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  1. Just a couple from a flight I did tonight. I bought the FSLabs A320 and A319 a couple days ago.....wonderful airplane.
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    SIDs and STARs: yes or no

    Ill have a go at this question. I have been in the airlines for 4 years now both based out of IAH and out of ORD during said 4 years. At major airports, if a SID or STAR is in our clearance, we fly them....about 90% of the time. At smaller airports, the same statistic applies. However, I would say that about 40% of the time the ENTIRE SID is flown because usually, ATC can give you shortcuts well before you ever get to the end of the SID. As for STARs, we usually fly the entire STAR with maybe 1 or 2 fixes taken out at the very end of it. ATC usually starts vectoring us for approaches at that point. With RNAV departures/arrivals, we are usually kept on the SID/ STARs a lot longer because it helps ATC with lateral and vertical separation. (Its all built into said SID/STARs) With standard SID/STARs, (Non RNAV or Radar vectored) you may see ATC do interesting things with airplanes because they may need to separate them in one way or another. Specifically in ORD. The only departure is the ORD3 departure. Its simply runway heading or assigned heading up to 5000 ft with a couple crossing restrictions that are based off DME rings around the airport. Once we get handed off to TRACON, we get vectored until ATC can clear us to our first initial fix. This first fix is also our last fix of the SID. Said fix actually puts us on assigned tracks that the ARTCC uses to meter and separate traffic outbound from the airport. As for STARs into ORD. We always fly them. I would say about 70% of the time, Chicago Center will give us a direct to clearance to a fix later down the arrival but we then fly said arrivals into ORD. Long story short, file and fly the SID/STARs in the sim and vector yourself as your see fit.
  3. Im not getting one myself as I did the same thing you did when the 1080ti was first released. The 1080ti was my first top of the line card I had ever purchased. I think the 1080ti still has some mileage to go before it turns out to be obsolete. However, I am really interested to see if the 2080 will finally be able to go full 60 fps with full settings on 4k. Some games still cant get 60 fps maxed out with the 1080ti. I was kind of disappointed in that aspect.
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    Leonardo MD-82 APU no electric power

    I dont know the exact limitations of the APU, but make sure you are waiting st least 2 minutes before using the bleed air. This has happened to me to where the generator trips off line because I started using bleed air the second I got the apu on. Turning the bleeds on always induces stress to an apu for a really short time initially. Just a thought...
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    Engine Hydrolic Pumps

    Hydraulic pumps causing an engine not to start? That's new... If it started doing this randomly, it might be a cockpit state being corrupted. I know that had been the culprit sometimes.
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    RW Airline seniority system qustions.

    I dont want to get into a civilian vs. Military debate. Both groups have their flaws and strenghts. However, I have heard something quite different from check airmen. They have said there is no difference in aptitude between the two groups. If anything, military pilots take a bit longer to adjust. Like I said, I'm not looking to get into a debate. Just offer another anecdote.
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    RW Airline seniority system qustions.

    The premise behind seniority being used as a way for advancement at an airline is that the more time you spend at said airline, the more experience you have and the more competancy you should be able to show. Obviously, this isnt always the case and many people do slip through. Luckily, nowadays, most airline training departments are able to identify pilots who arent ready to upgrade to the left seat or fly another type of airplane. Certain issues manifest themselves during IOE/sim/ground and a pilot could possibly go to a review board. Your opinion is understandable and rooted in logical thought. However, the question that one has to pose after hearing your opinion is; how does an airline implement a merit based advancement system among pilots? How do you quantify a pilot's skill set? What is it based off of? You mentioned test scores, prior experience. Age.... What objective standards? That's what the training department is for. If it's a good one, it will naturally weed out the bad apples. I think your logic is a bit misguided. The problems you are mentioning seem to be directly related to the old way of CRM....or the lack of it. Prior experience is a solid determining factor of how an applicant would react in certain situations. However, it can also be a huge detriment. The skill set among a pilot group in terms of what the operation requires is unbelievably homogeneous. I'm merely thinking out loud here based off my experiences in both the right and left seats and said training events. Ultimately, I think the accidents you mentioned as well as accidents in the modern day are a result of a poor foundation as an aviator as well as a lack of CRM. The most important thing to understand is that seniority only provides the OPPORTUNITY for advancement. However, it doesnt GUARANTEE it.
  8. Some shots from a previous flight I did testing out the newest version of TFDi's 717. One last one with Mt. Rainier in the backdrop.
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    real pilot procedures

    Second the company policies. I'll also add that some autopilot manufacturers have their own limitations in terms of when the autopilot can be turned on and when it needs to be turned off. Another thing to note is that outside of company and system limitations, it's all about preference. I'll usually hand fly up to 10k feet and then wont ask for the autopilot until I'm on speed in the enroute climb.
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    You Don't See in 4K

    Ahhh I see I see. Yeah I agree with you lol 10 years from now....."64k" TVs hahaha
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    You Don't See in 4K

    When I bought my 4k monitor a couple of years ago, i was blown away at how clear and crisp everything in the sim looked. Even on the w10 desktops it was amazing. I couldn't see individual pixels anymore. All curved edges of icons and things in the sim were crystal clear without any pixelation. I sold my old 1080p monitor a while ago. I turned it on and plugged it in to see if it still worked and the difference is astounding. It looked like crap. Pixels everywhere and details were blurry and just all around bad. I could totally see how someone with poor eye sight wont see any discernible difference when switching to 4k. However, if you have good eye sight (20/40 I presume...) you will see a difference.
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    Regarding the TFDi 717...

    The only thing that I dont like about the 717 is the ground friction model seems terrible. It slows down to a stop pretty quickly. Doesnt seem realistic at all.
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    EIN 104 Vs KJFK ATC

    Couldn't have said it better myself. Part of CRM is using ALL available resources....that means using ATC to get feedback oo how other airplanes are deviating or going through weather. Sounds like the shamrock pilot may have gotten a little short sighted and only wanted to pay attention to the radar returns and nothing else. Anywho...I'm preaching to the choir now. Have a good one!
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    Numbers on STAR chart legs

    It depends if it's a conventional nav, or an RNAV arrival. If it's a conventional nav STAR, then the pilots would still need information regarding the altitudes for navaid reception. If it's an RNAV, they dont technically need it but it's never a bad idea to include an MEA (minimum reroute altitude).
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    Avg fps for pmdg

    I am running an i7-8700k OCed to 4.8GHz. I paired the CPU with the 1080ti running at 4k. 16gb of system ram. In the 747, I get min 35 fps on the ground at most earosoft airports with rainy and cloudy weather. At all flightbeam/ flytampa/ fsdreamteam airports, I'll get mid 40s to upper 40s on the ground with the same weather. In the air, I. gettinf 60+ sometimes into the 80s. At both awrosoft and flightbeam airports with partly cloudy skies, I'll get lower 40s to mid 50s. Depending what airport I am located. All the above figures are during the day time and during the night time without aircraft lights on and dynamic lights enabled. During the night time with the aircraft lights on and dynamic lights enabled, I get a fps fluctuating from high high 20s to mid 30s...sometimes high 30s.