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Still doing a bit of a system restore after a computer re-org a month or two back I decided to reinstal FS2004 plus recent official patch last night. It took me a good 2 hours to reinstal that plus my add ons including Megascenery Southern California and its recent patch. I then fired up in Southend UK using the ABacus Enhanced Terrain package. This is simply awful in comparison to FU3Uks. Then switched to Banning California. I swear it took at least 15 minutes to load!! IMHO FS2004 is not a good program. Too many tweaking choices, and their premier scenery packs still dont take it to FU3 level. So sincere thanks to all you designers and clever people who have kept FU3 going.:)

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Gary,My enthusiasm for FU3 has increased again over recent weeks, and this has persuaded me to create some more scenery packages for the SanFran region. I have downloaded over 130 DRG (Digital Raster Graphics) maps of this region from the BARD (Bay Area Regional Database) website, and these will be used to create a SANFRAN PYLONS package, together with lots of other new scenery packages, plus upgrades of a few existing packages.Interestingly, there is also a map of the Farallon Islands. I have no idea why these were never included in the SanFran region, but it would be great to see a realistic representation of them in FU3 (with accurate elevation data)......Chris Low.

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Chris, the existing Farallon islands are OK (in fact they are very clever bits of design - you guys made an excellent package with lots of detail buried in it - I enjoyed the suspension bridge, the wharfs etc). I used to enjoy flying out there but as I said, I haven't loaded up the old areas for ages. Rather than redoing this, why don't you work with agtim or Bogdan to make a topographically accurate St Catalina island? The high airport and cliffs adn touristy nature of the place would make this an excellent joyflight, maybe adding a bit of Los Angeles or Orange Cty as a startoff point in outer terrain. RobD.

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Chris I got this the other day and forwarded it to you via the webmail address as it said. I guess you didnt get it either? Big mystery this business of communication failure.Dear Mr Evans,Thank you for your email dated 29/1/05, regarding difficulty sending to the email address Christopher.Low@btinternet.com.The issue that you have advised may require escalation. Before this can be done, we require the following information:* any errors that either yourself or the designated recipient may be receiving,* if the designated recipient can send email to you successfully.Please also try sending to this address using the BigPond Webmail service. As this sendsusing Telstra.com HTTP servers, rather than BigPond SMTP servers, the identifying IP addresswill be different.To send through WebMail, click the Compose button after logging into the following website.http://webedge.bigpond.com/webedgeOnce we have this information, including the results of sending through WebMail, we will be able to investigate this matter further.If you'd like to find out more about BigPond Technical Support, please visit our Help Centreat www.bigpond.com/help The Help Centre is also the place you can get your Frequently Asked Questions answered and try out BigPond Assist, a free tool designed to make it easier for you to solve any problemsthat you have with your BigPond service.Kind regards,James KutaBigPond Technical Support Team

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Robert,I would prefer an ACCURATE rendition of the Farallon Islands. I am not doubting the enjoyment that many of you may get with respect to the existing package, but I'm pretty sure that the REAL islands don't include a suspension bridge :-)As for Santa Catalina Island, I am only really interested in the SanFran region these days as far as packages are concerned. Anything that involves the outer terrain scenery is certainly of no interest to me, and I have even lost interest in the high resolution Seattle region. It simply isn't anywhere near as interesting as the Bay area for jet flights (or enjoying the scenery).Since the packages that I mentioned above will take me some time to complete, I prefer to concentrate on these in the near future.Best Wishes,Chris Low.

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The Farallon package was made by Bogdan, with the scenery models being made by Ansgar and Bogdan. I don't know if anyone else was involved (probably agtim!). I don't know either if they were trying to render the islands accurately or not. Any comments from the developers? I found it a fun package, an enjoyable flight across water to get there, lost to look at, and a break-through package in the way it linked large scale terrain models with ordinary models (since the islands themselves had to be rendered). I "flew" there many times, mainly in Ansgar/Jon's new DC3.Chris, what you have achieved in your large scale packages is also amazing, and the detail is excellent. And sometime I'll probably reload SanFran - I certainly will reload Seattle and head back to the Cascades again - these areas are great. But at the moment, UK is too much fun and so much to do.RobD.

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Robert,I completely understand. It is only recently that I made the decision to concentrate on the SanFran region, but you have been developing stuff for the UK South region for what seems like an eternity :-)Chris Low.

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I started construction of my SANFRAN PYLONS package last night (there is now a nice line of pylons from just north of San Francisco International, to just south of Moffett Field). This project will take some time, but I am hoping to get a fair amount of work done this weekend. I will post a few screenshots within the next few days.Chris Low.

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The Farallon Islands aren't accurately. They use the existing model of the island in the fled and a few modified/cuted examples of this model with textures taken somewere from the SFO scenery. That is why Chris doesn't accept them - he wants real islands.The additional models of the islands were made by Ansgar.B.Adamski

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After I've got your pylons package for the Seattle, I started to make it for the SFO. I was wandering why you didn't do it, so I had to make it myself. When I finish it, I'll upload it (both regions) to my page for people in Poland.B.Adamski

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Bogdan,The reason that I haven't done one for the SanFran region until now is because it is much harder to see where the pylons are located compared to the Seattle region. The huge swaths of cut down trees around Seattle provided obvious markers for the location of pylons, but the San Francisco Bay area is a much tougher prospect. In fact, it's a bit of a nightmare ! I am not even sure if all of the power transmission lines indicated on the Bay Area DRG (Digital Raster Graphics) maps that I downloaded are the large versions. In fact, I suspect that some of them are very small when compared to the monsters that Jon created :-)That's why I posted a thread about detailed San Francisco Bay area maps on this forum. I wanted to know if anyone had maps with this level of detail, but unfortunately that doesn't appear to be the case.I do not want to simply add pylons here, there and everywhere. I am using the maps mentioned above to accurately position pylons in the SanFran region, but this is a slow process. I have to keep checking the various maps, and then identify certain features that match those in the SanFran texture maps themselves. It is very likely that the full job will take several weeks to complete.Chris Low.

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Chris,I did some 11/33kV line poles and released them in the 'jmod3.zip' package:ppole10.bin/t_ppol10.mipThey don't really show up at too great a distance but I found them good near strips to break up the sky somewhat. I used them in the 'Lewis Creek' package and have added them to some of yours as well - again, just near the strips for effect ;)Do we need an intermediate pylon? Let me know 'coz I can do it overnight if need be! And, this one I could reference on one corner, allowing placement on slopes :-wave Exactly why I decided not to do that with the originals, I just don't know :-rollRegards,**************Jonathan Point**************"I'd rather be down here wishing I was up there than up there wishing I was down here"

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Jon,Do you have a screenshot of the "11/33 kV poles" ? If they are not visible at any great distance, then maybe we do need a sort of "intermediate". There is one line of pylons that I have in mind for such a model in the SanFran region. This runs all the way from Camp Meeker (west of Calistoga), through the Lake Berryessa and Monticello Dam area, and out across the Central Valley towards Sacramento.Chris Low.

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I fired up FU3 the other day and was actually a bit dissapointed with what I saw. I was thinking to myself "I thought *that* looked good?". It's a good sim, but it is almost 6 years old now, an eternity in terms of computer advancments.I agree about the tweakings though. You can spend literally weeks just tweaking settings and installing stuff without actually flying, easily spending 100's of

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Jimmi,It would be nice if the following aspects of FU3 could be included in the next version of MSFS:-1. PHYSICS BASED FLIGHT MODELS.....Despite the ability of aircraft designers to program extremely accurate flight models in MSFS (assuming that they add enough numbers to the database), I would still prefer to see flight models that are based on real world physics. This would result in more accurate ground handling...and the ability to simulate the ENTIRE flight envelope of an aircraft. I have never been impressed by the flight models in MSFS, and the reason for this is that they do not pass the "Chris Low test". This involves (as you are no doubt well aware) flying "low and slow", without using trim, and with a high angle of attack :-)2. EXTERNAL VIEWPOINTS.....Single key commands for various viewpoints please. I think I can survive without a keyboard command for de-icers or "seatbelt on" signs :-lol3. USER INTERFACE......I would like to see a completely redesigned version. The current one is basically "Windows FS".4. THRUST REVERSERS....I don't know what they are like in FS2004, but they were abysmal in FS2002.5. VFR COCKPIT VIEW.....Maybe the new virtual cockpits are better these days, but I prefer to have a good view of the outside world when I'm flying. Obscuring 85 per cent of the view with switches and dials might have been a good idea when CPUs were slower than a horse and cart, but clock frequencies are measured in GIGAHERTZ these days (not GEE-GEE HERTZ) :-lolChris Low.

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