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    Retired surgeon - flight simming to relax but sometimes FSX/FS9 problems can be more frustrating than surgery! Currently running FS9(347GB)and FSX (661GB) - spend about 90% of flightsim time on FSX but still enjoy good old FS9!

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  1. I was making the point that if you have flown a stable ILS approach on the autopilot then, by definition, you should be on the centreline when you disengage the autopilot before touchdown and the corrections you need should be minimal. If there is a crosswind component then drift should be anticipated and you should be ready to apply an appropriate amount of rudder to stay on the centreline after AP disengagement. On the subject of flying the ILS "with one's feet", does the autopilot, once it captures the localiser in a crosswind scenario, then not maintain the centreline primarily using rudder to yaw into the wind? Although I was a PPL with a couple of thousand hours, I have never flown anything larger than an Aztec, so I am open to correction by any real world heavy metal flyers out there if my assumptions on flying technique for airliners on the ILS are incorrect! Bill
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    Oh I have no idea where that icon might come from! I also actually have the Aerosoft Bronco in FSX Acceleration using Win 7, but I installed it years ago with no problem although it is not an aircraft I fly frequenty. I assume you bought it from a reputable source but I hope your system hasn't been hit by some sort of virus if the FSX.exe file has also disappeared from your FSX root folder. Bill
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    AS16 is amazing particularly if combined with one of the Active Sky or Rex texture packs. For many years I flew using just default weather until I discovered the Rex and Active Sky products a few years ago and the difference in the weather appearance and sense of immersion was immense. Should have added them a long time ago!! Bill
  4. Probably the first thing to do if there is no obvious cause is to try deleting the freeware airports you have installed since FSX was working properly and then gradually reinstall them one at a time, testing FSX each time to see if you can identify which scenery is the problem. Bill
  5. FSX-MS

    The FSX.exe icon is usually a white aircraft (not a person!) in plan form on a blue square background. The Aerosoft logo however is a person with their arms outstretched as if they were flying - is that what you are looking at do you think? As Charlie said, the FSX.exe file should still be in your main FSX folder and you should be able to just recreate another shortcut on your desktop as he describes. Bill
  6. I'm someone else who can't get enough of those videos! If I remember correctly there were also some good videos of crosswind landings taken during a bad storm at Amsterdam earlier this year and there are also some impressive ones from Madeira. Some of those landings really are a testament to the structure of modern airliners - not just the amazing strength of the undercarriage to cope with such hard landings in a crabbed position but of the aircraft as a whole looking at the amount of wing flex and also the considerable 'shaking' of the tailplanes in some of the aircraft after landing. I have no doubt that airliners of an earlier era such as Connies and DC-6/7s (and perhaps even 707s and DC-8s) would have been straight into the maintenance hangar after some of those landings! But I guess the inability of piston airliners to cope with such extreme crosswinds was the reason that airports of their era had so many runways aligned in different directions. Bill
  7. If you are flying the ILS on autopilot, it is usual to disengage the AP about 500ft above the runway (unless you are flying an airliner with full autoland capability). If your approach is stable, the AP should have your aircraft positioned on the centreline and on the glidepath well before the 500ft disengage point, but if you are not on the centreline and glidepath then your approach is considered unstable and, in the real world, if you were flying an airliner you would have to initiate a go-around. Once the AP is disengaged after a stable approach you should only need to make small directional corrections and in airliners these directional corrections are generally made using more rudder movement than aileron, with the aileron primarily being used to keep the wings level. The amount of rudder movement, albeit in extreme conditions, is well demonstrated in the video posted by Scott above but note that the pilots are not banking but are most likely applying aileron as necessary just to keep the wings level. Obviously if you allow the aircraft to drift too far off the centreline then you may need an actual balanced turn (using rudder and ailerons) to bring it back on but, as I said above, in an airliner that would almost certainly be a reason for a go around. Bill
  8. When you disengage autopilot on final approach after using the localiser, you should already be on the centreline (providing your LOC / ILS approach was stable). Under these circumstances the need to make any turns should be minimal in calm conditions. However with a crosswind component you may find yourself been blown off the centreline. Knowing the wind speed and direction, you should anticipate this and be ready to apply some rudder as soon as you disengage the AP. The resultant yaw into the direction of the crosswind should be enough to keep you on the centreline and avoid the need for a banking turn at low level just using the ailerons to keep the wings level. This is the technique which I think is generally used in larger aircraft and airliners. Does this answer your question? Bill
  9. The Boeing 717 (MD-95 in its original incarnation) was quite similar in capacity to Boeing's own 737-600 which was just going into production when Boeing took over McDonnell-Douglas in 1997. I suspect there was therefore very little motivation for Boeing to aggressively market the 717. For similar reasons the larger MD-90 also fell by the wayside with Delta cancelling its remaining MD-90 orders in 1997 after the Boeing take-over in favour of the 737-800 and MD-90 production being phased out fairly quickly afterwards. Bill
  10. Shades of the Ryanair fiasco! Bill
  11. Yes they have had a bit of practice ironing out autopilot bugs!! Apart from a test flight after installation, I haven't done any flying in the updated JF DC-8, but I spent quite a few hours flying in the original (pre-update) version and despite its bugs, I quite liked it although I have to admit that most of my longer flights in it were done using the GTN750 and it functioned well even with the original autopilot. Visually it was nicely modelled both internally and externally and had quite a good sound set but if I remember correctly the ground handling on the original version was a little twitchy particularly on the roll out but hopefully they will also have addressed in the update. I just need to get around to trying some flights in the updated version now but finding time can be a problem as I seem to keep adding more and more new aircraft to my setup - I guess that is what they call addiction! Bill
  12. I'm not sure if the DC-8 was developed by the in-house team (it may have been Aeroplane Heaven) but I'm pretty sure the other two were. Bill

    For anyone interested these are amazing sceneries, I bought Salvador and Fortaleza in a sale about a year ago but even at the full price they would be good value. I don't know how the developer achieves this but, despite the large install size and vast amount of autogen buildings, performance is excellent and the VAS hit is relatively low. Having recently installed Orbx OpenLC South America, I have been doing a bit more flying in the area and might just consider getting the Rio scenery, particularly as the included SBRJ looks looks quite good. Bill
  14. Like you, I bought a few VCol aircraft in a sale about a year or so ago mainly because the aircraft types were ones I wanted and they were not available from any other developer. I didn't expect too much but I thought they were ok for the price with some being better than others and I flew them all a few times. However without benefit of a reasonable degree of systems depth, the novelty of a new aircraft type soon wore off and they have spent most of their time in my hangar! If you particularly want a CRJ, the excellent Aerosoft CRJ700/900 works in v4 but unfortunately I don't think it is in any sales at the moment. Bill
  15. If you search for Active Sky in the SimMarket store, you will find that there is a crossgrade offer for owners of ASN to purchase the P3Dv4 version (Active Sky 4). This would actually be a good time to do it as it is in a sale until the end of this month! Bill