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About crab

  • Birthday 09/05/1983

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  1. I've had much improved reliability getting MCE to start after installing that little patch above. MCE .64 was a complete hit or miss whether or not it seemed to be able to detect MSFS. I was getting so sick of going through all the time it takes to start the simulator and then to find out MCE wasn't gonna recognize it anyway. I was getting extremely frustrated. But since installing that up there, it's been smooth sailing. I even redownloaded and reinstalled it three times. Don't know if I had a funky file or what. This was with the fenix A320.
  2. I would love to see the PMDG DC6. I am disabled (C6 quadriplegic) and MCE has re-opened simming to me like nothing I've seen in 20 years. I fly the heck out of the 737 and would love to have the DC6 included. Thanks
  3. crab

    Obituary: Eric Ernst

    I knew Eric in person, not well and we hadn't talked for almost five years, but I felt the same shock and sorrow seeing this again today that I did the day I heard what happened. I hope he saw the incredible appreciation folks had for him here. After 9/11 (among other things, incl. just being a busy guy) he seemed to retreat from the spotlight of our little world but I hope he watched from afar every now and then. So, I guess I can actually tell this story now. I first met Eric through a mutual acquaintance. A buddy of mine was a captain he flew with regularly (maybe back to the 727 even?) out of their base, and unsurprisingly they talked quite a bit to pass the hours. He told him how I had been a student pilot and huge aviation buff, but I had broken my neck a year earlier, and was diagnosed a C6 quadriplegic at 15. I was big into Flight Simulator (from MSFS 5.0, and in my avatar is BAO FlightShop…so cool) before I even took lessons and it was at the time my #1 interest.. In fact it wound up being a big reason I got through those tough early years. I don't know if our friend mentioned my financial situation at the time (let's just say - you can't eat computer games), but Eric told him he'd have something for him when next week's trip was to begin. He gave me a full copy of 767 "Pilot in Command". It was burned on to a CD-R and was titled with black magic marker with a request to keep it on the down-lo. I don't know if it was a development copy or what, because it had no license stuff and I can't remember if it even had an installer. I likely even still have it somewhere. But I always felt a huge sense of gratitude toward him and his gesture, because in my mind - he was taking a big risk for ME – even if it really may not have been. I actually don’t know. That addon changed my life and likely had a hand in saving it. I never thought I’d flip switches again. I don’t have to describe the things you would lose becoming disabled like that – we’ve all imagined it happening to us somehow – but I swear to you the most painful was the fact I’d never again step foot in a big cockpit. It simply could not have come at a better time, and I most certainly could not have afforded it. I made it an absolute promise to myself – I’d buy a copy as soon as I could. And I did, a year or two later. We met eventually and kept in touch for years, but things gradually went quiet as they often do. Our friend retired Feb of ’15 and I tried reaching Eric for a retirement book we made, without luck. Eric, thank you again dude.
  4. Alright, I will. It makes sense it'd drop VNAV because the FMS is loading totally empty, aside from those erroneous numbers as seen in the shots above. I'd just think LNAV would go, too.
  5. Hi Peter, I tried to private message you but it seems you have them turned off. I apologize for tacking on to your thread. Does it look anything like this?
  6. I've made a quick and dirty video of this happening. (I just ran P3D real quick to make this video of an attempt to open the above save, things are not necessarily set up as I would when doing a trip, but the results are no different) When I made the save, the airplane was in level, stable cruise. LNAV/VNAV were engaged, not V/S. You can see it's smooth as the countdown runs, but the panel itself begins stuttering when it finishes. The sim behind is still smooth. Prepar3D is permanently set to open with admin rights, I have no virus scanner other than Windows Defender, and Prepar3D's folder is excluded, along with everything else I use for simming. I have no addons running other than AS2016. I can open old saves that worked previously, I just cannot save new ones.
  7. For years I've routinely saved my flights throughout the trip just in case FS/P3D crashed. PMDG products have always been the best in regards to this; the aircraft internals are usually loaded perfectly...every switch, knob and even FMS. Crashes are pretty rare for me nowadays, but I did just get an OOM error and shutdown after about 90% of KMCO-EHAM was finished. I had saved the flight a bit before hand (long before the OOM, the VAS was fine.), but it won't load properly. It went through the countdown, and as soon as it finished, the panel became "jumpy". It'll work for a few frames, then pause...all while the sim and frame rate is normal. The FMS is not loading correctly, and some entries seem corrupted. I'll include screenshots. A similar reaction has happened the last couple of times I've tried the same (over the two weeks), only the countdown never happens and the panel is completely dead. Not a switch works. These images are from tonight's save. When saved, it had been a fully programmed system. I open P3D by having the load screen automatically pop up when P3D starts, and I select the saved flight from there. I also select my airplanes, scenery, and date/time from here when I start my flights normally. This has worked properly from the 737NG release I'd say, so I'm curious what I might have changed on my machine to break the saving/loading of PMDG aircraft. Panel Serialization is and always has been off...it's part of my settings verification routine on first run after something requires deleting the Prepar3D.cfg file. I have about 65 payware airports, but all but Taxi2Gate KMCO and FlyTampa Amsterdam were disabled via scenery.cfg before running P3D. AS2016 and ASCA are running on mid-low settings. Like I said, it typically runs great and OOM crashes are rare, but if I get one, I can no longer open saved flights. I can post the save files if you'd like. Thanks! Flight save files...Hopefully I got everything
  8. He emailed me and said he restarted the server as soon as he arrived home, and it's now good to go! -Cory
  9. crab


    I sincerely believe that if you have any concerns as far as the price being excessive, it's time to start developing the skills and team necessary to build your own...after all, how hard can it be, right? The cost is incredibly low in my eyes - I've been on the development side - and the work required for something like this is nauseating lol. Thanks guys - as always - a home run.
  10. That was such a childish mess... -Cory
  11. One thing I'd like to add is: Don't think about it so much. Fly the airplane. Obviously you want your speeds quite near the bug, but don't sweat trying to get everything bang on...just fly. Also, don't get too fixated on trying to pull that nose up for a big flare...I'm actually finding myself giving her a little nose down just before touchdown and she'll touch nice and smooth ala 727. I think the PMDG NGX is one of the nicest flying airliners on FS. Its a dream to hand fly and land. I've yet to do an autoland.
  12. Yup not working here. Just deleted everything before I tried the D/L.
  13. Are you using TrackIR? I'm noticing a huge drop in frames when using TrackIR...I'll go from 30 in the VC, and fire up TrackIR and that's halved. Of course I expect some penalty with it, but I've not experienced such a hit with other aircraft. What are you guys seeing with and without TIR?
  14. Just experienced this...aircraft is still flying, frames are normal, and stuck in a gentle left bank with no updating from the panel, and no response either besides the ability to switch pages on the CDU. Was 737-900WL in KLM colors. Plan: LOWI KOGO2J KOGOL UM726 UPALA Y102 ALIBU UL604 RELBI UL602 RKN2A EHAMWas the second leg of a trip. Previous trip was EGLL-LOWI. Flight from EGLL was selected directly from the Fly Now menu. No changes (location,aircraft, etc) were made thereafter. Chose an APU Air failure to activate in 25 seconds while on the ground at LOWI, so while the APU was running, I used a cart to start #2. Pushed and taxied to the RWY 08 hold bars, then cross bleed started #1. Then I backtracked down to line up on 08.Plan was entered manually VIA RTE page entering the typical waypoint-airway-waypoint method. (While still shutdown on the ramp of course - using APU power)Aircraft was airborne at FL410 and approx 4 miles past MASEK waypoint.I had decided not to select an arrival or approach until airborne, and was in the process of doing that. I selected ILS 18R, then the RKN2A arrival, then the ARTIP transition. As soon as I clicked at 5R, the aircraft lurched upward slightly, and then the panel locked. I was initially confused that I could not hit EXEC to extinguish the light and started looking around to see what I missed. I noticed it was frozen because while the aircraft was turning left, the ND was still showing right on the line. I saved the flight afterwards, but obviously not the panel state. I can't see it mattering, but I have Aerosoft Approaching Innsbruck X, Mega Airport London Heathrow, and Mega Airport Paris CDG X installed. Hope I wasn't too long winded there lol...after testing on the DF 727 and Super 27, Cessna 177, etc - I know every bit of info can help. My specs are in my sig. I'm gonna leave FSX open but paused for awhile incase you guys have anything I could do to help diagnose. Thanks guys!
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