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  1. That's not exactly been my experience. They are relatively inexpensive units, and that certainly means there're going to be tradeoffs. There are far better quality units out there, but they're typically 4x the price. As for the MotiveMods upgrade, it appears to solve a problem that I really don't have since I moved to SPAD (or at least to the very small extent I do have it, it doesn't bother me). My aging radio panel has served me well for the price. And that's the key. If I'd paid more money for them, I'd likely be far more critical. Not trying to negate anyone else's experience, just offering mine as a potential counterpoint. Scott
  2. The original SPAD was pretty simple and intuitive, but doesn't work in P3Dv4 which is what I use now. It's also no longer being actively updated. The newer SPAD.neXt is far more powerful, but also less intuitive. There is a learning curve but there are also lots of user contributed profiles out there so you can generally get where you need to go. FYI. Good luck with whatever you decide, Scott
  3. I've had the radio panel for years now and have been mostly satisfied with it. Saitek gear is what it is - relatively cheap, which means both affordable and not without some issues. I've long used SPAD (and now SPAD.neXt) drivers rather than Saitek's which can mitigate many of the issues folks complain about, including regulation of the tuning speed so it's not so fiddly and I've never been bothered by that part of things. However, lately one of my two selector switches has gotten jammed up so that it's hard to use (but keep in mind my unit is 4-5 years old). I personally don't believe "Gorilla knobs" are a solution, but rather a workaround to a problem with the switch binding. Note that this is the only switch I've had issues with, and I also have the multi-panel and the switch panel. While looking for a solution, I note one user seemed to have some success pulling the knob, spraying silicon spray around the post and working it in by turning the switch with a pair of pliers. Haven't tried that yet. I don't have any of the configurable instruments, so I can't really speak to any of your questions on those - sorry. Scott
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    Are the Flight 1 GTN's a performance hog

    Interesting. Before A2A released the Bonanza, this was my most flown plane. I use it with RXP's 750/650, not F1's, but I have no performance issues whatsoever with this plane. Scott
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    Baron-fde-fix possible?

    Really pleased to see this discussion taking place, and getting such positive response. Thanks Scott for bringing this up, and to the Milviz team for being so receptive. Well done! Scott
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    Twin Comanche Imminent ?

    Truly appreciate the work going into this, as I love light twins. I will definitely become a buyer once it's done, so thanks for listening. Having both an old school version, which can be equipped with nothing but the original panel, and an updated version with modern GPS, radar and AP gives the best of both worlds and makes this plane doubly appealing. You guys rock! Scott
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    A2A made me sick

    I haven't flown another plane since I purchased the Bonanza. I'm completely addicted to it! Scott
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    Is adverse yaw well modeled in P3D?

    I don't remember the concept of an SUV even being around in the 70's. 🙂 Scott
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    Is adverse yaw well modeled in P3D?

    I have a few hundred hours grinding through the sky in a variety of 172s. If you're suggesting that the ball will stay centered in a 30 degree banked turn without rudder input, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. That said, as I noted, one of my initial complaints about the A2A 172 as it was originally released was that the need for rudder use was greatly exaggerated. My apologies if my comment came off as overly dismissive - not my intent - but I was certainly drilled from hour one on rudder use in everyday stuff like takeoffs and pattern work, without even getting into stuff like stalls (which I'm sure you worked before soloing), slips and all of the other PP maneuvers. Scott
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    Is adverse yaw well modeled in P3D?

    The OP referenced a 30 degree turn. Scott
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    Is adverse yaw well modeled in P3D?

    I haven't flown the A2A 172 since I moved over to P3D from FSX but my recollection of it was that rudder was absolutely needed when appropriate. In fact, my early criticism (before some of the first patches) was that it required too much. As others have suggested, make sure autorudder is turned off. Wow. I'm going to guess that you never went much past a simple introductory flight lesson. Especially in the pattern, my primary instructor would all but reach over and slap me if I didn't keep the ball centered. Almost all maneuvers to be mastered for a PP certification require rudder attention, as do normal takeoffs and landings - especially in crosswind situations. Sure in normal level flight you can keep your feet on floor for minor turns and course corrections without making your passengers barf, but for other phases of flight and for practice work on basic skils (turns around a point, steep turns, stalls...), you need to learn good rudder work. Fly a tail-dragger and you REALLY need to learn those pedals. There are a few planes which feature rudder-aileron interconnects which help keep the ball centered (A2A models one of these with their new Bonanza) but even with these you need to use the rudder for all but normal turns. Scott
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    Milviz PA-30 Twin Comanche

    Yep, this! But beyond that... Even in the RW, an autopilot turns an exhausting flight which can leave the pilot less than sharp for an approach and landing, into a well-rested pilot ready to finish safely. especially in a single pilot IFR situation. Some years back, I departed my home airport along Colorado's Front Range for the annual trek to Oshkosh only to find that the AP in my Piper Turbo Arrow IV chose that trip to get flaky. My then young son who was on the trip with me decided to be a bit of a tool and refused to take the yoke even for a moment while dad wrestled with charts and suchlike. Think summer turbulence, and hours of flying. By the time we got to Wisconsin, I was TIRED and less than sharp right when I needed to be. The use of an AP on an extended trip like this is NOT an indication that the user is a lesser pilot - it's an indication that the pilot is a smart one who uses the available tools to make a safer flight. I do a lot of hand flying in the sim and enjoy doing it, especially in planes with well done FDE's. I've flown many, many enjoyable hours in Milviz' B55, 310 and 310 Redux and a lot (probably the majority) of those hours have been hand-flown. But on long flights, or IFR in solid IMC, I still consider a decent AP to be an indispensable tool, and there's no way that as an owner, I would have something like a twin Comanche equipped with a modern GPS and a 1st class wx radar, but NO AP. Thanks Milviz for reconsidering the way this plane is equipped, but... C'mon: no need to take your customers to task for asking for something they'd insist on having in the real world in a plane equipped as this one is. Scott
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    Canadian fatal wingwalk stunt.

    In the US, the FAA had shifted their emphasis to spin avoidance in training so spins weren't actually required. My instructor was kinda old-school however and had all his students do them, so up we went and I'm glad we did. This was shortly before my flight test. It was a confidence builder and as I said, a whole lotta fun. However, that session was the last time I flew the Aerobat and I never did spins again. Formal aerobatic training was always on my wish list, but like so many things I never got around to it. Scott
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    Canadian fatal wingwalk stunt.

    I've actually had the pleasure of flying the 152 Aerobat (it's what I did my spin training in) and can confirm what J35OE is saying. Aerobatic certification is very specific in terms of what maneuvers are and are not permitted. In the case of the 150 and 152 Aerobat, NO negative G maneuvers are allowed (which of course includes inverted flight) due to the aforementioned lack of inverted fuel and oil systems. It's a fun little plane capable of some cool stuff, but ya can't fly it inverted. And, BTW, it's a hoot to do fully developed spins in and is very easy to recover. Scott
  15. FlyTampa KLAS and Orbx KSBA - which looks like it may release within the next few days! Scott