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Oleksiy Frolov's Dash 8!!

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Guys, what an incredible airplane. It's hard not to think of this as the Freeware Aircraft of all time!! That's how great I think it is.Flying from EDDT-EDDK, with RC and ActiveSky, I'm dodging thundershowers with the radar, I'm amazed by the sound from this panel!!Now a quick question, I disregarded the wx radar, and flew close and through some precip. I'm not running FSFlightmax right now, so I couldn't confirm, but I am getting clicks through the panel. YES, just like in a real aircraft, I'm getting clicks and static due to what I think are lightining. I haven't seen lightining yet on this trip, but the precip is out there. Does anyone know if this is coded into the sound package? At first I thought it was just a snag in the sound loop or something, then I remembered (having a desk job at work sucks, I don't get to fly a lot anymore in real life) the clicks due to lightning. This really is amazing.Has anyone successfully mated this panel to the PSS model? I know there were some threads on this a while back, but I don't remember anyone coming up with a definitive answer. Also, any talented people out there doing repaints for the Frolov model? I'd like to ask for an America West repaint.Thanks,LobaeuxBTW, anyone want to buy a PSS Dash 8, I just don't seem to be flying it anymore, lol.

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I'm with you Lobaeux. I don't know about the clicks, but I do think that Frolov's Dash-8 feels more "real" than the PSS. The PSS panel is possibly the best looking panel of any aircraft I've ever seen, but Frolov's sounds, the systems that he models that PSS left out and his flight model just make it more compelling.

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have to agree!!I feel that that plane is for whatever reason overlooked. it is my own personal impression (correct me if I'm wrong), that people tend to prefer a fancy external model over such things as panel functionality or sufistication. The PSS guys sure score high for the looks of both the plane and the panel but the brilliant gauges, the comprehensive simulation of almost all systems and the wonderful sounds make this one my favourit Turboprop!I trust that with oleksiys programming skills, the upcoming FMC will make theis panel a classic!!Dyiakuyu/Danke Schoen Mr Frolov for an excellent work!!//Mike

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I couldn't agree more!! It seems that I can never say enough about this aircraft. It may not have the external looks that the PSS Dash 8 has, but it has everything else, and much more. As was mentioned, the panel functionality is great, the "feel" of the aircraft is amazing, and in my honest opinion, the sounds have to be THE best I've ever heard for a turbo prop. I just purchased the Altec Lansing 641's which have a whopping 184watt subwoofer (400watts total power). Needless to say, when I apply full throttle on takeoff, this thing really sounds like the Dash 8 with the deep drone from the props. Warning to anyone who might have hemmoroids! :-eek What really impresses me is the fact that the pitch in sound decreases as you pull back on the condition levers! I can't recall ever seeing this in other turbo prop packages. Again, making this aircraft as close to the real thing as virtually possible. I have been wanting to try the PSS Dash 8 ever since it was released, but I just keep thinking why spend $50 Canadian (for the plane and Air Canada Jazz liveries) on a Dash 8 when I have a totally FREE and very functional version already. Did I mention it was free? ;-) I too would love for more repaints to

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It's got my vote!!!I just love this plane!!!Hard to believe it's freeware.This plane is made for the "serious" sim pilot, no jumping in and flying with this baby!!Tony in Miami

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Flash, there seems to be a growing need (read: want) for JAZZ repaints of this bird. I only wish I had the skills required...Cheers,GlennWindsor, CANADA

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Yes I'd like to see some Jazz and America West repaints as well.Lobaeux

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Hello everyone ! Big thanks for the nice words :) This is a little announce : The new 1.004 version will be released before 17.02.03 . And it is much better then the 1.003 (Also from the point of view of the pilots who testing it now).The most important points will be the new autopilot (all new algorithms) with up to 128x speed support, new flight dynamics, new performance to support all a/c weights. Complete rework of the feathering system (auto/manual/alternate). PAX loader with the tunable balance. Correct gear position on t/o. Also new hydraulic system model and improved/new sounds. The better list of changes will be published with the release. --------To Lobaeux - The sound volume can be set from the ini file (in the /ini directory) . The default setting is 255 (max). Note : the sound will be distorted if this value is set below 192.regardsOleksiy.

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>Anybody else missing reply 4 through 17? >>Best regards, >>Henri >Same problem here.Tony in Miami

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/ini folder? Where's that located at it? Is it in the aircraft folder, or in the FS2002 directory?ThanksLobaeux

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Hmmmm, I might have to download again, I don't seem to have that folder.Lobaeux

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This can happen in 2 cases :1. Your Dash version is not 1.0032. You did not extract all the files in the package (so not all folders were created by winzip). This situation may also result on some more failures with the time.regardsOleksiy

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Hi Henri,Yes, I have now set my res. to 1152 x 864; there is a great improvement, thank you. It also helped when I turned on the panel lighting :).i am also missing Posts, including my own.fanda, thank you also for a fantastic aircraft, the panel is unbelieveable; it's going to take me a few days to learn all the features - I have never seen a panel like it in a flightsim.Ken

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>the features - I have never seen a panel like it in a >flightsim. >Ken, if you love complex panels try the Fly! series, they will blow you away.Tony in Miami

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Hello Tony,Hehe! let me get my head around this panel first! I'm struggling at the moment :) - today I tried 5 take-offs and crashed at the end of the rwy each time!! There is a house there and I hit it each time :) - maybe I'll turn off Autogen that should fix it.What is "Fly"? - I've seen a lot about it in these Forums and the File Library, but never followed it up. Is Fly a 'stand alone' program, or can be used inside FS2002? I'd like to know a bit more about it.KenSomerset UK

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Fly! is like FS2002. It's a Flight Simulation game completely diffrent form FS in terms that no files for Fly! or M$FS are compatible with each other.Alex.AlexNatchev@Yahoo.comERROR:Banner is 6.6KB, 15 pixels (width) above limit. Cannot Display!

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Hey Ken, Sounds like you probably have the throttle lock still on. It keeps the throttles from advancing all the way forward during ground ops. It's just to the upper left of the throttle. Click on it to allow full throttle range. Otherwise you'll never get her off the ground. Nice complex aircraft. I have blown up the panels so you can print them out and read them and compiled a checklist based on the tutorial flight. I'll post a link for those when I get home. It has made it SO much easier to learn where the switches are. :)LOVE THIS PLANE! I gave up last time I tried because it was so tough to fly. Now I can nail it almost everytime. Practice... and follow the checklists!!Eddie KSLC

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Hi Alex,Thanks for the info on Fly - I thought it was a separate program. I'll take a serious look at it; once I've 'nailled' fanda's Splendid Dash 8.Hello Eddie,When I just rechecked how I dealt with the throttles, it was exactly as you said!! - I left the Lock On! On the way to the rwy 25 from the Terminal, I had been experiencing a lot of problems with Rudder 'flutter'; which I guess is due to 'noise' from my Wingman Joystick ((:- (I'm making poor excuses here!) So when I started rollin' I did not pay enough attention to what was going on - then paid the penalty. Not 5 times!! just the first time - the other 4 times I just did the same thing.That's a great idea about the panel and Checklist, I'll look forward to the Link.One last thing, can you tell me how to check my Joystick for 'noise', please.KenSomerset UK

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>What is "Fly"? - I've seen a lot about it in these Forums >and the File Library, but never followed it up. Is Fly a >'stand alone' program, or can be used inside FS2002? I'd >like to know a bit more about it. >>Ken >>Somerset UK Ken, as was mentioned previously, Fly! is a separate flight simulation program. There are two main versions, Fly!2K and Fly! II.Fly II is the newer version, but Fly2K is regarded by many as a better simulation. The scenery is not up to MSFS standards, but at times, the terrrain is more accurately rendered because of a freeware program called TerrasScene.The main advantages of the Fly! series are panels and their functinality and the great flight models, specially those of Fly2K with the V88 aircraft by Rob Young.If you go to the review section, here on avsim, you should find at least a couple of reviews of both versions of the Fly! series.Also, go to the Fly! forum here on avsim for more info!!I personally use MSFS, Fly2K, FlyII and FU3. Each one has their own unique advantage!Tony in Miami

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OK, here is the panel guide I made for myself. Was a HUGE help for me, so I thought I'd share. I made the panel bitmaps black and white so they'd print well. Then made a checklist based on the included tutorial flight. The checklist tells which panel and switch number to locate on the printouts. I've only used them about 5 times, then it becomes second nature. http://home.attbi.com/~ehaskell/dash8.htmOleksiy! THANK YOU for a wonderful plane!!EddieKSLC

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Hi Oleksiy,I'm also having trouble finding the 'Dhc8f300.ini' fileI have confirmed I have version 1.003(fltsim.0)title=Dash8-Q300 V1.003.sim=DHC8Q3I've done a drive-wide search for the file and also re-extracted the archive to a temp folder to examine carefully how the files are extracted.There is an 'aircraft' folder in the extracted archive but I assume this simply ensures that the 'Dash8-Q300_2' folder + sub-folders are placed correctly in the main FS2002aircraft folderCan you offer any further help, please?Mike :-wave

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Eddie, thanks, the guide you made is going to be real helpful.Maybe Oleksiy could iclude it in the next version?!Tony in Miami

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