10: Global Edition. This will be the complete release by Laminar research and Aerosoft that includes all what is in the US Community Edition plus all the other stuff we can add before that time. * After this release all will be merged into one version and the content we add will be included into the version shipped by Laminar Research. From that moment on there will only be one version of X-Plane 10. At that moment all registered users will have free access to all the content we will add using the standard update functionality of X-Plane
  23. Some tips on tuning for performance. More here.. http://www.x-plane.com/blog/2011/12/tips-for-better-frame-rates-pt-1/
  24. From X-Plane Facebook PERFORMANCE TROUBLES? Ben or I will write a blog post in the next 24 hours about performance but for now, my best advice is this... 1) Absolutely update your drivers if you are on Windows/Linux. If you do not have the latest drivers, you may not be getting the best performance. Some users have reported their FPS doubling after getting the newest drivers. 2) Forget our default settings, start with NOTHING. Set EVERYTHING to the absolute minimum. Turn off AI aircraft, set the visibility to something low like 10SM with clear skies, turn ALL of the rendering settings to their lowest values….every single one of them. NO we don't expect you to run the sim like this but you have to start from scratch. Each computer is different. Each computer will have a different bottleneck. You need to know what yours is. So turn one setting up at a time incrementally and check FPS again. Do not move more than one setting at a time, and do not take giant leaps in settings. Move one step at a time. If there's one particular setting that crushes your systems performance, that's your bottleneck or that's a driver bug or that's an X-Plane bug. Read more about this process here: http://www.x-plane.com/blog/2010/01/to-tune-framerate-you-have-to-hit-rock-bottom/ 3) v10 is more efficient than v9 in many ways…but that's doesn't mean it'll run FASTER. We spent that efficiency on more features. What you should expect is that v10 will run similar to v9 under the same conditions…but those conditions are NOT necessarily the same menu settings. Just because you could run v9 on "insane objects" does not mean you can run v10 on "insane objects". The menu items are NOT a 1-to-1 with v9. This is why you have to retune! 4) Be patient. Many of you are though others are panicking. Just because v10 has been released does not mean we're done tuning things on our end. It's really just the beginning! We are not like other products who only release one or two patches per product lifecycle. We're constantly providing bug fixes and enhancements. We'll get there!
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