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  1. RobertVA


    OK, I missed the "x" in "fsx", but since I never bought that version I haven't looked into what utilities work with that version. Does FSX retain the automatic full tanks function when the plane stops in close proximity to the pump? If so wouldn't that make GSX merely automated scenery depicting a truck pulling up? To me using the menu and fuel pop-up is usually pretty easy. I keep the mouse and keyboard handy anyway for tasks like operating the navigation radios, operating the GPS and control functions like auto-throttle, thrust reverser deployment and spoilers.
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    Windows 8.1 - The Start Button Returns

    While the Windows 8/8.1 Start screen looks different from the Windows 7 start menu I don't agree with all the "hate eight' sentiment. The Windows 8/8.1 start screen still allows users to "pin" their most frequently used apps to the start screen, the most frequently used apps can be moved to the more convenient left side of the screen, has the circled white arrow near the lower left corner to list all programs and allows the entry of a search with the first keystroke. Using earlier versions of Windows many users left the task bar at the bottom of the screen with the start/logo button at the left end, a few pixels away from the screen corner where the Windows 8 logo link to the start screen hides (even while running new style apps). With the Windows 8.1 desktop the logo no longer hides. While new Windows 8 style apps can't have cascading windows, two new style apps can share the screen in a horizontal tile configuration. Compatible apps written for earlier versions of Windows need to be run on the Windows 8/8.1 desktop where their windows can be cascaded like they always were. Menus/tool bars for new style apps hide, in a manner similar to the desktop task bar in earlier versions of Windows, which allows the document pane more space. Now with the second update new style apps have a hidden title bar with a "x" close button, a power off icon has been added to the start screen and the task bar is accessible at the bottom of new style apps.
  3. RobertVA


    This being the Hanger Talk forum it's not a certainty which simulator you're using, thus any available add-ons would vary. In many versions of the Microsoft flight simulator if you want a 100% fuel load just stop your plane in front of the fuel pump (in some versions in an area marked with a yellow square)
  4. RobertVA

    Windows 9 around the corner

    On the Windows 8.1 start menus posted above clicking that white down arrow with the circle around it near the lower left corner displays a program list with headings, at least some of headings are apparently representing folders in the user's start folder. Some programs that are compatible with earlier versions of Windows work better than others. I've encountered a few where Windows 8.1 even refuses to run the installation program. So far I haven't attempted installing any flight simulators on Windows 8.1 (I have some limited recent experience with X-Plane on a 7" Android tablet). The OS also rapidly opens the text box for a search as soon as a letter is typed with the start menu on the display. Over the 6 days I've had the Windows 8.1 laptop the desired program is displayed on a clickable list by the time the third letter is typed (often faster). On the laptop's touch pad swiping from the right edge displays "charms" (links) for things like sharing, devices (including printers) and setup. From the start menu the setup charm includes things like personalization and the control panel. From the new Windows 8 apps the list resulting from clicking the setup charm varies as appropriate for that particular app.
  5. A United 727 on a trip from Norfolk, Virginia to San Diego, California with a stop in Pittsburg and a change to a little Embreir at LAX. I was initially disappointed that the cabin windows were obscured by morning dew. During the takeoff roll there was a sudden sound of rushing water while the cabin windows simultaneously cleared. As it was an overcast morning the aircraft quickly climbed into the clouds. There must have been some mist above the denser body of the clouds, as the aircraft's shadow was surrounded by a circular rainbow, It felt a bit intimidating in the little Embreir surrounded by all the 747s and DC10s at LAX. Boarding was through an actual gate in a fence. At San Diego we were directed through a gate outside one end of the terminal to 'baggage claim" on the sidewalk in front of the terminal!
  6. RobertVA

    Plane hits car on approach

    Private road beyond airport boundary: Airport operator would not be responsible for design, installation, operation or maintenance of traffic control devices (signs, lights, roadway markings or gates) unless there was a contract with the owner of the road. Airport operator wouldn't even be able to control traffic or install controls on the road without permission from the owner of the property the road was on. Airport operator may have responsibility to locate runway a distance from the roadway that would result in aircraft on a reasonable glide slope clearing traffic on a roadway the airport operator didn't control. Since the displaced threshold was over 400 feet from the roadway IMO this had been accomplished. Possibility an aircraft so far below a reasonable glide slope to strike a vehicle would also be so low that terrain or vegetation would obstruct a motorist's view of the approaching aircraft. Traffic controls on private property: In some jurisdictions failure to follow directions might not be subject to citations by government law enforcement officers, thus limited to civil liability between collision participants and any respective insurance companies. Civil jury verdicts might not be very predictable. Even on public roads law enforcement officers might not be able to cite drivers for offenses the officer doesn't personally witness. I'm not familiar with the climate in that part of Texas, but pavement markings alone certainly wouldn't be effective if there was snow or ice on the road. Road markings alone might not be adequate on a rainy night either, especially if the pavement markings are old or made with non-reflective paint. Probably little if any regulations/laws establishing standards for traffic controls on private roads. Any standards would probably be either completely voluntary or a condition imposed by a liability insurer. I see little reason to blame the airport operator, a minor omission on the road owners part for inadequate traffic controls (should have at least had STOP signs and "Low Flying Aircraft" signs). While I see some negligence on the part of the SUV driver IMO by far the blame for this incident lies with the student pilot (and to the extent the "student" status the flight instructor) for inadequate altitude before reaching the airport grounds (well below glide slope).
  7. About 25 years ago I rode a TWA 727 that had the front right (galley) exit just forward of the wing instead of the normal position at the front of the passenger cabin. This wasn't a pleasant situation when on a cold windy St Louis day the food wasn't brought on board until the passengers were on in their seats (coats and other cold weather wear stowed).
  8. No, but this is more like an auto supplier putting a device on a car that counts how many miles you start the engine and charging extra if you are going to be able to start it after the first few hundred times.
  9. RobertVA

    Challenger crew, R.I.P. -- Janurary 28th, 1986

    I was sitting in front of the TV wondering why NASA hadn't announced the booster separation and why the boosters weren't diverging smoothly the way they usually do. While it wasn't immediately obvious (when the tank disintegrated) exactly what had happened, it WAS immediately obvious (from the sudden vapor cloud and careening boosters) the launch was NOT progressing normally. For a SHORT period there I hoped the orbiter would be visible gliding out of the cloud. Unidentified debris was clearly visible on the TV falling into the ocean a few minutes later. I don't recall NASA verifying it, but I suspect the falling crew compartment was one of the visible pieces.I feared the shuttle program would be completely canceled.
  10. RobertVA

    I am happy

    Probably referring to Looking Glass Studio's Flight Unlimited III ©1999
  11. RobertVA

    Conveyer Belt Takeoff- Mythbusters jumps in!!!

    :-rollThe thing people keep forgetting concerning this issue is that aircraft don't in ANY fashion propel themselves by pushing backwards against the ground, runway or giant treadmill they are supported on prior to takeoff. Note that they don't immediately lose speed, and thus lift, immediately after takeoff. This is because the forward propulsion is produced by exerting force rearward on some combination of air (propeller driven aircraft), engine exhaust (turbojet and the occasional rocket propelled aircraft) or a combination of air and exhaust (the fan jets used by many modern "jet" airliners). Every action (forcing air and/or exhaust rearward) absolutely MUST result in an equal and opposite reaction (forward force against engine and the attached aircraft). The modest amount of bearing friction in the wheel hubs would accomplish little to counter the forces generated by the engine(s).:-jumpyAs long as the wheel brakes are released the treadmill would have negligible effect on the ability of the aircraft to move forward compared to the air and the rest of the world. The ONLY thing the treadmill could accomplish would be making the wheels spin at double the usual RPM.
  12. RobertVA

    "Air Emergency" on National Geographic TV

    I too found it odd that here wasn't alternate instrumentation. I thought such a late model would haves altitude and airspeed capabilities through a GPS receiver. I also thought most jets used for over water flights were equipped with inertial navigation systems before GPS gained popularity.
  13. RobertVA

    FS9 GPS Programming

    Just create a plan with some nearby intersection or other defined waypoint as a temporary substitute for your user defined waypoint. Save the flight plan.Open the flight plan with Notepad.Look for your temporary waypoint in the lines that start with "waypoint.#=" (substitute a number for the #). The latitude and longitude values for each waypoint are easy to spot. Change the latitude and longitude values to the position you want to fly to at that point in the plan. You can change the name of the waypoint too ("wpt##" works well)Save the plan back to the hard drive.Load the plan into the simulator.
  14. RobertVA

    Finally some hope

    I'm thinking it's time to:Change ground clearance policies so that planes aren't cleared to taxi unless there's a reasonable probability they will be able to taxi ALL THE WAY to the hold stop line and obtain takeoff clearance shortly after reaching it. Basically shift the waiting to the concourse waiting areas at the gates instead of a having a line of aircraft on the taxiway. If an arriving flight needs a gate, the air line will just be required to cancel a departing flight or postpone bringing the departing aircraft up to the gate for loading.If enough planes can't be handled during the peak demand period of the day than some people are going to have to stay put or travel during off peak periods AND airline schedules or equipment usage (bigger planes with more seats) changed to reflect that. Many airports are under utilized in the early AM hours anyway.
  15. RobertVA

    Cameras to monitor engine fires?

    The picture shows the leading edge of the wing AND the engine intakes. The picture is from the FRONT half of the fuselage. With the wing tip in the right side of the PICTURE that HAS to be the LEFT wing.