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  1. Been a long time since I flew commercially, but when I did (small turboprops) the company procedure was climbing, once cleared to a flight level the pilot flying would set standard straight away, no matter what altitude he was at, and in descent, once cleared to an altitude, the pilot flying would set the QNH straight away. The logic being, if the pilot flying waited until the transition altitude, sooner or later he'll miss the exact moment, and could cause a loss of separation, in descent, even more important, very low barometric pressure could have the aircraft a thousand feet lower than the equivalent flight level, with terrain separation implications. Eugene
  2. Re using spoilers in descent, a lot of STARS are constructed more for the convenience of ATC than the aircraft flying them. I had a conversation with a Virgin 787 Captain, he was saying inbound to LAX the spoilers were used for almost the whole descent. Eugene
  3. Thanks for the input guys, did 2 flights today in the PMDG 737, both worked fine, no glitches. Only thing I did differently from yesterday, is I didn't run an App called RVC (which allows you to program the FMC using an I pad), but I wouldn't have thought that would make any difference, it doesn't have an files in the community folder. But will press on and hope for the best, if it happens again, emptying the community folder probably the next thing to try. Thanks Eugene
  4. Started happening yesterday. All fine to begin with, but after a while everything is unresponsive. The mouse cursor works fine in the cockpit, click spots all work, but holding the right button to scroll around the cockpit doesn't work. I can use the mouse pointer to move the throttle/props/mixture, but my Saitek throttle, Alpha yoke, keyboard, pedals doesn't work at all. If I go into control options, everything's there, all buttons, and axis's show up fine, but resume the flight, and none of my hardware works. Happened with the PMDG 737 first, so switched to the Caranado C337, but still the same. Reboot the sim, and they'll all work fine for a while - then just stop working. Has to be a reason why everything stops working - but I can't think of one? Any ideas guys? Thanks Eugene
  5. The fees are called Route Charges, at least in Europe - there's an example calculation (shown below) given by the route charging office in a document they produce - it's for a flight from LEBL (Barcelona) to EKCH (Copenhagen), for a 77 ton aircraft (say A320 size). The fees are paid to each of the FIR's (flight regions) the aircraft flies through, with the mileage for each FIR determining how much that country gets. Annex A. EUROCONTROL route charge calculation example Flight connection: LEBL (Barcelona BCN) EKCH (Copenhagen CPH) Aircraft MTOW: 77.0 metric tonnes Flight Date: 06 January 2021 Route as described in field 15 of the ICAO Flight Plan: LEBL SIDOKABI UN861 FISTO UY156 ADABI UN858 VANAD UN874 VEKIN UN873 ADUTO/N0450F350 UN873 HELEN/N0448F360 UN873 SPY/N0448F350 UN873 GRONY/N0445F370 UN873 JUIST UP729 BATOB/N0439F390 UP729 DOSUR P729 TUDLO STAR EKCH Point profile (NAV Aids, Waypoints) established with the route in Field 15 of the ICAO FPL: OKABI TOU FISTO PERIG FOUCO ADABI BOKNO DEVRO VANAD VADOM BAMES KOPOR MTD NURMO PERON CMB VEKIN ADUTO FERDI HELEN TOLEN STD EKROS SPY BETUS ANDIK KEKIX GRONY BEDUM LABIL JUIST DHE BATOB DOSUR TALSA TUDLO All points from the point profile can be loaded into the RSO Distance Tool but the points close to either side of the State borders are sufficient to establish a correct route charge calculation (see Annex C). Based upon this routing, the following distances are established in the charge areas concerned: Spain (LE): 115 km Distance factor 1.15 France (LF): 905 km Distance factor 9.05 Belgium (EB): 87 km Distance factor 0.87 Netherlands (EH): 322 km Distance factor 3.22 Germany (ED) 219 km Distance factor 2.19 Denmark (EK) 214 km Distance factor 2.14 Taking the highest certificated MTOW of the aircraft concerned, 77.0 metric tonnes), the weight factor of 1.24 is calculated (see section A.1.2.2). The Unit Rates used in this example were those valid for October 2019. Calculation: https://imgur.com/a/UP2IUxf The final total bill was €1438/£1240/$1500 divided between the states transited, so not cheap, and these are 2019 prices. Eugene
  6. On this review, right engine shut down and feathered minute 14.30, seems okay, although mostly in a gentle descent.
  7. For anyone curious about the app, I purchased it today for my iPad, £9 in the UK, so not expensive. You also have to download a server app for the PC, which also prompted me to install a MS Net runtime that wasn't on my machine. Also you have to add a couple of lines to the 737.ini file to allow it to communicate with the app, but the instructions were clear and it was easy to do. The server app on the PC shows the IP address of the PC, which you then put into the app on the iPad. It actually works pretty well. Even though I mostly fly the PMDG 737 in VR, I set up the flight in 2D, and having an FMC on the iPad instead of using the mouse for me was a useful bonus, the other functions could be useful for those not using VR. But even as a mostly VR user, having an FMC I can punch in the numbers pre-flight, is preferable to using the mouse, so I felt it worthwhile just for that function Eugene
  8. For UK viewers "American Made", tonight Film 4, 2320. Based on a true story, Tom Cruise (who has a pilots licence) plays a TWA captain, bored of airline flying, who becomes a drug courier, flying various aircraft. Some great flying sequences, and not a bad storyline. Eugene
  9. Saw this video on overkill's YouTube channel, basically advocating installing a stripped down version of the Nvidia drivers, leaving out anything unnecessary for MSFS, to boost performance. His take on it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7-tRpa4B_U&t=455s He came across it on 2020 fs'ers YouTube channel, the instructions on how to do it are here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D74K-4Bz-kw&t=0s People in the YouTube comments seem pretty favourable about it - but I'm a tad sceptical that it's only just come to light, people have been tweaking FPS since the early days of FSX? Reckon it's worth a punt? Eugene
  10. You need to get to the Menu tab- far right, F3 is the default key I think to start moving right, under that menu there's an option to extend the timeout. It's explained here: https://mbucchia.github.io/OpenXR-Toolkit/ Eugene
  11. Not disagreeing with you, but for clarity, as you're seated, for flight simming, one base station is all that's required.
  12. Back in the olden days (1970's), I was an instructor at a flying club based at EGBB, Birmingham UK. The prevailing wind in the UK is Southwest to West, so with the main runway 15/33 there was a lot of opportunity to practice crosswind landings. I developed an instructional technique that worked rather well. For the 1st couple of circuits I would control the ailerons, with the student controlling the rudders. I favoured the crab - kick it straight - drop a wing method, so on crossing the threshold the students only job was to use the rudder to keep the nose lined up with the centre line, I'd used bank to slip as required to maintain the centre line. The students pretty much all kicked it straight fine, but then would not realise more rudder was needed as rudder effectiveness reduced, less if the wind dropped - it was a constant dance on the pedals to keep it straight. The runway was 7500 long, and a C150/PA28 would float forever with around 1700 RPM, loads of time to practice the skill. After 2 or 3 of these circuits, we'd switch, I'd keep it straight with the rudder, they'd use into wind aileron to maintain the centre line, they usually found that a little trickier, but learnt it's a constantly changing amount of bank, just like it was with the rudder, and with a float lasting forever, had loads of time to get it together. Then finally they'd do the whole thing, and marry the 2 components together, and most of them finished with a much better understanding of what they were trying to achieve. On most days - except flat calm, those cross wind skills are needed to a greater or lessor amount, so a good understanding of the technique should improve any landing.
  13. Thanks Guys. Getting to grips with it now, watched some "Pie in the sky" Youtube tutorials, very useful. My keyboard is to my side, and I find using it while wearing the headset a bit tricky - but I'm getting used to it - increasing the default timeout helped a lot. Eugene
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