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  1. Per the national registry, Mr. Young's memorial can be found at the Quantico National Cemetery (Triangle, VA) in Section 9A, Site 124.
  2. It happens - I'm in a long stretch of not using flightsims right now. Still check in regularly here and several other communities to see what's happening and follow the goings on, but the yoke and pedals are set aside for the time being. There's no specific reason for me... I'm just... not as interested at this moment in time. I've been through this several times since subLogic FS2 on the good old C64. It's not a technology thing, a budget thing, an innovation thing, or even something that was an active decision... it just is what it is, but it's fine because when the pendulum swings the other way, everything is all still right there.
  3. A famous example of a "tight fit" (C-17 at Peter O. Knight Field after its mistaken landing nine years ago...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=805M1svwp_8
  4. I'm one of those people who will say it was safe to jump in back on release day, even if I ran into some very minor squabbles with it. Remember - buying MSFS doesn't uninstall whatever other flight simulators you currently have and enjoy. Nothing changes along those lines! That said, if you're like me and so many others, your previous sims will find themselves quite a bit lonely after you've spent some time with MSFS.
  5. Not the first time... not the last time either. Even though the impact was on the RMS, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the article is using the word "punctured" when describing the strike. As Chock says - whatever it takes to evoke the mental image of air leaking into space and astronauts in grave danger...
  6. For the "non-hardcore" simming community and casual gaming community, I would imagine it is an extremely strong contender for the title of GOTY. It is incredible in its scope and stature and an amazing rebirth of the powerhouse title that Microsoft Flight Simulator is known to be. I would not argue against it being GOTY in the slightest. After ~36 years of flight simming, this edition of MSFS is the first time I felt something revolutionary (* instead of evolutionary) had happened in the genre. That said, it's clear that there are some simmers who find it lacking - either in technical ability, performance, or addon depth and/or availability. Within the relatively narrow confines of our dedicated simulation enthusiast's gaze, these are entirely legitimate observations that may or may not affect your usage of MSFS. But from the big picture in the computer gaming world, I think people will be hard pressed to find another entertainment title which would supersede MSFS as the GOTY.
  7. To start, the original linked article was stolen without attribution from The Verge That said, on a completely different note... Anyone else encouraged that sites like Toms Hardware, Verge, and others are starting to use MSFS as a benchmark? Despite the fraught relationship that many here seem to have with it, Microsoft Flight Simulator as a sim, game, and franchise is undoubtedly front-and-center in the gaming public's eye. This bodes well across many fronts, including hardware engineering which just might take notice and make some tweaks in future designs. (One can hope!) I'm on a 4+ year old rig right now and happy as a clam. Glad to see that when I'm ready to make hardware changes, things will have changed enough to make a marked impact on my experience. -Greg
  8. Well your post has only been here for two hours... it's a bit early to say nobody has any reasons just yet. What follows is my speculative take on it... Step one of the update process takes care of the "core" platform... one could say it covers the launcher and executables for MSFS. Step two from the in-game interface covers the remainder of the content itself. By splitting it up, it probably allows for easier maintenance of the MS Store and Steam versions by limiting the material unique to the distribution platforms to the first step, and handling all of the common material for both platforms in the second step. It is a good question, but I'm guessing that with bandwidth being a open commodity they've taken to updating full files instead of doing delta-changes to them. This might reduce the likelihood of corruption during the updates, and also helps assure the platform that each installation indeed has the files it needs for the version. Like other games which have an online environment, having all players on the same version is important for compatibility and functionality. Everyone is flying on the same platform, with the same set of default content. I would also wager that they'd likely need to set up and maintain full online instances of each version, and if this involves a full cut of the Bing terrain we're flying over, that could be a very costly investment with each version. Again, my answers are speculative, but they seem plausible to me. -Greg
  9. Yes - I noticed this over this weekend as well. I normally fly the default 172, but this weekend I took up the Caravan and it was doing this to me. I do not know if it is update related or if it is an already known issue.
  10. (Greg - it's a play on the full name) AGREED! And KPVD (Providence) is in Warwick... but... but.. but (sigh) ...darn. (Checks the FAA approach plates... checks airnav.com... checks... aaah, phooie) I've always known that nearly ALL important airports would assume the name of their largest local associated municipality, but it never struck me that someone would try to assign KSFZ to the "Bucket". While these city+airport pairings would make their way to the popular vernacular, I didn't think it would actually apply to the actual FAA records. I get it for the colloquial location of big airports - but someone somewhere did some impressive lobbying to get KSFZ assigned to Pawtucket, let me say that. The front has passed - we shot a gap in the radar and didn't have any issues.. Patriots win included! Be well!
  11. It's exceptionally windy out there tonight in the neighborhood. The conditions would have made for a VERY interesting Patriots home game no doubt. I see our current football horrendousness isn't stopping us from leading at the end of the 3rd quarter... hopeful, but not counting any chickens before they hatch. But that's not why I'm here. This has bugged me ever since I noticed this in the MSFS database decades ago, and low and behold, the FAA seems to have it wrong too. KSFZ, North Central State Airport, is in Lincoln, RI, yet the FAA themselves have this airport actually registered to Pawtucket. From the closest point of the airport property to the Pawtucket city limits is 4 miles... in Rhode Island terms, you'd might as well pack for an overnight trip it's so far away. Being a state airport and not registered to a private owner living in a different town, I've never understood why this airport was flagged as geographically being in Pawtucket. Just one more mystery to ponder while we wait for the FROPA cold front to pass through, hoping it doesn't knock out powe.... [CARRIER LOST]
  12. A loud 5% you didn't fix what I wanted fixed! A loud 5% you broke a feature I need! A loud 5% my performance just went in the toilet! and The remaining 85% silent majority flying around happy as a clam.
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