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  1. It is a pity. The guy from X-Crafts who wrote back to me seemed sincere, and I like to think people will do what they say will. If they keep developing this product then in time it could be quite good. It was confirmed that the dev team is basically down to a couple of guys at present, and that this was never intended to be a hi-fidelity study-level project because that would be beyond their ability. At least he was honest in that regard, and it's anybody's guess what will ultimately be considered acceptable further down the track. From what I could glean before being locked out of the X-Plane forum, a number of people reported similar issues with the automatics especially, and the developers admitted to challenges which they hope to resolve once they work out what XP12 needs to make things work properly. I'm still waiting to hear back about getting my account re-opened.
  2. I wish I had read this forum first, I definitely would not have bought this product. Despite initial reservations I thought I would give it a go, and now having reported a long list of missing features and buggy behaviour on the native forum, X-plane have suspended my account so be careful. X-Crafts themselves have been very gracious responding to my observations and even offered me a spot as beta tester. However I cannot respond to them after being excommunicated. This has definitely been misrepresented in advertising and I cannot recommend the product, which has been sold way too early. Their website states: "The E-Jets Family for X-Plane 12 and X-Plane 11 sets a new standard for these regional jets in commercial flight simulation, and we are proud to finally give you a chance to experience a truly authentic version of the E-Jets." As someone who flies these in real life, I can state categorically that it is not authentic, but a collection of workarounds that may bear a close resemblance to the real thing in some instances but nonetheless falls way short of the marketing propaganda. It was not "exciting", but frustrating, surprising and disappointing.
  3. I'm having exactly the same issue as the OP. I used the aircraft configurator menu to replace the default GNS 530 in a PA31T Cheyenne. It's replacing the unit, but you can tell from the welcoming message on the GPS screen that the gauge is too big somehow and the edges of the welcome screen script are cut off. Mousing over the click spots reveals that the nav and com buttons are alive as are the rotating knobs at the bottom, i.e. they show a mouse reaction and you can turn the unit on and off, but none of the other buttons do. It is not possible to click "ENTER" because the ENT button doesn't work. I do not have this issue with the GTN750, it goes in to replace the previous product and works fine. To remove any doubt, I am not trying to replace a 750 with a 530 either. The 530 bezel is intact. This issue occurs with AV off. I'd appreciate any advice. I had this issue with the Porter a while back but that seems to have been resolved over the past 6-12 months after an update.
  4. Hi all, Just been reading this again and noted the discussion about generator usage during start so thought the following might be useful. I used to fly Twin Otters which also have PT6s and there was a limitation requiring us to turn the generator of the operating engine OFF while starting the second engine using battery power. It's to do with the design of that particular electrical system and generator configuration. The airplane flight manual has this caution: "CROSS GENERATOR STARTING IS DETRIMENTAL TO GENERATOR BRUSHES AND TO REVERSE CURRENT CUT-OUT OPERATION (WHICH MAY CAUSE EVENTUAL CONTACT WELDING). CROSS GENERATOR STARTING, THEREFORE, SHOULD BE AVOIDED WHENEVER POSSIBLE. It's obviously a feature of this particular aircraft as I have not seen this requirement or limitation in any of the other turboprops I've flown like the Dash 8 or ATR42. I get the impression that there's not as much protection built into the older smaller starter generators like they use on the Otter.
  5. Beautifully crafted and one of my all-time favourites. So happy I was able to purchase a copy while it was still available and I still fly it often. More recently I bought the MilViz (now Blackbird) KingAir 350i and PC-6. If you want contemporary aircraft with really good flight dynamics and turboprop modelling I recommend these two. I also fly in real life and although I have gone out and bought and tried a bunch of the other products mentioned in this thread, even with mods there comes a time where I get frustrated with them and lose interest.
  6. Hi all, Firstly, I apologise to anyone who has been unable to access the downloads for the performance file and template via the links in my original post. I inadvertently deleted them from the online drive but they are back now: template here and the performance file here. Let me know if you have any trouble getting access. None of the data has changed since I originally posted it in 2015. Enjoy!
  7. This is from the devs: "Looking into the issue I noted that the 530 / 430 for RXP only wasn't supporting an animated node position for a 530 unit on top but was supporting a pair of 430 units , its something of an undertaking to resolve this through a product update , I can offer you a console cfg that eliminates the issue in the interim." OP replied: "Thanks for looking into this and for the console file. But there is some collateral damages, as the mixing box disappeared, and if the popups seem to work fine, the 430 is inop in the VC (black screen and no buttons), as most of the buttons and switches on the 530 (again in VC). Only some switches on the left side are working." This again from the devs: "With humility I would recommend using the twin RXP 430 units, these would appear unaffected by this glitch .Thanks for your patience in this matter , the issue has been included on the PC6 list for the next iteration cycle .Best CJ Since then, it has been confirmed by other users that the problem remains - blank screens and lack of animations. We are awaiting an update apparently. Meanwhile, thank you for the tip about the license and the XML. The modeldef was referred to at some point in the dev's response to the OP . The 750/650 combo seems to integrate and work just fine.
  8. Jean-Luc, I found another thread on the MV forums for the PC-6, there is a known issue with the RXP 530/430 installation that they are looking into however there has been no new information since January so I guess we just have to wait. The thread link is attached, not sure if you have seen this.
  9. Indeed - I noticed that too. I re-installed the RXP and I can get one 2D pop-up of the 430 to appear which now tells me that I have an invalid license and to stop using the product. In the VC, the buttons work on the 530 except the screen is blank, but on the 430 all the buttons appear to be active except the power switch. When I mouse over it the mouse pointer doesn't change.
  10. Hi Jean-Luc, Thank you very much for your response - unfortunately I only just saw this. I have just re-installed the PC-6 on a new computer and will re-install the RXP software as well and report back as you have asked. The RXP is a great add-on and I look forward to getting it working. Thanks again.
  11. It’s been 3 years since I flew a real 320 and my company (now defunct) transferred me to the dark side to fly that other popular single-aisle machine. As an avid simmer, recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Tiller by Cat3Design to use with the FSLabs A3XXX fleet. My very first thought was, “Wow - this has just transformed my taxying experience!” It was immediately recognisable in feel and response, and does a superb job of simulating the real-world A320 tiller. It may be a little smaller and a little lighter, but after having flown the real aircraft for 7 1/2 years I can say that this tiller feels very authentic and fits under my fingertips perfectly. It could be argued that one’s sensibilities might have been dulled after several years of trucking around in a used 737, but this felt so natural from the first use that I began to wonder why I had put up with anything else in 28 years of simming, especially in the past 7 years of FSLabbing. It easily reminds me of the plane I used to fly, and nothing about it makes me think, “Oh, he should change this or that…” There are plenty of photos and reviews about other aspects of the package so I won’t repeat those efforts here, but I will say that as a real world A320 pilot I give this product my full endorsement. One question I had was where to put it. I have found that it is sized very well for the desktop environment and isn’t as bulky as I thought it would be. The cable is plenty long enough to allow the unit to be moved around easily as necessary. Cat3Design is committed to providing excellent customer service and I can personally attest to this manufacturer’s credibility and integrity as well.
  12. I discovered an update to the aircraft in the MV forums which supposedly addresses some "avionics" issues - this announcement was not specific. That is installed now, and the 430 is showing up in the 2D popup now, but the VC 430 is still dead. MilViz have expressed displeasure at the amount of time, money and effort they have had to expend dealing with issues that they claim arise from other products, and this one is on the list.
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