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  1. avgaskoolaid

    Active Sky for XPX Released!

    I also use FSGRW, but I'm going to be getting AS because it has a better UI, a weather map, and the ability to halt all weather updates on approach. That and the fact that I've been thoroughly unimpressed with FSGRW's customer support makes AS worth it for me, even if the actual weather engine is identical to FSGRW's (although the weather engine itself seems to be more modern and accurate). Unfortunately, there's a lot of hype and hate around this plugin because a lot of people seem to profoundly misunderstand what it's meant to do. I even saw one guy saying 'I'm not going to buy ActiveSky because I use xvision".
  2. avgaskoolaid

    Carenado in X-Plane

    It sounds like the SASL-based plugin that Carenado uses is not starting up- the window should pop up automatically. This can sometimes be caused by too many plugins being loaded into XPlane. A big culprit is the GroundTraffic plugin used by addon airports. If you have a lot of addon airports, go into the folders of a few and remove the groundtraffic plugin. Or, you can temporarily remove a few plugins from your main resources/plugins folder and see if that helps.
  3. avgaskoolaid

    As promised, video review of the JF Avro Vulcan...

    Sorry if I missed this in your review or on the product page, but can you actually drop/use the ordinance or is it only for cosmetic and weight/balance purposes?
  4. avgaskoolaid

    Carenado in X-Plane

    Carenado planes in XPlane aren't really 100% 'Carenado' planes- the model and textures are ported over but then the systems, sounds, and flight dynamics of the plane is essentially built from the ground up by a small company called Thranda. They are actually a pretty good developer and also port Just Flight's products and make planes independently, most notably the Quest Kodiak which is regarded very well. Thranda's work on everything besides the textures and model makes Carenado's planes in XPlane far better than their P3D counterparts. For example, I bought the Beechcraft 1900D when it first came out for FSX and used it in both FSX and P3D. I could keep the throttle at 100% from takeoff to touchdown with no negative effects. As soon as I moved to XPlane I bought the XP10 version of the 1900D. I was surprised when I followed the exact same procedures as in FSX/P3D and ended up with an engine fire 5 minutes after takeoff. Turns out that the Thranda version of the planes requires you to pay attention to the engines. That said, the B1900D has some inaccuracies and isn't among the best of the best Carenado ports. Their more recent ports, such as the Citation, AeroCommander, and Dornier 228 are far better but unfortunately aren't on sale. I don't own the C208, but $18 for the B1900D is a steal and I recommend that you get it. For the regular price, it's a little expensive for what you get, but for the sale price it's a no brainer. Don't expect something like the Majestic Q400 or LES Saab 340, expect a relatively good aircraft that you can fly from point A to point B with reasonable accuracy and minimal bugs. Also, I've painted/ported over a boatload of liveries for the plane that you can find by searching my username on x-plane.org, with a few more WIP. The only thing you need to watch out for is the version of the sim the plane is made for. ONLY get the version with only 'XP11' in the title. Everything else was made for XP10 and at best includes a minor compatibility patch for an older version of XP11. Given the massive changes made to XP11 during its run you can expect flight model abnormalities or even gauges that don't work as intended. There is no discount/upgrade path for owners of the older versions to move to the new XP11 native version- you need to pay the full price.
  5. avgaskoolaid

    XP11 and Orbx TEGBS EGHI area mostly

    Great shots. What sky textures/environment mods are you using?
  6. avgaskoolaid

    New to PMDG, but flew the real B-747 400 for UAL

    You can use FSX Steam offline. If Steam can't establish an internet connection it will give you a popup when you try to start FSX- just select 'start in offline mode' and you should be good to go. Of course, you need an internet connection to buy and install the game, but if you happen to lose your connection the download will pick up from where it left off. Having a download version is a lot better than DVDs, which you have to worry about storing, scratching, and loosing. Also, the steam version has a couple of very minor updates from the boxed edition. That's not to mention that it seems like every boxed edition of FSX is selling for an insane price- I guess people who own it are trying to cash in by marketing it as 'vintage' or somehow special because the game hasn't been developed for over 10 years....
  7. avgaskoolaid

    Which of these should I buy first?

    He'll be releasing EDDM very soon.
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    Chock it always amazes me how you manage to write multiple informative paragraphs when the OP's question could have been answered in as little as a single sentence. Not that that's a bad thing, of course. Quite the contrary Thanks for making these forums an interesting place to be.
  9. avgaskoolaid

    EDRM-Repaints on S360

    Ah, ok, good to know I was wrong about how the LITE version works! Enjoy.
  10. avgaskoolaid

    EDRM-Repaints on S360

    Well, the way I understand the 'LITE' version works is that the textures are resized from 2k to 4k. My textures are only 4k and were only tested with the normal, non-LITE version. I guess I should rephrase: my repaint will probably work with the LITE version, but it's untested and you won't get the full advantages of lower resolution textures for better performance. The reason I flat out said they wouldn't work is because I didn't even try and I foresaw potential problems with two different texture resolutions being used on the same repaint (My paint contains exterior textures at 4k, and when used with the LITE version would have the interior textures which are aliased and used commonly across all paints (in the textures.common folder) at 2k) By all means, give it a shot! Worst case scenario it doesn't give you the expected results and you can uninstall it.
  11. avgaskoolaid

    EDRM-Repaints on S360

    Just re-uploaded the American Eagle paint with what should be all the necessary components. Keep looking and it should be in the library in the next day or two. Thanks for your patience everyone!
  12. avgaskoolaid

    EDRM-Repaints on S360

    Yeah, sorry. I forgot to put a readme in my initial upload and it got denied. I'll upload it again today.
  13. avgaskoolaid

    EDRM-Repaints on S360

    Seeing as how the Shorts seems easier to paint than other Carenado planes, with fewer weird curves along the fuselage (it helps that the fuselage is not curvy at all), I may consider doing a Pacific Coastal scheme. Key word: MAY. I have many other repaints in progress for both P3D and XPlane and would hate to delay them even more to work on something else. If any other painters who have more experience with this frame (hint hint Marius hint hint 😉 ) want to do this scheme instead I'd be really grateful; I want to fly it a lot but with so much else on my plate it might be difficult.
  14. avgaskoolaid

    EDRM-Repaints on S360

    Hey Ed, it took a little longer than I would have liked but the American Eagle repaint is finished. I think it turned out pretty good but if you have any suggestions or notice any issues with it just let me know. I uploaded it to the AVSIM library and it's being processed. I'm not sure how long it usually takes but if you go to the library tomorrow and search 'shorts' and sort by date added it should be at the top of the list.
  15. FSX/P3D= lots of highly detailed expensive payware airports all across the world, with comparatively few very nice freeware airports with custom objects XPlane= Not as many very highly detailed payware airports, but many more nice freeware airports with custom objects than what is available in FSX/P3D. Also, I find the default objects in XPlane to be more realistic. Finally, in XPlane scenery design is much, much easier. If you notice something missing at an airport you're flying around you can open it in overlay editor and add the appropriate object very simply and quickly.