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>there is plenty of live steam action around England on>preservation railways. That's my other hobby when I'm not>flying! Driving Trainz! Do get across here in the summer if>you haven't been and enjoy the the North Yorkshire railway and>York train museum - they're a must!Of course! My wife and I are many years' standing members of both the NYMR and the SVR and have been to both many times, as well as visiting most of the others in the UK at one time or another.It's just that in the UK they don't let you do things with trains you can do in other parts of the world! And steam is disappearing faster elsewhere than in the UK and other energetic preservation areas like some of the European countries, the USA and Australia! I've been lucky enough to have seen and ridden on some of the last live steam operations in China, and of course in many of the Sugar Mills in Cuba.RegardsPete

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I'm totally baffled... :-hmmm I guess he's O.K. with the default stock of aircraft and scenery of Flight Simulator. Just give him his beer and he's happy. As for the rest of us we can only hope SimConnect builds on the wonderful foundation Pete has laid down for so many years.

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Pete,While I don't wish to speak for anyone other than myself, I suspect many will share the feelings that I would like to convey.I have used Flight Simulator from its very inception. In my humble opinion, there has been no greater utility, no greater contribution to the FS community and the functionality of Flight Sim than FSUIPC. The level of dedication and commitment you have shown to the development and improvement of simulated flight has no equal. Absent FSUIPC, there would not be many of the absolutely astounding add-ons that have come into existance.While I am intrigued to hear of SimConnect and your participation in the development of it as a part of FS X, it has also given me a certain sense of relief. Microsoft is billing this to be their best product yet, with SimConnect, I am sure that will live up to its billing and that the community of programmers, developers and companies dedicated to building quality add-ons for Flight Simulator will be able to make their products better because of the work that you have done.Thank you for all you have done and what you are continuing to do to make FS the product it can be. While we will miss you when you retire, you certainly will always hold a special place in the hearts of the millions of us who owe you a debt of gratitude for your contribution to this, our hobby, our livelihoods and our passion.David L. Lambbaw71618.png

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Pete:I'll add my two cents in here as well: you're hard work has saved me from hard work in terms of fine-tuning the many idiosyncracies of MSFS over the years. Thank you so much for your blood, sweat and tears. Now most importantly, do you have a recommendation for a place you like to stay in Madeira!? My wife and I are planning a trip there in the next 18-24 months.Regards,http://www.my-buddy-icon.com/Icons/objects/red_3d_plane.gifAlex ChristoffN562ZBaltimore, MD

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>Come downunder Pete and when you do head downunder downunder>i.e. Tasmania.Oz is on our list, for sure, but you have preserved railways there, not stuff which is disappearing fast like in the places we're visiting first ;-). We did get to NZ a few years back, visiting some friends who went out there for work. Spent just a day in Sydney, in transit, and needed a visa just to get downtown! RegardsPete

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> ... do you have>a recommendation for a place you like to stay in Madeira!? My>wife and I are planning a trip there in the next 18-24>months.Well, we don't rent cars (I am not allowed to drive in any case because of severe tunnel vision), and we use the buses a lot. since most all of the bus routes start in Funchal that just about decides for us that we stay in or near Funchal.When we first went, the only hard roads were in Funchal, the rest were dirt or gravel. It took nearly all day to get over to Porto Moniz on the NW tip. So, for many trips you had to stay over some place anyway. Now all the roads are hard surfaced and there are rotten great tunnels everywhere, driving the main routes straight through. Ugh. We still like the little local buses which wiggle their way through all the villages ;-)To the West of Funchal there's a new forest of concrete hotels. Pretty ugly in my opinion. So I would recommend either a good hotel central in Funchal (but possibly a bit noisy there), or get further away. If you reckon to drive you'll have lots of choice. One of our favourites is a little self-catering "Apart-Hotel" in a back street just outside town, above the Casino. It's in the middle of the tourist "restaurant" zone. Sorry, forgot the name at present.Most often we have just 'phoned the Tourist office there, booked some place for the first two nights and found some place nice when there.Hope this is helpful.RegardsPete

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Hi Pete - and all...Well, my wife and I have been to Madeira a couple of times (3, I think), and we have always stayed at the same hotel: Pestana Bay located at Praira Formosa (which is a beach, but stones - no sand). There are a number of reasons: Excellent service, great view towards Capo Gira

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Pete,Talking of trains.... one of the best places I found to have a good "mooch around" was Mysore in South India.... I just wandered into the train yard.... said hello to everyone I met..and noone stopped me.... I went everywhere..and they had lots of working steam trains... and some in disrepair (this was like 15 years ago so things may have changed) but it was a great experience...Then there's the steam train that runs from nearby Ooty to Coimbator (I think).Now I live in Peru, and we have some great ( non steam ) rides... luxury in the old school... smoking cars, dining cars etc.... plus fine cuisine... pricy but amazing.... Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu is super luxury.... and then the spectacular Cusco to Puno ride over the Altiplano to Lake Titicaca.If you like walking in the hills...we have some of that too, Huaraz in the high Andes is famous for its hiking.Cheers,PaulPS Where in Colombia were you? I like it there and have been often.

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>Talking of trains.... one of the best places I found to have a>good "mooch around" was Mysore in South India.... Yes, southern India is another place on my list, as is Sri Lanka (though hopefully when there's less conflict there). My main enjoyment in India has been on the Darjeeling and the Shimla lines, in the Himalayan approaches.>Now I live in Peru, and we have some great ( non steam )>rides... luxury in the old school... smoking cars, dining cars>etc.... plus fine cuisine... pricy but amazing.... Hiram>Bingham to Machu Picchu is super luxury.... and then the>spectacular Cusco to Puno ride over the Altiplano to Lake>Titicaca.Yes, we visited Peru a few years ago. A very beautiful country. We did have steam from Lima right up to the junction in the Andes -- a climb of 16,000 feet in less than a day. This did create a few problems for some, but plenty of Coca tea did help my wife and I survive with only mild drunken euphoria near the summit! ;-)The other trips - to Huancayo and Huancelavica (sp?), Cusco to (and beyond!) Macchu Pichu, Cusco to Puno (plus steamboat on Lake Titicaca), and thence to Mollendo (across the desert) via Arequipa -- were not by steam, but we did use antique original coaches and the trips were memorable.>If you like walking in the hills...we have some of that too,>Huaraz in the high Andes is famous for its hiking.My daughter walked, mountain-biked, and rafted her way through Peru whilst we were in Ecuador, last year! ;-)>PS Where in Colombia were you? I like it there and have been>often.We were based in Bogota and the steam trips were from there mostly northwards. It was only three days -- I think the company we went with is expanding this now and there's a narrow gauge steam trip as well.RegardsPete

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Hi Pete,Glad you made it here.... and you even went up to Ticlio (4818 msnm)- thats tough... yes coca tea helps... but it's still hard... I've been up there a few times, by road...it's only 132km from Lima.Anyway..trains seem to have hijacked this rather informative FSUIPC thread....sorry.Cheers,Paul

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I went to AVSIM's convention two weekends ago. I live but five miles from the Dulles Hyatt, where it was held.I managed to have an hour-long conversation with John Dekker and Doug Thompson of Radar Contact. I told them I tell newbie simmers if they don't have money for anything else; RC is the one add-on they should buy. But I forgot about FSUIPC! Peter; without FSUIPC; virtually no active add-will work. It seems, for you, it's not just a necessity; it's a labor of love and you do an astonishing job of keeping it updated and fresh. It's developers like you who allow the rest of us to truly have fun with the hobby. You make it easier--and better.sean hallashburn, VA

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Being from Portugal what can I say about Madeira and Azores :) however for relax you could also try the Douro region specially now or in the Spring.Jos

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Its hard to add to what has already been said, except to add my heartful thanks Pete for your serrvice to the FS community. Long time user (and proud registrant). I've always thought you were an inspiration to others. cheers

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Pete, I have to concur with some of the others here. Your hard work and dedication has indeed done our community the world of good. Without FSUIPC there's a couple of what I would call now indespensible add-ons I would never have had or used. Many thanks and whatever you do when you retire I too wish you all the best.

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I really hope new FSUIPC would not affect in any way addons not using it and would not change SimConnect behavior.For ex. installed FSUIPC in FS9 without any tweaks reversing behavior of KEY_ELEVATOR_SET event.It's sad to hear "your addon is not compatible with FSUIPC"So I hope for FSX we all would play nicely and do not have such conflicts.

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>I really hope new FSUIPC would not affect in any way addons>not using it and would not change SimConnect behavior.Why should it, unless you elect to use such options?>For ex. installed FSUIPC in FS9 without any tweaks reversing>behavior of KEY_ELEVATOR_SET event.No, nothing in FSUIPC ever reversed the elevator unless it is being calibrated in FSUIPC and the reverse option selected. If you don't ask FSUIPC to calibrate an axis it isn't even touched by the code.Possibly you are thinking instead of the facility for reversing the Elevator TRIM sense, but if that is the case that's an option which you must have enabled. It isn't enabled by default and for unregistered users it isn't even present. It was added by request several years ago to correct behavious in some badly programed add-ons.>So I hope for FSX we all would play nicely and do not have>such conflicts.There have never been any in the past either -- I think you should have come to my Support Forum and asked before making such rash assumptions!:-(Pete

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Sorry, I misinterpreted things a little hereBut Pete please try understand me right way.I was on your forum with other issues (it was resolved, thanks), but we all (developers) would like reduce number of complaining people and spend less effort for support. That all what I would like to say

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> ... we all (developers) would like reduce number of>complaining people and spend less effort for support. That all>what I would like to sayOf course.95% or more of demands for my support amount to my not being able to document my program clearly enough for everyone to understand. Though I do my best, and find it hard to do better in a short email/forum message than in an illustrated 40 or 50 page document.Pete

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>95% or more of demands for my support amount to my not being>able to document my program clearly enough for everyone to>understand. Though I do my best, and find it hard to do better>in a short email/forum message than in an illustrated 40 or>50 page document.In my experience a fair few of them find it easier to send off an email than read the manuals ;-)

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