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    1984: sublogic fs1, 1993: a320 final approach (amiga), 1994: ms fs4 (mac), sublogic atp (pc), 1995: fs5, 1993-1998: 6hrs B737 LH-sim, 1993-2005: PPL, 1998: XP4, 2002: fs2002, XP6, 2004: fs9, 2010: fsx, 2013: p3d, 2015: xp10
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    Stupid PPL exam questions

    I passed my PPL test back in 1995 in Germany. There were some difficult questions, but they all had (strict!) logical results. It is a long time ago (21 years) so that I do not remember anymore if the test was multiple choice with several right answers... Is it possible that also the Spanish test has not only one right answer? My flight instructor's mother tongue was Spanish and I personally have the impression that the Spanish culture, administration and language is very logical. Reading this contradictive or "mean" multiple choice answers is quite astonishing for me...
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    Strange behavior with Holding Pattern

    Exactly that is true but the term "2 minutes standard turn" (for a full turn of 360 degrees = 3 degrees of heading change per second) is more common. So if you fly holding patterns adjusting the leg time only applies to the inbound and outbound legs and not to the turns. Otherwise the turns wouldn't be standard turns. The "good old" turn coordinator (turn rate indicator) instrument was/is fixed to that duration. In the end a standard holding pattern means being 4 minutes on the way before being above the fix again: 1 min. turn, 1 min.outbound leg, 1 min. turn, 1 min. inbound leg... The rule of thumb for calculating the bank angle for a coordinated (with rudder input...) 3 degrees per second standard turn says: speed (TAS actually) devided by ten plus 7. E.g. (230kt/10)+7=30 (degrees bank angle). That is one reason why holdings are never flown faster than 230 kts, because it would result in uncomfortable banks for the passengers with high g-forces. An other reason is that it doesn't make much sense do fly a holding (waiting) pattern at high speeds. Sometimes pilots request longer leg times (2 minutes or 3 minutes) to reduce the amount/frequency of turns in order to increase the passengers' comfort when holding for a longer time period. The shape (ground path) of the 4 minute pattern (radius of turns and length of legs) differs a lot between that of a Cessna 172 and a Boeing 777, especially with high winds, where slow flying A/Cs are much more affected...
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    Strange behavior with Holding Pattern

    Maybe this happens because the holding entry logic switches from "direct entry with flying the first 180° turn" to "direct entry with bypassing the first 180° turn" (direct turn into outbound leg). Probably the relatively high speed of 250 kts IAS instead of 230 kts IAS (entry speed) while descending further 1000ft inbound the holding fix contributes to this conflicting behaviour...
  4. I hope they implement some real nice virtual reality features out of the box for all these VR goggles announced for this year, too. (Actually I hoped this would have been a reality in 2013 with P3D and Oculus Rift already, but it still seems to be a DIYer's pathway.)
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    Your age?

    Yes, same here. "F18 Interceptor" for the Amiga was my first own sim, too. Then I had "Approach Trainer Airbus 320" (by Thalion Software), then Sublogic's "ATP (Airline Transport Pilot)" followed by MSFS95 (FLTSIM 5.1), and so on... I am 47 by now and I find that flight simulation is still an interesting hobby, although I am off quite frequently for some drone experience in the meantime (Phantom 3). But when the weather is too bad, I am flying my PMDG T7F around the world B)
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    777 autopilot/control problem

    ISA+10 at FL 370 would mean OAT of -48°C (ISA OAT @ FL370=-58°C). My rule of thumb was that with climbing through FL280 an OAT of -40°C (=-40°F!) would be equal to standard and the higher you get the smaller should be the difference to ISA temps. 10°C of difference at FL370 is IMO an indicator for high altitude hot air updraft (moisture), which is "normally" followed by an intermediate (but probably severe) downdraft (cooler air) when "on top" of the cell (air mass effect). Maybe there are some severe updrafts/downdrafts below the OP's routes going on which cause the A/P to react strange and gets the A/C out of control when trying to fly it manually? Probably turning on FSX's thermal visualization could show the updraft and prove that problems start when entering that zone. BTW: on the OP's screenshots in post #6 there are quite some CUs/CBs during climb on his route and below him. In the end on the last two screenshots the sky is perfectly blue. Maybe just a WX simualtion flaw with an abrupt change of values? Happy new year, Claus B)
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    Getting Comfortable With The 777

    Since March 2013 I am using Nvidia's "3D -Vision2" with "Track IR v5" on PMDG's NGX and later on their T7. Inside FSX (MS+SE) it works out of the box. Unfortunately P3D since v2 stopped supporting it and since then lacks (like XP10 also) an official 3D solution. (Just SDKs like e.g. Oculus Rift). So I will keep my old but satisfying FSX-constellation perhaps even until summer/fall 2016 when turnkey 3D-Vision (360° immersion) support may be expected for both P3D and XP10. B)
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    777 autopilot/control problem

    Sounds like a bad experience. I have no serious explanation except that perhaps someone in the back of your plane hacked the FMCs in flight with a PS4 via WLAN and secretly changed the variables from binary to hexadecimal or something of equal extent. B) But the impact of the underlying error ("But at one point the problems are starting") is so huge that its reason might be easy to find because of its fundamental nature. Do other planes behave normally or is it just the T7? Sorry, but I have no clue. Anyone else?
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    Just a heads up!

    A belated "Merry Christmas" Kevin, "Head up display (HUD)" made me think about the problematic of "both crew members' heads down" situations in CRM. This way I came across the abbreviation "HDD" standing for usual (but maybe sophisticated) "Head Down Displays": https://www.rockwellcollins.com/Products_and_Systems/Displays/Head_Down_Displays.aspx In times of augmented reality the question is if the whole visual conception shouldn't be "heads up". BTW: wasn't it Boeing planning to be the first in building cockpits without windows and leaving them eventually on the ground? (Lower price, reduced maintenance, better aerodynamics etc.) Maybe this is the point where PC simulation and RW flying will meet at the end of the day. Season's greetings and always "heads up!", Claus B)
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    777 Spoilers in VC

    Hi everyone, left/right mouse clicks ON the lever handle for arming/disarming SPEEDBRAKEs when in DOWN/ARMED position. 4 Clickspots (right of and on the lever's long slot) for DOWN, ARMED, "50% or half way" and UP positions. Between ARMED and UP position: left click ON the lever handle for increasing (towards UP), right click ON the lever handle for decreasing (towards ARMED). Instead of left/right clicking the lever handle it is also possible to use the mouse wheel for increasing/decreasing the SPEEDBRAKE's position. (One must follow with the mouse pointer (hand symbol changing accordingly) over the lever handle to keep this click/wheel functions working). Maybe some more I did not mention? PMDG did - also here - a great job IMO B) Greetings, Claus
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    Strange digits (Steam Edition)

    Normally it helps to choose all the PMDG fonts in the FSX-SE "Fonts" folder (standard path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\FSX\fonts), right-click them and choose "install". This will install the selected fonts into Windows' fonts folder from where the programs (usually) read the font data. See picture below: Greetings, Claus BTW: I lost the PMDG fonts inside the Windows fonts folder about twice over the last 4 years or so. Re-Installing them via the above mentioned method always helped in my case.
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    Should I wait a bit before buying P3D V3

    O.K. Thanks a lot! B) I will "soon" check some videos on youtube. Especially the window appearance of GSX, ASN and RCv4 would be "essential" to me. EDIT: I just remember an early "statement" by the P3D team that FSX/ESP semi transparent windows were "suspected" as GPU/CPU critical performance reducers and so were replaced by the robust overlay since P3Dv1.x...
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    Should I wait a bit before buying P3D V3

    The point of being an actual low priced investment regarding the amount of well spent time is what I am also always claiming to be an important aspect. Or in other words: where else can one get so much for so little... Because I don't have much time for "investigating" right now I would like to just ask one question here regarding the "improvement from 2.5 to 3.0": are the P3Dv3 in-sim-windows still of the opaque 80's style or did LM change them to something more modern like the semitransparent window style of MSFS 2000/2002? (I know, the question incorporates criticism, but seeing the nice window styles that XP10 offers for its huge array of plug ins, P3D windows were really a practical drawback.) An improvement here could make my "should-i-wait-a-bit-before-buying-p3d-v3" hesitation a lot less reasoned.
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    PMDG 777 difficulty

    I had this just yesterday as a passenger during a nightly home bound flight on an "easy jet" A320. Recognizing European cities by their shape of lighting along the route from Spain to Germany via France, Belgium and Netherlands was great! B)
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    Fly Me To The Moon

    I remember seeing them back in FS2002/FS2004 last time. Maybe I should put my FSX "scenery effects" slider a bit higher...