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    Aviation and Space Exploration, Fine Scale & R/C Modeling, Hunting, and Jeep's

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  1. Frank Sorry my reply may have seemed a bit curt. I've used Saitek pedals and twist joysticks before when my Saitek units failed I wanted to replace them with something better but there really was no intermediary between them and very expensive PFC units. That's when I found the MFG units being talked about at some of the air combat forums. They fit my requirements but I was leery about dealing with someone so far away however my purchase experience was exceptional. As far as service/support is concerned the bottom line is so long as Milan doesn't go out of business the MFG pedals should last a lifetime. There are no potentiometers to wear out and the electronics can be swapped out if there is an issue without replacing the physical unit. I did this on my set because I did not like the USB1 cable connector used on the original units and the new software on the replacement card had some advantages. It took little time to realize these pedals are in a completely different class than anything I have previously used and I've had no, zero, zip, zilch, regret or buyer's remorse to this day. To the OP's question, I don't think a set of MFG or higher quality pedals are required to taxi properly so no I would agree with you that it's not necessarily worth the cost if that's the only thing he's trying to improve on but, a good set of pedals will help in taxiing and all aspects of flying especially crosswind landings. The price of purchasing and replacing Saitek and other units will offset the cost difference over time and you'll have a higher quality more precise unit all the while. There is a saying I heard somewhere that, "When you buy the best it only hurts once". I would not call the MFG units 'the best' there are other incredibly precise hydraulically dampened units at huge costs but I would say they likely have the best price/performance/value ratio of any pedals even after you including the shipping.
  2. If you don't have a set or used one you're simply not qualified to make this sort of assessment, it's simply your opinion; mine is that your sadly mistaken.
  3. Another happy MFG Crosswind user, working as well today as they did about four years ago when I got them.
  4. I don't remember much pre-release hype about Envtex in fact I think the first time I saw it on Simmarket I said to myself, "who are these guys?" and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! I'm not concerned in the least, and now that we have a 64bit platform I think this will be the year of much/many improvements!
  5. I'll wait and see on the Vegas as I have the FSDT version too. So many airports to choose from I wish they had chosen a location not already done by another good developer. KABQ, KELP or KTUS would have been nice if George wanted to stay out west.
  6. From their webpage... "Even with costly similar aftermarket products installed, weather systems severely lack due to the constraints of the simulator SDK. SKY FORCE 3D BREAKS THIS BARRIER!" Hmmm, It'll be interesting to see how quickly their support will be with new P3d version releases if they are programing outside of the SDK parameters and it breaks breaks their coding business rules? AS16 has been PDQ at getting updates pushed with each new release, It would sure suck to have to wait a long time for your weather program to work properly. Took quite a while for the Advantage radar to get updated for use in P3dv4.1 even if it's not a 'flagship' product. It's going to have to live up to their hype and be a real game changer before I would give up what I already have in ASCA/AS16 and PTA...we'll see. I do wish them well competition and pushing tech forward means we all win in the end.
  7. +1 Colonel Scott's advice is like the old E.F. Hutton Commercials,... "when Bob Scott speaks, people listen" and if not; they should! Solid recommendation here concur 100%. A slightly smaller field traffic wise but great it has atmosphere and a great location at a reasonable price.
  8. Would be interesting to see what some of the ATP guys would recommend? Assuming it would be Majestic, PMDG, FS Labs and a few one offs like LHS, Level D, and Perhaps Cool Sky DC9 or A2A Silver Wing Series?
  9. @HiFlyer, Sad isin't it? I have a pretty good LHS here in Huntsville, Al. where I retired and I buy everything I can from them even if it's a bit more expensive than what's offered online.
  10. As an RC Flyer and static scale modeler I;d say the answer lies somewhere in the middle. My understanding is the tech isn't quite there to make kit quality scale models. There is an article in Fine Scale Modeler this month about NASA providing cad drawings you can download and print on your 3d printer of many of their spacecraft. The take away was the material produced is a bit rough and not to the level of finish you find in good injected and slide molded kits. That said it's only a matter of time. I don't know too much on the RC front these days, Balsa kit building that I loved just 15 years ago simply died with the advent of ARF (Almost ready to fly) kits from Asia. You'd be EXTREMELY hard pressed to find a Mom and Pop owed hobby shop these days with a nice selection of DIY balsa kits in their inventory the days of perusing around looking at Sig or Pica model kits unfortunately has passed, its even hard to find all but the most popular ones from online retailers. Hopefully 3D printing will bring about a resurgence in new ideas and techniques. IMO it will affect smaller scale static model builders first simply due to size and expense.
  11. Just wanted to give a shout out to the customer service department of Simmarket since we don't hear about good service enough when t occurs. I like doing business with them everything is neat orderly and I get regular update notifications to my products. So much so that I have made over the course of many years 259 purchase with them (that's orders not products). My last order I accidentally left an item in my cart I had previously purchased, so I sent them a support ticket with the details. I expected they would credit my account but it might take a while, 24hrs response time is what they say when you file a trouble ticket with them. Well, I got an email that they received my ticket in about 5 minutes and got another in well under an hour crediting my account the amount, which is what I asked for. A refund may have taken a bit longer but with service like this I know I'm going to use it on another future order from them.
  12. I could be mistaken but I believe you want to save the PMDG panel state too. I never had much luck with this and kept my flights under 4hrs until switching to V4.0.
  13. Yep, flew a couple flights in it and initially it looked better but it didn't take long to begin wandering all over the sky, This is the most disappointing Aerosoft product I've ever purchased but, I still hold onto some shred of hope that it will eventually get sorted.
  14. I've never bought an Ant's Aircraft that I didn't thoroughly enjoy or feel like I got more than my moneys worth; simply great products and customer service!