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Best non scenery / non aircraft add ons today

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Just built a new system and am beginning the long and arduous task of piecing together a fresh P3D install. I bet I have 100 addons to get through. I've got tons of ORBX and all the airport and aircraft addons I need. 

What are the best addons today for weather, environment, etc? 

Think REX, GSX, Activesky, tomato shade, etc etc etc. 

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The most realistic I think is ASP4, ENVTEX/SHADE with ASCA for clouds (envtex can integrate asca) 

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Reality XP gauges! Real world reality! Real life accuracy!  Like being there!  Simulation is simulation. But some of what is available is .....  Just.....  Real...

 

 

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For navigation: Little NavMap , freeware and Alex has his support forums here at Avsim.

For performance: FFTF Dynamic , allows for dynamically configuring the Fiber Frame Time Fraction variable based upon the user's priorities.

For performance: RivaTuner Statistics Server , freeware that allows for limiting P3d's framerate without using the sim's internal limiter (that creates look-ahead frames requiring more CPU power that could be used for other tasks).

Have fun!

Greg

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Another question : what sceneries to install ? what sceneries can be combined ? Makes that sense ? For example: Orbx California north + US Cities X San Francisco AS + KSFO Flightbeam ?

What alone, what combined ?  Or US Cities X Chicago + Chicago X Drzewiecki Design + Chicago Airports DD ?? It will be more and more difficult to choose which scenery and/or which combination of sceneries to install. There are much more examples, the offers for Flight Simulators are meanwhile very great. A list about compatibility between different sceneries would be most helpful ! 

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9 hours ago, avi8tir said:

a fresh P3D install

what worked before ??

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A couple of lesser known addons that I find indispensable:

WeFly's Autopilot GPS. This adds a fully functional Autopilot panel to any aircraft, even those that may not originally have an autopilot installed. You just have to go into the aircraft.cfg and change the line for autopilot installed from 0 to 1. Same if you want to add an autothrottle to almost any plane! It also has a GPS, but I drag the window up to the top until only the Autopilot panel is showing, as I use the GTN750. You can get it at PCAviator for $10.00 Note: it says that it's for P3Dv1 and 2, but it works perfectly in 3 and 4 as well! (3 and 4 are mentioned in the readme.)

Second is Groundhandling V6.0 By Rob Barendregt.This is a freeware gauge that you can get at Flightsim.com. Just run a search for the file rcbgh-60.zip  This gives you a little gauge that can control your taxi speed for you as well as give you a steerable pushback!

I can't fly without these little gems! I immediately add them to any new aircraft!! Check 'em out!

 

Russ

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Lorby's Addon Organizer has to be Number 1 mandatory requirement tool.  I do not understand why it is not No. 1 in FSelite page.  It does so many things to make sure P3Dv4 works smoothly.

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10 hours ago, ryanbatcund said:

The most realistic I think is ASP4, ENVTEX/SHADE with ASCA for clouds (envtex can integrate asca)

Absolutely, 100% true!  I've lost count of the number of people who were convinced they had the best weather/weather textures with others products and some even got hostile defending them, and then tried the AS/ASCA/EVNTEX and THEY ALL expressed amazement.  Flight simmers... arrrggghhh!!!  LOL!!!!

45 minutes ago, Skywolf said:

Lorby's Addon Organizer has to be Number 1 mandatory requirement tool.

Nothing is more true!!!

 

And I'd certainly add Chaseplane.  I simply won't fly without it!

 

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Hi Folks,

Ditto - (ASP4/ASCA/ENVTEX/ENVSHADE) - I haven't found a better sky cocktail yet...

Regards,
Scott 

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4 hours ago, scottb613 said:

Hi Folks,

Ditto - (ASP4/ASCA/ENVTEX/ENVSHADE) - I haven't found a better sky cocktail yet...

Regards,
Scott 

Here is another vote for this weather combo.

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Best add on I have purchased in a couple of years is Avliasoft EFB 2. GA or airlines, it brings my flying to a whole new level. 

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A must have....

https://aviation.pero-online.de/wordpress/?page_id=551

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Lorby Si’s Addon Organizer

Fsuipc

PTA

FFTF Dynamic

FSGRW

ASCA

several custom weather sets ( eg : Kiwi’s Diffuse Sunlighting )

BM Nightlighting + Ext lights

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6 hours ago, udidwht said:

Already part of the excellent Lorby-SI Addon Organizer (first and highest recommendation)


Payware:
- Active Sky
- ChasePlane
- FFTF Dynamic
- GSX Level 2

Freeware:
- AIController
- AI Lights Reborn Free edition
- FSX Google Earth Tracker
- Lorby Time Machine
- Lord of the Landing v1.8
- Navaids update by Hervé Sors
 

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21 minutes ago, DaveCT2003 said:

P3DAO does all of that, and more.

 

You can't compare simStarter and P3DAO. simStarter has much more functions, scenery management is a part of it.

But both are very valuable tools.

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Hi Folks,

Yeah - SimStarter - the program you never knew you needed - I was pretty skeptical before my purchase - a program to start P3D - umm - yeah - ok - sure - - - now I don't know how I ever lived without it... Too funny...

Regards,
Scott

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8 hours ago, guenseli said:

 

You can't compare simStarter and P3DAO. simStarter has much more functions, scenery management is a part of it.

But both are very valuable tools.

I couldn't sim without LINDA! :)

I agree with Scott- Ditto - (ASP4/ASCA/ENVTEX/ENVSHADE) - I haven't found a better sky cocktail yet...


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On 9/11/2019 at 4:39 PM, cavaricooper said:

I couldn't sim without LINDA! 🙂

I agree with Scott- Ditto - (ASP4/ASCA/ENVTEX/ENVSHADE) - I haven't found a better sky cocktail yet...


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Do you have to have all of those programs open while in P3D? I used REX/ASP4/ASCA before and there was a sequence to starting the programs before you start P3D. Any input?

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chaseplane for me.  It basically made virtual cockpit flying a thing for me.  And the only thing. 

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1 hour ago, avi8tir said:

Do you have to have all of those programs open while in P3D? I used REX/ASP4/ASCA before and there was a sequence to starting the programs before you start P3D. Any input?

You just have to start Activesky, which in turn starts ASCA which shpuld you wish allows you to change textures on the fly (without reliading P3D). You don't run Evntex unless you wish to make those changes before you start the sim.

 

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