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  1. Beautiful shots, as always, Aharon. The issue with CYDA is that the runway numbers were changed to reflect the current magnetic declination in the area. The default airport in FSX is numbered 02/20. The fix for that is easy if you have ever used Airport Design Editor (ADE) from scruffyduck. I just corrected the runway to read 03/21 and changed the approaches to match the new runway numbers. By the way, there are no approaches to runway 03 in place in default FSX, but there is a current RNAV approach to 03 that exists so I added that too. All done courtesy of current charts and ADE. You really should download ADE and get familiar with it. I use it pretty much on a weekly basis to fix airports that have new runways not in FSX, renumbered runways, new taxiways, new approaches...a whole gamut of things are possible with ADE. I even correct airports that have had a name change. The one that comes to mind is KFCA, Glacier Park Int'l, in Montana changing to KGPI. I also used ADE to correct the many, many runways in Alaska that have changed numbers or moved (to work for the VA you and I belong to). Randy
  2. Recently I ventured south of the US/Mexico Border in FSX Boxed Edition and discovered an odd texture issue. Some of the ground textures as seen from the air as I neared the Yucatan Peninsula starting displaying the word "WINTER" in red and "SPRING" in green. As I continued south into South America the green "SPRING" pretty much disappeared, but the red "WINTER" displayed everywhere I looked until I crossed the Amazon. Not every bitmap displayed the red or green words, but I could look in exterior view and see numerous displays in a complete 360 circle around my aircraft. This anomaly does not...at least hasn't yet...appeared in the US or north from there. Can't speak for Europe/Africa/Asia/Australia yet...haven't been there. The only change I have made to the region was to install the free ORBX SA Landclass, but that is a mesh file with no textures associated with it. Any ideas and, while I am posting, is there a way to find out which bitmap is being displayed when I see that? Randy
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    Hovercontrol website and forum

    Found this article over at HeliSimmers... https://www.helisimmer.com/editorial/goodbye-hovercontrol/ Randy
  4. I have been repainting aircraft for a number of years now. Some go very well, others are very difficult to get through. It's is usually...though I must say not always...a plus when an aircraft developer provides a paint kit for use with their model. But, like repaints, some kits go well, others not so much. So, to the developers...think about the "little guy" from time to time. For all the years I have been repainting almost every one of my liveries has started with a "base" aircraft with white skin or a "base" aircraft with metal skin, yet rarely do aircraft developers or paint kit developers provide either option in a "ready to paint" format. I understand the power of Paint Shop, but not everyone can afford the price and have the wherewithal to breakdown that PSD paint into it's layers to get to the underlying base. Almost every kit I have downloaded when one is available for a model I have purchased or downloaded has a "livery" already in the kit that must be removed before any new repaint can be done. Personally, I use Paint.net and GIMP 2.8 almost interchangeably and both have the ability to breakdown a paint kit texture into the various layers. Both will open a .psd texture file, but I swear, sometimes trying to decipher what each little tiny layer is on a 4096X4096 Pixel texture can be daunting. One of the textures I just worked with had 111 layers!!! Some can't be opened at all by Paint.net because of memory issues with that large of a file. I just spent fours days almost 8 hours per day breaking down a manufacturer's paint kit into a Base White and Base Metal set of textures without losing the amazing panel line, rivets, oil smudge, dirt, etc layers...which are important to me in my personal work, so thank you, but... Were those 32 hours worth it? Absolutely. Now I have a starting point for just about any livery I will ever want to do for the aircraft. What is frustrating is that both the base white and base metal skins I now have are probably exactly the same "start point" that the developer's texture artist started with to create the 6 different liveries that came with the aircraft. Was it really necessary to provide a paint kit that had one of those six liveries in place in the layers? Not really. Base white and/or base metal without any of the airline coloring, registration numbers, logos, etc in place makes much more sense to me...but what do I know? Randy
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    Question regarding 737 Max8 for FSX

    Hammer, This is a known problem with the TDS 737 series. A quick Google search would have found you the answer. When I read your post I remembered there was something "different" about the TDS B737. The model has a center of gravity that is so far forward that it is difficult to rotate the aircraft without adding in an obscenely large amount of trim with the trim wheel or a button on your joystick or the default FSX Hotkeys to get the trim in the "takeoff" zone. Just tried taking off with no trim and hit 250 KIAS at the end of the runway with no rotation possible despite full up on the joystick. Whenever I fly one of their aircraft I always open or look at the throttle quadrant. Notice the green band on the trim wheel on the left and right edge of the quadrant? Put the white "blip" in the center or slightly down from center region of the green band and she will rotate at 120 to 140 knots easily. This is a normal part of any takeoff checklist, but with other aircraft models not always as critical as it is in the TDS. Randy
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    Captain Sim -12 Hour Sale

    Hey Aharon, I kinda guessed by you forum name who you were๐Ÿ˜ƒ Just finished my first "semi-successful" flight in the CS B707-300. I say semi-successful because I got everything...I thought...properly set up for a flight from Boise to Denver and made the flight just fine using the CIVA INS, hit all my waypoints, managed speed and altitude, pretty much flawless approach to 35R on the TOMSN arrival. But...I killed all the passengers. I thought I had the all pressurization panels set up correctly and the panel said my cabin altitude was 6,000 feet, but they died anyway. Energency oxygen came on by itself and the LH Bottle light illuminated right around 18,000' MSL during the climb and nothing I could do changed anything. Pax were already dead so I just continued on to Denver to make sure I could handle the rest of the systems. Now back to the books to keep from killing passengers every flight before I try to do some ASA Vintage Aircraft flights... LOL Randy
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    Captain Sim -12 Hour Sale

    I stopped using Captain Sim when they sent me a "No support for FS2004...Get the FSX version" to a ticket I submitted for the FS2004 version of the C-130. I have since moved to FSX as well, but still use FS2004. Still, for $12.00 each I couldn't resist and bought the B707 base, the C-130 All in One, and the B-52 Driver. Even with a "No support for FSX...get the P3Dv4 version" reply to any tickets I would submit the price was good. Randy
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    For Douglas DC-8 Enthusiasts

    Good to see I am not the only one with a key interest in the older tubeliners and the INS. Don't stop at Jetliners, though. I have many of HJG's wares, but also have a great many of the CalClassics and the Carousel-IV-A INS works well in them as well. You must be taking shorter hops than me. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Even with a two CDU system I am constantly during the en route portion adding in the next series of lats/longs or dialing in a VOR and inputting it's lat/long to update the C-IV-A. In the Concorde with the C-IV-C it's a constant flow of movement between all three CDUs, entering, updating, checking. For a real hoot, search the Library for the "Bubble Sextant" and navigate by the stars. Yep, it works in Flight Sim and the Celestial Navigation Tables are still current on the web to get the declination, azimuth, and prominent stars or planets. The US Military Aviation community still teaches it to their navigators and there is still a provision for aircraft, while navigating celestially, to be as much as 20 miles off course between hourly fixes before ATC will jump in and provide correction. Randy
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    Funniest waiting area moment for me, what about you?

    Two moments for me that come to mind, both involving Iceland. In 1988 I was in the U.S. Air Force and had orders to be the Chief of Transportation for Air Forces Iceland on the Air Force side of Keflavik Naval Air Station. Left Mountain Home AFB in September and had flights from Boise to Denver to Chicago to Philadelphia where I would catch the contracted "Rotator" that flew service members to Iceland and back. The "Rotator" was a direct flight eastbound because of winds, but almost always required a fuel stop at Goose Bay westbound...because of winds. Anyway, on the flight from Denver to Chicago and on to Philly the DC-10 was packed with NFL Film crews and quite a few Philadelphia Eagle players who had just played against the Denver Broncos the day before. Quite an enjoyable flight and a lot of interesting football stories that day. Just as an aside, it was the same scheduled flight that a few months later in July 1989, the whole world would see the news coverage of the crippled DC-10 trying to make the landing in Sioux Falls, Iowa. Second iceland story. As Chief of Transportation I got the call when distinguished visitors would come to Keflavik for one reason or another. It was my task to arrange rentals and baggage transportation and a host of other things a Captain in the Air Force is not usually expected to do. ZZ Top was scheduled to do a USO Show for the Navy and they rode the "Rotator" like every other service member and their families was expected to do. They got off the plane after a six hour flight and spent quite a while in the lounge, signing autographs and just mingling with the crowd. As the de facto head of the Passenger Terminal i just kind of hunkered around on the fringe of the crowd and watched. I also had a ticket to their concert...I thought USO Shows were free...not in Iceland for the Navy. As they were getting ready to head to the various vehicles that were going to take them to Reykjavik and their hotel when three Shore Patrolmen (Navy Cops) walked up to Billy Gibbons, had a few hushed words, and then they all disappeared behind a locked door. A short time later they all walked out and and got escorted back to the single boarding jetway at Keflavik NAS, got back on the "Rotator", and flew on it back to Philadelphia. The were kicked out of Iceland for trying to sneak marijuana in to Iceland in the equipment trunks. I had to eat the cost of the ticket I held for their concert...they were pretty upset about being asked to leave Iceland by the Commanding Officer, NAS Keflavik. Randy
  10. Sadly, there are those of us who cannot run xPlane11 or P3Dv4 on our systems. I know, the age of the Dinosaurs died long ago, but Jurassic Park cost millions to build and a high end system to run P3Dv4 or xPlane11 is my "Jurassic Park". Just as sadly, I own several...talking several here...FS2004 and FSX "legacy" products and, as we all know, CS will not support the FS9 stuff at all. Their suggestion used to be "Buy the FSX version and we'll try to help". Can't wait for my first "Buy P3Dv4" suggestion from them... ๐Ÿ˜ˆ They could at least still provide customer support for the products we bought from them to get them financially to the stage where they could go "P3Dv4". Ford Motors Corp still supports my 1985 Ford F-150 4X4 thank goodness. Randy
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    Bull, I cry FOUL !

    I have always preferred a simple "T" hanger...yes, I misspelled it on purpose...I'm a rebel. ๐Ÿ˜„ Randy
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    TAS on cruise power charts & BMEP drop

    A little off the topic, but since Kyle brought him up, one of the chapters in his book "Fate is The Hunter" begins with a quote something along the lines of "A rulebook will not cushion the sudden impact of metal and stone". I always found that a good "course" to follow. Randy
  13. Bruce, I don't have the STEAM version so I am shouting in to the wind here, but I recently read in a forum somewhere that STEAM was having issues verifying the identity of computers connected to the owner STEAM accounts and locking their accounts. Is it possible that is the issue? Honestly I rather doubt it unless STEAM recently updated the FSX-SE installation. I do have STEAM, just not FSX-SE and I know the STEAM games I do have are constantly being updated when I connect. Using the disk version, however, ILS IOND 26R is there for me in the default GPS in the default B738 as an approach choice at KIAH and the Boeing turns on to the localizer and flies down the glideslope just fine. With Denver now showing up with missing runways I would almost bet your paycheck...not mine though ๐Ÿ˜€ ...that it is a problem in your install. Randy
  14. I use both FS2004 and FSX. For FS2004 I have REX installed but have never purchased the FSX version. In FS2004, using the REX textures, I have water textures the way I like them and...for those waterways I am personally familiar with...as close to realistic as possible. In FSX I am struggling, especially with inland waters like lakes and rivers, to see anything realistic. The waters all look very, very dark...bordering on black. And no, it's not missing textures. If you get close to the surface you can see some dark, dark blue color, so not completely black. I looked at the texture folder to see if I could replace the way the inland textures looked, but the only water texture file I could find was "water.r8", which I could not edit. I also use ORBX FTX CRM and thought perhaps it had altered the textures so I see more blackish water than bluish water, but I could not find a water texture anywhere in the ORBX files, so I'm thinking this is default textures used by ORBX. Here is what I should see when I approach Anderson Ranch Dam Reservoir in Southern Idaho... And this is how FSX looks... I'd like the second screenshot to look more like the real picture. Ideas? Randy
  15. I recently "discovered" FS EarthTiles in my search for a photoreal scenery application that worked easily with both FS2004 and FSX since I use both in my flying hobby. Creating FSX photoreal was a breeze, but like many in this thread, I found all my FS2004 photoreal showed up with grey textures. I searched all nine pages of this thread for the answer to the problem and never found anything that worked, so I went back to the user.rtf doc and read it page, by page, by page, especially the part about the .ini file format, as I was sure something was wrong there. That was when I noticed something I had missed each time before. When compiling the scenery for FS2004 the FS2004SDK copy of ImageTool that you place in the FSET folder must be renamed from ImageTool.exe to ImageToolFS2004.exe (just as you must rename the platform specific resample.exe to either resampleFSXSP2.exe or resampleFS2004.exe) for the scenery to compile correctly. Once I did that rename I have had 100% success compiling FS2004 Photoreal Scenery. it doesn't look as crisp as the FSX sceneries, but it is still exponentially better than default scenery. After adding in autogen with the FS2004SDK Autogen Annotator the result is very, very nice, even at ground level. Randy