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  1. Dark Moment

    Cathay Pacific Airways for flight simulation

    Hi RonUnfortunately the real world has been getting in the way far too often, particularly since the birth of my now-two-year-old co-pilot. I have FS projects almost completed that have been on my hard drive for two years :(Luckily, FS2004 ain't going anywhere soon!MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  2. A pal suggested recently that I submit the following to Avsim as a "news item", given that many newer simmers are unaware of my Cathay Pacific pages. Avsim have not replied to me - a little bird tells me that mention of a VA killed the article - so I may as well post it here instead. Just for info, perhaps useful for some:"Mark "Dark Moment" Beaumont, a Briton living in Long Island, New York, is probably best known in FS circles for his enthusiasm for the Douglas DC-3. Mark is Vice-President Fleet at DC-3 Airways (www.dc3airways.com) and a member of the MAAM-SIM development team. He has turned out many textures and add-ons for the marque. However, perhaps not so many simmers know of Mark's dedication to Cathay Pacific Airways of Hong Kong. Since getting into FS in earnest with FS2000, Mark has put together an online library of pretty well everything ever released for Cathay Pacific in the FS world, enabling those interested in this particular airline to explore a rich source of material."Whereas there are thousands of files available in the Avsim library, and a number of sites dedicated to particular aircraft", says Mark, "it seems rare to find FS sites dedicated to a particular airline. I lived in Hong Kong for some years, working on the shipping side of the Swire Group, the owning/managing company of Cathay Pacific Airways, and so have long had a fascination for the airline and its history. Indeed, I travelled on Cathay aircraft regularly all over the Far East - mostly Tristars and 747s - and was lucky enough to be invited "up front" a number of times for the approach into R13 at Kai Tak Airport, before it closed. When I became immersed in flightsimming, I reminded myself of those heady days by pulling together the best work out there for CPA."Mark has certainly done that. In what spare time he has, Mark maintains a web site for his old buddies in Swire Shipping (specifically, the China Navigation Company). He introduced a flightsim page into the site for members'amusement, offering one of his first repaints as a dedicated 'fun' aircraft for members but focusing, thereafter, on Cathay Pacific Airways. Since those early days, Mark has pulled together the best, if not all, work that has been created for FS2000, FS2002, FS2004 and now FSX. You'll find any Cathay aircraft you're looking for within his pages. He also showcases many associated add-ons such as Hong Kong scenery, AI files and relevant documentation."It's been great fun keeping my pages up to date," continues Mark, "although I think my shipping pals think I'm off my rocker. Currently, the FSx page is growing fast but I continue to keep the FS2004 entries up to date as well - for the moment, at least - given the continuing interest in that version of MSFS. Most of the links to downloads from my pages are to the trusty Avsim library, of course, and I thank Tom and his team for all their hard work; I gave up hosting the files on my own server long ago, given that file sizes have become so large. I do try to keep the entries in some sort of order, and continue to be amazed at the amount of quality work, both freeware and payware, that is turned out for my favorite airline. There's some superb stuff to be had."You can visit Mark's Cathay Pacific pages at http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html from which index page the specific pages for all versions of the simulator are linked. Mark points out that the music you'll hear on arrival at any page is Barry White's "Love's Theme", which for many years was the reassuring and relaxing in-cabin music on Cathay Pacific Airways."MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  3. A pal suggested recently that I submit the following to Avsim as a "news item", given that many newer simmers are unaware of my Cathay Pacific pages. Avsim have not replied to me - a little bird tells me that mention of a VA killed the article - so I may as well post it here instead. Just for info, perhaps useful for some:"Mark "Dark Moment" Beaumont, a Briton living in Long Island, New York, is probably best known in FS circles for his enthusiasm for the Douglas DC-3. Mark is Vice-President Fleet at DC-3 Airways (www.dc3airways.com) and a member of the MAAM-SIM development team. He has turned out many textures and add-ons for the marque. However, perhaps not so many simmers know of Mark's dedication to Cathay Pacific Airways of Hong Kong. Since getting into FS in earnest with FS2000, Mark has put together an online library of pretty well everything ever released for Cathay Pacific in the FS world, enabling those interested in this particular airline to explore a rich source of material."Whereas there are thousands of files available in the Avsim library, and a number of sites dedicated to particular aircraft", says Mark, "it seems rare to find FS sites dedicated to a particular airline. I lived in Hong Kong for some years, working on the shipping side of the Swire Group, the owning/managing company of Cathay Pacific Airways, and so have long had a fascination for the airline and its history. Indeed, I travelled on Cathay aircraft regularly all over the Far East - mostly Tristars and 747s - and was lucky enough to be invited "up front" a number of times for the approach into R13 at Kai Tak Airport, before it closed. When I became immersed in flightsimming, I reminded myself of those heady days by pulling together the best work out there for CPA."Mark has certainly done that. In what spare time he has, Mark maintains a web site for his old buddies in Swire Shipping (specifically, the China Navigation Company). He introduced a flightsim page into the site for members'amusement, offering one of his first repaints as a dedicated 'fun' aircraft for members but focusing, thereafter, on Cathay Pacific Airways. Since those early days, Mark has pulled together the best, if not all, work that has been created for FS2000, FS2002, FS2004 and now FSX. You'll find any Cathay aircraft you're looking for within his pages. He also showcases many associated add-ons such as Hong Kong scenery, AI files and relevant documentation."It's been great fun keeping my pages up to date," continues Mark, "although I think my shipping pals think I'm off my rocker. Currently, the FSx page is growing fast but I continue to keep the FS2004 entries up to date as well - for the moment, at least - given the continuing interest in that version of MSFS. Most of the links to downloads from my pages are to the trusty Avsim library, of course, and I thank Tom and his team for all their hard work; I gave up hosting the files on my own server long ago, given that file sizes have become so large. I do try to keep the entries in some sort of order, and continue to be amazed at the amount of quality work, both freeware and payware, that is turned out for my favorite airline. There's some superb stuff to be had."You can visit Mark's Cathay Pacific pages at http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html from which index page the specific pages for all versions of the simulator are linked. Mark points out that the music you'll hear on arrival at any page is Barry White's "Love's Theme", which for many years was the reassuring and relaxing in-cabin music on Cathay Pacific Airways."MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  4. Dark Moment

    Installing FS9 AFTER FSX?

    ShaneI have several "installs" on my main hard drives:FSX Acceleration with lots of addons, all-singing all-dancingFSX Acceleration default for testing dev workFS9 loaded as aboveFS9 default as aboveGolden Wings for '50s and before No conflicts. I have different EXE files for the sims, too, so that I can have stick/pedals configured on one, for example, and yoke/pedals/throttle quad on another.The trick there is to simply make a copy of and rename the FS9.EXE file, to say, FS9STICK.EXE and then make a copy of the FS9.CFG file and call that FS9STICK.CFG correspondingly. Make shortcuts to both EXE files and bingo, different setups.MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  5. Yo, Dave, how hangs it?Have you another mesh installed, perchance? There have been several released for Hong Kong.... SRTM, GAIA etc.... I myself had to go through my files carefully when installing 9FieryThings to make sure I had disabled all such stuff. Just a thought.MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  6. JamesTo my knowledge, most real world heavies DID come in somewhat to the left of track on the IGS, to give themselves enough time to turn the 47 degrees necessary to line up and to maximise their straight path on the final. That said, not TOO far left, otherwise they would have taken out one of Clutch's dragons (although I suspect in the meeting of granite and alloy, granite would have won) and he'd have to rename his scenery :)MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  7. Just go to our freebie page and download the FSX update stuff, Mr. t:http://www.maam.org/flightsim/enhance/r4d_enhance.htmFollow the instructions to the letter and you'll be good to go. Any other follow-up is to be found in the posts within this forum.MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  8. Whoo, Grahame, slow down my friend!Sorry your three posts were unreplied to, to date, but they are all within one day! Remember we are all volunteers here for MAAM, and the real world gets in the way now and again.I'm going to leave Bill Rambow to answer on the issue of your new payment - for which thank you, very much, because it was not necessary but is very much appreciated in support of the museum - but I can help on a couple of points you raise:1. The no-yoke fix was not an official upload, and was for FS9 anyway. I have not even tried it myself yet in FSX (being personally buried in real world distractions over the past few months) but without a doubt work will be needed to make it fully compatible with FSX, Acceleration or not. MS keep moving the goalposts on us, and others. Handling of textures and transparency varies even between FSX and FSX Acceleration.2. That instrument "blank spot" you mention is a little confusing, I concede, but is an exact representation of the real thing. That is how it looks.Please be aware that MAAM-SIM continues to do its best to keep up with everything that MS throws at us and that we hope to release a fully compatible set of files for FSX and all its various iterations in due course; if, that is, MS don't dump the thing themselves and move on before we can catch up :)For others reading this, if you have bought earlier versions of our product, you never NEED to buy a later version to enjoy updates/upgrades or add-ons that we continue to produce as freeware. Everything that appears on later disks as standard is to be found on our FREE STUFF page for earlier purchasers.But all spare dollars are always welcomed ;) MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  9. Dear StuartIs it not in the aircraft's folder as usual? It should be. Bear in mind that if you have installed things correctly, your aircraft are now under SIMOBJECTS/AIRPLANES rather than AIRCRAFT as in FS9.MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  10. JohnCheck that Acceleration hasn't reset your MIXTURE sensitivities or, worse still, reversed the levers. Has happened. Secondly, have you tried the old "limit the framerate" trick? Try limiting your frame rates to 30 or less (quite adequate for FSX, in my view) and report, if not.MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  11. Now I am getting confused myself. Fired it all up tonight to check for possible issues, using FSX SP1 (uninstalled Acceleration recently although I'm about to put it back in). Engine sounds no problem in both VC and 2D cockpit. But then... I switched through views, and when I returned to the cockpit, hey presto, no engine sounds. Hmmm.Anyone else seen any similar pattern, please? If you report here, please state FSX, FSX SP1 or FSX Acc. Thanks.MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  12. >Number one is that %3*^&@! yoke. It obscures several essential>NAV gauges. At present there is no way to remove it as far >as FSX is concerned. I have asked for help on this and no reply>has been made. In it's present configuration, it just stinks for>hands-on VC IFR approaches in typical Northwest USA weather >(or any hands on VC use). Let me say that again..... it stinks.Well, sir, for a newcomer to our forum, you've certainly created a bad smell around here! :)If you have asked for help on your yoke issue - which post I cannot trace, but I/we may well have missed it - apologies. The latest FREEWARE add-ons to our DC-3 product, which are not released yet, have removable VC yokes which can be clicked on and off, rather than the full and medium versions as originally released. However, these are not retrofitted to the original aircraft (i.e. R4D-6, UAL, BEA) and it is unlikely that they will be for FS9 at this stage.I myself have not yet fully tested these newer models in FSX - certainly not with the dreaded Acceleration, which yet again has moved the goalposts significantly for developers - but am doing so. When this work is completed, I'll let you know whether these models will give you what you need in FSX. >I am considering writing a review from a new simmers/FSX owners>point of view to help other decide if its worth the trouble>(and it was some trouble, hence, the refund consideration). At>present MAAM offers little in the way of FSX enhancements or>add ons for this craft. There are none that add to it's>functions and capabilities.I'm sure we'll all be interested in your review. Perhaps we'll know your name at that point - do let us have it, as we like to be on first name terms around here. I am sure that if you wish to return your purchase to MAAM-SIM and delete our software from your system, Bill Rambow will be happy to refund you; but you, and most importantly others reading your posts, should understand that these aircraft were not developed for FSX. Our upgrades to FSX, to date, have been offered as a courtesy, for free, to existing users who have been pleased with our aircraft in FS9; we know, and have made clear, that there are shortcomings still in FSX (Acceleration has worsened these and introduced new ones) and, in time, there is a will to develop an entirely new model series for the new sim. Or the next one, perhaps :)So there you have it. I hope I am clear that these aircraft were developed for FS9, and that their operation in FSX is a work in progress. Most who know us well know that, and if you have been led to believe otherwise, then you'd better start packing up that disk and hitting the delete button, I guess!But we'd rather have you as one of us; I'd just be disappointed if you started "writing reviews" that were not properly researched.MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  13. Which aircraft, Thomas? All of them? Check that your ENGINES slider is not at zero under the FS sounds menu, for a start.All aircraft in our package take their sounds from the R4D-6; that is, they alias to that aircraft. You haven't renamed it in your AIRPLANES folder or anything of that nature, have you?We've not heard of any similar problem, so I suspect the problem is easily fixable. Post again if you don't work it out.MarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  14. Hi MavAs you'll probably know, there are levels of what people interpret as "fully clickable" in FS.Even within our own product, with every release (e.g. the C-47 series) we have introduced new models which have more "clickability" (is that a word?) than the earlier, base R4D pack. We'd like to think that our VC remains streets ahead of much of the competition in terms of immersion and the "feel" of being on a real aircraft rather than flying in a cardboard cutout with untextured parts. But, that said, we have yet to give you clickable radios in VC, which are clearly pretty fundamental if you insist on only flying in VC without using popups at all.Personally, I tend to flip to 2D when wanting to change radio frequencies, as with addons such as Active Camera or TrackIR the slightest head latency makes it difficult to hit radio mousepoints successfully when they are jumping about on the screen; bearing in mind that most people hand fly the DC-3 (and should) as we're not talking automatic pilot control in an Airbus here. When flying multiplayer over at DC-3 Airways, we sometimes have up to 20 aircraft in the pattern for landing; chasing radios all over the screen while looking about and trying to maintain altitude, correct airspeed and position is a bit of a joke in any FS aircraft when hand flying.So there you have it. We WILL have clickable VC radios one day - and, indeed, my own "IFR" panel for FS9, using default radios, is clickable in VC; but to date, our overhead is not clickable in VC. Most everything else is.Hey, buy the package anyway. I promise you that you will not be disappointed! She flies beautifully, which is reward in itself. And I think there are more freeware add-ons for our base package than any other FS product I know of!http://www.maam.org/flightsim/enhance/r4d_enhance.htmMarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]
  15. Well done, Tim! Jan will be happy... as you know, his own paint of this beauty on the earlier MAAM-SIM model was a favourite of many... I still fly it occasionally in FS2002, but now we have yours!Here's the oldie....http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/179388.jpgMarkMark "Dark Moment" BeaumontVP Fleet, DC-3 AirwaysTeam Member, MAAM-SIM[a href=http://www.swiremariners.com/cx.html" target="_blank]http://www.paxship.com/avsimlogo.jpg[/a]