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  1. Hey all- I am returning to the simulator after a few years hiatus. I am wrapping up my real world instrument ticket and want to work through some more complex approaches before I take my checkride. With that, I have a few fundamental questions about my sim setup. Early last spring I installed v4.2 after a long break. This was a fresh install along with all ORBX products and my favorite GA planes. I see now that P3D is on v4.5. Is it a safe move to do the component upgrade versus the full uninstall of everything and reinstall? I have reviewed the component upgrade thread and it looks easy enough but I wasn't sure if going from 4.2 to 4.5 would be ok. I don't mind either way really, one is just way faster than the other. Also, does anyone still tweak their .cgs file or is that a thing of the past? I am running 6700k, 32 gb, gtx 1070. Nothing amazing but steady enough. Thanks for the quick input. Benjamin
  2. Jean-Luc - Yes sir - I completely understand and have always been a fan of the RXP quality! Thanks for the quick reply. Benjamin
  3. At the risk of looking like a complete jackalope, I am trying to figure out if there are upgrade costs associated with the RXP 430/530 gauges. I have been out of simming for about 2.5 years now and coming back to the sim with a whole new world. Everything has been updated. Any rate, I have done a clean sweep and now up and running with P3Dv4. Now I am trying to figure out if any of my FSX addons can be upgraded or if everything is a new purchase for me. I have found some items can be purchased at a reduce rate and other are simply new full purchases. I can't find this information for the RXP gauges. I was able to update my GTN 750 (F1) for $20 I think. Not sure about these RXP 530/430 upgrades. Thanks- Benjamin
  4. Hey all - I just finished a new PC build (6700k / 1070 / 64gb ram) in celebration of collecting my PPL. I decided I would dive back into my sim pit for the instrument training. I have been out of simming for greater than a year now and have a few general questions without searching far and wide. I am just looking for general information 1) Given this is a new build - is the general consensus to move up to v3.3? I currently have v2.5 but will spring for v3.3 if that's where I should be. 2) Best AA control - is anyone using nVidia Inspector still used by most to get the best AA quality? 3) How is EZCA working with v3.3 4) It would appear that most ORBX products are v3.3 compatible. It also appears I can re-download all sceneries for v3.3 from FlightSimStore free. The only upgrade would be P3D itself - are there any other big players that a charging for upgrades? I know PMDG does. Thanks for the input. I am looking forward to jumping on PilotEdge and getting the moth balls blown out. Benjamin
  5. I want to make sure, it's ok to keep "(Large divided highway with road signs and generic signs and large billboards and median barrier and middle lights)" segment in the edits correct? I didn't want to make the edits to find out the syntax is incorrect. Nice work guys
  6. I do appreciate all of this information. I am a GA guy at heart but I do like the change of pace and a differnet type of complexity when it comes to big tin flying. I finally broke down and picked up PFPX last night. Great planning tool. I need to keep on reading and keep on investigating to fully understand the planning concepts. The one thing that has always bugged me is trying to determine if my aircraft profiles are correct "enough" to provide somewhat accurate fuel burn predictions. It's always felt like a black box mystery to me. A year or two back when I first picked up the NGX, I changed some weight values (from a thread found here in AVSIM) but as I recall, all of the configuration information was in one large .txt file, not separate aircraft .txt as I see in Topcat Configuration folder. I can't seem to find that file now. Does any one know which file I am talking about? Maybe I am out to lunch. Any way - the questions are or at least verification 1) TopCat .acft and the configuration .txt files. Is it that the .acft calcualtes the v speed and the .txt handles the derate and fuel burn? 2) When I make a new plane profile in TopCat: - Should I use the B737-800" For type selection with the PMDG 737-800 configuration? - Are the engines correct model CFM56-7B23 or is there something I need to change there also? I will follow the steps listed at the front of this thread and download the .txt configuration files. Thanks for those. I am concerened that what ever I changed 1.5 years ago will be lingering around somewhere when I changed some weight values. Just not sure where that was and not sure they will be nulified when I use these .txt configs from this thread and generate new aircrafts. I need to get a grip on how this all works so I can do it correctly for the T7 as well. Benjamin
  7. Looking forward to a semi-manual. I poked around last night on this plane - very nice. I am not sure what NAV1/NAV2 modes versus NAV mean. If you are on the VLOC CDI mode on the GPS and flying by NAV control A/P, what is NAV1/NAV2 button doing (upper right)? Is VLOC mode equivalent to the "APR" mode? How's that manual coming along Kurt? :)
  8. Yeah, I use the bottom know to get the cursor going but then you can type in KSGF and it should be input. This is how it works on the standard garmin on the non-glass 172 cockpit.So you are telling me I have to use the knob in to select my destination ...gar... I will give it a try. However, in VC that small knob is a pain. You would think it would work like the other GPS input devices. Thanks for the reply.Bman.
  9. Well, the fact is that the charts used while FSX was developed was long ago. I believe the charts for FSX are from a 2005 cycle. I may be wrong but they are not "current" that's for certain. With that being said, the charts in SimCharts 4.0 are never updated so they will always remain in check with FSX. Until you are FSX bound, there are many online services that are free that will give you plenty of chart information (in fact the exact same) but you just have to browse for it. Bman.
  10. Simcharts 4.0 is for FSX only - I think simply because is is listed under the Add-on toolbar. This allows the plane to track over the charts.I believe you can still get simcharts 3.0 which is independent of flight sim as a whole.Bman.
  11. What's the deal with the Cessna 172 glass cockpit? If you try to dial in a destination on the GPS you get double character inputs. For example, if you try to type in KSGF you get KKSSGGFF and that is a tough destination to arrive to. Does any one know of a fix to this? I have sent and email to FSInsider but had no response. It seems strange to me that the default aircraft would have this issue but perhaps I have done something wrong along the lines. Help. Does any one else have this issue? Bman.
  12. I went ahead and bought it, SimCharts 4.0.The charts are handy. Here are my initial comments.In game FPS is about a 4 FPS hit as far as I can tell. That seems a little steep given it only maps a little arrow and line on the approach chart for you. I think there is a hot key to bring the maps up and down. It seems the resolution of the charts could be a little higher.I can't seem to find any colored charts as shown on the order page. Outside of those things, having the charts right there is handy. Bman.
  13. Cool thanks. Yeah, I read that Jeppesen had their wires crossed. Their website at one time said this was an annual subscription (to access their chart server). In fact the one time cost is for the life of FSX. I have used Sim Charts 3.0. It's cool but the whole color / integrated portion looks nice.Bman.
  14. Thanks for the reply Scoob. Yes, I have plenty of site bookmarked for navigation in general. I was just curious to know if folks found it worth it to have "in-flight" access to these charts.Not only in-flight access but I would also save a tone load of paper from not having to print out charts all the time.So, what I really am curious to know is what folks think of the functionality of SimCharts 4 compared to going to your favorite nav site and printing out the charts you like.However, thanks again for the post. Bman.
  15. So I was browsing a few charts and came back across SimCharts 4.0. Does any one here use these charts in FSX? Also, it appears that they have changed to a one time cost versus an annual subscription. Can any one verify this? Their website did clarify..Bman.
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