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  1. I have just used active pause to get my wife to come and see our house in the sim, active pause works great with track-ir because you can still use it. Once you have found your house , because you followed the roads and local landmarks to find it...you realise this sim is incredible.
  2. An invitation to pay more money for a better experience is what we can expect, there is no other way forward.
  3. The new sim will be with us soon, promises, ideas, money, disappearances and then returns with new promises and of course the long running theme of being a victim. A big new market will be open with Matt frothing at the mouth for a piece of the action. Drama has only just started
  4. Yes spot on, Matt "wack a mole" Davies pops up and vanishes , pops up then vanishes, with his never ending victim drama. Its all the same thing running year after year with invest money in another scheme or product or promises followed by him going AWOL At least the serial drama in its 10th season is free....his products aint free. Buyer beware
  5. You are getting the real as it gets experience for free, in my opinion flight simming without Vatsim or Ivao isnt worth bothering with, thinking on your feet in real time with real people and coping with snags turns flight simming into something real and enjoyable. New Vatsim audio has been a real game changer in removing the biggest obstacle of bad audio problems that haunted Vatsim since the start of the whole shebang. My flight history has been riddled with bad flights due to my inexperience and simple mistakes, even after a decade of now and again Vatsimming over the years, i know how easy it is to be confused , lose situational awareness and it to all end in embarrassment . Great fun though, great learning experience. keep going with it Bob....if you give Vatsim up ...flight simming is going to be real dull.
  6. Track ir....its an odd bit of kit, all flimsy and all that but in my opinion the number one addon that surely can't be missed by Microsoft.
  7. Website is down at the moment. Matt Davies is the flight simulator version of " Whack a mole"...he pops up then disappears, then back again. PTA is a small investment thats why i bought it , the idea of anything involving a subscription or hefty price tag with Matt Davies name on it is not advised.
  8. Agreed on splitting the little community of Vatsim/IVAO into two is a shame , especially as those against a merger would be a very very tiny minority of those who fly online. its grudges going back more than a decade which probably means some of those are no longer simmers or even alive.
  9. Comment deleted by moderator. What i was trying to say was the high prices by.....oh forget it.
  10. No its not just you. Its the main reason I won't try X-plane,or even keep up with the every update in P3D, or even look into new products. Life is just too short to keep on troubleshooting snags and problems , I dont tweak anymore. Then there are products that are so confusing, i don't even get to the stage on the You Tube review where the endless options can be chosen and what every selection on the 50 choice list does Ezodk/Chaseplane etc. This hobby will drive you crazy if you let developers trap you into a riddle solving nightmare everytime you try and update/upgrade something
  11. In the UK, a great deal of customs hard work was directed at stopping the EU directives on buying as much tobacco and cigarettes as you want for personal use between EU states. The hinderance, bullying, strong arm tatcics, intimidation on ordinary shoppers doing what the EU allowed in order to preserve the tax obtained on the most expensive cigs in Europe by the UK government was a disgrace. The theme was everyone was a smuggler commiting a crime unless they could convince customs otherwise, they sent customs officers to the ports like Donald Trump is doing with Mexico. The government won the war against shoppers, crossing the English channel shopping is now on a much smaller scale, coaches and cars were seized by the the thousands year after year. Your average British traveller will only buy what they can afford to lose.
  12. One of Matt Davies connections is a business making computers, they call him a "You Tube legend", I reckon matt believes this sort of hype and styles himself as a flight sim guru. The one thing thats sure to follow this "disappearance" will be yet another return with more promises and more ideas, its the same old , same old Matt. The sad thing with this whole saga is that the flight simming world in my opinion looks upon Matt Davies as an oddball character that provides amusement on the the ups and downs of Matt and a welcome distraction from getting bored with flight sim. Matt however reckons the flight sim world revolves around him....its really quite sad.
  13. This is classic Vatsim uk empires and egos. A Vatsim uk member back in 2011 tried to raise a concern for 3 months through the right channels........he got ignored and made his feelings known on the forum. Jan 21 2011 thread "getting answers from staff" Vatsim uk forum. As usual with "complaints" on Vatsim forums the attack dogs turn on the the member who dared to raise anything negative, and despite it being after 2200 hrs in the UK.....3 of the 4 staff members who couldn't be bothered to reply to the original poster over 3 months all managed to post on the thread within 26 minutes. The usual way of dealing with negative remarks/ reviews on Vatsim or complaints or even moaning is to avoid the point being raised and make the original poster seem ungrateful for what voulunteers do for free in their own time. dozens and dozens of threads over the years, the forums are riddled with the original thread starter made out as being ungrateful/uncaring/rude. Its the way the empires deal with things.
  14. Online simming is exactly a niche market, Vatsim/IVAO can produce membership numbers that are impressive but hide the online numbers on a daily basis which have hardly changed for a decade, there are online tools that show numbers connected, after a while you can guess very accurately how many are connected before checking at any given time. At this time its: 690 Vatsim 647 IVAO If you look on an online map of the world its like a jigsaw puzzle with big pieces of ATC coverage missing because thats covered on the other network, its so obvious 1 network would benefit simmers, its been obvious for many years that stagnation of numbers isnt going to change or one network will be the dominant one. Empires and egos is the problem.....that of course would never be admitted.
  15. My view of online flying is that without Vatsim and IVAO, flight simming is a boring world. Nothing cranks up the realism quite like online simming. I would suggest joining both networks and giving it a go. Unfortunatley both networks have this culture of keeping the secret of their networks as some word of mouth only secret members club, its crying out for expansion and has been stagnant for numbers for a decade. Despite Vatsim especially having countless managers and directors they cannot advertise their networks, they are closed to any mention of a merger with IVAO or even participation with them at any level, its due to empire building and titles and status and the pissing contest within the network that stops the big picture being seen...the small minded negative approach to increasing numbers of both ATC and Pilots either by megers/partcipation with other networks or advertising themselves has left the door open for other networks like Pilotedge and Matt Davies new baby Poscon. Vatsim have petty censorship on their forums and a reputation for being unfriendly and unforgiving to newbies, my advice is join IVAO first where its more of a European based network where English is of course the language used online and in forums but not being 100% fluent members in English helps take the unfriendly side of online simming down a few notches.
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