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Posts posted by jbcallender

  1. 11 hours ago, Agrajag said:

    This speaks to the issue of who was invited into the alpha and beta processes and underscores some POOR choices. It's a myopic problem that happens often in communities like this one. You want people like Squirrel and the other big youtubers on board, but they're also the ones that have top of the line setups. Nearly all of those guys love telling us about their 1080ti's and 2080ti's, etc., and their $800 pedals.... So the problem gets to be that they think everything works and they never touch the lowest common denominator and that's a HUGE mistake in developement.

    I took an hour this morning and got everything assigned to my liking.  I intend to use MSFS for GA flying and working on basic flight skills until some good study level A/C are available. We'll see how it goes with Vatsim and Navigraph implementations.  The scenery is remarkable after taking just one little circuit around my home area.  I don't feel like there was any FPS stress, although my CPU was running a little hotter than under P3D.

  2. 7 hours ago, rtodepart said:

    Its 3:30 am you’re just about to contact approach inbound to LAX and then out of the sudden I show up half naked next to your desk with full on clearance to do with me as you please  . What would you do ? 

    Im not lying she actually layed down this scenario for me last night as I tryed to explain to her for the 87k time how exited i was about the 18 . And i was unable to spit out a solid answer right away. 

    The diversion should only take a few minutes.... 

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  3. 7 hours ago, Ted Striker said:

    This line from the Microsoft document just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy..."Instead of creating a new account, you may already have a Microsoft account and not realize it. You may have created one unknowingly when you wrote a document in Office"

    Here's another doosey...."Remember, the more you add, the more useful your Microsoft account will be."  Microsoft forgot to complete the sentence with..."for Microsoft to track and identify you around the internet."


    I though the whole process was quite intrusive.  And it wasn't just devices linked to your account there was another group of gaming devices that had PC's from seven or eight years ago.  I found that after three or four tries and finally got machines deleted and installed the sim.  But alas, you are too early.  It was a bit too xbox oriented for me.  I hope I didn't just blow $120 on MS Flight round 2.


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  4. On 7/4/2020 at 12:16 AM, Christopher Low said:

    Yes, but that's what I mean about compatibility with other airliners. My PMDG Boeing 737 NGX has eight flap positions. Will the Airbus flaps control unit be able to handle that?

    The aircraft itself has four flap positions.  For an NGX, you just map the buttons to the "Flaps (Extend Incrementally)" and "Flaps (Retract Incrementally)" events and you should be good to go.  You could 8000 flap positions. To the sim and the hardware, its just a button event.


  5. 11 hours ago, Christopher Low said:

    I would be interested to know how sensitive the throttle control is on this joystick, and also the build quality. The throttle wheel is sticking annoyingly frequently these days on my CH Flightstick Pro, and I am considering a total replacement. As for the upcoming throttle quadrant and accessories, will the flaps control unit be compatible with Boeing and other airliners? Am I correct in thinking that the Airbus A320 family only has four flap positions?

    I'm not using the throttle, but as with all axes, sensitivity can be adjusted.  I assume the flaps will be mapped to flaps extend and retract which are generic mappings in P3D.  There are four flaps positions, 1, 1 +F, 2 and 3.

  6. 8 hours ago, aldridgem said:

    Hi Jeff,

    I too would be interested to hearing your first reports on this stick. Seriously considering this to supplant my old X52.

    I am curious as to how the swappable side button works? I assume there's a removable attachment that allows you to attach it to either side.

    Also the functionality of the in-built throttle/rev thrust.





    It comes with a set of duplicate but opposite buttons.  There is also a switch on the bottom to make it a left side (pilot) stick or a right side (co-pilot) stick.  You just loosen two screws and attach the opposite set of buttons, then flip the switch on the bottom.  So far, I have not used the throttle or thrust reverser as I have the X56 HOTAS.  I'm trying to map just the reverser deployment.  I also pre-ordered the matching throttle quadrant to arrive in September.  That's what I'm really looking forward to.  I took a flight last night and I'm satisfied with the feel of the stick, the motion and resistance   I haven't mapped the tiller to the twist axis yet, so ground handling was a train wreck but that's my fault, not the stick.  I'm very satisfied with it and looking forward to the throttle.

    Jeff Callender


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  7. Wow, my new Thrustmaster TCA Sidestick arrived today!  I just unboxed it - have not plugged in  or used it.  I do like the feel of the stick movement. Feels like good damping and tension, there's not anyplay around the center position  like my X56 does.  I'm looking forward to my first flight later tonight.  It came through the Microsoft store by Fedex.  Totally shocked!  All we need now is the FSL update for P3D 5.....

    Jeff Callender


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  8. I just bought the X56 RGB HOTAS and am pleased with it so far.  I fly the FSL A320 mostly, and have a lot of buttons to map, but it has worked quite well so far ( for two weeks now).  Realize that's not the test of time of course, but the functionality is as advertised, the build quality is good and solid.

    Jeff Callender


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