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  1. 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)
  2. Enjoy summer, the developers posted. So this autumn or winter might be the rigth time for the launch... I'll be aboard B)
  3. And we have even some which were already stored but than returned to service after a year... http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Boeing/737/25359,D-ABEI-Lufthansa.php B)
  4. Hello to the developers of "MCE and RCv4 to X-plane" (FS++) and "World Traffic for X-Plane" (classicjetsims)! Just as an updated information about using RCv4 with WT v1.2.3: When the WT AI traffic functionality is used as described in WT's manual (see quote below), than this AI traffic interaction can be heard inside RCv4 controllers' handovers. The controller says: "A-I-P-L-A-N-E-A-C-F contact Bremen radar on 118.2" and the aircraft answers: "118.2 A-I-P-L-A-N-E-A-C-F". So the callsign used is the name of the stick plane file "AIplane.acf" WT uses for generating up to twenty AI AC/s. Quote from the WT manual on page 18: Plugin Control of AI Aircraft This option allows World Traffic to control the X-Plane multi-player aircraft. The purpose of this option is to allow the World Traffic aircraft to be visible on your TCAS display. Follow these procedures to use this function: From the World Traffic Key Command Menu, select the Preferences option. Make sure the last option shows that Plugin Control of X-Plane Aircraft is “Currently OFF”. Press the ENTER key on that line if it is “Currently ON”. This must be off before you change the number of X-Plane multi-player aircraft. In X-Plane open the Aircraft – Aircraft & Situations menu. Click the Other Aircraft tab. Set the number of aircraft to 20 or the maximum aircraft that you want to have displayed. From the World Traffic Key Command Menu, select the Preferences option. Set the last option so that Plugin Control of X-Plane Aircraft is “Currently ON”. A stick plane will be drawn on the X-Plane TCAS and radar displays showing showing the location of closest 20 planes. The plane used is a generic stick plane that you installed in section 1.1 (Installation). (unquote) Maybe the developers find this information new, interesting and (hopefully) useful. Your work is very much appreciated! B)
  5. That is what I like very much about flight simulation. Everyone who once used to fly the skies in real world but now has retarded from doing so can continue to fly in the virtual world. Other people who never had the chance to fly a real A/C can do so in their sims. That is really a blessing of virtual reality made possible by the ongoing development of computer technology... B) BTW: I am meanwhile 46 and had first contact with FS in 1984 at the age of 15...
  6. Thanks for the video link! Looks and sounds very promising! B) Release within 2015 at X-Aviation. Wow, just bought their SoundMaxx yesterday. Can't wait to take the pilot's seat in that beautiful piece of programming art :wub:
  7. Wow, that is really good to hear! (sensational IMO actually!) B) I really enjoy your WT v1.2.3 product with all the aircraft objects, types and textures. Once I understood the use of "route files" and "ground routes" it all worked great! I especially like the elegant behaviour of your AI traffic. Taxiing is adaptive to the actual situation (pushback with tow truck, slow taxiing on ramp, faster taxiing on the taxiways, gentle turns... best of all AI traffic I have seen so far!). Also very mentionable: the crab landing method during cross winds followed by the combined pitch and rudder compensation during flare is really a joy to see! Also very impressive: the proper use of beacons, strobes, landing lights and taxi lights according to the actual phases... :rolleyes: It would be really great if You, FS++ (MCE and RCv4 for XP10) and Ray Proudfoot (from the AVSIM RCv4 support team and maybe even the RCv4 original crew meanwhile again) could join to get at least two user requests for XP-10/11 done in a perfect way: great AI traffic which interacts with ATC during all phases of flight from start up to parking position... That would be a dream come true for the whole X-Plane community! :wub:
  8. Thank you for the infos and the NI screenshot. I will give it a try right now. B) May I/we ask you which driver you are using? Currently I am running 352.86. Do you run the "recommended" 337.88? Edit: BTW, your FF 757 and T7 screenshots are great!
  9. RCv4 for XP10 has the same functionality as for FS9/FSX... You can choose the pilot's (your) voice, the voice of the co-pilot (who can take over communications) and the voices of ATC controllers (and you will hear them all). We have to wait though for the AI traffic's voices until AI traffic like WT 2.0 might be handled appropriately...
  10. Last week I have tried World Traffic with Bluebell's new A/Cs (hundreds of up to date planes) inside XP10. The A/Cs look at least as good as UT2 (if not even better) and their behaviour in taxiing, take off and landing is the best I have ever seen. Even the UT2 planes use to have this "Lego train" style of AI traffic on the ground... WT A/Cs are more elegant and are also beauties at night: Will be interesting to see the improvements coming with WT 2.0. Hopefully FS++ with MCE and RCv4 will be able to communicate with each other and this way would be able to offer a complete offline ATC with voice recognition, ATC from clearance to parking stand and AI traffic influences...
  11. Maybe you are right, maybe there will be a WT2.0 soon: we will see... (I am new to WT, so I still have a lot of optimism) B) AI traffic would be a great immersion enhancement for MCE+RCv4/PFE etc., because surrounding air/ground traffic must be drawn a huge amount of attention to... :blink:
  12. Hi and thank you very much for all the detailed infos, explanations and outlooks! :rolleyes: Just FYI: the "old notherly" EDDP RWY 08/26 was renamed 08L/26R and the "old and short southerly" EDDP RWY 10/28 was replaced by a new 08R/26L. This runway is used mainly by DHL hub operations 24/7 located south of the field. https://www.google.de/maps/@51.4190047,12.2309985,3821m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=de Once again: your RCv4 implementation for XP-10 works perfect! BIG THX! B) One thing I noticed is that RCv4 for XP10 uses the standard voice sets and not the "MeatWater Radar Contact 4 VocPack" I had installed actually (spoken a bit faster and more equal in loudness, IIRC). The reason: your program uses my PC path "C:\Program Files (x86)\rcv4", which was the original FS9 installation. My RCv4 for FSX installation path is "C:\Program Files (x86)\rcv4x". The good news: this way my RCv4 key mapping for FSX can remain unchaged and the "XP10 CTRL+SHIFT+..." key mapping is used exclusively inside the "other" installation. Probably it is a good idea NOT to use the "MeatWater Radar Contact 4 VocPack" for RCv4-XP10 when using it for MCE in the future? "One word" about AI traffic (and interaction with RCv4) inside XP10: yesterday I bought "World Traffic" (v1.2.3) for XP10. Since end of February 2015 they (classicjetsims) started launching updated versions in short intervals. A lot of new AI plane sets (WT Packs) were published until the end of this March. So there is a lot of "action" on this field and forum users seem to be very happy with it. Today I got my registration key file emailed for "World Traffic" and I may quote this sentence out of this email: (quote) "The Updates link is where you can download World Traffic updates at any time and there will be many. Look for STAR/custom approaches and departures for the world's airports using Navigraph data, ATC radar, and some other new features as well as lots more planes coming soon in World Traffic 2.0." (quote end) So there will be a "World Traffic" version 2.0 for XP10 quite soon. Exciting developments going on in the XP10 world on a broad basis... B)
  13. Thank you for bringing RCv4 to XP10! I bought FS++ RC4TOXPLANE and made a little testflight from EDDK to EDDP this week. RCv4 for XP10 works really fine and is much more responsive/faster than inside FSX. Good job! If there would only be some scheduled AI traffic inside XP10 that RCv4 could interact with... One question: the database RCv4 uses seems to be the FSX database. I noticed this during the approach into EDDP: the RCv4 ATC still used the "old" FSX RWY 10/28 (being replaced by 08R/26L which is accurately represented in XP10). Is there a way to update the RCv4 database to the actual XP10 scenery? Will be interesting to try MCE in the future with XP10/RCv4!
  14. This is great stuff! :rolleyes: I am so happy to have switched to XP10 in the beginning of last march... There are a lot of great developments going on out there. This B737 classic will be definately on my buy-list! In episode 61 of AoA's Aviatorcast Austin Meyer (founder of X-plane) states a lot of his plans for XP10. Especially interesting for me is his affinity for 3D vision. He wants Oculus Rift (or any other available/similar 3D vision device) to run as soon as possible with XP10 AND wants to incorporate a "leap motion controller" device to interact with the cockpit switches and levers using your hands/arms... B) (e.g. https://www.leapmotion.com )
  15. Just FYI: I am really looking forward to this great "symbiosis". Being myself relatively new to XP10 but at the same time very convinced of its seriousness, this really closes a significant gap. XP10 being now updated regulary worldwide in terms of airports, navigation and basic earth data makes it a dynamic place. Unfortunately AI traffic lacks RW flightplan/fleet options and RW WX data has no historic database (real time only). IMO XP10 is made for serious simmers and is way ahead of its "competition"... B)
  16. Very sad news. I thought there would be a chance... RIP and thanks for the immense effort You put into AVSIM. We all did benefit a lot of the great amount of knowledge shared here...
  17. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-china-tried-to-block-us-military-jet-in-dangerous-mid-air-intercept/2014/08/22/533d24e8-2a1b-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html Quoting the article: “You’re not supposed to do a barrel roll over an aircraft,” Kirby said. “I think the message that they are apparently trying to send was [to prevent] the flight of this patrol aircraft. The message we’re sending back to China is that’s unacceptable and unhelpful to the military relationship that we would like to have with them.” (End quote) If I understand it correctly, here two nations are having a military relationship. Regarding the possible damage of MH370 I am actually more refering to a collaboration between them, which could explain an act of secrecy among them. Some weeks ago a friend of mine told me about his "Atlantic crossing experience without electrical power/Alternator loss" on board his Cessna 210 aircraft. Every time he switched on the COM radios (on remaining battery power) for compulsory reports, the controllers always knew exactly where he was. And he was nothing but a piece of metal in the middle of the ocean... He told me that he has at least "difficulties to believe" that no one there (in the South China Sea/Gulf of Thailand/Andaman Sea/Indian Ocean) had anything reasonable on their radar or satellite recordings during the "random walk" of MH370... As always: just a thought.
  18. I just read about this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-china-tried-to-block-us-military-jet-in-dangerous-mid-air-intercept/2014/08/22/533d24e8-2a1b-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html This once more makes it very plausible IMO that MH370 was involved in a military action after being held at FL350 by ATC. During that incident MH370 might have been badly damaged and the pilots tried to make an emergency landing but got incapacitated themselves after a certain time. This would also explain why none of the "big players" - regarding radar and satellite observation - came out with any helpful knowledge. Just the engine manufacturer delivered "data". In addition to that the shooting down of MH17 is perhaps a sort of sarcastic reminder that T7s don't fall out of the sky because of nothing... Just a thought and the theory of a military jet or air-to-air missile damaging MH370 was always on top of my list of reasons. I am afraid we are held stupid due to state reason.
  19. This is probably due to the smaller cone diameter closer to the plane's radome. So the magenta zone disappears out of the radar's view angle if you are slightly below or above the measured turbulence. Mostly you would pass below as the AUTO angle is about to be in the positive numbers when at or below CB/TS altitudes. Has anyone an other/different solution?
  20. As you are in VAR mode (ND) I suppose you had set the map gain to high in order to see some precipitation echoes at all. I guess this can make the echoes look quite ugly. It seems to be like a bright day already in front of your cockpit. Probably you should set the time back to 1100 Z (UTC), which is just like selecting "dawn" in the FSX time menu. This will get a quite dark morning with a lot of flashes in between black clouds all around... I have no idea what all these CTDs causes. I NEVER had one CTD (knocking on wood!). Sometimes, very rare (like after 20 to 40 operating hours or so), there is a chance that my laptop just makes a quick shut down (on roll out or vacating RWY). I have no special hardware or software setups. I just use a Bojote tweaked cfg-file and now FSPS FA and everything flows "like butter". I run fsx, pmdg t7/ngx, fsps fa, fsps simphysics, rcv4, ezca, asn, trackirv5, gsx, ut2, utx eu/us, gex etc. all at one time in nvidia-3d-vision2 (1280x720) and "let them all do what they want". If you look at my PC specs you can see that I am still having a rather small machine. Perhaps your CTDs are due to an OOM or dll-crash as they occur in the moment of a relatively high/additional demand on resources... Probably there is everything "maxed out" in your configs. Im am no PC expert but I work/live with them 10 or 12 hrs. a day. Perhaps I got "assimilated" by them so that we are best friends most of the times...
  21. Good morning America, good night Australia! Here some pics of the PWS functioning well in my mentioned ASN-scenario (KNPA, April 30th 2014, 1100Z (dawn)). But remember: PWS in flight only below 1200ft AGL (radio alt)! Here is where and when to find these conditions: (T/O KNPA25L, intercept KJKA ILS0727 and try an approach (but DO NOT touch down; the RWY is far too small!), G/A and then fly some circles in the area...) Have a nice trip! B)
  22. Everything works very fine here! Perhaps you want to try this: KNPA (Pensacola, FL, USA), April 30th 2014, 11:00Z (dawn), ASN historical weather! CBs, TS with microbursts and precipitation all around... This has been my testing (performance) scenario since the beginning of last May. So today/tonight it showed: WOW! WXR works great and the performance/framerate of the T7F SP2 SP1 was even better than of the NGX (SP1c)! Great job PMDG and BIG THX! :wub: And now straight to the 777-300ER cockpit and do some short hops here and there :rolleyes:
  23. Don't forget that I was talking about GA on PPL basis. We were told to do all that kind of paperwork (final entries in the personal and A/C logbook) after the completition of the flight(s). During the airwork actually only times were noted on little papersheets. Probably it is different today and I have a little idea why. Greetings, Claus.
  24. IMO the whole AF447 investigation is an "euphemism" of the weather conditions, A/C performance, pilot training and cockpit system and design. On the other hand it is a "dysphemism" of the cockpit crew and here especially the PF. Reading the final investigation report I got the impression that it actually is (has to be) neutral concerning facts, but IMO it is intentionally stressing facts that put the pressure on the PF while presenting only one side of the medal when it comes to A/C or airline concerns... But as I said, I put much hope into the wisdom of the french court. Hopefully it will replace the most comfortable truth with the inconvenient. Back to MH370 and the NZ private investigator's book release: As I understand their investigation's approach, they are about to claim that aviation itself is about to be questioned at a specific point. The same, IMO, applies to AF447 and is the reason for "the most comfortable truth". Greetings, Claus BTW: I just remember my theoretical lessons in PPL back in the early 1990s. While "aviation legislation" was on the schedule we were told "one story to remember": If you (the PPL students) ever get into the situation of a plane crash where you as the pilot in the left seat survive and your co-pilot in the right seat is dead, put him on the left seat (and put the plane on fire). In the aftermath this procedure is the best for everyone involved; even the insurance company would send you a flower bouquet if they would know you did that (for them)... (A little story about comfortable truths)
  25. I like that sentence! B)
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