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  1. I asked PMDG support about this and they said it was because of the problems caused by opening the pdf files from the OC. I suggested they replace document links with a link to the docs folder but no sign of that happening. I made my own shortcuts and put them in a desktop folder.
  2. Usually the waypoint you want to go direct to is already in the flight plan, so you don't need to type the name in. Press the line select key to the left of the waypoint name. This will put the text in the scratchpad for you. Then you press LSK1 to make it the next waypoint, verify the new plan and EXECute it.
  3. Just save the scenario (P3D) or flight (FSX). That will create a PMDG panel state save too. Name it something memorable. Might be worth saving an approach position too so you can practice that part without doing the whole descent.
  4. Terribly sad news. To say Jim will be missed is an understatement. He was a great contributor to our hobby. I only personally came into contact with Jim in the Avsim forum. I always felt his contributions were positive, beneficial and above all fair. Thank you Jim.
  5. Hi Ollie, You add fuel when N2 stops increasing, also known as maximum motoring speed. The isolation valve allows crossbleed of air from one side of the air system to the other. When open it permits the APU to supply both engines with starting air, one engine to supply both packs and so on. It can be closed to isolate a fault in one side of the system from the undamaged side.
  6. You can pause the sim and save the flight before it crashes. You will then be able to restart FSX, load the saved flight and continue with VAS usage restore to normal.
  7. Go to www.pmdg.com and log in to your store account. You may be asked to create a new password. Once that's done you can go to you order history and download the latest installer.
  8. Yes, but the P3Dv4 version (V2) first appeared last year. This is an update to that, and not a free update either.
  9. While its good it engaged like that, it doesn't sound like an autothrottle in takeoff mode. It shouldn't be backing off thrust to control speed, it should be increasing pitch. For people saying Sky Simulations have made a good start with this MD11, this is an update to an existing addon.
  10. It is the cabin altitude warning. Either the pack switches are off or the engine bleed switches are off.
  11. I believe they are trying to get a new agreement in place, but in the meantime they have no choice but to stop distributing the manuals. I have direct experience of negotiating data licences with Boeing and believe me it is not a simple process. Just when you think you've satisified all their demands another set of requirements is presented. I don't normally sympathise with PMDG's problems but in this case a share their pain. There is some irony that the company name refers to manuals (which they developed), but saying this is "on the nose" implies there is something suspicious about what PMDG have done. What exactly?
  12. If the document licence agreement has expired with Boeing, as I heard it has, then PMDG had no choice but to do this. What’s unacceptable Is PMDG’s advice to search the net for dodgy copies of manuals. For existing users the answer is to back the manuals up in case you ever need to download a new installer from the server. New buyers will lose out. Tough luck for them - unless the licence is renewed.
  13. The TA is used during climb. It is the altitude at which you change from QNH and altitudes to using 1013mb and flight levels. The TL is used during descent. It is the flight level at which you change to QNH, or whatever local reference pressure is in use. Whether you switch to STD during climb when cleared to a flight level or when you climb above the TA depends on the regulations for the airspace you are flying in. As I recall from reading these forums, in the US you stay on QNH until you climb above the TA, in Europe you change to STD when cleared to a flight level. Similarly for descending below TL and being cleared to an altitude.
  14. Yes, but the point is it could have been done on the 737 too. With a production run like the NG and MAX have enjoyed the cost of redesign could easily have been absorbed. However as I understand it Boeing was under heavy pressure from a few big customers to maintain a common type rating between the Jurassic, the Classic and the NG. Hence the minimal changes you mention.
  15. Indeed, but Boeing could have done it as the investment would have more than paid for itself in terms of cheaper production and lower maintenance costs for operators. And of course it’s exactly what they did do with the 747. Imagine if Boeing had decided to keep the 747-400 as an analogue aircraft for commonality with the Classic. Never mind the MAX, Boeing should have bitten the bullet and modernised the systems in the NG. Actually there already are a lot of digital systems on the 737, just not very visible in the flightdeck.
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