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    Flight simming, Napoleonic wargaming, photography, chess.

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  1. I was a bit concerned about what the VC graphics would look like, but these look perfectly adequate to me. I flew the freeware version for quite a while and dearly wished it had all-round VC functionality (you could only interact with the centre console and overhead by using 2D popups), so this new offering is a wish come true. I'm not about to get picky just because the VC doesn't make be go wow. For me the wow comes from the fact that it's a Falcon 50 (yay!) with a VC (yay!) with decent systems modelling (yay) and the VC while not sexy, doesn't look terrible (cool!). That'll do me - I think it's time to buy a business jet...
  2. As someone who works in IT, I can empathise, and while I don't visit the PMDG forum all that much, I do recall seeing things posted by users that had me thinking "He won't get far with that attitude". And to be fair to PMDG, it's pretty clear what the recommended support route is. Nevertheless, these are people who have paid a fair amount for their purchase, you're the professional; they're not (I say this in the sense of clarifying the relationship and not making any criticism or accusation), so more is expected of you. Some customers/end-users are ____s, no question about it, but their money is worth the same as everyone else's. If answering obnoxious requests sometimes gets your back up, may I suggest a composing a standard generic response that you can copy and paste every time? One, say, for misdirected support requests, and another for those who claim to have found a bug or fault. That way you'll only ever need to reply once. If a customer really goes off on one, you get the added satisfaction of battling it away with a simple Ctrl+V. 🙂
  3. We're not "lucky to have any sort of service" - we pay for it. Maybe we are lucky to live in a culture/society/economy in which good service is available, but that's good, and not a reason for substandard instances of customer service to be given a free pass. I'm sure Kyle has been great with your customer service issues, but you sir are not the world, and other people have been less enthralled by the communications skills exhibited sometimes by PMDG. In fact I'm not knocking PMDG's customer service skills at all - I don't believe I've ever had to put them to the test, such is the quality of their product, and any customer service I've witnessed seems to have been on the button, so please don't put words in my mouth. And by the way, progress, in any walk of life, comes from those who see room for improvement, NOT from those who insist everything's fine and prefer to dismiss criticisms.
  4. I think it's stuff like this that's at least partly responsible for the problems mentioned in the OP. Too much developer worship and rejection of the idea that something might actually need improving. When there's a big enough chorus of "We're not worthy, we're not worthy!" it's hardly surprising that some people might actually start to believe it, and behave accordingly. I don't like the attitude that PMDG display sometimes, yet their product is amazing and I'm delighted I bought it, but I show my approval of a developer or their product by giving them my money (and I'll recommend the product to others) - that's the bit that affects the bottom line, but they needn't think they're getting my Unconditional Positive Regard also. I'm not even particularly picking on PMDG, who are like Mary Poppins compared to a certain scenery developer, whose forum I will only ever visit if I have a specific technical question that needs answering - the Hallelujah Chorus is a bit too deafening. On the other side of the coin, I've never noticed a certain GA aircraft developer being rude to anyone...but that's because they don't do communicating at all. You pays your money...etc
  5. Holdit

    Just Flight PA-28-181 Archer III

    I like the look of this, and I had a bit of a soft spot for the old Flying Club version - this one looks much improved. With one purchase covering FSX and P3D v4, it'll save me re-buying my A2A C172 for P3D v4.
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    Favorite Aviation Movies?

    Is that the one with the air-to-ground Sidewinders or the air-to-air Mavericks? Or maybe it was air-to-air rocket pods...
  7. Holdit

    Airlines that no longer exist--interesting

    British Caledonian, Dan Air (aka Dan Dare) and Air Inter. (The Dan Air cabin crew had the smartest uniforms)
  8. Holdit

    Favorite Aviation Movies?

    Highly recommended for faked moon landing conspiracy theorists.
  9. Holdit

    Flysimware 40% sale 4 more days

    I was keeping my powder dry in anticipation of the Falcon, but that Cessna 441 is so tempting...
  10. Holdit

    Small plane, big job ahead.

    Another one for my ever-growing Watch Later list...yeah, thanks a lot.
  11. Holdit

    Small plane, big job ahead.

    From your criteria, the candidates would seem to be... Piper PA-31 Navajo 1,011 nm Cessna 310 1,000 nm Beech Duke B60 1,227 nm Probably bigger than you're looking for, but if you don't mind the size and slow speed... PBY Catalina 2,520 nm (at least if you have to ditch, you have more options) Or if you're prepared to go turboprop... Beech King Air C90 1,321 nm Piper PA-42 Cheyenne 1,330 nm Caveat: these are Wikipedia numbers and probably based on "book" values. Real-life, oops, I mean real-sim performance will probably be less. There is also the approach of fitting an additional collapsible fuel tank to the interior, which I'm sure I've seen done on Ice Pilots or Dangerous Flights or possibly both. Research how much could be carried in such a tank and allow yourself to "top up" in flight, remembering to add the fuel's weight as cargo/pax before departure, and reducing those numbers whenever you top up.
  12. Holdit

    Is it worth buy FSLabs a320

    I'm sure the OP will find that very helpful, including the reasoning behind it. Oh...
  13. 1. Because I have aircraft for FSX that aren't available for P3Dv4 and I'm not yet ready to abandon them e.g. Razbam Metroliner, Quality Wings BAe 146... 2. I have aircraft for FSX that I'm not prepared to buy again for P3Dv4 (yet) until I've flown them enough to know I'll get my money's worth from a new purchase for P3Dv4 e.g. PMDG 737, FSL Airbus... 3. I have scenery for FSX that isn't available for P3D v4 e.g. PacSim PNG Bushtrekker, Eiresim Dublin... I have noticed several comments in various threads from others who run both, which is why I was surprised not to see it listed as an option.
  14. Where's the entry for "I use FSX and P3D"?
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    Is it worth buy FSLabs a320

    I never understood the logic behind that either.