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    Retiring this year (2016) after 40+ years in the cockpit. Enjoy flying as much now as when I started. Enjoy flight sims lots. P3dV3 & DCS.

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  1. Gilgit, Pakistan would be good too. It is much like Paro. Dave
  2. Negative. The comment was addressed to David P. Please see above. Milviz: I'm a long term customer and on the whole pretty happy with what you guys create. As an early purchaser and a former rw king air pilot I am really looking forward to this aircraft.
  3. I look for interesting weather in some area covered by my payware sceneries. Dave
  4. So kind of you. The date on this is May. it's now the following January. I do not see that requesting an update at this time is unreasonable.
  5. Fair enough. Thanks for an honest appraisal....it is very much appreciated. I'm one of your early purchasers. Also a now retired rw pilot who flew various KA for quite a few years and really enjoyed them. Keep at it. I'm quite looking forward to it. Dave
  6. Anyone heard anything?
  7. PM sent. Thanks very much. I use P3dV4.1 Dave
  8. Where do you go to re-download? I can't find anywhere on the Rex site to do this. Thanks. Dave
  9. Thanks Brian. Cheers, Dave
  10. Simple question but I don't know how to do it or I've forgotten. How do you take a screen shot and where do you find it afterwards? This is for P3dV4.1. Thank you. Dave
  11. Thanks for the list of radio ranges. Hopefully it’ll work in V4 down the road or maybe MilViz will sell the RR addon separately. dave
  12. CW46...... I agree that those who learned to fly with all the automation can have their hands full when there’s a problem. The last almost 7 years of my career I was mainly federal government pilot spending 90% of the time in the office and 10% in the cockpit. I flew then an analogue king air 90 with first a knl90b and then a Garmin 400 till about 2 years prior to retirement it was fitted with agarmin1000. I was totally at home in the old cockpit but when I got to fly the 1000 thought I’d died and found the promised land. I was 60 when I got my hands on the garmin1000. Old dogs can learn new tricks LOL. I can totally understand how someone who hasn’t flown an old school cockpit can be in deep kimshee when the whiz-bang stuff calls it a day. Example....Some are so used to having the avionics do the thinking for them they have a hard time looking at an RMI and seeing the picture from it. A lot are button pushers who did not have sufficient time in their career (not their fault) to develop hands and feet skills plus knowledge to help think out side the box when they have a bad day. (SFO and the south Atlantic?...) That said most military guys though they can have a lot less actual flight time than civilians are usually very sharp and adaptable....disclaimer.... I’m not ex military. I’d have a family member ride with them any day. The next ten years as us older farts retire are going to be interesting.
  13. I hear you and you were probably much better than I was with it. When doing a medivac flight from say Iqaluit to Resolute (approx 1000 miles) depending on winds it was 3-4 hours so we'd pull it out and practice with it. We had current tables. The 200 I flew in those days had a basic gps used only for enroute and technically it was not the primary enroute method of navigation (wink, wink), ndb's for arctic communities were strong so you could usually get one of two anywhere enroute (famous last words), but it was nice knowing if the word not allowed ever hit the fan with electrical issues and totally loss of electronic nav equipment the astro compass could be used to assist getting us to a general area if needed....never was though. The old 200 with the -41 engines was pretty reliable. That 200 carried 3600 pounds of fuel and up high the burn was under 500#/hr so you could go places and have options. I just recently picked up an old astro compass at a gun show for $100 that now sits in a prominent place in my home. Very cool.
  14. Thanks. I'll have a look at it. Dave
  15. Rotary wing:.....I never did the radio range but had the old coffee grinder adf and when that wasn't installed...maps. I started flying rotary wing in the 1970s and used to go all around the arctic and other remote locations with nothing but maps that 2 times out of 3 were produced decades before and accuracy wasn't 100%. This was also interesting when north of the treeline when snow was present and ground was for the most part flat. Surprisingly most times we got from A to B fine. Compass + timepiece and a heading were part of the deal too. Fixed wing guys then, before gps, used to fly on top, on a heading and let down off their watch, break out and find a camp on a lake and land on ice strips (DC3 & twin otter stuff). Some of these guys had their area of ops memorized. They'd break out and usually know just where they were. They were truly amazing people. When I switched to fixed wing in the 1990's the gps constellation didn't have enough satellites to be sure of 24/7 coverage...there were holes in the coverage depending where the satellite coverage was needed for the US military. I remember one time inbound to Shamattawa in 1996 losing the gps about 30 miles from Shamattawa Manitoba, flying the heading till the low powered adf was picked up at about 10 miles, shooting an fixed card NDB approach to minimums in the dark....On the way back got the gps signal about the same place it was lost. Also, in those days civilian reception was degraded compared to the military signals but it was still great. Sometimes the trip in the arctic could be 5-600+ miles and if a VOR was present you'd just drive out on the desired radial till you lost reception(without a gps), fly a compass heading till you picked up the next one. The quality of the DG/HSI made a big difference. The E110 could have an C172 style DG (mad things interesting - precessed rapidly) where a king air 200 I flew on medivacs had a Sperry unit that was said to precess less than a degree/hour so life with it was good. You worked with the tools you had and got good with them. In the medivac king air 200* we actually had an astro compass and at the time I was reasonably good with it....really cool piece of equipment. *Medivac territory on that contract was the Canadian Arctic with the occasional trip to Greenland. In the 1990s I new one guy, arctic captain on a gravel equipped 737-200 who bought his own Garmin 55 and used to stick the antenna on the window....said it was much more accurate than the Global system the aircraft was equipped with. Wish I'd had a chance to experience the radio Range and learn it from someone to whom it was second nature. There used to be an add-on for an earlier version of flight sim many years ago for this.. Pardon the rambling. Fun memories. Dave