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  1. I own all 3 X-Plane Beech 1900D aircraft. I am currently on XP 11.2. I can fly the old 10.x model in XP11x just fine, but the newer XP11-specific models won't let me engage the autopilot. I think it has something to do with the FMS?) When I try to engage the AP, it clicks on then immediately clicks back off. I am using the XP native Datarefs. How does one go about using the native autopilot in the 1900?
  2. Turns out I asked this same question a few years ago, with Carenado's reply below (Isn't Alzheimer's great?) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Reply below ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ There's a pretty simple hack that'll hide those tabs without causing other problems. Always make a backup of your plane. Locate the "avionics.lua" file inside your airplane's main folder, and open it in a text editor or coding software (such as "NotePad++, Atom, etc." Locate the following lines: CMenu = subpanel {position = {0 , 165, 30, 39}, noBackground = true, noResize = true, noClose = true, components = { CMenu { position = { 1, 10, 30, 39 } }; };} set(CMenu.movable, false) OMenu = subpanel {position = {0 , 130, 30, 39}, noBackground = true, noResize = true, noClose = true, components = { OMenu { position = { 1, 10, 30, 39 } }; };} set(OMenu.movable, false) AMenu = subpanel {position = {0 , 95, 30, 39}, noBackground = true, noResize = true, noClose = true, components = { AMenu { position = { 1, 10, 30, 39 } }; };} set(AMenu.movable, false) Change them to: CMenu = subpanel {position = {-40 , 165, 30, 39}, noBackground = true, noResize = true, noClose = true, components = { CMenu { position = { 1, 10, 30, 39 } }; };} set(CMenu.movable, false) OMenu = subpanel {position = {-40 , 130, 30, 39}, noBackground = true, noResize = true, noClose = true, components = { OMenu { position = { 1, 10, 30, 39 } }; };} set(OMenu.movable, false) AMenu = subpanel {position = {-40 , 95, 30, 39}, noBackground = true, noResize = true, noClose = true, components = { AMenu { position = { 1, 10, 30, 39 } }; };} set(AMenu.movable, false) (Just add -40 to the X position slot of those elements. All the rest stays identical.) save the file. To access those menus, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to them. You go about it like assigning shortcuts to normal X-plane functions, but instead of selecting the function from the list in the "Settings>Joystick & Equipment> Keys" window, you go up to the top, and click on the browse button where it says, "Custom CMNDS from plugins". Then browse to "xap/Panels/0" for one key binding, "xap/Panels/1" for the next one, and "xap/Panels/2" for the last pop-up window. Regards, Daniel K.
  3. ...anyone know how to move it offscreen or simply get rid of it?
  4. I know this is a P3D forum for this aircraft but there's no matching forum for XP. Is anyone else suffering from spastic ground steering in the B1900 in XP-11? I have the rudder axis dialed all the way to zero, but it's still incredibly sensitive on the ground. Anyone have any suggestions?
  5. I love this! I've been looking for a Delta-Connect for my Beech 1900D (X-Plane flavor) Do you have one published for X-Plane? If not, would you be willing to publish one? (I'd compensate you for your work as well) PM me if you're interested or want to work something out. I have a full-size B1900 sim in the house and regularly fly on PilotEdge as 'Delta-209' http://anthonyscottphotography.com/b1900/h401e6af3#h401e6af3
  6. On the main page for the product: *** – Due to the high complexity of the plug-in internal logic, of varying quality of the data in installed custom sceneries – possible unexpected termination of the plug-in time to time. I know it's usually a given that a plug-in will crash from time to time, but maybe bringing it to light in the above statement is holding the product back a little. Even just a hint of "Bad behavior" prevents me from looking at it in my own sim. CTDs are intensely frustrating and (at least for me) it only takes one CTD and that plugin is summarily dismissed from my aircraft. That, and doing ATC is obscenely complex... I have to wonder just how good (or bad) it really is.
  7. I think you'll find X-Plane easier to set up than P3D. Although there are some head-scratching moments, like configuring joysticks in the setup screens, which, is still a bit strange to me but you get used to it. Basically, X-Plane will run a bit better on any rig capable of running P3D. It's also GPU-bound, which means performance scales better the more GPU hardware you can throw at it. Use an SSD if you can. You might be a little disappointed in the weather engine but I hear they are working on it for the next major release. At first I found the whole user interface somewhat counter-intuitive, coming from FSX for so many years but, you get used to it. You WILL enjoy the flight dynamics and the scenery is amazing. Lightning strikes will light up just the area and ground directly underneath the strike. I could go on but I'm sure others will have some input. Welcome aboard!
  8. Welcome back! Like you, I converted to X-Plane a few years ago and now it runs my full-size Beechcraft 1900D simulator. Have you looked at Carenado aircraft? They have some of the best a/c for X-Plane. http://www.carenado.com/CarSite/Portal/index.php
  9. Yup... Avoid W10 like the plague. I've tried several times to upgrade to W10, only to fail with a myriad of issues that were only solved by going back to W8.1 In my humble opinion, W10 is the worst product to ever come out of Microsoft.
  10. I use it religiously and it's awesome. I don't fly real-world anymore but use it whenever I fly my sim. Using X-plane, it's a matter of a simple plug-in to get FF connected. And recently, Skyvector.com added the ability to export flight plans directly to ForeFlight. If you create a flightplan in your iPad via Skyvector, you can export it directly to Foreflight and it'll automatically open in FF. Foreflight is also great for airfield & taxiway identification/navigation. To me it's definitely worth the annual subscription.
  11. I'm one of those brain-dead simmers and like you, am currently getting 25-30 FPS around most dense areas with custom scenery and a lot of plugins. I'll have to try this tonight as I have a fairly beefy rig, so it's always been surprising to me that my frame rates aren't what they should be. I'll know in exactly 5.5 hours. :-) Thanks for the post!
  12. Here's a wild idea...get one of those old bicycle generators that were used to drive the old headlamps, and connect the output to a small computer fan that then blows against a vane attached to a pot. As the wheel speed increases, the fan speed increases, thus increasing the flow of air against the vane, which moves the pot. You might have to experiment with vane weighting and a possible gentle spring return.Might be a fun starting point... You'll have to add a fairly sturdy diode in series with the fan because I think those generators put out AC current, not DC. Ray Sotkiewiczwww.EllieSystems.com
  13. ...probably only if they release an SDK.Ray Sotkiewiczwww.EllieSystems.com
  14. I would be very curious to know the answer as well. Seems that a lot of these add-ons, substantial as they are, have somewhat forgotten the home-builder market.Ray www.EllieSystems.com
  15. I also ordered this card, but the 670Mb "Alpha Dog" version. It seems to be the defacto standard for mid-priced video cards. I'm still rebuilding my sim system but I'll drop by in a few days with a performance update.Ray Sotkiewiczwww.EllieSystems.com
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