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way cool, the thing i like the most about it is, it seems that the failures are more realisticly timed. in other words i hated the default 2002 failures, it just seemed that they would happen way to often!! even set at 98%i just flew a B736 for a va and here is my "score"ciao!Brian S

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odd.. mmm my score says 0% but yet it gives me excellent rating, the dox dont clear this up, unless i just missed it somewhere. i think that 0 is 100$ and anything less would be a negative percentage.. ??anyone else on this??ciao!Brian S

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Yes that was a great flight. The score is in negative numbers. The higher the negative number the more it cost you.Beta tester FSMBob Johnson

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Then you'd think the ratings should be "Pilot Deduction" or "Pilot Penalty Score" and "Passenger Complaints Deduction" or "Passenger discomfort"...or something along those lines.

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I received a "Not Good." Why? I kept getting "Excessive Taxi Speed" every two minutes throughout the flight.I've never taxied at 11,000 feet before today.

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If you take a look at his screen shot. There is a place for PAX Comf Penalty and Pilot penalty. If those were negative then you would lose money and rating.Beta Tester FSMBob Johnson (KMIE)

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Bob,I got that, but the percentage needs something to indicate 0% is a good thing.Maybe just a heading line above Pilot Rating and Pax Confort Rating: "Negative percentage" or something?

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>way cool, the thing i like the most about it is, it seems >that the failures are more realisticly timed. in other >words i hated the default 2002 failures, it just seemed that >they would happen way to often!! even set at 98% They are in fact not 'timed' but generated at random. What is special is that the random factor depends on the wear and tear and the condition during the flight. As long as a system has a System Damage Score over [70] it is considered to be in good (normal) condition. When it drops below [70] it needs to be repaired or needs maintenance. A system that drops below [70] has an ever increasing chance of failing and when it is at [0] it is almost certain to fail in minutes.Darned good flight btw, you are a good pilot. I never managed to fly for 40 minutes with FSM without getting at least some penalties.I think it is time you screw down the settings in the BlackBox.cfg file to make life a bit harder on yourself :-) When you do inform us so we know what you still find acceptable. During the beta tests we had to lower the settings a bit to avoid getting to much penalties logged. For example, normal airline operations do not allow bank angels of 30 degrees or more because pax don't feel happy about it. But FSM allows a bit more because we noticed that many pilots simply could not accpt that.Mathijs KokLAGO

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>Maybe just a heading line above Pilot Rating and Pax Confort >Rating: "Negative percentage" or something? Good comment, I'll see that it is corrected in some way. Next week we got to do some patching anyway because we get a lot of comments from users about things that could be improved. Most of the comments are real useful, just as yours is.If you work with software for months on end it is often hard to see these 'obvious' things.Mathijs KokLAGO

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>I received a "Not Good." Why? I kept getting "Excessive Taxi >Speed" every two minutes throughout the flight. >>I've never taxied at 11,000 feet before today. Mmmmmmmm.... Let me check that one out.We have seen this during the beta tests and in those cases it was simply a error in the text. Actually it was a strong turbulence event that was logged but an incorrect text that was shown.Did you fly in turbulence and did if you use FSUIPC you check the chapter on FSUIPC in the manual? Please send me a message at mathijs@lagoonline.com so I can forward it directly to the testers and programmers.Of course if the incorrect text is indeed displayed we will fix it. It is obvious that something is not right.Mathijs KokLAGO

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thanks, i tell you though, i was very nervous!! i wanted to nail a perfect score but it came with much preparation and constantly going over procedures, etc. it adds an incredible intensity to the flight, no longer do i just idley fly, but now i find myself paying attention very closely! i had an easy a/c to fly though, a B736 from AFG, i should try the DF B734 after i have studied up a bit more and then see..now, here is an interesting note, i flew my next flight and it was TERRIBLE!! i was experiencing some low drops in fps every 15sec. of flying time, which made it difficult to fly the plane smoothly, but the thing it nailed me on was it said that i was flying at the wrong FL. i was headed west and was at FL350 and i had the black box set to standard.. isnt this correct?? or did i miss something here and i don't know if the scenery stuttering had anything to do with (i kinda wish it does! hehee)i think i got a virus, not sure, cause every a/p was doing it. so i reformatted my h/d today and now so far everything is nice and smooth.oh, btw, i was flying over in the UKciao!Brian S

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That program sounds incredible, however, I have a small question. Seeing as I mainly fly small GA aircraft in fs2002, does this program support that aspect of aviation? I have read the description they give and found that it really doesn't give many hints as to the nature of the general aviation support. I would be very glad to hear that it does, since this would be incredible.Scott

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I haven't sat down with it but for a few minutes, but from the manuals, the smallest a/c type is the Utility Turboprop class which includes the Caravan, the Baron 58, PC-8,PC-12, and the Cornier 22B. I myself am a fan of the Cessnas & Moonies, so that was my first question. You can add any a/c to lease, but according to the manuals, there will be strange things happen is you use the other a/c. This seems to be the forum to talk about FSM. There's a beta tester over @ the other site, but Mathijs is responding on this thread as well as a beta tester. http://www.flightsimnetwork.com/dcforum/Us...25d5a9d6a23.gif

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>said that i was flying at the wrong FL. i was headed west >and was at FL350 and i had the black box set to standard.. >isnt this correct?? or did i miss something here and i don't >know if the scenery stuttering had anything to do with (i >kinda wish it does! hehee) >>i think i got a virus, not sure, cause every a/p was doing >it. so i reformatted my h/d today and now so far everything >is nice and smooth. >>oh, btw, i was flying over in the UK >>ciao! >Brian S Brian,Over the UK, RVSM applies, westerly directions are even 2000 foot levels, easterly are 2000 foot odd levels.Hope this helps,Greg

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Go to the Lago folder in the FS2002. In the FSMaint folder there is the blackbox.cfg. Open it and it has all the info on what changes what. Hope that helps.Beta Tester FSMBob Johnson (KMIE)

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Bob.Hey, that's the ticket.Although not the most intuitive of interfaces, it will allow me to tweak the parameters.Thank you kind sir for your response. :-wave

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>I haven't sat down with it but for a few minutes, but from >the manuals, the smallest a/c type is the Utility Turboprop >class which includes the Caravan, the Baron 58, PC-8,PC-12, >and the Cornier 22B. I myself am a fan of the Cessnas & >Moonies, so that was my first question. You can add any a/c >to lease, but according to the manuals, there will be >strange things happen is you use the other a/c. This seems >to be the forum to talk about FSM. There's a beta tester >over @ the other site, but Mathijs is responding on this >thread as well as a beta tester. You should have no problem using FSMaintenance with smaller aircraft. Simply pick the first category.We started a Uiltity Turboprops because we build a financial model where you are supposed to lease the aircraft and make money flying it. But the rules will stay the same. We'll probably add another class but that will be cosmetic only because there is not need for other parameters.Mathijs KokLAGO

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Mathijs,I downloaded the program, (simple), installed it and on my first try with a King Air 350, the aircraft crashed upon installation. (I was using Pro Flight 2000 which I have made work in 2002. I checked and the problem was the FSUIPC .dll file. I was using the latest 2.84, (latest I have) and it just didn't like Pro Flight. Keep in mind, I love Pro Flight over the standard ATC so anything I buy has to be compatiable. I changed the FSUIPC back to the 2.79 and bingo, it works with PF 2000, using my 727 AA Advanced aircraft and panel.Also interesting, I am using Flight Deck Companion at the same time, with no problems. Interesting premis, however, (and I'm sure you are going to tell me that it is probably an interface problem), but I got wacked about 6 times for altitude and altimeter, when there was no altitude or altimeter problem. (I am using varried altimeter settings according to PF 2000, so that could be the problem.) All in all, I find it interesting to use all three together and it certainly keeps one busy in the cockpit. Although, I'm not sure my airline will ever make any money with the altitude zingers constantly . . . .Just wanted to say that I intend to keep the program and register it Monday, as even with the zingers, it will be cool to keep an eye on the maintenance -- guess I could adjust the 'money' file to pay for repairs of the 'zingers' LOLAnother great product from LAGO . . . I loved FS Traffic for 98/2000, and have FS Scenery for 2002, and now Maintenance --- you guys keep up the brainstorming. I noticed you mentioned a up coming patch, you might think of my zingers, as unimportant as they are.Best Regards and thanks for another fine FS productClayton T. DopkeMajor, USAF (retired)B52Drivr@aol.com"Drac"

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>Interesting premis, however, (and I'm sure you are going to >tell me that it is probably an interface problem), but I got >wacked about 6 times for altitude and altimeter, when there >was no altitude or altimeter problem. (I am using varried >altimeter settings according to PF 2000, so that could be >the problem.) At this moment two of my other machines are up in the air trying to figure out what could be wrong with those flight levels.>Just wanted to say that I intend to keep the program and >register it Monday, as even with the zingers, it will be >cool to keep an eye on the maintenance -- guess I could >adjust the 'money' file to pay for repairs of the 'zingers' >LOL Of course you can send the bill for the unjustified penalties to Lago. Make it out in Virtual Dollars.>Another great product from LAGO . . . I loved FS Traffic for >98/2000, and have FS Scenery for 2002, and now Maintenance >--- you guys keep up the brainstorming. I noticed you >mentioned a up coming patch, you might think of my zingers, >as unimportant as they are. Thanks for the kind words. We will always try to create products that are way of the beaten track.Mathijs KokLAGO

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Just to let you know, we just updated FSMaintenance to fix some of the open issues (in fact all of the open issues we could reproduce in our testing facility (damp cellar, 386 machines, real floppy floppy diskdrives..). You can download the ipdate patch (1.00 to 1.02) at this url; ftp.lagoonline.com/fs2002/fsmaintenance/fsm_102_eng_sp1.zip.Later today I'll update the complete version to 1.02 and remove the 1.00 version.The update contains:-A problem in the flight level detection was corrected.-The FSAssist 2002 PushBack works again (sorry for that nasty bug btw...)-GA aircraft are now accepted in the lowest class.-Several cosmetic changes have been made to avoid items being not 100% clear.-Changes to BlackBox.CFG:.Taxi Speed reduced to 26 knots (was 28 knots).Max Power check now penalizes every 10 seconds (was 12 seconds).G-Load now penalizes under 0.6 and over 1.9 (was 0.5 and 2.0).Bank Angle penalizes now penalizes bank angles over 33 degrees (was 5 degrees).Overspeed now penalizes after 6 failed checks (was 8 checks).Turbulence now penalizes after 6 failed checks (was 12 checks).250 overspeeding now checks for 252 knots to allow some AT unbalance (was 250 knots).Pitch deviation now penalizes every 4 failed checks (was 8 checks).roll out difference now penalizes at 3 degrees (was 5 degrees)Have fun, and if you find more to fix, write me at mathijs@lagoonline.com

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Mathijs,I've been working with ACLoader for a year+ now and I can completely understand. ;-)(additional)Speaking of that, I was just thinking what it would be like to have ACLoader and FSMaintenance together. The mind boggles. Then all we'd need is Virtual Ticket Agent and we'd be set. ;-)

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