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  1. Just a few tips, which may help to ease the pain of learning to fly the F104S/G. They both hate a heavy hand...nice smooth control movements. Make sure you keep an eye on the APC meter when ever you pull any G. It's a small gauge calibrated from 0 to 5 located around top centre of the panel on the S and extreme right side on the G. Never let the needle go past 4.5. If climbing steeply, ease pressure on the stick just before it gets to 4.5. If doing a tight turn and the needle starts to approach 4.5, drop the flaps to T/O position (you can do this upto 450kts and keep them there to 520kts. The needle will drop at least one full unit, so you can then pull the stick back a bit more to tighten the turn, keeping your eye on the APC so as not to exceed 4.5 (4.4 to be safe) Real F104 pilots did this all the time and cosidered the APC meter as their best friend. The T/O flap position is also the maneuvering position. Remember when landing, once you've selected LANDING flap, NEVER let the engine RPM go below 84%, you'll usually have around 90% rpm And never let the rpm go below 84% untill the wheels are firmly on the ground. Lowering the flaps to land also activates the BLC (boundary layer control) which diverts quite a lot of air from the last compressor stage and blows it at high pressure along the trailing edge of each wing, which allows the aircraft to fly a bit slower than it should, because it thinks it's going a bit faster than it is (confused ?) If you allow the engine RPM to drop below 84% it cuts off the BLC as the engine wants it for thrust. The aircraft will immediately go out of control because it then realises that it isn't going fast enough to fly. Hope that helps a bit to understanding the F104
  2. Use the same two - or = keys that you use to zoom in and out while holding down the R key. /Russell.
  3. You're welcome Chuck. Glad you found it useful. /Russell.
  4. Hi Chuck, on the button you have assigned to Brakes, set the repeat slider full right. Then look in Controls / key Assignments for "Brakes Antilock (on/off)" and set a button or key to that. Pressing that key/ button will toggle antilock on or off. On will stop the wheels locking. Having the brakes slider full right may let the auto brakes work, because it lets the brakes have their full range. I don't know, give it a try. /Russell.
  5. Maybe you're right Caleb, probably a W10 thing. Never had anything to do with W10, so unable to give any meaningful advice.....sorry. Hope you get it sorted. /Russell.
  6. I'm on P3Dv4.1 and my Saitek switch panel and one instrument panel work fine on the Saitek drivers. I'm also on W7 Pro_ Flight_FSX_Plugin_7_0_50_1_x64 for the switch panel Pro_Flight_Instrument_Panel_7_0_47_1_x64drivers for the instrument panel. This one needs this entry in the exe.xml <Launch.Addon> <Name>Saitek Panel(s) Plugin for FSX</Name> <Disabled>False</Disabled> <Path>C:\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\ProFlight FSX Plugin\SaiFlightSimX.exe</Path> <CommandLine>-run</CommandLine> </Launch.Addon> I tried all sorts of Saitek drivers before I got them to work. Somehow I finished up with the drivers for the instrument panel in Program Files, and the ones for the switch panel in Program Files (x86). They worked at long last so I left them alone. /Russell.
  7. Using Internet Explorer. Zooms in till blue side bands disappear. /Russell.
  8. In P3D options / controls, set a button on your throttle or stick to.... Brakes Antiskid (on/off) That works whether you apply your brakes with a button or pedal brakes. /Russell.
  9. You're welcome. /Russell
  10. In P3D, go to Options /Settings / Controls /Axis. You'll see Controller type...Sort by...Flight mode, each with a drop down window. Make sure the first window shows your joystick. The Flight mode should say normal. Click the arrow and choose Slew. There should be ONLY two entries Slew (forward/backwards) Y axis. Slew (sideways) X axis. Any other entries in there DELETE. Click the arrow in controller type and choose your rudder pedals. In flight mode slew, there should be only one entry, Slew (rotate) on mine it's Rz axis. Delete any other entries. That should do it. Almost forgot, Check the throttle as well to make sure there are no slew commands. /Russell.
  11. P3D 3.3.3, W7, 368.22 DSR works as advertised for me. /Russell.
  12. I'm assuming you mean the debris thrown up when moving over grass etc. If so, look in the aircraft.cfg and look for this line under Effects. Change it to look like this ... dirt=// fx_tchdrt (just add two forward slashes after the = Do the same for every aircraft you want to lose the effect on. If it's the spray on wet runways you want to lose, do the same for water=//fx_spray. /Russell.
  13. Well Elaine, if you look on page 6, you'll see one who says he pays $200 instead of $60...just to get rid of the watermark. But maybe he was joking. /Russell.
  14. Yes, unticking Show Notification Text does remove the watermark in P3Dv3 academic. But why anyone would be bothered about the watermark is beyond me. It is so insignificant I can honestly say I never ever notice whether it's there...or not. /Russell.
  15. I retired almost seven years ago after working for the best employer in the UK for the last 26yrs. I drove an articulated truck with a specialized semi trailer working an average 8hrs on the early shift, and usually around 6hrs on the afternoon shift. Even though the truck grossed out at 25 tons, the boss insisted on getting big engined 40 ton tractor units (said it was to make our job easier, less gear changing),a very generous fixed salary, which went in my bank whether I was at work .. or not, AND a brand new company car every three years, with all running costs paid by the company. This, and the fact that my second, much younger wife is still earning good money, allowed us to get money in the bank and pay off the house. That, I think is one of the crucial points in whether you enjoy retirement ... financial peace of mind. I've never felt bored for a single moment. My wife did say I was getting out of condition (oh, not tonight sweetheart, I have a headache)so I reluctently agreed to her suggestion to get a dog. Glad I did, she's fabulous (Italian Spinone)and we now roam farmland for hours at a time. I absolutely love retirement, and I know I'm a very lucky man. There is a downside though. Every time I look in the mirror, I think ... "Bloody hell ..whatever happened to that young lad that used to look back."
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