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About bobbyjoh

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  1. bobbyjoh

    Pro-Atc or Radar Contact?

    You ask a very good question. Let me start by saying that Radar Contact is a ATC program. What do I mean by that, first you can set it up to follow all your own instructions (which I do), I use weather programs to predict which way the winds are going to be at my departure and destinations. Knowing that I pick my SID/rwy at my departure airport and again going to my weather program I know what the predicted winds will be at destination, there for I pick my STAR/rwy. Using this method I am right about 90% of the time. Now having said that, one let RC pick both the SID and STAR. This is based on what FSX AI are using based on the weather, this works pretty well until you get to variable and calm wind conditions. FSX can select some wild runways, example at KLAX one can get winds of 090/05 and you will get rwy selection of all the east bound runways, when you look in real world they are using the westbound runways. I guess I flew to many years in the USAF, where I did my own flight planning so I don't like leaving it to a program. So an old school guy like me does all the work before hand. Now back to you question, no you cannot change the STAR enroute if you pick it, but if you don't select it Radar Contact will do it for you. Off the subject that someone put into this thread, let me vary candid, JD did not delay development work based on financial considerations, please don't make those comments. He did it for his family PERIOD. Thanks Bob
  2. bobbyjoh

    What happened to Eiresim?

    The link works for me, tried all their menu items and they were all responsive even to let me order. Can't imagine why it's not working for you. BTW, I use Google Chrome as my browser. Bob
  3. bobbyjoh

    Pro-Atc or Radar Contact?

    I have been watching this very interest thread since the OP first put it up. As many of you might know I have been on the beta team for Radar Contact for years. So what I have to say is biased toward Radar Contact. So much of the comment have been on voice sounds,. First we had many real world ATC controllers on the team from the onset. Real world ATC procedures are not the same from FAA and ICAO. We made those differences part of RC. Next as you are flying, take note that "controls" are not the same as "centers" in the US. Next when you are within either a center or a control there are sectors that switch you from on sector to another. Radar Contact does all those. Also its ATIS is directed by the ground weather at the destination. During this discussion, everyone is harping about how a voice sounds. Do you care about real world ATC procedures? My voice is one of the voices in RC and I DON'T sound robotic. In addition I use pre-recorded ATC sounds in addition to my RC sounds and its very realistic since I have thousands of hours of flying in the real world. Here is a point that many have missed, fly across the pond at night and see who is following you. FSX default ATC requires you to sit in front of you computer to monitor messages, RC does not. Before we stopped development of RC v5 we were working on SID/STAR incorporation. There were many issues that needed to be worked through. For example I put SID and STAR's in my flight plan, others don't. Another potential issue, there are thousands of names for SID/STARs around the world, the correct phrasing is expect "XXXX arrival at XXXX airport". Were you going to phrase that phonetically or record the names. We had almost solved the altitude and speed restriction issues with every SID/STAR. Its very complicated, and if we continue, we will have this done. My last comment to everyone, ATC is very complex in the FS world and I could go on and on about all the issues, but will not, if you question that, look at the FAA ATC rules online, and that just for the US, Europe is even more of a challenge. For now, I ONLY use Radar Contact, IMHO its still the most accurate program available and it covers the entire world. Bob
  4. bobbyjoh

    Pro ATC X or Radar Contact

    Guys this is a wait and see. But remember, if we do V5 are you willing to put in hours and hours of recordings. That what it takes. Just to give a flavor of voices, in the US the word "altimeter" is pronouced "ALTIMERter" in the UK its ALTImeter. Its a long process, but worth it. Bob
  5. bobbyjoh

    Pro ATC X or Radar Contact

    Its so funny to hear people talk about voices. My voice is in RC, along with some of my good friends. Its a long pains taking process. With lots of SID/STAR names in the database it will soon require recording over 10,000 words or phrases. We have voices from the US, UK, Italy, NZ and Austrailia. But getting folks from Germany, France, Spain, Canada and Mexico to volenteer was almost impossible. Text to voice technology is the only way to make variable voices a reality. Microsoft owns some of that technology but its not accented. This voice issue is far more difficult than most folks are aware of. Bob
  6. bobbyjoh

    Pro ATC X or Radar Contact

    Just a simple comment. I have worked with the RC development team for years. RC has many real world ATC controllers on its team. So the procedures are correct. What RC lacks is SID/STAR interaction. We were working on that during the RCv5 development. Some of us, like me, put those in our flight plans. Others would like for the program to pick those when the runways are selected. If we start development again this summer that is the number one objective. But the statement above is so clear, RC WORKS. I think I am pretty good at what the real world ATC is all about and again I will say it loud, RC WORKS Bob
  7. bobbyjoh

    Regretful purchases for FSX

    What a great thread and the comments are so informative. I have only one FSX plane addon in my hanger and that is the LDS 767. Yup its VC is very long in the tooth, but it is so bug free and flies like a dream. Now having said that I bought XPax had no technical problems with it, but was really disappointed with the functions. The developer has ended any support but for the low price was not bad. I have tons of airports and will be adding some more in the near future. I have Aerosoft's Amsterdam Schiphol and although I use it, its very hard to navigate around the airport for many taxiway signs are either hard to read or non existent I also have FSGenesis mesh and the plateau issue which I did have in FS9 does not appear with my FSX versions, maybe there was an update. All in all I am very satisfied with my FSX addons, this kind of thread helps me not purchase poor quality products, thanks OP Bob
  8. bobbyjoh

    Windows 8 and FSX

    Hopefully MS will provide a clean migration path to W8. Following the old adage, if it ain't broke don't try to fix it. My current FSX installation is running just fine. Bob
  9. bobbyjoh

    Windows 8 and FSX

    Is it possible to just do an upgrade to W8 without doing a re install of FSX? That would mean a week of work for me (yuck)
  10. bobbyjoh

    Ray Smith AFCAD appreciation

    I had a problem with a AFCAD at KDEN. Contacted Ray and he worked on fixing the problem for a couple of days. He really is a nice guy. Funny comments on our emails as I was going to bed he was just waking up. Ray has been such a great contributor to our community I too salute his EXCELLENT work. Bob
  11. Jeff, there is no payware KATL other than Imaginesim, I can't understand why. If you compare their work to Fly Tampa, FSDream Team or Tropical Sim they are IMHO far superior. I now use a freeware version of KATL and get much better graphics. Needless to say that their KDTW is dreadful and not accurate. For Detroit both of our home airports I use BluePrint KDTW, which I love. Bob
  12. I have their KATL and found that it is not up to the quality of other developers. I have had excellent customer response but the answers to my questions were lacking. For example ATL has a new international terminal, has been in planning for years. When I ask the ImagineSim folks about it the response was we have to do a whole new package. There are freeware developers that have at least added a simulation of the the new terminal. Also the sign markers on freeware ATL sceneries are better than ImagineSim's stuff. Overall I am not pleased with their work. Will not buy any of their stuff until they do some major development improvements. Bob
  13. BTW the gauge works perfect when using GSX opening both cargo doors is a push of a button. Same with the pax door. Bob
  14. bobbyjoh

    PMDG Speculated Future Releases ?

    Hi Folks, I agree that a PMDG 787 has got to be on the horizon such a great airplane. Having said that, PMDG is a business and some of the suggestions might have a very BAD business case. The NGX has been on great winner from a sales standpoint, bet they will examine the business case very carefully on future products. Bob
  15. Jim, I just installed the gauge into my 767w and it works just GREAT. It would be great if you add this to the LDS members download section. This is just too good and solves so many issues. Really great job.Bob