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Just wanted to say how much fun I have with FS X (and not to forget the Track IR 4 Pro). I just did a short flight in Switserland from some place I forgot the name off, to Geneve. Spring, a few scattered clouds, and man, it's beautiful. Flew at about 3000 to 4000 feet and the scenery looks awesome. Autogen at Very dense and man, what a lot is there to be seen! Okay, I don't know how it ought to look over there, but in 'my world' it's beautiful! Looking around with the Track IR 4 Pro is of course freakin' awesome too. It makes FS X come too life!After flying around for quit some time lately I really have to say FS X is a major major major step forward from FS 9... What you get out of the box is incredible (specially when you compare the price of FS X to ANY addon!). Recently I'm only flying the good old default Cessna 172: the VC is very pretty for a default plane! And the scenery: I wonder why people still want to buy addon textures... it looks good to me! Maybe if you know how it SHOULD look like I'd complain, but it's fine with me. This also goes for addon clouds and stuff like that. Okay, if you COMPARE screenshots you can see a difference... but I can't always say it looks BETTER. Different isn't always better. I bought a texture addon once for FS9 (Birds Eye View) and even though it looked cool and better than the FS9 default textures, I didn't really notice it because I could not compare it real time... If you know what I mean. I found it a waste of money. Unlike buying the Track IR 4 Pro. ;) Entering the circuit right downwind and turning on to base and final has never been so EASY and REALISTIC! Just now I turned the plane in one smooth turn unto Geneve's tarmac. Awesome! Really awesome! I really have the feeling I've REALLY been there. ;) And all that with out-of-the-box FSX. And TIR of course, which I have to give a lot of the credit. ;) (And er... yes, TIR wasn't that cheap...)Yes, I'm having big fun with FS X. And this is even pre-SP1! ;) Wow, things will only get BETTER!!!

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Southern Switzerland and Northern Italy in the real world are breathtakingly beautiful. The people who live there are blessed with a richness of wonderful scenery. FSX captures really only a fraction of that visual splendour, but it's one of my more favourite places to visit in the sim. A glider run out of Lugano is my idea of FSX heaven!Jeff ShylukAvsim Product Reviewer

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I have to confess that Track IR 4 has totally converted me to using FSX and the VC. I've now become a lot more demanding in what I want from an aircraft model (which I sometimes feel guilty about given all the hard work people put in to creating great external models). Flying the Extra 300, the default glider, Aerosoft's Beaver X or a Shockwave Spitfire in VC mode is great. Originally I thought that I would also be happy enough with the default FSX textures but having tried MegaSceneryX Hawaii for only

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>Southern Switzerland and Northern Italy in the real world are>breathtakingly beautiful. The people who live there are>blessed with a richness of wonderful scenery. FSX captures>really only a fraction of that visual splendour, but it's one>of my more favourite places to visit in the sim. A glider run>out of Lugano is my idea of FSX heaven!>>Jeff Shyluk>Avsim Product ReviewerWOW!I have FSGenesis mesh which I think is 76m in that area. Some parts of the ALPS are 19m, but I don't know exactly where that area is.I thought I would try that area and flew from Lugano LSZA to Zurick LSZH in my FSD Saratoga STD. It was a lot of fun getting over the mountains and then landing at LSZH where you can't get to low over the river because there is a small mountain (huge hill) before the runway.I suggest others to fly this area because it's beautiful.Try airports starting with 'LS'.It will be even more enjoyable when the ACES team releases the patch/update.

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>>I have to confess that Track IR 4 has totally converted me to>using FSX and the VC. I've now become a lot more demanding in>what I want from an aircraft model (which I sometimes feel>guilty about given all the hard work people put in to creating>great external models). Flying the Extra 300, the default>glider, Aerosoft's Beaver X or a Shockwave Spitfire in VC mode>is great. >>Originally I thought that I would also be happy enough with>the default FSX textures but having tried MegaSceneryX Hawaii>for only

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Agree fully. FSX and TrackIR4 are great and really looking forward to SP1.Currently I don't run any autogen but still the high re ground textures make up for it. Still looks great.FSX is incredible, SP1 and DX10 patch will make it even better.And now the FSX engine is being used for upcoming MS Train Sim, and don't forget the Adrenaline expansion pack. Plus MS Aces are actively involved in the community like never before.Things have never been better in the FS world! :-jumpy

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As to TrackIR and the TrackClip PRO, you would do me great honour by reading my review here:http://www.avsim.com/pages/0207/TrackClip/TrackClip.htmAVSIM has given the TrackClip PRO a Gold Star Award, which it richly deserves. In short, my eyesight requires some interesting glasses as well, and I have never had any problem with the TrackIR system. The TrackClip PRO will allow you to sim both in brighter rooms and in darker rooms than the TrackIR4. Otherwise, you just sit and sim as you normally would. If your neck is getting sore, you are using the TrackIR wrong, basically. Sometimes, the sensation of motion can be intense, as it is very realistic, but the ability to look around the cockpit at will is supremely powerful. I think in my review, I state that a TrackIR is as important a peripheral device to a flight simmer as a joystick or a monitor. I stand by that statement 110%. If you end up hating your TrackIR, you have 30 days from purchase to return it with no hassle or penalty. If you visit Naturalpoint.com, you can find out more!Jeff ShylukAvsim Product Reviewer

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Jeff, great praise for a great product but, to correct you.The problem comes from reflections of light from other scources detected by the camera.It dosen't matter if your using the 'vector clip' or, the 'track clip'. If those interferences are there? performance by TrackIR IS affected!

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Let me tell some more about HOW I am having fun with FS X right now: I'm flying from the airfield situated nearby my home (IRL), which is in the Netherlands, to the South of Spain, the Mediterranean Sea. I flew there some time ago (in FS X that is) and liked it, so I thought: let's make a realtime journey there starting right at home!So what I do is this: as soon as I have arrived at an airfield and when I've parked my Cessna 172 somewhere (cold and dark of course) I save the flight as DEFAULT! The next time I have time to fly on, I startup FS X, plan the flight using the FS X planner, starting (of course) from the airport my plane is on. Important thing is to NOT let FS X move the aircraft to any other place! Because in that case you would end up at the runway or at some other gate or parking spot. But by saying NO I start the flight in the EXACT same spot as I left the plane the day before. I do however always set the time to something like mid day (I usually fly at the beginning of the evening): I like to fly at that time, with a blue sky, just some scattered clouds. I like it that way and since it is MY world I can do whatever I want to. ;)So right from the spot I left my airplane, I start everything up (the cockpit was all cold and dark) and start the flight. Sometimes IFR, sometimes VFR, whatever I feel like. Nice thing is the radio's are still tuned right to start the flight: everything is the way I left it. I usually do very short flights: just went from Geneva to Grenoble, which is a typical distance I do daily. (I didn't fly straight south to Spain because the midlands of France aren't that exciting, so I went to the Elzas and from there to Switzerland.)All in all this makes it feel like I am REALLY flying all across Europe. :) Specially starting where I left it the other day, at EXACTLY the same spot, is VERY nice! :)Another nice thing about saving the flight as default everytime, and which also makes it quite realistic, is that at a certain moment you run out of fuel! The amount of fuel is of course saved too! So you really have to keep an eye on it and go to the fuelstation every now and then. Very nice. :)Yes, I'm quite happy with FS X. :)O yes, one more thing: not only Track IR made FS X a lot more interesting: so did my new Samsung 226 BW 22" widescreen. It looks absolutely smashing! Specially when you are used to a 19" CRT! Widescreen is the way to go!

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To add to the sunlit room problem, I have opaque curtains directly behind me and the only way around it on days when the sun is out between 9am and about 7pm is too put the tracker on top of the computer hutch and tilt it down toward the floor until the sensor tool detects the tracking leds and no other light.I tried blocking the light from the window with a piece of cardboard but my wife had a 'slight' problem with a piece of cardboard in the front window. Needless to say, I had to use the alternate method.Ian.

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>To add to the sunlit room problem, I have opaque curtains>directly behind me and the only way around it on days when the>sun is out between 9am and about 7pm is too put the tracker on>top of the computer hutch and tilt it down toward the floor>until the sensor tool detects the tracking leds and no other>light.>>I tried blocking the light from the window with a piece of>cardboard but my wife had a 'slight' problem with a piece of>cardboard in the front window. Needless to say, I had to use>the alternate method.>>Ian.Tell her, it could be worse. I've been remodeling one of our bathrooms, so I have other things on the front lawn.... ;)

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WOW. Can really identify with this thread - not only am I enjoying FSX as well (after upgrading to a second Gig of RAM and a ATI 1650 Pro 512MB vid card on my 3.2 Ghz P-4 HT) but I got it for Xmas along with.....yes......a Track IR 4!!! They do indeed make a great combination.Also doing the fly-save-fly more-save-continue thing also, have always done this with previous versions of FS and it's a gas because rarely do I end up taking the same route twice. Doing it in a plane made for FS9 but also exceedingly beautiful in FSX, the freeware Super Decathlon by Airhead....perfect for that low and fairly slow flying that FSX seems made for. Also added the X-Class USA landclass from Cloud 9, I don't do much payware but it was well worth it, and the opinions here had everything to do with getting that very affordable and excellent addon.The only bummer is that the group I've been flying with for years is still a ways off from adopting FSX as a whole so I'm enjoying it more or less "solo" without my ol' buddies, but otherwise it's Gooood Stuufff Maynard!!!

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>Also doing the fly-save-fly more-save-continue thing also,>have always done this with previous versions of FS and it's a>gas because rarely do I end up taking the same route twice. I've started doing this just now! Well, since I left from my hometown last week. And it's indeed great and it changed the FS-experience completely. I used to do flights from the same airport all the time, although I changed homebase every now and then, or I just picked an airport somewhere. But it always felt a bit pointless. But this 'fly-save-fly more-save-continue thing' is really A LOT nicer! And (as I said) feels a LOT more realistic! :) I thought about it before but just never did it... Now I can't imagine doing it the old way! This way no trip is the same: and since I can go around the whole world if needed I will never get bored. ;) (Although at the moment I think I will do various long trips starting from my hometown. I like things to have a goal and ending. And just flying on and on all over the world is a bit too much I think ;) . The next trip will go to Norway. Over land (Netherlands > Germany > Danmark > Sweden > Norway), because I do not like long trips above the sea... ;) )

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>... Now I can't imagine doing it the old>way! This way no trip is the same: and since I can go around>the whole world if needed I will never get bored. ;) (Although>at the moment I think I will do various long trips starting>from my hometown. I like things to have a goal and ending. And>just flying on and on all over the world is a bit too much I>think LOL - I see it as kind of a "Kung Fu" (TV Show, not the martial art) kinda thing.....taking the path just to see where it leads you, to find yourself and your Nirvana. With real weather of course :)In the past I usually take to the Baron or something with decent range and an autopilot for the overwater segents to the next continent, but rather than use time accelleration I always find it more interesting to get to altitude, lean the mixture and lower the manifold pressure so the plane is just puttering along easily, set it on autopilot then go to bed..."sleep behind the wheel" so to speak, and time it just right so that 8 hours later when I wake up, the plane is just about in position to start descend and landing. Happy journeys!!!

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LOL That's also a way of doing it! ;)BTW Ever since I got the Track IR I haven't touched the time accel option anymore... Before that I always used it as soon as I was cruising, but since FS X got so much more real all in all, I do not even THINK about using that option! And I do make longer flights also! I do use the AP a lot but not as much as I used too. I used to do ILS-landings solely (picking only airports with ILS!) , only turning off the AP just before the treshold. But now I usually do the landings manually, sometimes with a little aid of the AP during approach, but more often doing the circuit and all completely manual. I even did some hops manual all the way. And all that ever since I got the TIR and things got so realistic. ;)I also used to fly the Baron but I don't like the low wings (also since I got the TIR ;) ), so I went for the Cessna, which btw has a VERY nice VC (better looking than the Baron!). I do miss the propellor though: I also like to fiddle around with the prop and the mixture. The Maule is nice too but the VC is AWFULL (specially the low res gauges...).Hm, this is turning into a 'The-Track-IR-changed-my-FSX-simming-life'-topic, which wasn't my meaning. but well... ;)

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Well, I am on my 5th Around the World Flight at the moment and for the last 3, in FS2002, FS2004 and now FSX, I have been using the "start at the last position" technique. The only problem before was that on some more complex third party aircraft, you sometimes had to re-load the aircraft and situation files from scratch or some strange things started to happen.I have only a week ago received my TrackIR and have very soon realised that this appears to be one of the most significant advances to my simming experiences ever.The other advancement is actually flying all my legs in FSEconomy. This gives a real purpose to the flight and really makes me concentrate on fuel utilisation and route planning. In FSEconomy, any money that I earn on a paying leg, goes to pay for the fuel on a non revenue paying leg if I cannot find an assignment in the direction that I am heading.Unfortunately my flight has come to a premature halt for the moment as my new machine is Vista only and the current version of the FSEconomy/FSX client has an issue with Vista. But when they sort it out, I will be on my way again.Oh and BTW, all my previous flights were in real time and real weather.Cheers and good luck on your flights.Chris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern AustraliaIntel Core 2 Duo E6700ASUS P5N32-E SLI Deluxe Motherboard4GB Corsair VS DDR2 667Mhz RAMInno3D 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3 590MHz VideoASUS MW221u 21" Wide Screen LCD2 x 320Gb WD SATA DrivesCreative X-Fi Platinum Sound Lian Li PC-B20B Aluminium Black CaseMS Vista Ultimate OEMCH FlightSim Yoke USBCH Pro Pedals USBTrackIR 4 Pro and Track Clip BundleMSFS FSX Deluxe Edition Full install at 1400x960x32Check out my 5th Around the World flight with MS FSX at http://members.iinet.com.au/~portercbp/fly...W_05/index.html

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>>So what I do is this: as soon as I have arrived at an airfield>and when I've parked my Cessna 172 somewhere (cold and dark of>course) I save the flight as DEFAULT! The next time I have>time to fly on, I startup FS X, plan the flight using the FS X>planner, starting (of course) from the airport my plane is on.About 10 months ago, I started doing this too.Someone here at AVSIM got me started on it.Since then, I've been all over--Presently in northern Mexico, flying a C-46 Commando toward Hermosillo.Using this start-where-I-last-finished method, I have encountered weather, terrain, and airports that I never encountered before.Now, if I want to see the scenery at a place, I have to fly there. That's why to see Victoria Falls (in Africa), I got a trusty Monarch A330 and flew from SAEZ to FACT. I had only flown across the South Atlantic ONCE in my fs, and that was probably in FS98 or FS2000 in a Bristol Britannia.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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It's fun to see where this thread is going. I made an initial start on a round the world tour a few months ago (starting at the top of the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland). I've been making lots of small hops in mostly light GA planes. For one reason or another (not least the fact that FSX corrupted my log book), I've decided I want to start out again after SP1. I'm tempted to try this trip in just one plane so my question for the forum is: If you were to do a round the world trip in FSX in one plane, which plane would you choose given the following constraints? - any FSX GA aircraft but no jets. - autopilot but probably not GPS- an excellent VC- sufficient fuel range to allow me to actually make it (even if I have to go via Alaska etc).- preferably amphibian so I can take a break from flying in the wildernessMy current thoughts are the Aerosoft Beaver X (Amphibian) or their Catalina when it comes out. I'm also wondering about getting the Real Air Marchetti. I know it's not amphibious but it looks like a really nice aircraft to use. I suspect you'll all tell me to use different aircraft but somehow I think it would enhance the challenge of it if I have to work within the limits of the one aircraft. I would also get to learn its systems inside out so it would be nice if it was modelled well.P.S. Geofa - thanks for the link to the Aosta scenery. I had been wondering about downloading this for a while and you tipped the balance. It's very impressive! The problem I'm now having with photo scenery is that I don't want to fly out of the area (not really compatible with the aims of doing a round the world trip...)

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I agree-I keep going back to Aosta too-it is simply unreal.I guess the only solution is to download the Ni'ihau photoscenery just uploaded by Scott Armstrong and figure out a way to get from Aosta to Hawaii! :-lol

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You can modify an aircraft, giving it more fuel capacity--to simulate ferry tanks, for example.That's what was done when we (about 30 of us) flew the Mooney around the world a few years ago. It was modded for fuel and with a souped engine (which is a real-world mod a company called "Rocket Engineering" does to Mooneys...)Someone posted on here about how they were flying the trike across the Atlantic. haha! With a ferry fuel tank in the second seat, it might be possible (?) if you went up GIUK (greenland/iceland/uk) gap. I can't remember who posted about that! The Beaver X would be a nice one. The Cat would for sure have the range. With an amphib, you could take a route where you landed on all the world's oceans!RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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Aerosoft has patched the BeaverX so that there is a long(er) ranged variant, although I must admit I haven't tried it. I do have a review for AVSIM for BeaverX coming soon, so you folks can read up on that. I think I can safely repeat other user's praise of TrackIR in the BeaverX VC, especially since the plane has no 2D cockpit. In previous versions of MSFS, I have flown around the world using the "save as I go" plan. It's incredibly fascinating to look up the various airports online as I visit them. I used the Learjet as my around-the-world aircraft of choice: it's small, lean, fast, and long-ranged.However, for FSX, I have to admit that I haven't flown the jets much except to to fly from Rome to Naples in the mission. This time around, I am thinking of hitting as many airports as I can with VFR flights in North America. Jeff ShylukAvsim Product Reviewer

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