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  1. My very first logged hour of instruction was in a V35B. I'm definitely in! (Was quite a comedown finishing the rest of my private in 152s, BTW 😓) Scott
  2. As Les notes - seems to be some confusion between IAS and TAS. Assuming 8000', standard pressure (29.92) and 10d C temp, for example, 140 KIAS works out to 161 KTAS. If interested, you can find an online IAS to TAS calculator here: Scott
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    Death Knell for Fltplan GO ?

    Scott, I had completely forgotten about Garmin Pilot. You're right - that makes me far less optimistic as well. Ugh. Scott
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    Death Knell for Fltplan GO ?

    Also a big user/proponent, and got the email as well. Yep, my first thought was get ready to pay bigtime, but I still hold out some hope. Here's why: Good as the service is, it's still not as robust and elegant as the market leader, ForeFlight. I used ForeFlight for several years and absolutely love it, but finally decided that the money was more than I could justify once I found the free FltPlan service. I'm hoping that there'll be at least a bit of grace period, as Garmin tries to bring FltPlan to the point where it can more readily compete with an established market leader. For now, it looks like they're still monetizing the product through advertising, FBO support and by selling premium services to flight departments. Hopefully it'll be a while before that changes. We shall see... Scott
  5. Sorry, but of all the stuff that gets said about KDEN, this one drives me the furthest 'round the bend, especially in an aviation group. Look at an airport diagram (here's one: ) and think about running simultaneous takeoff and landing operations while keeping ground operations as efficient as possible. This alignment allows for both a short taxi for takeoff, and short taxi on landing during those simultaneous operations, pretty much regardless of wind direction. It's a clean-sheet design based on simple aviation logic. Now back to the fun - as that campaign IS simply brilliant! Scott
  6. I know this has been hashed over before, but I wanted to add one more data point. Following a summer layoff from simming, my Saitek quadrants had gone from terribly glitchy to downright unusable. As I had nothing left to lose, before replacing I wanted to take a stab at a simple cleaning solution. I know that others have offered some (often strong) opinions that they can't be cleaned in a simple process because they're sealed. Well... no. My guess is that while the intent to seal may be there, the seal is less than perfect (which may be partly why mine have always gotten noticeably worse after a layoff due to some dust getting in). I started by blowing some canned air into the base of each axis and whattya know - it actually helped a bit, though they were still spiking. Seeing that blowing air in actually had an impact, I went the next step and blew in some quick dry contact cleaner (CRC QD Contact Cleaner in my case). After applying at each axis, I moved each lever through its range of motion several times and then finished with a final shot of air "just in case". After doing all six, I fired up the sim, tested and glorioski! 5 smooth levers and one with just a tiny bit of spiking near the bottom of its range. I unplugged and went through the process a second time on the one still glitching and when finished I now had six perfectly functioning levers. If you're at the end of your rope as I was and close to pulling out the credit card, do yourself a favor and give the throttles one more chance at renewed life (with the usual caveats of "try at your own risk" and 'YMMV" and so forth). Mine are almost 7 years old, and I really wasn't expecting this to work, but in fact it worked perfectly and I could not be happier with the results. Scott
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    Airport Installs First Unmanned Control Tower

    What's virtual is the tower - not the controllers. It will still be staffed, they'll just be working in a 1 story building with video screens fed by multiple 360d camera arrays rather than in an actual tower. Scott
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    Flight1 Mustang is available

    Looks like they've updated very little other than getting it working in P3D. VC appears unchanged. From the web page: New Features Specific to P3Dv4: Dynamic lighting for landing lights, beacons Dimmable panel Gauges compiled to 64-bit format New for All Versions: Added airways to the G1000 - ability to load airways and draw them Other small improvements to the G1000, loading procedures panel.cfg pop-ups now reflect 16:9 screen ratio Kinda on the fence on this one. I've been waiting for the release but was hoping for a more updated version. Scott Edit: The coupon specific to a previous purchase for FSX is not yet available. Gives a 404 error when you click the link.
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    4DOF Motion Simulator

    Has anyone seen or tried one of these? This is a FS specific version (only mentions FSX, but...) with yoke, pedals, three screens. Ran into a clip somewhere showing it in action as a racing sim and it looks amazing. Pulls up to 2Gs. Price you ask? They don't say other than: " Typical cost of the basic model 4DOF Extreme is equal to middle class car. " Gulp. Scott
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    Avsim Store??

    For a short period of time there was an Avsim store which did indeed handle digital content. Like the OP, I purchased a Milviz product through the store (in my case, the original C310) and after the store's demise, Milviz also stepped up and helped me transfer the purchase to their store. Yep, excellent customer service there! Scott
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    Pilot license checks

    As the other Scott mentioned, in the US we have the concept of ramp checks, where the FAA may show up and randomly check for the pilot's certificate (they're not actually referred to as a license, bur rather a certificate), valid medical and logbook (to show currency), as well as aircraft airworthiness certificate and logbooks. These are not common, but do happen. Otherwise, you'll need your documents if you have have any sort of enforcement action or otherwise mess up - the dreaded "please call the tower", after landing - or if there's some sort of accident. If you own a plane, you'll likely need to provide documents to the insurance company in order to get insurance, including information on things like time-in-type, flight hours in the last year and so on. Upon presenting these, the insurer may also require additional training and the CFI who provides that training will need to see your docs. Similarly as a renter, the renting agent will want to see your paperwork as well and if you're just starting out with that organization will likely also require a checkout flight as above. While it's certainly possible to get in the air without proper certification, medical or currency, you'd risk a lot do so, including some pretty hefty uninsured liability, Scott
  12. So much variability here. I fly GA exclusively - right now mostly the RA Dukes and Milviz 310 redux - and I have AS turbulence scalar set at 80 with what seems to me to be realistic results. I also fly JF's Arrows (former Turbo Arrow Owner/Pilot) and when flying those I set turbulence to 70, the default, with good results. No A2A planes - had several in FSX but haven't (yet!) picked any up since moving to P3D so I can't speak to them. I can't imagine turning turbulence settings down as far as has been suggested. I wonder what else is involved here to account for such drastic differences. Scott
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    RealAir Customer Support *Please Read*

    Not sure why this ended up in a RealAir thread, but just for the sake of balance, the new 310 is now one of my three favorite GA planes, the other two being the piston and turbine Dukes - it's that good. Glad you got your T-Duke working in V4. 🙂 Scott
  14. I expect you're right about it being too late, but still worth a shot. Scott
  15. I'm not sure I understand what you're saying here Ray. IRL elevator trim is usually on the left side of the yoke so that it's easily available when the right hand is busy on the quadrant. This setup makes me either choose to live with it being on the right (ugh), or have to map up-down, to left-right in my head (double-ugh). I really don't care about rudder trim (and in fact, I've never flown a RW plane which even HAS electric rudder trim on the yoke), but I care A LOT about elevator trim being available and realistic. If this is the trade-off for moving the hat switch, I'd gladly vote to leave it on the right. That said, this was something that even Saitek managed to get right. Scott