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    Owner of Flight Line Simulations- maker of high quality back-lit instrument panels for simulator builders.

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  1. I would imagine that it was created from a bevy of dozens, if not hundreds of photos of possibly many different aircraft also.
  2. Seeing this reminded me of how much I loved FS98. I flew probably over 700 hours in that sim. That was back in my heyday as an avid sim user. Of course, I was single and in college and only worked part time, so that had a lot to do with it. I actually was obsessed. I just now remembered how I once or twice drove home on an hour lunch break many miles just to get a 10 minute fix. All this was again, on measly 'ole FS98. Then came FS2000, 2002, and then my favorite of all time 2004. Finally FSX replaced 2004 and now P3D is gaining lots of traction, yet the core engine remains largely intact even with many excellent improvements. I personally believe we will see incredible changes in the next 15 years, but it probably will be slow coming for our niche.
  3. If you're looking for something that can be a challenge to fly, because it's underpowered and will stall without much warning, check out the Lotus L39 like mentioned above. It's fantastic. I love it and am building a sim around it.
  4. All this gets me excited. I'm still flying FSX on a really old AMD 64 3.2 Dual Core machine. Believe it or not, it flies fantastic using GA or the Lotus L39. Not many addons, but I do not need many at this time. Looking forward to building a new machine one day and trying v3.+
  5. Has anyone tried the Lotus L39 in Version 3 yet? Thanks.
  6. Those are stunning! Great job. How's the performance of the airport on frames?
  7. Actually, the avionics themselves SHOULD come on with the AVIONICS switch. Engine displays like EICAS typically come on with BATTERY power. In fact, most real-world aircraft will automatically cut power to the avionics bus when the engine(s) are started thru a shunt in order to protect the electronics. For example, in the Learjet 45, the procedure is to turn on the BATTERY switches. This provides power to DU2, which is configured to show EICAS information, and allows the crew to monitor during engine startup. the Avionics switches, when turned on, power up DU1, 3, 4 which show navigation info as well as basic PFD info on 1 and 4. So, the simPlugins is acting correctly regarding avionics on= avionics on. It just might need to allow the Engine gauges/EICAS to come on with BATTERY power. :-)
  8. What L39 clip? (edit) Is this it? Both the L39 and F4 videos are great. Thanks!
  9. Very good! I was very similar in these stages, but the difference was that my start with with FS98! Back in late summer of 1998, I bought my first copy of Flight Simulator and could not wait to get home to install it. I had many similar stages of delight as you mentioned, but I progressed a good bit faster. All the stuff about taking off at 180 kts, etc. is so true! That and landing at 250 kts and wondering why I cannot stop. Once I started learning the right speeds, etc. I started looking in the paper manual that they used to give you. I learned about VOR navigation,and then I went out and bought a paper map of the East Coast of the USA. Then I would look up a list of VORs and their frequencies which was in the back of the FS98 handbook, and then plot them on the new paper map along with the frequency and would fly all day long with that method for months until I discovered a freeware GPS gauge that would fly you Direct. Then a few years later someone came out with an aircraft with an FMS, and it just got more and more complete. You just brought up a lot of great memories!
  10. Glad to see you write this. I've read this many times regarding real-world systems that have Flight Level Change not working very smoothly and "hunting" as well. Therefore, when it doesnt work so well in the sim, it's actually kind of realistic :-)
  11. Sure thing. And if you would like to check out JET45, then you can download the demo version for free and fly within a 60NM circle of KICT, the home of Learjet, and fly unlimited in that circle.
  12. Hi Jim Check out the Friendly Panels LJ45 package. It's nice. Those of us building full scale LJ45 sims usually get it just to have a few extra features added like the HDG sync feature, etc. But, if you'd like a full featured LJ45 package, then check out JET45 at http://www.flightdecksoft.com/jet45 ...and if you'd like to see far more LJ45 stuff related to sim building, then by all means go to http://www.hangar45.net , It'll blow your mind :-)
  13. The resolution on those look incredible.
  14. Robert, that is so well-written. Thank you for sharing.
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