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  1. I wonder if Meteoblue is imposing some sub-Antarctic/Antarctic weather stations into the mix here. If you fly south from NZMF along the coast with live weather activated, you can see pack ice hugging the Fiordland coast in places. There hasn't been pack ice along the Fiordland coast for quite a while now...
  2. He's right. Those aren't METAR-based weather reports. In fact many of those aerodromes don't have METARs NZAA NZWN and NZCH are the only publicly available METAR stations in NZ. There are many more METAR stations of course, but access to them is through the Pilot Weather Breifing system called Metflight. Access is issued primarily to pilot license holders.
  3. We heard the explosion in Wellington NZ, 1300nm from the volcano. It was a muffled but still very deep series of booms. Interestingly my family who live further north in NZ - with less land between them and Tonga - described the booms as much less muffled. I thought it was noteworthy that 150nm of moderately mountainous terrain was enough to alter the sound after over 1000nm overwater.
  4. For anyone with a TM Warthog HOTAS setup, I've worked out a means to set up the two independent thrust levers to act as condition lever and thrust lever quite elegantly. (if you have throttle/mixture/propeller hardware, disregard this of course!) Unlatch the throttle link to give you independent thrust levers, go into the controls setup, map the lever of your choice to condition/mixture axis. I used the left lever because it is smaller. Next, go into the axis sensitivity settings. Set parameters for that axis as follows: Sensitivity- 1% Sensitivity+ 1% Deadzone 0% Neutral 0% Extremity deadzone 3% (this is the key setting to make this work) Reactivity 100% Then assign the cutoff gate 'button' (the one that you trigger by lifting the lever up and back) to the command for Mixture to lean. The end result is that the axis at idle corresponds to the kodiak low idle gate, and full forward corresponds to kodiak condition lever full forward. You can then easily move between HI and LO idle without accidentally going to cut off. Then, when you want to shut down, lift/retard the lever back into the cut-off position and the engine will shut down. On start up, motor the engine and at >14% lift the lever out of the cutoff detent and the engine will come to life. Much easier that panning down to use the mouse on landing roll out! Your exact sensitivity settings may differ, but this should get you into the ballpark. It worked for me on a brand new TM warthog but you might need to fine tune it. The other lever is now your thrust lever of course. Like others here, I added the thrust lever cutoff gate 'button' for that lever to the 'reduce thrust' (i.e. F2) command, so that it simulates going into reverse. As stated above, that will result in maximum reverse, which is not exactly realistic in all cases, but it makes you feel cool as all hell when you do it. 😆 For those times when max reverse is a little too showy, you can still assign one of the other buttons to the reduce thrust (F2) command, for those times when a little nuance is called for. Anyway, hope this is of interest to any warthog owners out there. I really love this plane, the best GA release for MSFS2020 so far and I see myself putting many many hours on her.
  5. Great little airplane, even if it does try to kill me every 5 seconds! Does anyone know how to start the engines on the jet model if you commence the flight parked on the apron cold and dark? Couldn't work it out.
  6. Love the plane overall, having not previously owned a version the price felt reasonable to me. One thing I have encountered is a tendency to roll left once airborne. Almost like a torque induced roll you'd get in a large prop aircraft. Has anyone else seen this?
  7. Couple of observations. Not sure where AH does their support, as I see no link to a forum. If there is one, perhaps someone could kindly point me at it? Summary: I really like it! There are, however, some things that might need polishing. - Texturing is amazing all round, but I notice some speckling on the flight deck windows once you're moving, and on the right side window you can make out the reflection of the engine. It's almost as if the external reflection is showing up on the inside of the pane? - On the external model, the spinning prop blade blur is visible at all times. Even with engines off, you can see the stationary prop blades and also the blur disc. - White tail light is always on, even with aircraft de-powered. - The engine sound is quite 'tinny' to my ears, and suffers from considerable phasing, especially on the ground. Also engine RPM sound appears to be tied to the MAP setting and not the RPM itself. - Performance is buttery smooth from the 30 minute flight I took. - The flight model is excellent and one of the best hand-flying models I've encountered. Feels very stable and is very easy to fly hands off. - The Sperry autopilot works really well. I do wonder of the pitch index control dial should be labelled L and R though, and not UP and DN, or similar? - The gear operation is going to take quite some time to get used to, though that's hardly a fault, it's just... idiosyncratic, shall we say? - I am a little confused about the blower high and low settings. I was in the cruise at 4000ft, 30" MAP with the blowers in HI. I switched them to LOW and then re-set 30" MAP. The aircraft then performed better at the equivalent power setting, Perhaps this is a misunderstanding on my part of how the blowers impact on engine performance at lower levels? Interested in everyone's thoughts, and whether anyone else is seeing the same as me above?
  8. Thanks again Gennadly, the second picture is where I live, funnily enough!
  9. Thanks for the comprehensive reply Gennadly! Will look into it.
  10. Hi Gennadly, Can I please ask what PTA preset(s) you were using for photos 1,2 and 5 (if any)? Great images all round! Cheers Mark
  11. I don't mean this to come across as rude, but why didn't you mention that in your first post then? I've spent 10-15 minutes of my morning trying to help you find an answer that you already had, because you didn't outline the efforts you had already made. Like I said, I don't mean that to be rude - and I apologise if it comes across that way - but if you need help with a problem, the least you should do is outline the specific problem you face, and the steps you've taken to deal with it. At any rate, and setting all that aside, the aerosoft Antarctica X scenery has never given me any performance issues, mainly because it's very sparse scenery. Perhaps you could go to the aerosoft forums and ask them to help you with what might be causing the problem.
  12. I'd say there is a good chance that there is a freeware offering out there. Search the file libraries here and on any other FS sites that you use.
  13. Perhaps you could be more specific? What problems exactly - you're looking for it and can't locate it physically in the sim, or you can't locate it in a third-party add-on's nav database? The aerosoft Antarctica X product has a season configurator that adjusts - among other things - the extent of the sea ice around Ross Island and McMurdo sound. If I recall correctly it also makes some of the seasonal ice runways appear/disappear. Not sure if NZWD is one of the airfields affected by this. If the issue is nav database related, it would help to know what add-on you are using. I know for a fact that the PMDG add-ons have Phoenix field (NZFX) in the database, as I have operated there from NZCH on a number of occasions. Pretty sure that NZIR (The seasonal ice runway) is also there. In short, I hope something in the above response helps you, but if not, you'll need to provide more information in order that anyone here can assist.
  14. Lake Station Airstrip. Flown through here IRL a few times over the years. Very scenic spot! https://goo.gl/maps/ZB19o7sxYTb6i6Ar5
  15. It might not be quite what you meant, but if you take off in warmer temperatures and climb at 96kts at climb power you will fairly quickly get a gearbox overheat warning. You need to increase airspeed to about 106kts to alleviate/avoid this.
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