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  1. Thanks Jim, but this has been happening during the cruise portion of flight, at FL300 and above. I checked the FCOM and the conditions you mentioned are covered. Again the TCAS switches to OFF without any input. It happens infrequently so I'm not too concerned, just curious.
  2. If any of you guys that bought the 980ti want to get rid of your old card , I'd really like to upgrade from my 8400! :rolleyes: My next door neighbor just scored an Audi S8 (610hp all wheel drive) as a company car no less. By the time I upgrade my i7-2600K, add in the fastest 8 Gb of RAM, go for a new 1200w PSU, plug in three GTX 980ti's in 3X SLI and set up liquid cooling for all of the above I'm pretty sure I'll have less in the bank than he has. When will I stop the quest for a 10GHz OC and 300fps? NEVER!!
  3. Howard- thanks for sharing your experience with the hardware drivers in Win8.1. The oft reported driver issues made me a little gun shy vis a vis upgrading from Win7 Professional to Win8.1. Besides, I really hated the GUI. It sounds like Win10 will maybe put my apprehensons to rest. I usually wait out any significant software upgrade until SP1 release but I missed the boat on FSX SE and will probably take MS up on their kind offer - as long as my T7 and NGX are okay.
  4. I usually set TCAS to TA at engine start and advance it to TA/RA at the runway threshhold. I observed TCAS settings changing from TA Only to TA/RA without any keyboard or mouse input. It doesn't happen all the time but enough to make me curious. Now curious is one of my favorite conditions in the sim because I like to dig into the docs and try to understand what's happening. The TCAS operation I've experienced (see above post) while both on the ground and in flight can't be explained from reading the FCOM nor the QRH. Again, this falls under the heading of curious but certainly doesn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the T7. Honestly, the aircraft has been a complete joy to learn and operate - PMDG's best offering so far.
  5. Oops Kyle - I don't know how this ended up in a PMDG thread. I guess we just get to blame you guys for everything! :wub:
  6. Clarke and Kyle- I'm flying stand alone and I'll check for an inadvertent keystroke command. Thanks for the suggestions and quick response, I'll let you know what I find. BTW, this started after installing the latest upgrade.
  7. I don't mind the offer, in fact I appreciate their generosity. What truly galls me is the fact that I can't easily remove it from my task bar. I've read the offer, I'll consider it but please stop the software equivalent of SHOUTING about it.I get software subscription renewal offers all the time but this is the first time that I've had one shoved in my face. For ##### sake just give me the damn EXIT option and I'll be as happy as a clam.
  8. I have had TCAS reset to STBY a couple of times during long (+4 hrs) flights. The TCAS is switched to STBY and the ND displays an amber "TCAS OFF" notification. I can turn it back on by rotating the switch to TA/RA but I haven't been able to catch it prior to or just after the reset. I can't find a reference in FCOM1 or 2 or the QRH covering an uncommanded reset to STBY. Has anyone encountered this and is their anything I need to do to prevent this.
  9. Oh the days. I have an old degree in Computer Science and didn't even think about PCs. Bill Gates was still in High School and table top computers were just a hardware hobby that you need low level ASM skills to use, no OS and now real graphics. The MAC was consider a joke - boy were we wrong!
  10. Chas- Color? Yours first sim had color? I had two choices - green or gold? Color - really?
  11. Thanks for the reply Kyle. I'm sure you get somewhat tired of the rookie questions but I do appreciate your sharing your expertise.
  12. Thanks Kyle and Mark, That was a pretty awsome approach and landing, like an FA-18 on short final to the Nimitz!. They don't land, they just sort of control the crash. It reminded me of my Navy days where all the pilots were cowboys and deadstick was the norm. I have a couple of questions about procedure. 1 - I noticed that your approach was made with the Rad Alt off. Is that pilot preference or is there another reason? 2 - Depending on conditions, I enter the landing speed at Vref+5 in the CDU during my setup for the approach. The NGX does this automatically but not the T7. Is this SOP or pilot preference? 3 - No landing lights? :huh: You were pretty busy during the approach so I'll bet you expected your PM to handle that flow. 4 - What program do you use to make your videos? They are really nicely done. Was your commentary real time and if so I respect your calm demeanor during that turn from base (and the uh-oh moment)! I've been letting the autopilot do all of the work and I see now that IRL, the PF makes most of the landings sans automation. I've got a lot of learning to to do. If I'm high on the approach or miss-time the turn from base to final I usually go missed and execute a go around. Is it ok to land long provided the aircraft is capable? Finally, I've been buying up the MSE photoreal packages for the areas I fly frequently. You mentioned UTX, is that a good package for the areas I don't use photoreal? Again, thanks guys, I really appreciate the time and expertise you share on this forum. It makes this hobby more real and although I'll never fly IRL, I (and I'm sure many others) appreciate the knowledge you share.
  13. Garbage In - Garbage Out is always a problem in writing expert system programs such as this. An expert system is a rules based model of the problem you're trying to solve. The programmer can limit inputs to the "relevant range" of acceptable practice but then if it changes the program is obsolete or needs to change the assumptions. The alternative is to write in an "expert" option but IRL, everybody's an expert and we're back to gi-go. When writing programs for true expert users I opt for a combination of both that queries the user for an input but warns him/her when and if something's a little "off". You know - something like "Are you completely out of your fricken mind? Just exactly how many passengers do you want to kill?" will usually give 'em a heads up. As far as how much information to present in your output fields it again depends on the level of interaction you're expecting from the user and whether or not he/she is expected to manually verify the results being presented. If the program is being used in a time critical section of flow then "management by exception" is appropriate. MBE highlights or presents only that information requiring attention from the user. Presenting date in green for good or red for danger is an example. Many expert systems are used in optimization decision making known as parametric sensitivity testing. The program uses a range of inputs and prepares a solution matrix that can show all possible solutions or limit itself to only those solutions that fall within a relevant range of acceptable or standard practice. Instead of looking at a snapshot of the problem, the program runs a movie. The truth is though - unless your qualified through training, education or practice to make the decision promised by the software, you shouldn't be using it in the first place.
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