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  1. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    Actually, no. It was a reference to Joe Sutter and HIS INCREDIBLES.... he was a bit more involved in the 744 blossoming into this latest incarnation. C
  2. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    Please note- all my screenshots are in 4k resolution and I use Prepar3D v4.3 with PTA. Just want to avoid any confusion for the readers. C
  3. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    @AirCanada235- Ta! @VHOJT- Aye! Fly Tampa, FlightBeam, Taxi 2 Gate, FSDT (new), UK2000, PacSim, Aerosoft, DD and LatinVFR add to what Orbx does for my simulator. The results are indeed very satisfying. CAREFULLY DESIGNED AND OPTIMIZED scenery performs beautifully. Not everyone takes the time to do it right...but sales should sort that out over time. When it all comes together, it makes for a superb flight experience! @downscc- GO GIANTS GO! I need to spend more time in South America- haven't flown down there in ages... your screenie might just change that! C
  4. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    Just past LAS and headed down to PHX.. have I mentioned how much I LOVE what ORBX does to the FS World? ...or FlightBeam for that matter... C
  5. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    Thankfully, Chris was feeling benevolent this morning (he actually got a few hours of sleep) and allowed me a reprieve... I spent the better part of the morning running RTO tests at SFO and have a couple of thoughts I wanted to share- As I was parked at Plot 50- the route to 1L was horrible- circuitous and tight. Perfect! What I came to appreciate was the performance I was getting on the ground. Whilst I seldom have issues airborne, my performance nemesis has always been 90 degree turns on the ground. There, at a high detail airport, with the detail at maximum, with lots of objects close by in view to emphasize each and every stutter or pause- I find I can see any deficiencies. Today, I was busy keeping the raked tips out of the fuel bowsers and allowing for sufficient nose wheel oversteer to compensate for my added length. It was only after we doused the lights and straightened out on Bravo after crossing both runways, did I realize that I had been allowed to forget about simulator performance and concentrate on the environment at hand. At KSFO this meant 2 things- One- PMDG has worked very hard on optimizing the aircraft for performance and two- FlightBeam has done a similarly superb job- Bravo Zulu! Take a look at this photo- observe the light streaming down from apron lighting. Watch it cascade over curved aluminum, watch it diffuse over distance- going from white bright, to a rosy glow without interrupted variation. Watch as it travels around circumferences and flat plates. Observe shadows in nacelle scallops and bright tips of flap canoes. Now, imagine it rocking softly at 5kts GS with noise. The muffled residual of thrust wake as you pass far behind, the shriek of air being converted into thrust as you move in front of the GEnX's intake, the thud of the nosewheel as it passes center line lighting, the white noise of cockpit fans and the click of switches. Something wonderful awaits you, clothed in early morning light. C
  6. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    The reception in Cell Block 13 is terrible, but as soon as I’m allowed off “the rack” and get some gruel I will write out my lines a hundred times... Boeing makes a 747-8, NOT a 747-800! Boeing makes a 747-8, NOT a 747-800! Boeing makes a 747-8, NOT a 747-800! Boeing makes a 747-8, NOT a 747-800! Boeing makes a 747-8, NOT a 747-800! Etcetera, excetera, excetra... C PS- I promise to work harder Christopher L PPS- Steven, I’m a complete git when it comes to videos... thankfully there are others much smarter than I... stay tuned.
  7. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    Steven- ... quite a lot actually... Pilot's Ultimate Mesh and almost everything Orbx, FlyTampa, Taxi2Gate, FSDT, FlightBeam, UK2000, PACsim and LatinVFR make. Then there's Aerosoft, DD and several more- too much to list here. The stock P3D world leaves a lot of room for decorating 😉 C
  8. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    ...coming home over London City, with the GEnXs whispering and the familiar landscape rolling by below... LHR just ahead... 1500, LAND 3 GREEN, ROLLOUT armed, FLARE armed. Landing Checks complete, Missed Approach Alt set 3000 and 27L just ahead- a short taxy to BA cargo today! ... and vacating at Sierra 6 was not a problem this morning. Despite using idle reverse, and AB2 with her fresh from CWL and empty, the turn-off wasn't an issue. The departure at full thrust however, was an exercise in stress management. Clawing for the sky empty, results in obscene deck angles, so as not to over speed the flaps. Add to that an initial clearance of only 6000, and a single pilot maximum performance T/O in the 747-800F keeps one awake without any need for Caffeine! Who knows where she's off to next... C
  9. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    Sorry Steven, I don't follow... could you expand...? C
  10. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    You're welcome, glad you're tagging along! Just now, peering through the murk at the turn-off, with the green grass along the tiny taxi way, stark white fence line ahead and drizzle on the Perspex, I was fully aware of the windshield- dimensionally. I "knew" where the curve was, felt the bulk of the nose ahead, knew where the flat plate started bending to make the "A" pillar curve, and was fully aware of the space around me. To lose yourself 3 dimensionally, within a 2 dimensional screen is not an easy thing to do- yet, somehow it is possible. Just look at the light bloom on the knobs, the intermixing of light and dark, with shadows upon shadows. Now imagine it all moving, and rotating in the turn....the rivulets of water running down the curvature only added to the ambience. The cockpit sound cocoon envelopes you with sound from all 360 degrees. You are aware of your place, slightly left of center line- and not just when the runway lights are running down your inner thigh. Just wait till you hear the hyro-pneumatic squeak of the Speed Brake lever going back into it's down position- Liquid, mechanical actuation and air have become real creations- bravo Armen! I look forward to the fence going down, and your collective reactions after you spend time with this lady... "soon" I'm told.... 😉 C
  11. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    Sure Chris- the installer is in the mail... somewhere in the lower hold... Anyone else fond of Scallops? Yum! See Chris, I've even saved your seat for you... or it it's Andy's? 😉 C
  12. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    With the latest installers in, and the evening ahead, I settled in to work another company "B" flight with the -8F. There were a slew of items to work through and verify, but on the long roll from BA Cargo at LHR out to 27R the memories came flooding back. As I passed the BA Maintenance area, the familiarity was overwhelming. Then we continued down Alpha to line up and wait via A3. There was a brief moment we were idle and I poked my head outside. There are so many things so right with a 747 airframe on 27R at LHR, the nostalgia was overwhelming... I have lost count of how many departures I have made from this exact spot, each one an enthusiastic journey to the far reaches of the planet. each one aboard a 747-436... but not this time... this time, it was different- yet so familiar all the same. The Lake District would soon be behind us... but for the moment, the golden sunlight was glorious. C
  13. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    I’m glad to hear PMDG getting recognition for focusing on in-sim performance. So much time and effort is spent on coding efficiently. These guys are the unsung heros. We all see the modeling and the systems depth, but it’s nice to know that at least a few are recognizing the enormity of the work required to do all that efficiently. C
  14. cavaricooper

    B747-8 Beta PIREP

    Steve- I believe I am in communication with them both, and a few others as well. The 747 family has many aficionados :) C
  15. cavaricooper

    Question on descent for real 737 Drivers.

    LNAV VNAV PTH to LOC GS is a very satisfying experience, and one I strive for, especially when flying without active ATC. VNAV is strategic, FL CH and SPD VS are tactical (Bulfer)- there's room for both, but I find with proper descent forecast input, Anti-ice considerations and QNH and ISA Deviations, VNAV descents make up the vast majority of my arrivals. Of course there are times where intervention becomes necessary- but on the whole I tend to use VNAV much more than anything else in my arsenal. Good to see you here Andy! C