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  1. This is just so amazing! I'm struggling to wait for the release!
  2. It certainly sounds like he realized the visibility was deteriorating, whereby it might have been slightly better earlier in the route. The videos from the ground seem to suggest this. He was largely away from any mountains until he passed Van Nuys and Calabasas above the 101. For some reason he turned back, and appeared to enter a canyon while climbing. I believe he became disoriented and lost control, resulting in the eventual crash. I think knowing it was IMC and the fact that he turned around for no apparent reason suggests he was in over his head at that point. The likelihood of a mechanical issue or pilot medical problem would be too coincidental. It has been said he did have ForeFlight, but we don't know if he was using it or if it played any role in his decision-making.
  3. I am still just on FSX:SE and haven't bought any add-ons for well over a year. If I had P3D and a newer computer, I'd likely have upgraded the PMDG NG, for example. At this point, I've spent a lot of money on personal life stuff too. I'm likely gonna wait until MSFS2020 announces a release date and we know more. I will then look to building a computer that will be current and go from there. Maybe at that point, depending on other factors, I'll purchase P3D too. When FSX came out I was on FS9. I had invested a lot on FS9 and frankly FSX ran poorly, didn't look so good without add-ons and I ended up shelving it.
  4. I performed the update using the Media Creation Tool today. The whole process maybe took an hour. Everything in terms of non-FS programs and files/emails are perfectly fine. So far it's been a smooth transition and the only program that was labeled incompatible was Windows Essentials. The internet seems faster, which is suspect, since I noticed a problem resolving hosts a couple years ago. I was never able to figure out why it took a long time to transition to new web pages.
  5. Live Mail is like Outlook. Separate program that MS gave people, either as part of a download or bundled with Windows. I can't tell if the free Outlook from MS will import old WLM emails. 🤨
  6. I am contemplating updating to Windows 10. I know most people have reported the process is now rather seamless, and a lot of the problems found early on are gone. My concerns aren't more with small things. For one, email. I use Windows Live Mail, which came with Windows 7. I do have gmail, but primarily use my home cable internet for email. I have a lot of saved emails that I am not prepared to lose, and forwarding or printing is just too much effort. Does the update-only using the Media Creation tool wipe out the emails? I've read that it will, but that post was pretty old. Otherwise, I'll have to wait until my next PC build, which will be geared towards MSFS 2020. Anything else I need to worry about? My FSX:SE and 90% of my add-ons or random files are on other drives already. Thanks, Chris
  7. So the latest RXP version is 6.62 and database compatible, thus the latest cycle is in fact 1809 from Garmin? Why don't they release newer cycles with a new trainer?
  8. Has it been mentioned that Dovetail Games are behind this new MSFS?? This article says they are, which is a dud right out of the gate. Tech Advisor
  9. I have noticed that the strobes are no longer operational. They look to be just a steady light now on the wingtips. The strobe switch is ineffective.
  10. Having an updated trainer through Garmin (Reality XP or light One) provides more up to date approaches, based on the AIRAC within the trainer. The sim itself is not effected, but to be more accurate, one must use the free AIRAC database from http://www.aero.sors.fr/navaids3.html Or the pay site: https://www.fsaerodata.com/ The pay version includes a lot more from what I can tell. The only issue I have is that some of the ATIS frequencies are not operational, despite the frequency being the same in the AFCAD. Also, using the updated magdec (fsaerodata includes one with their app/install) will provide better alignment with runway course changes. The problem I see with the trainer is that certain features have to be activated by the developer to get full access. IOW, the Reality XP version includes visual approach guidance feature, which essentially places lateral tracking and a vertical glideslope on nearly every runway, even if the airport has no ILS or GPS/RNAV approach. The RXP version also includes the VNAV feature with a TOD and altitude reference at each waypoint, with temp compensation and a handful of other tidbits. You can fine tune the RXP GTN to your liking, choosing either VNAV or older VCALC feature. Whereas the Flight One version does not seem to activate or include the visual guidance mode or other features that are newer in the Garmin.
  11. I'm unsure where the problem lies, but I currently only use the GTN in the A2A Bonanza. Prior to the update the CDI linked to the GPS and drove the plane for all navigation phases. Now, today I updated and noticed that the CDI was pointing in a random direction, not in relation to the flight plan. I messed with some settings and checked to be sure that the master was selected and that all GPS-driving CDI/OBS selections were as they should be. The previous settings are still in place, in the ini file as well. Upon any movement in the sim, the CDI needle bounces around between headings. Nothing seems to prevent the CDI from jumping around. I ended up going back to VLOC and using VOR stations to navigate. And I did update my trainer as well. So something is broken and I'm unsure where in the process that happened.
  12. Because the FAA mandates it and they don't wanna lose their license. Reporting to FSDO is not fun.
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