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    I am a long time simmer (since the early 90's) and became much later in my adult life a A320 first officer. I use flight sim (X-Plane since 11) to sharpen my skills and also fly GA airplanes.

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  1. Recording sound sets is quite an endeavor even for a "simple" 172, not to mention for a large commercial jet during COVID times. I am grateful that some volunteers decided to finish Microsoft's job (once again) and make it available to the community.
  2. Hi! Pilots on Smaller General Aviation aircraft use similar products such as Foreflight or Garmin Pilot. I believe that, after inserting the first and last point on the route, Skyvector sometimes inserts automatically SID and STAR. You can also refer to the governmental charts of SIDs and STARs provided by Skyvector to build your route. Skyvector also offers the recommended or previously filed routes on a given segment (most of the time). The purpose of the SIDs and STARs is to provide a transition between the terminal area (close to the airport) and the en-route (airway). Not using them will be complicated. It also defeats the purpose of flying IFR (flying within a protected volume from other traffic and from the ground). It would be like flying an aircraft but not using the rudder: doable but very complicated. Flying IFR requires some efforts beyond just ticking a box... Some PilotEdge workshops on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe3HFoEfNTc&list=PLPT_UgYDSwmeLFNALMNa0UDSq7F4wi0JV&index=8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH6CP02EW9I&list=PLPT_UgYDSwmeLFNALMNa0UDSq7F4wi0JV&index=10
  3. Hi Michael, You can find the landing distance available on the FAA approach plates (header strip "Rwy Ldg"). It is also indicated below the airport diagram on the Jeppesen charts (Navigraph if you've invested in the service) in the section "Additional Information". The figure mentioned on the airport diagram is the length of the runway surface, not necessarily the landing distance available (e.g. displaced threshold).
  4. Another way to see it is: trimming the aircraft is within the autopilot scope so resetting it (asking for a 0 position) defeats the purpose.
  5. By design, in the real aircraft, the rudder trim reset button has no effect if the autopilot is engaged.
  6. There is a website for feature requests (it might be a bit more effective than Avsim...): https://feedback.x-plane.com/posts/485/compatibility-for-xp11-addons-if-xp12-is-the-plan
  7. Thanks for sharing! I wonder how you do it in a real plane without external view.
  8. Hi! Taildraggers are popular (at least in real life) because flying them improves your pilot skills (stick and rudder, crosswind landings...). Further details here: https://www.boldmethod.com/blog/lists/2014/10/13-reasons-you-should-learn-to-fly-a-tailwheel/
  9. What about CPU-z? https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html You can also consider the list from this list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LOz4buLTR8 Your BIOS shows 2133 MHz most likely because you haven't enabled XMP: https://youtu.be/vjbNhCHwlBo?t=266 https://youtu.be/s42FT2WaR4w?t=252 Good luck!
  10. Sadly, I don't think that we should be surprised: as mentioned by Microsoft, the concept is to keep the third-party addons thriving. Practically, some people should be able to offer some products to address the long list of deficiencies that this platform suffers. That's using, of course, a half-baked SDK (let's be consistent). With a bit of marketing, those developers should be able to grab the money from some of the new comers. While other platforms (such as Apple with all the complaints that someone could have with other aspects of their business) are a bit more strict in term of quality control, MS has obviously decided to maintain their long time strategy with Flight Simulator: doing the bare minimum (or even less). Therefore, how can we expect Microsoft to enforce Quality Control on third-party content when they struggle to enforce their own? They seem neither interested nor able to do it.
  11. You might want to watch this video (and specifically from 13:23): https://youtu.be/Ok9-70ieRlg?t=803
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