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Just took my first MSFS 2002 flight

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I think I FINALLY have everything installed that I need to start learning FS2002. Got my joystick calibrated, buttons assigned, axes set up (between my two controllers, a USB stick and analog pedals). I sat in the Cessna idling at Meigs but decided I wanted to start somewhere else instead. I thought I'd go to one of my favorite locations -- the Grand Canyon. Pretty soon my plane was idling on runway 3 at the Canyon. I pushed in the throttle... the Cessna lumbered down the runway (it was HOT in AZ lol) and then slowly lifted off.Given my unfamiliarity with the program, I was still impressed. The sim was smooth; the Cessna "felt" and sounded 'heavy' like a plane is supposed to (subjective, I know, but that was my initial impression). I can see I won't have any trouble getting used to the VCs either. I didn't actually get INTO the Canyon.... I just turned back to the airport and set the plane back down. I have no idea what FRs I was getting (haven't figured out how to turn 'em on yet), but the sim performed well. Of course, this impression may drastically change once I start adding 3rd party stuff!! LOL So my initial impression of MSFS2002 Pro is very favorable. I'm looking forward to playing with it some more. -Lindy :-spacecraft

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Thats great to hear. My advice Lindy? Don't learn how to turn the framerate counter on! :-) While good for troubleshooting and the like, it seems you've got your system back to being stable. I'd keep the counter off permanently unless you feel anything becomes amiss in the future. If you feel like things are getting too slow, just slide the sliders back down. Ignore the framerates: since this is FS, they're only bound to depress you. :-) Thankfully, as pointed out many times before, even at its low frames FS is fairly fluid all things considered.Congrats on your new (hopefully permanent) stable system.Take care, http://members.rogers.com/eelvish/elrondlogo.gifhttp://members.rogers.com/eelvish/flyurl.gif

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Excellent!!!! How did I miss this post hours ago? Was at work.... I guess!tips for the VC cockpit:Use ctrl enter to move the seat back a bit without changinh the outside zoom. Ctrl backspace will move it the other way. Shift enter/backspace will move it up & down. Then use the hat switch. L key to get some lights on.For the 182's--------- try Rob's (Real Air Simulations) modified air files. Ron Freimuth has an excellent one for the 172 which I can E-mail. For the Baron & Caravan, there is some Steve Small files, that I have hidden away :)The Dreamfleet (payware) ArcherII is a must & pick up Geof Applegates free Bonanaza while your at it! I won't even mention how fantastic the Flight 1 Cessna 421 & FSD Cheyenne twins are.......... :)Good Luck!! L.AdamsonP.S. Try that Desert Adventure----- North Las Vegas Scenario

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Can you send me the 172 airfile? How do I install it...?tmsmiley1@knology.net

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Lindy: Welcome aboard! If you like the Grand Canyon then you must try my 001Prop flight plan, available from the Avsim FS2002 flight library. It is a default FS2K2 GPS plan, the autopilot does the navigation for you while you simply control the altitude, sit back and enjoy the scenery. It is a flight of about 2 hours duration and flies in the Canyon not above it. Since whoever built the Canyon had never heard of a straight edge, the flight follows every bend and turn throughout its length using 691 waypoints to do so (three cheers for the autopilot, it takes care of the waypoints). Set-up files, instructions on how to place them and full flight briefing is also included in the zip. You will be in good company since the plan has had 1,373 downloads. If you try it and need any help whatsoever, don

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I might have to take you up on that, Denis, especially since my favorite flight when I was using ProPilot99 was through the Canyon. And even thought PP99 is an old sim (by today's standards), it did a great job of simulating the Canyon and river.Thanks for the tip......I'll go check out your plan.-Lindy :-spacecraft

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Lindy: Jolly good show! Another sale made, can I be far from fame and riches I ask, LOL. The writing of that plan is burnt deeply into my memory since it took about 64 hours to complete (for a two hour flight?). I image that if you stand on the rim of the Canyon in real life, it looks very wide. In FSK2K trying squeeze the Skyhawk around those bends, it seemed as wide as a mouse

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To jump-start yourself to dramatically increased enjoyment with the sim, consider adding a second PCI video card and monitor. Then install FSNAV and use it on the second monitor. This will increase your enjoyment of the the product by a tremendous amount.If your machine has Windows 98 SE, or XP this is very easy to do.It is my Number 1 add-on recommendation.Regards.... Bob (Lecanto, Fl)AMD, Athlon XP, 1800+MSI, K7T266 XP ProPC 2100 DDR, 1024 MBXP, Home Edition Elsa GLadiac 920, GF3/64Mb andPNY, Verto nVidia TNT 2-M64/32WD, 100 MB, 7200, Ultra 100Sound Blaster, Audigy MP3+CH Prod, VPP Yoke - Sound CardCH Prod, Pedals - Sound Card

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Hi VaLady,Well now that you're up and running with FS2K2 take a flight out of Havasu (KHII)like we took in the Baron. No city, no London Bridge, not even a channel where the bridge should and no Laughlin Casinos.:-( They didn't even put Porks favorite place in Havasu......The Pig and Swig. :-lolCap'n Tall

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Well shoot.....Someone needs to do a scenery package! Just tried out the new Kona/Keyhole Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii scenery by Bill Melichar & it's a nice re-creation!In the meantime...... Lindy, visit Vegas! Even the default city & airport is great! Especially in the evening hours with fireworks at 10:00 P.M. nightly.L.Adamson

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Hi there Ed.......I guess the fires haven't reached Havasu, huh? And where do I find Big Red (you know what I mean) for FS 02??? Is it here in the Library?No City??? No London Bridge??? I hope the LAKE is there! :-xxrotflmao Some 3rd party developer is missing a good deal. :-laugh1-Lindy :-spacecraft

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That's a very good point. I always try to keep off my FPS counter when the sim is flying smooth. I have a tendency to want to tweak my system more if the FPS are "low" and last time I went into a tweaking frenzy, I crashed my entire Hard Drive. :DRyan-Flightpro08 :-coolTaxiwaysigns.com

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Hi Lindy,Here's the file in the Library. If you search Baron......2002 aircraft, It's on the second page.Filename: baron_red.zip License: Check within download Added: 23rd November 2001 Downloads: 1062 Author: Fred Choate Size: 1138kb Having fun yet? :-)EdAZ fires are far to the east of Havasu and the Calif fires are far to the west. It has been HOT for June (115 today) and very try so the threat in the nearby mountains is very high.

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Thanks Ed.....I'll go grab it right away.I wanted to try one of those interactive "flight lessons" but FS02 kept telling me that I didn't have MS Media Player installed!!! I do so too....I even used it to play some songs and avi files and such. But I gave in and d/l'd version 7.1 (I think it was and it IS pretty cool). Then I took the beginner's lesson and I REALLY liked that.... it reminded me a great deal of the first original Flight Unlimited for DOS which also had a virtual "flight instructor" fly along with you (although you didn't need a particular program nor did you need to be online at the time, but this IS Micro$oft after all...:-lol )I'm not going crazy d/ling stuff yet. But I did grab a couple of air files from Rob Young's team and installed those water effects that I posted about earlier (the ones with no installation instructions), now I'll be adding Big Red to my hangar. I think I'll like the program very much (and boy! do I HATE admitting that!!! :-lol ) Take care and don't start any forest fires. -Lindy :-spacecraft

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