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  1. Not exactly if we’re talking about a 777. In the 777 both PFDs are receiving data from the ADIRU. This data is voted data from the air data modules (3 each pitot and static). Single channel air data is only displayed on its respective PFD if ALTN is selected as the instrument source.
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    TBM-900 for X-Plane released

    I just watched all the videos too, and it looks amazing. Loads of details. I'll be getting it as soon as its available. I picked up X-plane for the FJS 732, but if I didn't already have it this TBM would certainly make me a user.
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    how do you REALISTICALLY fly in/out of major airports?

    It differs in different parts of the world, but in FAA land lots of large airports share air carrier and general aviation operations. Operationally speaking the procedure isn’t really that different. If you’re flying a slower aircraft ATC will usually keep you out of the flow of other traffic as long as possible. You’ll also get a squawk code flying VFR into class B and C airports, but that’s about it. Usually it's the steep landing fees that keep smaller aircraft away, not the size of the airport.
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    Is it worth buy FSLabs a320

    I'm using the Thrustmaster T.16000M. It can be configured for left handed operation so I just keep it on the left side of my computer desk. As a bonus I keep it connected all the time and use it for the steering tiller in aircraft that support it like the Majestic Q400. I'm still using 2 Saitek throttle quadrants for thrust levers, spoilers, flaps, etc. until the Honeycomb quadrant is available.
  5. My very first Level D experience over 20 years ago was in the 744 (in the “Eddie Allen” for those that know it). At the time I had around 250 hours TT but in nothing bigger than a Cessna 210. There were many takeaways on that day, but the one that stands out the most was the instructor telling me to get the nose down on the first few landings. For me coming from light aircraft where you want to keep the nose off as long as you can it took conscious effort in the 744 to fly the nose down.
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    Is it worth buy FSLabs a320

    I’m not even an Airbus fan but in my opinion it’s one of the most immersive add-on aircraft available. The systems and sounds are very well done, plus it has one the best integrations with GSX I’ve seen so far. It is also consistently being updated to both fix issues as well as add new features. Whether it’s worth though really depends on what type of simmer you are. If you’re a casual simmer then maybe not, but if you like looking in the FCOM to learn how things work it won’t disappoint. Framerates haven’t been an issue for me. Dynamic lights were hard on frames in the early versions, but I haven’t had an issue with last few releases.
  7. Not really sure if this could be your issue, but if the LNAV course parallels the localizer course sometimes it may be necessary to switch to heading select to help with intercepting it. Here are the guidelines from the flight crew training manual: APP mode should not be selected until: • the ILS is tuned and identified • the airplane is on an inbound intercept heading • both localizer and glide slope pointers appear on the attitude display in the proper position • clearance for the approach has been received. The glide slope may be captured before the localizer in some airplanes. The glide slope may be captured from either above or below. Glide slope capture does not occur if the intercept angle to the localizer is greater than 80°. The maximum intercept angle for the localizer is 120°. To avoid unwanted glide slope capture, LOC mode may be selected initially, followed by the APP mode. When using LNAV to intercept the final approach course, ensure raw data indicates localizer interception to avoid descending on the glide slope with LOC not captured. If needed, use HDG SEL/TRK SEL or HDG HOLD/TRK HOLD to establish an intercept heading to the final approach course.
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    Auto-Pilot is NOT Engaging

    No, you need to use trim after takeoff so the aircraft climbs at the same pitch that the flight director indicates without any input from you. You should be able to take your hands off the controls and have no pitch change. At that point the AP should engage without issues.
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    747-8 Step Climb

    Oops, yes 11.12, good catch 🙂
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    747-8 PFD

    The FMC displayed in the PFD indicates the reference source for the lateral and vertical navigation scales (FMC,ILS, etc.). If there are different sources the format is lateral/vertical for example ILS/FMC.
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    747-8 Step Climb

    You need to set the step size to 0 if you have no further step climbs planned. Refer to the QRH section 11.2.
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    PMDG Expansion 747-8 or QW 787

    I totally agree, in fact I’ve been spending most of my sim time in the FSL A319, and A3XX are four letter words in my neck of the woods :). Some recent Maddog time with the awesome SP1 too. Please continue to report to them what you find to help make it better. I’m not sure why they’d brush you off considering you have time in type, as long as the issue could be verified.
  13. Interesting I didn’t think it was possible. So if you’re inflight and there’s a traffic conflict you’ll hear VoxATC give AI instructions and see them comply? Are there and videos you know of that show this AI control in action?
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    PMDG Expansion 747-8 or QW 787

    QW didn’t include this in their 787 either when I last tried it (prior to latest SP). The 787 isn’t a bad plane, but if you’re a detailed systems guy there’s a bunch of stuff that’s either missing or incorrect. What’s strange is they did model some obscure features like flap load relief, but missed some major details like proper hyd EMP operation. The PMDG 748 is closer in that respect, and there’s a greater chance things could get added in the 748. Something else to keep in mind is that the 748 falls under ICAO Airport code F since the wingspan is over 65M. This may limit the ability to visit certain airports and often means taxi route and parking restrictions if you plan to follow those rules in the sim.
  15. Exactly this!! ATC isn’t a navigational aid, its purpose is to keep aircraft from hitting one another. Right now there isn’t any accurate software based ATC because none of them can control AI aircraft. If LM could introduce the ability to control AI I think it would be a game changer. Maybe as a start they could introduce AI that can perform basic VFR “see and avoid” functions with any player controlled vehicle. Eventually I’d like to see AI at the point where it can be controlled by a human controller on Pilotedge, Vatsim, etc. alongside real users.