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  1. Jovaba, I believe that the Program you refer to is called FSI PANEL. I use it myself all the time. Among the many things it can do is easily allow you to practice takeoffs and landings from virtually any major airport anywhere in the world with any wind or weather. You can do STARS, SIDS, almost any type of approach, or practice patterns or partial patterns. Essentially almost anything you could do in the actual aircraft you can now do with this program The GUI is intuitive and the system is easy to learn. Should you encounter any problem the support is fast and excellent. Google it and go to their site and be sure to Google some of the many well made Google videos about using it. Quink
  2. Good catch Kyle! Actually I was just joking but I overlooked the fact that not everyone shares my twisted sense of humor. Thanks, Quink
  3. An excellent source for authentic navigational charts covering the time period the DC6B was in use by United Airlines from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s is Amazon.com. There you will find the original charts used by the airlines of that period available at both auction and for sale. They are principally available for flights within the US. I've got and use a bunch of them. These are the charts issued by the CAA (FAA forerunner) and are beautifully done showing, in most cases, both VOR and low frequency range airways and a wealth of other information. Instrument landings were only done using VOR, ADF, and ILS. "//" out the GPS, SATNAV, and all the rest of that newfangled stuff from your DC6B instrument .cfg, grab your 50 pound flight bag, and learn to fly like a grizzled old-timer! It's a whole new world and a lot of fun!
  4. Yes, Pete, I actually did read RSR's post several times but I guess that I didn't understand it correctly. I'm almost certain that I understood it to say that we should download the installer from the Operations Center. Thanks any way for the helping hand. I'll go to my account and try and download it that way. Quink
  5. I, too, am having a similar problem. When the new installers were mentioned in a recent post from RSR I did the following; 1) I opened my Operations center and was advised that I had two messages waiting. 2) Upon opening the message center the FIRST message said that here was an update for the Operations Center awaiting. So I, logically, downloaded and installed that one first. It installed and so advised me that the installation was successful. 3) Then, according to the instructions in RSR's post I, first, uninstalled my then current installation of the 747-400 and then, after verifying that it was, indeed, uninstalled I returned to the Operations Center to download and use the new 747-400 installer but upon arriving at the message center it said I had no messages. The link to the new installer was no longer there. It said something like, "you have no active messages". Without that link how do I re-install my SuperQueen? As of now, I have no 747-400 to fly! Thanks in advance, Quink
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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")
  15. 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.