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    i5 Sandybridge 2500K@4.5 GHz, 16GB DDR3-1600, GTX980 4GB.
    P3Dv43x64. FTX ORBX Global+Vector+OpenLC EU. FreeMeshX. REX4TD+SC. ORBX Sco. Horizon VFR X Photographic v2 Eng+Wal. UK2000 VFR Airfields v2.


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  1. ckyliu

    Ansett Australia BAe-146

    Indeed, Germans nicknamed it "jumbolino" alluding to it being a baby 747. The four engines worked at the time because any twin engine alternative was noisier; the Lycoming ALF502 (laterly Honeywell LF507) is a geared turbofan (like the modern PW1000G GTF) allowing a higher bypass ratio and slower fan, resulting in a very quiet engine. It's basically a Chinhook helicopter T55 engine with a fan bolted on the front. The 146 concept was based on the predicted emergence of city centre STOLports with steep approaches and severe noise restrictions, although they never really materialised aside from London and Toronto City airports. However, somewhat sedate performance at altitude meant the 146 was often said to have 5 APUs and the early engines weren't the most reliable with BAe being said to stand for Bring Another Engine! It was also said it had 2 engines to get you there, and 2 to get you back. This improved with the LF507 fitted to the Avro RJ which had FADEC.
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    P3D v4 & the JS-41

    That would be nice but I think it's more wishful thinking on our part. Ah well. Right now I'd just like to get my grubby mitts on the thing!
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    No autogen in P3d v4.3

    Have you updated your Orbx Libs? I upgraded from 4.1 to 4.3 and had very little autogen until I updated my Orbx Libs.
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    You Don't See in 4K

    Haven't watch the video posted but I recently did a lot of research before getting my new monitor; I found out the human eye can only discern detail down to about 1/60th of a degree, and that information can be used to calculate the highest screen resolution you can benefit from at any particular distance The Full-HD1080p standard was based around the maximum quality your eyes could see at normal viewing distances for a television, therefore to get much benefit you have to sit unusually close (like a monitor) or have a large TV over 55". Everyone offers 4K at 40"+ for marketing and scale economics, rather than for any appreciable benefit @Rob Ainscough, on a 50" screen you'd need to sit within 2m/7ft to even begin noticing the improvement! Indeed, most digital cinemas only operate at 2K (just over 1080p). For monitors 1080P is really at it's max at 25" and thereafter looks fuzzy, but 4K doesn't really come in to its own until 30", which is why I ended up with 1440p on a 27" monitor as it's in the sweet spot and doesn't have the computational overheads of 2160p Here's a handy calculator: And here's a graph to illustrate what the calculator reveals:
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    POSCON online flying

    FLAI is great (a merger of vPilot AI and BVAI), and is not just for VATSIM. Also you have Accumap v2 finally starting to provide an accurate ATC coverage depiction. vPilot is actually a pretty good client although the lack of support for single monitor use is frustrating; it would be nice if it integrated FPAI from the off. Swift should be great when it's finished, providing a single client for all major platforms and networks that is open source so anyone can update it. The issue with all the above is they are disparate and not well integrated within the VATSIM website which makes it unnecessarily difficult for newbies - IVAO's integrated approach is much more user friendly. The numerous independent region websites also make things more complicated than they need to be, they should be rolled into the main website. Oh and a central route database would be nice too, especially given they have a huge database of previously filed flights to call upon. Fixing those would lower barriers to entry and attract more people in, without undertaking much work. Oh and ditch VATSIM weather, it's pointless and outdated when you have FSXWX, ActiveSky etc. Where the real work to be done by VATSIM is its hideously outdated voice communications, awful logged data presentation and low frequency position updates (light state and animations too). An off the shelf codec can be used and then it just a case of convincing vPilot and xSquawkbox to integrate it (or maybe pushing it in to Swift but that would delay things), there's no point holding back purely because this would break the unsupported FS9 clients. If POSCON can cover all the above then it is probable both VATSIM and IVAO would lose users. Hopefully their PR stunt may at least spur the existing networks in to developing those kinda things. I seem to remember FPI (FlightProject International) were technically quite far ahead of the major networks, what happened to them? Could POSCON learn any lessons from FPI's collapse?
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    POSCON online flying

    I don't understand the need to "develop" a codec when there's so many available to choose from, for example Opus used in Discord and Speex used in TS3 are both opensource and free, providing clear audio and low latency at relatively modest bitrates. All you need is a host and a signalling mechanism to switch channels. Am I misunderstanding something or are they trying to reinvent the wheel?
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    POSCON online flying

    VATSIM have officially declined the offer from POSCON and given the alleged terms I don't blame them. I wonder if all this was a PR stunt?
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    POSCON online flying

    @skelseyBeing a voluntary community organisation is no excuse; VATSIM leadership chose to be in a postion to not develop anything, they never publicly reached out for technical or financial support. VATSIM effectively coasted for the best part of a decade, their offering has not evolved and now they are in danger of being overtaken. User contributions aren't easy either without a framework. Almost all advances have been external with little official support. I'm sure just asking for donations would've raised money to fund significant developments. Other voluntary organisations manage. I like VATSIM and it is my preferred network but one cannot be blind to the issues plaguing it.
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    POSCON online flying

    Ooh yes I completely forgot about accumap, shame on me! Indeed it is reported to do UK sectors properly. Just annoying you can't click on the ATC symbols for pop info info at the moment (strangely you can click the airport if there's no ATC, perhaps it's just my browser?)
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    POSCON online flying

    As a hardened cynic I sit and watch with somewhat sceptical interest. I can't see them chucking that amount of money around without having a plan for a return which I suspect involves charging users. Plus, I don't trust anything that Matt Davies is involved in, he's got his fingers in a lot of pies and has previously monetised free products (not that I'm against people earning their dues), and I loathe how some hold him to be a kind of infallible and flight sim omnipotent demigod. Hopefully Andrew Heath can be trusted but this offer to buy VATSIM data has a whiff of PR stunt about it. VATSIM has a lot of longstanding shortcomings: outdated audio codec (who remembers Roger Wilco?), a myriad of clients (Vpilot probably the best but doesn't work well on single monitor), no model matching set (FLAI has sort of filled that void at long last), disparate ATC booking, no centralised network viewer (VATTASTIC probably the best one but still doesn't display UK ATC sectors properly) and very poor official stats presentation. ATC clients I'm no longer au fait with but it was mainly Euroscope when I last controlled. I'd prefer not to see more fragmentation in online ATC, I already switch between IVAO and VATSIM mid-flight to maximise controller coverage. However, if POSCON ends up supplanting VATSIM it will be VATSIM's fault for sitting on their hands for years and stagnating technologically. VATSIMs redeeming feature is the professionalism of its controllers. But there's a long queue for training, much on a "who you know" basis. The progression in VATUK is agonisingly slow, able and willing controllers should be up to S3 Approach level fairly quickly but they're left to languish as S1 Tower for hundreds of hours. If POSCON (or IVAO for that matter) start to poach VATSIM controllers in significant numbers, it's done for. I too would be interested to hear feedback from people who've used POSCON.
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    Favorite planes

    Favorite Commercial Airliner: Vickers Super VC10 1100 (sooooo many others I could choose though: HS.748, BAC One-Eleven, DH.89 Dragon Rapide, HPR7 Dart Herald, 757-200, L1011-200, SE210 Caravelle VI-R, Saab 2000...) Favorite Helicopter: AS365 Dauphin II Favorite Warbird: Avro Vulan B2 (English Electric Lightning F6 as a close second) Favorite General Aviation: Robin DR400 (Cessna 177 Cardinal II as a second choice) Favorite Seaplane: Short Empire Least Favorite Plane: 737 MAX9. Thrice reheated leftovers and should've been the MAX10 spec.
  12. Make a registry entry for FSX and point it at your P3Dv4, that's what FSG2010 is likely looking for. To save messing in your registry there are free tools you can use, did one, is another. Alternatively just get FreeMeshX, it's P3D compatible and free and general equivalent or better LOD compared with FSG2010.
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    POSCON online flying
  14. Captain Sim's P3Dv4 exclusive 757 seems to have a lot of positive feedback, probably borderline study level. But I suspect it will be quite heavy on the system, only having a GTX1050Ti is quite a limitation.
  15. No mention of Treescapes to go with UK photographic sceneries 🙁