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I tried to stay away from this but I'm thinking of getting into the development game. I'm a Visual Basic and C++ programmer and I've done a lot of business application add-ons and enhancements over the 8 years I've been in the field. FS has been my hobby for quite some time now. I've been working on a few surprises that I'm sure everyone would be pleased with (I just have to get that website up and running). There are allot of things that could be enhanced with FS2k2 and I'm looking into them (Active Camera was an idea that I had in mind to do for quit some time but the other guys beat me to it, that's what I get for sitting on an idea too long). I'm planning on buying the latest GMAX software as well for some scenery design (we need more US Airports designed in GMAX and I don't plane on backwards compatibility with FS2000 because I want to maximize FS2k2's features). My question is what kind of add-ons would most of you guys like to see developed and supported in FS2k2/FS2k4, (that's is not including scenery because that's a given issue)??? Thanks for any feedback....

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I can think of one that is overdue imho. A student/flight instructor module that allows two persons to connect-the instructor has on his/her screen the simulator actions and viewpoint the student is taking but the ability to overide, and verbally talk over the pc like a real lesson.http://mywebpages.comcast.net/geofa/pages/Geofdog2.jpg

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Thanks for asking !I used to write quite a bit of VB code also, but am now enjoying a few other things in life.I had hoped someone would write an application the would SCAN the GAUGES and AIRCRAFT folders in FS2002, and determine which GAUGES are not called by the AIRCRAFT.Several folks have tried, but nothing has effectively come forth (in my opinion only).I hope you can solve this for the whole community.

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Thanks for the feedback, I hope some others write with ideas as well. One thing is for sure, we do need a good gauge removal application. I'll put that on my list. The instructor module might be a bigger problem...

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I'll back up the Gauge utility.I am sure I have +-100MB of useless gauges.Thanks,Alex.ERROR:Banner is 6.6KB, 15 pixels (width) above limit. Cannot Display!

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In multiplayer, one thing we miss is ATIS. Knowing the WX on the ground at the destination airport so active runway can be determined would be great.Possibly a small window to type in the destination airport and it would come back with surface winds, temp, barometric pressure, etc.Milton

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I tried the latest one last night and it froze up on me.Brent Hebert

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Program to replace roads with USGS data. Terrascene does this for Fly!.Similarly, use USGS data to render proper streams, rivers and coastlines.Dick

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A gauge that allows the basic graphics settings for Nvidia cards like AF and FSAA from inside FS without going to the desktop.I'd love that!!!!Alex

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I know that there is Project AI and associated freeware out there, and also My Traffic, but I would like to see a simple, inexpensive program that will give you a point and click capability to increase traffic at small, local, airports where I often fly. Thanks, Steve J.

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Hello,An idea :A programm that gives the possibility to prepare FS2002 to start a Multiplyer session where we can give the "departure airport", date/time, aircraft type/model so that this information is given BEFORE the start of the multiplayer to avoid all the mandatory manipulations AFTER fs2002 is started.

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Not only measure descent rate at touchdown but also distance from end of runway and centerline, angle of attack, and airspeed. Maybe make it a game to get the best "rating"! David

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While structural icing is somewhat sporadic in FS2K2, the only evidence we have of its existence is a change in climb rate. It would be great if we could actually see the ice building on the wing (designers - there you go!) but perhaps some tiny gauge that could reflect the degree of icing. Perhaps it is all or nothing - I'm not sure.David

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I AGREE! Have been using it for over a year now with NO problems. Has been very fast and efficient.I have brought this program to the attention of several who have asked for such a program, with very little positive response. I really don't know why.gwillmot>Hi, > Use WipeGauges 2002 v3.0.5 >>This utility clear any unused gauges in FS2002, FS2000, >FS98, FS95, CFS and CFS2. No bugs, simple and clear. It was >released in november 2001 >>http://library.avsim.com/search.php?Search...s2002&Go=Search >>>>Thanks >Chris Willis > >[link:fsw.simflight.com/FSWMenuFsSim.html]Clouds And Addons >For MsFs

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Chris,I just installed the software you mentioned but getting a Run-time error '5': Invalid procedure call or argument.Brent Hebert

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I agree with David here, not just because of his name. In essense, this tool can be used by virtual airlines to evaluate progress among its pilots. While on the topic of virtual airlines, how about a virtual airlines management system: route management, pilot rosters, reporting, assignments, etc. Would be willing to discuss further and provide detailed requirements. Thanks for the opportunity.Dave Vega

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A feature that I'm looking into also guys is once ATC clears you for a landing, you'll get all the infomation you need on the screen (Runway frequencies, winds, etc).

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You mean the ability to have one FS aircraft controlled from 2 machines at once?Not just the instrument failures and weather that the instructor console allows but also the flight controls?Sounds great, if it can be achieved. Would require both players to have the aircraft and scenery installed plus share the same weather of course.

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Use ActiveSky (free or commercial) and you get exactly that and more.Works great.

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I agree with one of the earlier posts. I'd like to see a way to create the kind of training activity that I see at my local GA airport. Touch and goes, aircraft flying out to a practice area and returning and the like. It would have to include the appropriate radio calls that you need to learn to listen for as well. Perhaps one program already written which might help with this is the TrafficLook program that comes with FSUIPC. All the data is there it just needs to be converted into words that a pilot would say.

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HiThat's easy too answer :-) .. a long overdue program.What is needed is an Aircraft Painters Viewer program.What I mean by this is, when repainting aircraft, one has to go through a number of steps to see how the repaint is looking on a particular aircraft.It would be nice to have a program whereby one could quickly load just the aircraft to see how everything is turning out .. sort of like when you goto the select aircraft menu and you see the revolving aircraftCheersVern

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Something I'd really like to see is a program that would make it easier to sort and pick your plane. Something like a spreadsheet that you could sort in different ways. I'm always searching for a plane I know I have, but can't remember where it got put. Then I Alt-Tab out, go to the aircraft folder try to find it that way and then read the cfg file to see where it's located.

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