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    I love flight simulation and have for almost 15 years...Oh, ok, beside that, I make and install vehicle wraps and auto window tinting. I have my own business, I work from my house and have been in business over 10 years.

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  1. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    Outside, the MD11 looks good. I would say that if someone wanted to use it to make videos, it would be good for that. Just from memory, I don't see any difference from the outside of this and the PMDG version, but it would be interesting to use screenshots and compare. It does hand-fly nicely and would be fine if someone wanted to just hand-fly and land it. It just doesn't have any working systems. The real MD11 is very automatic with it's systems and I never remember having to worry about setting pressurization using the PMDG MD11. It just showed on the synoptic as working fine. This MD11 gave me a cabin pressure warning that didn't make sense because everything was supposed to be on auto. I don't think any of the systems works correctly.
  2. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    I can't understand what he is saying in the video at all, but I believe he was having trouble with the autopilot also and I noticed when he rolled the VS wheel to go down, the aircraft climbed and he laughed. Same trouble that I ran into. Also he didn't have any flightplan in the FMS. I used the simulators flightplan to load the FMS, which it did. The aircraft porpoised all the way to TD while cruising, but it will hand-fly better than it flies with the autopilot
  3. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    No. As far as I can see the landing setup is a mess. The ND doesn't even show the landing runway or even the destination airport. The nav line ends at the last waypoint and leaves you to search for the destination airport somewhere in front of you if the weather is clear. When you push App/Land G/S shows on the FMA, but it has no ILS or no landing aid at all showing on the PFD. You are left to disconnect the autopilot and, after visually locating the runway, manually landing. I have to say that the airplane flies very good manually and is easy to bring down to the runway and land by hand...but no autoland or even partial landing aids with the autopilot. The autopilot has most of the normal flight functions, just now where they are supposed to be on an MD11. For instance, in the MD11 you should select autoflight before taxing to the runway to arm it, then you run up the throttles before takeoff and select autoflight again, which will bring you to N1 takeoff speed. Then after takeoff you select autoflight one more time to turn on the autopilot. With this MD11, you don't arm the autoflight system. When you are on the runway, you select autoflight, bring up the throttles, then push the "Speed" button to go to takeoff speed. There is no annunciation to let you know when the autopilot is engaged, so you have to guess. Nothing is easier to fly than a well-made simulation like what PMDG, Leonardo, FSLabs, Majestic or TFDi make. They are predictable and consistent. Really, even Aerosoft is predictable and consistent and a pleasure to fly. I find that these poorly made simulations keep you hanging at the edge of your seat wondering what it will do, or not be able to do next. I will be uninstalling this aircraft now and preparing it for long-term storage at the Mohave. Curiosity can be expensive I guess. I'll stick it in the hanger and maybe someday they will get enough of it fixed that it will be worth looking at again.
  4. signmanbob

    Manuals in Print

    PMDG does not sell these manuals for their aircraft anymore. I was fortunate enough to buy the full Captain's set when the 777 was first released, as I have previously done with the MD-11 and 737NGX. I wouldn't let them go for anything. They are not replaceable. The only thing that you can do is to keep an eye on Ebay, if no one puts their set up for sale here. I didn't buy the full Captain's set for the 747-400 when I bought it and was really regretting not having them until I was lucky enough to have a real 747 pilot in training give me ALL of his manuals when he was finished (he wouldn't even let me pay for them!), which also covers the 747-8 (which is what he flies now). He is my hero. I had to find a printed FCOM for my Boeing 717 off of the internet and paid about $100 for it. The Maddog MD82 has tons of .pdf manuals and learning aids available on the internet, so I can just print out what I want with it. Bob
  5. signmanbob

    TBM-900 for X-Plane released

    NOW AVAILABLE!! It's ready for all X-Plane aficionados...😘🕹🎧 TBM-900 by HotStart X-Plane has come such a long way. It's pretty amazing.
  6. signmanbob

    TBM-900 for X-Plane released

    TBM-900 NOW AVAILABLE!! 😍💖 TBM-900 by HotStart at X-Aviation
  7. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    Yes, the FMS is bare-bones. You put ORIG/DEST and use the simulator to load the flight plan. The INIT and FLTPLN page is all that there is. No other pages. So there is no VNAV, PERF, PROG or TAKEOFF pages. Also the FLTPLN page does not show altitudes. Makes it very quick and simple to set up a flight, but not realistic.
  8. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    The engine start does not seem realistic on this at all. With the real (PMDG) MD11, much is automatic. It pretty much sets itself up to start. This version doesn't seem to do that and I ended up having to Ctrl+E to get the engines started and then they just whip-up to a running state, one after the other.
  9. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    Curiosity got me and I bought it and I must say that it does fly nice. I didn't do a full flight, but I might at some time later. It has very simplified flight systems, but they are better than a default aircraft, just not near what the MD11 is supposed to be. The PROF does not work. It loads a standard MSFS flight plan and there is no PERF or TAKE OFF pages, so the Vspeeds are not selected in the FMS, but just appear on the PFD on their own. When you push NAV on the FCP, the FMA will display NAV1, instead of LNAV. Then, again, you have no PROF so I was having trouble figuring how to select the altitude on the FCP and lock it in, but Vert Spd works, so that is a good way to control the climb or decent. Speed brake seems to have something funky going on. I'll have to look at the manual to know for sure, but if you try to arm the spoilers, the leaver will make a big clunking noise and lock in full position. It must have to do with the spoilers deploying upon landing, but it seems to do it in any situation and not just landing. The cockpit textures are much better than what SkySimulation used to have. Big improvement there, but still not quite up to the standard of the PMDG MD11 for FSX, which are also very outdated. I would say that this aircraft should sell for about $35 to be fair for the type of customer that would like this MD11. $50 for an aircraft that doesn't come close enough to satisfactorily emulating the MD11 flight systems and needs to load the flight plan from the simulator is just a little steep. Then, considering the price of aircraft with deep systems and awesome graphics, it's not real bad. I believe that simmers that don't like complex aircraft and reading through manuals, will love this MD11. It loads the flight plan from the sim and starts all of the engines with Ctrl+E. It flies and handles nicely and has a "heavy feel" to it. I'm sure it will handle nice while landing. I'll have to see if it will lock into an ILS. Anyway you could still do a good approach using Vert Spd or manually. It seems to taxi way too fast, so next time I'm only going to start the two wing engines and wait to start the center engine once I reach the runway. That's my thoughts on it so far. Not bad, just not great. But still enough to have some fun with. Bob
  10. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    With the exception of special pre-release sales, have you ever seen the price of a new release drop? SkySimulations have released a DC9 and a DC10 which had pretty poor textures, but were not bad simulations at all. This one looks like it has pretty good textures, but it uses that EasyFMS, but still may be a pretty enjoyable simulation. It may be worth 50-so bucks to have a decent usable MD-11 in P3Dv4.
  11. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    Great! I didn't see that. I have purchased Skysimulations aircraft before and the visuals were poor, but they operated ok. This one seems to have good visuals. I wouldn't expect extensive systems, by any means, but maybe enough to enjoy having it. I still fly my PMDG MD11 in FSXSE, so I may be a little hard to please with this, but knowing Skysimulations, the price will be good.
  12. signmanbob

    New MD11 for P3Dv4.3

    I've found that this doesn't always mean P3Dv4. I would write to the developer and see for sure unless it says specifically for P3Dv4.
  13. signmanbob

    For Douglas DC-8 Enthusiasts

    Awesome post! That is interesting. Juan Trippe played Boeing and Douglas from the middle, like two fiddles and got just what he wanted for PanAm.
  14. signmanbob

    For Douglas DC-8 Enthusiasts

    That is interesting about reversing the engines mid-air. I'll bet that was a unique feeling. Might make you revisit your lunch. 😜
  15. signmanbob

    There's actually a major PFPX update coming!

    How can you mention one without mentioning the other? I use Simbrief now all the time, but with the update coming, I may bring my PFPX off of the shelf and dust it.