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  1. I've wondered three things about FS Commander. They are not answered on their website as far as I know.1. Can it be ported to a second monitor for use?2. Will it fly (on autopilot) to a point chosen?3. Can the aircraft be moved to a new location while in flight?These were the things I liked best about FSNav !!!Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  2. Michael:Here are some more details I just found. Most interesting !http://www.aero-news.net/Community/Discuss...=5269&Refresh=1This lawsuit could drag on a long time.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)Ron Kracke practiced medicine in Pendleton,Indiana and we all three belonged to Edgewwood Country Club together at one time in Edgewood, just on the west side of Anderson, Indiana. Bill Shearer (Pilot) was my partner in several 2-man golf tournaments. His wife Betsy was the real golfer in the family, as Bill was mostly (almost entirely) into flying, fishing,and hunting.Armand McClintock was the head of Indiana Drug Enforcement and I did not know him.
  3. Thanks to everyone for all the input. I have been trying to get a little closure for myself on this matter trying to understand what happened.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  4. Bill was a risk taker. Not everyone agreed with his antics in an airplane. He fequently "buzzed" a nearby golf course knowing all his friends were watching below. Sometimes quite low. On pull up, he'd wobble his wings so everyone knew who he was. They knew anyway. I was in the airplane when he did this once. Then about 3 or 4 years before the final incident he landed an airplane with the wheels up. Frankly, I'm not sure I would have gone on a trip like this with him myself. The person that bowed out was pressured by Bill to go alone just the day before they left. As he later stated in the local newspaper... Bill said: "You're going to miss a trip of a lifetime". But clearly this person was... "concerned".Among other aviation related matters, Bill did a lot of legal work for flying time in his client's airplanes. Flying, hunting, and fishing, were his life's passions.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  5. Michael:Go to: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/query.aspEnter 10/29/04 in both date fields,and Missouri in the state field.A Beech A36 at Downing, Mo.I don't know the answers to your questions.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  6. Geof:You are quite correct in you assessment. It their first response to this lawsuit, the FAA is claiming that they're only responsibility is in the separation of aircraft (with regards to this matter). They further stated that because the pilot had no weather detection equipment, he was negligent for not being on top of the weather.The plaintiffs have responded that the originating controller was aware of the weather danger, and failed to pass this information on when they handed my friend Bill, off to another controller. I am supposing that was in the full NTSB report which I've not seen.I'm following this the best I can over the internet. There is a NTSB website that make detailed information of their findings for all air related incidents. It's most interesting, semi-complete, and searchable.See: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/query.aspBill was my attorney and sometimes golfing friend. Though not a real pilot myself, I've flown his airplane a few times (with him next to me). Unfortunately, this was his third major incident.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  7. This topic has been moved by the moderator of this forum. It can be found at:http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=sho...&topic_id=33403
  8. Geof:A friend of mine lost his life in a plane crash that he was piloting about 2 years ago, along with two others. He was instrument rated and had 700 hours of flying time.He filed a flight plan in SD for an instrument flight to Anderson, Indiana, after a hunting trip, in a small Beech Bonanza without weather radar. About seven minutes before the crash, and over Missouri, he contacted a controller and reported his altitude. Unbeknownst to him a weather front was right in front of him and three weather advisories were in effect at the time. One advisory was for very severe tubulence including possible tornadoes. He died trying to pull out of a spin coming out of the bottom of the clouds. According to witnesses he almost made it.Now the three widows are suing the FAA for failure to advise of these weather conditions at the last contact just seven minutes before the crash.What's the real world take on this. Do controllers warn of severe weather ahead and, are they responsible to do so. Or, was he negligent for not tuning in for the warnings since he had no weather radar.Any opinions ?Bob (Las Cruces, NM)On a related note, a fourth person was asked to join that trip, and bowed out at the very last minute out of fear of flying related to being a single parent to his 12 year old daughter. Sort of a "Waylon Jennings" story.
  9. Cyberpower.... http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/Custom made, cheap prices, and good service, and their quality has gone way up from before.I just got a cheap new machine for my wife that is outstanding in every respect. It was just a standard machine, and came with a beautiful case, extra ports all over for everything, clear door, flourenscent lights, lots of extras slots, etc. Very high quality appearance and packaging.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  10. The new Rocket Racing League is headquartered just west of me at the Las Cruces, NM airport, and within my not to distant sight. They have acquired a large amount of commercial land out there where they have already hosted several promotional events which were open to the public. It's intent is to be the "Nascar" of air races.Then there's the new private orbital flight rocket spaceport to be located just north of here near Truth Or Consequences, but with certain headquarters here at Las Cruces as well. While that new spaceport is not a "totally done deal" yet, T Or C is the leading candidate. The city of Las Cruces has already given them special pricing on a large tract of airport land, and the county residents have voted in a new county tax to help support that new spaceport/industry. The state Of New Mexico is pouring heavy funding into this as well, and has the strong backing of Governor and Presidential Candidate Bill Richardson. It's location takes advantage of the White Sands Missile Range's limited overhead air traffic restrictions.While I may sound like I belong to the Chamber Of Commerce, this town in exploding with growth, and was just named this month by Inc. Magazine as the 15th overall ranked "Boom Town", out of the top 400 U.S. cities that were considered.I just moved here from Florida about a year ago just because of thishigh growth and stable home appreciation (as a retired person), while experiencing all the charms of the west, which it surely has. Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  11. My FSX remains in the box. I figure at least I'm supporting the future development. But reading these threads every day, in total, tells me that this is a sim that is not ready for prime time and probably never will be. I just want to fly. I don't want to do all the messing around I read about which for some still results in poor results on high dollar machines. And because of what I read here, I'm not going to make that investment at this time.I have concluded that a major upgrade in software and/or hardware in addition to DX-10 is the only answer. I also think the Aces team needs to start thinking a good deal more forward about what's going on in the hardware and game making industry than they have done in the past. It's not about the program catching up with the hardware (a.k.a. sliders), it's about the developers catching up with the times. Games have reached a level where they require much more intense programming and effort to progress and survive.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  12. I put in in the box and left it there. After reading these threads, that's where it's gonna stay. No blurries for me !Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  13. I think it's a game. Yes it will simulate the world of aviation quite nicely, but to me it's still just a game. I don't pretend to myself that I will ever be using it for any real-world aviation experiences. But the aviation related fantacy provided by this game makes it one I really like to play !Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  14. While the version for FSX has not been released yet, this is one of the main reasons why the program "FS Navigator" is so popular, especially when used on a second monitor. Not only does it display both your aircraft, and all of the actual graphic extents of all the ILS glide scopes for every runway, but it takes care of all the "overhead" in using them with just a click of your mouse. All the proper frequencies are automaically entered into NAV1 for you. It even has a "fly too" feature which uses the aircrafts autopilot which is extremely nice. Just pick a spot at the end of the visually represented glide scope and the plane will fly right to it.Before FS Navigator, I used a "triple binder book" which I made for myself, with all the ILS runway frequencies for every runway and for all major airports, for quick reference and manual load.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
  15. Christian,Even though I have not fired up my copy of FSX yet, this certainly makes me want to get a new PC ordered. While FS Navigator is an all-time favorite of mine, your work pales in comparison to the overall long-term impact for consumer based flight simulation. I would not know how those at Aces could do anything but stand up and take notice. They are probably having meetings already. What a major league shot in the arm for the long-term sales of their program. Congratulations on exposing the tip of this marvelous iceberg. And many thanks too !!!The entertainment implications for large screen projection and HDTV systems, surround sound, and world-wide photo-real, alone, with this adaptation are just staggering. Bob (Las Cruces, NM)
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