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ErnieAlston

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  1. I think there may be some small differences that could be an issue. I'll take a look....... but no promises.
  2. Sorry, forgot that forum was restricted. I've posted a direct link.
  3. Here you go.. http://www.isgsim.com/dl/Kln90aBNIslanderP3D.zip
  4. Didn't realize people were using this product in P3Dv4, and v5.. I've re-compiled the KLN90a gauge to 64 bit for whoever would like to use it in v4, and v5. Get it from my beta forum. http://www.fsbuild.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5112 Enjoy !
  5. Just out of curiosity I did a little digging into the origins of this term for Flight Simulation. The first reference I could find for it is with the Military combat jet addons in 2009. There's referencs to it on some of the DCS forums etc. Simhq forums also people using that term around the same time. The earliest reference I could find for a civilian airliner addon was a site (in italy) that appeared to refer to the PMDG, iFLY, and PrimSim 737's all as 'study level' products In late 2009. This appeared to be some sort of review, opinion or comment rather than any marketing. The term definitely did not catch on from there. The first actual marketing of the term for an MSFS addon (FSX) I could find was for VR simulations F/A18E Superbug addon for FSX in Dec of 2010. Its description reads "Study-level simulation designed based on U.S. Navy NATOPS flight manuals." . It still appears to be for sale today at pcaviator. The term seems to have started to catch on more on the civilian side around 2015, and became part of our common vernacular sometime in 2016. The first time I recall actually hearing the term 'study level' was on frooglesim's youtube channel a few years ago. Perhaps he had a hand on making that term common ?
  6. I don't think 'microsoft flight simulator' is the actual title yet. Its more like a working title. Jorg was asked this question in the Avsim podcast and said they hadn't decided yet what the actual title would be.
  7. Thanks, but that list seems to be speculatively contained within the 4000. Would that mean there are no detailed small towns at all (ie within the 2 mil). Considering the images we saw of Courchevel, I'm assuming some small towns (or small town airports) may be very detailed. Would small highly detailed places like Courchevel be within that 400 ?
  8. Makes me wonder what are the 400 high detailed cities they mentioned? Are they 400 of those 4000 cities ? or are they 400 of the overall 2 million cities ?
  9. They said the SDK would be out at the end of 2019. They would put the earliest date for the release to be July 2020.
  10. The alignment time is there, there is a config option to set this. But yes by default the alignment time is short as it was felt most users would not want to wait out the realistic alignment time.
  11. This strategy often does not work. Most of the product's sales are likely going to come from that initial release, be it mid or high detail. If you do a mid-level baseline first release, it will take significantly more effort to add more functionality/complexity. But the sales will probably not be as good for subsequent releases. Your mid level customers won't see the need to upgrade, and many will pushback at paying an additional cost. So you could spend a lot of time and effort for only a small amount of additional sales. Your better off just going ahead and doing the high detail/fidelity product as the initial release, take the longer dev time and charge the higher price the premium customers will gladly pay on the initial release. The reverse can be true as well. If your initial release is a premium or high detail product, because of the high level of integration/dependencies with the systems. It can be very difficult to then remove or uncouple or dumb down those highly integrated features for a lower detail product. You could end up spending a lot of time and effort for a version that might get you some more unit sales. But because you have to price it significantly lower to attract those mid level users, the lower income you get for all that effort may not be worth it. You'd be better off doing the initial release at mid level or somewhere between mid and high level and just price accordingly. This is more applicable to detailed addon aircraft, because of the long development times compared to other types of addons.
  12. You can enable the VAS display in P3Dv4 by entering the line below in your QW787.cfg file VASdisplay=1 You can also inhibit the display in FSX, by setting the value to '0'
  13. The RTE files the QW787 uses is not the same format as PMDG uses. So copying the .rte files from the PMDG to the QW787 folder will not work. You'll need to export the files from the PFPX application to the QW787 folder. Also the QW787 'does' support the .PLN format used by the FSPlanner. Those files you can copy to the QW787 folder and will work.
  14. I didn't indicate disagreement with this. Just noting the license agreements tend to be about more than just copyrights and trademarks. Just curious. How do you know the naming is due to licensing requirements ? It seems more likely they may simply have erroneously used McDonnell for an aircraft that pre-dated the Douglas, McDonnell merger.
  15. There's a bit more to it than that, Boeing is effectively protecting its brand. There are rules that have to be followed (ex one is you can't show the aircraft in a bad position (ie like burned up)). You also may not even have a choice, Boeing may contact the dev and say , you need a license to continue doing what you are doing. There may also be a cost involved with the license. Its potentially a contributing factor to the increased cost of Aircraft addons people probably aren't aware of. But yes the Boeing official license likely does not mean any sort of official access to the Boeing technical expertise etc. But the licenses will differ.
  16. Maybe 5 or 6 years ago, but based on the recent releases , the study-sim price is closer to $95 today. PMDG 777 $90 PMDG 747 $90 FSLabs A320 $100
  17. Its not a study sim, it won't be of any interest to you. For the bit less demanding types, I think they will enjoy it.
  18. The .gau size is your clue. That means something is interfering with the install of that file. Perhaps your ant-virus protection. A trick that might work is to run the installer, then watch the /gauges folder for the addition of a new file. Then quickly copy that .gau file to another location. Then when the install is complete copy it back. You might be able to capture the file before whatever restrictions on your system disposes of it. Its a long shot, but its worth a shot.
  19. I can only assume you didn't read what I wrote very well. I did not say 'recover' the investment I said 'return' on investment (ROI). Since you obviously have a economics book somewhere I don't think I need to explain the difference to you. Really if you compare the FS addon market to the automobile industy there are some similarities. Premium cars have a much higher price than standard cars, they tend to have more features and functions ,and they take longer to manufacture than standard cars. But there's absolutely no way a Ferrari would be the price of a Toyota. Sure they'd sell a lot more cars but,they'd get a terrible return on their investment. And how do you know this ? what is your basis for this claim of highly elastic demand for the FS addon market ? Everything I know about the FS addon market (from my years of experience) , indicates the demand is not highly elastic. So I'm very interested how how you come to such a different conclusion.
  20. It will come with the product.
  21. How do you come to this -WIN-WIN conclusion ? If you charge a premium product at an affordable price (ex $60), how are you getting a return on your significant additional development investment ?? The aircraft addon market is small,, you're not going to sell nearly enough units to make up for that sizable investment.
  22. And there's the rub. People want more realism, for developers to provide more realism it takes more development time. If project takes more development time, they need a to get a good return on their investment for the larger risk.
  23. Biz jets typically don't sell like Airliners do, and they can't be priced to the PMDG level. They aren't planes most of us will fly on. They aren't planes most people see at their airport. They aren't flown by your favorite airline. They don't have your favorite airlines paint schemes on them. One would be very hard pressed to be able to sell a biz jet addon for $90 like PMDG. So a dev would have to be willing to put in the approx 2-3 years or so development time for a significantly lower return then they would get with a Airliner addon. The people who prefer the ''PMDG' style' should understand they represent the minorty or the market, not the majority. Its like any market, the premium customer is only going represent a fraction of of the market. Only a limited number of companies can be like Ferrari and Rolls Royce. The rest need to be like Ford, and Toyota to survive.
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