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  1. ahuimanu

    P3D 4.1 CTD near Labrador

    Thank you for your reply. I appreciate the situation and your willingness to accommodate a compromise solution. Would you consider the feature I described a bit closer? That is, only scan/accommodate departure, arrival and alternate? Perhaps as an option? Thanks for working with us on it. I had another recently that is an oldie but a goodie: I crashed on descent to KMEM and I used to have this a few years ago. Again, just like the Labrador thing, a "checklist" item of resetting couatl after pushback allowed me to complete the PHNL to KMEM journey on a second try in the PMDG 744 in P3Dv4.2. Thanks again.
  2. ahuimanu

    PMDG Announced Global Flight Operations at FSE 2018

    Hi, Thank you for your reply. I understand this sentiment, and I am not a novice with VATSIM. However, I think of the call systems that you encounter when seeking online service or help with many larger companies. The natural language intelligence is great. Further, at least using an USA-oriented example, FAA JO 7110.65 seems all about highly codifying and regulating procedures, language, phraseology and what not. It is within this realm that the AI I'm thinking of excels. My experience with VATSIM echoes that of others: sporadic across its history, save for organized events. I would agree with another response here is that having standards-compliant ATC for immersion when and where we want is an inevitability both in reality and in our simming world. Of course it is a monolithic task, so I am not even close to expecting it tomorrow. But, I do anticipate seeing it some day.
  3. ahuimanu

    PMDG Announced Global Flight Operations at FSE 2018

    With the advances in AI, I've been wondering why either Lockheed Martin, or somebody else, doesn't do a full-blown new ATC/AI implementation. In fact, I could see somebody developing this and charging a hefty monthly fee and it would be both worth it and sell like hotcakes. I've tried to use VATSIM on an off for just about as long as it has existed. It is only effective at planned events. Beyond that, it is sporadic and uneven in quality of service (both the audio, the coverage, and otherwise). Pilot edge has a good twist, but I am not certain they can cover the globe. However, I think voice recognition, AI processing, and computing power in general would be progressed enough by now where this could be done. I am certain, however, that we are still not a big enough and reliable enough "market" to have this worth anyone's time. The PDK seems like it would be something that such a system could latch to. I chime in as, although the discussion is leaning towards how this could be integrated with VATSIM, I would think some AI-controlled and comprehensive system that is completely automated - voice, traffic, procedures - is within the realm of technical feasibility if not financial feasibility. I mean no ill will towards VATSIM with this, I just think an AI-powered traffic system is the way forward as comprehensive human coverage has proven infeasible after about two decades or so of VATSIM and IVAO. Thanks.
  4. ahuimanu

    P3D 4.1 CTD near Labrador

    Hi Headley, I use the AddOns menu in the sim and "Restart Couatl" from the Couatl menu. That causes Couatl/GSX to reset itself. That is the advice some shared here and I did it. As a result, after three nights in a row of failing an EHAM to KSDF routing, it worked on the fourth night because I remembered to reset Couatl/GSX. It is a shame that FSDT is aware of this and are not in a position to fix. I would perhaps rather tell GSX to only bother with my departure and arrival airports rather than have it constantly scan for parking.
  5. ahuimanu

    P3D 4.1 CTD near Labrador

    Update. Failed to complete EHAM to KSDF in the PMDG 777-F in P3Dv4.2 for three days in a row recently. Which caused me to find and revisit this thread. Last night, I reset (not kill in Task Manager) Couatl and, presto, I am on descent as I type this. Just another datapoint that a reset of GSX/Couatl after pushback (and subsequent to engine start) was the trick. The "black hole" was again westbound and coming in over New Foundland/Labrador/Quebec. Same place/time each night.
  6. ahuimanu

    How far has the 747-8 been developed?

    Hi Luojie, Development cycles for high-quality add-ons always seem to run long. There is a fligthsim expo this year and perhaps PMDG will let us know more there. I am anxious to get the 747-8 for my cargo flights too. I think its going to take my long haul obsession to new heights. Cheers.
  7. ahuimanu

    P3D 4.1 CTD near Labrador

    My flight worked on Sunday - EDDF - KSAN (like I said, I loves me some long haul). I cleared shader cache, rebuild prepar3d.cfg, and ran the FSDT live updater. I also had switched from FSRealTime's timezone correction to the Time Zone fixer from Simlite. Although I made it this past weekend, upon reflection, the symptoms of crashes are very much the same: westbound and approaching the coast of Canada. To Steve's points: A drawback of the open-ish architecture in P3D isn't so much that it is there, but it resides along-side custom "hacks" for functionality, like couatl.exe. The number of ways that developers approach providing additional content for the sim varies at just same number as there are third party developers. I think Lockheed Martin tried to build us a system to address this with the add-on.xml thing, but it hasn't been universally adopted.
  8. ahuimanu

    P3D 4.1 CTD near Labrador

    The two things just said that my long experience does bear out are the following: 1) Janky AFCADs WILL cause trouble - always. 2) It would be a false statement to say that Coautl has been trouble-free over the years. In fact, every time I run the FSDT Live Update utility (every flight more or less), I cross my fingers.
  9. ahuimanu

    P3D 4.1 CTD near Labrador

    I haven't tested it yet. My thing in P3D is long haul. With 64-bit and the PMDG 777F and 747F, I have my dreams just about all come true. BUT, these CTD/StackHash errors are the worst. I have completely reinstalled 3 times this year. I can't do that anymore. I run most of the usual stuff: PMDG aircraft, FSDT/GSX, FlyTampa, Flightbeam, Aerosoft and LatinVFR sceneries (big airports for cargo flying). I use ActiveSky, Envtex, Orbx Global and LC (I don't bother with vector anymore - too many hassles), FSUIPC, etc. Transatlantic is the name of the game as that is the best long haul option in the game for many reasons. I like 8-12 hour flights. They are never done in accelerated time. However, I am an "overnight" flyer who will happily go to sleep and wake up for ToD. It used to be OOM, and now this. It's always something. F R U S T R A T E D. Caveat: I've followed all CTD and troubleshooting guides from AVSIM, PMDG, LM and what not. I am not reinstalling. I do suspect either the TimeZone or Couatl problems. I wish we had more uniformity in how developers interact with the sim. I continue to use FSDT's stuff because they focus on important Cargo airports and because GSX is peerless since AES seems to have no intentions of moving to P3D (there goes all of that money). I went for MONTHS late last year with none of this nonsense. Since 4.1 and 4.2 this is more frequent. However, I am with the rest of you, this area, with the PMDG planes, has been dicey for many years. I will try this reset couatl business as well. Thanks.
  10. ahuimanu

    P3D 4.1 CTD near Labrador

    I think this timezone theory has merit. The conditions you describe - westbound and over this area, are CONSISTENT causes for me. I'm using FSRealTime as well. Just picked up this Simelite time zone fixer hoping that it might help.
  11. ahuimanu

    Engine vibration?

    What is coming back? the exaggerated wobble?
  12. Hello, what is the expected version number?
  13. ahuimanu

    What's next for PMDG?

    Keeping the MD-11 dream alive :-)
  14. ahuimanu

    MD-11 no longer available

    Thanks Walter.
  15. ahuimanu

    What's next for PMDG?

    They'll do a 737-MAX. They should do a 787. A 767 would be a gift from heaven. A MD-11 is a pip dream (despite my own preference/desire).