DaveCT2003

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    Director of the OVPA Beta Team, providing Professional and Certified Project Management, Design Influence, Research, Test and Evaluation. OVPA Beta Team maintains a team highly knowledgeable testers capable of providing focused testing which can greatly compress time frames to get products to market faster.

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  1. Ray, Many related links came up in my search, but the first link is spot on. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=AIG+AI+AIrcraft Stands to reason that one would have to log into some websites to proceed, certainly not the first of that kind. In this case brother, I think the sarcasm is well meaning and well placed. I do it so very, very rarely my friend, but you paid in advance for it with your earlier post... come on, you know you did, right? Anyway, between answers to your question and the links you now have I hope you have the info you were seeking. Best wishes.
  2. How hold on a second! We all know that searching for things yourself went out with things like reading, which was replaced by simply trying things oneself and then playing 50 questions in a forum somewhere - and then screaming at the top of ones lungs when an answer isn't provided immediately! But back in the day, flight simmers could piece things together, like search phrases like "AIG AI Aircraft" and quickly find the website and read the relevant information. But that's all history now, and no sense is dwelling on what could have been.
  3. Earlier today I put my GTX 960 up for sale for a very good price on Ebay - I'm only shipping to people in the US. I ran three 23 inch LCDs and a 55 inch 4k TV on this card for 2 years without any problem at all (30+fps in P3Dv3 and P3DV4, much better in FSX) using payware scenery and payware airliners. CPU was an i7-4770K running at 4.5GHz. If you're interested, the link is: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-960-4096-04G-P4-3967-KR-04GP43967KR/122919401544
  4. Earlier today I put my GTX 960 up for sale for a very good price on Ebay - not sure where you are, I'm only shipping to people in the US). I ran three 23 inch LCDs and a 55 inch 4k TV on this card for 2 years without any problem at all (30+fps in P3Dv3 and P3DV4, much better in FSX) using payware scenery and payware airliners. CPU was an i7-4770K running at 4.5GHz. If you're interested, the link is: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-960-4096-04G-P4-3967-KR-04GP43967KR/122919401544
  5. Close, but not exactly correct. Go back and re-read Matt's statement about this and see what Boeing actually provided. I can promise you that no defense contractor provided any classified info (even on an old platform) nor proprietary info from another defense contractor... I used to manage that. Raz continued development where other third party developers backed out (wasn't worth the cost of development for them - pretty common knowledge). Nice though that after all these years the F/A-18C is about to be released. Best wishes.
  6. Yeah, I can't say for 100% sure, but I'm pretty darned confident that PMDG does exactly what I would do, inject a very small varible in the math which results in minor differences in the engine. The likely reason why it wasn't implemented is something to do with the Training version. I'm sure folks understand that the base line the same between the models has to be kept, otherwise changes and updates can go very badly and result in delays while we fix things that weren't intended to be effected. I'm supposed to have a sit down sometime soon, and I'll ask the Boss about it, but he's truly a genuis and if he's not done it already then I'm sure he had his reasons. But it doesn't hurt to ask. Remember thought, it's a simulation, and where the engines are concerned it's a simulation of a simulation and what you see is a lot of smoke and mirrors (well, hopefully not smokes!). Best wishes.
  7. Yeah, but we're talking about a far different type of aircraft there Bob, without nearly the overhead. Still, rgr that. Anyway, I was talking about PMDG, FSL, etc.
  8. There is some truth to this. I've never looked, but is there an airliner that creates two independently fully modeled engines in FSX/P3D?
  9. FSX-SE

    I don't believe REX WWA HD does anything with approach lights. REX Essentials and REX Texture Direct does, but I can't see this ever removing strobes. Best wishes.
  10. I'm not sure exactly who was complaining about the Dash 8 FLIGHT DECK (can we please get away from using the term "cockpit" with airliners? Please?), but it is this way because the Dash 8 flight deck is very small compared to regional turbojets and they needed to put in all of the ssame system types because of where the aircraft is flown. Bottom line though is that you don't like it then of course the solution would be not to fly it. For my part, I absolutely love it! Best wishes.
  11. Just use the models on VATSIM.
  12. Friends, An important topic, must be because there are only about 5,000,000 threads on this very subject with the same information bring posted in each one. We see at least two or three such threads a month - AT LEAST! But it's January of a new year, so what the heck. I'm fairly tied into the AI traffic situation with P3DV4, and while WOAI and others are slowly updating their AI aircraft (thank goodness for all the terrific freeware AI guys), it takes a lot of time. The guys writing the new VATSIM Pilot Client are also rumored to be working on a AI Aircraft Library (I know nothing more than that). I got tired of messing about and having lame textures, so I went with UTL, and I haven't looked back and more importantly no more messing around with liveries. Am I satisfied with UTL? No, not really. Far too few aircraft types and liveries for this VATSIM guy, though many aircraft and larger airlines are represented and the average offline guy should be fairly happy with it. I'm hopeful that more will be added, but the developer is notoriously slow with updated aircraft and liveries (comparatively a snails pace is the speed of light, though I'm told he's a very good guy). Again, as things stand now it's fairly well rounded for offline guys. UTL performance was surprising good for me, even when running at 100% traffic (which I don't recommend). I too have notice mo impact from the moving jetways and the immersion factor is great! I'm running an i7-4770K with all 4 cores locked at 4.5GHz and a GTX1080. If you wish, you can add other (freeware) AI traffic to UTL easily enough, and I'll be doing this in the near future. So if like me you're tired of waiting for a complete package and want to spend more time flying than searching for and adding models, then UTL is the way I recommend. I have no affiliation with UTL (other than having purchased their software). Best wishes.
  13. Hello all! So about the Dash. For those who aren't aware, I've been a senior beta tester for Majestic pretty much from the start (about 7 years ago), I ran one of the test teams for the Dash, and we were the primary shared cockpit test team as well. We flew the Dash at least 5 times per week (usually three times that, not including short launches into the aircraft for specific item testing). All of this allowed me to rack up about 6000 hours in the aircraft, with much of that in Shared Cockpit. The only other aircraft that I come close to flying as much was the Maddog (about 5500 hours), and by now most of you should be aware that experienced flight simmers pretty much agree that the Dash 8 and Maddog are the two best aircraft ever developed for desktop flight simulation. It's difficult (if not impossible) to put one ahead of the other given that that are two entirely different types of aircraft, which is why I'm always careful to say they are the two best aircraft ever developed for us. The reason I'm mentioning this to you is because I would have thought that with as many hours in the aircraft I would have became bored or ready for something new. Well, sure, I fly other aircraft especially because I'm beta testing them, but I still love flying the Dash 8. As I'm sure is true with all of you, some days can wear on me mentally, and when that happens I'll usually select an aircraft that is easy to fly and I don't have to think too much - I basically just want to get up, enjoy the scenery and the flight. When I'm feeling like that I'll choose the Aerosoft Airbus (the new/upcoming version is presently in late Beta for P3DV4, P3DV3 and FSX and she's terrific!), one of the Boeing aircraft such as the 737NG, 777 or 747. For me, the Maddog fits between the regional jets and Dash 8 insofar as workload and of course she is always a pleasure to fly as well. the Dash 8 Q400 is every bit as complex as compared to larger aircraft - ad it needs to be given that the aircraft is used to fly from large to smaller airfields tucked into challenging terrain, and do so even in challenging weather year round - and the Dash can handle it! But if it's been an easy day and I'm looking to be busy on the flight deck then I"ll head straight for the Dash 8. The Dash 8 is obviously a fully digital flight deck and if you ever get a chance to study the avionics (flight management system, communications system, GPWS, etc.) you'll find the Dash 8 Q400 is every bit as complex as compared to larger aircraft - ad it needs to be given that the aircraft is used to fly from large to smaller airfields tucked into challenging terrain, and do so even in challenging weather year round - and the Dash can handle it! aircraft including an accurately depicted and fully functional Heads Up Display (HUD), Terrain Mapping, Terrain Radar, Anti-Ice systems, etc. Moreover, the Majestic Dash 8 has visual depictions of ice (windscreen, wipers, wings, propeller hub) and based on temperature and dew point you'll have to manage the fans and temp control on the flight deck otherwise the flight deck windows will fog up on you - no cheesy effects either, the icing and fog effects are excellent and the fog effect isn't one of those no effect or full effect, it's variable so the windows will fog more and more if you don't take action. Both on the ground and in flight you'll have to pay attention not only to indicated airspeed but engine management as well. This is all a little more challenging in a desktop flight simulator than a real aircraft because of course we lack the feel of flying the aircraft (before someone else says it, sure, what we see and feel in a real aircraft can be misleading which is why we fly by instruments). Even with as many sim hours as I have I have to remind myself to pay attention to my indicated airspeed! "you'll find yourself smack in between amazed and elated to fly this truly wonderful example of flight sim excellence" But here's the point - at first it might seem a bit overwhelming, but once you have made a few flights it will all become second nature and you'll find yourself smack in between amazed and elated to fly this truly wonderful example of flight sim excellence and this is what it should be because the Dash was created to be a high-level study simulator and that's exactly what she is. In fact this goes beyond how the systems function as the Dash 8 Q400 is still the only FSX/P3D aircraft that utilizes an external flight dynamics engine (one only has to look at the aircraft.cfg and AIR file to check for themselves, but to satisfy a few people I actually spoke to with authors of other aircraft that people want to believe use an External FDE and it's simply not true), thus she is the only aircraft in FSX/P3D that handles like a real aircraft (especially with the rudder at slow/approach speeds). Without going into too much detail (none really), the FDE for ESP (FSX/P3D) is nice, but if we were to compare it to the FDE used for the Majestic Dash 8 Q400 we could say that the NASA created FDE being at 100% then the ESP FDE would be at about 20% or less. But this isn't an article on ESP/NASA Flight Dynamics (that would be a 16 week course at a minimum) so we'll leave it there. The Dash 8 Q400 Professional version has Shared Cockpit, and there is no better way to learn the aircraft than by jumping in with an experienced pilot - plus Shared Cockpit is a tremendous amount of fun! Cruising YouTube I've seen many excellent videos on flying the Dash, and my friend Ben Weston at Airline2Sim has done a terrific job on the Dash 8 videos that he and Josh created. Give them a look! My best wishes toi everyone - 2018 is going to be an amazing year for flight sim!
  14. I've uploaded the Dash 8 Flight Plan video to my Dropbox. You can download it HERE. Best wishes.