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  1. I remember years ago in DC-6 Basic First Officer new hire school our instructor on power plants drove the point home quite well as to the difference between the DC-6 and the DC-7. "Well, the best way to tell the difference between a DC-6 and a DC-7 when they're taxiing on the ground at a distance is if the plane is being followed by fire trucks it's probably a DC-7." The DC-7 had what was, at least at that time, the most powerful and complicated propeller engine in history. It had an engine power optimizer lacking on the DC-6 which allowed it to operate economically at much higher altitudes. The engine section that permitted this increase in altitude was called the "Power Recovery Turbine or "PRT". It had the unfortunate habit of "melting down" and catching fire with not uncommon regularity...............very expensive to repair! This is one of the reasons that the DC-6 flew for three or four years longer with my airline than the DC-7.
  2. UPDATE I finally remembered how we used to be able to do this from the right seat so the F/O could do the required verification of the waypoints; 1) Select PLAN on the right hand EFIS. 2) On the right hand INSTRUMENT SOURCE selector panel place the NAV selector switch to FMC L 3) On the right hand CDU select the LEGS page and there on the right side LS6R you will see the STEP prompt. Don't forget to turn the INSTRUMENT SOURCE SELECTOR back to NAV FMC R!
  3. To all of you thanks for your help! downscc, "You done broke the code", You must use the left CDU only to get the STEP prompt! In the latest edition of my major international airline's flight manual this verification procedure is specifically assigned to the First Officer prior to flight. I, logically, though mistakenly, assumed it would therefore be done on the F/O's CDU and thus I used that one.
  4. In LS6R RTE DATA is showing. The flight was loaded as shown in The Tutorial Flight with the INS' running and as of now the flight plan has been loaded and activated and show, at the top of the LEGS page as ACT RTE 1 LEGS. The three INS switches are in the NAV position with no error indication of any kind showing anywhere. The airplane is sitting at the end of RW17R at KDEN almost ready for T/O. Thanks for the "above and beyond" effort to help!
  5. As they say in Australia, Budbud, "Been there, done that, Mate!" 1) Select PLN on the EFIS Control Unit 2) Once PLN is selected go to LEGS page 3) The prompt STEP should now be present in the lower right corner, LS6R,............but it's not! Thanks, however, for the attempted help
  6. On page 40.0 of the Tutorial manual it outlines the steps to access the LS6R "STEP" prompt which allows one to "walk" through each enroute waypoint in the loaded flight plan. This pre-flight verification is a required item prior to departure at least on my former airline. In Mike Ray's, who was one of the beta testers on our "Queen" and a former UAL 747-400 Captain's wonderful book, 747-400 PILOT HANDBOOK - SIMULATOR AND CHECKRIDE PROCEDURES, He outlines the same procedure but in greater detail on page 100. I have tried both sets of steps and am totally unable to bring up the "STEP" prompt. Any advice from someone has been able to bring it up would be most appreciated. As one who has been through enough RW check rides and Proficiency checks on the 747-400 I can not recommend Mike's above mentioned book highly enough. I wish it had existed back in the days when I had to go play "You bet your job" twice a year. If you're interested you can find this gem here....... www.utem.com
  7. With the patience of Mother Theresa and the worried attentions of an English nanny over the last couple of days KYLE ROGERS of the PMDG Support Staff has kept me from opening my veins and slumping over my computer. With the introduction of our new 747-400 I had the same problems as many of you but after several attempts something recommended by Kyle finally worked and even I am not sure what it was. For those of you who may still be suffering from these varied problems don't give up. PMDG has some of the best support I ever seen. Use it! File a support ticket and you'll see. I hope, that I'm right.
  8. This is exactly what happened to me! I submitted a support ticket and received a prompt answer regarding this problem but unfortunately it didn't work. It had several steps but unfortunately when it didn't work I deleted it and ( Boy, it's hell getting old!) can no longer remember them. Try submitting a new Support Ticket regarding the exact same problem re: the popup window saying, "initialization of license library failed". Maybe it'll work for you. Good Luck!
  9. Robert, Never a doubt on my part! I not only have blind, child-like faith in you and the PMDG gang's ability to help us resolve it. There is a "mess" for those who can no longer fly and "our tongues are hanging out to our third fly buttons" to fly the "Queen" we've lusted after for so long. There's no accusation here of you or PMDG. I'm one your biggest supporters! "Follow the hints we gave you and you'll be off and running" Robert, there are now so many different hints scattered out there on our forum from both PMDG and various users that I no longer even know where to begin with them. Unfortunately many of them are way above my computer pay grade and my ability to discern which are usable and which might make the situation worse. Since the problems seem similar in their effects perhaps the answers might be similar. It might be most helpful it PMDG could filter these posts and write one closed post written in simple "Dick, Jane, and Spot" format for us computer special children to follow step-by-step. As to the "feedback" That was sent to PMDG day before yesterday and the answer arrived in a record short time, great customer service, but unfortunately it didn't work. Regards, Fred (not "Frank")
  10. Not being a computer geek, but out of simple boyish curiosity, I was wondering if the problems I and many others have been encountering might have been being caused not by my anti-virus program but rather by the new PMDG Operation Center method of downloading updates. While I realize that this little thought borders almost on blasphemy I mention it only because for the last five years or more I've only been flying two aircraft; The PMDG 737NGX and the VRS F18E Super Hornet with TacPAC. These are both highly complex aircraft with large base downloads and updates. All of these base downloads and updates have come and been installed as manual installers. In all case, without exception, I have used the same anti-virus program, Bit Defender, and never have I had the slightest problem with any of them. After installing my newly purchased PMDG 747-400 Queen of the Sky which also installed and flew like a dream I finally used the PDGM Operations Center to install update #1 for The "Queen" and it, too, worked without any complications. After flying a bit to prove that update #1 was also working as it should I then again used the Operations Center to install update #2.......and it was here that "the ice cream turned to............". I suffered all the same manifestations that so many others have talked about.........no panels, landing gear up, no flight control function, no functional buttons or keys. While the VC cockpit looked as it always has nothing other than a lonely little key which I had program to bring up a CDU worked(?). Based on all my proceeding "gibberish" isn't at all possible that the problems lie with the Operation Center's installation process and not the anti-virus program? Thanks for all your hard work in trying to unravel this mess. I know it will get done but I guess it's back to my PMDG 737NGX and the VRS F18E until that Golden day.
  11. Improving on perfection is somewhat of an oxymoron but, once again, PMDG has proved it can be done. Every time I think that your efforts can't get any better they do! A tip of the hat from an avid supporter
  12. My two favorite airplanes that I flew prior to my retirement (1964-1991) were the first, the Convair 340, and the last, the 747-400. There were a lot of others in between but these two will always remain with me. In the next week or so I'll finally be able to return to my "Walter Mitty" memories of the -400 thanks to PMDG's latest release and now all I want is my all time "funnest" airplane I ever flew not only for the plane but for the ambience, the routes, the constantly changing challenges of low level weather, and the contact with the stews and passengers. It had a cranky, limited autopilot which was only useful in level cruise, and hand-made flight plans were the order of the day. You learned a lot when you had up to thirteen takeoffs and landings a day. PMDG, PLEASE BRING BACK MY FAVORITE....................;................................................THE CONVAIR 340 Many of your fans may actually again learn to fly a real airplane instead of a flying computer. PMDG's DC-6 was a joy! Do it again with the CV340.
  13. I'm sure your beta tester Mike Rey and I will be overjoyed to see United's - 400 delivery scheme. This was refered to as the "RAINBOW" paint scheme. It had the red and blue "tulip" on it's white tail and the fuselage was all white with longitudinal orange, red, and blue strips. I may be a bit prejudice but I think it was one of the most beautiful paint jobs ever applied to a -400. If I have to wait much longer my nanny may have to change me! Frederick Coleman
  14. fsx-se

    Since my last posting I have Uninstalled Steam, done a shutdown and restart, de-fragmented the computer and re-download the Steam utility. I am back on the Steam website and ready to re-install FS Steam (FSX-SE). But I'm back in the same quandary again. The drop down window on the Steam page offers me only one choice that will work on my computer and that is; C: / Program Files (x86) / Steam / steamapps / common / FSX There are a couple of other options which are all drives such as D, and Y, none of which are available on my computer. What I want is to install it to my C: drive and I just can't see a way to do it. That full address would be; C:/FSX To all of you who offered possible solutions please accept my sincere thanks and to all who have any more....Don't be bashful! I'm sitting here with my finger on the INSTALL trigger on the Steam website And to Andy a special thanks.......I tried it but I couldn't get it to work! Quink
  15. As those of you who have FSX-SE may recall when you installed it on your computer using the DTG site you were presented with the installation page, or at least I was, that offered one installation destination and one only. There was no way to select anything other than C:/Program File (x86) and that's where my FSX-SE is now installed. I do not have FSX installed. It was totally removed awhile back before I installed FSX-SE. A couple of questions if I may......... Is there any way to shift or change the current location (above) of FSX-SE to C:/ FSX-SE? Do any of you have two complete folder trees for FSX-SE installed and if so is it necessary and why? For example, when I go to FSX-SE tree I normally go, C:/ Program Files (86)/Steam/steamapps/Common/FSX and there I find all the usual folders, ie, Addon Scenery, Modules, Missions, Sim Objects, etc. but within this FSX tree there is also another steam folder. Clicking that steam folder opens another steamapps/common/ FSX folder and that folder also cantains another entire FSX- SE tree with all the same FSX folders as mentioned above. Another complete FSX tree Folder! The folders within both of these FSX folders such as Modules, Sim objects, don't always contain exactly the same files but they are always the same in each FSX folder tree. I'm wondering if this is normal? Should I delete one or is there some deep mysterious reason for ir? The path to this second FSX tree is; C:/Program file(x86)/steam/steamapps/common/FSX/steam/steamapps/common/FSX A final problem is that despite the fact that I have been using FSUIPC since 2004 with no problem whatsoever when I installed it in FSX-SE the ADDONS menu would not appear in the simulator menus tab and I was curious since this is the only way to access the program if anyone else has experienced this. As those of you who have used this program know......there is no life after FSUIPC! My thanks in advance for any help..... Quink