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    I have been fascinated with flight for my entire life. I can still clearly recall my utter dismay, aged 6 years old, when I was informed that the wooden helicopter, constructed for me by a helpful adult, wouldn't actually get airborne. Despite this lifetime obsession with all things that fly, I never did become a pilot, and have only ever occupied the jump-seat of a 737, back when that was permissible.I earned my BSEE back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but left the electronics field many moons ago, eventually settling out here in the sticks to make a living hatching and marketing catfish fingerlings.

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  1. Any time The PMDG Oracle speaks, this is good news for all mortals. Monitoring the clock on the wall, for the first sign of 2022. No cause for alarm. All is well in the known universe.
  2. This is music to my ears for sure. Jaw dropping ground scenery, ultra-realistic weather and cloud rendering, all capped off with a PMDG high-fidelity heavy metal jet crafted for 2020's amazing MSFS. Great time to be alive for sure. I will make sure that I do survive long enough for the 2020 MSFS PMDG777 to be released, even if I am obliged to skirmish with that pesky virus in the meantime.
  3. Much thanks for this explanation Snow Falcon. I did a perfunctory search before starting this topic, so I missed the topic already created to address the same question. Good to know that PMDG will roll out some Boeing jets for the 2020 Microsoft Flight Sim once it is released.
  4. With the news two days ago of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 on final approach for touchdown by an August 18th 2020 release date, I got to wondering how long it might take before PMDG starts to craft a fleet of airliner masterworks for this new and very promising simulator platform. Will the 737 NG and 747 series PMDG creations easily translate into the new 2020 MSFS, or will a complete ground-up coding mega-project wind up as the only way to field PMDG airliners with this new platform ? Any thoughts on these musings of mine would be welcome, as I feast my eyes on the ultra-realistic ground scenery and aircraft detail unveiled in MSFS 2020 teaser videos now appearing on Youtube.
  5. Wow thanks for this vital, time saving information Martin. I really look forward to flying the Q400, and to fighting that prop wash yaw with my CH yoke and Saitek rudder pedals. The Q400 FMS is reportedly a fair bit different from the Boeing FMS or the Airbus MCDU, and I look forward to learning this variant of auto-flight management. Now that all else has failed I might as well follow the instructions you have been kind enough to point out. and I can say with assurance now that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an approaching train.
  6. I purchased the DVD version of Majestic's Dash8 Q400, but could not install it in my computer despite multiple attempts during which I get prompted for the DVD serial key code, which I type in, BUT then the system just freezes up and stops with no error message of any sort. I have never encountered such a failure to install with ANY of the numerous FS9 and FSX airliners I have purchased in DVD form over the years. At least with the procedure described by Martin here, I now have an idea about how to qualify for the privilege of joining the Majestic discussion forum so I can finally ask someone why my DVD version won't install. I do find it a bit odd that customers need to grovel and jump through hoops to qualify for acceptance into the hallowed realm of the Majestic discussion forum, though my exasperation is not quite as intense as that described by Ponco, perhaps because I hadn't yet tried to chase down the fabled "Invitation Code", so I can at least thank Poncho for alerting me that I would never have found the Invitation Code where I had hoped to locate it. Anyways, the Majestic Q400 does have such a sterling reputation with users that I would gladly dress up in a over-sized kangaroo costume and allow myself to be filmed swimming laps in a pool thus attired, if that is what it will take to get my DVD copy of this aircraft up and running.
  7. Along with the entire AVSIM community, I bid a fond farewell to Tom. Most of us never had the privilege of meeting the man where he lived, but without question we have all derived benefit from his work informing and educating the online flight simulator community all these years. My condolences thus go out not just to immediate family and friends, but also to every one of Tom's "extended family" comprising flight sim enthusiasts, scattered across the globe. . Adios Tom. I tip my virtual wing in final salute.
  8. The Airbus is offered in eye-watering detail for FSX and P3D, by the latest release from Aerosoft in the following link. There are variable levels of procedural depth available with this meticulous rendition of the Airbus 318/319 series, and thus far one of the few minor imperfections mentioned by users has been that the new Aerosoft Airbus makes unduly abrupt steering corrections to stay on course when flying a MCDU-defined path on autopilot. http://www.aerosoft.com/cgi-local/us/iboshop.cgi?showd,,12958 Another Airbus that seems to offer comparable levels of systems depth to that of the Aerosoft Airbus is the JustFlight Airbus, whose user's forum is one of the least visited websites on the net, which may be a good thing, or maybe not such a good thing. Anyways, I just ordered the CD version of this Justflight version of the "Bus as well, just to have two versions of the Airbus that at least aspire to the status of "professional level", in my hangar. http://www.justflight.com/product/airbus-series-volume-1 The Ejets from Feelthere Wilco include the Embraer 170/175, and the 190/195. They are reasonably close in systems complexity and fidelity to the real thing, according to those in the know, but these regional jets have been out for a while and are rendered with visual detail that is adequate rather than amazing, in comparison to newer releases that just keep advancing the art and science of flight sim aircraft. http://www.wilcopub.com/simulator-add-on/e-jets-series.html
  9. I stand to be corrected, but MD11 aircraft have been involved in a disproportionate number of crashes, in comparison to other jets of similar capacity. Many of those crashes were reportedly associated with design specific anomalies in that air-frame, and apparently due to the fact that even the tiniest error in airspeed settings greatly increases the odds that the MD11 will depart from controlled flight and plummet to the ground like a rock. I have zero real world flying experience to speak of, but in the virtual world I have performed many hundreds, if not thousands of hand-flown stormy weather landings in heavy metal jets from the PMDG stable, in addition to my hands-down favorite till date - the Level D 767. Taking the Kai Tak Runway Checkerboard approach into Runway 13 as a test case, I got to the point of being able to execute that radical right turn into short finals with unerring precision and fluidity when I selected the LD 767, and with slightly less consistency, the PMDG 737 and 747, BUT, I could not for the life me accomplish one single smooth landing with the MD11, which felt wobbly, unstable and on the edge of a stall right through most of that Kai Tak approach, resulting in crashes each and every single time I tried the MD11. News reports of the years have been rife with MD11 crashes on landing approach, so I would make bold to suggest that my humble flight sim observations do have a clear correlation in real life, which, at least to an extent, might explain why the MD11 lost market share so dramatically over the years since it was first designed and fielded.
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