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  1. I owned and flew a '79 Turbo Arrow IV (Technically a PA28RT-201T) and the position of the MP/FF and RPM gauges are indeed correct for a plane with a stock panel like this. Like sd_flyer, I never found the gauge that hard to read IRL. Due to the fixed wastegate, you really had to watch MP on the takeoff roll, as it could quickly shoot past redline (overboost) once the turbocharger began to spool up. No, it wasn't in an ideal location, but really not that bad. Of course, in the sim it can be a problem, but that's the case for some gauge or switch in just about every sim plane to one degree or another. Turns out that there's another gauge missing in the P3D version that appears to be missing in the MSFS version as well from what I can see in the screenshots and that's the CHT gauge, and it is also critical for engine management in the RW plane. Since the plane as manufactured also lacked intercooling (and cowl flaps, though mine had aftermarket ones), you really, REALLY had to watch CHTs during climbout. As with overboosting, CHTs could redline in a heartbeat if you didn't pay attention. I worked with the developer on the original P3D version, providing images and information on flight characteristics and RW operation and was part of the beta team but unfortunately thanks to an unexpected hospital stay I couldn't provide beta feedback until it was too late. Scott
  2. Attractive, provocatively dressed young lady aside I found the video one of the most unwatchable Steveo has ever done. That flight instructor was just plain obnoxious, overbearing and condescending. One session with him in the cockpit and I'd be looking for another instructor. He gives no time to understand and react before he's running right over the top again. Scott
  3. Huh. Just looked at the linked map and realized I've been down that jeep trail several times and have been within a very shot distance of it. It does not appear to be that far from the trail. Scott
  4. I also caught this in time to take advantage, so I'll add my thanks to DD for making this happen. It's a win-win, as I've been on the fence about picking up the airports package and the city package. Now that I've got the airports, getting the city becomes a no-brainer. Scott
  5. Ryan asks the critical question here that no one else seems to think of when graphics memory issues come up. There's a big difference between what someone needs running 4K and what they need just running 1080. I'd bet most running into issues with 8G cards are also running 4K. Scott
  6. It's been a while since I moved from LVFR v1 to v2, but IIRC it was a substantial improvement. What I can say with certainty is that I love LVFR v2, it blends competently with Orbx SoCal and I've never felt the desire to move to the Orbx version. If I had neither, I still think I'd trend towards the LVFR version simply because something about the Orbx ramp/runway textures looks funky to my eye. Still I can't imagine being terribly unhappy with either. Scott
  7. It's entirely a GPS approach, so you stay in GPS mode. For LPV approaches like this there are two keys to glideslope capture success with the Garmin units. First, as always make sure you're at the proper altitude to intercept the glideslope from below, and second DO NOT change to APR mode until you see the glideslope come alive on your HSI or CDI. Scott
  8. Must be working pretty well - my air-fuel mixtures are spot on these days. 😬 Nope, I didn't generally re-jet either - but you didn't have to be a combustion engineer to know that the mixture was wonky with large changes of altitude. The last 4x4 I had that wasn't FI was a 1974 Ford Bronco. Loved that thing, but oh my good dog how it would load up at high altitude, especially at odd lean angles or when bouncing off rocks thanks to the float bouncing around causing raw fuel to get dumped down the carb throat. You could very obviously smell all the un-burned fuel. And yes, there were times when I had to disassemble the float chamber somewhere out in the middle of nowhere to unstick a jammed float. I'll stand by my statement that electronic FI is the best thing to ever happen for high altitude driving, and especially backcountry driving in rough terrain. Carburetors are Rube Goldberg devices that I do not miss. Scott - Colorado resident since 1971 (and a Cubs fan for life!)
  9. Yep! Those of us who live in the high country do NOT miss carbs AT ALL!😀 Yes, I knew how to work on them - good thing because I HAD to. Scott
  10. Sorry for the delay in responding... Thanks much for the followup, Frank. Still on the fence for now, as I've actually not had any time for simming of late, but the information is still much appreciated. Scott
  11. No, they are not. You're confusing Riddlez with Turbulent. BTW, I concur that Riddlez did a very nice job with KBLI and was quite disappointed when they basically disappeared from the flight sim scene. They'd announced they were working on two airports I'd love to see done, Santa Fe, NM and Kelowna, BC Canada. Had they ever finished either with anywhere near the quality of KBLI, I would've been thrilled. Scott
  12. Frank, as Al mentions, the pots are basically at the bottoms of the throttle levers. I simply slide the straw all the way down into the quadrant to where the lever ends. I generally give a quick squirt from both the top side and then the bottom side of the lever and then work the lever through the full range of motion a few times. Repeat for each lever (I have two quadrants for six total). Both of my quadrants had become unusable before I resorted to this, with major spikes on all of them. I won't say the treatment made them "good as new", but pretty doggone close. Scott
  13. Honestly, I don't really know. I haven't done it since at least sometime early last summer that I can recall. I guess the answer is, not often enough that I have to think about it. 🙂 Scott
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