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    Ex Air Force specialist aircrew for 28 years. Crewed on C-130 and B727-100.

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  1. Interesting update. Bluebird really are doing some wonderful work and programming it from scratch! If the aircon system is an example of the level of detail that will be found in other systems then I suspect even the study level crowd will be gob smacked. Study level at the moment means all the buttons switches and levers work, ie they do something but the accuracy of what they do is probably not always questioned or even understood by the 'study level' user because everything works as it should. But those developers who are incorporating failures recognise that the systems must be modelled correctly to get the right behaviours from it if any part of the system fails. This leads me to think the Bluebird's green fields approach will allow them to produce not just a study level solution but potentially a professional solution if they continue down this path simply because they are presumably playing to MSFS strengths. Of course other study level developers (PMDG/Fenix for example) will say they have done the same or similar things. For example, IIRC is it Fenix's product that they have modelled rotation of the engine on the ground (without introducing fuel) in order to keep engine core temps down? (sorry, I'm not familiar with the Fenix product). The point is that perhaps study level is no longer just about piloting the aircraft but also in understanding the underlying engineering of the systems being modelled so that failures can be accurately diagnosed and actions taken to mitigate the effects of any emergency on the aircrafts ability to land safely. It seems to me ( and I'm sure I'll be corrected if wrong) that in the real world pilots are not expected to know the detail of these systems in any depth but more in general terms so that the correct actions iaw the Emergency and Abnormal Checklist can be taken. A case in point might be the Canadian charter flight that ran out of fuel and almost became another Gimli glider when the fuel system 'failed' due to unnoticed overboard leak. The crew seemed unable to understand why their normal fuel management actions were not working until they were nearly at the point where they could no longer reach land. So, this is all a roundabout way of saying Bluebird may be taking 'study level' to another level again where it also involves understanding systems in engineering detail. And this presents further opportunities for simulating unusual failures such as damage from lightening strike, icing, bird strike etc. Who knows where that might lead in terms of commercial opportunities. I am probably getting ahead of myself with all this possibilities talk but if Bluebird deliver what they are promising including a shorter then expected follow up of the B767, then they will join the ranks of the other excellent airliner developers including PMDG, Fenix and FBW. Interesting also that these four developers have such varied ways of developing their products from porting, Xbox integration, Pro Sim, to collaborative development and now with Bluebird creating code from scratch presumably in order to optimise the MSFS capabilities that are available now and likely in the future. And did I mention 500 circuit breakers? A wonderful time in flight simulation. Cheers Terry
  2. They call it 'news' but of course it is mostly speculation and/or innuendo. The nail biting "Boeing fails again" type of bullet headlines seem to be designed to keep Boeing in the headlines and thus sell more 'newspapers', get more viewers/listeners etc. Will the ordinary citizen ever hear about the final investigation outcomes re these incidents which will most likely be customer maintenance issues? Possibly, but it will be buried deep and will not refer to the to the original article which made the suggestive and disparaging comments towards Boeing. In other words, they speculate, they make innuendo, they use fear to sell their product, they hide the more the truthful outcomes deep down and they don't apologise for being wrong. I'm not sticking up for Boeing. They have big problems without a doubt. But I do have a problem with media headlining their views and calling it news. We know people are easily swayed by media influencing.
  3. LOL. I was on a bus and using my phone without earbuds. So, just used captions to skim through the video. Yeah, I see the numbers in the top right now and I have played the audio so all good but you can see the captions threw me. You can tell my post was mostly querying the illogically high price of this equipment since it really didn't make any sense. Pleased to see it is way more affordable! Cheers Terry
  4. Interesting topic. Using Honeycomb controllers might be a bit of future liability given the issues with that company at the moment. But I guess controllers can be fairly easily changed. The main feature of course is the DOF and its seems they are finding solutions to small movement stepping issues (jerking) by changing the gear ratio of the spindle and developing a gearbox between the motor and the spindle. Seems novel but also maybe just a bit complex? I do wonder if space, torque requirements or maybe even familiarity from racing simulators with these motors (and associated better pricing with their supplier), have led them this way rather than selecting another choice of motor which might handle the issue without the complexity? For example CNC motors big and small are required to conduct smooth and sometimes intricate operations. As is often the case I expect price at market is a major factor. And, that price is not small. At $US 35,000 this would be about $US 45,000 landed in NZ with 15% GST. About $NZD 75,000. In contrast their 6DOF simulator which they advertise on the Flight tab of their website is only $USD 9,000? So I don't quite understand the price difference as there must be a lot of transferable technology. In any case I doubt there will be much uptake by Flight Simmers in my country at that price. Let's hope the overall increased interest and future demand for DOF simulation coupled with VR brings the price of all this gear down to a more affordable consumer level. And it should do. I mean, it's not new technology, the principle of software controlling hardware is pretty simple (in an engineering sense) and especially controlling the stepper motor itself which has been around since 1919 and was controlling naval gun turrets in the 1920's! But here we are more than 100 years later wondering how to get it to make small movements without jerking? Really? For those not sure what a stepper motor is. From Chromes Gemini (AI Suggestions): "Stepper motors are used in industrial and commercial applications because of their low cost, high reliability, high torque at low speeds, and simple, rugged construction that operates in almost any environment. The stepper motor is known for its property of converting a train of input pulses (typically square waves) into a precisely defined increment in the shaft's rotational position. Each pulse rotates the shaft through a fixed angle." Cheers Terry
  5. You know, you seem to have a pretty demeaning tone no matter who you're talking too. How about you take a nap as an ignored user!
  6. Woah, right up in my face there mate. What I donate to this or anything else is none of your business. So just step back a bit and don't assume.
  7. Stunning FBW. Absolutely stunning. I applaud your contributions to our community and your approach to keeping it free. This is not a product, it's just ........ a gift! I'm word not allowed speechless! Cheers Terry
  8. NZWN (Wellington) by Flightbeam. I have passaged through Wellington Airport many times and I can say that Flightbeam Studio's rendition and attention to detail is well done! It's pretty much like the real thing. NZWN is not one of those massive concrete jungles of large airports but it oozes tons of character and is not a bad place to wait for a flight, munching on croissant and coffee or enjoying some peanuts and a beer, all while watching plenty of arrivals and departures. The giant eagle hanging from the roof is from the Hobbits second movie, The Desolation of Smaug (if that's of any interest). Cheers Terry
  9. Absolutely. In fact most of this update is just to pad out the time between now and the demo at the FS weekend in March. Although they certainly do want to spend the time in between to get everything looking show ready, including the TCAS. Imagine a 777 freeze on demo at the FS expo! It would be like a icicle to the PMDG marketing heart! I not sure why they would be offering pricing structure and model variant releases prior to FS Weekend as Mathijs suggests. Imagine the cries of "too expensive", before we even seen the aircraft. More usual is to leave the price to last and I imagine the March show will provide PMDG with an opportunity to showcase their creation in full detail including price and variants, amongst an appreciative crowd and with plenty of FS media and associated free publicity, and potentially with a confirmed release date. Cheers Terry
  10. Oh that's good to hear if it turns out to be true. As a few others are saying, and as you can probably guess from me, the B727, a classic and iconic Boeing airliner would be the best outcome. I mean, we have the B737, we will have the B777 and the B747. But if their new project is from the B757/767/787 stable, then they have just added more twin engine airliners with little difference other than MTOW and range. In contrast, a B727 adds three engines, some better aesthetics than todays' wind tunnel lookalikes and adds a classic to their jet age airliner fleet with an enviable history. Terrorism, African 'cargo' runs, bank robbers, hijacking, and the infamous Lolita Express, popular with cargo and charter airlines, oil spill response, zero gravity flights, Trump Force One to name a few. Oh and for over a decade, more 727s were built per year for the airlines than any other jet airliner according to Wiki. I know a lot folks won't feel the same way, but then, they have probably never experienced a sporty take-off in a B727 or the use of its unique high lift devices and 40 degree flaps to land on rwys as short as 4500ft. As the referee in a game of rugby says to the video ref, "Can you give me a reason why I cannot award the try?" ... to the B727. 👏 Cheers Terry
  11. So I guess AVSIM will have to start a new MSFS2024 (or whatever it will be called) forum and change the logo on this forum to Microsoft Flight Simulator MSFS? Perhaps a new MSFS2024 forum should be started pretty soon since I imagine we're going to start getting dumped on in this forum with stuff which is not about MSFS2020. Cheers Terry
  12. My apologies to you and John. Now edited. Cheers Terry
  13. Thank for this and all your other efforts Vincent. They are outstanding!! Cheers Terry
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