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  1. a quick update: I've been able to successfully implement all the button mappings on the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle (including the MCP Selector) for both PMDG 747 QOTS II and QW 787 using LINDA's "User Function" feature. @Phunyun your idea was the foundation for my approach, thank you. Everything works perfectly: if you are interested in my two LINDA user.lua files to get the Bravo MCP mode selector and increase/decrease rotary switch to work they are here: LINDA PMDG 747 QOTS II for Bravo Throttle LINDA QW 787 for Bravo There is one thing that I haven't been able to get working: LED lights on Bravo, so let's use the HDG button on Bravo as an example, if I press that button on Bravo (not to be confused with HDG position on the Selector on Bravo), I can easily use LINDA to select HDG HOLD in any aircraft by assigning that button as any other basic key assignment, however there is an LED light behind that switch that we need to turn on now, in PMDG 747 QOTS II the variable (MCP_annunHDG_HOLD is the variable we need to check, if the value is 1 the light should be turned on, if the value is 0 the light should be turned off), any suggestion on how we can do this in LINDA? All my flightsim builds are based on LINDA and I would like to avoid using Honeycomb Configurator at all costs (if possible) for many reasons including lack of proper documentation, lack of community support (compared to LINDA) and very intrusive integration to P3D among other reasons. Any help or pointers are greatly appreciated.
  2. @Phunyun this is brilliant, as an ex-developer I can make sense of it, my only question is that if I want to reuse your code let's say for PMDG 747 or QW787, do I need to change any of the function names or variable names in your code or can I simply paste that under LINDA's PMDG 747 or QW787 User Functions as-is? your help is greatly appreciated. Regards,
  3. Thanks for your quick reply @ScotFlieger, since you mentioned the selector function on Bravo throttle is similar to Logitech/Saitek, is there support in LINDA for Logitech/Saitek selector function? if so, can you please point us to where we can find it in LINDA? I can try to learn from that implementation and re-implement it for Bravo. your help is greatly appreciated.
  4. Hi @ScotFlieger, first of all thank you for the great app (LINDA) and your contribution to the community over the years. I just started using LINDA a couple of months ago when I purchased my Honeycomb Alpha Yoke. I have the exact same issue as @DJ Rosko mentioned above. We basically need 4 to 5 total 'shifted' positions for the MCP selector switch (ALT, VS, HDG, CRS and IAS). Andrew, I guess my question is, do you have a suggested workaround or plans to accommodate this capability in the next update for LINDA? I'll be happy to make a small financial contribution as I can only imagine that you've already spent thousands of hours developing LINDA. Anyways, any suggestion or recommendation on how to deal with this issue is greatly appreciated. I also understand the good alternative approach that @Phunyun has suggested above, however if my understanding of his approach is correct that requires changes to user.lua file, which is not accessible through LINDA's GUI and could be difficult for many of LINDA users (who chose LINDA because of its ease of use) to customize. I'll be very grateful if @Phunyun can share his work on the file. Regards,Jim Morison
  5. My predication (considering the whole industry's shift toward subscription cloud-based services) is a subscription model potentially including the whole PMDG product line with continuous innovation and updates. Almost a Virtual Airline as a Service (VAaaS) model. Even if my prediction is not accurate, this will be a feasible business model to be considered, you are welcome PMDG 🙂
  6. great video, thanks for taking the time to make this. PJ
  7. Yes, I can see the exact moment that ASN loads the flight plan automatically, obviously you need to be on the 'Flight Plan' tab in ASN to see the auto loaded flight plan. per my post #1 in this thread, ASN auto loads the flight plan if the correct settings is selected (Auto Load Simulator Flight Plan). Thanks Michael, if you look at the caption for that image, I mentioned "For FSX PLN FILE FOR WXR option: Choose CREATE AND LOAD TO FSX"
  8. Based on my tests, it seems every time you request weather related data either for the route or DES forecast, you get updated data from ASN. so if ASN is running, your DES forecast won't be 7 hours old, based on the original weather data you got pre-departure.
  9. Date link works with any program that can generate a WX file for PMDG aircrafts and puts in [FSX]\PMDG\WX folder.
  10. My brief tutorial in the following thread may help with this topic: Brief workflow tutorial: PMDG 777 SP1 Company Datalink function with PFPX + Active Sky Next (ASN) JohnJ
  11. My brief tutorial in the following thread may help with this topic: Brief workflow tutorial: PMDG 777 SP1 Company Datalink function with PFPX + Active Sky Next (ASN)
  12. This is a quick tutorial on how to setup and use PMDG 777 SP1 Datalink function in conjunction with PFPX and ASN in an integrated and automated workflow. This is simply a suggested workflow that I use, I don't claim that this is the only or the most proper workflow for integration between those applications. Hopefully you find it useful and can customize it based on your own personal preferences. Initial Configuration In ASN select Auto load simulator flight plan, we will use this feature later in the process. In FSX, load PMDG 777 SP1 and make sure the following options are selected: MENU > PMDG SETUP > AIRCRAFT > EQUIPMENT on pages 12 & 13: MENU > PMDG SETUP > OPTIONS > SIMULATION: For FSX PLN FILE FOR WXR option: Choose CREATE AND LOAD TO FSX The worflow steps Assuming you have no active PFPX weather subscription or if you prefer to use ASN weather in PFPX, open ASN and choose WX Configuration > Save Weather File. That saves a global weather file that PFPX can use in the next step for proper route and fuel planning. Open PFPX, make sure it uses ASN weather (not its own weather subscription). Create the flight plan in PFPX as usual, it only needs to be exported in one format: PMDG route format The above action creates a flight plan in PMDG format (.rte) and places is it in [FSX]\PMDG\FLIGHTPLANS. In this case it will be [FSX]\PMDG\FLIGHTPLANS\CYVRPHNL01.rte 3. In FSX, inside PMDG 777 SP1 use the RTE > REQUEST ROUTE feature to load, accept and activate the flight plan we created in step 2 (e.g. [FSX]\PMDG\FLIGHTPLANS\CYVRPHNL01.rte). Now everything that PMDG 777 SP1 requires for different weather uplink connectivity is done. You only need to read on, if you'd like to know how all that magic between PFPX, PMDG 777 SP1 and ASN happened. By loading the flight plan in PMDG 777 SP1 FMS, there are a few things that happened behind the scene, courtesy of the new features in SP1 and integration to ASN: When PMDG 777 SP1 loads the .rte flight plan created by PFPX, it automatically creates and loads a flight plan in FSX format (.pln) to FSX. This is based on the options that we selected in step 3 above. The location for this file is [username]\Documents\Flight Simulator X Files\WX.PLN Step 'a', in turn, triggers ASN to load the flight plan automatically. This happens because of the option we selected in step 1 in ASN. Step 'b', in turn triggers creation of a weather file by ASN, that weather file is the file that PMDG 777 SP1 requires for the weather portion of datalink functionality, ASN will create that file in [FSX]\PMDG\WX\xxxxyyyy.wx Everything we did above is to get the following weather file (auto) generated for PMDG 777 SP1: [FSX]\PMDG\WX\xxxxyyyy.wx For all weather related uplinks in PMDG 777 SP1 to work, it requires a WX file in [FSX]\PMDG\WX folder, the filename is xxxxyyyy.wx where xxxx is ICAO code for Origin and yyyy is the ICAO code for Destination. Regards, JohnJ
  13. I have the latest version of PFPX installed (1.15) and as you can see in the screenshot there is no aircraft templte for PMDG 777-300ER. I've looked in thier thier download sections and forums and haven't been able to find an add-on downloadable templae. Could you please point me to where you have seen/downloaded the PMDG 777-300ER templte for PFPX? Regards, JohnJ
  14. Hi, Has there been any collaboration between PMDG and PFPX during development to release an aircraft temple for PMDG 777-300ER in PFPX similar to what already exist for PMDG 777-200LR soon? That template obviously is key to proper route and fuel planning for PMDG 777-300ER in PFPX. Thanks in advance for any info, I have search both this forum and PFPX forum and couldn't find any answers. Regards, John Johnson
  15. Thank you for the great service that you offer us all! Have you considered the feasibility of using one of the world class and very low cost cloud computing providers that also offer website services (e.g. Windows Azure Web Site service), it may make sense for you to let one of those global cloud providers host the infrastructure and provide the high availability and business continuity that the members have come to expect, so you can focus on your passion of aviation instead of worrying about disks and commodity IT services. Regards, PJ
  16. Although this is not directly related to your question, there is usually an order to contact different controllers, not all airports have all levels but generally it goes like this: Departure: Clearance delivery Ground Tower Departure CTA/FIR Arrival: CTA/FIR Arrival Tower Ground
  17. I'm running Win 8 Pro on a Dell XPS 15z laptop: Intel i7, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 525M and haven't experienced any OOMs in about 5 landings and hours of taxiing around airport, having said that things are slow around 5-10 fps with PMDG 737NGX + FSDT CYVR + VanPlus + Ultimate Traffic 2 + Active Sky 2012. I also have noticed that I have problems with FSDT CYVR animated gates, after pressing Ctrl+J to move the gate the animation leaves a ghost behind making a single gate look like a double gate. I also have problems with runway lights having major and large vertical color squares sticking out around the lights, the taxi way green and blue lights don't have that problem, just runways lights both during the day and night.
  18. I have FSADDON Vancouver+ V3 and it works properly with it.
  19. I just purchased FS Dream Team CYVR scenery and installed it. I am speechless, as a frequent real world flyer out of YVR (100+ departure and arrival per year) I can attest to the amazing job that FSDT has done. FSDT CYVR will be a great addition to PMDG 777.
  20. I have the exact same issue as well.
  21. I've been onboard Westjet CYVR-PHNL multiple times, the westbound flight from CYVR is almost always non-stop, the east-bound flight sometimes need to do a refueling stop at KPDX. It seems Westjet has to limit the number of passengers to maximum of 120 for additional fuel.
  22. Hi, I usually load NGX Short state, and start the Captain/PF Pre-flight flow, I skip the optional ‘RUN PF’ (step 1) of that flow and directly start with step 2 and continue. Since I don’t execute ‘RUN PF’ it seems the pre-flight time remaining (T+) countdown never gets initiated which results in First Officer/PNF Pre-Flight Main Procedure not triggered consequently. Per flow documentation, First Officer/PNF Pre-Flight Main Procedure gets triggered at T+18.So what is the correct workflow, is this by design? Is there a way to manually start T+ countdown? If the optional ‘RUN PF’ is skipped, then there is no way for first officer/PNF to run his/her Pre-flight Main Procedure?Thanks for your help,PJ
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