AlaskanFlyboy

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About AlaskanFlyboy

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  1. AlaskanFlyboy

    FS9 an entire new experience for me

    While I have FSX, I still stay mainly in FS9 for the reasons you describe. I've spent a lot of time and money on FS9 that only an infinitesimal amount would port over to FSX. And it's all running beautifully on my 6-year-old laptop. Perhaps one day when I have enough money to get the computer and comparative FSX versions of all my payware I'll switch over to a newer sim. However, FSX just doesn't have enough new features for me to justify such expenses right now. Also, I would be very interested in your autogen tweaks, Jeff.
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    What is the most realistic virtual airline?

    The only one I know of that fits that description was already mentioned earlier, MidContinent Airlines. They run a pretty lengthy set of exams through their AQP and type you in only one aircraft in the fleet, (B737, B757, B767, or B777). All flights are dispatched by a professional dispatcher. To fly CATII/CATIII, you must pass their qualification, and they have recurrent training requirements.
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    Communication between ground and cockpit

    Having worked with UPS ground operations in Spokane, I can say Kyle Rodger's breakdown is similar to my experience with their procedures. We marshaled the jet in, signaled that the crew stairs were in place with the "raise air stair" signal and that chocks were inserted. If they took a while in the cockpit, the mechanic would jack in to ask if there was some issue (which often just sped them up getting out of the plane). On push out, the mechanic jacked in and confirms the bypass pin is still inserted and all the stuff Kyle mentioned, then signaled that brakes were released and the pushback started. Once stopped, the mechanic signaled that the brakes were set and we disconnected the towbar from the pushback, then from the plane (never in the opposite order). Mechanic pulls the bypass pin and waves it to the pilots as the pushback drives off and another guy drags the tow bar back by hand (don't ask, it was a UPS thing). Pilots make a quick flash of the taxi light to signal they're ready to roll and the marshaller directs them off the ramp to the taxi way. I don't know what all the mechanic says to the pilots since I was in the pushback and between the massive hi-rev diesel in that and the jet engines starting up, I never heard specifics. I just know the mechanic cleared engine starts.
  4. AlaskanFlyboy

    ILS freq/HDG

    As Skelsey said, typically the lettering just denotes the same navaid approach with minor changes such as missed approach procedures. However, this is the first set I've seen where they have multiple ILS systems for the same runway. I'm not sure in the other sims, but a quick trial with AFX has proven that FS9 only allows one ILS per runway. This would cause the navdata to disagree with the sim.
  5. AlaskanFlyboy

    Words I need to share with our Community

    I don't get around on here as often as I used to, but you've built a site that will live on just by the strength of the community that surrounds it. Hell, it survived an intentional attack that should have killed it. You've got a great team backed by a great community that wants to seed it thrive and succeed. So, I wouldn't worry too much about us. This is the time to be with family and friends. You'll be in my prayers, and just remember that it's not over 'til it's over. I've known people that have far out-lived dire prognoses. Whatever the time frame, just don't forget to say hi to the other patron saints of virtual aviation. I'm sure Richard Harvey has a copy of a heavenly flight sim waiting, and Opa's got a ton of freeware made for it by now.
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    New Tiger Line data available!

    I've actually taken a look at some of the files. I'm not sure about for the lower 48, but the Alaska area water files have some data errors. Fortunately, I've found they're easily (but tediously) editable with QGIS.
  7. AlaskanFlyboy

    ATC hand off frequencies

    Hethrow is a whole different animal. Most airports, you can get the frequencies from the charts. Spokane has two approach/control sectors at peak hours depending on which direction you are from the airport. But the two zones are easily identifiable as it tells you which approach controls which sector. Hethrow may be the same way and be devided either by a line, or runway. Still, most airports, you can pre-set frequencies in com1 and com2 to reduce workload if possible.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach
  8. >I see nothing wrong with showing the result on high end PCs.>Those are the standard of tomorrow.I agree, the sliders are there because it was designed with future hardware in mind. The midrange of the sliders is generally the midrange of computers at the time of release. I still can't run Half-Life 2 with settings maxed, it stutters, sound skips, and eventually crashes with inadequate memory errors. In fact, I haven't been able to run any game with it's graphics settings full out since about 2004.I run a 32.GHZ with 1536MB of RAM and a nVidia GeForce4 Ti4100 with 128MB of RAM. I get about 10-15fps with sliders maxed in FS9, and about 2fps with them maxed in FSX. I figure as I slowly upgrade my system, I'll be able to move the sliders up a little more each time with FSX.Just my thought on the matter.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach
  9. AlaskanFlyboy

    ATC hand off frequencies

    >I thought, I was good practice to already program the next>frequency in a quiet moment and then just flip over, when the>hand off happens. I even believe to remember that Boeing had>sort of a memory stack in their coms equipment, where you>could store a couple of frequencies and then just load them 1>after the other??Center Frequencies aren't something you can really find, much less know what airspace they are in, so those you don't pre-set. For the approach though. The chart tells you the frequencies for Approach, Atis, Tower, Ground, etc. Those you will start plugging in as you get closer to the airport.When being handed off to another controller, they generally say something to the tune of, "Three November Delta, contact Seattle Center on One Two Four Point One Five, Good day" At that point, I'll set that frequency into the STBY frequency on the com I'm using for center comms (I use COM1 usually) as I acknowledge by saying "Over to One Two Four Point One Five, Three November Delta, Good day." Then I hit the transfer button to switch to the next center controller.For approach, they still tell you the frequencies, but at the approach phase of flight, you aredoing so much that entering frequencies each time is just that much more to think about and possibly screw up in the long list of things you're already doing. Cruise is a pretty mellow stage of a flight. You're generally in cruise when talking to center.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach
  10. AlaskanFlyboy

    Navigation 101?

    With todays software for flight planning, you almost don't need charts. Though it would be wise to verifiy its routings against paper charts incase the program didn't update properly.Jeppessen Flightstar (I think that's what it's called) has up-to-date charts and plates if you order the subscription to that service. From what I've seen, it allows you to print out charts with the routing drawn on them, as well as all applicable plates to the airports listed in your flight plan. It can even file the flight plan with FSS. Though the program costs a pretty penny (around $200 for the basic, $300 for the advanced). I can't afford it so I still use paper and plotter. I'd still do it from time to time just to keep it sharp in my mind for those times I don't have a computer with the software handy.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach
  11. AlaskanFlyboy

    Navigation 101?

    Bound? Sounds like you're talking about "Approach Plates", not Sectionals. Sectionals are the color VFR topo maps. Plates (officially known as Terminal Proceedures Publications) are brownish-grey cheap paper things that are bound either in a glue and cardstock cover, or loose-leafed to put in a reusable binder. They're generally colorless unless there's significant terrain in the area, in which case brown enters the mix. There's also IFR Charts, both High Enroute (Jet Routes) and Low Enroute (Victor Airways).For the Plates, I personally use the loose leafed, which most other pilots I know in our flight training program, including instructors, use. They allow you to remove the specific ones you need from the binder so you can clip them to your kneeboard, then later place them back in the binder. The glue bound ones can be a little awkward to use in the air, especially in turbulence. For flight simming though, that's not an issue so the glue bound ones are just fine.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach
  12. AlaskanFlyboy

    Does any feel the same as I do?

    Don't lose heart. As with FS9, The maxed out settings were designed to work with future top of the line computers anticipated within the next year or two. It's why they bothered to but the sliders in there in the first place.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach
  13. AlaskanFlyboy

    Helicopter route charts

    In the US there are no specific routes, but there are some approaches that are specifically made for helicopters. I've seen several and they're always marked "COPTER".----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach
  14. >I find that leaning needs to take place sooner in FS than in>real life.I've noticed the same issue. I've flown Cessna 150/152s and Piper Cadet/Warrior IIIs and neither had the performance drop at 3000 feet that I get in the sim with the corresponding payware models.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach
  15. For aircraft without an EGT, like most normally aspirated small aircraft, you would more than likely use a chart from the POH. The Piper Warrior IIIs that I fly in in the real world have cruise charts.The way these work is that you determine whether to use 70%, 60%, or 50% power for the cruise, each has different fuel burn and often are only 2 or 3 knots TAS from each other. From there, it's a matter of interpolating charts for your cruise altitude and temperature aloft. It'll yield an RPM setting to shoot for in cruise.From there, there are two methods of leaning: Best Power, and Best Economy. This is a general rule and different engines and POHs may specify a different method for each. I'm just going to share the one I know. Best Economy leaves the throttle full and leans the mixture until the RPMs reach the desired setting. Best power, has you throttle back to 50 RPM above the desired setting then lean the mixture to the desired RPM setting.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach